Welcome to my creative space...come in and take a look around!
|This is the door entering my studio/office.|
As you enter the room, there is a long counter with file cabinets below and shelves above. There used to be a bulletin board just to the left of the shelves, but I recently replaced that with an old dollhouse. Can you believe I got this handmade cutie in the Goodwill Bins?!!
|This old house has great details!|
|A tiny guardian angel perched on top, watching over the stash|
|Strange bedfellows: pearls and bingo cards|
|Vintage game pieces, and favorite old photos|
Beneath the big house are a couple of smaller wooden houses. One of them has hooks inside and is just perfect for my etsy jewelry inventory:
|The bird hooks below hold samples for the soldering classes I teach.|
|I just opened my etsy shop this week! I'd love for you to visit my little shop, too (see side bar). A new adventure for me!|
Baskets on the shelves hold stamping supplies, soldering equipment, and more. The vintage white doll case holds glass and cutting tools.
And I've dedicated one shallow shelf to my collection of cute face cups. I'm always on the lookout for more:
I have an ugly open paper storage case on the counter below the shelves. I thought about putting a simple curtain over it, but I think I'd get frustrated trying to move it out of the way when I needed something out of the cubbies, so I think I'll just leave it in its practical, ugly state. I tend to prop up things in front of it. Here are the things in the current rotation:
|On the left is a print I just bought from the brilliant Cori Dantini, and one of her greeting cards, too. Next to it is a darling book by the talented Salley Mavor, whose exquisite felt illustrations are scrumptious. I got to meet her at a lecture and book-signing recently. I'm in awe of her work.|
Continuing along the wall, I have closed cupboards plus my photocopier, printer, and computer.
|Since this is a photo from last year, you can see the bulletin board on the right, where the dollhouse is now.|
The inside of the door holds several illustrations done for Simplicity Pattern Company. I spent years as art director of Daisy Kingdom, Inc., a fabric, craft, and publishing company based here in Portland, until it was bought out by Springs Industries, and they did a great deal of licensing with Simplicity. I still do freelance illustration and design for them and other clients.
|I have a few skill sets, but photography is NOT one of them....sorry for the lousy pics. Definitely not my forte!|
So now we are finally done with my studio tour. And I'll leave you with one last photograph which is all too apropos:
|The cut-out hand pointing into my studio aptly once read "DUMP HERE"|
And now, I'm off to go snooping inside your studios!