Well, hello there! This here's my studio - the place where I think, create, write, and sew. The place where three-dimensional dreams come to being as two dimensional patterns, which grow up to be real versions of those three-dimensional dreams. It's often embarrassingly messy. Now, though? It's lived-in, but clean. Free of the projects for my second book, which have been sent to my publisher for photographing. Free of the manuscript, which I turned in a few days ago! A clean slate has never felt so good, and so full of possibilities. What will I make next in this space? The floodgates of "I have free time to sew for fun" have been opened, and I honestly don't know where to begin.
I spent a healthy lot of time in the past few days just sitting. (In my new-to-me office chair from Vintage Renewal, which I love, love, love.) I needed to sit and stare. The amount of time I have spent working in the past 18 months has been out of this world. Write book #1 - have baby - write book #2. I'm so relieved to finally be able to say I'm done with the books! Both of them! It was a joy and a pleasure to be given the opportunity to put so many of my ideas out there into the world, but boy, am I glad to be where I am now, with the books behind me, some more mellow pattern designing in the works, some time to sew for fun, and much more free time to do the really important things in life like belly laugh with my boys and go for hikes. There's still some book-related stuff to do, of course, like editing and some illustrating, but the bulk of it is DONE!
So, before it gets messy again, I thought you'd like a peek at my studio. Remember the first studio tour, way back when? I've since kicked out Patrick and relocated him, along with all of the shipping gizmos and pattern stock, to the basement. Patrick never worked in here anyway - his books and papers just piled up on that desk of his. It would have been great to share a space with my dear husband, but his books? They are nothing without the man.
This left me with a few free walls, which serve me well for storing my knit fabrics, my ironing board, and my inspiration wall.
Eventually, I'd like to find a beautiful cabinet at my local thrift store for the purpose of storing fabric. The open shelving serves a purpose, but when you have two cats? Mmm ... not-so-much. They think it's a bunk bed just for them.
As always, it's a work-in-progress, this studio of mine. Constantly morphing to accommodate a new organizational idea, a necessary tool, or my genetic pre-disposition to the furniture re-arranging disorder. (Ask Patrick.)
I'm happy to be here. Happy to be back.