Sunday, June 17, 2012

Early Summer Flourish

Since mid March or so life has been coming at me fast and furious. I'd been looking at houses for almost a year now and all the sudden a potential housemate fell into my lap about a week before my dream house also fell into my lap and it was a mad dash to scoop up the house before anyone else placed their bets on it. Luck was on our side and we got the place. I've been moving stuff back and forth, rearranging, hanging art, buying new art and stuff for the place, trying to set up studio, throw in a late garden and revamp the backyard, and wrap up the school year with the kiddies and figure out plans for the summer.  I can't tell you how good it is to be back in my old neighborhood.... Despite not living here for the past 4 year I've still been working in the same neighborhood so it felt like I never left (minus the long haul commuting...). In the midst of housing transition there was also talk of doing an outdoor mural and an invite to a craft show in MD, both of which didn't pan out and I am totally ok with it, I had more than enough on my plate.

The writing bug hasn't gone anywhere. But lately I've been getting crafty in the new studio. I started making essentially canvas rugs born out of scraps of canvas I had and a need to protect my studio floors and a desire for a little pattern and excitement. I threw together two small black and white rugs over a weekend and when I showed a pic to a co worker she informed me of this long line tradition I had no idea about (mostly out of the same need and desire of cheap floor coverings). Then I started working on my own version of a Tibetan Tiger rug which is nearly finished (because I really really really want a Tibetan Tiger rug-read more about them here http://www.damaruworks.com/accessories/tiger-seat) ! They all need some good coatings of polyurethane before they are truly floor ready (so I am told anyway). I'm pretty happy with my side venture, but I'm not sure how far down this road I will travel. I've also been collecting a pile of "fixer-uper" furniture: a mid century footstool in bad need of reupholster (I've gotten it to the stripped down and painted stage), a mid century steel table in need of a good stripping and painting, a not so sure what century patio chair in need of replacing the vinyl strapping (I've got color samples coming in the mail), a mid century telephone table in need of refinishing (its semi stripped), oh and big hunk of honed slate to be made into table top and  framed message board or something like that not sure... All of this I am learning as I go with one burst of energy a night tackling a stage or step at a time and blessed be the internet for it holds a vast wealth of information at my finger tips. It's all fun, I just hope I don't scare my new housemate with too much "project furniture". haha I also picked up several pieces of furniture from a studio closeout that well, it could be refinished and look just smashing, their is a certain time when its true patina and age outshines what it would be all bushed up and new.

photos to come soon....

Also I just relisted many items in the Etsy shop and I am running a super sweet deal to help me with lighten the load of my studio (and pay for a some new needed household and studio items). Buy any two drawings or prints and I will include a small drawing or print of a similar nature with your package for free! Yay for more art!

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