"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world."

-C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Studio Redo~

Trying to be organized is quite a task. I was becoming over-run with bits of wire, beads, and other such goodies I collect. My magpie qualities were taking over and running me out of work space! Something needed to be done! Well, since giving the sparkly bits up was not an option (I could not find ONE thing that I could part with!), the only thing left to do was organize my work space. Being the tightwad that I am, it was necessary, and challenging, to see how little I could spend while gaining the space and organization that I needed.

Our house was built in 1902, and has the old fashioned setup of a parlour next to the living room. We put this room to good use- it is our computer room, the kids' toys and games are there, and my studio. I love it because I can be working on jewelry and Pudge can be on the computer right near me, and we can still talk. My work table is the remains of our old dining room table that we got for free when we first got married. We bought a new table a several years ago, and this one went into storage in the garage. Pudge has now cut it in half and readjusted the legs, it is now the perfect size for my little corner space. My chair is actually a captain's chair from a semi truck (no, it is not used, I got it new), which is more comfortable than a recliner. I love it! Ah, my new lamp. What can I say about this lamp? My inadequate picture taking abilities do not serve it well. It is a beauty. What began as some metal objects from the local second hand store and some old semi truck parts (can you guess Pudge's line of work yet?) have been transformed, by Pudge, into this beautiful piece of art that is at once both industrial and eccentric.

Who would have thought zip strips and discarded metal pieces could look so good! We had the pegboard in the garage (tightwad here...we don't throw much away!) after a nice coat of white paint and some new pegs, it looks great. I love having all of my tools hanging right in front of me, it is so much easier to be creative when you actually know where your tools are!

And, just in case you were wondering, we did NOT paint the room blue and yellow. It was like that when we bought the house, and we haven't done anything about it yet. What on Earth would posess someone to paint neon yellow over 108 year old oak trim?! It boggles my mind.

I collected the storage boxes and bulletin board over time, while shopping second hand stores and sales, of course. I love my new revamped work space. It is the perfect place to dream up and create new and interesting pieces. I am looking forward to some of my upcoming projects and shows and am glad I have a fresh new space to make it all happen!


mermaiden said...

i thrive on being organized in my studio space- but no one knows that everything has a place except for me!

your new zone looks amazing!
what a lamp- that pudge is so cool. you will be turning out some gorgeous new pieces, and i can't wait to see :D

BrassyBeads said...

Now you can GET TO WORK!! hehe

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Athena's Armoury said...

Thanks for letting my visit your studio! It's so neat & organized & inspiring. May you be filled with creativity in your newly revamped space!

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