I have been a very naughty girl.
I have let my studio turn to crap. I know, 40 lashes with a wet noodle.
Below is a collage of what you see when you walk into my Studio. That thing with the purple case on it? Yeah, that USED to be my lovely, lovely island.
Forgive me, I didn’t want this to be a photo-intensive post, so I made a collage in Picasa. However, I wanted the collage to have the ability to blow up each picture, when clicked on, for a larger view. I don’t think it does that and I haven’t figured out how to do it. Sorry.
Working from left to right, top to bottom:
First pic: What you see as you first come into the Studio. You can see my sewing machine in the background (it’s the brown mess with the TV on it).
Second pic: The “Cutting Station” (to the left of the entry door). This is SUPPOSED to be where I store my Cricut, trimmers, etc. Yeah, it hasn’t quite gotten that far yet.
Third pic: The top of my Island (which I can NEVER seem to keep clear) and in the background, my “office” area. You can’t see the desk, but that’s probably a good thing.
Fourth pic: Island Cubbies. See, the original intent was to have them all nice and neatly filled with paper, embellishments and albums. Well, my paper organizers didn’t fit into the cubbies and I did a whole “stash and dash” thing to get other crap out of sight!
Fifth pic: Back corner. You can barely see the closet door in the back right. That closet, currently, is the bane of my existence. It’s a long (runs the length of the “Paper Wall”), reach-in closet that is to serve two purposes; store office/school supplies, and craft supplies that aren’t “every day” Right now? It holds crap. A children’s table & chairs set (in pieces), leftovers from my aunt’s “estate”, all kinds of other crap. It’s driving me nuts!
Sixth pic: My Jewelry Cabinet. Yep, I make jewelry from the stuff that I cram in there. It’s amazing I find anything.
Seventh pic: What you see as you look into the closet. See those shelves? Yeah, I thought they were awesome at first too. Seriously, not so much. Flimsy and not very functional. But I have a plan…
Eighth pic: More closet. To show you that it goes back. That’s not even a full shot. Too embarassed to show that mess.
Ninth pic: The Paper Wall. All that paper was supposed to fit in the Island Cubbies. But, of course, those Crop-in-Style organizers don’t FIT in the %&$* cubbies. Hence, the wall.
Tenth pic: The entrance door. Yeah, that’s a paper bag elephant my son made in like 2nd grade. He’s currently in 7th. I think I need to upgrade my “display”.
Eleventh pic: Close up of my sewing machine. It needs a little love. Built in the 60s, it’s not very “pretty” and the drawers are all wonky (not to mention some hardware is missing). I’m debating about trying to paint it. Still on the fence.
Twelfth pic: Close up of my “desk”. It’s actually a French Provincial Vanity that my aunt gave to my sister, who then gave it to me. I *heart* it. I’ve had to strip the paint off of it (it was chipping and I’m pretty sure it was lead-based). I loved the “shabby chic” finish it wound up with, so decided to leave it, rather than paint. I should have put some sealer on it, because it’s a little stained from cups and such. But I plan to “clean” it again and definitely seal it. Can’t decide whether to leave it, stain it or paint it. Hopefully something will come to me. It has a matching chair, but it needs some love too. I had originally stripped it and stained it, but the stain wasn’t very even (or pretty). I’m trying to figure out how (IF!) I can remove the stain. Cross your fingers for me
And there you have it, my NIGHTMARE of a Studio. Stay tuned to see what I have planned for the space (and what I actually accomplish)