AUTUMN
DECEMBER 2012

June 18, 2010

CREATING IN THE OPEN AIR

Have you ever created in a horse barn . . . with two of your very best friends?

I am! 
I made a small creative nook at the very end of our horse barn looking out towards the woodlands. It's small and quite rustic but it's just perfect. . .for now.
 It is here that I will work on my small projects while in the company of my equines and nature.  My creative space, and probably the only one of its kind, is part of the second annual  Where Bloggers Create party hosted by Karen Valentine at My Desert Cottage blog.


  I'd love to hear if you stopped by here for a visit! Leave a comment so I can be sure to visit your creative space too!


Come on, I'll give you a tour.
This is my work space. Don't you just love the view? It will only be for the summer months and only for certain small projects as well as designing and planning.

I added some wall decor, a few things that make me happy-
women and children, sunshine and a quilt. 
It's hard to dress up a horse barn. I had to keep it simple :)



 I am working on small mixed media pieces, tiny faerie dolls and a hand-pieced wall hanging right now. I will only have the supplies I need for these projects in the barn. All other supplies are in the house in the basement, easily accessible, but I need natural light and looking at nature where I create, so I would rather work in this nook until I can build my creative space in the woodlands.


 I keep small items in the cigar boxes and other favorite supplies close at hand.

I bought these pewter pieces at a yard sale and love using them for supplies. The acorn caps in the jars are for faerie hats.



I love to work with colored tissue paper. 


To the left of my table I keep a few items on a sawhorse ( well, it IS a barn!)
A larger basket houses a few projects in the works and the red accordian folder is for art work and assorted papers. The paper mache bowl, made years ago by my youngest daughter, keeps yarn, wool roving and other fibers nearby. 

And there's always a need for fresh flowers and tea.

My nook is just inside the barn so I have cover from the sun. But on those perfect days I can just as easily move the table even closer to nature. Ahhh, be still my heart :)
 So this is where you might find me.. .  bonding in the barn with my horses as I work on my art, dreaming of my future creative space nestled in the woodlands.




happy day and party on!

59 comments:

Lise said...

What a wonderful space!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Oh my what a fantastic get away-- to be creative or just be still.

Love your place and horse!

Have a wonderful weekend... and stop by if you have a moment.

Claudia
http://www.dipityroad.com

oldgreymare said...

It's a perfect space for you. Fits you like an acorn cap.
: }

Have a wonderful weekend.

made any progress on Gatherings?

Queen Bee said...

Your space is great! Your horses are beautiful!
Queen Bee Studio

Cheryl said...

You have made yourself such a perfect place to create. How nice to have optimal natural light and companions that are not going to run off with your scissors. I could do with a dedicated work area. At the moment I drift.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Gorgeous! Great place to be dear! Blessings.

zandra said...

How cool is that! What a unique and creative space. so, enjoyed my visit with you. Enjoy the rest of the party.
Hugz,
Zandra

Janet said...

What a fantastic space....and the view! Plus horses!! What more could anyone want?? I'd say you have a most unique studio and one I'd love to visit.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

You are right, this is the only horse barn studio I have seen. Of course I have a zillion to visit yet. Your view is amazing and you share your building with some incredible creatures. Great studio. Connie

Karen Valentine said...

I could not think of a more beautiful place to create! I would never go indoors if I had that beauty surrounding me! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!! Enjoy the party!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

Anna Matthews said...

Your space takes my breath away, how wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your space and your horses.

chantal johnson said...

I love the view. When we had our horse, I loved the smell of the barn...what a neat place to create. thanks for visiting my blog today..hope your blog partying was inspirational.
Blessings,
Chantal

vicki said...

This has to be the most creative use of space that I have seen so far! How wonderful that you are so close to nature! If you dont
win this contest - you should have! LOVE this!

Vicki

vicki said...

Marcia - I was going to email you privately about the nests - but I cannot find your email address here on your blog. So - you email me privately - my email address is on the right hand sidebar of my blog~~~

vicki

Amber Leilani said...

marcia, i wouldn't get anything done if i was surrounded by such lush natural beauty! your space is terrific!

and acorn hats for fairies...be still my heart!!!

Kit said...

I just love how you created such a lovely space out of a barn! It just goes to show you, when we need to create, we find a place to do it. Love your view! And thank you for visiting me in Montana. Kit

stefanie said...

oh, I think it is perfect...what a view!! and your friends are gorgeous!!

Penny said...

thank goodness we all march to different drummers - I love your use of the horse barn as a way to get away from the routine and enter the creative.
Thank you for sharing this peek of your life and creative nature.
Hugs,
Penny

Dina said...

Can't beat that view! One of those places that is "good for the soul."

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a delight to see this incredible and unique space. Who would ever think a horse barn could be so beautiful and well appointed? You, of course, and now us too. Thanks for sharing this spot, close to nature, with a very clever use of space.

Claudia said...

Now that is fabulous! A space in your horse barn - I can't imagine anything better! Love your sweet horses, too.

someplace in thyme said...

This is by far the most creative space I have seen yet. I absolutely love the horses as creative freinds in the wilderness. What a view. I don't think I would get much done if I had a view like that one....just gorgeous you lucky girl. I would love to see more, thus I became a follower, don't want to miss a post, Char

Whimsey Creations said...

What a lovely space Marcia and thanks so much for visiting my blog. I love your banner. I grew up with horses and there is almost nothing softer than a horse's nose - I've nuzzled many in my day LOL

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

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.

Deborah Jeans Dandelion House ~ inspired living said...

Hi Marcia!
We're back from the beach and your studio is my first visit on the tour...It's just a wonderful little spot you've put together in the barn with your beauties! What a wonderful " summer get away" !

I'm off to visit more studio's... Happy Creating in the open air!TOO FUN!
Love,
Deb~

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

You are so right... that view is FABULOUS! I love that you moved a few items out there to work during the summer. One of my favorite things to do is to bring some supplies and trinkets with me when we go camping and then sit under the trees and create. Thank you for sharing your space with us and for stopping by and visiting. Theresa

Valarie Budayr said...

Your creative spaces are just fantastic and so inspiring.I completely understand creating in the horse barn. There is something so magical about horses.
Just recently I've decided to make a creating area for me. I usually am at the diningroom table or in the kitchen but after seeing on of these inspiring creative spaces I've decided to make one of my very own. Be well and happy making.

Kristin said...

I really enjoyed visiting your barn and space. Your spirit is evident in what you say and where you create - and your horses, babies and view are all just beautiful. What an inspiration your space must be, Kristin xo

Kristin said...

I really enjoyed visiting your barn and space. Your spirit is evident in what you say and where you create - and your horses, babies and view are all just beautiful. What an inspiration your space must be, Kristin xo

Kristin said...

I really enjoyed visiting your barn and space. Your spirit is evident in what you say and where you create - and your horses, babies and view are all just beautiful. What an inspiration your space must be, Kristin xo

Terri said...

What a great place you have...so tranquil ...love the horses too!

Debby said...

I love your beautiful space, how fun!!! Your blog is lovely. Thanks for sharing.
Debby

Katsui Jewelry said...

That is incredible. I have never seen a space that is part of a horse barn. I love horses and think it would be wonderful. You view is just incredible...that alone would be inspiring. You have done so many nice things to make it homey and organized and I love that you use little"finds" to organize.

If you wish, come and visit our blog. My thirty-year-old daughter and I have been making jewelry together for fifteen years. She just gave the blog to me three months ago as a gift. I was thrilled! We are loving it!

http://katsuijewelry.blogspot.com

Thanks for letting me take a peek...it's unique and lovely

Suz

Halle said...

How cool is that...right in the end of the barn. That's was some smart thinking. Love the space.

linda said...

This is divine!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

What a Great Space ~ Love the Outdoors..... I can't believe the vases made from Glass & Tissue Paper ~ Love Them..... stop by if you get a chance, my cord came & I Finally was able to upload Studio Photos.
Have a Wonderful Week
Cheryl

Miss Sandy said...

This is certainly the most unique space I have viewed so far and I love it! There is something so wonderful about the simple daisy's resting in the tissue paper covered jars. The sunlight streaming through makes it look like stained glass, so pretty. I love how you keep only what you need at hand and the view is amazing. Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

Romeo said...

How purrfect! Only a creative minded person could pull this off as you have!!! And what a view?!! How could anyone not be inspired?!! Thank you for sharing your creative barn space!

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

Angela Weimer said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour. Your space is incredible. Oh to be that close to nature the true inspiration. Your horses are beautiful too! thanks for sharing. Angela

luluslovlies said...

Love your unusual space and the equines you share it with. Great pewter pieces for storage. Nice change of scenery. Thanks for sharing! XOXO

Sylvia Drown said...

Wow! What a great Creative Space!! Yes, I LOVE the view!! Thanks for sharing!! And thanks for stopping by Baxter's Mom and for your nice comments!!

Deborah said...

Your space is very unique. I have never heard of a studio in a horse barn before but it is a perfect solution to the space problem so many of us have. I love the beautiful hydrangeas in your post below. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Cathee said...

Peaceful and lovely!

June said...

What an amazing space to create and dream in! What a gorgeous view to inspire you.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

How wonderful for you AND your horses! Thank you for sharing where you create.
xoxo
Donna

Creative Grammie said...

What a wonderful space to create! You are so creative and artistic.

The Altered Muse said...

Thank you for sharing your space for creating. I could just smell the outdoors when I looked at your creative outdoor space. Thanks. Pam

Tins and Treasures said...

What a peaceful place for a studio. I also save tissue paper, plastic lids for paint palates, and tin cans.

Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. Have a terrific Tuesday. ~Natalie

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

A great space! One can more easily be creative when we are in our true element. It's real and it's perfect! Thanks for the tour.

Gail said...

I think your creative space is very cool, and what a wonderful way to really connect with nature and your horses. You will find the confidence to build that studio your dreaming of, there are lots of books and websites out there that will help you with information to do it.
Come on by Big Horn Mountain Creations, my husband is a builder/cabinet maker, he built our house and my studio (though it is not done yet), mine is rustic as well.
Hugs
Gail

Magpie's Mumblings said...

May I be permitted to mention how absolutely jealous I am right now? I don't think I could work there though because I'd be spending all my time spoiling the horses. Thank you so much for sharing your unique space!

Sharon said...

I have spent the last hour all over your blog. What a wonderful blog you have. I love so many things, your photo's, all the thoughtful quotes, your marvelous studio in the barn with those beautiful horses. I feel a kindred spirit between us. Also what you do with the children is so fantastic. Thank you for sharing!

. said...

Thats a lovely space you have, its so nice to be close to everything yet you have so much peace and quiet (all the good things in one).

Tricia said...

What a beautiful space - absolutely unique and wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Tricia

scrappingwithsherry1 said...

Definately the first craft space I have seen of its kind! What a beautiful view and what can be better than being around what you love. I think it is so important when you create. I have only been blogging for a few weeks but you can view my craft space on my blog. Of course after viewing so many great spaces I want to redecorate! LOL! Thanks~ Sherry F.

Kelly Mac said...

I think yours is my favorite space of all! There have been lots to visit, and they were beautiful, but yours is the only one I think I could see myself in and loving. Enjoy!

Gail Ellspermann said...

What a fabulous setting for your creative space - how do you ever leave it?

gorden said...

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

I removed the post because it contained a link to *debt consolidation*, which can easily be found elsewhere on the web. I don't want it on my blog.

happy day!