If you were to step through the door of my studio this is what you'd see. (Warning: My studio is currently a big happy mess. It's that post-vacation creative explosion that often greets me upon returning.) So if you look to the wall on the right you'd see my inspiration lines holding that side of the studio to her inspired meanderings. I change things. I leave things. I collect things. I make things. And these things go up and down on the wall along with my moods. Sometimes they stay for months if the mood is agreeable. My current view:
I just added this little love note from my husband because it's just too damn cute not to savor. On crumbled paper and all. Fourteen years ago this month we wrote our very first of many love letters. Makes me blush to remember.
And if you looked down on my rather large work table you'd see this very
new work-in-progress. It's a response to a call for work that is based
on time. "Marking, tracking, measuring or keeping time". So this is a
calendar of sorts. It's divided into 12 parts and each part has a red
stitch for each day. And the days start on the day my son was born and
I'm not certain when or how they will end. But, I trust I'll figure the
ending out when I ...end it? Sometimes I have to start before I know how to end.
And on the other side of my desk you'll see this stack of
books. I have a bit of a book habit. I'm a collector of books.
Currently, it's a growing collection of art and craft books by friends
and bloggers like Lisa Solomon, Mati McDonough, Maya Donenfeld, and
Amanda Blake Soule. I keep returning to the books by Lotta Jansdotter on
the bottom and I just purchased that top book by Handler and
Kalman--what could be better than a collaboration between Handler and
Kalman? I'm not sure.
And if you look to the wall on the left you'd see the calendar (by Leah Duncan) has been
changed to August. August! Say it isn't so. And you'll see that the shop sign
reads, "Open" again because I've just added a few new pieces and
reopened my Etsy shop after our vacation. Hooray for open!
And let's not forget the
floor. The floor! Yes, the last empty surface to be engulfed in my
studio stacks. The floor. It's my final stacking space after all other
stacking spaces have been taken. This particular arrangement is the
result of treasuring hunting at the Alameda Flea Market on Sunday and documenting
my loot for my friends over on Instagram. It's always fun to make an arrangement to document treasures. Perhaps I was a pirate in a former life. A flea market pirate? Perhaps so.
Thanks for visiting my studio, dear friends. I do hope I had the manners to serve you fresh peppermint tea and the carrot walnut raisin muffins I made earlier in the week. They are very tasty, I promise. And now I am happily returning to that new work-in-progress to see if I might sort out an ending. See you here next week.