|My Studio, 2011|
Happy 2012!!! I thought I'd show you around the area where I do my creating. I took over one of the small bedrooms in the house as my studio/workroom/craft room/atelier. A Tibetan monk who came to the house and did Feng Shui analysis told me it was the best area for me in terms of creativity and productivity. My neighbors might have been wondering why I had a group of saffron robed monks parading around the house. I am convinced that following the monk's advice has helped me and my husband. The room I use as a studio is in front of house and faces south and gets quite a bit of sun so it is nice and cozy in the winter but a little warm during the summertime. I am also not so cut off from the world as I see my neighbors coming and going from the windows.
My studio is where I do my painting, my quilting and every other arts and crafts that I dabble in and is crammed to the rafters with all my supplies. I keep saying to my husband I need more room, but I am sure the minute I move to a larger space, I will still say I need more room. The carpet was changed to wood floors for ease of clean up. Arts and crafts can be quite messy, as you all know.
|A Madonna and Child painting in progress|
A big work table sits like a peninsula in the middle. This is where I paint, cut my fabrics and experiment with different projects. On the table, I keep some of my most used supplies - pens, pencils, markers, rulers. My IPad also sits on a player for easy access to inspirational music, reference to patterns and information on what I am working on. I used to also have my Apple MacPro laptop computer but now that it is extinct, I use my IPad or the Apple Mac Mini for any computer work such as my blogging and writing. A big easel tucked in a corner is used for larger works and to review paintings in progress.
I have a couple of bookshelves where all my reference materials, books, magazines and patterns are kept. Above one of the bookshelves is a small flat screen TV where I can watch how to shows and videos. I was so used to working around chatter when I was at the office that when I retired, I kept the TV on one of the shopping networks to keep some kind of chatter going while I work, Now I am more used to the quiet and can work with just some light classical or jazz music playing.
|Quilting and painting supplies|
|The Sewing Center.|
The teak cabinet is on the right.
Behind my work table is my sewing area with my Bernina QE 430 sewing machine holding court. I even have an embroidery module for this machine which sadly, I rarely use. I'll have to tell you about my collection antique sewing machines and thimbles in a future post.
|Some of the jewelry making supplies|
|My favorite little corner of the room. |
A lot of ideas come to me here.
With the current set-up of my workroom or atelier (if I am in a fancy mood ;-)), I can only pretty much work on one project at a time. I get frustrated at times because I never know when inspiration to do one thing or the other strikes. And that's where my UFO's (UnFinished Objects) come into play, cause I sometimes have to abandon something I am working on to chase my muse, so to speak and start something else.
There you go, a little tour of where I work and play. I won't apologize for the mess. I believe it comes with the territory. I do not know how to be creative and neat at the same time. If you can give any ideas on how I can maximize my space, please holler.