Hey, everyone! I’m sitting down to write this post as events this weekend have been canceled and, what was going to be a busy weekend is occupied with playing cards, making a chicken pot pie, housekeeping, and listening to the boys play Toby Mac in next room. Jeff is taking a rare Sunday off to go fishing with a friend. The quiet morning is welcome in this busy season, but it is a reminder that things are not normal.
Friday was our 21st wedding anniversary and Jeff and I ate breakfast out together and he took me to a Scandinavian store in Minneapolis I’ve been wanting to visit. (I’ll share about that in another post.) When we got back into Rochester, we felt like it would be a good idea to do our regular grocery shopping and also pick up a few extra things. We weren’t in a panic, but as the parents of a type one diabetic child when food is an important part of his treatment, it seemed like wisdom to make sure we have plenty of staples. We talked about why…in case of what? In case supply chains are disrupted or we have to self-quarantine. Things seem to change hourly, so who knows.
So, we did our normal grocery shopping and stocked up on a few extra things. The stores were busy and more picked-over than usual, but we weren’t seeing the completely bare shelves and long lines that some are experiencing.
Anyway, I hope you’re all well and healthy and even enjoying some time at home. With school, church, and the boy’s activities canceled and the gym closed, we’ll be at home a lot over the next few weeks!
And, one more thing before I get into today’s post. Several people have asked where to buy the 1/4″ masking tape and the bottles I featured in THIS POST. You can buy the bottles HERE and the masking tape HERE.
I also use this masking tape to make color charts…
Now, onto today’s post!
Last week, Jeff and I built the shelf for my studio. I planned to make a tutorial for this build and show how we did it step-by-step, but I didn’t. It was cold and drizzly the day we built it and I just wanted to get it done. Aside from that, I cut one of the shelves 1/8″ wider than the rest, which we realized as we were putting the shelf together, so we had to take it all apart, fix the shelf, and then put it back together again. We’ve done a lot of building together, but this was one of those projects that did not go smoothly.
We got it installed, though, and it’s going to do just what I need it to do. I did forget about making sure a shelf wouldn’t run right in front of the outlet, which of course is what happened, but I can still use the bottom outlet, so it’s fine. Done is better than perfect in this case!
Once we got the shelf installed, I was excited to populate it. Jeff walked into the studio and watched me putting yarn on a raw wood shelf. In response to his unspoken question I said, “I know! I know it’s silly to style a shelf only to remove everything a couple of days later to prime and paint it, but that’s what I’m going to do.”
A couple of days later, I took everything off the shelves and primed and painted. Calvin, my eleven-year-old, observed my odd behavior. “So, mom… You put everything on the shelf just to take it all off again to paint it?”
“Yes, yes I did.”
And the shelf looks great! I have tons of storage for yarn, textile & crochet books, etc. And it’s a great use of an otherwise “dead space.”
And, the best part is, I have plenty of room to grow! This shelf provides a lot of storage for having such a small footprint.
I love being able to really see all of my yarns and enjoy their yummy colors and textures.
Since my crochet hooks and spools of yarn and threads are so pretty, I have them displayed in antique marmalade jars and ironstone bowls. I love it when things can be functional and decorative.
This week, I’m planning to paint the doors custom “Boxwood Green” and then the studio will be finished!
At least until I get my next idea for it…
You can find the cut list and plans for building this shelf HERE.