Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where Bloggers Create:Blog Party

Welcome to my craft cottage!! When I read that Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage was going to have her "Where Blogger Create" Party again this year I knew I wanted to be part of it!! My little craft cottage is a dream come true! It was my 25th wedding anniversary present from my husband, even though it took several years to complete. He and my sons worked on it during the slow time of year, but it was worth the wait. They did most of the work themselves.

This is where I create, inspire and sometimes just come to relax, I like to just sit, look out the window and watch the birds at the bird bath and at the feeder. Sometimes I just sit on the little porch and drink a glass of ice tea. My husband will join me and we will share the happenings of the day. It's not uncommon for someone to drop by for a visit. I've had lot of nice chats in my craft cottage, I've had more than one tell me it's a very peaceful place.

In my craft cottage I teach art and craft classes to home schoolers and I have friends over to create with me. Most of the time it's just me. I pop in a CD (usually worship music)and just enjoy what I love to do the most....create. I love to dapple in many medias, but my favorite crafts are mixed media, card making and fabric collages.




Outside My Craft Cottage



Morning Glories, but I have no blooms yet.






My work areas.
This is where I do most of my creating, but I did clean it up for the picture. Most of the time it's piled up with on going projects.



This is a overall view of my work spaces



This is my table where most of young students work at, I cover it with a plastic tablecloth when they are using it.




On my shelves, well at least some of the items, I have too many items to show!


These are only a few of my rubber stamps!!






My sister made me this wall hanging.





These are a few of my favorite supplies






All this was just recently given to me.


Thank you for visiting my craft cottage!! Please stop by anytime and see what I've been up to!!!



73 comments:

Nancy said...

Donna, I am sitting here drooling over your craft cottage......It's absolutely amazing........It's so cute but you have room for all your stuff and it's just the perfect place to "be".........Wish I could come and crate with you or just sit on your porch and sip tea.......

You are such a sweetheart to put my blog button on your blog plus one of my sidebar pictures....Thank you so much.....

Hugs and blessings,
Nancy

Something Special said...

oh, this is a perfectly wonderful little craft cottage. Just darling! Love love it! and i am a new follower.

artistamyjo said...

How very lucky you are to have such a beautiful spot.
Hugs

Zoechaos said...

Goodness I had forgotten how big it is easy to believe that it is a calming place to be, and all those goodies wonderful XOXO Zoe

earthypawscreatures said...

Wow! A whole cottage devoted to crafting :D It is so cute! A lovely space that you have created :) Thank you for sharing!

~Alli

sue law said...

Donna,
Your craft cottage is so beautiful! You have made it into the perfect place to get creative! Wishing myself there, rather than my kitchen counter!
Suexx

Diana said...

What a charming cottage. I love it. It looks sooo inviting. I bet you have a lot of fun in there. I have my own cottage too. Hope you can get a chance to come and visit.

Lovey said...

Wow Donna! I love that you have a Cottage Studio! How awesome is that...I love what you've done with your beautiful space. Blessed you are!!! Thanks for visiting today too!

Cindy Craine said...

I want your cottage! And all your stuff, and your view, well I could just go on and on. Love it all! :)

marie said...

What a wonderful cottage and what a lovely gift it was!
I think your stamps look beautiful in their display case ~ art work in and of themselves I think!

That's nice that you teach homeschool students ~ what a blessing that must be. I'm looking forward to teaching my grandchildren about creating .

Thanks for shaing your special space!

Sandy Michelle said...

Wowee what an inspirational place to create!!!

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Hi , How wonderful you have a whole cottage to yourself and able to share with others. That is great and what it is all about, learning and sharing. Very special spot you have there and such a great gift! I love my virtual tour, thanks for stopping by! Hugs Marilou

Jenelle said...

Wow--I LOVE your craft cottage!! Absolutely stunning!! You've created a very unique and special place. Especially liked the fabulous case you use to store your rubber stamps. So glad you posted - your tour was an absolute delight!! Also, thank you for the kind words about my studio. We've both got amazing men in our lives, yes?

ox-
Jenelle
Fa La Vecia

Holly Loves Art said...

I love your creative space. It has such airy and bright feel... how wonderful! What a special place to roll up your sleeves and get creative!
Thank you for sharing.
Holly

Terry said...

What a beautiful space! I absolutely love it! My faith is so important to me also. I didn't share that part of my studio, but now I wish I did. Thank you for sharing your studio and your faith.

Savories of Life said...

Your craft cottage is wonderful.

I am doing a blog giveaway and wodnered if you wanted to join. Let me know on my blgo by wednesday.

bertie said...

Wow...you are one lucky girl! I would love to have a space apart from my house where I could get lost in my art and not be interrupted! I really enjoyed your post and the great use of space and ideas. Thanks for sharing and hope to see you stop by my studio and say hello! bertie
www.queenbartistry.blogspot.com

Jo said...

What a fantastic studio - it's just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside! Thanks for the tour.

Geralyn Gray said...

Morning Glory......love the color.......love the flower.....love the romance of a crafting cottage.......and you get to share it with others......what a dream come true!!!!

Debbie Burkey said...

Wow, that's beautiful! What a great job you all did! Just charming!

Debbie

Lesley said...

Oh I so wish I could just stop by for an iced tea and a chat and a bit of crafting in your GORGEOUS craft cottage. Thank you for sharing it with us dear Donna.
xxx

Claudia said...

I think it would be the neatest thing to have a separate craft cottage! How cool. Love your space and thank you for sharing it with us.

Tamatha said...

Oh, what an amazing place to create! It makes me think of a doll's house! It's just beautiful. Thank you for coming to visit my blog too!
Tamatha

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Your spot is clean and lovely! I like all that counter space you have to lay things out to work. It must be a joy to create here. Thanks for showing it to us! *smiles* Norma

Incipient Wings said...

How amazing to have a little cottage all to yourself!
It's beautiful.

Feathers and Flight said...

Oh My Goodness Donna!I Love your Cottage Studio!! I think I could just Move Right In!Isn't Fun to See where everyone Created their Art! You can see Where their Inspiration Comes from and each Studio is so very Unique!Especially Yours!Thank You for Sharing and Your Visit!!Come and Visit again soon!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Hugs
Jill

Inn Country said...

I am in love with your cottage what a perfect place to visit everyday. thanks so sharing your photos with us

have a beautiful day Lisa

Karen Valentine said...

What am amazing gift of love from your husband and your sons!! It is just as lovely as can be!! I think it's so cool that is your very own little cottage! Thank you so much for sharing it with everyone!
xo,
Karen

Sherry said...

An actual craft cottage, who wouldn't love to have that. I think your space is wonderful and I love the blue and white inside. I also think the little porch to sit and visit is perfect. Your special things about the cottage make it even more inviting. I am so glad you shared your wonderful space with us.

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I love your craft cottage - what a great hubby! I bet you get inspired just sitting in there. Thank you for your kind words about my space. Love, Linda
houseofbeautifuldogs

(One of my bears just went to Texas)

Inspiration from Nature said...

How lucky you are to have this dream craft cottage to create. Wonderful.

Thanks for your comments on my blog.

Bonjour de France
Helene aka Hogart

Deana said...

What an awesome gift from your husband and sons! Can I borrow them......lol!?!

kluless said...

What a delightfulace to create and you have such beautiful supplies to work with. Just lovely!

Laurie said...

WOW. I could have stopped at the first line -- the fact that your space was a gift from your family for your 25th is just too wonderful for words!! Lucky, loved you!

Sandra Kaye said...

Love the blue, in your art space. Nice cottage. Thanks for sharing. Sandie

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Donna: Ok, you win! Your craft cottage is my favorite place. I love it all. You are so lucky. I have become your newest follow. I have to see what you make in that wonderful space. Blessings, Martha

Marianne said...

I would love to have your space. A cottage just for crafting !
It's so lovely.

Natascha said...

Oh my gosh, I love your cottage. It's like your own doll house. I will be adding you to the blogs I follow. I have alway day dreamed of my own little art house away from it all!

missshawna said...

Donna,
Thank you for visiting. I LOVE your adorable craft cottage. The display for your rubber stamps is fabulous too! Wish I lived close by, I would come sit on the porch with you:)

Petite Michelle Louise said...

you have a WHOLE cottage to yourself? to craft in?? Oh my...that has to be the sweetests ever! wow....love it. i especially love the cabinet where you store all of your stamp pads and LOVE that touch of "blue" everywhere! merci for stopping by to tour MY creative space. means so much! :)

Terri said...

Acraft cottage ..how cool is that. And it is so cheery and bright inside... you's have to pry me out of there!!!!Thanks so much for the lovely tour!

stefanie said...

oh, it is perfect!!! so many goodies to play with!! I love tha long counter!!!

Hayley said...

Thanks for visiting my space and my little blog. We're all jealous of your adorable cottage and I bet your students always leave completely inspired. Hope you're having a good week...

Something Special said...

Your craft cottage is so very special. I am so glad i got to see it all and you are very lucky to have a place all your own like that!

Vicki said...

Donna that little house is just the coolest darn thing! I love it. Thanks for the tour

Sassy Marsha said...

What a wonderful craft cottage you have, so cozy, warm and inviting!!

Thank you for stopping by!

Marsha

Debbie said...

I love your craft cottage!!! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. And I think I will just go for it! That shed of mine wont know what hit it!!
I'll keep you posted!!
Thanks for sharing.
Debbie
mybrowneyedgirldesigns

Becca said...

Love your little craft cottage! I would love to spend a whole day in there just snooping around at your things!

Nook & Cranny said...

I love, love your craft cottage. Can I come over to have a better look?
Fantastic place.
Thanks for touring my creative space.
Michele

Valery said...

Wow, a cottage! Love this, it's adorable and something I dream about doing one day! Your work space is so clean and organized and I love that stamp cupboard. Would love to spend a day in there creating with you. Thanks for sharing!

Char said...

Your craft cottage is just adorable Donna, and I can see myself sitting in one of the whicker chairs enjoying myself.
What a lovely place to think and be creative.
I love your lace, that blue lace is gorgeous, Char

Melissa said...

Thank you for stopping by. I love your cutie craft cottage.

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

What a bright, bubbly space to create in. I love it. I always dream of having a little cottage to escape too out of the house. Your glass front case for your rubber stamps is brilliant!

Maggie said...

Hi Donna, so glad you stopped by my blog! I am going down the list of studios to visit very s-l-o-w-l-y! It's going to take me forever because I love to study each one. Your cottage is FANTASTIC!! What a dream, to have a darling little separate playhouse to escape to! Just enchanting. Sure like that white cupboard with the glass doors--I'd love to find a piece like that.

maggie
http://www.themagrag.com

trash talk said...

To have a place to go and create...or just sit...would be a dream come true. Your husband must be your knight in shining armor (or dusty cowboy boots)to have created you your own little getaway.
Deb

The Old White Barn said...

What an absolutely wonderful space - it's perfect! A Craft Cottage would be a dream come true. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your space.

Best wishes,
Susan

Rita Barakat said...

WHat a wonderful place to create - everywhere you look is inspiration!Even outside! lovely!

marie said...

You have a wonderful creative space. How pleasent it must be to sit on the sweet little porch and relax and be inspired by everything around you.

Your space is beautiful ~ thanks for the tour!!

Susanne said...

Wow, yours it the 3rd creative cottage I am seeing this morning! (still not half way through the wbc3 list!) Unfortunately, I do not have builders living with me, darn. How nice to sit outside and sip tea with your husband and have visitors too!
Susanne.

romance-of-roses said...

Well let's start with the outside, love the white wicker chairs. Inside of course it's so inspiring. Seems like such a peaceful place to work. Love everything inside. I am now following you.
Hugs...lu

Creative Grammie said...

The front porch of your cottage studio exudes welcome! I think you have an amazing studio. I've always wanted a work space large enough to have a table that others could sit down and do hand work together with me.
I love your storage ideas.
Thanks for the wonderful tour, it was truly enjoyable.

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

Thanx for dropping by my place and I enjoyed my visit to yours. It looks like a fun place to visit.

Jo said...

Donna,
I love your crafting cottage. Everything is so neat. I will be adding you to my blog list so I can drop by more often. Glad I found your blog. Maybe next year I will have my room ready to join the blog party. Drop by and visit sometime, I'm always looking for new followers and I will be following you.

Lynnae said...

Wow, that's a nice space. How kind of your family to build it for you! I love the porch!

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Oh my I love your creative space. especially love how organized you are and the chairs right outside are dreamy! Thanks for stopping by my studio:)

xo,

Abby

Renee said...

your craft cottage is so nice. Love the colors

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Donna,
Oh I am in love with your craft cottage. How darling it is and so well organized. Just perfect for you and your creations.
So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I have so enjoyed my visit to your craft cottage and your lovely blog. Yes, from one Texas gal to another it is so fun sharing our creative spaces.

I so hope you will come over again to visit.
Hugs and stay cool!!
Celestina Marie

Lynn Richards said...

Donna, thank you for inviting me over!! What a FABULOUS place. Such a gift from the heart. I love that your husband and sons made this space for you. It is filled with wonderful light and the colors are perfect. What a blessing it must be to you and many others!!
xo
lynn
blueskies...

Counting Your Blessings said...

WOW! What a super darling spot! I love it!! And what sweet guys you have in your life to have made it for you.

Blessings... Polly

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

Lucky you to have a craft cottage all to yourself!! How great is that!!

Hugs,
Debbie

DeeDee said...

I would so love a place like this.. beautiful and peaceful... thanks for sharing with us.. :D

EVERYTHING ANASTACIA said...

What a beautiful craft cottage you have out there! Awesome space! I love how you organize you place. I love it!
Thanks for stopping by my humble craetive world.
Regards. Have a beautiful day!
Reina

waldenbunch said...

Your room is fabulous! My 25th anniversary is next year. Think you could talk to my husband? My room is my happy place and yours obviously is, too!