Tuesday, April 15

New Studio Ideas

You have no idea how excited I am to move my studio.  I am practicality peeing myself with excitement.  No sarcasm here (which is weird, I know).  I see so much potential with the room downstairs.  I really can't wait to get started.

Here are some of my ideas for what I would like down there.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30275861/
I would love a bookcase like this down there.  I can put baskets in some of the spots and books in the others.  This on is from Ikea, but I know you can get ones like this elsewhere.  I have room behind the door for a book case and this one would fit perfect.

But I also have an idea for using an old closet organizer behind the door.  Since we already have it, it might be nice to save a little bit of money.
I'll also need a table for my torch.  This stainless steel table would work great and it would fit on the wall over by the window.  Which is perfect because that is where I would need to hook up the exhaust fan.

I don't have the source of this photo (found it on Pinterest), so if someone knows,
let me know and I'll give credit where credit is due.  
I would also like to build a work space like the one pictured above.   It's so simple, just two bookshelves and a desktop from Ikea.  But I think I've seen a few of these made with hollow core doors, which I could pick up on the cheap at the ReStore.  It adds work space as well as storage.

Infarrantly Creative
I also need a shelving unit to hold all of my beads.  And while perusing Pinterest, I found this beauty.  OH. MY. GOD.  This is perfect.  It's exactly what I need.  Now I don't need to make my own plans because she gives step by step instructions on how to make them.  Thank you internets.  Check out Infrrantlycreative.com for awesome ideas and the instructions on how to make this glorious shelving unit.

I've been thinking about wall colors.  I kinda like these.  Very tropical.

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/schemes/designer-color-palettes/#page=1
Bette Homes and Gardens

But I also like these.
http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/schemes/designer-color-palettes/#page=4
Better Homes and Gardens

And if I went with the second color pallet, I could get this fun rug from Ikea.  This is the same rug I have for my art show booth, but I love it so much I might make it part of my studio.
Ikea

So those are a few of my ideas for now.  I have a bunch later and I even have plans drawn up.  But you'll have to stop by again to see some of that.

Oh no she didn't, another cliffhanging.
 

Monday, April 14

Studio Update

Is it really Monday already?  How the hell did that happen?  This weekend seemed to just fly by, and we weren't even all that busy.  We did get some major storms Saturday and Sunday.  The first thunderstorms of the year.  I'm not going to lie, I was pretty excited.  I love thunder and lightning.  It's weird, but I'm weird so it's okay.  The thing I didn't love?  The small amount of snow that was on the ground when I woke up.  Not cool, not cool at all.

But let's not talk about the dumb Midwest spring weather.

In beading news, I'm cruising through my custom order right now.  I only have two and a half cuffs to make.  Then it's on to the leather cuffs he would like.  Those are gong to be a lot more intricate, so more time consuming.  Luckily, I'm pretty stoked about working on them.  We'll see how long that excitement lasts.  (If your interested in watching my progress on this project, as well as other projects and aspects of my life, stop by my intstagram.  I post all sorts of pretty photos there.)  

Where was I?  Oh yeah, what I've been up too.  Sorry sometimes my mind wanders off on it's own.

We're also doing a little bit of rearranging around the house.  I'm moving my studio downstairs to the extra bedroom down there.  I love having the view of the yard, and my garden, and the beautiful flowers my neighbor grows, but I just don't think it's the right fit.

These are the pretty flowers in my neighbors yard.  
We're going to change my current studio into an office and reading area.  That way you have the option to sit on the porch to read or in the office.  It will flow better.  The patio will be more of an extension of the reading room/office.

The view from the porch right now is into my messy studio.  I'm not going to lie, it's not pretty most days.  And the large patio doors really reduce the amount of usable wall space.  So I think it's time to move on out.


Too bad we just painted all of the rooms we're moving around.  Oh well, it's just paint.  Luckily, the downstairs bedroom has a large egress window, so it actually gets quite a lot of light.  And our plan for this summer is to make the current window go from this....


To this!!
I don't have the source for this, so if you know where it's from, let me know.
How awesome is that going to be?  We're going to plant some lovely plants, maybe add some potted plants.  We're going to paint the faded wood white for more light reflection.  It's going to be so nice.

But before we start the move, there is a little bit of work that needs to be done.


We have to redo this lovely little outcropping, yeah, I'll call it an outcropping.  It covers the water meter and the access pipe to the water line.  It's a lot larger then it has to be and it's not even slightly useful.  We had to pull the whole thing out when the city came to install the wireless water meter, because there was no access except for a small hole in the top.  So we're going to make a little box with a door on it so that if the plumber or the city ever needs to get access to it again, it will be a lot simpler.


And after we do that, the floor is going to go.  The whole house had this great "wood" tile in it.  We've gotten rid of most of it, but this is the last remnants.  We're going to go with the glueless vinyl floor that we used in the upstairs bathroom.  We really loved how easy it was to install and it's not permanent, so if we ever do get water in the basement (we never have, but you never know) or if we want to change it, it will be super simple.  And then there is also the plus if no yucky glue smell.

Here are the choices.  Toonces is making her selection.


We really wanted to keep it as light as possible to help keep the room from feeling too much like a basement room.  We're leaning towards this one.


But this one is a close second.  Unfortunately this one is twice the price of the one above, so I think we'll be going with our first choice.  Sorry, this photo is pretty blurry.  


As soon as the flooring is installed (we haven't even bought it yet, I'm just getting excited), it will be time for me to start making this room my own.  I have lots of ideas an plans, but you'll just have to check back in later to see some of them.  Oh, a cliffhanger.

Friday, April 11

Friday Freebie

Oh look, it's Friday again.  Another lovely spring week has passed.  My allergies have been killing me.  I have no ambition to do anything.  I have a huge to do list, but nothing is getting done.  I'm really hoping my seasonal allergies go away soon, so I can just deal with my normal everyday allergies.

I have been working on some custom cuffs.  I have six done so far.  That only leaves three more to go.  I should be able to get the rest of them done in the next couple weeks.  I should have some photos soon.

But let's get to that freebie.  This week I have this great designer pack.


This is such a neat freebie.  This pack contains three quick pages.

Don't have My Memories software, don't worry about it.  You can use my promo code, STMMMS11215, to get $10 off the My Memories Software and then an additional $10 off any purchase in the store. That's a pretty cool deal. The My Memories folks have some really great scrapbooking things. And even if you don't scrapbook, the software and extras are really awesome. I don't scrapbook, but I love the software to make interesting blog post pictures. I even used it to make some labels for my homemade granola bars, so J wouldn't have to guess flavors anymore. Just use STMMMS11215 to get the discounts.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.  I'll see you on Monday.

Wednesday, April 9

Wordless Wednesday


Friday, April 4

Friday Freebie!

It's FRIDAY!!!!  Woot, woot!  This week hasn't been all that bad.  It was absolutely beautiful out on Monday.  I'm talking sunny skies and 60ºF.  Then it was terrible on Tuesday and we had a winter weather advisory for Wednesday and Thursday.  But that's spring in the midwest.

I've been working my butt off on making a bunch of custom cuffs for the art student I'm working with.  I only have four more to go and then we'll move on to leather cuffs.  And I'll also be starting a new bead embroidery collar for one of my favorite customers.  I'm really excited about working on this project.

But that's enough about me, let's get to that freebie.  This week I have this great designer pack.


This is such a cool freebie.  This pack contains one quick page.

Don't have My Memories software, don't worry about it.  You can use my promo code, STMMMS11215, to get $10 off the My Memories Software and then an additional $10 off any purchase in the store. That's a pretty cool deal. The My Memories folks have some really great scrapbooking things. And even if you don't scrapbook, the software and extras are really awesome. I don't scrapbook, but I love the software to make interesting blog post pictures. I even used it to make some labels for my homemade granola bars, so J wouldn't have to guess flavors anymore. Just use STMMMS11215 to get the discounts.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.  I'll see you on Monday.
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