Thursday, July 14, 2011

Welcome to my Studio

Buddy and Bruno - official Greeters for our Studio Tour

Hello! Welcome! C'mon in!  
I'm so excited you're here - isn't this the coolest party? A huge thank you to 
Karen Valentine from  My Desert Cottage 
for creating this amazing event!
My studio is my sanctuary--I'm surrounded by everything I love-- art, books , music,  the garden through the window, my cats-- I'm so excited to share it with you! While I am most often a solitary worker in my studio, you'll soon learn what a large role my husband plays in the creation of this magical space. 

I love this table. Everything fits!

My Summer Tree
if you look closely you'll see not only my artwork, but ornaments done
 by Julie Nutting,  Sheri Baldy and way in the back,  Iva Wilcox

My husband (who is an EXTRAORDINARY man!!) built a huge table (it used to be a closet door!) that is my work surface.   It holds my computer, EVERYTHING I need when working on a project - paints, brushes, etc. AND a six foot white Christmas tree that I decorate each month. 
Valentine's Day Tree
Spring Tree
Project, computer and the tree
Despite the large table, Buddy likes to sit on the edge

 Last week I was making tiny cones for some Victorian ornaments
 --my husband came up with these "drying racks"
He makes me laugh every day!
Apparently HE thought they were elf hats!!
Some of my bits and bobs
Lots of shelves with inspirational items. The two darling mice were made by the incredible Jenn Hernandez.

Now here's the part that makes me cry (happy tears!!) I told my husband about Where Bloggers Create two days ago. That is when the corner by the windows looked like this:

He surprised me --and put in a work counter!! He finished it this afternoon - and now that corner looks like this:

 I'll get this corner "set up" in the next week or so and take a long shot of the studio so you can see the entire room.

When I originally started this post, I thought it would be about my art and my studio--I'm grateful that I also get to publicly acknowledge all my husband's hard work and how much it means to me.

Well, that's it - hope you enjoyed the tour. Thanks so much for stopping by.  Can't wait to see all of your studios!!



  1. I love the whimsy, but I have to admit -- the cats have me. I had a cat named Buddy who passed last year, and we got a rescue cat named Vernon who looks EXACTLY like one of yours -- so since I started my hop with your blog, I take that as a good omen!

    Please visit my blog when you have a chance!

  2. What a surprise! love the new addition to the studio. Priceless......Rita

  3. Jenelle, what beautiful pictures of your studio. I love it! Your studio looked great before but I can't wait to see how it looks now.

  4. Hee hee hee, I love that "elf hats only" so cute! What a nice surprise! can't wait to see what it will look like :D Thanks for sharing!


  5. Ok, got to tell you that Ive been to Jenelle's studio and these pictures dont do it justice. When you walk in it is totally magical and you want to sit down and create something! Her home is so warm, cozy and inviting you wont want to leave either!

  6. Oh wow I love it here Jenelle! What a wonderful creative space and those kittys just made me smile ear to ear. They are darling.

  7. A really great space. Love your new counter and your greeters are so adorably cute. Thanks for sharing your space. Now i am off to the next place. Have a great day. Angela

  8. Awww sounds like you have a sweet husband like mine, if you check out my craft cottage, you will see the L shape work table my husband made, in fact he build my cc.

    I love your studio and your sweet cats!!! I try doing the same with a year long tree, but I kept forgetting to change the ornaments LOL

  9. What a sweet post! Your husband is sooo wonderful and I love his sense of humor! The counter he built looks wonderful and I just love the rest of your studio! Thanks for sharing this sweet choked me up to read the love in your words for him. Hope you'll stop by my studio and say hello! bertie

  10. Amazing my friend. What I wouldn't GIVE to have that big long counter with that window! Thank you for sharing your story. Wahhhhhhh...such LOVE!

    Blessings to you as you create with joy and passion.

    Love, Rebecca

  11. Sweet Janelle,

    WOW your blog is GLITTERY AND I LOVE THAT!! I want to thank you for your kind comment on my post and for taking the time to do so. I see that you too are participating in this party as is my wonderful friend, Violet from Creating Beauty. I so love your official greeters; they are kind, gentle and SO CUTE! I have a very small and dark little space in my basement where I create my art and glittered projects. I make books and other things that inspire me. So good to meet you and again, thank you. I see you are in CA? I was born and raised in Los Angeles and lived in Pico Rivera and Whittier. Moved to Boston, Mass. and then to the Midwest. Have a fabulous time at this great party!!! Anita

  12. Hi Jenelle, so glad you stopped by my beach room. Isn't this party wonderful? I already have so much inspiration and I've barely started visiting.
    I LOVE our studio. I couldn't believe when I read that your husband made that table from a closet door. It is EXACTLY what I had considered having mine make with an old door that's been propped up in our garage forever. I love that corner piece too.
    Thank you so much for encouraging women that it's never too late to dream. I am there too.
    I love your year round Christmas tree. I'd love it if you wrote about it and linked up to our White Christmas in July blog party next week.
    PS-I've never visited but I dream of one day living in Italy so your header was an instant delight. :) Tell me more about the term Fa La Vecia and how you came up with the blog title. I look forward to more visits.
    Keep dreaming!

  13. Oh, and meant to say "your" studio vs. our. ;)

  14. Jenelle there are so many fun things to look at in there! It's truly a wonderful space. You are so blessed to have a husband who understands the things that are important to you. (I am blessed with of of those myself) Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us. Have fun at the party!!

  15. I love your space and your husband sounds like a great guy! Your cats are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your space with us.

  16. Hi Jenelle,

    Your hubby is a sweet man like mine. :0) He built in all of the surface I have in my studio...gosh, it really made it function so much better. I'll check back in a few days to see what you've done with your new corner. I'd love for you to visit when you have a moment!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie Suzanne ♥
    Queen of Dreamsz

  17. Love your studio, love the cats, specially love what your hubby made in the corner. That will be a wonderful work station.
    Thanks for sharing your space.

  18. A delightful spot. Love your studio assistants of the fur variety! Everything is so pretty here. I imagine you are inspired to create in this lovely spot. Thank you for showing this to us all! *smiles* Norma

  19. I feel as though I have been greeted by Buddy and Bruno! Sweet.
    Terrific Art room and Yeah to Hubby and his handy work!
    Thank you for the lovely tour!

  20. Hello Jenelle..your space is gorgeous and magical...and those kitty cats melt my heart! beautiful photos and the easel shot..captivating..just fantastic! I have really enjoyed your tour...shine on...beautiful!

  21. I love your creations, especially those Elf hats. You have a lovely space to create in.
    Isn't it wonderful to have such support from a husband? He's a great guy to build your table. My husband built me a couple of sewing tables, love it.
    Thanks for sharing your space.

  22. what a wonderful man you have. I cant wait to see it all filled up. Hugs Sara

  23. Hi
    What a great space - I love the new workspace by the windows - what great windows! And wonderful kitties! When I read things like "this item was made in a pet-free house" I always feel so sorry for the people. Thanks for sharing - and for stopping by my space!
    Love, Linda

  24. Really love the big clock, and your studio greeters!! :):) thanks for sharing your space with us. Sandie

  25. Great space. Sweet hubby.

    Love the bits and bobs.

  26. Wow...what a lovely space you have carved for yourself out there! Sounds like you have a wonderful husband!
    Thanks for sharing your great space. I'm still trying to catch up, visiting awesome spaces like yours.
    Have a beautiful day!