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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Where Bloggers Create Party!

Well, today's the day for the "Where Bloggers Create" Party! Thank you to Karen Valentine for hosting this event, it was just the kick in the pants I needed to finish getting my office in order! Be sure and hop over to Karen's blog "My Desert Cottage" to see the links for the rest of the party participants and see all of their beautiful creative spaces, including Karen's!

My office is quite small, it's in our basement and has no windows unfortunately, but I do love having my own little space. It really is like a sanctuary to me, I work in here of course, but I also do meditation here so, that's why I have the comfy white chaise lounge chair.


These are a few trinkets I've had for years, some old millinery flowers and an antique metal statue that I bought at a yard sale for 25 cents!

This French Provincial dresser gives me lots of storage. I bought the beautiful old angel print from my friend Pat at Lucketts Store (where I work and sell my wares).

I love this pine cubby piece, would you believe I pulled it out of the Trash at Lucketts?! I swear we have the best trash anywhere, you would not believe some the stuff that gets thrown out there! I added the metal numbers to the cubby, I sell them in my shop and on Etsy, they just seem to go with everything!


The old photo on the left is of my grandmother, she's no longer with us, but still watches over me! I bought the fabulous oak 4 drawer file cabinet from my Friend Heather, another dealer at Lucketts.These are just a few things that I've made or collected. I'm quite partial to old Alabaster pieces and have quite a few of these tiny bird baths, as well as lamps around my home.

This is a dear sweet china head doll that I bought about 15 years ago, her dress is shattering from age, but you should see all the layers of undies she has!

These wire shelves aren't really that pretty but, I love how super easy they are to put together and take apart. I have these in my storage area to hold my inventory and you can really get a lot of stuff on them!

I adore these antique oak spool cabinets, there are actually 2 here stacked on top of each other. I bought one from my friend Mary Lou at Lucketts.

I own lots of old books, I often scan them to put on my Graphics Fairy site.

I bought my desk from my friend Chad, yet another dealer at the Old Lucketts Store. Chad is know for his pale frenchy blue paint and distressed finishes.

I sell these wire photo/card displays at the shop, they make great inspiration boards! My husband gave me the angel calendar for Christmas. How do you like the screensaver on my computer?

I love using old pieces for storage. I purchased the antique English marmalade jar from my good friend Lisa. And yes, Lisa is also at Lucketts! Sorry, to keep repeating the "L" word, but well, there are over 30 of us and I do shop there alot!!

I just picked up this oak file cabinet with all the drawers in it and I am loving all the storage that it is providing! The gray cubby is filled with antique ephemera.

Here's a peek into one of the drawers of the file cabinet. I lined all of them with pages from an old Encyclopedia.

This fabulous early pine shelf (Purchased from my friend Jennifer, at "you know where"!) holds my collection of vintage religious and Catholic pieces.

I love these! Just look at the detail on these two gorgeous metal French statues!!

This cupboard used to be in our kitchen in our old house. Now that it's in my office it holds books, my journals and catalogs. It's a little messy but, functional!

This little corner is the perfect spot for my sweet Corgi, Tucker, or Mr. Tucker as I call him.


Mr. Tucker looks quite pleased with his space, don't you think?!!

Well, that concludes the tour of my workspace, I hope you enjoyed it! Be sure and check out the spaces of the other Bloggers, click Here to find the list.

Amitiés Sincères,

86 comments:

Lori said...

Karen, what a great creative space...i love how the white you have in there marries with the lovely sepia tones of so many of your goodies...you have some really wonderful storage ideas...LOVE your china head doll, she is lovely...and your sweet Mr Tucker is adorable:) thanks for sharing!!!

Alison Gibbs said...

Karen what a fabulous area to create in. So many wonderful storage pieces.
Alison

Debra said...

Love it all. I love not only seeing where you create but also what you collect. I think these things influence us. I love the books ( I have a copy of that Gem of Gems sunday school book) and the statues. Great space!

LissyLou said...

Hoe gorgeous!! so shabby chic, i love it! x

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

very, very nice. you really like antiques! you'd love sandwich, illinois. there's a great antique fair once a month at the fair grounds during the summer and there are some great antique stores too.

your quiet space is lovely!

hugs,

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Karen...I love your workspace! I was checking in for a peek at your other blog and found todays party...sigh...looks like lots of FUN! I'm busy working on shower favors...Happy Creating to you!

Claudia said...

You have a great space - I love all your finds from Luckett's (there, I've said the word.) Everything is so distinctive! Thanks for sharing your space!

Carol said...

Oh Karen you have such a beautiful studio. I love all your vintage treasures and storage pieces!
I jumped on the bandwagon last minute today and joined the party.
Best wishes from Germany sends you
Carola

The French Bear said...

Beautiful space!!!! Wow what gorgeous things you have, I can see why you are so creative!!! I love your blogs, and thank you for always having the greatest pictures and ideas to share!! I love the little china doll, precious!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

zandra said...

Wow! So glad you joined the party so I could find you! Great Space! Thanks, for sharing! Hugz, Z

Christine Edwards said...

Karen, your space is so tranquil, a great spot for meditation indeed. I can't get over all of your lovely vintage pieces. Next time I visit my sister in Herndon, I'm headed to Luckett's. Thanks for sharing.

Tracie said...

I'm always a little envious when I see people decorate with white...I'm completely afraid of decorating with it between the dogs and the children, I think it would be brown within a week. I love the clean crispness of the color and you pulled it off very well with your antique finds.

Beverly said...

just beautiful, i love it all

Nancy said...

I loved the look around at your creative space! You certainly have wonderful inspiration for the beautiful work that you do! It looks very peaceful!
~Nancy

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

How wonderful and Nostalgic your space is. I love it and all your antique finds and furniture. Veru inspiring.
Keep up the good work.
Sonia

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I have to check out your Etsy shop ~ you have so many nice things. I especially like your desk area.

Lynn Stevens said...

wow, what aarm faboulous space you have, Love all your antiques! TFS
Lynn-trashtotreasureart

Jamie said...

Karen your studio is just lovely and I LOVE all the cabinets. I can't seem to pass up anything with a drawer:) I too have a Gem of Gems Sunday school book! I can't pass up old books either. I have issues. LOL!! Thank you for sharing your space sweetie! Love, Jamie

Gypsy Mermaid said...

Hey Chickadee!
I love your vintage goodies! Esp how you have them all layed out and displayed!
Big mermaid hugs

toodles-
sarah

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Karen, amazing space here. I love all of your vintage pieces you have to work with and store your art supplies. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the event.
Cheers

Coleen said...

very beautiful karen! its kewl to see where you created such a beautiful blog and shoppe for moi! now you got me wanting to collect religous statues!!!

Heart Hugs,
Coleen

Cottage Way of Life said...

Your creative space looks like a great place to work. I am especially fond of all the vintage pieces you use to store your ephemera in, so cool! And Mr. Tucker ... well, I could just steal him!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Your studio is awesome!! Love those old spool cabinets!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Karen:
Thanks for sharing your photos of your studio space...and always, thank you for the images you share at Graphics Fairy! (I'm a big fan!)
Hope you'll be able to stop by and visit me, too!
Hugs from Blogland,
Donna

Deb said...

Gorgeous! I was going to tell you that your vintage file cabinet and pine shelf filled with beautiful treasures were my favourites ...until I scrolled down and saw fabulous Mr. Tucker ♥ What a sweet Studio companion he is!

LillySue said...

LOVE your vintage storage items....they are blissful! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings~LillySue

One Shabby Old House said...

Wow what a wonderful space. If a gal doesn't have a place she will be dreaming of one after all these post on creative spaces. Love it.
Becky

The Feathered Nest said...

Karen, I just love your taste!!! It's so elegant and French ~ just gorgeous! I adore old books and images as well ~ one day I've just got to make it to your store...so many treasures you found there!! Your pup looks so relaxed and cozy ~ have a wonderful weekend sweetie, xxoo, Dawn

Desires of the Heart said...

Karen, thank you for sharing your beautiful space to create! I love all your old collections. I too have one of those old New Home attachments tins. The big angel print is so gorgeous and I love all your old oak pieces, spool cabinets and chest. Also the china doll, I have a thing for miniature dolls, Thanks for sharing! Linda

Boogdoodle Beads said...

Okay, first of all, I loooove your space! The cabinets and drawers are absolutely beautiful. And second of all, I can't believe you're the Graphics Fairy! I just wrote an article on my other blog about my past and current inspirations and you're in it! If you'd like to read it, you can find it at White Curtains. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the super Vintage images!

Rebecca said...

Small or not your space is 2die4. OMGOSH...love the white and vintage accents!

Thanks for sharing my friend.

xoRebecca

Karen said...

From one Karen to another - LOVE your space. Love all of your wonderful antiques. Some of those cabinets are just fabulous! And what a cute idea to line the drawers with an encyclopedia! (My kids would ask "a what?") LOL. I burst out laughing when you told us how many undies the china head doll has! I love old books. I have several . . . I even have a few that my maternal Grandma used - in the late 1800. One was her speller and it is just priceless to me!
Very fun. What a happy space. Creativity obviously abounds there!
Thanks for sharing!

Karen
Some Days Are Diamonds

Terri said...

You think of going down stairs and I think of how I can go up stairs.
Aren't we funny.

You have some choice antiques in your creative space and I like how you have put it all together. Super fantastic!

Liberty said...

WOW WOW...Even without windows, your room has the clean simple lines and brightness it needs in your choice of decor. WOW. Love clean white and vintage wood pieces. What a beaitiful room to work in. Enjoy the day!
Blessings,
Linda

LiLi M. said...

Whow! I just cannot remove my jaw from my desk...this is amazing! Even the trash is better up your place! I love everything! Compliments for your other blog too, I just know that so many people appreciate what you are doing. I didn't know that you had this blog too, I will be back! Thanks!

Beth Leintz said...

I have a a feeling I could spend hours peeking at all your vignettes and paging through your great old books.

I like the contrast of your white wire shelving with the old spool cabinet- I think it makes both pieces more interesting.

Karen Valentine said...

Oh Karen your space is so full of wonderful vintage-y goodness! I love all those old pieces! And of course...Mr Tucker is the best thing in your studio. (Of course I'm rather partial since I have a corgi child myself!) Thank you so much for playing with us today. You have really helped make this party special!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

lorhen82 said...

What great pieces you have in your space! I'm an antique lover, and those oak spool cabinets are just gorgeous! Lovely office! ~Lori

Lisa said...

Oh Karen! I love your space!!! Lucky Tucker! I'm so glad I found this blog too!
Hugs, Lisa

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hi Karen,
I love all of your vintage furniture...so fitting to hold all of your little trinkets. Your space is very relaxing and beautiful (as Tucker obviously thinks so too) and I can see why you work and play in there.
Plus...you work at Luckett's...lucky you! Many bloggers have posted about that wonderful place. One day I will get up there!
everything vintage

Natasha said...

Oh, that china doll of yours has me weak in the knees! Does your sweet puppy have any Shiba Inu in him, by chance? My darling is a Shiba and she looks a bit similar. What a beautifully creative space you live in! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at this lovely event; please do stop by for a visit soon!

Enjoy the party!

Warm Wishes,

Natasha
www.lifeafterdarkjewelry.blogspot.com

Miss Sandy said...

Adore your space and all the antique finds! I happen to think Mr. Tucker is pretty adorable too! If I am ever in your area I will most certainly be dropping in to shop. You have great taste and your space is very serene. Thank you for sharing.

Judy @ In His Grip said...

That old Sunday School book is awesome!!!! Come on by and visit my studio at:

http://judysturman.typepad.com/in_his_grip/2009/01/stitches-by-sturman-studio-makeover.html

I am lovin' this party!!!

caren said...

Your space is wonderful and so much for me to look at!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a lovely, peaceful place to create!
Mr. Tucker is adorable!
I didn't get my studio photographed for the party today, but I will be having a giveaway on my blog tomorrow (Sat), for "Christmas in July".
Please stop by!!
:)
~Becca~

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

You may not have any windows, but your room seems bright and cheerful anyway! All that white with the pretty things makes it a nice place to go.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Karen,

I so enjoyed walking around your creative space..it's all very organized with such treasured bits of treasure that you've found at work...oh my, what a fabulous place to be able to sell your goods.

I'm a fan of the Graphics Fairy site and also of your Etsy. :-)

Please drop by for a visit to see my "studio in progress"....even though it's a big mess right now!

I've just recently moved into our home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and have been remodeling for over two months now. Lots of extra windows have been installed to bring in our great view.

Anywho....I'd love you to visit!
Stephanie

Sue said...

What a great space. No wonder your shop is always beautiful when you have such an environment to inspire you.

I simply love the art on the walls in your first picture. If you ever decide to put them in the shop, please let me know!!

Sue E.

Denise said...

Beautiful!
Thanks for sharing...
Dancingly,Denise
www.dancinglydenise.typepad.com

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Your space is great. I LOVE that tall paper file cabinet that you have your vintage jewelry in!

Shannon

Melissa the Holiday Queen said...

Ah Mr. Tucker looks so cozy in your beautiful creative space.

alicew said...

Definitely one of the nicest ones I have seen! I love the color palette and all of the wonderful old storage containers. Your computer desk is to die for!

debsea said...

what a beautiful, peaceful place you have to create in!

Keli Hansen said...

love the spool cabinets.. hope to add a couple to my space someday... thanks for letting me wander in!

Molly Alexander said...

Karen, I love your space. It is so quiet and calming - thanks for sharing!

:-) Molly

p.s. I just became a followerof your other blog, the graphics fairy :-)

fairychildheirlooms said...

hi Karen! how simply charming to be able to see your creative space! I love your white furniture, all of your treasures (one man's junk is another man's...) please stop by for a visit when you get a chance!
:) Missy

fawndear said...

I love you blend of antique sepia tones and white. Such a refreshing creative space to enjoy. And your spool cabinets are enchanting.
Thank you so much for sharing your space. I love all the ideas I'm getting.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Please, please, may I move in with you? What a fabulous creative space! I'm enchanted with your lovely style, graced with so many wonderful collectibles! Love everything! Thanks so much for sharing...and come visit when you have a moment!

Paradise Blog Design said...

What a fantastic space! I love the old spool cabinet!
Deb

Becca said...

What a lovely space! I love all the antique goodies you have for inspiration! Thank you for sharing :)

Geralyn Gray said...

Absolutely perfect......when I have been visiting each blog I can sort of imagine what each one would look like based on your blogs and yours is full of vintage storage just as I would have imagined.

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for visiting my studio today and for you kind comments. This has been so much fun - I am so glad to have found your blog. I love your studio! Great stuff and it looks like we have the same taste. I love all the old prints and that old spool cabinet and I will have to go back and look some more. Thanks for having me.
Oh and thank you for the graphics on my webpage :)
Blessings
Rebecca

Shelly said...

Karen,
Gotta say I love the Corgie best of all! Aren't they awesome dogs?

I had a dog Lucy, she was the love of my life,,,,She was half Corgie and half Golden Retriever. When people asked what she was I'd say she was a Safeway special. SHE picked me when I looked in the box!!

Nice creative space. Thanks for sharing!!!

shell

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Karen,
I'm still making the rounds, so please forgive my tardiness. I can't believe all the participants... so great! You've got some really nice pieces in your collection here, love the french icons and your Mr. Tucker's little spot, so perfect!
~Tracie

paintinpatti said...

I love the colors in your room - my room is so bright - it makes me really appreciate something different. Your style is very, very pretty. You have some great storage ideas, too!

Kim-Fille de Fleur said...

Karen,

We are next to each other on the party list and I just love being your neighbor! The storage drawers you have are so divine. The spool cabinet is so wonderful. I want to go to Lucketts right now and find one! Ooops I live in California. boo hoo!

I love your space and Mr. Tucker and my Georgie would be best of friends if they met. I will be back to see what else you are up to in the future.

Kim

A Fanciful Life said...

Hi Karen,
Ohhhhhhh, I love your white theme! That French provincial dresser is wonderful. In fact, I really like all of your storage pieces, you have some really great antique ones. If only we had a Lucketts where I live! I like birds too, nice screensaver. And what is a creative space without an animal companion to help us out? ;-)
Truly inspiration space!
Sharon

Kara Ward said...

It is large on great design...that sweet doggie is just so darn cute!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Just a lovely space to create in!

FitToSeeJane said...

I loved seeing your studio. I especially love the look of all the old wood pieces you use. Thanks for sharing.

cindy said...

Simply divine! LOVE the chaies, what a great spot. You truly, you have so many things that I am drooling over! :D You are blessed to have such a wonderful space to create in.

-c
yapping cat

Gypsy Flea Market said...

I can't stand it!! It brings tears to my eyes ... I want it ALL!
Your creative space is right up my ally. WONDERFUL!

Another reason I'm crying ... I was just in Berryville last week so close to Lucketts and I missed it!! I'm planning another road trip ASAP.

I also want to thank you for your "other blog" you are truly a fairy sharing all your graphics with us ... I enjoy them all!

xo
Jill

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh Karen......no problem with the lack of windows here! What a fabulous space.......light and bright, cozy and charming....I LOVE it!

Blessings,
Spencer

Anonymous said...

OMG I love your vintage treasures. And I'm glad puppy loves your room too! I share mine with three cats and they take up alot of room, leaving about 2" workspace on my desk. Thanks for sharing.

www.queenmarcyoriginals.typepad.om

Pamela Jane said...

Wish it weren't an hour's drive thru miserable traffic, or I'd be using the L-word and Fleurish a lot more myself :). What a beautifully tranquil space you've created -- thanks for the invitation to visit.

Jane said...

I really enjoyed touring your studio. Love, love, love all of your vintage items. Thanks for sharing your creative space.

paperbird said...

What a gorgeous creative space. It truly is a beautiful space with such lovely treasures. Thank you for letting us peek.

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Beautiful, peaceful, and fabulous! I love it all! My favorites are the dresser, the chaise and Mr. Tucker! Thanks for the tour! I had a wonderful time visiting with you!
bunny hugs,
shell

Connie said...

Absolutely darling! Uuuuh, the dog AND the space, chick. I know, I know, I'm late but I'm HERE wanting to view each and every one of you bloggers.......
xoxo,
Connie

Annabelle said...

A perfect place for a special fairy to dwell and create her magic

Thanks for all of the lovely graphics, I totally enjoy creating magic myself and with your beautiful finds it makes it easy for me to design whimsical art.

Hugs Annabelle

Georgette said...

What a beautiful blog you have! I surfed in from Mary-Eileen's Tea at Trianon. You two definitely share similar interests, I am sure you are a lovely person as well. Have a good time at your high school reunion :)

Her Art Nest said...

I am in love with your studio. Especially the "French-feel" to it. I like it a lot!! What a great space to create. ~Nan

June said...

Hi Karen,
This is such a serene setting I think maybe I'll hang out here on this little chaise now that the crowd has cleared (there's an advantage to being late)and just enjoy all the lovely things to look at in your space.
Smiles,
June

KV Creative Designs said...

Love your space! I want to sit on the Chaise and read a Stampinton magazine! Thank you for sharing! I hope you will visit my new Studio too!

Artful Blessings,
Kathryn

Nerissa Alford said...

Hi Karen
It's so nice to see your creative space after meeting you at Lucketts. It's funny how this blogging world works. I've visited your Graphics Fairy blog in the past.
I love all your storage places. I can't pick a favorite. I'm partial to the file cabinet drawer with the jewelry. I hope to run into you again when we come back to the area.

Nerissa
kate vee & me

Heavenly Chic Interiors said...

Beutiful Karen! What an inspiring place to work. Need to get to Lucketts soon. T