For a change this week I thought I'd show you my lovely new studio! It's been a couple of months since we moved, and its taken a while to get it to this point, but its pretty much working as I want it to. The space is a rectangular room about 16' x 9', overlooking the garden, and I opted for laminate floors as the most practical.
Above you can see my main working area - 3 Ikea tables in a U shape around the window. I planned the whole room on graph paper, thinking always about wheelchair access. In the floor space above my electric chair takes me easily to whichever "work" zone I want to be in. The shallow drawers under the worktop hold my huge collection of wood mounted stamps. I'd originally imagined that when we retired I'd have my studio all fitted out by a kitchen or bedroom supplier, but decided in the end to just add to what I already had. That way I can spend the money I saved up for it on stuff to play with instead!!
When I'm making art I spend most of my time here in the window - on the desk is the Christmas memory album I've just finished, and to the left the journal I'm currently working in. The sock monkey with the sparkly pink tutu was a Christmas present from my daughter, who made it for me (and yes she does take orders). Lots of people comment on the words on the window and ask where they came from. The answer is Starbucks! This was one of their Christmas window stickers a couple of years ago, and I happened to be there when they were taking them down and asked if I could have it.
On the shelf above are my patterns and sewing bits and pieces,including jars of buttons, plus my (rarely used) Cricut cartridges, SU unmounted stamps and 3 new spiral bound journals just waiting for their turn ...
Moving across a little further right is more storage - not necessarily in the ideal places, but where I could make the units fit. The trolley of shallow drawers holds my collage scraps, organised by colour or theme such as people or words. Its easy to grab the drawer I want and take it over to my workspace under the window.
Next to that is a re-purposed stereo unit into which my Really Useful 12 x 12 square boxes fit beautifully. On top I keep my Big Shot, which gets used way more than the Cricut machine I have to haul out from under the desk. I bought some stick on magnetic sheets for the wall and my small collection of flat dies is visible (or I forget what I have) and ready to hand. I do have other thicker Sissix dies etc, and they live in the first box underneath. To the right is a tall chest of drawers which holds all manner of stuff, in particular fabric.
You may also notice my ball jointed dolls - these are about 16" tall and I enjoy making costumes for them. Knitting wool for the current WIP sits underneath, and I also have my various books on journalling and other art forms here. Some of this stuff may move around as I figure out what I need close to hand and what I don't.
Himself's operation is in 9 days time, and he'll be in hospital for 1-3 weeks because its really MAJOR surgery. However, once he's home and recovering hopefully it will be a 100% cure and we'll have the rest of our lives to enjoy retirement in. That's the Plan anyway.