And a 2nd table was added to the fairy grand's area. I finally got smart enough to move their things closer to the sink, broom, and TV (behind the lace). This spot is much more convenient for them to work in.
They are no longer teetering across the room to the sink with a tipsy bowl of paint saturated water, that splashes and spills half the time. Now, it's a quick reach over to the sink to wash out brushes.
(I love the clothes they pick out when they dress themselves. Dewdrop's shirt is inside out and backwards, Sugarwing's dress is vintage silk and also inside out)
I like that it's such a homey place, filled with things I love, my fairy babies and the dorkies. Since both girls have moved into the cottage with us for about half the week, my work schedule has changed a bit. There is often a couple of little faces pressed to the glass door waiting to be invited in.
First Rule of Studio Club:
There is no crying.
Second Rule of Studio Club:
There is no crying.
I tell them that the Studio is our Happy Place and no tears are allowed. If someone happens to feel like they should have the pink paintbrush instead of their sister, or that the other girl's wad of playdough is bigger than theirs, they have to talk it out. If crying occurs, the cryer is picked up and set down outside the door till she is ready to discuss the problem instead of crying.
It's going well. There is only a trace amount of snot and tears on the door from cryers on the outside wanting back in. We are keeping the Studio a Happy Place.
Whenever I host a class here, I end up moving things around afterward when I put the room back together, and end up getting a more useful and better set up every time. This year, since I had more attendees to the event, I had to clear out and make extra space. One thing I did was to make the office part of the room smaller. I thought I'd change it back after, but I kind of like it this way. I'd rather have the roominess out in the room, not in the computer area.
But that isn't too bad. Since I am such a TV addict, I have to be careful to limit myself out here. I listen to NPR on weekdays and don't allow myself to turn on the set. Unless the grand fairies are visiting, and then only when they have been working awhile and begin acting restless. We are all trying to control our addiction, they love TV as much as I do. Especially Sugarwings.
Most of my Birdsong decor is still up.
I'd made so many to perfect the technique before I did an online tutorial and a class here for our arty weekend, that they have taken over!
And some of my Birdsong decorations just might be permanent. I really like this old poster. Although, I do think I'd like to paint the door. I'm over this green right now. I've just not had a chance to get rid of it. I'm thinking about aqua.
And the birds I made to hang from the ceiling are still there because I can't reach them without going to get a ladder. Which explains why I had to take down Valentine hearts from the ceiling in June when I hung these birds up for our party.
This is another thing I'd been putting off. All of my cabinets are pretty full, and each is meant for different category of supplies. But this fabric wardrobe had really gotten away from me. I hate folding and my linen closet doesn't look much better, I'm afraid.
I'd taken on a sewing project this week and had such a hard time trying to find my rose patterned barkcloth, that I decided enough was more than enough and I tackled this jumbled up mess after avoiding it for years.
A silly little tiny amount of time later (only an hour and a half out of my life, why didn't I do this sooner instead of ignoring it for sooooo long?) and it is not only functional, the door shuts correctly now.
Thanks again for coming by.
You can see the rest of the studios on tour (and it's always a treat to peek in on the creative spaces!) by going by Karen's blog for a list of sites.
And if you'd like to see my studio from previous years, you can see the past couple here.