You've seen bits and pieces of my studio before. You may have seen it on my Etsy About Page, I've shared shots of it here, as part of a blog hop, in various interviews and articles, most recently in Labor of Love Magazine. Like I've always said, it is my happy place. Always has been. What I never did share, though, was the fact that my studio really only occupied a little over half of this small room. The piano-sized printer, my huge old desk, my computer stuff and all the bookshelves: scrunched. Photos you've seen: cropped.
The space has morphed as my business and my work has changed and grown, but not at the same rate or to the same extent. The plans and sketches for this had been drawn years ago, but that's all they were. Notes and pictures.
Life has changed, my household has changed. It was time. I needed the space to be my own. And I needed to make that happen sooner than later. It had started to affect my creativity and my ability to accomplish stuff. When I finally realized that, I started packing, moving, organizing.
George thought the packing material was going to be the most exciting part.
But that was only the beginning of the fun.
I dreamed of this wall color nearly a decade ago. And it was about twice that long ago in my life as a decorative painter that I gave several clients cloudy blue sky ceilings, but only distantly wished for one of my own. Someday. Someday I would get around to that.
Here's a lovely shot of my couch and fireplace while this was going on:
No, really. It's there. I promise.
As I painted my way around the room, the larger pieces finally went into their new places...
...to allow me to paint around and above them.
Wall shelving went up,
and stuff was scooted around again.
After a couple decades in storage, my old drawing table came back out: yay!
Oh man, how I love these old shelves!
My granddad used these old mail-sorting cubbies in his basement garage for storing tools and parts. I've been planning to use them for studio storage since we cleaned out my grandparents house in 1998.
It's not finished yet. There's still this stack of boxes in the middle of the room. Another shelf needs to go up. The rest of the house is still fairly destroyed in the wake of the project.
But my main workspace is up and running.
I've got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May. I mean, literally. I've been wanting a room the color of May for a long, long time.
I couldn't be happier with my new little Happy Space, filled with inspiration from the things I love! Thanks for visiting me here!