Studio Spring Clean Blog Hop 2018

Studio Spring Clean Blog Hop 2018 {an Art School Dropout's life}

A month or so ago Cheryl Sleboda of and Sew Much Cosplay put out a call for bloggers to take part in the yearly Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop. We were asked to take a photo (or seven) of our studio as it was and then clean it up and share the difference.

Due to being very sick with numerous chronic illnesses, I haven’t really sewn in my studio since last November, so it was a complete and utter disaster. It had turned in to a dumping ground for all my sewing and craft supplies, as well as my daughters supplies (I didn’t know about that part until I started cleaning). I am also redoing my fabric, craft and product storage in my workroom (I know it sounds weird that there are two rooms, but they are rather small and one just couldn’t contain everything) and I was storing a lot of the bins holding my fabric in my studio.

It was ridiculous.

When ever I needed to sew something real quick, I’d just use my machine that I had stashed away in the dining room. Again, ridiculous.

So I jumped on the chance to force myself to clean my studio up. I NEEDED the push so badly.

If you are curious about how bad it was, and then what it looked like afterwards, then keep reading…

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Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood

Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood {an Art School Dropout's life}

I have been trying to mix things up and have a theme for each shop update! This month’s theme was hand painted laser cut wood (with one or two exceptions)

Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood {an Art School Dropout's life}

Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood {an Art School Dropout's life}

I went through my old sketchbooks and picked several designs that I thought would make neat brooches. They are all based off my own taste, but I will be open to suggestions in the coming months.

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I also went through some of my fabric designs and took out a few elements here and there as tests.

All in all I’m very proud of all the new pieces and love seeing them up in the shop.

Shop Update: Hand Painted Wood {an Art School Dropout's life}

Oh and I also threw in some new XL Wall Scissors to mix things up a bit! These are made from 1/4″ MDF with Designer Fabric fused to the surface before laser cutting. They are a great addition to any sewing room (or any space really).

You can find all of these pieces plus more in the shop!

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Shop Update: Crafty Bitches Club…


Are you part of the Crafty Bitches Club? Do you want to be? If you answered yes to either of those, then you need one of the newest additions to the shop!

There are a couple variations available with more on the way!

First up is the T-shirt shown above! It is professionally printed on a black American Apparel Tri-Blend Crew Neck shirt up to size XL and solid black in XXL. They are currently available for Pre-order with delivery stated for mid April.


If you are more of a subtle Crafty Bitch, then you may like our handmade laser cut Needle Minders or Pins!

They are available in the design above OR a handful of other sassy sayings.

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You can find all of this and much more in the shop! It’s currently all first come first serve with no updates scheduled for at least a month or so.

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Shop Update: Pin Cushions!

Shop Update: Pin Cusions! {an Art School Dropout's life}

This has been an idea I have had in my head for almost a year! It just took me awhile to perfect it.

Let me introduce to you the exclusive Art School Dropout Pin Cushion! 

The bottom part is made just like a lot of my jewelry over the years. It is a lightweight hand cast plastic that was made using molds I created. Each one is one of a kind since I mix the pigments myself and the fillers. The inside of the pin cushion is a felted wool and is very dense. It will grab on to your pins and keep them super snug until you need them.

Shop Update: Pin Cusions! {an Art School Dropout's life}

For this specific update I only added a small handful of variations. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with shipping. I’m holding on to the second batch of these for a shop update in April!

Shop Update: Pin Cusions! {an Art School Dropout's life}


Shop Update: Pin Cusions! {an Art School Dropout's life}

You can find all of these pin cushions plus other awesome sewing notions in the shop.

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Shop Update: Looms


A few months back I made these laser cut looms for my Girl Scout troop so we could all learn to weave! The girl absolutely loved them.

I had posted about them on social media, as I usually do, and I received A LOT of comments asking when I would sell them. I was currently swamped with freelance work and knew I couldn’t handle the orders. So I held off.

Well, fast forward to a week or so ago, and a few friends kindly asked if I would make their shop/kid/them a loom or twelve. I said yes, and then decided to just add them to the shop!


Which brings us to today! They are now available in the shop in two sizes, with more to come and can be customized with a name or saying of you choice!

I am absolutely loving the process of making these and hope to continue for awhile.

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You can find the above looms, plus other weaving tools in the shop!

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Weaving, Looms and Change

Weaving_002_001Since even before the new year started, I have been feeling very discontent. I got burned out on quilting due to health issues mixed with very tight deadlines. It’s been two months now and I haven’t sewn anything. Which is just plain crazy to me.

To fill the void that was once taken up by quilting, I decided to try out weaving again!


Well, let’s just say that I took to it very fast. I absolutely love it. It’s calming and I can just sit and watch TV while working on some random design that I have no true plans for. It’s like improv quilting without all the stress about if it will lay flat or not.

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