Saturday, July 11, 2015

where this blogger creates


We live in a small cottage where every room serves multiple purposes and I create in many places.


I write my blog posts at the dining room table, always the same spot -


 on the window seat with my sweet companion.


 A lot of creativity happens in a corner of the garage,


but I struggled to find even one little shelf in the garage that wasn't filled with wedding decor.


 Just one more week and that creative space will be back to normal.


An armoire in the bedroom has recently become my sewing area - I am still bringing supplies in from the garage.


And yes, I sew on a 50 year old sewing machine that I absolutely love!


Lately, my favorite place to create is my little garden house.


In December, Steve asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told him I wanted a house.


Our dear friend Manny built me a tiny garden house with windows for the side walls.


A neighbor gave us a beautiful beveled glass door for the entrance.


And soon I had a lovely blank canvas to decorate just as I wished.


Originally, we just installed shelves for storage,


but when my daughter gave me back a long narrow table, I knew it would fit perfectly in the house.


Now I have a place to doodle - something which I need to do more often.


The shelves are filled with tchotchkes


for creating vignettes,


books for inspiration


and a few supplies.


There are even a few mice hanging around.


It may be a little space,


but there is plenty of room for creativity.


And, just looking at my little garden house inspires me.

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Don't forget to visit

My Desert Cottage


to see more creative spaces.

112 comments:

Judys Fabrications said...

Your space looks gorgeous! I'm a new follower.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love your different, happy, colorful creative spaces.

FlowerLady

Cerri said...

I LOVE your little house! What a sweet space to create in.
I would love to have a studio space in our backyard!
Thank you for sharing!
Cerri

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OHHH I've been waiting for this to happen and here we are. CAROL, I could sit with you and draw, chat, chat, sew, chat, paint, chat, decorate the cottage, chat, pick flowers, go for a walk on the beach, sail, chat....teehehehheee - WE'D BE CHATTING it up all day long.

That little garden house is a jewel. It's bright and open, beautifully organized and full of FUN GOODIES. OK, Lulu is too adorable. Do dogs know they are being photographed? Lulu and another blogger pal's two dogs are the best and most photogenic dogs....

Well my friend, you have been working those creative fingers down to a nub. Are you going to relax on the beach when the wedding is over? TELL ME, what are you up to next?

Michellee said...

Amazing.. Love the colors and vintage pieces... Thanks for sharing Awesome space...

Art @ Home said...

I'm obsessed with your little garden house. It is so cute! I can just picture you sitting at your window seat typing away as you write a blog post Your little cottage is so adorable. I enjoy each and every visit, my sweet friend!

xo,
RJ

Kim said...

You create all over that house and garden, Carol, that is wonderful!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Carol, your home and creative spaces are just wonderful! You always seem to be brimming with ideas and have a gift for making things beautiful all around you. Your husband;s paintings certainly add their own touch of amazing creativity!

Karen

Jeanna said...

You live in a beautiful world of creativity and I love every nook and cranny you share with us. The garden shed has really come along and is another wonderful space. It was a great idea putting glass walls on the sides so you can see the pretty garden.

Thanks for the tour, Carol.

ANNE said...

Such wonderful spaces for you to create in! and your buddy is the cutest thing, too!

xox

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Oh, as always, you've transported me into a happy state! No wonder your blog is such a treasure!!! Hugs, J.

Dawn said...

Love the little garden house. I always enjoy seeing all your decorating tidbits, they're just beautiful and so organized.

handmade by amalia said...

I have a horrible feeling that everything is this tidy all the time.
But I'm overlooking it as it is so wonderful and colorful and fun.
Good for you.
Amalia
xo

Stacey said...

Love it all!! Your creativity definitely inspires all of us.

Art and Sand said...

It's a tiny space, but it's mine!

Art and Sand said...

My space is nothing like yours, but I make do!

Shadown Light said...

im so impressed about the wonderful dekoration and pictures :)
greetings!

bobbie said...

I love how you use your spaces so beautifully ~ your blog always makes me smile!

Kathy said...

I adore your sweet little garden house. I think my favorite is those deep wire baskets. It is so nice to be able to see what is inside. Carol, thank you for sharing!

20 North Ora said...

I love all of your creative spaces! That little house is just precious - love that gorgeous red door with the beveled glass.

Very inspirational!

Judy

Sea Cottage said...

Your garden house is so so brillant. I love the tiny space and just the overall look of it. Your sewing nook is a special place too. I consider your entire house an Artist's Cottage. Every nook and cranny is bursting with creativity. A place of dreams and inspiration. xo

Sarah said...

Carol, you are truly a creative spirit. I always love looking at your vignettes and the wonderful treasures you've assembled to share. I know the wedding is going to be very special. Some magazine publisher should be notified. I suspect it is going to be one of the most unique weddings of the season.

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

Amazing!! Love the bright colors and the outdoor creative space!! Stop by if you can as i worked hard to re-arrange and re-organize my space for this year's party!
Thanks so much for sharing!! LOVE IT!!!

Hugs,
Deb

Susie said...

Carol, I love your little house...so sweet. Of course you know I am crazy for your window seat. I think your home and it's surroundings are just perfect. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, how special all your creative spaces are. I tend to do different things in different rooms. I had a nice space in the garage, but now it's a hoarders nightmare. I have to get in there and create some space.
I know you are getting excited about the wedding, can hardly wait to see the pictures.
Have a great creative weekend.
Mary

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Oh my goodness, that little "house" is so adorable! I'm amazed at all you were able to fit in there!

Tania

The Junque Seeker said...

It's always fun to see your colorful space. Love it!

Consider It All Joy said...

Little or not, I love your space. And the view of the gardens, how could you not be inspired with all that beauty surrounding you?! Many happy creating moments to you, Cindy

Becky Craig said...

Your little house is precious! I love all of your spaces, including your garden. Such a happy cottage. :) Thanks for sharing.

My thrift store addiction said...

Hello Carol, it is always such a pleasure to see your colorful, inspiring cottage where your creativity flourishes! Blessings, Cecilia

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love all the little corners you use to create, but the little house is the best of all! You inspire me to be more creative!

Linda

Kristi Schurr said...

Your cottage is so very sweet and even better that it is by the sea! I am quite enamored of your little garden house, what a sweet jewel box to be inspired in! Thank you for sharing it with us!♥

Carol said...

Oh my goodness, that is such an adorable creative space, Carol! I can just imagine sitting there in the early morning with a cup of coffee, watching the sunrise and my pad and pin at the ready for inspiration. How great that your machine is 50 years old, and of course, it's a Bernina! Mine is 30 and still the best "workhorse" of any machine I've ever used!

Maureen Hayes said...

You can see your creativity all over your house, and that is a beautiful thing! How nice to have that little house in the garden to go and doodle while enjoying the view!

Melanie said...

I think when one has a creative mind, you can create just about anywhere. I love that you now have your little house to create in...I love that space. :-)

Diane said...

What a wonderful craft place, great pictures and fun post.

Hugs Diane

Diane said...

What a wonderful craft place, great pictures and fun post.

Hugs Diane

Connie said...

Carol, it is always a special treat visiting your blog. Your cottage, your garden and your new little garden house are perfect. All this and the ocean, too. What could be better than that:)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, Such a special post sharing your creative space around your home and all that goes into your design and creativity. I love the extension of your space in the garage and the treasures on your shelves that inspire you. How wonderful it is to create here in your cottage by the sea. I love it and always encouraged by your talents. Have fun at the party.
cm

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your sewing machine is only a few years older than mine, a birthday gift one year from a dear friend who bought it on Ebay. I love mine, too. Old machines are truly powerful and seem to last forever when taken care of.

Your new little house is colorful, filled with beauty and light. I'm in total awe. Glad you got your Christmas wish. Thanks for sharing all these lovely spaces today.

Deborah Weber said...

Oh be still my heart - your little house is FABULOUS. How fun!

Karen Garrard said...

Hello Carol. What a fabulous Garden House you have, it is so sweet. I'm also loving your metal storage trays and what a clever idea using the bike wheel to place things onto. Thanks so much for sharing. Karen.x

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Lovely, creative space. Enjoy your weekend. Jo

Grantham Lynn said...

What an adorable space! Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

I am in awe of your creative spaces!!! All so very beautiful!!!

Junkchiccottage said...

Love your creative spaces. I love that you can be inspired and create all over in your beautiful beach home. Love your colorful spaces.
Kris

Art and Sand said...

Thanks so much! I am in awe of all the creative spaces I have been able to visit so far.

Our son's wedding is just one week away so I haven't had much time to check out the blog party.

Art and Sand said...

Thanks so much. I haven't had much time to doodle, but now that my son's wedding will soon occur, I will have time to just play.

Art and Sand said...

I love the inspiration we all get from blogs/pinterest/instagram

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Love the blue door A LOT!!! love your little house and I spy a book I know :D

Have a Daily said...

I love all of your creative spaces Carol! Your garage is always full of such eye candy and your little garden house is absolutely delightful! the table is perfect and I love all of the sweet things on your shelves! Being surrounded by books and collections that we love, now if you ask me; that's just bliss!
hugs,
Jann

Lisa Comperry said...

I love these spaces! What an inspiration :-)

Halle said...

I love you little house. How sweet. You have great vintage decor sprinkled throughout. Love it!!
Halle #58

Gwen Simmons said...

Such a lovely place, and I adore your little Garden House. Everything looks so peaceful and serene. I feel relaxed after just a visit.

Thanks for the tour, and for stopping by my studio,
Gwen from A Glitch in Time

Sheryl Red Tin Inn said...

Your little house has really big appeal..I love it..Love the vibrant colors! You are a lucky gal...and very very Talented! So glad that I stopped by today! Sheryl

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

What a beautiful little space to be creative. Every inch is full of gorgeousness. I'd love a place like this... maybe I should drop a hint to my hubby for Christmas!! xx

karen@somewhatquirky said...

You are an enigma to me. The perfect combination of energy and creativity. I bow to you.

Sunny Simple Life said...

You are my absolute most favorite creative blogger ever!! Your posts always make me say awe. That little garden house is divine.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

It's always a treat to see pictures of your beautiful and cozy cottage. It's amazing what you do with a small space and it never looks cluttered. Gorgeous as always!!

Daytona Damsel said...

I have always loved your little garden house. Debbie

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing your space with us. I adore the picture of the Garden house. The door is pretty. It must be nice spending time in there. I can't wait to see and hear about the wedding

Cindy

Karen Valentine said...

Your creative space looks like such a happy place to be!! I especially love the outdoor spaces. I could spend all day out there! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
xo,
Karen

Lori said...

What a wonderful, inspiring, colorful space! I love it! I would never leave.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Oh Carol how I love your pretty colorful house and little house outside that you use to create! Everything is just so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You've got lots of great space to create in, Carol! I do love your little house, though, and how creative of you to see what it could be just from adding that narrow table.

Marrianna said...

OMG, I love your little art house. It looks lovely and inviting. I like the simplicity of it even with all the colorful pieces. Great work. I looked at your sewing machine in the armoir and I must admit that it is an oldie but goodie. Good for you. I still have a sewing machine from my mother that she bought before I was born. It still works, weighs a ton, and even does zig zag stitching. I'm not using it and might donate it to one of the charity shops in town. I have a Bernina that is a workhorse and I love it. I've done a lot of sewing on it but not in quite some time. But I'm getting back to my sewing room and creating with fabrics. I hope I will post more photos on my blog as I create more pieces of artwork.

Denise said...

I found Your home,yard,working places and this whole post to be utterly charming. I hope to be Your next follower if You have Friend Connect by Google-Denise

Denise said...

This happens more than I would like.....I've been following You for ages.Hopefully now My blogroll will feature Your post's more often.Looking forward to visiting more often-Denise

Denise said...

This happens more than I would like.....I've been following You for ages.Hopefully now My blogroll will feature Your post's more often.Looking forward to visiting more often-Denise

Denise said...

I found Your home,yard,working places and this whole post to be utterly charming. I hope to be Your next follower if You have Friend Connect by Google-Denise

518Frenchgirl said...

Hi, I got a kick out of your "vintage" Singer, I still use my Singer Touch Tronic 1060, its over 35 years old, been with me since we got married. I love your little house, I can see you sitting in there on a rainy day and reading a book just for the good light and dry coziness. Still think your blog header and pictures are so fresh and light. Must get some time to design mine to reflect my style. So far added etsy button and a store. Must figure out how to add Pinterest button! Have a great upcoming week and preparations for the wedding!

pamelahuntington said...

What a delightful place to dream and create.. I loved seeing it so much!!
Pamela

Sandy said...

Happy, cheerful, playful, and abundantly creative! I adore your tiny house studio!
thank you for making me smile and for sharing your creative home.

Katherines Corner said...

I absolutely loved this post. Your sweet fur baby watches as you blog ( just like my Izzy). Your little house in the garden is such a gift of love . Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs!

Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

What a cute place to create, love the little house in the garden.
everything is so colourful and joyful. Thank you for stopping by my space as well.
Cheers,
Mari

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your creative space...very cute and colorful!!
~Cindy

Olive Grove Primitives said...

I love your little garden shed, you have a beautiful creative space. Thanks so much for sharing. Lisa xx

Art and Sand said...

Thanks for dropping by. I love Karen's party because I get motivated to clean up things around my creative areas and I get so many ideas from other bloggers.

Art and Sand said...

I hope this isn't a redundant reply to you. I find that not everyone's comments go to my email and I don't recall responding to this one.

Adding the narrow table made all the difference in the little cottage. I have a space to sit and write, read or just think.

Art and Sand said...

I hope this isn't a redundant reply to you. I find that not everyone's comments go to my email and I don't recall responding to yours.

You know, one day you are going to have to bring your kids up to Ventura to the beach so we can chat. We don't have a Country General Store, but we do have fun shops.

HeathersSewingRoom said...

Oh your home is full of so much character and your shed is just divine. I really enjoyed reading all about your creative spaces and your garden looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing it.

Amy Johnson said...

Such a sweet post. I love your blue armoire and your garden house! Beautiful home and property.

Kelly said...

I think the area that you live would be inspiration enough for me! Your little garden house is so cute. If I had one, it would have to be air conditioned in order for me to use it in the summer. These days, it has been too hot to even take my dog on a walk!

podso said...

you have many amazing places to create and all looks inspiring to me!

Cathy said...

What a lovely house and garden - so welcoming! Your creative spaces are well organized and pretty! Thanks for letting me visit!
Cathy
CraftyCat

Vicky Hunt said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again....your happy home and creatives spaces are among my very favorites in all of blogland! I leave here happy, happy, happy!

Gaia Robinette said...

I like how cute and colorful your home is! The garden is lovely, too.

Thanks for stopping by O Deer! :)

-Gaia

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What a treat to visit your colorful happy blog, Carol! It's just what I needed to put a smile in my day. Thanks so much for sharing your creative spaces!

BeachGypsy said...

Im with vickie.....your blog is colorful and happy! One of the many reasons i love to visit!!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely tour of your lovely house ... I enjoyed it, thank you.

Not long now to go for the wedding.

Have a good week ahead.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely tour of your lovely house ... I enjoyed it, thank you.

Not long now to go for the wedding.

Have a good week ahead.

All the best Jan

chateau chic said...

You know, Carol, I absolutely ADORE your cottage and all the creativity and inspiration that's on display! And now to have that fabulous garden house...well, it's just the cherry on top! Your entire garden area is so enchanting!
Mary Alice

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Carol, your cottage and your garden house are absolute gems! I do love your punches of colour everywhere. I think your whole home and garden is a creative space and your personality shines through it all.
Hubby and I are on the beach a lot these days and I'm keeping an eye out for a heart rock but haven't found one yet. Would love to find one! Have a super day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

What a BRIGHT SWEET SPOT
Laura

must love junk said...

Carol, I adore your little garden house! It's a perfect space for creating!!
Susan

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful to see your creative spaces, Carol! Your home is so light and inspiring!
Helen xox

Ana said...

Oh Carol,
I hadn't seen your little garden house. It turned out absolutely sweet and adorable. What a pretty space to be creative in. Your whole property is pretty much a great space to be creative in...I've always said it, it's just absolutely dreamy. Great job my friend. Wedding is almost here!!!! Sending you a big hug.

❤️Ana

Sheila Rumney said...

I just LOVE your creative garden house! It is absolutingly adorable and I bet a lot of creating goes on there! Thanks for sharing your beautiful space and for coming over to visit my space and leaving a sweet comment.

Sheila Rumney said...

I just LOVE your creative garden house! It is absolutingly adorable and I bet a lot of creating goes on there! Thanks for sharing your beautiful space and for coming over to visit my space and leaving a sweet comment.

Tammy said...

I love your garden house and your cottage! They are both so colorful and fun. I would hide out in that garden house as often as I could! Thank you for sharing and for visiting my blog too and leaving such kind comments!

Jen Kershner said...

I love seeing every creative corner of your house Carol!

Maggie said...

Oh Carol, you pack in so much colorful charm into each and every inch of your spaces! That tiny garden house is FANTASTIC and so adorable. So glad I stopped by to get a dose of your bright cheeriness!!

My Garden Diaries said...

You have inspiration bursting all around you Carol! Love that you have so many areas where you can create and take in the beauty that surrounds you! I have not been blogging lately and when I was away I kept thinking I hope I didn't miss the wedding! I can't wait for you all! Wishing many happy years making and creating in that sweet little garden house! Nicole xoxo

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Diana Seal said...

Hi Carol, sorry I'm a little late in visiting your fabulous space! It's always a joy coming over and taking a look in what you been up to! Thanks for visiting my little blog and your kind comment!
Have a wonderful week!

Wilma said...

Hello Carol,
I LOVE your little creative space garden house. It is so sweet !! What a wonderful idea !!
It must be very inspiring to live so close by the sea.
Thank you so much for sharing this, I enjoyed the tour !

Have a great week,
Wilma, Shabby Royale.

Bridget Larsen said...

YOur art space is gorgeous and so is your house,not to mention your photos are simply stunning and you only use a point and shoot!!

Pendra said...

Gorgeous, creative space... and what a view and adorable companion!!

Mobile App Developers said...

Awesome work.Just wanted to drop a comment and say I am new to your blog and really like what I am reading.Thanks for the share

Carla said...

You have the coolest spaces even though small and they always look so awesome. I love your little companion. Lulu seems quite content.

Lynnae said...

Your doodles are great! Thanks for sharing your space.

Gail Griner Golden at Gail-Friends said...

Better late than ever - taking time to visit where bloggers create this weekend. I love your creatives spaces - especially the tiny house. What a sweet hubby you must have to indulge you so. Lulu looks like my little Susie, who passed away two years ago. Give Lulu a hug from me.
Blessings,
GG