June 19, 2010

Where Bloggers Create ... round deux ... and a Gypsy's journey

This is where my journey began last year ... my latest studio space was my sun porch ... just off the living room ... overlooking the back and front yards and gardens ... perfect for creating and keeping tabs on the Gypsy Prince all at the same time ... you can revisit last year's entire  post here.
After blog hopping with all of last year's party goers ... I was amazed and more than inspired by all of the creative spaces I had enjoyed visiting ... it took me a while to get through the participant list ... I can only imagine how long it's going to take this year !!

With the creative juices flowing I headed straight away to do a little "refreshing" of my sun porch studio ...the next two photo collages are the "afters"...
 
I made a little slide show of the actual make over ....



Okay, maybe your thinking "so that was last year ... what about this year?" I'm getting there ... how does that saying go ?? ... about enjoying your journey to your destination .... I feel that last year was  truly the beginning of my journey to making the connection with many women on a similar path as myself ... I found a vast support system and loads of encouragement from fellow creative bloggers. 

One incredible lady for example is Polly from Counting Your Blessings and French Cupboard. After a few motivational conversations with Polly, I jumped aboard French Cupboard {if you've thought about joining, do it!} ... Being involved at FC has opened many doors of possibility for me ... this past Fall we donated gift bags for Theresa's blog party, aka {Garden Antiques Vintage} I sent along some Prairie Gypsy Rosettes ...
 
Jo Packham wearing a Gypsy Rosette at the blog party in Texas last Spring ... can I tell you how honored I was ?? If that's not a HUGE confidence booster ... the fact that Jo would actually be seen wearing {in public!} one of my rosettes ... I don't know what is.   Thank you Ms. Packham!

Polly is also helping me live out another one of my dreams ... remember this? My desire to see the big shows in Round Top, Marburger, and Warrenton? Well, I'll be experiencing them THIS FALL, in person, with Polly and Beth.  Thank you for being you Polly!

Which leads me to another dream come true ... I can't give out all the details on this one just yet .... but here's a hint ... it comes full circle back to the lovely Theresa and her famous blog party !! Details coming soon ....

...back to the point of all of this rambling ... it all started with a blog party, this blog party ... my journey began as a side trip on Karen's own journey with "My Desert Cottage" and her dreams and visions. Thank you Karen, for dreaming and creating .... you've given inspiration to many, myself at the top of the list! 

Sharing with other women is key ... you never know whose journey your going to fuel!!

My story doesn't end here ... when I thought about getting ready for this year's party, I took a long hard look at my studio space. It was a disaster .... I had outgrown the sun porch, plus I had been feeling guilty for overrunning {again!} a family space of our home. Where to go? ... back to the third floor attic ... yikes ...

I wanted to finish by today ... IMPOSSIBLE!! ... but this is how far I've come with making a new creative nest in the rafters ... literally ..
 
 I'll keep you posted on my progress in the new work area ... I have soooooo many plans for this space, including bringing up a vintage easel for The Gypsy Prince and all of his supplies ... The Gypsy Princess' collage makings .... My oldest son's graphic design work and music instruments ... and my husbands musical workings and theater library. I'm hoping to make the third floor space a place the whole family can enjoy creating and pursuing their passions.

I'll be making the rounds to visit your space over the next few weeks, I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for all of us this year. 

I can't wait to read about your journey, what inspires you, and what direction your creative blogging path is leading to ....

67 comments:

  1. You're in the middle of a big change! That attic space is already fabulous, but I know you will transform it into something even more wonderful.

    xo
    Claudia

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  2. Jill, I adore your creative spaces!!! Past and present are both enchanting, magical spaces. I look forward to seeing your complete family creative space in the rafters, which promises to be filled with the same beauty and creative inspiration. Amazing, fabulous journey you have shared. Thank you for that! ~ Angela

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  3. Seeing Miss Jo with your rose on made me SMILE big! :) What a true badge of honor.

    Your site is a vision to behold. What I wouldn't give for all those windows. Now...I'm telling you~When we build my new studio in the back (hopefully we'll break ground this year) I want windows like that! OMGOSH!

    Love your work. HUGE FAN HERE!

    xoRebecca

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  4. how exciting..I love that attic and with your talent it is going to look amazing!!!!! congrats on all your new adventures!

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  5. I love your new space! I enjoyed your post last year and this is just fabulous. xo Joan@anythinggoeshere

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  6. Thanks for that post I needed that! Inspiration and a pep talk! you go girl! it is beautiful I love the idea of "family" creative space" just perfect!
    Everything is just breath taking you have done a wonderful job! Have a great weekend!
    luvs and glitter
    ~jen

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  7. Your sun porch is amazing! Good luck with the attic space, I'm sure it will be amazing as well!
    Theresa

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  8. Your journey is a joy to watch!
    The third floor attic studio is sure to be a winner! You have so many treasures and inspiring ideas! I'm keeping my eye on you!
    Thanks for sharing it all!
    :)

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  9. Hello Jill... I so enjoyed seeing your last year's place, this years place, and what's coming next place! I also loved seeing where my beautiful Gypsy Prairie Belt Buckle was lovingly created by YOU! You are such a talented lady, and I am happy I met you through our blogs... I love seeing all the pretty little tresors just waiting to be made into something beautiful by you! xoxo Julie Marie

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  10. This is my first visit to your spot...ohhh my could i linger here for a long time; *sigh* but I must keep to my goal of hitting as many of these talented women as I can...(seeings that is what this is all about though isnt it?)

    Well... I just wanted to say if you ever have any opening for a new best friend :) please sign me up... i think i could just simply fall in love with you and your style.

    Have the best weekend.

    Claudia

    http://www.dipityroad.com

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  11. Love your existing space but your new space looks like it's going to be amazing! I can already see it taking on a beauty of its own.

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  12. Oh, my gosh! Your space is heavenly! Love your room in the rafters!
    Queen Bee Studio

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  13. You have such a great place to create all your works of art. And, the announcement will be coming soon my friend. I'm so excited!

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  14. Everything you do is pure magic. You have a lot of energy and creative juices...Lucky you for that attic space...I wish....

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  15. How fun is this!
    You are an amazing person!
    I am loving your blog...I have been a follower for a bit now and am so ezcited to hear that you will be at the big show!
    I am hoping to go this October too!
    Your new attic studio is well on it's way to being fabulous! I cna't wait to see how you finish it out!
    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
    Blessings,
    Donna

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  16. Hi Jill, Your sunroom is fantastic but I know once you give the new space your special touch it will also be fantastic.
    xo, Sherry

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  17. Looks like you are off to a great start in your new space! You moved "UP" and I moved "down" to my boys old playroom,,,Challenges in old houses build character!
    Thanks for sharing, will be fun to see how it evolves!!

    Hugs,
    Shell

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  18. hi and wow! what beautiful spaces you create. you have wonderful taste and style. i'm going to back up and read some of the links. congrats on all of the exciting news!

    thanks so much for sharing your space. so fun to see where you create.

    happy blog hopping!

    xo
    elyse

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  19. Wow - I loved the sun porch space but the attic is gorgeous! Have fun setting up!

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  20. I love your creative space, it's just gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see what you do with the new space. Blessings~~~Daphne

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  21. I am always so amazed at your talents and how fast and easily you get things done....I think you really have a magic wand stashed away somewhere that your not telling me about! Can't wait for Texas!
    hugs
    Beth

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  22. Oh Jill,
    It's great, a work in progress. That's where my heart is most happy, in the creation! Can't wait to see all the fabulous things you do and thank you, you've given me an idea for a new studio while visiting here with you. Happy day!
    ~Tracie

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  23. It doesn't get much better than that, sugar! Darling. But to have all the space would make me feel like a queen, chickee. Oooooh, my, how I would love that big area to have.
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  24. Such an amazing space! Beautiful in every way! Loved seeing the slide show. What a talented gal you are!
    Best wishes,
    Chris

    www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

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  25. 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.

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  26. Hi Jill! Love your creatives spaces, all of them in every state of being done. I look forward to meeting you at Marburger this fall. I set up there and hope you will stop by. I love your rosettes, I must have missed the boat on them at the blogger party but I did get a goody bag that sweet Polly sent. Thanks for your sweet comment on my studio.

    Hugs,

    Shelley

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  27. What wonderful, creative spaces. You had a beautiful place in your sun porch and now the attic space is looking to soon be just as beautiful. As a matter of fact, it is quite lovely already. I love how you pull everything together. And I was truly impressed to see the famous Jo Packham wearing one of your roses. Congratulations! Well done. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Tricia

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  28. It was beautiful last year...it's beautiful this year and it will be even more beautiful next year, and I can hardly wait Jill! We won't really have to wait till next Summer, will we?
    hugs

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  29. Hi
    I love the attic!!!! What a heavenly space! It is huge and I love the rafters. Can't wait to see it all done but I am loving it already...
    You have an amazing eye and you are so talented - many blessings to you
    Rebecca

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  30. Jill, I just knew your space would be beautiful! I loved the porch pictures and know that the 3rd floor will end up just as fabulous, it is already wonderful, love the vintage slips hanging up and the rolled paper hanging from the rafter, your vintage dress form, it all looks like a high-end boutique! Congratulations on all of your success, Theresa

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  31. Wow,
    Now that's what I call a studio! And all of your supplies, it's like the best antique store in the world! My head would be swimming if I saw that in the flesh. I will be at RT in the fall, never been to the Blog Party before so I'm looking forward to it. Will be watching for your news. Lisa
    PS Spidy 1 & 2 & PPP say thanks for the sweet comment.

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  32. oh my gosh! no wonder you create such beautiful work, your surroundings are completely inspiring and GORGEOUS to die for!!!

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  33. I love your space from last year-but I think I like this year even better. It's going to be wonderful. Love the dress form and what you've done on the ceiling. Very creative!

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  34. What an Absolutely Beautiful space you have created for yourself:) Enjoy your week ~

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  35. Oh Jill, Thank you so much for letting us read about your creative journey this past year! I am thankful every day that we all have each other to share encouragement and support! Congratulations on all your successes! The new studio space is going to fabulous! Just the fact that it has a brick wall is a BIG plus for me!! I'm so glad you joined us again this year. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!
    XO,
    Karen
    My Desert Cottage

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  36. Wowza!
    I love this space! Well done.......

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  37. I think your new space is WONDERFUL and it's going to be so much fun for you to work in when it's finished. I hope you won't make us wait until next year to see it finished! Thank you for sharing.

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  38. What a fab blog you have I was drooling over your gorgeous studio then to find out your now in the Attic which looks like its going to be fabulous too! I love your flowers I have brought some in AU I think yours are far better so will have to post about them, enjoy your work space :)

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  39. Had to post about your chic Rosett's they are stunning! :)

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  40. Both of your spaces are awesome and inspiring. The vignettes are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  41. You've got a lot of good things going on! Your old space was wonderful - I love the big windows where your desk was sitting. But, boy! That attic is going to be amazing! Can't wait to see more!

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  42. Thanks for sharing your studio spaces and website. I love everything, the desk, your slide show, storage solutions. I'm inspired with new ideas for my own studio space that is coming along slowly.

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  43. Well LOOK AT YOU! My gosh - that is going to be just an awesome space! Just the brick wall had my heart a fluttering!
    I came over to welcome you into the Sorority and found your great space instead! Can't wait to see what you do with it. And Jo P is just the BEST! I had the pleasure of "hanging out" with her for 3 days in Savannah last spring and she is just a jewel.
    Well, anyway - welcome to the Sorority! And we'll see you on Friday for the RUSH party! YAY!
    HAGD! Karen ~ Some days are diamons

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  44. I have a feeling no mater where you set up your creative space it will be stunning...loved it last year and what is not to love this year! TFS

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  45. That attic room will be amazing - I will definitely be back to see the finished room. And your rosette was fabulous!

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  46. Oh Jill,
    Your sun porch was a dream the first year and a dream at 1.5 years but this attic...well...the word FABULOUS is not even enough! Girl, you have vision!!! I love it! What a great space for the whole family to enjoy what they love to do.
    Just in case you are wondering...YOU are an inspiration girlie!!!!
    And...I'm so happy to hear that you'll be going to Round Top/Warrenton this Fall! I'll get to meet you! We has so much fun in the Spring, Theresa's party was wonderful. And thank you for donating the gift bags. I must have been blabbing my mouth somewhere as I didn't get one :( but your gypsy blooms are just gorgeous...who wouldn't want one??? duh!!!!
    Love your space Jill, and yes...everything you do is beautiful :)

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  47. What a great story! You have come so far in recreating your room but especially in recreating your job and your life. I thought your first photos were absolutely beautiful. You have done such creative things with your studio and it looks so much more "clean" and streamlined. I can't think of anything much better than have Jo wear one of my creations...wow! You can be really proud of that one!

    My daughter and I have a "young" blog and would love to have you visit, if you wish. She and I have been making jewelry together for fifteen years but also have other interests. I love vintage paper crafts and she loves vintage fashion...and we both love estate sales!

    Thanks for giving us a peek at your place to create and its transformation. Isn't this a fun party?

    Suz
    http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com

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  48. Hi Jill
    Well I love both your spaces... the walls of windows in the first are just amazing... fantastic space and you have really made it charming.. and so organized!!! Love the attic space to .. has a great sense of calm.... wow both different and both lovely in their own right..

    I wanted to thank you again for the lovely giveaway win.. I just love both the bag and the flower!!! My mum used to make fabric flowers when i was a child so it brings back such lovely memories for me.. Thanks so much!!!! I love them and hope to post on it again soon... xxxx Julie

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  49. Oh my gosh! Your studio is AMAZING! I love your attic space. That is such a great space to create a studio.

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  50. Two parties in one week, we are party animals, sister! Just stopped by from the Sisterhood of the Bloggerette's Party. Have a great weekend.
    Hugz,
    Zandra

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  51. Hi Jill, I am still trying to see all the fabulous "work spaces" as well as the sorority rushees post too. Your space is just gorgeous. As I am, I am sure you are thrilled and blessed to have a space you can call your very own to work in. Come for a visit if you can. xo Lynn

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  52. I would say you have made huge dents in making the third floor of your lovely home into the perfect space for everyone to create. Your vintage jewelry pieces, buttons, little dolls, and those adorable slips hanging like focal points in a gallery all make for a warm and homey feeling in this space. Thanks for sharing and taking us down memory lane.

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  53. Hi Jill, Oh my gosh girl, this is what I call a studio. Everything is totally amazing and you have so many gorgeous goodies surronding you. I have enjoyed my tour and will look forward to seeing more. Thanks so much for sharing. Isn't that fun that Jo is wearing one of your rosettes!!!!
    Debby

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  54. Can you believe that I am still trying to get through all of those beautiful spaces!? I started at the bottom and went up. Your space is so lovely! I am so inspired by your studio. It really is wonderful! :)

    ~Liz

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  55. Hi Jill,
    I absolutely love your attic space, it looks fabulous!! I would love to have a space like that. Your creations are so amazing, you are such a talented lady. I can't wait to see your space once your done with it.
    ave a lovely weekend.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  56. Hey Jill ~ I am Still trying to catch up on the 400+ Studios.... This party has been amazing, The Ideas & Inspiration, Remarkable....

    I Love Your Post, Loved seeing your 1st year Studio, the Slide show with Before & Afters & Your Amazing start to The New Creative Attic Studio, I can't wait to follow along ~

    Thanks for Sharing, Off to another studio ~
    Have a Wonderful Weekend
    Cheryl

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  57. How wonderful you have usable attic space! Loved your sun porch set-up in the first pictures. Everything you did there would be a dream set-up for me! I just love natural sunlight coming in and I love how you had the glass and mirrors to help with that. Great idea to get the whole family in a space where they can all do their thing.

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  58. Your previous studio was fantastic! Your new one sounds like it will be even more so with the incorporation of the entire family and their creative passions mixing and melding in one area. Thank you for sharing.

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  59. I love the whole blog of ur creative space!! I enjoyed watching the redo of ur furniture into something more fabulous!!!!Inspiring thanx for sharing:O) Isabel

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  60. Love all your creative spaces, Jill. Your photos are fabulous -- I'm drooling!!

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  61. Goodness, I love both the sun porch and the attic! Both have so much character. Thanks for sharing, Connie

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  62. love reaing about your new studio and loved the look of your old one will keep looking to see what you ae up to thankyou for sharing one day mine will be back on track not all through the house
    elizabeth

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  63. Your room is so inspiring, and I love that you are a get in there and do it yourself lady!!
    Outstanding really!! Thanks for sharing

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  64. I really love both of the spaces, but the attic one, oh my... when can I move in (lol), its just amazing. And I really enjoy your blog, so many beautiful pictures. Cant wait to see what (more) you will do in the attic space. Great blog!

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  65. Good Morning,
    Oh, how I wish we were neighbors. I'd love to come and create with you in your fabulous studio.

    Yes, I am still making my rounds through the participants in Karen's "Where Bloggers Create" event...and having a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. ~Natalie

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  66. What is the word I am looking for? Charming! to say the least. And what a difference! Congratulations!

    I was extremely content with my craft room until I started this party! LOL!!

    Thank you for the inspiration. I have been a scrapbooker for over 10 years but very new to the blog world... 2 weeks! I hope to take part in fun stuff like this soon.

    ~Sherry F.

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  67. Good luck with your class at the Barn in Cali! You are gonna love it there. I'll be going for my first time to Roundtop next month,too! I'll be selling at Zapp Hall, next to my friend Heidi of Paris Montana. Stop by and say hi if you get over there. Your creative space looks like a dream!
    Hugs, Tricia
    VintageBliss.typepad

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