September 25, 2013

The Calm After The Storm...

 Rebecca sits at the top of my new shelf unit. She's calmly stitching away having
witnessed the storm that was "Me", cleaning and rearranging my creative space.
This is the first thing I see whenever I enter through the door of my studio.
 My cutting table is clean and waiting for me to start the next project.
All Most of my laces are arranged on tubes and hang from the tension rods
I placed between the legs on my table. In this place, they're handy and ready
to use without sorting through loose pieces in boxes or drawers. I need to roll
a few more pieces I found while cleaning, but this is what's sorted so far.
 When I'm in the studio, I look to my left and see my machines, ready and 
waiting on their tables. Miss Ellie is set up on a larger table so I don't have
to move her to use the embroidery feature anymore. I just have to add the 
embroidery arm, set the design, thread her up and go. Handsome picked her up
 to move her out of the room during the "storm" and commented on how heavy
 she is. I'm infinitely happy that I can just leave her on the table to use now.
 If I stand behind Prissy (my Babylock Espire), and look back toward the door,
you can see what I see from here. My stand, holding a little more fabric (I know),
my storage cabinets on the right and my cutting table on the left. My acorn ornaments
all hang from a tension rod suspended in the window, and a few of my favorite pieces
of needlework hang on the walls. (Those are my completed "Sweet Stitches" panels
hanging on the door.) You can also see some of my small quilts hanging in the hallway.
 I've organized future projects in their own plastic storage boxes under
the cutting table. This way, they're kept together, clean and organized.
 These are my storage cabinets. I'm not going to open the doors because one
of you might fear for my sanity and call the authorities. I have fabric on bolts
behind four of those doors, and more plastic containers with current projects
inside the last one. Each one has the project name on it so that I can just pull the
one I want instead of having to sort through every one to find what I'm looking for.
 Each shelf on my new wall unit has a display of some of my favorite things.
This shelf has British tins, a small English figurine and, of course, a corgi. It was
a sweet gift from a generous blog friends TerriBoog and her dog, Bittabit, who
sent along a few other corgi things (see post here to see all the goodies she sent).
 This shelf has a watercolor painted by Sharon Chapman; a tiny treasured bear
handmade by a dear friend in Wisconsin (which sits on another gift from a Florida
friend about twenty years ago); a small creamer with beautiful little violets from Mom
(Grace); and one of my two Susan Pilotto creations (Mouse Droppings Fine Folk Art).
 Another shelf holds my own "Harris" the Tweed Rabbit pincushion; another
gift (the sweet, heart-shaped dish) from Terri; the incredible needlework beetle
I won from Lee from Notes From Under The Mountain blog; my own button
heart art piece; a crocheted floral mat from a friend who no longer sells them; and
my beautiful card from one of my family members in England. It's my "sweet" shelf.
 Pincushions and wool animals are front and center on one of my shelves.
That top pincushion with the lace and seam binding was made by dear friend, 
Dawn Edmonds of The Feathered Nest. She really has a way with canvas,
and seam binding. She's creates the loveliest sachets and pincushions.
 Of course, you knew I'd have a shelf dedicated to acorns, didn't you?
The leather case in the back hold a pair of antique binoculars. I hope to
someday create a steampunk piece with an embellished bird sitting on
top of those field glasses. For now, it looks just right with my acorns.

Today, I'll be in the studio. I have a little catching up to do, now that I'm all
reorganized. I have two class models to make for the shop in Venice. It was
nice to enjoy the calm after the storm, but no time to sit around on my laurels.
You'll want to be sure to visit tomorrow. 
I'll tell you all about my 1600 Post Giveaway!

11 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Lee said...

Just loved visiting and seeing how everything was placed after the storm. its a great room.

Sue Speechley said...

Lucky lady to have such a lovely room, I would feel like creating in there. Now just keep it tidy!

Carol at Serendipity said...


Good morning! What a job. I did a lot last year in my studio but will probably have to do more.

Cannot wait to get back!


Chris said...

It looks like a wonderful space! Thanks for the tour!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

It looks like such a peaceful sanctuary to create in, Donna. Enjoy your day! Twyla

Shirley said...

Good Morning Donna, I thought of you when I walked out of my house and saw the acorns laying on the drive. It is that time of the year. I love how you have arranged your studio. Have fun getting ready for your classes. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Createology said...

I am amazed at how quickly you get things done. Your studio is fresh and beautiful. What a wonderful peaceful place to create all the gorgeous pieces you so lovingly hand make. Creative Bliss Dear...

Marydon Ford said...

Wow! IF only mine looked this neat, Donna. Love that wee owl & bear ... cute.
TTFN ~ Marydon

laurajane said...

Good work Donna,hope you manage to keep it tidy.x

Sherry said...

What a wonderful room! I am inspired to get my space in better order. It has improved but could use a little work.

nancy huggins said...

You have inspired me to organize my sewing room but will have to wait until we get moved to bigger house. Now I have my sewing room down stairs but ALL my fabric is upstairs in BINS ugh..maybe soon..yours looks great


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