I'm starting the year with something new and different (for me, that is!). I've been invited to join an uber-talented group of artist friends in a fun blog hop. We're touring everybody's studios, how fun is that?! It's a virtual Open-Studio tour!
You get a fun peek inside the creative spaces of 11 (yes count 'em, 11) designing friends of mine (plus me, of course). Just click on the names at the end of this post to tour each of their studios and visit their blogs, or simply use the forward/backward arrows (also after my post) to continue along the hop!
A special thank-you shout-out to our charming (and did I mention talented?) host, The Mr. Aaron Christensen of Aaron Christensen's Embellishments, for organizing this crazy party, and for creating the fabulous graphics you see at the beginning and end of this post. Sooo . . . without further ad0, let the tour commence!
In this case, the magic happens in a teeny tiny room in my teeny tiny house. It's not glamorous, spacious, airy, or usually even tidy - but it's home. It's where I spend my days, and often my nights. It's where I create.
If she's not on me, Flossie is in one of her many beds or perched on the printer, watching birds in the trees and the rest of the backyard.
One of my favorite quotations is the William Morris golden rule: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Beauty, of course, is in the eye of the beholder and my other golden rule is my Granddad's credo:
Bolts of fabric, handmade items for Etsy, product samples, and a giant flat-file full of large originals and prints all live quietly and out of sight in in an ever so mysterious room at the bottom of the stairs. No one ever goes there but me (well, no one has ever lived to speak of it).
I used to dream of spreading my creative wings in a large, airy studio - the same as I longed for a large, airy kitchen. But I've got to admit, there's something very comforting about having the things I need within my reach
Ok, now I'll answer those burning questions I know you're asking yourself:
Q. Why the heck does she have a piece of carpet glued to her Wacom?
A. Because I'm one of those lefties who holds my hand all backwards and the left-side scrolly bars go bezerk when I draw if I don't keep them covered.
Q. Why would someone keep a framed photo of the Next Generation crew front-and-center in her workspace? Is she that huge of a geek?
A. Well, yes I probably am that huge of a geek, but that's actually a favorite photo of my dear old dad posing with cardboard cutouts at an air & space museum. He's the handsome one in the front, pointing and saying, "Make it so."
Thanks for visiting! Be sure to hop on over and visit my talented friends as they welcome in the New Year with their own Studio Tour:
Beth Logan (well, you're already here!)