Yesterday, when I wanted to write a posting, the computer was on the other side of the studio across the painted and drying floor so I napped on the couch instead since I'd spent the day before unpacking the stash which was apparently still too much. Hmm...
Thanks for all the encouragement to take it easy and to accept help. The reality is that I've just moved to a new town where I don't know anyone and my family lives an hour plus away so there isn't a lot of help to accept but I have gratefully accepted what has come my way and I've been - attempting - to pace myself. The healing is coming along well and when I feel like complaining, I remind myself it's only been three weeks and I could still be in traction or a cast if things had gone worse. Thankfully they didn't which means that I can....
... slowly get things together in the studio and the stash room. Originally, I intended to paint the stash room my favourite shade of green but realized quite quickly that without a window it was going to too dark so I reverted to the same white that I'd painted in the studio which appears to be a choice accidentally on trend. Benjamin Moore is announcing Simply White as the colour of the year for 2016. Who knew.
White is not a colour I'd normally choose but it is working quite well in the studio as a blending agent and I like the pops of colour that are appearing now as I unpack and organize things. In both the studio and the stash room, I've painted the floor grey with two coats of clear polyurethane. Again, it's clean and works well and again, it seems that painted floors are on trend.
On the weekend, Howard put up the shelves so I could unpack the stash. It was a lovely treat since my wrist still isn't up to twisting and lifting. There is enough room for my fabric but not enough for the "possibility" boxes of things to be recycled and while the room is big, it's not all usable square footage since it is a pass through space from the hallway to the studio. The "hole" to the right of the shelves is for the second fridge - it came with the house and will be good for holidays - and the two end walls are for access. Across the room...
... I currently have some bookshelves and baskets. There's a lot more vertical space on that wall but I don't want to add more shelves. I'm looking into other solutions with doors. Originally, that wall was ugly painted paneling. I covered it with paintable wallpaper in a tile pattern and that really cleaned up the look. There is space in the middle of the room for a narrow surface for auditioning fabrics so I may move my pattern cabinet in here.
I'm grateful for the space and the shelves and at the same time I'm aware that my preference is for closed storage. Some people like everything out in the open and others - like me - like it neatly tucked behind doors or else it feels like our lingerie is on display. Yes. Definitely. Just like that. And it will especially feel that way when I have students coming to the studio and walking through that space however... that's the way it is for now. I'm lucky to have what I have and eventually - as in when I can afford it and it makes it to the top of the list - I'll have a closet built and tuck things away.
It's looking like I may - just maybe - be back to some kind of regular schedule next week. Howard has a long weekend so he'll be here Monday but unless something happens to shift things, on Tuesday morning I plan to start with my hour in the studio and see how things go from there.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - shelves and an unpacked studio, a supportive husband