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Crafty Studio in Australia

I feel in the mood for a little interior inspiration, how about you? Today I want you to come along with me to visit the red and aqua blue home-based craft studio of mixed-media artist and mom Karen Andersen in Hervey Bay located on the southeast coast of Queensland, Australia.

Crafty Cute

Karen sews, quilts, embroiders, and creates jewelery, “I just cannot have idle hands — I am always making something!”, which is one reason why she just launched her new etsy shop to sell some of her wares – to satisfy her need to create. Currently, she has glass tile pendants but in the early part of 2010 she will expand her selection to include some of her original art, prints, beaded jewelery, totes and pouches, paper goods and more. Here are some things that she has made an a glimpse into her studio space.

How did I find Karen? On Flickr! I was looking at her inspiration journal set and then noticed that she had photos of her studio and I had to contact her to ask if I could show a glimpse of it here. I also asked Karen which artists inspire her, which she has so nicely answered below (thanks, Karen!).

Crafty Cute

Karen is inspired by many things, one being, “Independent artists/makers who are living their dreams of creating for a living”, like Elsie Flannigan, Rachel Denbow, Kelly Rae Roberts, Mati McDonough and Lisa Congdon. Also Australian artist Ken Doneis her all-time favorite. Thank you Karen for sharing a corner of your world with us!

(images: karen andersen)

Posted by decor8 in Home Tours on December 16, 2009

Your comments...

  1. My Owl Barn commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 1:59pm

    Aqua has just become my new favorite. I love all the bright colors against the neutral walls.
    .-= My Owl Barn´s last blog ..Scarf+Chocolate =-.

  2. Nuit commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 2:49pm

    wow! this workplace is presh!!!!! the colors really sing to me = )
    .-= Nuit´s last blog ..Holiday Chic =-.

  3. Lydia, Clueless Crafter commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 3:03pm

    My studio at the moment consists of a footstool that has a box inside. Yup, that’s it. But, hubby just got me a sewing machine for xmas and I found a vintage desk on the New York streets that will become the very beginning of my studio.

    I feel inspired by these women who create meaningful spaces of their own! It’s a process; I’m loving it!
    .-= Lydia, Clueless Crafter´s last blog ..Don’t Be Tardy for the Party =-.

  4. Brandi commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 3:13pm

    I love that inspiration board! I’ve been on a search to find the perfect one. And that just might be it.
    Actually, I love everything about this workspace.
    .-= Brandi´s last blog ..East Coast Sadness =-.

  5. lindsey commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 3:40pm

    Love this workspace. The colors are so vibrant and fun!
    Thanks for sharing,

    { Lindsey }
    .-= lindsey´s last blog ..Folk in Frames =-.

  6. Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 3:43pm

    Love the mood the aqua color evokes. Great looking room to create things in and nice crafty details here and there.
    .-= Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY´s last blog ..The Pleasure of Poinsettias =-.

  7. cristin @ simplified bee commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 3:55pm

    what a fun, colorful studio. Thanks for sharing.

    .-= cristin @ simplified bee´s last blog ..DIY – Inexpensive, Handmade Gift Wrap Ideas =-.

  8. Lori commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 4:02pm

    Oh, I love the sewing machine cover. So pretty.

  9. Sandee commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 4:23pm

    Hey there!

    Congratulations for making into the Times Online – best pick of design blogs!


  10. suzanne cabrera commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 4:39pm

    Thanks for taking us off the beaten path and into Karen’s studio. It’s a real delight! Looks like such a lovely place to work.

  11. Camilla @ Hygge Nook commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 4:59pm

    The cone garland is just gorgeous. I love the homespun quality of her craft space from the fire engine red chair to the crochet blanket.
    .-= Camilla @ Hygge Nook´s last blog ..Christmas tree skirts =-.

  12. laura trevey commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 5:14pm

    this is my kind of post ~~ bright and beautiful!!
    .-= laura trevey´s last blog ..Joy, Original Watercolor, 5 by 7, Colorful Home Decor =-.

  13. jilly commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 5:22pm

    oh la la! want for inspiration archive: now how to save one image without saving the whole bunch???

  14. evieandme commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 5:32pm

    Hi Holly – just spotted that you are number 6 in the 50 best interior blogs ( – CONGRATULATIONS!

  15. Courtney @ nesting instincts commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 5:36pm

    how can she NOT be creative in a space like that? I literally feel inspired to go create now that I’ve looked at these photos. Thanks for the inspiration – from both of you!
    .-= Courtney @ nesting instincts´s last blog ..more is more…and a merry Christmas :-) =-.

  16. CommeUnPiou commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 5:42pm

    I really love this blue desk on the fifth picture !
    Love the contrast with the red elements and the christmas garland is a very good and smart idea !

    Hope to see her next creations on etsy very soon !

  17. NYCLQ commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 7:00pm

    Hey Decor8!! CONGRATS on making into the Top 10 of the Top 50 Design Blogs on TIMESONLINE UK( !!!!
    I’m a newbie (just started in November) and you will be my inspiration!! although… I do recall seeing you post on my spaces on RateMySpace (??) Beautiful Blog!!

    Mine is: ::: FOCAL POINT ::: at
    Come by and say hi!!
    :D Lynda
    .-= NYCLQ ´s last blog ..Form Meets Function =-.

  18. natalie. commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 7:35pm

    so cute. congrats on being in the top 50 design blogs too – so well deserved! =)

  19. Angela Furlong commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 8:21pm

    I loved this story… all that wonderful colour! How could those images not inspire happiness!

    Hope you have a lovely day,

    .-= Angela Furlong´s last blog ..Desks & Stuff =-.

  20. The Office Stylist commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 8:23pm

    I absolutely love the bulletin/clip board! Such a cute studio!

  21. Yvonne commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 9:27pm

    Love this space…basic white with lots of colours! I would be so happy creating in a room like this!
    .-= Yvonne´s last blog ..Peace =-.

  22. jacqueline commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 10:44pm

    Such a cozy gorgeous work space! Loving the colors you use and how she display her spools of gorgeous threads. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!
    .-= jacqueline´s last blog ..Bias toward the Pretty =-.

  23. Patricia Torres commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 10:56pm

    oh my gosh… I’d love a space like this… Amazing!! wow!! wow!!
    .-= Patricia Torres´s last blog ..Random red & gold =-.

  24. elsie commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 11:10pm

    thanks for the mention, Karen! i love your studio!!!

  25. Regina @ Margarita Bloom commented
    December 16th, 2009 at 11:12pm

    That is my kind of crafty room! Bursting with fun and color and polks dots, oh snap! :)

  26. Etincelle commented
    December 17th, 2009 at 4:24am

    I really like the mood of the aqua color (my favorite color), just like Lisa above… but most of all it is your selection of photos and how it is nicely all put together. You are so talented!!
    .-= Etincelle´s last blog ..FREE SHIPPING – READY TO SHIP – UNIQUE linen dress with sequins and vintage lace – Size 9-12 months ONLY =-.

  27. Creative ideas commented
    December 17th, 2009 at 5:13am

    You studio is totally amazing!

  28. Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists commented
    December 17th, 2009 at 11:54am

    I love the concept of the Inspiration Journal. That appeals to me on such a deep level. It combines two my favorite things: notebooks and pretty photos.
    .-= Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists´s last blog ..Martha Does Christmas Cookies: and, Why I like Martha Better Post-Prison =-.

  29. Jessica commented
    December 17th, 2009 at 8:38pm

    This is my favorite color combo. I made a Flickr gallery dedicated to it. It is also dominating my living room. This post makes me feel so happy. Off to Flickr I go!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Artist Profile: Rachel Austin =-.

  30. LindaS commented
    December 18th, 2009 at 12:36am

    Lovely! Would love to know where she got that spool stand (Im in Australia too).

  31. rachel denbow commented
    December 18th, 2009 at 1:05am

    Karen! So happy to see her on here. She’s a doll and DOES have a great space. And it made my day to see she mentioned me. BLUSHING.
    .-= rachel denbow´s last blog ..May I Recommend… =-.

  32. Karen M. Andersen commented
    December 18th, 2009 at 8:34am

    Oooooh YAY!!! I am so beyond excited to see my humble little studio on Decor8 Holly! Your post is AMAZING and I can’t stop looking at it. Thank you so much for featuring it/me :D

    Thank you to everyone here for your beautiful comments – I am thrilled that you love my space and that it inspires you!

    Linda, the spool stand is actually 2 spool stands stacked on top of each other. I bought them from BIG W, would you believe…cost me all of about $3 each. I NEED to have my threads out for me to see, and it stops them from getting tangled up, too. Glad you like it! Now, go to BIG W and buy one (or 2 ) for yourself :)

    That’s okay Elsie and Rachel – and I mean what I say too!

    Thanks again Holly!

    Karen xx
    .-= Karen M. Andersen´s last blog ..Glass tile pendants/necklaces =-.

  33. Eliza commented
    December 18th, 2009 at 12:20pm

    Karen- Your space is so lively and fun! What a cool workspace…gives me something to aspire to in my own creative space!
    .-= Eliza´s last blog ..Leaves and Feathers: A Winter Giveaway =-.

  34. LindaS commented
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:17pm

    Big W?! Madness! Im off there asap! Thanks for the tip!
    .-= LindaS´s last blog ..Second Birthday =-.

  35. Zemphira commented
    December 19th, 2009 at 1:32am

    Oh my – how lovely! That is where I want to create!

  36. Karen M. Andersen commented
    December 20th, 2009 at 6:47am

    Thanks Eliza and Zemphira! And that’s okay Linda – hope you find a couple of those thread stands for yourself too :)

    Karen xx
    .-= Karen M. Andersen´s last blog ..Glass tile pendants/necklaces =-.

  37. Lois commented
    December 20th, 2009 at 11:15am

    Absolutely charming.

    Just as simple as that.

  38. Robin commented
    December 20th, 2009 at 11:56am

    Oh, this is beyond delightful. Thanks so much for sharing!
    It makes me want to stop sewing and decorate my sewing nook.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Daniel’s shirt is finished (yay!) =-.

  39. Martha commented
    December 20th, 2009 at 2:11pm

    Did you make the sewing machine cover yourself? I’d love to buy one! I don’t see any on your etsy page.

  40. cassandra commented
    December 20th, 2009 at 3:08pm

    i would like the same “atelier “(don’t know the word in english) for sewing too! Beautifull!!!!!!!!!

  41. cassandra commented
    December 20th, 2009 at 3:09pm

    and the sewing maching cover is so pretty!!!!!
    .-= cassandra´s last blog ..Zara Home invité de La redoute =-.

  42. Farmgirl Susan commented
    January 13th, 2010 at 9:41am

    What a cheerful studio! Love all the colorful details. :)
    .-= Farmgirl Susan´s last blog ..Tuesday Dose of Cute:You Shouldn’t Take Chances with the Food Supply =-.

  43. Cristina Melo commented
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:27am

    Olá adorei o seu blog. Curto crafter, muito. Abraços.

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