Where Bloggers Create on a Pink Saturday

Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage is hosting Where Bloggers Create.




thankful art room


Just as long as I am surrounded by all of my favorite things, I feel very inspired.



One of my new favorite ways to keep projects bits together is with these lovely boxes.

You can find them in  JoAnn's Fabrics stores, Home Goods and I have even seen them in Michael's.


 DSC_0038Just a pretty way to hide clutter and organize my projects.


Whether I am creating something to share on my blog,


Pink-Saturday-The-Secret-Garden-ImageYou might recognize my artwork in Artful Blogging magazine sitting on top of my art table, thanks to Miss Bev from How Sweet The Sound.  She is hosting Pink Saturday today, so stop by and see all the Pink posts this weekend.

Designing fabrics

and writing about them, I love to share my creations.

An Inspiration Board of some companion fabrics

There is always time to create things with Vintage finds,


which gives me lots of ideas to write about and share.


Being in my art room,

art room

always gives me ideas for something to share on my blog.



And then I take a break with my camera,


and memorize some eye candy for the next post.


Shelia said...

Hi Karen! Oh, what a wonderous work space you have! It's so lovely. Love your black and white colors going on and you have the prettiest window to peep out of! I love your storage ideas and the hutch with toile covered doors - wonderful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda K. said...

Beautiful room but what I love most about your talent are the photos and captions. Like the previous post and your suitcase in so many cool places! You gotta love this!

Queen Bee Cottage

Dayle said...

What a wonderful space, Karen. One day I hope to have a scrapbooking room. Until then .... I will drool over yours. :)

Nook & Cranny said...

I love the use of those boxes. I have seen those around but your idea did not occur to me, I am inspired...thanks!
Thanks for sharing your space.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Sweet Karen, your world is just as colorful and creative as you are; I guess that is the point of it all..to show who we really are. I was not able to participate for my work space is nothing to write about! But it is where I currently try to create and that is a process in the making!

Have a wonderful weekend and have fun at the party!!! Anita

Rebecca said...

Hi Karen! I love the look of your fabulous space my friend. I absolutely love Toile!

Blessings to you as you create with passion and peace~


The French Bear said...

Karen, your creative space is wonderful and so inspiring too! How lovely to have it all there, ready to create, and that you do! I love your art work and your fabric, all of your creations....everything!
Margaret B

Leanne said...

Oh those boxes are a good idea -- last year I bought an "in box" of etsy that was soo pretty -- and this year I had to clean it out of projects I hadn't finished in several eons!

Lori said...

hi Karen,
What a beautiful room filled with inspiring items. I love those boxes shaped like books. I, too, use boxes from Joannes and Michael's. I also found some wonderful ones at Marshall's. I just loved touring your space. Thanks for sharing.

apinkdreamer said...

what an amazing creative place!!!
i love your boxes!!!!do you sell them???


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love those script fabrics, Karen! Your space is so great - I love the amount of space you have, the natural light coming into the room and your storage ideas. I never thought to use those boxes for supplies and projects and I always sadly pass them by at Michaels. I'm going to have to rethink them for my purposes!

Only Cute Things said...

Hi Karen! Oh, what a beautiful work space you have!

You have great space for inspiration!

I love your blog and your works, and I miss you!


Sara said...

I knew youd have a wonderful place to create. I love the photo with the camera and those boxes lets just say I am a box o holic. hugs Sara

Melanie Statnick said...

BIG beautiful sapce you have and I love all your vintage collections. Happy creating!

Beverly said...

Karen, I see you in every photo and every space of your room. Your creative spirit shines through it all.

I smiled seeing your Artful Blogging issue. I am glad it brings you joy.

Happy Pink Saturday, dear friend.

Dawnll said...

I enjoyed seeing your craft (creative) area. Love all the fun ways to organize and display.
Hope you pop in and visit mine.

Karen Valentine said...

What a great space Karen! It is absolutely filled with inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. I really enjoyed it!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Karen,
You know how much I love the toile and also still have it in my space too. I love every inch of the inspiration that surrounds you in your creative space.
Those book boxes are fabulous and I love them too. I have also seen them at Home Goods and Ross for great low prices.

God has truly blessed you my friend and I wish you continued success in your creative journey.

XO Celestina Marie

bertie said...

I love the black and white of the toille and I LOVE THOSE BOOK BOXES!!! What a great idea! You certainly have a creative space that inspires one to get to work at making theirs personal and special! Hope to see you at my little studio!


What a lovely place you have! So clean and neat and organized! I love that you have a garden view.
Simply beautiful!

Claudia said...

Karen, you are so talented and I love your space. And I love the toile - so pretty. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Vee said...

Your space is so charming and lovely that I just want to stand in the middle of it and do a slow turn.

Gabriela Delworth said...


Love your creative space!


Pretty Things said...

I'm crushing so hard on that "Japan" book! Sigh. You have such a beautiful space!

I hope you'll have time to visit my creative spaces!

LaVerne said...

Karen, today's post if lovely and inspiring. Everything just has the look and the feel of an artist's heart. Thanks for sharing with the Pink Saturday visitors...i really enjoyed it.

Creative Grammie said...

What an absolutely gorgeous window you have! Your creative space is beautiful, love how you organize everything. Your furniture to store things in is just divine.
Thank you so much for sharing, I've enjoyed my visit.

kluless said...

This is a wonderful art room. I love that black and white toile! Thank you for sharing.

Theresa said...

Beautiful studio Karen! So many wonderful touches!

Anonymous said...

Happy Pink Saturday
What a stunning art studio you have.

Pat said...

You art room is fabulous - so organized and neat! I really like the way you photographed it.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Karen, your room is just as lovely as I knew it would be! Love the boxes, yes, they are great for storing ephemera. Congratulations on being published in Artful Blogging! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

T's Daily Treasures said...

Those storage book boxes are beautiful. I've seen something similar here with a vintage look. I think I should see if they are still available as I need lots and lots of storage. I like the post about your suitcase in Spain! Best wishes for a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Geralyn Gray said...

I love the toile and the book boxes.....they create a great look!!!! I remember your blog header.....really love it!!!!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

What a lovely room. I especially love the toile fabric. Lots of great storage ideas too. Thanks for sharing and hope you can stop by my studio too.

Lavender Cottage said...

You have a creative and well organized work space.
I like how bright it is in your room too.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

FAB.U.LOUS.... so pretty and organized.........and HUGE... you lucky chickie.

Warm blessings,

Terri said...

You toile my heart...what a great creative space!

stefanie said...

oh, its perfect!!! love all that gorgeous storage!!!

Anonymous said...

Ah, you make it...creating, writing, photoing, organizing...sound so easy, but I have learned it all takes so much time. Sometimes all the pieces get in the way of one another, and I'm not doing as much of any as I would like.

Miss Sandy said...

What a blissful place to create in! I love those storage boxes for keeping your projects sorted and stored, might have to look into those. Thank you for sharing, adore that ending photos too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful room! You really do surround yourself with beauty and I keep going back to look at something again! You have so many great storage ideas and I really like the wooden organizer with journals and notebooks standing in the dividers on top! That is such a great way to keep them handy! Your art always inspires me...now your creative space does, too! ♥

Annette said...

Hi Karen, What a beautiful creative space you have! It's gorgeous! I love your use of toile in different areas of your room. You are very talented!! I am a new follower :)
Thank you so much for visiting my space and leaving a sweet comment.

Cathie Carroll said...

You're an amazing photographer!
Beautiful tour, thank you.

Warm regards,


Stephanie Suzanne ♥ Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Karen,

Your art room is so well organized and I love the use of the pretty boxes. Just a lovely room all the way around. I know you love being in it. I've enjoyed my visit and I'd love for you to pop in for a visit with me! I've started a new blog to devote to my crochet and sewing.

Pink Sparkles for your day,
Stephanie Suzanne ♥
Queen of Dreamsz

The Tablescaper said...

What a wonderful space. I love your inspiration of storing projects in boxes.

- The Tablescaper

scrapwordsmom said...

What a LOVELY space!! Really so special. Thanks for sharing your lovliness.

Valery said...

Wow! Your blog is amazing, your creative studio is stunning and your photos are fantastic. I loved taking the tour and I enjoyed looking at everything.

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Karen! What a lovely creative space to create your lovelies from. I love the Black/White and all the influences of France in your fabric prints. VERY NICE! In noticing some of your scrap booking in your recent post - it's really GORGEOUS! Love it and so would any recipient that's graced to open it. I do photo note cards; I didn't mention that in my creative space blog post - just talked about the Tea Cosies I make. This was my first year participating...so I missed talking about other things I do. I'll know for next year! :) Great post Karyn! ;)

Renee said...

What a beautiful room to create in.
I have toile window topper I made. Mine is in a cream and cranberry.

I love all your storage.

. said...

Really, really great space you have there, love teh windows (if only I had that here)... I like how you have placed all that storage places through out the space (like the one on teh side of your table). The vintage books are fantastic, love the spines of them (the designs). But I have to say I really love the old vintage camera and the picture you have of it.


Donna said...

Great space!!! I love your beautiful boxes!!!I love toile!!!!

Cheryl De Beer said...

I am re-visiting the list, I think because I was in such a hurry to see as much as possible last time round I may have missed adding a few comments. Just want to say that I am so impressed with your space, love the boxes you use and the black and white theme, so elegant. Love it thanks for sharing.

Rita Barakat said...

What a lovely space! I think I need to go shopping for toile!

Rita Barakat said...

What a lovely space! I think I need to go shopping for toile!

Anonymous said...

I love all the creative ways you've found to organize! Love the way you hung ribbon and supplies from the wire shelf over your desk. I also love the gorgeous boxes you use for your project supplies!
Thanks so much for sharing!