Things have been a whirlwind around here, with my kits selling almost as fast as I can make them (THANK YOU EVERYONE, AND I JUST ADDED MORE KITS TODAY!) The ultra talented Pam Garrison was sweet enough to mention my kits on her blog yesterday, THANKS PAM!, so the fire is under my pants again!!! I also scheduled my first official 'IN STUDIO' CLASS for this Sunday, so I have been working like crazy to get my space to look more like a 'teaching studo' and less like a 'disaster zone'!
I thought I'd give you a sneak peak of my studio. We purchased our house mainly because it has a double garage - (the old-fashioned kind, where the garage is back to back towards the end of the lot). First month we moved in, my husband closed off the back half of the space for me, and put in new walls and floor. A few years ago, he put in french doors out to the garden, and little windows framing the doors, plus my own private deck that sits under the apple tree! I love my studio, but more often than not it looks like a disaster zone inside!!! I am usually working on at least 5 projects at a time, and move around from project to project... So you are getting the official "Photographers Special" photos today, trust me, it won't stay this neat for long!!!
First, I really wanted some 'Beauty' in my room, and created special little spots where I can rest my eyes when my fingers need to stop... This photo shows the right hand wall as you come into the studio, with an old green couch, my doll-house (with storage underneath!), and a few other Ulla- pieces. The rose poster, was hand carried to me by Carol's sister from Germany, earlier this year! Isn't it fabulous?
Next is the area, by the window on the same wall, where I have all my jewelry equipement and space. I hung my favorite Tivoli poster, and put a sweet little vintage church below it with a few other favorite things... And here is how my view looks out into the garden. There are sweet little German flower children on the sill. Since I hate to weed and prune, my garden is pretty wild right now - just like a cottage garden... Thats the neighbors old Victorian you can see thru the bushes...
Another big goal for this studio clean-up was to make a permanent space for my daughter! She often works with me, but I have to shift her around depending on what I am working on. So I designated a corner just for her! (check out the cool storage basket for pipecleaners!)
On my back wall I have long shelves, the top devoted to some of my bird cages (my daughters spot is under the swan!) and the second shelf for pretty storage. My sewing area (with my beloved Bernina) is on the opposite corner from my daughters space.
I have tons of ribbons that I store in two old doll-buggies that used to be my daughters (she got them the same year for christmas - one from me, one from grandmother - LOL) I also bought some 'Martha Stewert' Apothecary jars (at K-mart) to put favorite ribbons, leaves, and flower centers in. Thats an old gingerbread clock case behind them, that I hope to make into a 'doll case' someday! Enough for now, will post more later, including photos of where most of my 'stuff' is stored!!!