Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create


Thank you so very much for visiting Blueskies. I am happy to have you here! Many thanks to
Karen Valentine for hosting this fun party. This is my second year to attend this wonderful extravaganza. You will meet so many creative, talented and kind people at this party. Can you imagine what it would be like to all gather in person? Wow.

I'll begin my tour with a little story.
 Three years ago, I was sent on a weekend away (alone) for some much needed rest by my sweet husband. He and I have both found that if I can get away to the ocean and he can spend time with our girls, we work better together. The girls have a blast, I rest and recuperate. This particular weekend I came home to a big surprise. My husband and eldest daughter met me at the door and had me close my eyes and walked me to the "office" in our house. When I opened my eyes, I was stunned beyond belief. Gone was all of my husband's books, files, papers and work. In it's place was all of my art supplies. Gathered from around the house and various closets and the garage, all the supplies were put into the office, now re-named the Art Room. Or, affectionately known as "The Spot."

What a gift! A space of my own. It didn't matter if I left it in a tornado overnight. It didn't matter that I spilled paint on the tile. (It wipes up, anyway!) A place to put all my treasures, all my supplies. I sat down on the couch and couldn't talk.

That aMAZing husband of mine took all sign of himself out and put all of me in. He moved all his office things into our room and made a sweet spot of his own, complete with desk, and in so doing, just about handed me the world.

I confess, I didn't clean it up, as I have an art show to get ready for tomorrow and if I put things away before the show, I will forget about them and leave them behind. Plus, I am realizing after all these years, I'm o.k. to not be a neat freak here.

Instead, I am o.k. to dream. I am o.k. to create, relax, fail and have fun.

It has fast become one of the favorite rooms of the house. We have a small t.v. and sofa bed on the opposite wall from my desk area, and the girls will join me in one way or another-doing art or watching a movie while I am working.

Sometimes we will move an extra table in the room, just to have more table space. Or, we will just plop on the floor and use that.

It is amazing to me after three years, as my dreams grow, my need for shelf space grows! Right now I find myself putting projects in different piles on the floor. Or, I have re-graduated out to shelf space in the garage!

On the days when we want to spread out a little more, we will head for the kitchen table. I consider that my second art space as my girls grew up doing crafts in the kitchen, or the dining room.

It's nice in the summer because of the abundant light and if the kids want to swim and I want to work, I can watch them from the window.

Besides my kids and dogs, these are my two other trusty companions:

Computers and coffee!
The kitchen table is one of my favorite projects that Lauren and I did together. We decoupaged all sorts of beach-theme paper and photos on to the paper, added stamps and ephemera and I bought a piece of glass to protect it.

Summer is one of Brenna's favorite times to pick up art work during the year.

So, that's my creative space. It is overflowing to the whole house, and out the doors to different places! What a blessed life!

Thanks so much for stopping by~


  1. Thank you for sharing, Lynn! I love looking into the very place you create!


  2. LOL...I think everyone who has a creative space has it flowing all over the house...we just don't like to admit it! Great space! Thanks for sharing!
    Queen Bee Studio

  3. What a wonderful surprise! Such a great space to create in.

  4. What a lovely thing your hubby did! So, enjoyed my visit with you. enjoy the rest of the party!

  5. Hi Lynn,
    You are truly blessed with a wonderful and creative space. I'm glad that someone else is overflowing into others spaces too!! Mine is also, but I did not share that yet! LOL
    Thank you for the lovely tour. I so enjoyed my visit.
    I hope you can stop by my party too.
    Have fun and enjoy all the parties.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  6. Lynn you've made me feel so much better, as I too have piles all over the floor! Beautiful space for beautiful creations!

  7. Hi Lynn,
    It's been so fun to see where you create. I'm glad you didn't clean up; we can see that art really does get made here. Sounds like your husband is a keeper too!

  8. Lynn your post brought little tears of joy to my eyes! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift your husband gave you! Some men just don't understand how important a room of our own is to us! Your is wonderful!!! Good luck at your show tomorrow!!!
    My Desert Cottage

  9. Oh, Lynn! I not only love your SPOT, I love the back story! It makes it even more special.

    This is great!

  10. I don't think you are messy at all, and that coming from a self proclaimed neat freak. I love how your creativity shows through each and every photo.

    BTW, I cried when you told about how your room came to be. What an awesome family you have. You are totally blessed. Thanks for sharing this really inspiring space.

  11. The story of how your room came to be, was very uplifting.
    Your room is very lovely.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Thank you for sharing your creative space! I was like a mad woman straightening before the party. I tend to spread all over the house myself, and have the biggest mess ever. Love your honesty. Beautiful job!!

  13. Lynn~ I just love this post! You have a wonderful workspace and what an amazing gift your husband gave you...very thoughtful and considerate...he's a keeper!

  14. Love your header, love your space, and love your "no need for tidying up" attitude! That is one of the reason I wanted to stop crafting at the dining room table...so I could leave a project out until I was finished with it and not clutter up the house! Maybe I'll show my space next year! It is still a work in progress!
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Its wonderful! I can think of nothing more special that to be able to sit and create, and having your kidlets there, watching a movie. How sweet of your hubby to do that, you are blessed indeed!


  16. Hi Lynn. What a wonderful and thoughtful husband you have. Your studio is awesome. I like the way it's laid out. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Great space and great photos!
    Best wishes,


  18. Your husband sounds like a definite keeper. What a gift he gave to you. Your space is great. Enjoy!

  19. Hi Such an inspiring story!:O) Love your creative space and Thank You for sharing:O) Isabel

  20. Hey Sweet Friend...
    Know what I love about your studio?? The fabric flowers I see on the work table that look fabulous!! But the story, omg...the story of your family's love for you & amazing thoughtfulness. You are so blessed Lynn as am I for having you as a friend!!!
    I had sooooooooooooo much fun with the 'sisters'! I hope we can make that a regular get together. The 3 of you are so diverse, so similar & so awesome. Thank you for the special treat of getting to know all of you!
    I hope you had a rockin fun & successful time at your show & wish that fabulous hubby of yours a Happy Father's Day, now he's kinda my 'DREAM' husband!!! LOL
    Love, hugs & giggles,

  21. Wonderful space...I like the open shelving. I should think about doing the same thing.

  22. Hi Lynn,

    I remember this lovely story from last year. You have a pretty special husband, that's for sure. Love your creative space. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  23. 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.

  24. What a wonderful story about your husband's surprise! Thanks so much for sharing your creative space and your thoughts.

  25. Fun creative space...What I noticed were the double seat cushions...I hadn't thought to do that...especially when I have a long creative day some extra cush for the tush would be nice...thanks for sharing it all with us.

  26. What a wonderful, sweet, loving husband you have to give up his space for you! That's LOVE! My work also tends to go beyond the room's boundaries and ends up in the kitchen or in the dining room, even in the bedroom at times! Thanks for sharing your space.

  27. What a guy! Isn't it great when the people we love understand us? Your space is lovely and I am happy to know I am not the only oone whose supplies are slowly seeping into all corners of the house!

  28. Hey, hey! When can I come over and play????

    Piles on the floor?? Ooooo, I can show you piles on the floor.....

    I noticed what looks like a great view out your window. Awesome! That would sure help the creative process along!

    And I do LOVE that wall color!

    Lynn, it looks great! What day should I come??? ;-)

  29. That was a wonderful surprise from your hubby and daughter. I like your space. Thank you for sharing.

  30. Oh my goodness! I'm having so much fun peeking into art studios! Thank you for letting us have a glimpse of yours!

  31. Thank you so much for sharing your space and your story. It actually had me in tears. How beautiful!

  32. Wow I love your computer and coffee space with those windows.

  33. I love the story of the gift of your very own creative space - what a special guy you have! I tend to spill out into other spaces too, that is just part of the creative life. Thank you for a peek at your little haven.

  34. I vote our husbands the most thoughtful in the world. I loved your story...if you get a chance, stop by and read mine. Aren't we lucky to have a place where we can create to our heart's content and know the love that went into the space?
    I'm glad I dropped by.

  35. Hi Lynn, what a beautiful space you have to create in. Love the color of your walls. What a sweet story about your husband and girls getting it ready for you, what a surprise. Thanks so much for sharing.

  36. Hi Lynn,

    What a lovely story! It's so nice to have a great husband,isn't it?...he and your daughter knew something had to change and they made it so. I'm so thrilled that you have this space and have blossomed to all parts of the house with your creativity..it's a wonderful outlet for the spirit and it was obvious that you needed it. Thanks so much for sharing your studio with me.

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

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

  37. Hi Lynn, What a wonderful space you have here... My room is usually a mess also, But I did clean it up for Picture day! Hehe

    I just love how your room came to be, What a Wonderful husband you have... It brought a tear to my eye!

    The ocean is one of my favorite getaways also, It is so big it make my problem seem small....

    Thank you for letting us take a peek inside.
    Hugs, Linda

  38. What a wonderful gift your hubby gave you! That is a great story! Wonderful space and good luck with your show.

  39. What a wonderful surprise toget your own new space. Thanks for the lovely tour. You have a wonderful creating place and beautiful creations. Thanks for sharing. Angela

  40. Oh, my goodness..that story brought tears to my eyes. One does not often hear tales of such pure, selfless generosity. Your husband is a treasure to have done that for you, but I'm sure you have done much to earn such devotion. Wow...

    Anyway, your studio is beautiful. If you don't mind, I will come back and visit again. Your offering is one of the ones I will remember best from this tour. Thank you for sharing...


  41. Hi Lynn:
    Thanks for sharing your creative areas with us. I think it's so sweet that your husband and daughter spent a weekend making a space just for you. True Love!

  42. Your space is special just as your husband is to move you in, what a great guy, enjoy creating with your young ones as they grow up fast. Thanks for sharing your special spot in your special world! XOXO

  43. I loved your kind words on my blog, Lynn. We are already on our way to being great friends indeed! Talk to you soon...


  44. Thank you, dear Lynn, for your sweet comments about Katie. I took the pictures from her album on Facebook and they lost a little in translation but I love them! She will be home in less than a week.

    I wonder what next year will bring...she may even be able to get a part time job and live in an apartment. I will miss her. I will be ok whatever happens. Love that girl!

    Love you, too,

  45. Beautiful, sweet story about the creation of your space. Thanks for the tour. I love what you've created. :-)

  46. What a wonderful husband you have! I think he did a great job! Thanks so much for the tour.

  47. Hi Lynn, it was lovely to visit with you and your creative space thank you for sharing it and your heart.

  48. I just love, love, love the windows by your work table. Thank you for sharing your creative space with us.

    Have a thoughtful Thursday. ~Natalie

  49. I think pretty much every person on this tour envies you your thoughtful husband! What a terrific gift he gave you. Thank you so much for inviting us and for sharing the story with us.

  50. What a beautiful story and creative space. I too have a supportive fiance that encourages me to be me, and I love and cherish that! Thanks so much for sharing your space with me~ Sherry w/Scrapping With Sherry

  51. It looks like an artist at work! That is what creating art is all about. Thank you for sharing your story and space!
    Teresa from foxhollowtales.com