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a place for everything

A couple of weeks ago, we started organizing the studio.  As I said before, it was overdue.  I am generally a neat and tidy person, but when I am in the middle of creating, I don't like to take the time to pick up after myself or put things away properly.  I'll just shove a piece of fabric on the fabric shelf or barely open a bin in order to drop something haphazardly in.  Over time, this behavior  (read more …)

my new creative workspace

Yesterday, I was a determined woman.  Despite the gloomy weather, I was in the mood to organize, purge, and get my creative space put together. We have organized and cleaned out the studio here and there, but we haven't picked through each bin and each drawer, keeping only the things that are really used.  It was time.  It was long past time. Kriste and I worked together, emptying out the  (read more …)

the new old desk

My desk-sitting days pretty much ended when I left the corporate world over 12 years ago.   Since then, I prefer to spread out on the floor or a large table, perch at the kitchen counter, or prop a laptop on my lap while I lounge on the sofa.  I have had a desk at the studio for a couple of years, but I rarely, if ever sat at it.  It was basically a large, disorganized filing cabinet and  (read more …)

The art cabinet makeover

The art cabinet is finished! In case you forgot (or missed it), here is how it looked when I bought it... It was charming as is, but it was a bit orange for me and I had a "vision" for it.  You can see more details on the before HERE and the pieces that inspired me HERE. Finding really cool hardware was a key part of executing my vision.  I sourced these cast iron pulls from England on  (read more …)

drafting light & a big step

Now that my major deadlines are past and I am home from my trip to Montana, I am catching up on some things that have been waiting for my attention.  I'm also looking forward to getting back into more sketching, painting, and product design. I've gotten my creative space set up pretty well, but I realized I was lacking something for cloudy/rainy days - a work light.  Most of the time, we have  (read more …)

antique “art cabinet”

I have been pushing towards a few deadlines over the last several weeks and, while it's all been fun work, I was really ready for a change of pace!  Jeff gave me a chance to get away on Saturday, so I went on a trek to HomeGoods and to a local antique shop.  I am almost always shopping for things to sell and I did some of that on this trip, but I also took some time to shop for myself. And I  (read more …)

upholstering a broken cane-backed chair…

...because you know you wanted to do that at some point in time, right?  Top Google search -"How do I upholster a broken cane-backed chair?"  Well, here is your answer! So, the chair itself isn't broken, but the cane back is.  It's actually missing entirely, but that qualifies as broken in my book. I bought this chair quite a while ago and Kriste commandeered it from the stash to use as her  (read more …)

be the artist you are

At the end of my post on Friday I shared, "I feel like I’m finding my legs a bit as an artist…trying to embrace the artist I am, not what I wish I was (if that makes sense.)" Well, it did make sense to several of you and I've been thinking about that statement and your responses a lot. I'm realizing how much I limit myself when, instead of working developing my artistic voice, I focus on other  (read more …)