Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Big Desk Project - part 2

I've been working and re-working to sort, organize and fill 'er up. Funny how nothing ever goes back into the space it came out of! With all this new storage I moved stuff around in an attempt to locate the things I use frequently so I can reach them without the stepping stool. For the moment I am done. SO DONE and ready to spend some time making things again.
The mouldings on the top and bottom, as well as the keyboard tray are still to come. Tomorrow night we go shopping for the new lights. New lights with 'daylight' bulbs - yea!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The NEW DESK is installed - WooHoo!

We arrived home from our trip to the coast Saturday afternoon and Andy arrived a couple of hours later with the bottom portion of my new desk. He made a "trial fit" and said he would be back Sunday to work on the electricity. Much to my DELIGHT he surprised me by bringing over the upper sections and spent the day installing it. It is so tall I couldn't even get the whole thing in the picture. I should have turned on the flash and held the camera with a steadier hand but I WAS JUST TOO DARNED EXCITED! It turned out even better than I imagined. I am so thrilled!
And when I plugged in the camera to load these pictures I didn't have to crawl under the desk on my hands and knees. Love it, love it, love it!!!
Tonight I am unpacking and re-hanging pictures and figuring out where things go. There is still a little trim work to do and the keyboard tray and the final lighting isn't installed yet so I will take another picture when it's a "done deal". For the moment I'm so happy I almost don't mind that I have to go back to work tomorrow. Almost.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring is in the air!

Oh YES - and I'm lovin' it! I am on vacation this week and Mother Nature is cutting me a break in spite of the fact that it is Spring Break week here. This Bleeding Heart has never bloomed so early before. The mild winter must have agreed with it because it is sure showing off what it can do. I have to pinch myself and remember it's only March after all. Daffodils and Bleeding Heart and the Rhodys and Azaleas and Magnolias all starting to show their colors.
** Spring arrives and the grass just knows to grow. **

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Coming soon to an art room near ME!

So I think I have revealed my art room before, in all it's messy glory. Yes, this is the way my desk usually looks. When I finish a project I clean it up and temporarily feel like I can breath again. It lasts a matter of minutes then whoosh - I'm on to the next storm in my brain.
You can see that the desk sits in a corner and isn't very tall. Being the hoarder that I am (yikes, did I say that out loud!) all that wasted space above the desk is a constant frustration to me. Imagine all the goodies I could store there!
My son, Andy, recently bought a house and was able to set up his longed-for workshop in his garage. He very generously offered to build a custom desk for me. BUILD A CUSTOM DESK FOR ME! How cool is THAT. He has been over many times taking measurements, getting my approval on stain colors, discussing options. Not too long ago he sent me this picture of the desk "in progress". Look how tall it is! There will be shelves, of course, and also a center section where my computer tower will sit. No more crawling under the desk to plug in the camera. WooHoo! My art room has 9' ceilings and the desk will be about a foot from the top. He is building it stout so I can climb up with my little stepping stool and stand on it to reach the top shelves.
He was here last night and told me it is almost done. Perfect! I am on vacation next week so time to start packing things up and make room so he can install it. That means I might be making things at the kitchen table for awhile. I can't stop making things - well duh! I will try to take some pictures as the magic unfolds.
So what am I working on?? More inspiration kits for the Etsy store. Peaches and Cream, Doll Makers Delight No.2 and more bias tape weaving. All coming soon.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


TaDa! Look whose blog is one year old!
I started off with a few goals and some were achived and some are just part way there. I was hoping to have 100 posts and I made it to 83 so not so bad considering I didn't have a clue where to begin. I am looking forward to the next year and where my artful journey will take me.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sparkly Things

I have been pretty focused lately on pulling things out of my stash to create Inspiration Kits for my Etsy store. The beautiful blogs I have been looking at reminded me to give some of my "keepers" equal time. This is my stash of glass and rhinestone buttons. So fun to keep them jumbled up in this vintage dresser box. Every time I sort through them it's like discovering them all over again. It was like treasure hunting in my own art room - how fun!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lacey Goodness

I wandered into Andrea Singarella's blog , Everyday Beauty, today and I was blown away with her treasure hunting and her beautifully arranged lace "treasures". I added a link over on the left. She was featured in the last "Where Women Create" and her blog is definitely worth checking out. Eye candy!
Her lace made me feel guilty about the way mine is all snuggled up in tangled loops in a dresser drawer. I really should learn to stop pawing through the drawer and respect the lace.

A loopy mess of lacy goodness!

Like a treasure hunt every time I open the drawer. Maybe I'll just leave it.....

Monday, March 8, 2010

Congratulations Kelly Rae!

In honor of Kelly Rae Roberts big announcement today I thought it would be fun to scan a few vintage baby shower gift cards. How cute! A life-long adventure begins.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bias Tape Weaving

I was Googling around - because I do that - and I discovered bias tape weaving. Weaving bias tape, who knew and what a cool idea. I can SO picture apron pockets! I got right to work juxtaposing some pretty colors to offer up in my Etsy store and then thought maybe I'd do a quick scan so you can see what I've been up to. The scanner doesn't capture the reds and oranges quite like the camera but you can see what I see - I hope!