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Thursday, July 14, 2011

WBC Party Day for 2011!!!

Welcome to the Where Bloggers Create party for 2011!! Thank you all so much for coming. To all the participants... You rock! You made it so much easier for me to link everyone up this year. Thank you, Thank you!! Thank you! Your kind words of thanks for hosting the event are making all the work SOOO worth it! I can’t wait to come and visit you all. Every single one of you inspire me in one way or another! It may take me 6 weeks or so to visit you all, but I’ll get there eventually!! LOL!!

Well, let’s start the tour shall we?? Only a few things have changed since last year, but many of you are new to the event so what the heck... we’ll just show it all again!
This is the view when you first walk into the room. It is also where you will see the first change from last year. When I first set up the room, I really designed it for one. Then as more and more friends came over to play I realized there really wasn’t enough space. But for now, this is what I have so I rearranged some things and made some more room.
There used to be just purely decorative items on this dresser, and well... that just didn’t work anymore. So now it holds all my little rhinestone treasures. I like having them out to see. I have kind of an out of site out of mind mentality when it comes to my stuff, so seeing what I have keeps me inspired. Besides, I still think it's pretty decorative don't you??
Much of the jewelry pieces that I have came from last Spring’s trip to Round Top. Then, when I got home my mom said “Hey, do you think you might want this old jewelry I have??” “What??” I said  “Of course I do!!!!!”  (Thanks Mom)

The apothecary jars that held all my ribbon and trim were overflowing and looked messy all the time.

I put hooks on the wall and hung the prettiest ribbons from them.  These are the blacks and whites...

and these are the creams and browns.

I used to have a fun sculpture of empty picture frames here. It took up to much valuable space. It was a perfect place to hang the lace and ribbons. Of course I just couldn’t help myself. I had to add some frames back into the space!

I was inspired by an awesome piece of framed art I saw when I went to Round Top. I used 3 different frames. The largest one has burlap in it. I used the words “Follow Your Bliss" (a section of one of my favorite quotes of all time.)  I went through my scrabble letters and found I had everything I needed except the Y!! So I found a blank tile and wrote the letter on there myself!
(A heart for “Valentine”)

My friend Charlene from My Heart’s Ease started collecting vintage cut glass for her German glass glitter. I loved the idea!! But with no great cut glass pieces to be found, I settled for glass jars with stoppers from Hobby Lobby. (Thanks Charlene!)

The bookcase was just one of those old laminate bookcases. I painted it white and added a lace edge to the shelves. It holds my growing collection of bottles destined to be covered in lace, burlap and wax!

Mmmm.... Buttons.....

I can’t be without my TV while in the studio. I love  to watch TNT and USA, with healthy doses of Discovery Channel and the occasional chick flick thrown in!!  If I’m not watching TV, I’m listening to my ipod. Some of the artists you’ll hear on it...Toby Lightman, Colbie Cailat, KT Tunstall, Sara Bareilles, Adele, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas and Maroon 5 (Just to name a few)  :)

I liked the "snowflakes" I made for Christmas last year so much, I decided to call them "stars" and put them in my studio!! LOL!!

The last change I made was to remove the dog bed from under the window, (sorry puppies) and replace it with 2 cubes that are designed to hold scrapbook paper. I used to have an addiction to paper. Now my addiction has moved on to digital paper, but I still love my real papers and I needed a place to store them. The cubes from JoAnne and Michaels are plain white, and while that was fine for a while, I wanted a little more detail. I decoupaged the pair with old book pages. Sometimes Decoupage is soo much easier than paint!!!

Well, that’s the tour of my little studio! I hope you enjoyed it.
Just as last year, Jo Packham and Where Women Create are going to be offering some wonderful prizes. (Aren't they just the best???)This year I think I'm going to let the winners pick which prizes they would like. There are magazine subscriptions, and books or a bracelet... All really terrific!! I'll choose 3 lucky winners (totally randomly) and you can let me know what prizes you would like to receive.

I will also be putting together a slide show of some of my favorite studio's to show at The Creative Connection Event in September!

Thank you again everyone! It's all of you who make this such a fun and inspiring event!! See you soon!


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Something Special said...

I'm sure your studio is my favorite. Thanks for doing such a superb job on my blog. I have enjoyed this blog party so very much. I am still trying to get through all of them. It is a process, but so much fun! Thanks for hosting this again.

Jilly said...

This is a charming and beautiful blog. I like your vintage collections of jewelries and rhinestones, laces and ribbons, feathers and glitters.
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Mimos da Claralú! said...

Hi Karen! Nice to meet you, and I'm from Brazil to meet your blog. I really enjoyed! When you can, make a visit to my blog, I'll be very happy and honored to receive it there.
Luciana xoxo

Lynette Killam said...

Oh, your studio is even lovelier than last year, Karen! I can't wait to follow your example on the decoupaged boxes - so simple, yet so brilliant!

After being one of the first to enquire about this year's event, my computer went down and I wasn't able to join in...aargh. I may post a few studio pictures anyway for my regular readers and will definitely visit as many of the WBC sites as I can...:)

Riki Schumacher said...

Wow Karen!! I'm late, but glad I finally got to visit your amazing studio. Now I can see where you are when I get to hear your voice on the phone! It is just stunning, so organized and yummy in every picture. Love, love love it. Hugs, Riki

Smiley and Sunshine said...

Karen it is so inspiring to see your beautiful studio!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Karen, I enjoyed coming back several times to work my way through the list of participants because every time I got to see your studio again. You have a fantastic place that looks very inviting and cozy.
Thank you for the tour!
Have a great weekend!

Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

Your space is fantastic, love it. It had a very elegant feel to it, yet crafty and fun (inviting). Thank you so much for visting my space (not as elegant) and for hosting this party, I really enjoy this and its great to meet all these inspirational people all around the world. Thank you again,


Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Hey Karen!
Well, as always I loooooooove your gorgeous space! That black dresser is my favorite. This is another fun party this year! I'm taking my time hopping from place to place to visit. Thanks again for all your hard work!
xx, shell

luverlie said...

what an endeavor you embarked upon. This was great. I finally just finished looking at the last space. It was a wonderful journey and look forward to it next year.

Alexandra said...

You have a wonderful room!

Dortesjs said...

Beautiful & inspiring aww you got beautiful home

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