Monday, March 3, 2014

art studio tour and the MARCH opening

Good morning friends.  It's a balmy 65 degrees outside right now.  I'm writing this on Sunday afternoon.  Tomorrow morning when I post this we are supposed to be having snow and ice!  What's that about?!?  And uh doesn't the weather KNOW that the shop is open this week and I NEED my helpers!!!  Eeeeek.  Feeling a little panicky.  See what the Virginians have done to me?:)  Deep and out...

I thought you might like to see the rest of the basement remodel.  This used to be a nothing, unfinished space.  Now it's my happy place:)  I could live in this room.  The goal, aside from keeping my work a little isolated from the rest of the house, was to have an art room.  A "just for me" room.  Here it is!

I got the futon at Ikea.  The other day I actually pulled it out, read some and then took a nap!  Spoiled rotten!!!  I know.  That side table is an old cart with a tray on top.  I use the bottom to store my cozy blankets and pillows:)

The garden gate is a perfect way to display IG pics.  I need to get some more printed.  These are OLD!  I spray painted an old metal cabinet and easy instant display for all my goodies:)

This desk is my favorite thing because I had an idea...and it ACTUALLY happened!!!  Best feeling ever:)

I had a vision for a "floating" desk.  I wanted to be able to move my chair around without worrying about bumping into any legs.  It needed to be long and sectioned off for a work/computer space and an art area.

First we went to Lowe's and wasted a bunch of money on wood...which ended up being warped and unusable.  Then the idea came to me to use old doors.  EEEEEEK!  I've always wanted to incorporate them in the house somewhere.  Perfect opportunity.  So off we went stomping around an old muddy salvage yard and voila...just exactly what I envisioned.  Honey painstakingly figured out how to do it and now seriously I'm in love.  Not only with my door desk, but with this sweetie pie man my God gave me:))  Love how he helps me get from point A to point B with my hair brain ideas.

Found these awesome paint holders antiquing.  I feel so fancy:)

The screen door is another great way to display pics.  I actually have two of them.  I'll put the other up one of these days.  Add two magnets and you've got an easy peasy way to display art.

The wall is chalkboard paint.  I used white and colored chalk for everything except the "quiet" and "word"...I wanted them to pop a little more, so I filled them in with acrylic paint.  Campers, barns and windmills make me a little giddy...was meant to be in my happy space;)

OH and that barn light I got in Charlottesville at an antique store.  It was hanging over the checkout counter and I HAD to have it.  It is the perfect addition to the room.  It's on a dimmer so I can have mood lighting as well:)

I love this space.  It's truly a gift to have it and one I don't take for granted.  I'm hoping to have time to create with paint again.  I miss it so much.  I think Hawaii this summer will inspire me.  Don't you?;)  

Speaking of art I finally got cards and prints listed in the Etsy store as well as the Big Cartel shop.  The owl, barn and yellow house cards are all 5X7 and perfect for framing as well as gift giving.  The backs are blank for your own sweet little message.

Okay friends here are the March Promoters.  Check them out for your coupon codes!  Thank you so much ladies for helping me spread the word:)

And thank YOU for turning this hobby into my dream job.  Love you girls.

**The shop is open from 9:00 am Eastern time today until Friday at 5 pm Eastern time.  We will reopen again Mid-May:)

Crystal at Little Bit Funky
Jeanne at Jeanne Oliver
Sarah at Blonde Mama Love

Be a blessing.

 flowers on my windowsill
a beautiful space to create...with friends
MARCH and all it's madness to come;)
new friends...blind dates
hot yoga
 little chick being brave and doing hard things
big chick setting a goal and making the track team:)
this one beautiful life i've been given!
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