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Studio Tour 1 of 2: Wall ‘O Shelves

Hey guys. I’m writing tonight’s post from a friend’s computer. It’s a long complicated story but the short version is that the old computer I’m using at home won’t let me on here. Facebook’s fine but this blog and other much-visited sites are a no-go. Weird, right? Anyway, here I am and hope to get back into writing often even if that means visits to the library until my computer starts behaving itself.

My studio’s done! Woo! Wanna see? I know you do. If you’ve been following my posts on Facebook the past few days you’ve seen some of this. Still, it’s pretty awesome. In this, part one of two, I’ll be showing you what’s in and on my wall of shelves.

studio tourOoooh look at that fabric storage! I fold each large piece around a board, pin it closed, remove the board and stack ’em in the shelves. It looks like a mini quilt shop and stays organized even if a cat comes in and dumps a shelf’s worth on the floor. They stay pinned in this shape and I can put them right back up. Don’t worry, I wash everything after it’s made and put it in a no-cats zone. Bought items are allergy-free.

fabric storageMy fabric’s organized by type and color. This is a new system for me and I’m loving it so far. The fullest shelves have tone-on-tones, batiks, hand-dyes, and solids in rainbow order. There’s also holiday fabrics, florals and novelty fabrics including foods and animals. Scraps are sorted in a similar way into bins. Each color gets its own except for black, grey, and white which share one. There’s also a bin for novelty fabrics and a large container for all of the solid scraps.
library shelvesThere’s a library next to my desk. It holds some of my favorite books including Sam Hunter’s Quilt Talk, Tula Pink’s City Blocks, and Megan Dougherty’s Quilting Isn’t Funnyfbomb pillow shelfThe library also holds some fun things from friends like the bomb pillow from Trish and chicken pincushion from Eddie.
above shelvesMore bins are stored on top of the shelves. I keep things I don’t get into as often up there to avoid being chopped by the ceiling fan every time I access them. I can’t seem to remember to turn it off before I’m on the step-stool! Anyway, there are keeper quilts, non-cotton fabrics and more up there. The batting was up there too but will probably be moved to a lower shelf because I keep hopping up to get it. scraps thread battingAunt Laurie advised me to bring only the things into my new studio that are good quality, beautiful and useful. So I purged a lot of supplies, including most of my thread and much of the fabric. Why hold on to three shelves worth of florals I don’t like when they could bless someone else? Now I can pick out any piece of fabric knowing it’s something I love. And the thread? Ooooh it’s all so nice.

If you want more information be sure to hop on over to QUILTArtbyMegan on Facebook. I used picmonkey to make the photo collages for this post but you can see the full versions on that page. I’ll show you the rest of my studio next time! Maybe I’ll even have my design wall up!

 

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Studio’s Move-in Ready… Sorta

We finished up my art studio a few days ago. Woohoo!

Floor's done in studio and fan too

The bamboo flooring install was quite an involved project. Took my husband and I three hours to prep and eight to put it in. What a lesson in teamwork! Trim, ceiling fan, closet doors, and outlet covers were added and the room’s officially finished.
installing wood floor in studioI’m moving my wall of shelves and boxes of fabric and stuff in. The desk and tables will have to wait until the master bedroom’s floor is done. We’ll clear that room to work on it, including putting the dressers in the living room and our bed in the studio. Then I can really fer-reals have an art studio of my very own. 🙂

Do you have any tips or suggestions on organization? I’d love to hear them as I set up my space.

 

Linking up with Thankful Thursday.

Window to my Art

Soon I’ll have an art studio! Hubby and I installed a new window today. Yup, all by ourselves. 🙂

Milo hides

Our cat Milo didn’t approve. His hiding spot is under the covers. (I see you!) He’s not going to be happy tomorrow when we replace the bedroom window. The kitties will be locked out of the bedroom while there’s a gigantic hole in the wall.

Milo hears a noise

My husband started the job by unscrewing the window and removing the frame and track. We set those aside to deal with after the installation.

Out with the old windowWe discovered that he’s much better with the caulking gun than I am. So my job was to squish the silicone into the holes and smooth it out.Caulking to seal
The window easily slid into its space. I pushed from the outside and Jeff screwed the frame into the wall from inside. It’s a nice tight fit. The window on the left in the photo below is the old style. How much nicer does this one look?! All of the windows in the house will be replaced. First one’s done!
new window vs old
Clean-up was fun. It’s not everyday you get to smash a window! We hammered the glass out, swept it up, and put it in the bin for recycling. The metal track and frames were sawed smaller and recycled too.
smashing old window

 

I’m excited to see things progressing! The studio will be ready for me soon. We’re going to put bamboo flooring in. The closet doors need to be put back up (we took ’em down to paint) and then… and then… and then… well, I guess there’s nothing left to do but move in!

 

 

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Artist. Not just a quilt artist.

I remember my purple bedroom with the hollowed-out-closet turned art studio. It was AWESOME! At five, this was waaaay better than a trip to Disney. I sat in there for hours at my little desk coloring, drawing, stamping, creating. I had to get permission for messy stuff like glue, paint, and clay but my parents made sure that I got to use them sometimes too.

My husband and I are getting an art studio ready for me in this house. It’s a bedroom that was a storage room. The things that were in there have sorted, organized, and put in their proper places so now it’s empty and ready for sprucing up. Yes, the row of shelving stays. I get to fill it up with fabric!

studio before 1We got rid of the smelly carpet, threadbare curtains, and popcorn ceiling treatment. The weird shape on the window is from the brown packaging tape holding it together. It’ll need to be replaced. We got rid of the 7The first things accomplished getting rid of the carpet, tossing the curtains, and scraping the popcorn treatment off the ceiling.

my studio minus carpet curtains and popcorn ceilingI had a circus party in the closet studio house. The invitations were tickets I made. I painted our windows (half dish soap, and half paint) with balloons, clowns, and animals. We made a train down to the basement playroom. Hands on the shoulders of the kid in front of you. No pushing! There was a face-painting station and a cake with a train on it. Such fun!

At 31, I can still taste being five years old. So I’ve decided to play! I’m joining a meet-up for art journalling in my area. My first meeting is this Friday morning. I’m hoping to make friends and to play. Not to make anything specific or become a world-famous collage maker or painter, but to play with other artists.

cupcakes and lollipops journal pageHere’s the first page of my art journal. I stamped the background with bubble wrap, painted with cherry syrup, glued ribbon, brushed glitter nail polish on, and added the lettering. Who says you can’t create without art supplies? I knew what I wanted to say and made do with what I had. 🙂 I will be picking up a tray of kids’ watercolors from the dollar store before my meeting though. 🙂

 

Linking up to Val’s sewing room link party. Check it out if you want some ideas for your studio.