Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Taking a Breather

Thought I'd surface and come up for a little air and catch up...

It took almost two weeks to paint my studio. When I started moving things out away from the walls one thing lead to another and I ended up throwing out loads of things and reorganizing. After being in business for over 20 years it was beyond time to purge and start fresh in some areas. It had gotten to the point that it was too cluttered to work on more than a couple of projects at a time and ideally I needed to take it back to the basics of more floorspace with better storage.

I found a new gallon of blue paint I had left over from a job and decided I'd love to have a Carolina Blue ceiling. This was an ambitious undertaking to say the least...but me and Rock 92 got the job done. When you are painting walls and ceilings all you have to do is think or sing...so I solved all the world's problems and sang all my old favorite songs from my teenage years...funny how you never forget the words.

Here is a peek at my office...I've started putting things back in place and this was the first area of business. There are a few things that need tweaking but this area is pretty much finished. I'm waiting on Hobby Lobby to put their frames on sale for 50% off and I want to finish the skirt to hide my "shipping department" and then I'll be ready for the big reveal.

I already like the blue sky above...I thought I would paint the floor but, now after some serious thought I'm leaving it the way it is...very paint splattered...because in a week of working it will become newly paint splattered.  Too much new will make me feel like I can't work as freely as I am used to...isn't that the point of having a studio?

Rick has been working hard on his shop...the longest project on record...nothing about it has gone right or on schedule, but it's coming along. 

Not much different from the last few photos really, but much has gone on inside...

Walls and ceiling are primed and we will paint the ceiling this evening after he gets in from work...looking forward to it in the 95 degree heat...NOT. But, I am looking forward to this being FINISHED so I can get started downstairs in my shop. 

I have designed my lighting plan and am going to order the lights next week. I'm going with track lighting similar to what we had in the gallery but with smaller spots. There is so much more to choose from today compared to only 6 years ago. I loved how the gallery looked, but I am really going to be happier with the look of this shop because it will reflect more of my personality...it doesn't have to conform to anyone's rules but ours.

Today, I've been catching up on neglected things...like my blog, my Facebook Fan Page and my website. I have an ad coming out in a national magazine the end of the month and I need to get this part of my biz organized as well. So, if you need me, I'm not in my nice newly painted office in the studio...I'm sitting under the ceiling fan on the porch with my laptop...with my sweet tea of course. 

The view is pretty nice too...our Crepe Myrtle is in full bloom and will be this pretty until frost. 

Just my two cents on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon. Talk to you soon.


  1. Wish I could sip tea on your "porch" with you! Love the blue ceiling!
    It's all so inspiring...can't wait to see more.

  2. Thank you for the compliment...I'm flattered.


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