Friday, June 18, 2010

It's Party Time! Where Bloggers Create and a Giveaway!


Welcome to the party - so glad you came - I thought I'd have a giveaway to celebrate Karen's annual event - more about that later.

Here we are in my creative studio aka the living room.

As you first walk into the room - my finished products are on display for my local customers that like to shop in person.  Plus I get to play store - creating fun displays.


Bella is always here to say hello and she's the best company while I work. I know it's kind of dark and she's a chocolate lab - but she's there at the bottom of the photo.




This is the place where I escape (I can actually close the doors in here and really escape!), and it's where I go to create for my boutique Hydrangea Home. You will find me making accessories for your home. I can't really describe the style as it's always changing around here. I am currently inspired by the serene colors of Swedish Design and you will see that in my work. At the moment I am making tassels, tomorrow it might be mixed-media art, and next week you might find me at the sewing machine.

The majority of the room is my creative and office space.

My sewing area - I call it modern vintage. My machine sits on top of an old Singer table. I just love the storage.


This is the creative cabinet. If you haven't seen the before and after pic of the piece, you can find it here. Right now it holds some of my decorating books (I have an obsession), and various supplies.



Next up is my new ribbon station (another obsession). Love this new space. Almost everything I need for my tassels right here. Would you believe my husband hung these hooks up for me this morning? I'm such a procrastinator - I need a deadline to get things done!


More ribbon!




Here is another great storage piece - found this one at TJ Maxx.


It stores some fabric...



Grandma's buttons - in grandma's old cookie tin...


And some pretty boxes filled with glitters.

Here is where I do my computer work and (I hate this word) paperwork.  Well I really don't do the paperwork, so it's piling up!


The work table...


What's on the work table? Paint, tools (in my new favorite toolbox from TJ Maxx).


Cones and paper roses....


Here is a nice view I have out to my backyard.


See that pretty book on the table?


It was an anniversary gift from my husband in 2002. He bought it at an art store in NYC. Look what he wrote - he's probably going to kill me for showing you but I just think it's too sweet!


Something I painted a long time ago. I need to get back to adding to this book.



Here is a little quote for you!



Some of my greatest inspiration over the years have come from this stack.



One final look at my studio...


I would like to leave you with this...

And this...

To celebrate Karen's huge Blog Party
I would like to have a giveaway
This Giveaway is now closed.
$50 Gift Certificate to my shop
The contest has ended. Congrats to Kelly Lish - winner of the giveaway!!!
All you need to do is leave a comment on this post.
The comments will close at 8 PM eastern time Saturday 6/26.
And of course an extra chance if you're a follower or if you blog, tweet or facebook the giveaway.
Just make sure you leave a separate comment for each one so that you get all the chances you deserve!
Feel free to use the graphic above that Jill from Gypsy Brocante created for me.
Thank you Jill!
Thanks so much for taking the tour 
of my favorite room in the house!


Don't forget to visit all of the participating studios listed on Karen's blog HERE.

Have fun!!

This post is also participating in Layla's party "My Favorite Room Re-do's of 2010"

89 comments:

Lisa said...

What a great space! I love all your fun tins and containers! But your creative cabinet is lovely beyond words! Such a spectacular transformation. Simply Amazing! Thank you for sharing your beautiful room with us.

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

I love the iron ribbon holders on your wall! did you make them? they are so lovely! Just like this room!
thank you for sharing!
blessings,
Donna

LisasCreativeHome said...

You have a lovely space to work in! Right now I am all over in the house, making a mess in the kitchen, dining room and garage. I am working on defining a space to call my own but would LOVE a studio seperate from my living space.

Robin said...

Amazing space.So lovely! Where would we be without T J Maxx and Victoria. Thank you for sharing. ~Robin~

Nancy said...

Dawn,
That is just Beautiful! So beautiful and well organized, I am envious! I love your New Ribbon Station!!
Huggs, Nancy
www.coeurdalenegifts.com

Teah said...

Love your room-it's so spacious. Thank you for sharing with us.

Lady Pamela said...

Where did you get the hooks for your ribbons? They are beautiful. I did not participate in this year's party, but if you want to look at my studio here is the link -
http://ladypamelascottage.blogspot.com/2009/07/where-bloggers-create_24.html
(there are 3 seperate posts)

Victoria... said...

Dawn, what a creative and beautiful room!! I love all your details and the things you shared with us all. That book is so special and you are so very talented and beautiful! I would never want to leave this room. What a wonderful giveaway as well...I hope I win!! :)

Hugs,
Victoria

Victoria... said...

Sorry for all the entries...It said it didn't publish...anyways, I of course am a follower!! :)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Your studio is so beautiful~ I enjoyed the tour so much. I love all your gorgeous pinky stuff. And the great organizational ideas too~
Cindy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I am a follower too!
Cindy

Carol at Serendipity said...

Beautiful space and so pretty the way you have arranged it.

I wish I could make the paperwork go away!

Have a wonderful week.

Carol

arkie said...

Lovely studio! How nice to have an appreciative husband too! Thanks for the inspiration you give!

Miss Sandy said...

Dawn,

Your creative haven is simply divine! How fun to have it double as a private boutique. Love the clever ribbon storage. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your room.

Sylvia Drown said...

Your space is so beautiful and inspirational...thanks for sharing!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Oh my -- what a talent you are!

Your space is lovely and seems like we could be fast friends as we think alike i believe.

I love your cabinet that has the metal corners...

Stop by for my give away too! but heres crumpling a bit of paper so you will choose me :)

Have the best weekend.

Claudia

zandra said...

What an absolutely lovely place to create! Love the way you created your ribbon holder. So, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party.
Hugz,
Zandra

Pamela Jane said...

Your beautiful workspace is so well thought out with its designated supply areas. The ribbon holder and converted cabinet must be a real pleasure just to look at. :)

Kathy said...

Great ideas and I love that conversion!
Now though, I have to swing by TJMaxx, sigh.

Brenda said...

Dawn, WOW, no wonder your creations are so beautiful - they come from that BEAUTIFUL space, and your beautiful spirit. It was a lovely tour, thanks

Brenda said...

Dawn, I posted the link on my facebook page - I know my friends will love it!

oldgreymare said...

It sounds to me like we both are having love affairs with TJ MAXX! Do you covet Home Goods also? I was just there today!

Your space is so lovely and elegant and organized.

It is a very special place for you I'm sure.

Enjoy the party!

Suzan

Queen Bee said...

Oh, my gosh! What a gorgeous space! So many pretty things! I love that you shared what your hubby wrote. He must be very special.
Queen Bee Studio

Janelle said...

Really enjoyed your space. You have such panache! Very individualized with flair. Oh the ribbons!

gail said...

Hi Dawn, I just knew you would have a beautiful creative studio. Bella has grown so much and is so pretty:)
Happy creating! (()) gail

PS.. Thank you for having such a wonderful blog prize! Good luck to everyone.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Dawn ~
Your space is beautiful and so organized ~ girl how do you do that ~ I love all of your yummy things ~
Thank you for sharing them with us ~
xoxo
Lori

luverlie said...

Cozy, comfy and lots of texture! Love all the storage! tfs
luverlie@gmail.com

debi said...

What a beautiful space!! Everything is so organized, and romantic!

Gypsy Brocante said...

Hello Dawn~

How wonderful to be greeted at the door by such a darling chocolate baby!

Your studio is so well organized, looks like a soothing environment to create your divine arrangements!

Thanks for visiting and sharing your space and offering such a generous giveaway!!

xo
Jill

Gypsy Brocante said...

I'm a follower ... have been for a while ; ) ... and will be for a long time!

xo
Jill

Gypsy Brocante said...

Am off to add you to my sidebar of giveaways .....

xo
Jill

Leanne said...

so neat and pretty!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

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

I adore all of your storage solutions.

Barbara Jean said...

Oh I love your creative space!
All so lovely with your nice armoir and sweet storage ideas.
And such beautiful treasures from a reasonably small space. Amazing!

So glad I came by in time for you lovely giveaway too.
So generous of you!!

thanks and blessings

barbara jean

Barbara Jean said...

PS I am a follower!!

smiles and blessings

barbara jean

Chris said...

One of my absolute favorite spaces! It is just dreamy! And all those lovely florals are just to "die for". You pics were fantastic too.
Best wishes,
Chris

www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

Lisa said...

Dawn ~

What a beautiful place to create! I love every inch of your space.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Wow your space is amazing, no wonder your creations are amazing, you have the most beautiful space to create in :) Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments, really enjoying your blog!
Have a great day
Kristin

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I'm your newest follower :)

Marie said...

Hi Dawn,
I love your space. Everything is really lovely. it is definitely a great escape space.
Marie

Kath' said...

OMG I LOVE the ribbon holders. Where did you get them ? I need a set up like that desperatly. I love your whole set up of where you work and play. It is so gorgeous and I think when a place is pretty like yours is, your creative mind flows and gorgeous work comes out of it. Kath'

Carolee Crafts said...

Thank you so much for the tour Dawn, just beautiful and so full of inspiration. Love your helper Bella.

Shabby Shan said...

Dawn,
I love your workspace ~ It is very pretty! Thank you for sharing!

Shannon
Shabby Shan's Cottage

Vera said...

Dawn, what a wonderful space you have for creating! And so organized. Thank you for taking us on a tour!

Vera
Olivia Paige

pamdux said...

I love your blog. It is so pretty and informative. pamspinks.blgspot.com

pamdux said...

I became a follower.

Claudia said...

You have a wonderful space! Everything is beautiful and you must love creating there.

Lynnae said...

Very nice! That cabinet is lovely. Your sweetie is very nice.
I love your painting. Definitely you should carve out a little more time for that, but I know how it is!

Beth A. said...

You have such a beautiful space! I love the ribbon holders and the string of lights you have by your sewing machine. Reall a great place!

craftyles said...

Awesome space. Love how you've mixed modern tech stuff with vintage. Ribbon holders are great.

Barbara H. said...

What an inspiring place! I love how you have everything arranged. I can see I need to get to TJ Maxx more often!

And what a great giveaway, too!

Barbara H. said...

I just added your giveaway to my own party post.

I also wanted to say I love your husband's sweet note!

Shugee @ Blue Heron Cottage said...

I love this space! I think my favorite if I HAD to chose would be your ribbon holder. Also, what your husband wrote. It's just a dream, the space and his writing. Thank you so much for sharing, it's one of my top three so far. You are creative, talented and lovely.

Anna Matthews said...

I love your space, so light and airy, and a great entrance! Why have I never looked for storage at TJ Maxx??? The inscription from your husband is very sweet. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly Lish said...

just absolutley beautiful and inspiring!

Rachel Follett said...

Beautiful space!

Elyse said...

hi! what a lovely space you have. so organized and full of pretty things!

thanks for sharing where you create.

happy summer!
xo
elyse

kluless said...

I adore the way you display things. Eye candy for sure! Thank you for sharing.

Terri said...

So tastefully put together...it was a feast for the eyes...The ribbon station rocks! My big ribbons are hiding in a bin...they would be beautiful if I displayed them. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely space.

curlysusieQ said...

I love all your storage ideas, and what a great work space. Thanks for sharing the book and message your husband gave you, and I love the painting in your book! Please stop by my studio and leave a comment and I'm going to sign up to follow.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Dawn! Still making my way {slowly but surely} through visiting everyone's beautiful creative spaces! Love yours and it looks like a good size. Love your cabinets - even your computer one with all the paperwork! It's always nice when our hubby's are our biggest fan. : )

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Your studio is gorgeous, Karen! I wish my space were large enough for a sofa or love seat but alas, it is not. Love your Creative cabinet!!!

I hope you'll find time to pop over and visit my space, too!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I have become a follower and thank you for the opportunity!

Karen Valentine said...

Dawn your studio is sooo beautiful! i loved the shots of the work table with the"shopping area" beyond it. I would never leave! I would hab=ng out in there to watch TV too! Thank you so much for joing my little party. I really enjoyed my visit, and I would love to be entered in your giveaway!
xo,
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Katsui Jewelry said...

I am slow and visiting...making my way through the list. That is such a beautiful and warm studio.You have made such good use of interesting storage space and I love someone who tries a little bit of everything (like me ;-))


My daughter and I have had a blog for three months and have been doing jewelry together for fifteen years. Come and stop by, if you would like. We also love to work with lot of other things, among them, vintage paper craft (me), vintage fashion (her) and both of us love estate sales and life.

Thanks for the nice peek!

Suz
http://katsuijewelry.blogpost.com

donnaj said...

what a pretty space! so serene.

Peggy said...

Dawn, Thank you for sharing your studio ... what a beautiful, beautiful and creative space ... so many ideas for the rest of us! Your creations surround me at home ... how nice to see their birth place. AND if that weren't enough to turn a vivid shade of green, a perfect husband to boot!

Only negative is that you have decided to discontinue your silk arrangements. They were exquisitely done and the only "non-breathing" flowers allowed in my house. I will miss them.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your space is both beautiful and functional. I am in love with that ribbon storage. Ribbon storage is something I struggle with. I really enjoyed your grandmother's button tin, and the transformation of that creative cabinet is amazing. I would love to stop by and play in your space some day. Thanks for sharing it.

La Doña Jenny said...

Definetly your fan now. Wow, thanks for sharing.

Jenny

Cameo Kids Boutique said...

Wow! I love your space! Love the ribbon holders. Wish I had something like that instead of the large tote I have to go through every time I need ribbon for something. One day I hope to have my own little cottage out back of the house for my crafting place, one day! I'm a new follower and love your blog! Debi

Cameo Kids Boutique said...

Ok I left a comment up above, I became a follower, and now I tweeted you here: http://twitter.com/Cameo_Kids :)

Cameo Kids Boutique said...

I blogged about you GiveAway on my blog here: http://cameokidsboutique.blogspot.com/ :)

Cameo Kids Boutique said...

And last I think right? I posted this on my facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cameo-Kids-Boutique/281086128533#!/profile.php?id=1591555079. Whew! I think I did it all! :)

Cameo Kids Boutique said...

Ooops I was supposed to do the tweet seperate from the follow. Now I got it right! Thats 5 things! Followed, commented, blogged you, tweeted you, and facebooked you! Good Luck to Me!

alli said...

The studio is so beautiful! Love the painting too!

Alli

alli said...

I'm also a follower!

Debby said...

Hi Dawn, oh my gosh, how I love your beautiful creative space. It is over~flowing with everything that I love. Really awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Debby

Lori said...

I love your studio--it's so elegant and beautiful. I so wish I could be there. Love how you've decorated it. thanks for sharing.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I absolutely love your studio and you have some great storage solutions. That ribbon looks good enough to eat in it apothecary jar. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit! Thanks, Connie

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I just want to stand in the middle of your studio and do a slow twirl so I can really appreciate it. There is so much I like in your room. Thank you SO much for sharing.

fireythreads said...

really loved your studio and lal the metal lacew work would love to be able to find some in my area congraulations on your studio and for sharing

kimberly said...

A very enjoyable tour of your charming and creative studio.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I loved the tour of your studio. It makes for a big work space. I'm also in the middle of taking over the livingroom which seldom gets used. . .but it will now and I will so much enjoy the space.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

June said...

Dawn your studio is just beautiful! Everywhere I look I see something wonderful...something I want,hehe. I am so glad you came over to see the garden so I could come over to your place and gaze around your lovely blog.
hugs

The Tablescaper said...

YOur studio is warm and inspiring, but also not cluttered. Amazing.

- The Tablescaper

Vintage Rose said...

What a beautiful space. I'm envious. I had to show my husband so he could understand what I meant when I said I needed "my space" to be my own.

Angela Weimer said...

A beautiful studio and such lovely creations. I adore your grandmothers buttons in the vintage tin. How special. Thanks for the tour and have a wonderful day. Angela

fairyrocks said...

Love your carefully decorated space. So inspirational and full of gorgeous homey touches.
..I know I am late, but I so enjoy looking at everyones spaces.(summer vacation 2 days after we went live) PS Hydrangeas are my favorite flower.
Keep smiling and creating

Terry said...

Your work is beautiful! I love your space too. Isn't it wonderful to have husbands that support creativity? Thank you for sharing your space.

Terry