Moving Update

Hello, dear readers!  Thank you for being so patient with me while I work on building my life out here in San Diego.  Let me give you a bit of an update on my housing situation.

The first place we were looking at got scooped up by another interested party.  Disappointed, Dylan and I continued looking.  We thought we found another cozy home, but yet again, the landlords chose another party.  During the waiting period of them deciding who to pick, the first place opened up again...and we jumped on it!  As Dylan said this morning, "Everything happens for a reason."  We got the first house we were truly interested in and wanted, due to location and size and everything.  We sign the lease on Tuesday!

So we're heading to Phoenix this weekend to pick up some of our belongings, and Miss Stella Rose.  I miss her so much.  I'm sure many of you can relate when you're away from your pets...they're our fur babies. I've been away from Stella for about a month and a half...and I say every day that I miss her.  I'm so excited to be able to finally bring her home!  The drive is going to be interesting though...but we will manage!

I think one of the things I'm most excited for (besides bringing Stella home) is that I'm going to get to set up my first studio!  Yesterday at work I was planning in my head just where everything should go.  I really want a desk in there, but the futon from the old apartment might take that space.  Dylan wants to get rid of the futon, I don't, mostly because I want to use it in the studio. Another "We will see." I will be sure to keep you posted on how I end up arranging and organizing my studio!

I'm not sure when I'll get back to a normal blogging schedule, but I'll be sure to pop in when I can.  Until next time...!


Inspiration Thursday: Studio Thoughts

Every now and then, I sit down and come up with some things I would like in my studio.  One of my first posts when I was beginning this blog for my Marketing for Artists class was a writing prompt discussing My Dream Studio.  While many of the details I described in that post still hold true, some keep changing. I think I'd need my studio at home, but in a separate room where I could close the door.  And that would be ideal for just starting out.  Maybe if I made more money, I could afford a space outside of home to do workshops. But, I even made a piece about my dream studio and had it attached to my home.


Obviously I know it's a tiny space, and probably nothing like that exists in San Diego...but it's a nice thought.  (I'd like a larger living area though.)

Anyway, I still want the same laid back routine I described in this other post. It was nice going back and reading that particular one, especially since I long for days where I can do what I want and still be productive in my own space and make things.

Much of the same things hold, a place to clean screens, table for workshops, I like the idea of having maybe a stacking door system for the natural lighting, but also so I can have fresh air, ventilation, and be able to access the drying lines outside easier.


Image via Rylock

Recently, I saw a post from Closet Case Files blogger, designer and sewer Heather Lou regarding her new studio space.  She has an AWESOME cutting table in her studio she built herself.  What's even MORE AWESOME is that she wrote a tutorial so you can make your own.  When I'm at a point where I'm not moving around as much, I really want to make one. And, with the tops being removable, I could totally make multiple table tops for either cutting fabric or screen printing!  So yeah.  That table is must in my studio now.

I'm sure I'll come up with more things as I go, as I usually do.

Afternoon with an Artist

I had my first artist play-date today!  A little over a week ago, while eating sushi with Erich and his mom, Colleen, we connected with the people sitting next to us at the bar.  Long story short, I connected with Catherine Newhart. Today, we spend some time together.  I got to see her storage unit studio and its set up (very clever!), looked at some of the books she had on hand, and got some free supplies.  We had a late lunch and coffee later and ran errands.

The three books Catherine pulled out for me to look at were Creating with Paint, Creative Stamping with Mixed Media Techniques, and Creative Embellishments: For Paper, Jewelry, Fabric and More.  All three are by Sherrill Kahn.  I found the most inspiration from Creative Embellishments, however, all three had some fabric/fibers included.

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It was a wonderful time and I'm looking forward to spending time with Catherine again!

My Dream Studio

In the past, I have always seen photos of other people's studios and craft rooms and longed for a place to call my own.  I was very excited to begin seriously thinking about my dream studio. First of all, is it attached to my home or not?  I believe that it would be too easy to blur the line between work and relaxation, and I'm a big procrastinator so I believe I would need my studio to be away from my living space.  That way, I can set hours that I need to be in the studio and say, "Let's go to work."

Where is it?  That's easy: overlooking the ocean, of course!  Isn't that what I keep talking about on here?

There will be large windows facing west for the view of the ocean.  A sliding glass door will lead out to a small patio with a place to line dry fabrics (clothes pins will be needed).  For the flooring inside the studio, I believe wood would look nice, but I'd be afraid of spilling things on it.  So, perhaps tile would be a better option.  There should be natural lighting everywhere, sky lights, those afore mentioned large windows, etc.  Energy efficient lighting will be used to otherwise illuminate my work spaces.

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Next, let me focus on storage.  Shelves for fabric, cubbies for yarn and wool, a peg board for sewing tools, a wall rack for thread.  Cabinets to store dyes and pigments safely.  Some of those rolling drawers would be good to store small sewing notions and supplies such as buttons, bobbins, and the like.  A filing cabinet might be a good way to store patterns.  A large bulletin board should occupy a large portion of one wall to pin up work in progress.

Courtney Burge's sewing room.

Tables.  I would need a desk to work on my laptop at.  I would like there to be enough space on my desk that I could put a sewing machine and serger on it as well.  Perhaps it is two tables set at a 90 degree angle.  A print table (for printing fabric on) elsewhere in the room with a removable tabletop to cut fabric and patterns on would be ideal.

Technology.  My laptop would travel with me to and from the studio.  Perhaps I should have a printer and scanner which stay at the studio for when I need to print and scan things there.  Sewing Machine and Serger are needed.  I'm not sure I would need industrial ones, though it would be nice.  Again, they will be at my desk

There should be a kitchen space with a refrigerator, stovetop or microwave, deep sinks, and a coffee maker (for those afternoon pick me ups and late work nights).

Other tools. My spinning wheel and its accessories, an ironing board and iron, yarn swift, ball winder, and niddy noddy. Butcher paper is nice to make patterns with and to draw on for ideas.

A list of tools and supplies:

  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Needles
  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • Water Soluble Pencils
  •  Embroidery Floss
  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Rulers
  • Knitting Needles
  • Crochet Hooks

Finally, my client space.  I would like to have a couch in my studio next to my desk.  There would be a small side table next to the couch, perhaps with some of my literature on it.  Drinks would be in the fridge and a bathroom would definitely be included in my studio space.

To end the tour of my studio, please take note of the sound of the windchimes blowing in the sea breeze.

Photo by ZeMoufette