Saturday, October 13, 2007

Loaded for Art

After two tries Dave and I got the shelves assembled and of course the first thing I did was overdo it by carrying these boxes in from the garage. They are all way too heavy for an old broad with bad knees and hips so I am stiff and sore today, but SO DAMN HAPPY.
Why didn't I do this sooner, is the thought of course. So much is at my fingertips and is so clean and condensed (two things I love). And my stereo is hooked up and I can get NPR from Nashville without static, plus all my cds are on my mp3 player which I can work with the clicker! O happy day.
I did order the new table but in the meantime this one will work. In fact, if this isn't spooky, the table reaches EXACTLY to the windowsill and is EXACTLY the same width to fit tightly underneath. Hmmmm. I love having an old fart chair and ottoman in my studio so I can stop and watch tv or draw, or knit in comfort, without having to bring stuff into another room, making messes and losing stuff where it got moved.
I have this extra door, (three doors in the tiny room) which opens up to the balcony, which is supposed to be kept open to provide air circulation since the heat comes from the wall unit downstairs. It is quite toasty up here. This will be so different than always being slightly cold in my old studio. Anyway, the easel and paint taboret are tucked in the corner out of the way until painting days begin again.
The new shelves had to have wheels, which was a suggestion from a reader, who took the time to explain how she did this with her shelves. I took my shelf leg to the Ace in Gruetli-Laager ( the closest town to us) and we found four wheels, all they had, they fit the screw holes perfectly. Voila! At the same time we bought a new spray head for our kitchen faucet, and darn, it doesn't fit, so back we go today.


The lighting stinks in this room, not that I am complaining, well a little. I am a stickler for good light and while it is bright enough, it is not directed properly and will have to be changed, by an electrician. In the ceiling, which is way low by the way, there is an opening and we opened it to find blown-in insulation and Romex wire for the hard wired lights shown above.
It helps to have this floor lamp and there is another one I will steal from the media room when no one is looking. The lighting is really my only complaint, not counting the floor. I am not ready to think about changing that at the moment. The drop cloth covering the floor hasn't tripped me up yet (and since it may turn into art of it's own kind from the future paint drips) I am keeping a good attitude about it.
Saturday was always good radio day in IL, we'll see what Nashville's NPR station provides to keep me company. I am going to make SOMETHING today.

15 comments:

  1. Wheee! go! Go! Go!
    Looks nice and cozy and inspiring!

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  2. Wow - your room looks great!! How about a vinyl flooring remnant instead of the drop cloth on the floor? You could just stick it on the edges w/temporary sticky stuff - when it gets too yucky either toss it or take it outside and hose it off! Can't wait to see what you make in the new space.

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  3. Pam from Jax10:12 AM

    Yay for Ace Hardware! I try hard to stay out of there b/c I always find four or five things I really, really need, besides whatever I went there for. Your wheels are indeed like mine, except mine are white. Re lighting - my room has only one ceiling fixture, but at a Goodwill thrift store I found a nice heavy pole lamp with 3 cans that swivel and tilt to point at whatever I want. Much easier than getting wiring redone; I had thought about putting in track lights, so the pole lamp is in effect track lights on a stick.

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  4. Wow! Once again your are inspiring me to get things done!

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  5. The workspace looks FANTASTIC. And wheels on everything. Always a good move.

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  6. Anonymous12:44 PM

    I don't get it.
    What are you protecting the floors from?
    Are you dyeing in here?
    You are NOT a slob.
    Leave them bare unless you are painting Jackson Pollock style.
    Big Sis

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  7. Why are you covering up the hard wood floor with a piece of cloth that will catch every piece of thread and scrap of fabric that you will have to take up and shake off. A Swifter on a stick is sooooooooo muuuuuuccccchhhh easier on you. Put down the cloth around the easel when you are painting if you tend to fling paint here and there and thank your lucky stars that it is not wall to wall carpeting underfoot.
    Hurry up and finish up I am ready to see what comes out of your new space.

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  8. Here's the deal with the floor. The pine boards are gaping between each board, and not in a good way. It is very rustic. So we laid down the area rug to cover the dust collecting, sock snagging pine boards. The rug turned out to be about $350 worth of rug, which even tho I don't like it. I don't want to ruin it. It could end up being something good enough to give to someone who really needs it down the road. IN the meantime it is protecting me from this floor. The stuff that falls onto the canvas will not bother me as much as getting it on something else, if you follow my thinking. I will not be sewing in this room. Someday after I have used these rooms a bit more, I will decide how I want to change the flooring. I loved the hardwood in our previous house, but this would make the work rooms nicer than the rest of the house if I did hardwood in there. We'll see what happens.

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  9. Anonymous5:07 PM

    OK - now I understand.
    I'm sure you'll come up with a creative solution.
    Big Sis

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  10. It's all so nicely organized, you'll really be able to go, go, go as Brooke says. I can't help but think; however, that the curtains REALLY aren't you! ;0) Enjoy creating!

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  11. Enjoy your new home. I am a fan of your work and regret that I didn't get to take any of your classes. The art is what's important though.

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  12. Enjoy your new home. I am a fan of your work and regret that I didn't get to take any of your classes. The art is what's important though.

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  13. Enjoy your new home. I am a fan of your work and regret that I didn't get to take any of your classes. The art is what's important though.

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  14. We have reversed. I went from a hot loft to a cool basement. I prefer the latter. You are making so much progress, it is astounding.

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