Where Bloggers Create


Karen Valentine
of My Desert Cottage
is hosting
Where Bloggers Create.
If you stop by Karen's place,
you will find
the links to creative places
all over The Land of Blog.

2123539495_f553ecb72a_mMy taste in where I create is as eclectic as my taste in music, different kinds of art, photography and where I find inspiration.

thankful art room 3

2766190693_17b2f54162_bWhere do I create?

thankful art room 4

440066755_183301d28a_meverywhere I find inspiration really.

art studio

1967I paint outdoors when I want to get lost in a field of wild flowers and feel the sun on my face and hear the crickets singing in the distance.

painting outside with dunkin

newburyport,-postcards-from-plum-islandMy love of photography finds me creating everywhere I see something interesting to photograph.


newburyport-cheeky-little-dudeIf you see some crazy lady hanging over a cliff to catch a rainbow with a Sony camera, that would be me.


where-bloggers-create-shoeI create at my kitchen table, so I can tend to whatever is on the stove or in the oven.

kitchen table 2

where-bloggers-create-toile-shoeI love creating at the kitchen table so I can be part of all the activity in the house.

hydrangea-still-life-2I create at my dining room table when I want to sit by the fire in the winter,


Muleor admire the garden from my window in the summer.

lynne's pillow arrangement

DSC05216I create on my deck, when the sun just comes up and the birds are greeting the morning.


100_4048I create sitting at my computer Blogging,


Photoshop-shoesdoodling on Photoshop, enhancing photographs and writing posts,

Let's take a napwhile Cocoa and Samantha sleep nearby.

It's A Wonderful Life

2365492777_cac7dc5e52_bI sometimes, create in my art room upstairs, which houses all of my art supplies.

art room

art room

2123539495_f553ecb72a_mI like to do my oil painting upstairs, so I can have all the things I need nearby.


high heel shoeI love my art trolly which helps me move my stash of art supplies from room to room,
while Mittens rests. mittens


magical-bookI guess for me it's not so much where I create, but celebrating the magic I find in so many inspirational places when I create.

magical-5I once dreamed of having the perfect art studio,

thankful art room

Vintage stationary, old letters, stacks of old stamps and an antique pen

Where-Bloggers-createuntil one day when I finally had one, and then I realized that I still preferred painting at my kitchen table.

Where Bloggers Create
laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your creativity just can't be contained by one room. I loved seeing all of these places where you create, and your photos are amazing (but please be careful about hanging over cliffs!) You are even in creative in your wrapping and shipping of orders. I've never ordered anything that came so beautifully packaged! Thank you for all of the extra beauty you add. My cards I ordered are perfect. laurie

TattingChic said...

Of course, you have such a lovely place to create! Thanks for sharing your inspiring studio spot!

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Well, I think it does not really surprise me that you create all over the place. Your posts always have so much in them. It is obvious that being creative is something that you don't have to work on - it is just part of your day. Loved seeing all your spaces.


Liberty said...

Awesome black and white, very classy, and I know what you mean by ending up at the kitchen table to create. Thank you for a tour of your space.

a woman who is said...

Oh my gosh I feel so sane now...hehehe. Just the other day my sister was asking me why I was painting at my kitchen table and not up in my "ART STUDIO" Ha, I felt so silly...why wasn't I up there? After reading your post, now I know why. I do what you do...to bored in one place I guess. Yet I do use the upstairs studio for oil painting because of the unportable mess.

Love,love,love your traveling art cart. I have been using baskets...oh yay another quirky thing I do..... :D

I love your blogging space it is gorgeous!

Terri said...

it is a wonderful life and you have wonderful creative spaces to create in. I especially like the painted pillow!

LiLi M. said...

Thanks for touring us around Karen! I really love to see that you can create everywhere! Your place looks so cosy to me. I love that board:' It's a wonderful life.' It shows your happy and content spirit. Have fun and inspiration today!

Annabelle Bulat said...

Thanks for all the gorgeous photographs. Your artwork is beautiful, too!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Wow. You have such a beautiful home, Karen, that it brings back such precious memories of when I lived in Mass. and visiting friends with these incredible colonial homes! But your workspace says so much about your joy and inner light! The colors and creations are so precious. Praise God for His gift in you!!! Anita

Margie said...

Hi Karen, I loved visiting where you create, your beautiful home is an inspiration not only for you but for me too. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Margie.

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Karen, you are so fun!!! I love your creative spaces...and so very like you! The world is a canvas just waiting for you to paint it! And you do that so well.
God Bless You!

Debra said...

How true. Although after 25 years of not having a room of my own I am so happy to have my own space. Lovely home.

Claudia said...

Hi Karen! So nice to see your creative spaces! Your work is so beautiful and inspiration doesn't stay in just one room, does it? The tour of all the places you create was wonderful!

Jane said...

Beautiful home and gorgeous pictures. You are in inspiration.

Christine Edwards said...

Karen, I love your perspective on creating where you're inspired. I hadn't really thought that quite through, but you're so right. Creativity is not contained within one room...although our supplies may be. :-) Thank you for the peeks into your creative spaces.

Lori said...

Karen, you have all kinds of wonderful spaces to create in...and i love how you find your inspiration in all different sorts of places and objects...your pictures are really wonderful...i have such a hard time with indoor shots...yours are perfection!!!

zandra said...

Great space! I'm a big fan of the black and white. I really enjoyed my visit! Thanks for sharing. Hugz, Z

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Thank you for the tour of your beautiful home!! How wonderful that you have so many lovely areas to create in, as the mood strikes. Your photography is amazing!

Cindy said...

I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT. Your amazing. Love the box's.


One Shabby Old House said...

Hi Karen,
I am like you. Athough I do have a craft room I am everywhere all over the house creating. I guess you just can't contain us, right?

caren said...

Karen ~ Just like your paintings, your house is beautiful! Thank you for sharing all your creativity with us!

fromthepines said...

wonderful photos and paintings! I wanna come back!


Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Wow - you really have many inspiring places to create. I love it. And I love the black and white in your studio!

Kimberly said...

Great fun to see all the places you create. I love your photography. It must have been lots of work to take us so many places, thanks for that it was a wonderful tour!
I will be back.......

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Such a clever and beautiful tour, Karen. Thanks for all the inspiration. You have a lovely home...and studio.
Hope you'll have a chance to visit my humble studio too. (brynwoodneedleworks.blogspot.com)

Brenda said...

I have always admired that trolley of yours! You have such beautiful things. But hey, you're an artist. And you can certainly tell that an artist lives in your home!

LillySue said...

I L*O*V*E your black and white...epecially your curtains and little sign!! Pop over to visit and meet Lucky. He is obviously a kindred spirit of Mittens, heehe!! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

Today I showed my sewing room for the blog party but like you I spend more time in other places creating. I didn't think to say in my post that the first place I sit down to write or read is at my kitchen counter--in the center of the house! I enjoyed your post and your photos as always. Thank you for inspiring everyone who visits your blog. ~Kathy

Vee said...

Karen, how interesting! You probably have given crafters and creative folks more hope than you might imagine. So many of us have longed for the "perfect" place to create. For you, it's not about that, but the joy of creating for itself...anywhere! Thank you. (I did love seeing your studio.)

Barb said...

Ooooh, I so enjoyed "visiting" with you - wonderful blog! :)

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What fun to see your creating surroundings! Thanks for sharing! Isn't this blog party just the most fun ever! I'm so glad Karen thought of it!

Denise said...

I so agree about having many places to create...although I have my ARTstudio...I prefer to haul everything out to the table just to stay in the household activity. Great space that you have! And your photos are gorgeous!
Dancingly, Denise
A Day In My Life at:

LindaSonia said...

You have a beautiful home. So enjoyed feasting my eyes on your surroundings. Thanks for sharing. LindaSonia

Judy said...

I loved being in your house again. I'd forgotten how warm and cozy it feels.
P.S. love the "yellow" door knob in your studio off the bedroom!

Miss Sandy said...

I love that you are limited by location! I have never thought in those terms before but they suit me also. While I do have two main creative spaces in my home, I too seek out creative moments in everyday life. Beautiful post and home. Have a wonderful weekend.

Snap said...

Thank you for the tour of your home -- room to room filled with lovely things and your art trolley! Abundant creativity everywhere and another stunning post!

Karen Valentine said...

What a fabulous post! Thank you so much for sharing what your creative life is like. One of the things I miss, since moving into my own room, is being at the dining table and hanging out with my DH. Now my studio buddy in my dog Rocky. I do love the black and white toile that's in your room upstairs. I might never leave that room!

My Desert Cottage

The Chateau of Remnants said...

Wow.. I love ALL your crafting areas!! Moving around the house is fun...
Thanks for Sharing you Creative Space.


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I enjoyed seeing all your creative spaces; especially your art studio, as my mom is thinking of re-doing her bathroom with black toile accents. Lovely!
I didn't get my studio pulled together quite enough to photograph for today's event, but I will be hosting a Christmas in July giveaway on my blog tomorrow (Sat), if you'd like to stop by!

Caleen said...

I loved how you put this together. You are so right.. We can create anywhere.. I love your special spaces you create. You are definitely very talented.. Everything is amazing. All your photos, paintings, photoshop.. Just great.. Thanks for sharing.. Keep Creating!

Molly Alexander said...

Hi Karen -

What a beautiful creative space you have. I love the black & white, but mostly I love the beautiful words you put with yuor tour. Thank you for sharing not just your studio, but your life.

:-) Molly

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I love, love, love, the black and white toile. What a great space to create! Come on by and visit my studio at:


I am lovin' this party!

fairychildheirlooms said...

Wow, Karen! this was so beautiful to see! thanks for sharing! please come visit me too.
:) Missy

Rebecca said...

Absolutely amazing my friend! Thank you so much for sharing! You are sooo very blessed and talented.

Very inspiring! YOU GO GIRL!

Love, Rebecca @AGP

Rebecca said...

So nice to meet you--thank you for inviting me. Your photography is fabulous. I enjoyed your tour through your home especially you kittys.

Lori said...

Karen, I love how you gave us the tour--storybook style. And it was REAL looking---with stuff here and there. It was like you were leaving your artistic fingerprint everywhere! I love your space---which is all over your house! Wonderful!

Sharon said...

Karen thank you for sharing your beautiful spaces. How enjoyable this post is. Happy weekend to you. Sharon

Natasha said...

I love your love of toile! Black and white is such a dramatic and luxurious combination, don't you think? What an eye for design you have to create such beautifully creative spaces! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at this lovely event; please do stop by for a visit soon!

Enjoy the party!

Warm Wishes,


fawndear said...

Loved your toile curtains. It takes a truly creative person to gain inspiration from where ever they are at. To find beauty in the everyday, no matter where you are at is really a gift! Thank you for sharing your creative world. And should I someday spy a talented photographer leaning out over a cliff taking pictures. I'll give you a smile and a wave! Don't lose your inspiration!

Chrisy said...

It's been a delight to drop by your place...to read your thoughts on creating...to see and read about all the places that it happens for you...thank you...

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Karen; I really enjoyed your post. And how you described where you get your creativity and inspiration from. your rooms are just beautiful, love them... thanks for the tour.


She'sSewPretty said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures Karen. I worked at my dining room table for years. I finally have my own art room and sometimes I miss being spread out on the dining room table.

Holly said...

What beautiful spaces you have in which to create! I love each place, and understand the "need" to create in different areas as life goes on. . .

Sheila R said...

Love your studio, where ever your heart takes to you to create! A great reminder that you can nuture your creative soul any place. Thanks for visiting and for sharing your beautiful spaces.

Luisa Migon said...

I'm here to say hello and visit your space! A lovely place to create!!! Love your paintings, your pets, your supplies... Love EVERYTHING!!! :O)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Karen, what a beautiful presentation of all the places you create! I love your studio, but really love the fact that you create wherever your heart leads you!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Geralyn Gray said...

You have a wonderful life in your studio....love the black and white toile......your paintings are beautiful and I like you like to create the most at the dining room table-----I don't know why---I guess I feel isolated in my craft space.

paintinpatti said...

I loved seeing the many places you create. Your home is beautiful and inviting. You are an inspiration to me. I wish I would have known about this event - my husband just made me a wonderful creating room! I'm having such a grand time in there! Hugs, Patti

cindy said...

It is a wonderful, bright energizing space...I can see sitting there and sipping a cuppa, truly wonderful. Mittens is very pretty, and I love your delightful water colors as well. So fun to peek in and see! :D

yapping cat

Kara Ward said...

so beautiful! I love your place and your kitchen table. Your painting are fabulous!

KV Creative Designs said...

Wow! You are so lucky to have so many spaces to create and feel inspired! I enjoyed seeing them all! Thank you for sharing with us! I hope you will stop by my new Studio too.

Artful Blessings,

Beverly said...

Karen, I have a question. What kind of holder is that on the right front corner of your art trolley. Are those art pencils? I am particularly interested in the container.

Kathleen Grace said...

Everywhere you go seems to inspire you, it's no wonder you can't be corraled in one room:>)

Marina Capano said...

Karen!!! applause!!! What a just beautiful place you have!!
I love your windows and your curtain!
You have cute pets! and your arts is so fantastic!
Do you have original Vanessa Valencia´s pictures?
I love your white apple.

see you


Elyse said...

hello my karen!

i am back from the cape and itching to see everyone's WBC posts. yours is my first and your photos and captions are amazing. i love this line: "until one day when I finally had one, and then I realized that I still preferred painting at my kitchen table." that is life right there, isn't it?

guess what? i was at this lovely shop in falmouth (with my must-see list somewhere in my car) and suddendly i looked up at the ceiling and GASPed out loud, I AM AT HOMESPUN GARDENS! what a wonderful shop!!!

my sisters could not get over my watercolor. we are all just awestruck!!!

okay, off to see more creative spaces before i run out of steam ...zzz


Elyse said...

ps -- i went to that little art museum in cotuit, too. have you been? nicely laid out. :)


AliGripp said...

What a wonderful space. So fun to have so many places to create!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful studio!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am a little late to the party, but better late than never. My daughter, the fashionista, will soon be leaving the nest for her new apartment. I will have the luxury of decorating her old room (specifically the closet) as my creative space. I cannot wait and will incorporate many of the wonderful ideas you have shared here. Thank you.

Amisha said...

Oooh, the 'Blogland Diaries' looks lovely!

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Karen I love how you find inspiration everywhere around you and how you can create in many spaces! Wonderful!
Thanks for the lovely tour!
bunny hugs,
ps... love that toile

Chany said...

Hola Amiga Preciosa tu casa en el desierto, un sueño maravilloso, te felicito, te dejo un abrazo , que pases un hermoso fin de semana junto a todos tus seres amados, Chany desde Argentina.-