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Friday, July 11, 2014

Welcome to Where Bloggers Create 2014

 Hello everyone and welcome to this years Where Bloggers Create party!!! You guys never disappoint.  I am always inspired by your creativity and ingenuity!! 

I can't wait wait to begin visiting all the wonderful studio spaces, but first a little peak at mine.
It really hasn't changed much since last year, but there are a few changes.

That bookcase is new. I'll show you a little more of it later.

 Part of the view I have while sitting at my table. All my most used tools and supplies are right there at my fingertips.

 My encaustic was bottle collection.

 I love this little cubby. It holds some of  my favorite vintage lace pieces.

The newer lace bits that are too short to hang on the wall go in these apothecary jars.
 This bookcase is new to the studio. I had a much smaller one there before and it just wasn't big enough to hold all my fabric. I found this one at Goodwill. It started out at $79.00 but while I was there looking at it, one of the employees came over and changed the price to $30.00! With my 20% coupon it came to only $24.00 and it's real wood! I added the scrolly wood bits and painted it with ASCP. (Truly my most favorite paint now!)

 I have a fabric fetish. It's hard to control myself buying it but I have to. There just isn't enough room for any more.

 This is where I keep all my jewelry making supplies. The cabinet on the bottom was a garage sale find and wood box on top is a new addition to the studio.

I move all my bling and doodads from plastic storage boxes into these drawers. The drawers are easily removed so I'm very happy with the change.

 The cabinet on the wall came from Ikea a few years ago. It holds spay inks and stains and scapbook type bits and baubles. I drilled holes in the bottom shelf and added a dowel. It keeps my rayon seam binding neat and easy to access without it getting tangled.

The pink side table is also a new addition. I'll show you the before and afters in a later post. It was also painted with ASCP. (Antoinette)

 Above that Ikea cabinet sits all my jars of buttons.

 This cute little piece is also new. It holds all my glitter including Stickles, German glass glitter and my favorite... Martha Stewart glitters because they are so fine and lovely.

Some of the glitter sits on top in pretty salt and pepper shakers.
 This cubby is new this year too. I found it at a garage sale for $5.00. I'm sure it was a shoe organizer. It's not perfect, but it will do for now.
 It functions beautifully and keeps laces and trims in view for easy access. Plus they are pretty to look at!!

 I meant to get this lamp painted before. Another case of two many projects... too little time!!

 Above the cubby I have some of my favorite cabinet cards from my "adopted" ancestors and the train case I recently re did.

Laces hang on the wall so it's easy for me to see what I have and be able to look through them quickly, (again) I think they're really pretty!!!  The door pocket organizer holds all kinds of things from paper ephemera to vintage ladies gloves.

Well, that's my studio!! Hopefully next year I will be showing you a whole new space!

Now for all you linking up... Here is the link to the instruction page if you haven't participated in a link party before.

Please don't link up if your post is old or if your post does not fit within the spirit of the party.

I will leave the link active for one week to allow everyone a chance to link up if they want to.

Have fun and party on!!!!

(Please click on the title under each thumbnail to access the link)


Ricki Treleaven said...

Hi, Karen. Thanks so much for hosting! I love your studio. My favorite thing about it is your creative storage. I love Martha Stewart glitter, and the shakers are so perfect. I will definitely borrow your wonderful idea for my studio! You are very lucky to have such a large space, too.

Where did you find your French wire laundry basket? I want one for our kitchen to store my tea towels.

I enjoyed the tour of your space! :)

Ricki Jill

Maureen said...

Karen, you are always such an inspiration... for years I have drooled over your creations and awesome craft room. Love the cubbies, all the deals you got (wow, talk about being in the right place at the right time!) and all that lace and fabric is so lovely.

Thank you so much for putting on yet another wonderful party - I have already started visiting participants! (Must.get.to.bed. I am hoping for rain so I can just sit and visit blogs all weekend.) ;)

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Karen, Thank you for hosting this great party again! I've been looking forward to it.
I love all your storage ideas. Hopefully I'll find such a great cubby one day, especially for such an amazing price. I sometimes forget what's in all my drawers, so it's better to see the supplies :). You got a great deal on that bookcase too. Your studio is fabulous.

Have a wonderful weekend!

PS: I tried but the title section is with 15 possible letters too short for my blog name.

Laurel Stephens said...

Your studio is truly a work of art!I could spend days in there investigating every nook and cranny. Thank you so much for hosting your Where Bloggers Create party, Karen. It's such an awesome source of inspiration, and I look forward to visiting every link. Have a wonderful weekend!

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Hello Karen! Ohhhh! Your place is amazing and makes me think, what am I doing here with mine?? haha. But you have encouraged us to come and join and, after following Where Bloggers Create for some years this time I have decided and here I am.
Your studio is fantastic! That cubby...the shakers...those beautiful fabrics...I enjoyed all the details.
Thank you very much for hosting this great party.
Besos from Argentina (and sorry for my poor English...),

Seawashed said...

Thank you Karen for hosting this wonderful Party for all these years! It is good to be back.

Your studio is stuffed full of pretties. I too love ASCP and have been painting lots of furniture with it since last September. Your sweet table in Antoinette is gorgeous.

I can see why you are always creating... with all the supplies and space you have. I love all the ribbons and lace everywhere.

Looking forward to the tour.

xxo Kerrie

Doni said...

Hello Karen!
We're off to a great start on this year's party I see! Lots of awesome spaces to visit! I act first and read directions later, so I didn't put my blog name in the title ; (
But if you don't care, neither do I!
I am in love with all your laces and fabrics! I think over and over," oh, that's a pretty one, and that one I love!" Till I have desired the whole shelf full!!
Lovely space. Those salt shakers are beautiful. And I love the shelves and cubbies...especially the new cubby. Thank you so much for hosting again this year! You are so sweet to feed us with so much inspiration and beauty!

Rita Barakat said...

Thank you so much for hosting! Beautiful room as always! Thank you for sharing!

Faded Charm said...

Hi Karen,

Just finished my post late tonight and glad I hopped over here because i see you have the linky list up. I enjoyed browsing through your lovely space and thanks for hosting such a fun party each year:-)

Enjoy your Summer!


suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Karen
Everything is displayed to perfection!
I am so sad that I couldn't join in the party this year due to injury.

Something Special said...

Fabulous as always is what I see whenever I visit. I am just overwhelmed at how beautiful it all is!

Bohemian said...

I've been anxiously awaiting your Blog Party to see everyone's Creative Spaces! Couldn't fit my Blog Name in the Caption Header so improvised... guess it was too long!? *Smiles* I was so happy to finally have my Studio Makeover complete enough this year to Participate and not just be a Spectator. Thanks for Hosting such an Wonderfully Creative Blog Party dedicated to the Spaces we Create in!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Unknown said...

ma questo è un luogo fantastico...pieno di meraviglie!!!
complimenti....buona giornata simona:)

DeAdesign said...

very cute. I like to examine everything. :). wonderful workplace

"Create Beauty" said...

Your space is gorgeous Karen!!!
Such great storage and so pretty.
I love your bottles of glitter, and oh my the jewels....

My eyes are about ready to pop out and my back is aching from being at the computer so long, but I got my post up, am going to bed, and will come back in the morning to enjoy perusing the blogs!

Thank you for hosting once again!!

~ Violet

Art and Sand said...

First, thanks so much for hosting the party. It gets me motivated to clean up and organize my work space.

Second, OH, MY GOODNESS! Your space is wonderful!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Your space is so gorgeous! I love all the whites, grays, and creams. Thank you for the party. xxoxo http://www.mydesertcottage.com/2014/06/its-almost-that-time-againwhere.html

boulderdamcottage said...

Hi Karen! First thank you again for all you do with this party each year! This is year 2 for me :) I have fun cleaning organizing and especially getting more ideas from everyone! Somethig I look forward to! I love your space, and oh my, my bookcases now require some moulding! Yours is beautiful! More ideas for me, thank you again! Kat =^.^=

Gwen Simmons said...

Thanks so much for having this once again. It is inspiring, daunting and lots of fun. I love your studio (always) but particularly the Goodwill shelf loaded with fabric. Wow.
Gwen Simmons
A Glitch in Time

Donna Heber said...

Hi Karen,

Your studio is truly a work of art! I have admired it for many years. All that lace and fabric - so much eye-candy! Your designs bring me such inspiration. Thank you for hosting this fabulous party!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Your studio looks like so much fun. I would probably just sit there and look at everything instead of get a project done! (I'm easily distracted)

Thanks so much for the link up...
this is my first time participating!


Unknown said...

Karen, I am in awe of your beautiful creative space. I will be using some of your ideas for sure next year. Thanks for hosting this great party!

Anonymous said...

Karen, it doesn't matter how much time goes by, your studio is a dream that I could get lost in forever.
Thank you for hosting yet another wonderful gathering, friend. Off to visit with your guests.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your creative space looks so pretty, Karen! I love all the room you have. Great idea to put the little lace bits in a jar. I always think they will come in handy for some project so hesitate to throw them out. Great find/buy on the bookcase. Love the look and it is perfect with its open shelves for your fabric.

Oh my gosh, look at all the bling you've got! Love the box you found to hold all these pieces. The drawers seem like they would work out great. Love the hooks for your laces and your caddy. I know you made yours, but I am looking to do something similar with a store bought organizer.

Wonderful tour of your space, Karen! Thanks so much for hosting again this year! : )

Michaele Sommerville said...

Karen, your space is as inspiring as always! I'm thinking it's a very good thing that my cat, Buck, isn't able to roam freely through your pretties like he has been doing with mine. After we adopted him this year, I had to relocate all of my glass jars and candy dishes off of ledges, as he took great interest in knocking them over and spilling their contents!

Thank you for hosting us again this year- can't wait to go and visit everyone!


Vicki Boster said...

Dearest Karen-- thank you for hosting this wonderful party again. This is the very best opportunity to be inspired and to enjoy all the amazing places that we all call "special".

Your studio is simply "to die for". Every photo is magazine worthy. This place-- your special place-- is SO you! I can see how you find your inspirations here. If I could-- I'd love to just walk around in your beautiful room-- touching all your lovely treasures:)

You studio is beautiful-- YOU are beautiful--


Lori said...

Every year, I fall more in love with your studio. I just LOVE it! I so wish I had as many vintagy things as you do. So much shabby goodness in your studio. When I have more time, I need to come back and take a more detailed look at the pictures. Thanks, again, Karen for hosting a wonderful blog party!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting this party once again!! I think that maybe the linky party worked out better for you so you did not have to do all of that work with the participants . This way we can just link up our own posts.

Your studio is fantastic!! I will enjoy visiting all the other posts but it may take me some time to get through them all!!!

Thanks again!!


Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Karen, I think you've added a lot of new pieces to your space. I love your new bookcase with the added embellishment. Still think that your cubby has to be my all time favorite piece! What gorgeous lace and trims you have also. Love the buttons in the jars and the S&P shakers. I pick them up whenever I run across them also. They are just perfect for those little things. I too love Martha Stewart glitter. Always so excited to join your wonderful party. I am painting my sewing room today. Hoping to be able to share it. I shared my craft room with a few new changes.
p.s. Can't wait to explore others wonderful spaces!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

I can see why you would want to show everyone your studio... it's amazing! I'm new here and showing my workshop, thanks for the opportunity.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Karen, your creative space is as lovely as I remember and I love your new additions and a pop of color here and there. Great find for the bookshelf! I too love chalk paint and most recently started using DecorArt chalk paint and love it along with their creme wax and varnish.
Thank you for the inspiration and for hosting again this year.


This is my first visit to your lovely blog and what a sight to behold! Don't think I've ever seen such a lovely space to create. I only just learned about your blogger's studios link up from Donna Designs and I can see how I'm going to spend my day today! Cindy from TheCranesNest.com

Rhonda said...

I have to visit your studio one day! I see so much I love tucked on shelves!

Oh Happy DAY, I love your party and it pushed me to freshen up my studio!

Now, I woke up early to see everyone's spaces!

Chat later and thank you so much for this wonderful party!!

Helena White said...

Karen you are such an inspiration. I love your studio. Makes me want to paint all my furniture white! Your new bookcase is an amazing find. Thanks for hosting this incredible tour and thank you so much for helping me me with my new blog adventure. Your kindness shines through. ❤ ஆεlεɳa

Kathy said...

Thank you, Karen, for taking on the hosting of this party once again. Your room is stunning and just filled to the brim with ideas and inspiration!

This N That said...

Just awesome Karen...Gorgeous

Anne said...

Thank you so much Karen for the inspiration and for hosting too!

sweet violets said...

Wow, now that's an amazing studio!!! Lots of inspiration there.......thanks for hosting this wonderful event, can't wait to see it all!!!

sweet violets said...

Wow, now that's an amazing studio!!! Lots of inspiration there.......thanks for hosting this wonderful event, can't wait to see it all!!!

Silvia said...

Thank you for once again hosting WBC.As always your space in an inspiration

bobbie said...

I think I'll take tomorrow off from the world, and visit all 'the gang'! Your room is beautiful as always, Karen ~
Thank you for hosting this wonderful event!

Scribbler said...

thanks for the party

I am visiting at the suggestion of Carol at Art and Sand. I think my space is rather lame compared to yours, but there it is, just what I have.

Carla said...

Karen, a great job as usual. Your studio is gorgeous.

Maybe I missed last year, but I really like how you have done the links this year with the thumbnail photos instead of text. It is so much easier to keep up with "where you've been".

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Karen,
Thank you so much for hosting this blog party. I would love to visit your studio in person...I think we would have much in common.

This is the fourth year that I have participated and I look forward to it every summer.

Thanks again. Take care ~Natalie

Unknown said...

I think that is a great idea to put the board inside. I might try it by adding one to the outside and one to the inside and screwing them together. Your room turned out so pretty and this rolling basket just tops it off so well.
DIY Wood Pallet Design

Diana Seal said...

WoW Karen, every year your studio gets more amazing! Love all the vintage goodness, so many beautiful things to see!
Thanks so much for all the hard work for putting on this great event!

Unknown said...

Oh what fun to spot your badge while visiting a blogger for the Mad Tea Party 2014. I LOVE your annual get-together but we are in the midst of some major changes so couldn't join in this year.

However, now I can enjoy visiting and getting lovely and creative ideas for my real estate office which I'll enjoy implementing over the next few weeks and months. And then, hopefully, next year I'll join in again.

Thank you for all your hard work with this delightful blog party and OHHHHHH how lovely your creative spaces ALL are. A true inspiration!

Have a great week!
Kaye - KayeSwain.com

gracie said...

What a lovely way to spend some time...visiting creative spaces.

peggy gatto said...

this is so fun!!! thanks for hosting!
Maybe I cane get some pictures done.
Just enjoy seeing the spaces!!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

It always fun to poke around each person's studio and yours has always been a favourite. When I look at what you've done I see organized, feminine, imaginative and inspiring.
Even though not participating this year, reading each post is going to be a pleasure while looking for ideas.

Maureen Hayes said...


Thank you SO much for hosting this wonderful party again. I look forward to it every single year, and have found so many wonderful, crafty friends here. I wish I had a clue how to upload a video as I FINALLY have a studio of my very own. It isn't nearly as pretty as many of the spaces here, but it is all mine and I love it!

Hugs to you,

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

OH MY GOSH! FANTASTIC! Mine looks a bit pitiful after seeing your fantastic space... I LOVE it...


Deborah Weber said...

Oh what a fabulous space! I'm swooning from delight. Thanks for hosting the party - I can't wait to tour the other cauldrons of creativity.

Createology said...

Thank you very much for sharing your glorious creative space. I really let myself get lost in the beauty and bounty of your treasures. I love seeing how other's spaces function and give such joy. Creative Bliss...

Anonymous said...

Karen I just wanted to THANKYOU for hosting this EXCITING blog party. I am having so much fun! There are so many inspiratiional pieces and talented designers. I also wanted to THANKYOU for visiting and leaving a comment. Karen.x

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Karen,
This is my first year to join in on your party. Thanks for hosting. Lots of great inspiring spaces.

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Hi Karen,
Your creative space is just amazing! I could be lost in there for hours playing with all those beautiful things : ) Thank you for your generous spirit and for hosting this wonderful party!


Tammy said...

As always, your room is to die for! Thank you so much for hosting. I look forward to it every July!

Sherry said...

Thanks for hosting this great event again. I love your studio and all of the great pieces of furniture you use to organize and display. I am inspired.

Botanic Bleu said...

Thank you for hosting this wonderful linky party. Your studio is filled to the brim with creativity and inspiration. If only the insides of my cabinets and closets were as organized and beautiful as your storage spaces!


Shell said...

Your creative space is lovely, Karen. It always is. Looking forward to visiting the other creative spaces.

Cathy said...

Thank you for hosting this event. This is my first year participating, after seeing all of the wonderful photos last year! Your creative space is lovely!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Oh my Karen. What a gorgeous and magical place to create. Your studio is amazing. I love how light and feminine it is. So full of romance and treasured pieces. You have definitely inspired me to start working on one of my own. Hopefully by next year, I will be able to add mine to the party.

It enjoyed my visit to your blog very much today. I hope you can stop by for a visit.


Deborah Montgomery said...

Karen, this space is so beautiful! so feminine, lovely, gorgeous! I'm glad I didn't try and get anything together for this, because I'm getting all kinds of good ideas to use for my newly acquired space. Thank you for all the inspiration.

Carmen said...

Thank you for hosting again this year! I really enjoy seeing everyone's creative spaces - great for ideas. I'm still trying to make my way through the participants... :-)

Di@Cottage-Wishes said...

Your space is lovely as ever. Thank you so much for hosting us. I have visited many of our fellow creators. Such lovely spaces. Thank you for sharing with us, Di@Cottage-Wishes

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for hosting, Karen. I haven't been able to join in a few years but I'm glad I got everything organized in time for this year. Your space is gorgeous and full of so much inspiration. Looking forward to checking out lots of party links in the next few days and I know I will once again find myself revisiting the links throughout the year.

Michellee said...

As always... Your studio is BEAUTIFUL.. Your displays of your treasures and creations, is so AMAZING.. Thank you so much for taking the time to host the AWESOME event. I look forward to it every year, to be able to see inside everyone's creative spaces...

Patty Antle said...

Thanks for hosting, Karen. Love your creative space!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Such a sweet space!

fairyrocks said...

Wow thanks for hosting this wonderful event. Hard to imagine, but your space just gets better every year. PS I want to shop where they rush over and knock the price in half LOL. Keep smiling and creating. Well done indeed!

maggiegracecreates said...

Karen - thank you again for hosting this each year. I have spent several relaxing and inspiring hours this weekend looking and drooling. I'll be back all week as I can see that new links are being added. Have a beautiful day ----- teresa

Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

Karen, your studio space is Lace heaven, and I just love your white on white decor. So many lovely things and the new shelf is a great buy and looks fantastic there. ASCP paint is also my favourite paint for furniture.

I wanted to thank you for not only hosting this years party again, but a huge thank you for helping me out getting my link in (I'm now back from my mini vacation, had to come back a bit sooner than thought). But thank you so much!!!


Elizabeth Braun said...

Hi Karen! Nice to e-meet you!

I'm a latecomer to the party as I only found out about it yesterday and have just now created my workspaces post. My room is simple and tiny, but it's all mine....=)

Grungy Galz said...

Karen!!! It's exquisite! There is so many things I would love to have in my not so fabulous area...I think we need a play date soon ;0) Much Love!

Valery Klassen said...

Thanks for hosting again Karen.
I'm always in awe of your beautiful space and love following your blog.
Thanks for continuing to inspire me.
Valery @sun7designs

Michelle said...

You have such a beautiful space, Karen. I never get tired of looking at your photos. Thanks for hosting this hop. Even though I wasn't able to get everything together this year I look forward to seeing everyone's spaces.

A Joyful Cottage said...

I just love your studio, Karen, and your blog. You always inspire me. This is my first year linking up to Where Bloggers Create. I'm so happy to be a part of this special blog party. Thanks so much for hosting. xxx ~ Nancy

Denise said...

I can't believe I failed to leave You a comment!How rude of Me! I looked twice and didn't see My name.I'm so sorry.I know I have dropped by more than once.I'm thinking "What's wrong with Me".Please forgive and thank You so much for the party and the opportunity to enjoy all the kindred spirits I could find-Hugs and blessings-Denise

Louise@ElsieMayandBertha said...

Thank you for hosting this again, Karen. I've always loved your studio, it's full of my favourite things!

A Joyful Cottage said...

I'm so happy to be joining the party for the first, Karen. I love your blog and your creative space is ultra charming. Thanks for hosting! ~ Nancy (I thought I already left a comment, but I don't see it. If I duplicated myself, feel free to delete.) :)

Jeanie said...

It's just lovely, Karen. My head is spinning with ideas! Beautiful use of vintage for decorating!

Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting WBC, your studio gets prettier every year! I love the pink side table, it's the perfect shade.

Sheila Rumney said...


Thanks for hosting a wonderful party! Just love your gorgeous space. Love, love, love how you hung your lace! Thanks so much for updating my social bar and pinterest button. It is now working without the other one. Yippee!!

Sending hugs your way.

Jennifer's Vintage Paperie said...

Hello, I have enjoyed visiting other blogs, but I can no longer see the list of participants. I know the link is now closed to new people, but the entire list is gone as well. How can I see the blog list?

Cathy said...

Thank you! As always this has been a fabulous blog event and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't enter my sewing room this year as it is in total chaos at the moment. LOL! And as always I enjoyed looking at everyone else's creative spaces and being inspired.

Cathy ♥

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the dreaminess and romanticism of your studio. I posted a couple of shots from my studio yesterday evening, so I missed the opportunity to link up to your post. Blessings!

Toni said...

Hi there.. enjoyed so much viewing other creative spaces. I didn't get my post done in time to enter my site but that's ok. I have been meaning to do a post about my space for a while now and this gave me the push to get it done. Look forward to next year. Happy creating !

Nita Jo said...

I loved looking at your work space! It's filled with so many beautiful things, and so well organized. Gave me inspiration to get busy on my work space!

Tea in the Library said...

A Beauty and function. Lot's of inspiration here. Looking forward to visiting all the spaces I can.

French pretties said...

Hello Karen!
Love to be here, its exactly what I love!
I am your new member No 3615, LOL!
Your place is amaaaaazing!

Jen said...

Thank you for shareing your space. It is so pretty, organized and inspiring. I love the white decor. I enjoy your blog and I am visiting all the creative Studio Spaces.

Unknown said...

How can I view the Studios without going through Pinterest?

★ Sugarplum Fairy ★ said...

Hello Karen! I love your romantic studio! All so beautiful and precious! I am in love with your door pocket organizer, it is marvelous! I am so happy I was able to join the link party this and finally shared my craft room. This is an amazing initiative, thank YOU so much Karen :)

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