Steve went to Eastbourne to work yesterday and called at the studio on the way home with some gifts, a blown glass heart to hang up in the window and a funny magnet for my green drawers.
I spent a morning catching up on chores and phone calls, the fabric I bought for my notice board arrived so I went over to the studio to make it. I wanted to distress the paint on the previously black frame and sat for five minutes or so outside, sanding it but soon got bored so I put it face down on the gravel and dragged it about on the stones. I was happy with the result and even happier that it only took two minutes.
Kate had the perfect pink braid to criss cross over and I sorted out some crystal brads. Helen came to help (give advice) and laughed when I had put all of the braid where I wanted it to go and then tipped the whole thing upside down and dropped it all.
It was quite tricky to get the brads through the holes and catching it on the back due to the wadding under the material, boredom quickly set in (again) and I have to say that I nearly put it away in the cupboard half finished. I persisted, it will look better once it's filled up with bits, I like the way the sunlight catches on the jewelled brads. The frame was £19 and the fabric was £2, with the braid from Kate and the brads from my stash I think the result is well worth the money and effort.
I worked for the first time in my studio today, it was lovely to have so much space and places to put everything, although I couldn't remember where my trimmers were. I eventually found them with some help (they were on the floor in the storage cupboard) and decided they could stay on my worktop.I spent some time on magazine assignments this afternoon then collected Georgina from school. We went back to start building a model trebuchet for her history homework, she did most of the construction while I tried to help with the more complicated pieces, all I can say is that I would never have made it as a carpenter!
I had to smile this evening when I received three text messages, two emails and two messages on Facebook to tell me that Martin Shaw was on the One Show. He was as yummy as ever and I have Sunday night to look forward to for another episode of George Gently. Thanks everyone for letting me know :)
Kate is busy trying to get everything ready to open next weekend and she's up against it, we've all been mucking in trying to help, yesterday and today we decorated the counter and arranged some shelving.
It's quite difficult to stay focused when there are goodies to drool over.
Kate's hubs, Jim, put some (more) shelves up for me in my studio, they were £2.50ish each and bright colours so I needed them.
He also fixed some more of the narrow shelves, they seem to fill up as fast as they are put up but I think that's it now. Boxing was on TV last night so I escaped and made some labels up from digital files bought at scrapartist. I keep forgetting where I have put things so while I am sorting out I thought labels would help. I laminated these and used little magnets on the back to attach them to my drawers.
I made more and Georgina helped me tie them onto the boxes and baskets. It certainly makes sorting easier, I loaded up another eight boxes of supplies today but only managed to put two of them away.
I planned to sit out in the sun this weekend but I don't seem to have sat down at all, I feel like I've been beaten by a stick so I'm off for a long, hot shower, PJs on and feet up in front of the tv for the rest of the evening.
I went in late last night to finish building the Erik cabinets and was relieved to find that they just fit under my shelves with the castors fitted on the bottom unit. I used some strong tacky tape to fasten the two together so that I can wheel them out and next to me while I'm working. The chairs I bought aren't high enough for me to work at the surfaces so Helen suggested a small bar stool. It took more construction than the cabinets but the height is perfect. I'll keep the cheapy one for Georgina and buy something more comfortable now that I know what height I need.
The window opposite is Kate's office and craft room. The blue bin is from the garden section in Ikea, it was £1.95 and will be my waste bin, I tend to throw stuff in the general direction and usually miss but that shouldn't be a problem with this one! I bought a pink one as a spare.
The shelves underneath are starting to fill up now, the baskets were just over £5 for a set of 4 different sizes (Ikea again) The knitted bags in the top shelves are from the Ikea bathroom section, about £6 for a set of two, I have attached little clothes pegs to fasten labels.
My wood mounted stamps fit into two drawers in my plan chest, the unmounted are in a basket under the worktop but when I get time I will store them in ring binders. (Gill made such a good job of hers maybe she'll come down and do them for me)
The other drawers have papers and cardstock. There are still loads to be sorted so they look a bit messy at the moment.
The corner above my plan chest has my beach themed printer's tray and some beachy pictures. I wanted the lantern in the window but it got so hot in the sunshine I was worried it would set something on fire.
I'm so pleased I chose these red shelves instead of white or brown. The top two have nick nacks, the turquoise lamp was £5 at Ikea yesterday, I bought a pink one for the other side of the room. They don't give off much light but I love the colours. Gill knit the bunny for me after Christmas, I promised to make her a stamp and I haven't done it yet, sorry Gill. Next time she makes something she'll hold it to ransom until I keep my side of the deal. The bright china is from France, I buy a piece each time we go over to shop (which obviously isn't very often at the moment) The fish is a money box from Seahouses, I loved the colours and it's crown.
The middle two shelves have my books and stereo, the green velvet pot is from the children's section of Ikea, I liked the bunting round the top and the soft fabric. The can hang but I bought some plastic plant pots to put inside them to store junky bits. I bought the sparkly Diva sign in York at Christmas.
The bottom shelves are just storage, I'll make labels for the baskets once they are full.
The narrow shelves have spice jars with embellishments inside, stamp pads, embossing powders, some stamps, various artist's medium and spray inks. I have another shelf the same to go up above them. I bought the brightly coloured shelves for £2.50 ish each yesterday in Ikea, They will go next to the filing cabinet under the narrow shelves. I have no plans for filling them yet, I just liked the bright colours.
So, it's all going nicely, loads of storage left, lots still to do and I think it will look better once it's 'lived in' or as Helen says, "it needs the corners knocked off". I have two more of those short narrow shelves to go up and will move them all closer together.
I took this photograph this morning, while Georgina was waiting for the bus to school. The magnolia has blossomed, the orchards are green, the rape seed is spreading yellow across the big field and best of all the cherry nets are up. That means that dog walks through the orchard will soon be more tasty.
The same view on New Year's Day was a lot more frosty
I bagged a bargain at Ikea yesterday, the lime coloured Erik filing cabinets were reduced from £44.90 to £19 for one day only. I now have two, stacked and ready to be filled. They take 12x12 easily and fit just under my narrow shelf next to my bookcase. It's on castors so I can wheel it to where I am working.
I started moving my stuff into the studio today, it only took a few minutes to make it look a complete mess. I can't make my mind up where everything should go but I suppose it will easier once I start working and find out what's best. Helen gave me a moving in gift, the blue heart shaped clock, it's just propped up on there for now.
My bookshelf is filling up with nick nacks and books (!) there are still two empty shelves, I think I will buy some baskets for those.
I had hoped the Cricut boxes would stand vertically but they don't fit, never mind, I can read them more easily on their sides. I wasn't sure how to store my loose dies but discovered that the hanging basket is ideal for them.
This was a black plastic picture frame from Ikea, I sat out in the sunshine this morning and painted it blue. I am going to fill the centre with cork and cover it with fabric to make a message board.
Helen came to help and obviously decided to play with my camera when I wasn't there, I can only think that she wanted me to post her photo on my blog, so here you are Helen :)
MY studio is finished and ready to move into, apart from a few finishing touches it's all done. Kate & Jim's friend, Steve came to trim my worktop and put my shelves up for me at 8am this morning, he did a cracking job, very professional.
This is the left side wall, a book case and my plan drawers. The narrow shelves are picture rails from Ikea and fit my spice jars full of embellishments perfectly.
These are the Hensvik shelves with kitchen hanging rails, I'll use them for sheets of stickers etc.
This is the right side wall, Expedit units with kitchen worktop in an L shape, the end is two units to give 120cm x 150cm work area, this is where I will work, with enough space opposite for friends to sit. To the right is the door leading to the store cupboard.
I had planned several combinations of furniture on graph paper before I bought anything but it was all changed once I got it all built. We ended up just moving everything round until it fit and looked right.
Now I have the task of sorting out 10 years worth of stash and moving what I want to keep over to the studio. It will have to wait though, I have lots of everyday stuff to catch up on first.
After working very hard today, laying my laminate floor, carrying very heavy worktops, cleaning and moving furniture my studio is almost ready for me to start moving stuff from home. Kate has been very busy too, she paid another visit to Ikea so I haven't seen her today. The reason Kate is buying so much storage is that she is kitting out the rest of the building, ready to launch her new business.
Hopefully 1st May will see the opening of Pickleberry Papercrafts near Faversham. It's just one mile from the M2 and easily reached from the M20. It's the first premises we looked at and we both loved the countryside location, so quiet yet so close to the main roads and very easy to get to.
Kate will be running classes and workshops alongside a mail order scrapbook shop and she's asked me to teach some for her. She has organised Crafteire for several years along with Mireille but she decided to set up again here. She used to have JKK designs before moving to Ireland and regularly brought her shop to the weekend crops I used to run years ago. My nearest shop is Scrapbook Sisters, about half an hour's drive for me and there's nothing much this side down to the coast so we're hoping to attract customers from Thanet.
My studio is just opposite Kate's office and craft room, there is a huge room for the shop and a classroom with a smaller room for cropping and meeting up with friends. Hopefully it's going to be great for me to be in such a creative environment, I have so much planned once I've moved in.
Sorry, how corny is that title? I have been very patiently (for me) waiting for my flooring since Tuesday, until it is done I can't start filling my shelves. Every day jobs have come in for the business and have to be dealt with but today is the day. I haven't laid laminate before and was very tempted to try myself. I put four strips along the skirting board and there was a gap where the wall bows big enough to put me off trying. A friend told me that it's easy with the right tools but apparently my hammer isn't the right tool. (Don't know why - it works for everything else) The doors need to be trimmed to make a larger gap at the bottom and a joiner is coming to do that tomorrow but I couldn't even get the screws loose to remove them. I hate being incapable of doing something but sometimes it's best to admit that occasionally men are the stronger sex.
I was given a huge old wooden chair yesterday, it's so big even *my* backside fits in it with lots of room to spare. It's very dark and I'm tempted to paint it but I think I will wait and see what it looks like once all of my stuff is moved in. I might leave it the way it is, just to annoy Georgina.
I have lots of craft projects to make as soon as I move in, things I have been meaning to do for years but never had the room to display them. I'm itching to get started on an altered book project I planned in December but it will take so long that I couldn't start through lack of space to store it when I'm not working on it.
It's raining very heavily, my daughter has woken up with a face and attitude to match the weather, Alex is going away for the weekend so can't help me carry my boxes and I have text to write for some assignments but it's not bothering me because soon I'll have my happy place to escape to and create in. To add to my joy, the new series of Ashes starts on Monday, time to "Fire up the Quattro"
Yesterday Helen and I built my Ikea stuff, Kate, Helen and I moved it all about until we could get it to fit and make the layout suitable for work and storage. Of course it helps having the huge storage cupboard but a few times we were tempted to get rid of the door and hang a curtain instead. Georgina hates the fact that I have old and new furniture all different colours, she thinks it should be all matching with a colour scheme. I love it because I want an eclectic studio, with a riot of colour and nothing that matches, I keep trying to tell her that it's my room and not hers but it doesn't stop her giving me the benefit of her wisdom and taste.
I have 2 Expedits along one wall with two more together making a work island in an L shape at one end. The large oval frame will be made into a notice board, I'll paint it as I don't like the solid black and use fabric over cork for the centre, it will hang on the end wall where the doors open.
The opposite wall has my plan chest and red book case, the rest of the wall will have narrow shelving for embellishment jars etc. The wall with the Expedits will have a row of four Hensvik shelves and hanging rails underneath.
Of course, once built, we had to move it all back out for the flooring. It's all there waiting for Steve to do it for me but the three days he has arranged to come down we had jobs come in and he had to go to work instead. I was tempted to try and do it myself this morning but it's bucketing down and I have my friend's children for the day. It's not fair cooping them up with not much to do when they can be at home with tv and games. Just as well really, I have assignments to finish and housework to do.