Life on the creative side

Welcome to my studio: come in and be inspired

Welcome to Blue Antler Studio and our cabin on the ridge. It’s where I store my childhood memories. It’s where I go to be with family and friends and escape Florida’s heat. It’s where I go to be inspired and gather with kindred spirits living life on the  creative side. I may have sand in my shoes, but I have Kentucky clay in my soul.

where I create, come on in and be inspired


In 1983 I was a young wife and new mother adjusting to life far from my family and childhood home in what seemed to me like a foreign land – Florida, my husband’s home state. I longed for a simple retreat, a modest place close to my family and friends back on  Rocky Round Ridge in Kentucky, my childhood home. Then during a trip back home I stumbled upon an old log cabin in a neighboring county. Inspired, I knew it would eventually be the fulfillment of that dream. Forgotten and forlorn, the sad structure slumped under the weight of time and neglect but it was beautiful to me and to my husband, so log by log the dilapidated structure found new life on the ridge. In return the cabin has kept me rooted to a simpler life and has provided shelter, not only to my family but to my creative spirit. Before long a second neglected log structure found refuge on the ridge and eventually gave rise to Blue Antler Studio. Today it is that retreat I dreamed of and where I go to gather with family, friends and fellow artists and be inspired. 

my cabins on the ridge, inspired the studio

 Life within the reach of the Atlantic’s salty spray is about as far from the ridge and the dreams of my youth as I could imagine. Our circa 1940’s beach cottage is not the two hundred year old stone farm-house of my life plan. Rolling waves not rolling hills lay beyond my window; the passage of time is seen in the ebb and flow of the tide not the wax and waning of seasons; and the first snowbirds not the first snowfall herald in the holidays. While I am, and will always be a ridge-top country girl, and beautiful old stone structures still populate my dreams, I have come to embrace flip-flops and my life in the salt spray; but my heart still leads me back often to my studio on the ridge. 

sunrise in the salts spray, inspired scene

path to the beach

6 Responses

  1. Beautiful post and great photographs.
    Thanks for sharing.

    May 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

    • Thanks for stopping by Michele. I took a look around your site, Nook & Cranny, such creativity!

      June 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

  2. That is a wonderful post! although I’m jealous. (Former Florida rebel here who has been relocated to yankee territory. Your studio looks like a very inspiring place to share, be alone and create.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

    • Hey Christine thanks for stopping by, I headed over to your blog, Rustic & Refined, to have a look around – it looks like you have managed to keep your rebel spirit amidst the yanks, haha. I will be a frequent visitor!

      I hope you’ll stop by again soon

      April 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

  3. I found you via the Lovely Blogs party. I love your studio – what a lovely place to escape. We live on the coast of California and I can’t imagine living anywhere else, but my husband (an artist) would love to have a retreat in Sant Fe.

    I will be back to explore more of your blog.

    April 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    • Welcome and thank you for the kind remarks about my studio. I am very fortunate to have such a lovely retreat to create and rejuvenate my spirit. I look forward to you stopping by often, and I’m my way over to your BlogSpot now.

      April 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm

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