Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create II

I'm so excited to be participating in Karen Valentine's Where Bloggers Create  2nd Annual Blog Party this year . . . I discovered her blog, My Desert Cottage, while reading the latest issue of Somerset Studio's Where Women Create and knew that I wanted to play along and peek into the spaces you create in . . .

I actually took over our guest room about 9 months ago, shortly after I started my blog (they seemed to want each other). I found that my art supplies out numbered my guests, and since I really did need a place to organise all the things I was hoarding, the supplies won . . . So, I exchanged the bed and B & W french-inspired decor for a pull out couch (sorry, friends) and walls of soft pink with grey swirls. It's girly I know, but although our four year-old calls it her "studio," (and you will often find tiny dinosaurs lurking around), it really does seem to represent me and the things I love.

So welcome to our studio . . .

 A peek through the mirror
(All pictures below show the room from left to right)
Family secretary that houses glass urns filled with supplies
 This jar's more decorative:
it holds a collection of Kendra's old pacifiers
 Altered books and journals are stacked on top of a
small craft cabinet in the corner
The inside of my Hobby Hideaway, which is usually not this neat
 A favorite postcard lives in a plexiglas drawer on the left
The right door showcases some birthday invitations and a gift
(the fish with the crown) from a class I took with Misty Mawn 
 The way out.
The shelf to the left often holds a variety of art pieces 
 Kendra's corner.
Especially funny if you knew how much of a tomboy she is! 
French doors and a hanging basket with an old chandelier crystal 
A favorite necklace hangs from an empty picture frame
Magazine rack (yes, I am Somerset obsessed)
and stacked boxes for supplies
 These boxes house patterns, ledgers, vintage children's illustrations,
 feathers and rub-ons
 A recent addition to the room: my vision statement banner from 

Now that you have seen our studio, I will show you where, despite the best of intentions with the room above, I really create . . . sigh . . .
 Our kitchen counter!

Thank you for your visit (and I didn't even make you sleep on a pull-out). I look forward to seeing all of your places and creative spaces . . . 

Kristin xo


scrapwordsmom said...

Oh I am so happy I found you!! Love your studio and I love your banner. I just purchased Shona's book last weekend!! Today I painted my very first collage and am showing it off Monday on my Blog!! I hope you'll stop by:)


Carin said...

Love your studio Kristin! It seems very you! So many incredibly beautiful things!

Diane said...

What a great and inviting studio you have, Kristin. I'm so glad that you gave us a tour. My favorite part is the secretary with all of the glass jars for storage (cool) and of course--Kendra's studio!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

How wonderful you and your sweet daughter share a studio! It looks like a very inviting place for both of you to create in.
Please stop by and visit my space.

Rae said...

Oh thanks for sharing your studio! I love looking into others art rooms. So pretty and neat. I know you will have wonderful times in that room!

joanna said...

I love your studio Kristin! and Kendra's little corner! really cute :)

Unknown said...

Sweet! Looks like a space where a lot of fun goes on! :)


K J D said...

What a wonderful space... no wonder you create such beautiful things here. I especially love the dresser with your gorgeous jars ... its like a sweet shop... only better!


K J D said...

Hi again....

Thank you for visiting!

Gluebooks are not really like a journal... they are just about paper and glue! They can be modern (junk mail) or vintage, found paper, ephemera, old photos. Generally there's no writing or ink. But really, there are no rules! I did an online class with Mary and it was amazing.


E Makes Art said...

Thank you for allowing us to peek in your studio, it's very beautiful. I love all the pretty jars full of goodies in the secretary.

Kateyed said...

That just cracked me up! I love your beautiful craft room...the stenciling on the wall, the supplies in the secretary and the suitcases picking up some of that French motif. It makes me laugh to hear where you really do your crafting! I also have a bead supply room and a paper/fabric room but I do my crafting sitting in my electric bed with the TV or music on!

We are three months old (in blog time) and are a mother/daughter team. I didn't get the space cleaned but stop by sometime, if you wish.

Susan (Suz) Reaney
(not just about jewelry)

Kathy said...

I am so glad I read all the way to the end. Thank you for the laugh and I so get that. I sew in the dining room even though I have the PERFECT height sewing tables (which also allow the machines to be stored below) in my work room.
I have just decided I need to MOVE THOSE TO THE DINING ROOM! And think of the space I will have in the design room,lol.

Julia Christie said...

Love love Love your space and I am jealous of it. I had to laugh at the last bit as I end up doing all of my work on our kitchen nook table too, even tho I have a space for it elsewhere. This is a lovely space though, and I envy your supplies and organization.


Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Hi Kristin!
Love your fantastic space! Those stacked boxes are my all time favorite and I too am obsessed with Somerset publications. So much eye candy!
Thanks for the tour!

Jorgelina said...

Love your studio !

Amber Leilani said...

kristin, you have such a lovely, happy space - i love that you share it with your daughter
( could she be any cuter or spunkier?! ).

i love the stenciling on the walls and i completely feel you on the supplies outweighing the space is far more important to our sanity, i think than guests...i'll tell you sometime why the mr. and i no longer receive guests during mardi gras! :)
i also loved the "fess up" about the kitchen counter...ha! i think we can all relate to that.
thanks for the follow...right back atcha!

Petunia said...

You're creative space looks beautiful and fun. I love the glass jars in the secretary. I too am Somerset obsessed...actually anything from Stampington, lol! Thank you for the lovely tour.

Lemon Lane Studio said...

Your room is just beautiful. I had to laugh at your last statement...with little ones around it's hard not to end up in the kitchen creating. You gotta keep your eyes on them and they want you near. Enjoy those moments, they will be over too soon. Blessings, Patty

Mandy said...

so pretty space is a mess...outside in our garage, but i share it with a drun kit, treadmill, drier to name a seems we createlo on the same work think many of us do!!!xxx

marcia said...

Love your space...even if you create on the kitchen counter hehehe.

happy day!Love the glass urns and hobby hideaway.

Queen Bee said...

Gotta love those kitchen counters! Love your post!
Queen Bee Studio

zandra said...

Great creative space even if it is other than planned. ;o) So, enjoyed my visit with you.

Amy said...

ooooo, I do love seeing your rooms..your home is pure heaven girl!!! You are so lucky to have such a sweet home that is decorated with pure beauty! I always enjoy seeing how you decorate ..thanks for sharing

Tania said...

Thanks for sharing your space - really very feminine. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment

Carolee ~ ArtPodStudios said...

What a great studio space....I too end up "spreading" my art throughout the house when there just isn't enough room in the studio....or you need water for a project so you take to the kitchen :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog for the studio party Saturday! I'm just now getting to hop around and see all the great studio spaces, what fun! Look forward to seeing your future posts....
Carolee ~ Visionsofbliss ~ ArtPodStudios

Tobi Britton* said...

Hi Kristin!
Love your studio- especially the "going to bed without any gin!" LOL
You have inspired me to take my Ashley's old baby bottles out of hiding and put them to good use!
Thanks for having us over!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobi and the Pixies!

Decor To Adore said...

What a wonderful creative space!

I adore your storage solutions. You have inspired me to work on my own crafting paradise. said...

I really like your sileoete. How do you spells that? And I want those black and white suit cases.

come visit

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Hey Kristen,

What a lovely studio..I love the suitcase storage solution...thanks so much for sharing it with me.

I'd love for you to come over for a stroll through my studio. It's been an ongoing transformation for almost a year since I moved in to our new home.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Claudia said...

You have a wonderful space! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Deborah said...

I am particularly fascinated by the hot air balloon in the corner. I love the colors. This is a very well put together room. I love it that Kendra has her own corner in it too. I also like the idea of using the secretary to display glass bottles. Thank you for sharing and for coming by to visit my space.

Mandy Chilvers said...

wow i love it. i esp like Kendra's doll house. i went to a doll house shop yesterday oh it was great. i could've spent the whole day in there looking at all the miniatures goodies... you have such a gorgeous place to create... kitchen table... so invaluable in anyones house! lol i use my kitchen table... coffee table... tv table... kitchen sides and storage is EVERYWHERE! lol

those backgrounds are GORGEOUS... how did you make them?

keep up the great work

Lissa said...

it's a great place to create, I like all the little touches & you seem to have so many supplies. & it's kind of true, some of us always end up being creative somewhere other than the destinated room

thanks for your visit to my blog, it's greatly appreciated

Terri said...

It's so great to have a space like this dedicated to where we can create...Bright and cheery full of our supplies and personal touches...Thanks for sharing it all with us!

donna joy said...

great room-thanks for sharing-been getting lots of ideas from seeing everyone else's space~

Sandy said...

I think we all tend to spill out of our spaces, my kitchen table is currently covered with drying box tops. Thank you for a peek into your private creative haven.

Karen Valentine said...

I took over my son's room when he moved out so we don't a place for gusts at all! At least you gave yours a fold out couch! LOL! I love the pink and grey color scheme too. And yes, we ALL do tend to spill out into other rooms all the time! Thank you so much for joining the party and letting us have a peak!
My Desert Cottage

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Thanks so much for sharing your space. I'm a little late getting through all the studios. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Connie

Anonymous said...

LOL about the kitchen counter! Your space is very pretty & it's so nice of your daughter to let you spend time in there. :D

Digging the quote about going to bed without gin too!