A month or so ago Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com 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…
I’m 4 weeks into an 8 week wheel throwing course that I talked about here.
I have been sharing progress shots on IG and thought it would be nice to have them here too. I like to see progress.
It has been so much fun learning and playing in Kristen’s studio. She’s an amazing teacher and very patient with me and my ridiculous ideas.
Like when I want a geometric top on one of my bowls, or when I put a hole in the bottom of a bowl and want to make it into a wind chime. Shes up for it all.
In a few weeks we get to glaze everything and I can not wait to see all these pieces finished!
Back in January I talked about feeling discontent and wanting to mix things up a bit. The post was titled “Weaving, Looms & Change“.
It was crazy how much changing things up helped me!
So I continued to build on that idea. I learned how to crochet, I started playing with different types of painting and surface design AND the biggest one was I TOOK UP CERAMICS!
Ceramics/Pottery has been on my wish list of things to get better at since high school. I never had the opportunity or access to a studio or class… until now!
It turns out there is a very talented potter who lives right across the Potomac River in Virginia. Less than a 10 minute drive from me. Her name is Kristen Swanson and her classes and finished pieces are in high demand. Seriously, go look at it all. It’s gorgeous.
I somehow wiggled my way onto a wait list along with my friends Joann and Tanya (both fantastic local artist friends) and we were lucky enough to grab an 8 week Monday night class together. The lessons are all about using a wheel, but there is also extra studio time in the week where we can experiment.
I don’t have many pieces to show off yet, but if you follow me on IG, you can keep up in my new adventures! Adventures in CERAMICS!!
I’ve been seeing the #the100dayproject hashtag floating around and I really loved the concept.
100 days of making or doing something different. .
I’m already a full time maker and didn’t want any craft projects to distract me further, so instead I’m going to do portraits of toys. It’ll force me to use my DSLR outside of product photos in hopes of improving AND it’ll give my massive collective some love.
All the wins!
I’ve been numbering them on IG, and decided to post them here every time I have seven posts.
So, counting the one above and in order, here is photos 001 through 007
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)
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.
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.
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!