I am so happy with my new studio! It’s so much more comfortable to work on my computer, and with everything well organized, finding things is a snap. When I get weary of computer work I amble to the next room and work on Yvonne’s quilt for awhile. I go back and forth between the two rooms, keeping my productivity much higher than it was before. Did I mention how much I love my new space?
And there are some new additions this week that I adore:
My new “short girl” chair is uber comfy and my feet are now flat on the floor. I no longer feel like a little girl in Daddy’s chair. The arms swing into the center of the chair, making it so much more comfortable to use the computer. And that baby soft green fabric covers a memory foam seat. And I LOVE that color.
NOTE: I have different lighting in my studio and I have not yet figured out why my photos are all fuzzy.
This silly little thing is actually a “Kindergarten step” from an antique store. It was used to raise little ones up high enough to drink from the water fountain. I’m really not that short-5′ 4″, but there are all kinds of things for which I’m just a wee bit too short. I keep this in front of my cabinets because that’s just the boost I need to peer into all but the highest shelves.
I ordered this awhile ago and it just came in. It’s perfect! It is made to be just the height of my bent elbow. It has macho wheels so that I can push it around the room to wherever I need it. And each end has a 12″ flip up shelf for when I need even more space.
I had to do the unthinkable though-I had to cut my (expensive) Martelli mat! It hung over the side, as you can see above. Since most of the time the flippy guys will not be up, I knew it would be in the way. I had to get the saw out to cut that sucker!
And the last major furniture piece came in-my table from tablelegs.com. I needed a table that was 60″ x 24″ and Jenny height. I am so happy to get this table that “fits” me! It is the perfect size for my space and I enjoy the luxury of being able to spread out my papers when doing a project.
This was no Ikea table and assembly was via mortise and tenon. That sounds really easy but it was not! The fit was so tight that I didn’t have the strength to smash the pieces into each other once glue was applied to the joint. I had a very scary few seconds when the tenon was not inserted all the way and the glue began to set. Fortunately I was able to remove it and start again. Hubby was out of town and I thought it would be a snap but it was not!
I know this doesn’t look like much but this is one of my favorite discoveries. I bought a ton of storage containers that were just the right size to utilize every cubic inch of my studio. I purged so well that I actually had unoccupied space! I left the empty containers in their space because then I wouldn’t have to go looking for a container when I decided to fill that space.
As I began to work on Yvonne’s quilt, I realized that I could use that space to store fabric for my project in between uses. I simply stacked the empty containers in the adjacent closet and that opened up 2 empty shelves. That allowed me to work on my project, have dozens of fabric pieces at the ready, yet out of my way. It worked beautifully and makes working on my project all the more pleasant.
I haven’t finished my tribute quilt to Yvonne Porcella even though I hoped I would be done by today. This is the back of the quilt. As I read her autobiography, I somewhat absentmindedly jotted down phrases that were meaningful. I gathered those phrases and wrote them out on the back of the quilt with a Fabrico pen. I had stiffened the backing with Terial Magic so that it would take the writing well. Once I rinsed out the Terial Magic, I noticed the writing had faded. The Terial Magic created a barrier to the fabric and once I removed it, it took away some of the Fabrico with it. I had to go back a second time to renew the lettering. I am really enjoying the process but not really thrilled with my quilt. Something’s amiss….
I’ll link up tomorrow with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.