Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Fresh Start - Studio Reorganization and Give Away

Good morning! In an effort to become more disciplined and dedicated to art making, I have set some goals for myself. I intend to blog about them so that you have an idea of my progress. The first act to accomplish is reorganizing my studio. I have stuff everywhere, as you can see in the photo. It is worse than normal in this photo because many items were moved to that side of the room in order to remove a sewing desk.

About fifteen years ago I was given a Singer sewing machine which is housed in a beautiful mahogany-finish desk. I used it as a writing desk since I don't sew much. When we finished our basement and set up my studio, I moved it there in the hopes that I would start sewing. That was ten years ago and I have only worked on a handful of sewing projects. I do also have an old portable Singer machine that I can use if I do decide to sew again. Anyway, moving that desk out of the room opens it up to greater possibilities for organization. Towards the right of the photo you can see a set of tall cabinets. These are quite deep and many materials are buried in there. I want to get them out in the open where I can see and then use them! We also have a computer with a big "old-school" monitor on the back counter that we will move to my son's room since he has decided to remain in Nashville. I will set up my laptop in its place and gain quite a bit of counter space!

I've decided I also want to clear out up to half of the items I have saved and collected over the years. There is just too much. I plan to donate materials to Creative Arts Workshop for their annual fundraising Art Supply Tag Sale. I do also want to give away items to people I know who would be happy to use them. With this thought, I've decided that I would give away an assortment of papers, fabrics, ribbons, possibly beads, paints and who knows what else, to anyone who decides to follow one of my blogs today. (My other blog is My Big Backyard, Diary of an Amateur Naturalist ) and to anyone of my current followers who leaves a comment on one of my posts today.

Thanks for reading and for keeping me company in this new journey!


  1. Dear girl - PLEASE don't send me anything to add to my own mess in my studio!!! :-)) I relate to everything you have shared in this post. Through the years, I have acquired so much for papermaking that I don't have room to make paper! Sigh... I applaud your efforts to simply and make efficient and wish you every success in that endeavour. And then, how about you come over here and teach me how you did it?! Ha, ha, ha!! Mimi ♥

  2. Susan, so cool. You are inspiring!


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