Friday, July 13, 2012

Where Bloggers Create 2012

Welcome my friends, to the 2012 Where Bloggers Create blog party!! I know we are all going to have a wonderful time visiting all the blogs and soaking up more inspiration again this year! I decided to post a little early since so many of you have already started trying to get a sneak peek!! LOL!!!!

My space has changed a little since last year but the basic layout is the same since it is a small room and I don't have many choices for layout. The major change is that I finally painted all the black furniture white and creme! This change was caused by visiting all those gorgeous white studio's over the past several years and looking longingly upon them!!!!

I finally decided I needed to do what made me happy so white it became!!! If you would like to see what the room looked like before, you can click here.

I've also filled the room with a lot more vintage goodies since last year.
I have several pairs of these little beauties and I can't bring myself to alter them! They are too cute just as they are! (I do think I will turn one of the newer pairs into a pin cushion like I've sen all over the place.)
I got this idea from somewhere on line, although I'm not sure where. So whoever you are... You inspired me! Thank you!!!

As you can see my vintage scale collection is all over the house. I also have one of my favorite pieces of all time here in my studio. My architectural salvage angel. Isn't she a beauty??
I have the paper snowflakes I make at Christmas time hanging in the window, only here in my studio they are called "stars". LOL.

Every piece of furniture got painted white and distressed. I love how the room just has a soothing quality to it now.  Sometimes I come in here just to sit and watch tv when hubby wants to watch something lame on television. :)

The glass front cabinet was really a piece of junk we found at a garage sale for $5.00. I gave it a little TLC and now it holds all my jewelry making baubles, soldering equipment and mosaic glass pieces.
The  multi-drawered pieces came from JoAnne. You just put them together and finish them however you wish.

Ever since my friend Charlene gave me the idea of using cut glass to hold glitter, I've been collecting salt and pepper shakers whenever I find them. Now I have a nice collection and they hold all sorts of sparkling powders and glitters.



Last year this was full of books and magazines, but really wasn't being utilized well. Those went in the closet and I filled it with all my favorite fabrics so they are right at my fingertips when I need them.
This cubby unit was also filled with papers and ephemera, but I've been using all the lace and trims a lot more, so I moved out the paper and brought in the ribbons, lace and doilies.
I bought this doll along with 3 others on Ebay, planning on altering them. Well.... I haven't got around to that (and so many other fun projects that I want to do) but she was my favorite and I think I'll leave her alone. She looks happy where she is with a crown upon her head.

Does any one else love the sound of buttons going into in glass jars???
This is my collection of altered bottles. I went crazy and made several in a row, and then was done, and ready to move on to something else. Come on girls... I know you do that too!!!!!
The fabric door panel is where I moved all my paper ephemera and doo-dads. I like being abl to see what I have rather than keeping it boxed up. I usually have an out of site out of mind mentality, so it helps in the creative process if I can see what I have to work with around me.
I have an affinity for empty frames, so I decided to use some of them to create this piece last year.
It hold my favorite piece of advice for all time... "follow your bliss"
The chair is an office chair from Ikea. I just took two king sized matlesse' pillow cases and slipped one over the chair back and tucked the other onto the seat. I stays in place like it was made for the chair.
 I picked up this printers drawer at one of the Sweet Salvage sales and it holds bits and pieces of things I'm working on or (to be honest) whatever I don't feel like putting away at the time. :) The books are my two altered books I've made so far. The one in the back is my own creations and the one in the front was from Lisa McIlvains class at Paper Cowgirls this year. I have plans of making a few more before I (again) move on to something else.

And finally, my office where I actually spend the most time creating. No, it's not pretty jewelry or altered books, or fabulous mixed media art, but it is something I love to do. I get to create beautiful blog designs for all of you and I am grateful for that everyday!!!!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my studio!! I can't wait to get started visiting all of you. If you haven't already done so, please turn off your word verification (if you use it) for a few weeks during the party to make it easier for everyone to leave a comment on your post. After all, we all like comments don't we??? (Just go to "Settings" > "Comments" and then "NO' for word verification.

Thank you all for Visiting!! Have a fabulous time!!!


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Zaa said...

Hey Karen ..I applaud your studio transformation..It's amazing what a little white will do ( Ha Ha)... I love it !!!
I'm in awe of fabulous organization and patience you took to get all your little buttons and vintage pieces of lace etc in place...What a lovely tour...Thank You for sharing your inspiring studio...Hugs

June said...

it is so beautiful Karen...just like you! I enjoyed seeing all the things that you love so much and choose to have around you.
Thank you so much for the great party!
hugs from here...

The Greeley Girls said...

Loved the tour of your studio! You have such an organized space. I especially liked the over the door organizer...do you have a tutorial for that? Everything looks soothing in white and cream. I enjoyed the visit!
Thanks! Kelly ~The Greeley Girls~

Donna Nowicki French said...

Boy I know what you mean by your husband watching something lame on TV. My husband loves to watch that crap that every other word is a bleep. LOL! Love your space. Thank you so much for doing this for us. I know it is sooooo much work. I do appreciate it. I just love snooping in everyone's spaces.

Donna

Curtains in My Tree said...

I wish I had got in on this I would love to clean up my studio and show it off I have taken years to collect all my treasures etc
I enjoyed yours very much and have been looking at others also

glad to see great minds think alike I see some of my ideas in other ladies studio

Janice

Darjeeling Darlings said...

Love the space.

Theresa said...

So beautifully inviting! Wonderful details abound! Is it really always that pristine Karen???
Thanks bunches for sharing!

Artfully Musing said...

Both ways with the white and the black are so lovely!!! Thanks for hosting this event.

The Weekend Artist said...

What a wonderful studio! Would love to have that much space and such a creative one! Been away from blogging for awhile and just got back and sure am sad I missed a lot!

The Weekend Artist said...

What a wonderful studio! Would love to have that much space and such a creative one! Been away from blogging for awhile and just got back and sure am sad I missed a lot!

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Karen!
What a dreamy creative space you have! Your vintage textile collection is impressive, your lace trims, your lampshade, all so beautiful!
Thank you for this wonderful blog party, I've been waiting for this. Though I didn't join in to share my creative room this year, I'm hoping to get my mojo back as I visit everyone that did join the party.
Hugs of aloha to your dear Karen...

Mary Ellen said...

Karen just coming by again after you sweet comment on my creative space. I feel so honored to have you even come by and take a lookie! You really have been a great source of inspiration to me- thank you so much!

don't know if you ever join the other AZ bloggers when they get together. My in-laws live in Phoenix so I have met a few while visiting. Would love to meet you sometime!


bee blessed
mary

Vivi Magoo said...

Your space is so calming and feminine and inspiring! I love the new dreamy colors and textures! We need another play date soon ;o}

CraftyTeacher said...

OMG! Now I must go and tidy my craft space!!!

Sharon said...

Karen, I love your studio. I wish that I had a larger room. Great ideas! I found some clear vintage Ball jars with wire top closures. I put my buttons in them, what a fun idea! Next, all my vintage wood, thread spools... and I am still loving my blog design.

scrappymo! said...

I think I commented already but just in case, I will take a minute to share a few more thoughts.
I love the antique scale collection. It is delightful.
The folded bits of fabric with their lace and trim facing out are a beautiful sight.
Your room is gorgeous. I can see a lifetime of collecting the perfect treasures.

Ruth S. Macotela said...

Your Studio is beautiful! and all that you do, no wonder why you are one of my favorite places to visit.

Thanks again for this great party, I'm so happy for this opportunity to know more and more people :)

Jen said...

HI! Karen, beautiful studio, the white is perfect I love your collections and how you have embelished them.Your office chair is the same as mine and seeing how you decorated it, I will have to look for pillowcases to make mine as pretty.Thanks for the idea.You are so creative.

Cindy Craine said...

Another great year for another great party. Well done pretty girl. I know you are so swamped these days so call when you're not busy!xoxoxoxcin

Donna said...

Your studio is just so pretty. I love all the jars and cubbyholes you use for storage. Thank you for stopping by my studio and for your kind comments.

Monica said...

You've so many beautiful things in there, Karen! I wish I could play for a day with you! Some of my favorites are the bulletin board, blue lamp, salt shakers (I use for glitter too), all those buttons and lace and the dollie. I have bought some to alter too, they're still in storage until we find a home! Hope I'll have a real studio next year!
Hugs.

Vintage Street Designs said...

Love your studio and your office space where you created My Beautiful Blog!!! :) I also love your architectural angel...I can see why she's your favorite! I wish I could share photos of my studio but...it's really strung across my entire house right now! Maybe next year I'll have one designated space so I can join in the fun! Thanks again for all your help this week ~ you are awesome! Blessings ~ Judy @ www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

bee'nme said...

Hello Karen!

I'm finally making my way to all the fabulous inspirational spaces whose introductions you help facilitate by hosting this wonderful blog party each year!! Thank you SO much for the considerable time and effort it no doubt takes to pull off such a feat!

And YOUR space, as always, is awash in loveliness and sweet inspiration! Happy you followed your heart and went with white and off-white furniture - seems like a very good fit indeed! Love your book-turned-fabric shelves and your lace and trim filled cubbies - yummy!! And the chair cover is genius!!

I love your office space as well, and I am a HUGE fan of your digital design work - you are an inspiration to me in SO many ways!!

Thanks again Karen, and thanks for the sweet comment about my little space too! I appreciate it very much!

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky

Sandy said...

Hi Karen!
Long time no talk to...:) I want to change my business card a bit, and I think you have all of the pngs for it.....cal you email me at sanjos333@gmail.com? I want to add a back and take the addresses off the front. Thanks! Sandy

Janet Bocciardi said...

What a beautiful space! I feel similarly now that I have a wonderful studio space - where I retreat not only to create, but to feel amongst my kind when my husband is watching "something lame!" So glad I stopped by to find your blog - it's creative and restful at the same time.

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Hi Karen, I can never get enough of your studio. I think you have won. I am now in my new home. Right now, I'm callin it my summer cottage and I am moving in and making it my fall cottage. I don't have my big room but I do have 3 rooms that will be my studio. I'll try and submit something.

hugs
cindy@stitches

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Karen, thanks so much for swinging by my studio! It is a mess, but I'm still trying to get inventory done for the last show. I'm glad you like my goodies, going to teach that Le Petite Photo frame class at Joy's house in CA, this coming November. It will be so much fun. Texas girls are coming, how cool is that? Sending a big hug, and thanks for all your hard work to organize this fun hop.Your studio is amazing!! Hugs, Riki

Fiona Larsen said...

Thanks so much Karen for visiting my space and your lovely comments. You have a wonderful studio as well--love all the light colours. Thank you so much for hosting such a fabulous event, I am already looking forward to participating again next year!

Charlotte said...

New Follower. I love your 'space'. So calming and romantic!

Rhiannon Rising said...

Your space is a piece of heaven. My goodness!

Miriam said...

what a stunning space - I would love to spend a few hours just looking at all the lovely bits and pieces. So calming and so inspiring!

miss luxurylavishlife said...

I just found your blog and I love it.
Gorgeous pictures!
Hope you visit my blog!

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Kathryn J Cain said...

I love the whites,it does have a calming effect.You have been one busy girl...stay cool...and yes I am a no robot blog....

Kath Soderstrom said...

What a lovely studio and office. You inspire me to clean up my work room Kath

Short and Sweet said...

The transformation is remarkable! I LOVE your creative space and how you put things together just the right way. Excellent job.
Loretta

Belladonna said...

Amazing place!

Kelly_Deal said...

Thank you Karen for letting me take a peek into your lovely creative space. You have some wonderful organizational ideas!
Hugs,
Kelly

Sandy Leigh said...

I so agree with you--if it's out of sight, it's out of mind...and you forget you even have it! You have found such a beautiful way to keep things displayed...jars of buttons is one of my favorite things too.

Dortesjs said...

awww gorgeous when all furniture gets painted white and distressed
i do the same. your home is now more stunning than before iam totatly blown away..love lov love

Chenille Cottage said...

Your work room is incredibly beautiful! I can't even begin to choose one favorite. You have added so many charming pretties!
I can tell you are a thoughtful person with the many nostalgic elements.
I hope you have a happy day,
Blessings,
Carolynn

piccolaceleste said...

ciao complimenti la tua casa è molto bella e anche le cose che fai... a presto lu.

Sabina said...

well, another comment, my second one but I went all the way down to see your studio and I am standing in awe and speechless wonder. Off I go now, newly inspired and staring at my dark mahagony bookcase.....with the idea of painting it white. Or cream.
Love your website, Karen. TY.

Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love everything about it!

Helen
Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

Tracy Speight said...

I love your studio...It is so pretty. I have to be more creative in my studio. I have mine divided between what I can create in my studio and my garage(second Studio) which has all the messy canvas stuff.
Thank you so much for sharing my blog on the listing for the Where Bloggers Create. I need to spend time visiting each one. I love the social aspect plus there are so many creative people out in internet land :>)
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