Thursday, October 29, 2015

Accidentally On Trend

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

11 comments:

  1. Myrna, I'm glad you are on the road to recovery. Watching the studio take shape and color is fun. There are already splashes of color from your stash and I can see the white background as a playground for more color as you get started working in your studio and creating ... clothes, jewelry, scarves ...???

    I like Overstock.com for finding stuff I need at a price I can (usually) afford. I think that's where I got the glass-fronted bookcases where I keep most of my stash. I bought them back when you were teaching the studio design class online.

    I know you are looking forward to your studio hour. I'm looking forward to reading about it. Take care. Hugs, Charmion

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    1. After such a long wait, it's great to be putting the studio together and to know that I am actually going to sew in it rather than just talk about sewing in it. Theory is about to become fact. YES YES

      I quickly looked at Overstock and they do have some nice units. Thanks.

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  2. I like to keep my sewing space light and neutral so hopefully you will find the white a blank canvas!
    I have open shelving from Ikea for my fabric storage. I fixed a baton and curtain rail to the top of it and hung floor length neutral curtains to cover the fabric. It is easy to open the curtains to look at the fbric, but I mostly keep them closed to keep the fabric covered. Is there some way to hang curtains panels in front of your shelving (maybe from a ceiling mounted curtain track?). Whilst not quite as smart as a cupboard with doors it does keep the fabric from being on show quite so much.

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    1. I thought the white might irritate me and feel blank but it's feeling light and bright as you say so there's potential. I debated the curtain rod solution and I think that it would irritate me just as much as nothing so I may as well be patient until I can get the closet doors I prefer.

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  3. I was thinking the other day that we had not heard from you and I was concerned that you may have had some complications. Thankfully, not. A fall is a terrible thing. Most people do not understand that the bumps and bruises that are visible are only half of the injury. I admire your tenacity to carry on under less that optimum circumstances but I strongly believe that by helping ourselves and learning our strengths and limitations is a growth experience. I had a terrible fall 18 years ago, I was young and flexible but still have some nagging issues related to that injury. I hope you heal well. As for the stitches on your face. I recently had to have some facial surgery. My well respected plastic surgeon has a protocol that seems to be working well for me. After the stitches are removed, wait three weeks then very gently begin to massage the scar tissue using a coconut oil based cream. Do this twice a day for about 2 minutes. After this, apply Mederma lightly to the area. It seems to be helping me. Thought I would share. (My surgery cost $16,000 so I feel totally justified in revealing the secrets!)

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    1. I agree. I've definitely learned through this experience.

      Thanks for the info about the stitches. My doctor said that while the stitches and scab were still there to just let it heal but that after the scab came off I could use coconut or vitamin E oil. I already wash my face with coconut oil so I just moved it over to that side when the scab came off and it seems to be working pretty good.

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  4. For storage, may I suggest a wall of cubbies with bins to hold all your small items. I have 2, placed side by side at my shop. Each unit has 9 cubbies, (3 rows of 3),and each cubbie measures approx. 12 inches. Soft sided folding bins, that come in a a variety of colors, work well. If you have bright colored photo/memory boxes, 2 will fit into 1 cubbie. I use a combination of the folding bins and photo boxes. At home, I have the same type units stacked upon each other in my laundry room. They hold all the household odds and ends: light bulbs, extensions cord, tape and glues, picture hanging hooks and wire, instructions manuals for household appliances, crayons and craft items for when the grandkids come to play. The unit saves from having clutter and is easier than hunting down an item from the basement, garage, or kitchen junk drawer. If anyone is a quilter, the same set up will work great for pre-cut fabrics and remnants. It will also protect fabrics from fading if you are fortunate to have a sunlit sewing room.

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    1. Thanks. Small items are not a problem. I have a lot of wicker baskets, most with hinged lids, and a large selection of jars that work quite well. I also have several sets of drawers in the studio. It's just the fabric that I'd like to have behind doors.

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  5. So happy that your studio is taking shape and that you will be sewing soon even if for short periods of time. I, too, like to keep my sewing goodies under wrap and tucked away. It's interesting to see how people set up their work areas. I say, "whatever works, works". Karen

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    1. I dream of sewing soon. Hopefully it's a reality next week but I do have sewing company coming on the 11th so that would be the absolute latest. I have been knitting though and I'm almost finished designing a very simple little girl sweater coat. It's cute but it's not sewing although Howard did say it was good to see me knitting. It always throws him off balance when I'm not my usual energetic self and he can't fix what's wrong.

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  6. So glad you are recovering but do be patient. It takes as long as it takes!

    Like Karen, I find it fascinating to see how different studios are set up and what is used as storage. My studio is in an attic with sloping ceilings so I have very little wall height and what I have is filled with bookcases stuffed with books and yarns. My fabrics and patterns are stored in boxes - not ideal but functional. Besides I need to sew some of this stash down before it takes over!

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.