Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wanted: For Obstruction of Creativity

Ok, here's the disclaimer up front. This post will have a lot of pix- most of them are not pretty- please have all small children and pets leave the room as they may get lost in the clutter and i can't be held responsible! You can click on a picture and then click a second time to make it really large if you dare!

That being said, yesterday was my husband's birthday. He spent part of it fishing with a few buds of his and then he had work he wanted to get done on his boat before the weather turned bad this week.  SSoooo... I had most of the day to myself. I decided to tackle ,start reorganizing what used to be known as my studio.  Now I'm not going so far as to even go into the pottery rooms, just the front room. I will start at the front door and try to give a surround view play by play. Here goes-
Standing inside my front door looking straight ahead.  When we first renovated this old store, the back rooms were for my studio, pottery and kilns, this front part was going to be a shop, but that was right before the fire at the restaurant when all those plans changed. So the antique display cases that we had for the shop are now being used for storage units.  Notice the storage containers on the floor, think they'll hold it all, nah, me either! The bookcases are filled to the brim , hence the books and magazines on the floor, will need to figure that out. The commercial t shirt machine was for when i made the shirts for my son's FIRST robotics competitions andmousepads for our restaurant.  There is a gas fireplace set beneath the mantle.

This is looking now to the back right corner. There is an old shoemakers rack with fabric on it, the red barnwood cabinets in the corner have beeswax figures that i cast from vintage chocolate molds, the green cupboard has ephemera, sealing wax, some plates for mosaics, cigar boxes and mache doll parts that i also cast. There are 2 ships figureheads on top of the green cabinet which i started and have yet to finish, they were for the restaurant as decor. The pie safe with the doors open houses sewing supplies and there are vintage sewing implements on top along with a redware doll i made who has yet to be dressed. Behind this glass display case sits a library table and vintage oak desk which I used to make all my jewelry on but since bringing those items into my home, it now is my sewing space. Notice the little purple sewing machine behind the spinner rack? It is a real sewing machine sized for little girls, for my grandaughter.
The 8' display case hold lots of vintage trims that I had used when i was making outfits for the redware dolls. The illustration on the left is from a book from the 1800's of a sailor and his mermaid. i'm a hopeless romantic what can I say? The cardboard drink holder on top of the display case holds dead butterflies, I had the holder in my car and when i would find a butterfly lying on the ground in the street or parking lot, i put them in there to keep from getting crushed in my car.  My nephew saves dragonflies for me from the Navy ship he is on, he says they come there to land and die so he collects them for me (all for jewelry) He gets the weird gene directly from me!
This is standing at the front door looking a little to the left. The black canister looking thingie on he floor in the front is a frit crusher, for crushing glass to cast. The open door at the end of the corridor is a closet that spans the length of the wall and is beneath the stairs leading to the Up-Art-Ment. The frame is from a rug I hooked (rug punch) The rack on the wall holds rubber stamps.  An enamel kiln, PMC kiln and small glass kiln sit atop an old science table with black stone top.  Behind the rug frame sits a light table that my husband built for me 20 years ago when i was back in school and needed a light table to do the series of silkscreens accurately.

From the front door looking left, you can see the original door from inside the building which leads to the upstairs apartment. Behind the white sideboard is an old formica table which is for the torch and hot glass setup. I plan on removing this sideboard and replacing it with a workbench for my enameling ( yea Barbara!) It currently has my glass saw and grinder and tumbler and a dremel set on top but is an inefficient use of space. (that's funny isn't it?)
The mantle has a wonderful old confessional sort of doors that had been backed with a mirror and also my dada doll from Linda and Opie O'Briens class. The shoe organizer holds glass rods.
A better view of that corner
A view down the corridor. The bookcase on the left has paints, glues etc on it, the black bookcase on the far wall has all varieties of shells for making Sailor's Valentines, and the white bookcase on the right has catalogued  magazines. The slant front display case, one of my favorites, used to hold all the clear plastic storage containers of beads and gemstones and findings for jewelry making. It was great to be able to see them all from both sides with the light passing through.

Standing in the door to the pottery room looking out into the corridor. The fridge holds inportant things like water, yogurt, apples and chocolate !
Standing at the bookcase with the shells looking back towards the front door.

Closer view of the hot glass table. Note the Carlisle mini cc torch on the hardi backer board which is protecting the floor. The Barnes and Noble bag (on the table) is full of cleaned cat food cans for use with the torch fired enamels.
Standing near the hot glass table looking back across the room.

Now some of you out there are probably thinking " I would never show this" but you see that's exactly why I am doing it. Life gets busy, things get dropped and stacked and shuffled and disorganized from time to time. It's been over a year since i worked in here. Other more important life happenings took precedent over this. I am on a mission now though and showing these pix will keep me to it, keep me honest so to speak. I will be back with the final results in pix as soon as i finish.

In the meantime....

Happy Birthday Ray!
Now let's eat cake!





  1. Oh my sweet girl !! You have the most ambitious ideas of any 3 people I know !!! I love this space...can I live in the UP-Art-Ment ???Just love this building...good luck ...I'm sure you'll do good as usual...I'll help when I get up there if you want me to...get some good vitamins !!!

  2. PS Ray is soooo handsome !! You are a lucky girl !!!

  3. Wow, could I have fun in your room. It would be like a treasure hunt and Christmas all wrapped in to one. But don't worry...yours still looks organized. My area is out of control right now..to busy making holiday things and that is how it will stay till after the holidays!!! lol Good luck and happy cleaning...and Happy Birthday to Ray!!! (hugs)

  4. Ok, I just want that space of yours, along with the storage cabinets/shelves/glass cases/etc! I don't care HOW messy it is, that space is just incredible!!

    Can't wait to see the 'after' pix!

  5. I can't believe how much space you actually have! And I would dearly love to get into it and go through it allllll!

  6. Laura, as you can see we are all amazed and would love to come on over! WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Your space is like a cross between a museum, studio, and antique store! All right up my alley. While looking at the pictures I saw so many wonderful things....from the dress forms to the amazing blue cupboard. Wow, so many treasures packed in each corner. And my goodness, you have so many cool jewelry making tools! I can see you being featured on Where Women Create!

  7. Thanks everyone for you comments, let's hope once I get it all organized that I can actually find some time to get in there and play and be productive once again! It's coming along little by little, hopefully will have new pix to post by next week! Hugs, Laura

  8. I'm glad I saw this. I'm having the same problem but it is in my house. I feel much better when I see these confessions in people's blogs. My mess is due to illness, and my buying new books and beads and things all the time, hoping to be able to create something. My house is full of those plastic storage containers...LOL when I saw yours. I wish you'll get back your creativity and get rid of the mess. Or maybe you already got rid of it. I always start cleaning my place but then my health deteriorates and everything looks even worse, as I started moving the stuff round. I love playing with my beads though...one day I'll make all the jewelry I've been dreaming of. And my home will look as beautiful as it really is, under all this stuff. Hugs from Sweden, Marielle


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