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Monsters in the closet

It happened again, I hit storage maximum capacity in the room. There was nowhere to turn but the closet of doom. What laid behind this door terrified me more than Sulley ever could and I’m afraid that even he wouldn’t work from this closet.

Let’s take look, shall we? (more…)

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Oh Instagram, may I never tire of you.

Michael mostly finished my new spool and bobbin holders yesterday! I had two of these little things at the other house but I quickly outgrew them and I wasn’t happy that I couldn’t hang my bobbin with it’s matching spool. But now, I’m just one step away! Okay, two if you count mounting. I thought we had enough green spray paint left over from one of our chairs, but alas, not. I don’t know what color it will be but I will post the finished pieces tomorrow.

A work in progress

I was going to wait until we tackled the closet of doom before posting the finished studio shots, but what the hell. I really loved the studio when we finished it last summer but as I hadn’t really worked long term in the space I eventually found that several things didn’t work for me. I felt confined and that I wasn’t getting much use the chalkboard because I had a hard time comfortably reaching much of the area.

This is how the studio looked way back when…

And here we are today…

I think I may have mentioned that I had fantasies of using reclaimed wood to use for the floor and I know I’ve blabbered on that my interim hopes were of painting the subfloor a gorgeous shade of deep sea blue. I was also aiming to keep this as inexpensive as possible.  (more…)

Huston, we have lift off!

Last week’s failed attempt at a quick and inexpensive caster addition to my prep table was remedied with a wooden dowel and bolt.

Awesome but now it was too tall for my comfort so out came the hacksaw and we chopped off it’s legs. It kind of felt like an episode of The Sopranos.

Much better and still a fraction of what the cost would be from a restaurant supply place.

Caster another line

We finished puttying the floors Sunday night and will sand them tonight. I am nervous and excited to see how this turns out, but I think it’s a one shot deal. We don’t want to put too much into this as it’s not a permanent solution. Hardwoods are the long term goal here.

It’s been about 10 years coming but prep table roller issue has finally been addressed. It’s cumbersome not being able to move it about. I believe that the legs may have originally come with an insert to hold them but I’m REALLY foggy about this. None the less, the casters weren’t purchased with the table as they’re about a third of the price of the table itself. Michael and I bought these casters and rubber stoppers (sans holes) thinking it was a brilliant fix.

Alas, it was not.

Back to the drawing board. Maybe we’ll try a wooden dowel rod this time.

Puttying around

It was a while ago that I posted our unexpected venture in removing the carpet in my studio. The floor has remained mostly the same since, but last week we made a little more progress. We started the process of puttying the board gaps and filling in nail holes, as well as getting the Kilz and paint.

The Deep Sea Blue is the closest approximation to the color we had mixed in the floor paint medium. I think it will look great with the wall color, which we still need to find that can in the garage!

We also bought casters for the prep table and the bookcases. I’m looking forward to having a little more mobility in the space. I’m also considering some changes in the placement of some of the workstations, and the possibility of combining some of them.

Now… to get it finished!

Bon Weekend with the multi-tasker.

Yes, another photo of Malkie. But he makes me take pause, literally, when his paws are all over my work.

Studio Assistant.
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I thought I’d throw in a little detail shot that was previously featured on The Handmade Artist. Malkie usually lends a hand while I’m drawing patterns, either for costume projects as in the photo above, or when I draw my stitching guidelines for my products.

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Bon weekend and see you next week! I hope to start the week off with a feature about our amazing friend, Kirk Burkett and his mind blowing absinthe cane!

Studio Transformation

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I was terrified to take on this monster after the move. I decided to keep the color of room painted by the previous owners.



After we made some progress in the room we installed the new lights and fan, all purchased from Lowe’s.

Then it was time to paint the magnetic chalkboard.


Workbench cover issue solved.

Thanks again to Pinterest for hooking me up with a potential solution for hiding the unsightly storage space under the workbenches Michael built for his studio over the weekend. Some canvas or some upholstery stock, heavy duty snaps and presto! Sassy cover.

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Bon Weekend.

Happy Friday! Today, I’d like to take a moment to thank my dear old trusty dress form. I found it about 8 years ago while I was on my daily walk in downtown Atlanta. It was in the window of a clothing store that was in the process of closing that location. I walked in, asked if they’d be willing to sell it. We haggled and a few minutes later I sprinted back through Centennial Park to fetch my car to load her in. She’s withstood a lot of abuse through out the years. I’m looking forward to many more Ms. Wolf!


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