January 20, 2018

Important Studio Features...

Repurposed Kitchen Cutlery Divider Drawer
I saw this on the internet recently.
I will, obviously, have to rethink how I utilize space in my studio!
Guess I'm just in a silly mood today.
I'll see you again tomorrow.

January 19, 2018

I'm Going To Summer School...

Royal School Of Needlework Image

 I can finally tell you about my HUGE news!
I'm going to be attending a five-day needlework course with the Royal School of Needlework!

These courses are usually taught at their school, located in Hampton Court Palace in England, but they also teach them at satellite schools in other locations, including the United States. I managed to get my name in before the class I wanted was filled, so I'll be attending their first-ever summer school in Lexington, Kentucky in July at the prestigious Sayre School.

Class Description

I'm registered to take this advanced embroidery class over the entire five days, and I can't wait. The raised work (including Stumpwork) is a technique I've longed to learn, so it really is a dream come true on so many levels.

My Tutor

This is the biography of my tutor (from the RSN website). I'm so looking forward to learning from one of the masters of needlework from the school. Our class sizes are limited as well. There will only be eleven other students in my group, so there will be plenty of time for individual instruction.

It's going to be an incredible experience, and although this particular course will not earn a diploma or certificate, I'll still walk away with a new learned technique. And, who knows...maybe somewhere down the line, I'll be able to take one of the certification courses. A girl can dream, right?

For now, I'm completely over the moon that I've managed to get into the course, and be part of this first-ever RSN Summer School Program. I haven't gone to summer school since taking elective courses as a kid. Now, almost 50 years later, I'm heading back to school...and it's going to be grand. Not only that, but I promise to take you with me! I'll be posting as much as I'm able while I'm in Lexington.

Until then, I'm going to make my plans (and perhaps a new project carrier to go with me), and when I can sleep (because I'm so darned excited!), I'll dream about this new adventure. I just couldn't wait one more day to tell you!

January 18, 2018

Dreaming About A Farm Kitchen...

Web Kitchen Inspiration
You've seen how much I can accomplish in our current kitchen since I started canning last fall. Imagine what I could do with all my tools in place, a proper work island and everything set up for optimum prep and organization!

I've been collecting kitchen images since we purchased the farmhouse, and this spring we'll start work on the space. I'm showing Handsome photos of layouts, cabinet choices and appliances, as well as colors and selections for cabinetry, flooring, sinks and accents. 
He's very enthusiastic about the whole process, and over the past 37 years, we've worked really well as a team. We remodeled our first home, built one from the ground up, and painted and "puffed" the one in Florida, so the farmhouse will be a breeze for us. I know we'll have fun with the process. We always have.

We'll need a sink (not necessarily a "farmhouse" sink, as whichever sink we use will be our farmhouse sink); a dishwasher; wall oven; our current refrigerator; and our current range - or just a cooktop. 
We'll need new flooring, as Shelly and Andy have told us the original floor (under the current floor) is not salvageable; updated and additional electric fixtures; and perhaps a bay window in place of the two existing kitchen windows. I'm so looking forward to it.

Have any ideas you'd like to share? See things you like in the photos above? I'm all ears. Just email them to me through my link in the sidebar over there ----->  Pictures are helpful, too. Thanks!



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