Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create II Blog Party!

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Welcome to my creative nest!

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What great timing! I just finished reading one of my favorite copies of Where Women Create (again!).

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So you’re here to party. What a fun party this will be! Join me as I share with you where it all happens and some of my favorite items of inspiration.

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I am lucky to have a spare bedroom which I refer to as my “back room”. That’s because it all happens here… not only is it my creative space but it’s where I do all my computer work, file papers and watch television.

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Right now, I have two computers. My older PC and my newer iMac. I have not fully transitioned yet, and honestly, I’m not sure I want to. But I do love that large glass screen on the Mac!

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I love my window and wish I had even more of them as I like a lot of light. I do have four lamps in the room though!

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Just over one year ago, I reorganized this room and was very happy with it. Since then, I’ve been hitting the flea market and have acquired lots of little things. I’d like to have fewer things out, but I just love every little thing.

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The walls are the color of hot chocolate with antique white trim. It’s a nice neutral that I like for a long time and finally painted it. It’s so hard making color decisions! Now, I’d love it if it was a pretty light blue, or another happy color.

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My painted white chair is covered with a red and white ticking upon which a toile pattern cushion sits. The cushion is really for Miss Gracie who likes to help me out, but she usually prefers being right on table where she can easily grab shiny little items with her paws.

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Here’s my collection of “stuff”. I’m not sure how to better describe it!

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In particular, I love my mini Eiffel Tower and my mannequin. I’ve dressed my wire mannequin form in a tulle skirt dressed up with ribbon and flowers.

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Oooooh, there’s all kinds of things here. My collection of Somerset magazines including Somerset Life, Somerset Home, Artful Blogging and of course, Where Women Create!

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I like to rest my inspiration board and mini mirror door atop the secretary desk.

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It’s just high enough that the kitties won’t jump up here.

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The white frames provide a nice accent against the chocolate walls.

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Have I pointed out that besides a stack of notes, there is a package of cookies and four tins of Altoids on the computer desk? Must have my snacks!

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Alert! We interrupt this blog party to bring you this photo of an old ballerina cake topper (thank you Carole, it’s one of my favorite items).

I just got a brand new lens this week – it’s a Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro lens and I’m so excited. I’ve only had time to play a little but I absolutely love doing macro photography and I can’t believe how close up I got this! Oh, this makes me happy!

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Now, back to the blog party… As I mentioned, I have my inspirational magazines here which I love to browse for ideas. Now, let’s take a look at some more of the items that provide inspiration or are just plain lovely to look at.

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Mmmmm…… velvet flowers in a Victorian vase waiting to made into something fabulous.

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Some flea market finds pinned onto the inspiration board.

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Bring the garden inside! A favorite way to decorate is with garden items, bringing the outdoors in.

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Must keep crepe paper handy… lovely for trim and making rosettes!

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My little Eiffel Tower with a bit of floral and tinsel…

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The little birdies have nested atop a little pink box, guarding a little antique button collection. I know they are safe with these two.

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Did I mention that it’s Christmas all year long at my house?

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Oodles of ribbon in lots of drawers… and fabulous papers all rolled up. More than I will ever use!

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Love my supplies tote purchased last year at the Silver Bella vendor market from Artistic Bliss.

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Oh, here’s the tiny ballerina that we saw in the Macro shot just a while ago. Isn’t she a tiny little thing?

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Ohhhhhhh, more velvet leaves. Just yummy. Need I say more?

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Wonderful books and magazines of inspiration abound.

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Random items are placed on a bulletin board. Just because. If it’s yummy, up it goes!

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Not only is it Christmas all year long, but it’s Valentine’s Day too.

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More yumminess. Just some photos and calligraphy pieces.

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A little collage adds sweetness to the mix.

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A cuppa of flowers adds that garden touch again.

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Hmmm… here’s a tiny Eifel Tower (as opposed to the small Eiffel Tower that sits close by). I have at least three Eiffel Towers in my home including the three foot one in my living room. Love that touch of Paris.

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Be sure to keep your needles and thread way up high where your companion animals can’t get them!

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Oh my gosh! How do I love German glass glitter? Let me count the ways…

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I love it in pink, mauve, blue, gold, silver… well gosh, in any color!

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Tip: use a photo holder to display paper art, cards, menus, or any kind of artwork that makes your heart sing.

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Atop my wire mannequin sits a bouquet of gerbera daisies and a pink fairy crown. Did you know pink is my favorite color?

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Love this flea market finds. A little hand to hold the old postcards, wrapped with love in sheer ribbon.

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Why not use the mirror space to display photos and cards?

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The whole small Eiffel Tower sits atop a toile case. And did I not warn you already about it being Christmas?

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Just a big ‘ole S! Why not embellish it with vintage flowers and ribbon?

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If you don’t already have an inspiration board, it’s a great addition to your space.

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So now you’ve seen our space. Miss Gracie and I are a team when it comes living the creative life. Very few items are created without her feline input. Actually, it’s quite nice to have her help. She picks out art items that she thinks I should create with and I lounge in the sun with her in return. A nice trade, I think.

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Well, we’ve ended today’s journey through our creative space. Miss Gracie and I thank you for visiting. She really isn’t sticking her tongue out at you, truly she enjoyed your visit. She’s just waving goodbye from our back room until next year, hoping you won’t be a stranger and will return again to visit us soon.

A special thank you to Karen at My Desert Cottage who is hosting this fabulous blog party!

101 comments:

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Sharon,

Was great to have a tour of your wonderful work space ~ it is fabulous and great to see photos of you and Miss Gracie working together.
Everything is gorgeous and yes, everyone should have an inspiration board.
Thank you for showing us around.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Sharon and Miss Gracie -- great space for creating. Love all your photos. I need an inspiration board but no room left on my walls for much anything else. :) Hope you are having a fun, creative and relaxing weekend. Tammy

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

Thank you so much for showing us around! It is always so much fun to see where others create!
I love all the detail! It is such a whimsical room...and how you describe youe wall color! Too fun!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend,
Blessings,
Donna

Debby said...

Hi Sharon,
I have enjoyed my visit with you and Miss Gracie. What a wonderful creative space you have, filled with all things beautiful. I love your mirror holding your art, well actually I love everything. Thanks for sharing with us.
Hugs,
Debby

Halle said...

Love the color of the walls. The white pieces really pop! Inspiring space you've surrounded yourself with!

jsimplylive said...

Gorgeous space. I love it! And it seems to suit you very well. Glad I stopped by!

Pam @ Frippery said...

So many fun trinkets. I could browse all this eye candy all day long. Thanks for the tour!

gm glimmerglass said...

You've got one gorgeous spot there, ladies.
I especially love the embellished S!
So cool to pair metal with vintage flowers.
Thanks very much for the tour!

Genevieve

Queen of Dreams said...

Oh Sharon! What a magical creative space. I love your sparkly, whimsical treasures. I LOVE that you renamed 'comments' love notes...what a GREAT idea! Okay, I'm totally inspired to take more pictures...I love your eye.

Hugs-

Tina

marie said...

I love your space and like you, I love "stuff" too! My space is a work in (early) progress and I appreciate all the great ideas you've shared!

Leah C said...

Hello Sharon...you have a beautiful place in which to create! Don't you feel lucky to have a room of your own?! Love all your "stuff":)

vanny said...

hello sharon...and miss gracie. thanks for sharing your great space--love the eiffel tower too. I think you have done a wonderful job creating such a creative little haven--i look forward to another visit.


vanessa
http://www.madstitches.blogspot.com/

Syd said...

Thank you for sharing your room. I think the next thing I need is an inspiration board.

kluless said...

I love the way you embelish all your little treasures with so much creative flair! Thank you for sharing.

Whimsey Creations said...

Thanks so much Sharon and Miss Gracie for sharing pictures of your creative space. It's beautiful and I'm sure any artistic kitty would love it LOLOLOL Isn't it funny how our furry friends 'help' us? Have a great weekend!

Karen Valentine said...

Oh Sharon! There is so much eye candy!!! I won't need any sweets for a month!! Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful things in your room. It was such a pleasure to visit!

xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Karen said...

Hi Sharon.
Sigh. Loved all your goodies. From the Christmas to the velvet leaves to . . . Of course the adorable Miss Gracie a it is a wonderful space. I laughed when you said you'd like to have less out. mE TOO! But then- I want to look and touch it too! So what to do? I just leave it out to enjoy. Perfect!
Very cute picture of the 2 of you.
And just so you know- we are out camping this weekend but I actually brought my calligraphy book and pens! You've been so inspirational to me! Thank you!
Loved our visit. Have. Wonderful weekend!
Karen ;)

sewingseeds4U said...

I love your space. I like looking at my things for inspiration, too. If everything is put away in boxes or cabinets, I forget I have it. Very pretty room!

Jane said...

You create some beautiful pieces and you have such a lovely place to be inspired. I really enjoyed seeing all the little touches of things that you love that you have added to the room.
Jane

stefanie said...

what a beautiful space, I love the color on the walls!!!

craftyles said...

Your space is very peaceful and pretty. Love your pinks in the room.

Caleen said...

What a great space you have created. So many lovely things and treasures to create with. Thank you for sharing. Love your Eifel Tower and Inspiration board. The chair is cute too.. Love all the light.. It's been fun.. Have a lovely day.

She'sSewPretty said...

What a pretty room! I can't decide which I like best...your jars of German glitter or Miss Gracie. She's a beauty!

scrapwordsmom said...

Such a gorgeous, serene space for all your creative ideas to take shape!! Thank you for sharing:)

Gail said...

What a happy and lovely space. Thanks for sharing it!

Penny said...

I think your room is simply lovely. and I kind of like the colors of your walls - very peaceful.
I craft with a feline snoopervisor as well - can't live without their input.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Penny

Petite moi said...

What a sweet princess-y place you have here...Really neat! And the chair & the kittycat are the two stars of your workspace, really!
smiles,
Erika

ps. please stop by if you have the chance!:o)

Janet said...

Your back room is fantastic! With all that yumminess around you I'm sure you never lack for inspiration.

Lori said...

Oh, WOW! I just adore your space! I just want to go there and touch everything. I just love your wire mannequin--I have to get one of those. And, I'm inspired by your inspiration board. I need to make one--have the board, just need to hang it! Everything in your rooms says: Let's Create! I'm now a follower!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

You have a great 'back room' studio. You have paid so much attention to each detail. Your glitter and velvet flowers really caught my eye. They are just begging to be played with! Thank you so much for the tour! Connie

Creative Grammie said...

What a wonderful spot you create in! I know what you mean about keeping things safe for our 4-legged companions, my little Hoku (star in Hawaiian) will even rummage through my trash can in my studio for a piece of scrap or tissue etc. She actually reformed a whole ball of yarn for me one day!
Thanks for the tour, I loved it.

Her Art Nest said...

What an beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations and cozy space. See you next year!! Hugs, Nancy

Claudia said...

You have a wonderful space full of treasures and beauty. And Miss Gracie is adorable.

Cherie Wilson said...

Wow what a great tour my dear! Thankyou Thankyou and good to see another Silver Bella sister on the tour! Are you going back in November? Yes for me! XO

kimberly shaw said...

You've created an amazing inspirational room and I so much enjoyed your tour.

BLISS angels said...

Oh thank you for sharing your space with me it is so cute and i need at least a day to look over the photos. Everything looks wonderful. if you get time pop over I love visiters and kettle is always on. Tea or Coffee???

Hugs and meow ~wendy at blissangels

Terri said...

Sweet space ..love Miss gracie...thanks for sharing it all.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great space! I love seeing all your stash for creating. I love how you keep your glitter in the beautiful glass containers {shakers?}. What a wonderful display of creative projects, too.

Artsy-Craftsy Merchant said...

loved the photos...but, more importantly, I loved all the stuff! Thanks for the tour!

Marina Capano said...

Hi!What a nice space!
Beautiful, thank you for sharing!!!!
your kitty is so cuteee!!!

xoxo

visit me anytime...

Deb said...

Such a pretty space & Miss Gracie is adorable :-)

Vintage French Hen said...

Thank you for the tour of your wonderful creative space, everything is so organized! Happy Blog-hoping!
Marcia

Romeo said...

Meowllo Miss Gracie, so very nice to have found you! What a beautiful studio you have and your human companion is a keeper. I can tell that she understands the importance of feline guidance and companionship, much like my own "she". Please tell your companion that I really loved the studio tour - yours is welcoming, fun and filled with all things to delight! Thank you again for sharing!

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

Denise said...

Love your space! Looks like you and Miss Gracie have it well organized.

Sylvia Drown said...

Beautiful space...Love it! Thanks for sharing!!

Geralyn Gray said...

I love your back room......and I would love to create in a room surrounded by hot chocolate too!

Bette said...

Thank you for this wonderful tour of your creative space. There is so much inspiration here.

a Bohemian Market said...

Hi Friend Sharon:
You are such a sweetie : )
It is nice to see the photos and know I have been in your creative space!!! It is so nice and happy. Yes, that is a good word to use!!!
Miss Gracie is her usual warm and cuddly self
: )
You showcased your creative areas so beautifully; as expected!!!
Hi to all
peace & hugs
carole

luluslovlies said...

Loved visiting your space, so light and cheery, love that you brought the garden inside and the white iron plant holders to hang them in, I must find more wall space, lol! Enjoy the party and come visit some time, I also love, love, love german glass glitter! XOXO

VERBENA.... NESTED TREASURES said...

wow what endless beauty here in your lovely studio.

Janet Bernasconi said...

You did a beautiful job taking pictures of your work space. So pretty. And I love your cat! Such a cute name too. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed it.
Hugs,
Janet
Janet's Creative Pillows

Cathy said...

Sharon,

What an absolutely stunning blog post. I loved everything about it. Your creativity, your artwork and your photos were 2DIE4.

The journey was a wonderful inspiration on this early Sunday morning. Good luck, I hope you win! Your space is awesome.

Cathy

fiberdoodles said...

What a lovely creative space you have and your work is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us :0)

Our Back Porch said...

What a wonderful creative space you have! I could get lost for hours in there! Thanks for sharing! Come on over to see Where I Create!

Creative Blessings,
Rebecca

Miss Sandy said...

Such a sweet space! Miss Gracie is pretty sweet too! Thank you for sharing.

Kristin said...

Oooh, I love all your beautiful "stuff" . . . your space and special touches are just stunning, Kristin xo

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an amazing space you have created! It inspires me to add to my own crafting area.

I adore all of your storage solutions.

Gail said...

Hi Karen and Miss Gracie, first Missy Mew and Me Moew send their regards to Miss Gracie. Visit me at Big Horn Mountain Creations to see that Missy Mew is quite the artist like Miss Gracie. Love your space Karen, and am glad you did close ups of all your pretties. Am going to have to check into German Glass glitter, have not heard of that before. I am so enjoying this party and it has inspired me to make some changes in my studio already. LOL.
Have you been over to Beverly's at How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday (since pink is your fav color and all), she is sharing her space here also, so do check it out and join us.
Hugs
Gail

Connie said...

Well, HERE'S another love note to you, sugar. Just adorable what you've done with your creative space, chick. Nice meeting you also.
xoxo,
Connie

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Sharon,
You and Miss Gracie have a wonderful space for following your creative muses! Thank you for visiting Brynwood and adding me to your blog roll. I'm honored. I'll be doing the same for yours, as I'm looking forward to getting to know you better, and don't want to miss anything you'll be working on! Kes and I send our love to you and M.G.!
xoxo
Donna

Julie Ranae said...

A wonderfully inspiring creative space...thank you for sharing it with us : ) Miss Gracie is beautiful. Hope you will stop by and see my Lucy!

Lynnae said...

Lovely! And I envy your cute craft tote bag too.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Sharon... what a beautiful little "back room" as you call it! I love all of your "stuff", especially your Eiffel Tower and little dressform fufu'd up... Miss Gracie is precious! Kitty kisses Miss Gracie! Thanks for sharing your pretty place! xoxo Julie Marie

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Sha Miss Gracie...she's looking so beautiful! And you too! I love the photos of you two together!!!
Your room is as beautiful as you...so bright and cheery Sharon!
So is this another lens you bought? I thought you bought one and returned it...is this a different one? The macro photo is gorgeous!
I love all of the little details of your room, so many pretties to look at.
I hope you are doing okay and having a wonderful WBC weekend :)

Katsui Jewelry said...

Sharon,
What an absolutely beautiful space! I am glad you allow yourself to put your little flea market find here and there...that's what makes it really you and gives you something to delight in every time you enter. I think the choice of chocolate brown is an excellent one and love how the sunlight trickles through your room.

You did a beautiful job of presenting this. Truly, you are multitalented!

Suz
http://katsuijewelry.blogspot,com

Deborah Jeans Dandelion House ~ inspired living said...

Sharon,
Your space is just full of so many little wonderful things to inspire and make one smile! I would say it's quite magical!

We have a companion too... Max the Corgi!

Thanks for joining the party and happy creating!
Deb

Gracefully Vintage said...

Ok as a new follower, im so excited i love so much of your room, i could spend hours going through your stuff- EYE candy love all the trims -glitter paper pinks...-love this bloggers party-
Karryann

June said...

Sharon, so this is where all the beauty you create comes from! It's full of so much inspiration. You and Miss Gracie sure have a beautiful haven here!
hugs

imaginationlane said...

I've so enjoyed poking about in your studo! Oddly enough, I usually just refer to my sudio as the 'back room' also. Amd Miss Gracie is a delight. What is a home..or a studio..without feline companionship, after all? I also love your 'good to be queen' button..it made me smile.

If you get a chance, you might like to stop by and vivit my back room. I will definitely drop in again...

Lynette

Fleur de Bee said...

Beautiful space!! I am loving all your pretties, especially your crown and the flowers on your board. So pretty!! Thanks so much for sharing! xo

Queen of Dreamsz said...

What a beautiful creative space. I love all of it! Thanks so much for letting me stroll through.

I would love for you to visit with me and stroll through my studio..it's been a labor of love to put together and now after a year in our home putting everything together as it should be I feel like I can "spread my wings" and fly!

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

A great space for creating and a lovely assistant too, so pretty!
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Thespa said...

Lovely space. Thanks for sharing it.

She said...

Oh what a lovely craft space and Miss Gracie is just gorgeous. x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Ooohhhh...aaahhhh...I love your inspiration board and supply tote! You're giving me lots of wonderful ideas! How talented you are! WOW! ♥

MosaicMagpie said...

What a super fun place you have there!
Debbie

sweetpea said...

Hi Sharon! Very lovely studio. You have so many goodies and treasures there to create with. How awesome.

Hugs,

Shelley

Beth A. said...

Sharon and Miss Gracie, I love your space! So many things to inspire at every turn. Very beautiful!

someplace in thyme said...

I am so grateful to be invited to the party. You and Miss Gracie have the most wonderful space to create lovely things. Thankyou so much for giving us a peek into where you make magic, Char

Shugee @ Blue Heron Cottage said...

Sharon, I love your space, especially your inspiration board and your Mac! The special things you have in there and your german glass glitter in the beautiful shakers, I just adore. Off to visit more participants.
hugs,
Kim

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Sharon and Miss Gracie,
You have convinced me to start an inspiration board. Your studio is filled with sweet items.

Thanks for sharing your creative space. Have a terrific Tuesday ~Natalie

Jenny in Maine said...

Sharon, your studio is as lovely as you are!! I have found a number of great ideas that I am going to 'borrow' from you to add to my studio!!

If you have the time, I hope you'll visit me here in Maine in my little studio that has 7 windows!! I'll gladly share the light with you ;P

www.ThisEverydayLife.com

Hugs,
Jenny

Charlene said...

You & Ms Gracie did an amazing job of the studio tour!!!!!!! I LOVE it all. My favorite is the manni dressed in her tulle skirt. You look like you love ribbon as much as I do & I totally agree that an inspiration board is a MUST HAVE! Hug Ms Gracie for me because I have no fur baby at this time & miss my trusty assistant. Sorry I was late in starting my visits but, we had to keep the GRANDS over the weekend. And thank you for sharing your studio. Hope you will come by to visit me too. Charlene

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Beautiful Creative Studio ~ So much color to look at & Love the B & W Curtains..... My favorites are the Inspiration Board the Pretty Flowers, Your Dress Form & the Glass Glitter in the Old Bottles.... Stop by if you get a chance, I had camera troubles on Saturday & Finally uploaded photos~

miss lynn said...

sharon.
this is
so lovely
and just
right. it
is peaceful
and pretty
and so you.
you are blessed!
happy day!

. said...

Love it, so much to see (will have to go back and look again : ) I love the little mirror door and the Greman glass glitter in the shakers, cute idea and now you can look the glitter all the time. Great space.

the gypsy said...

What a lovely studio! I knew it, I could tell you have a cat helping you create - kitties have such purrrfect taste!

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

Great space. I love the glitter in the shakers idea. I love your assistant to. Purrrr

Rustique Gal said...

Sharon, I really loved your tour! You and Miss Gracie have a wonderful place to get creative. I'm afraid my Fluffy would mess it all up. She wants to be on my chair, whipping my head with her tail when I'm on the computer. You have such pretty things here. I'll have to explore more!
Sherry

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

LOVE Miss Gracie (I have a sweet helper too) Love your space and LOVE your stuff!
I'm still trying to get around to all the great space.

jen said...

Sharon how lovely is your nest! just an inspiring space of yumminess! and give Miss Gracie am ear scratch for me! I am so late getting to everyones blogs but better late than never right?
luvs and glitter
~jen

p.s. i'm having a giveaway if you would like to stop by, but no pressure really just thought I'd let you know, there is vintage wallpaper and antique buttons involved:)

kana said...

It all looks so lovely!!

Tricia said...

Your space is just so full of treasures to inspire you. What fun you must have in there! Thanks for sharing your space with us.
Blessings,
Tricia

Sherry said...

Thank you for the lovely tour. Your space is so full of color and texture and is just so inviting. Thanks for sharing and I enjoyed my visit.

Jennifer Dixon said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely space! I love the color scheme of the room and all your beautiful art and supplies! Love the cute shakers you keep your glass glitter in-I love it too! :)

Happy creating!

Deborah said...

I enjoyed being shown around your space. It is a lovely room for creating. I like Eiffel Towers too. Thank you for visiting my space.

Sherry F. said...

Thank you for all the beautiful photos of your space and "stuff". I actually wrote down a few of the things that I viewed. Thanks Again!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

There are a number of great ideas you've used in your space - thank you for sharing such lovely photos, but have to admit I like the last one best!

nancarts said...

Just became a follower. I'm late getting to all the blogs, but am working my way thru! Lovely pics!
Love the Eiffel Towers..would like to be there to see the real thing! Oh, well!!!

Smiles and Blessings,
Nancy

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