Entrance to my new studio space...tons more space now!
Wow, I haven’t been this far away from my blog in over a year.
It’s been tough keeping quiet on all my latest projects, but it will all get shared eventually…promise!
It’s still busy, but wonderfully rhythmic; I am cooking every day, the house is cleaner than it has been in months, I revamped my studio space (as evidenced by the pics here) and I feel grounded. I’m a strange bird…I know. But that routine is nice when things have been so chaotic for months.
My spinner rack for cards (a $20 Craigslist find!) and my bookcase turned storage space for tools and completed items
I closed down my goodies shop a couple weeks ago. It was a bittersweet step as it was my entrepreneurial baby but the reality is, I don’t have time to make gift tags, stickers and other eco-crafts right now. As much as I love being a “jane-of-all-trades” it’s not practical. In January, I decided to narrow my focus with my business considerably to be more efficient, to be more practical and to also spend less buying all different tools for all different things. I found that it helped me considerably, though I was a little sad to let things go. So this past month was an even greater leap to close down that side of my business altogether so I could focus my energy on my art. I feel better and less stretched but it’s still a little sad.
An armoire turned more storage space for all my paper goods, mailers, cello bags, etc.; next to our oversized chair (aka the giant dog bed - I'm happy to have their company when I'm down in the studio)
With this transition in mind, I knew it was time to do an overhaul in my studio and let go of all those “saved-from-the-recycling-bin-and-trash” odds and ends in hopes of one day utilizing them and in the end, David hauled out 5 giant boxes full of items destined to return back to the recycling bin. I didn’t realize my space was so big! Don’t get me wrong, my business is still very eco-friendly and I try to keep it as green as possible, but at some point you have to filter what you keep and what you recycle to avoid looking like you belong on an episode of Hoarders, right?
There's Zoe hanging out right over that atrocious ink stain from my "printer ink accident" last year...remember that? ;)
I even created some space for David – hahaha; he’s so excited to have a little bit of office space again!
Picked up some vintage chippy paint windows at a flea market this summer and waiting to hang them up; for now, they're hanging out on the ledge! I cleared out the space so much, it's looking a lil' empty now but I rather that than its previous cluttered state!
I’ve created another 20 pieces this week…it’s so much fun and it feels great gaining more confidence. Practice, practice, practice as they say…and I’m feeling like my art is developing more as a result.
And I still have a ton of my “older” stuff to list in my shop, including these originals I have yet to put in my shop (and I have just as many to list that aren’t included in this picture), so if you’ve been wanting to purchase an original, keep an eye out on my shop :)
Hope everything is going great on your side of the world! Thanks for checking in on me *wink*
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