It’s time for a peek inside
the studio with Liz of Creative Input By Liz.
I get distracted easily, an
understatement to be sure. With my
creative endeavors strewn all over 2000+ square feet, two children, three dogs
and a husband, my wheels were spinning and I was frustrated ‘cause I couldn’t
settle down to work without looking for something or tripping over a mammal
from my household. If I was in the
bedroom working, inevitably I would need a thingy in the office on the opposite
side of the house. Then I would forget
what the heck I was looking for by the time I arrived in the office. Ugh.
Enter my friend, neighbor,
and fellow jewelry artist, Jean. I will
call her simply, goddess of get-it-done.
She offered to help me make a studio in the garage. I thought she was crazy. She is just one of those people who enjoy
helping the overwhelmed people do the undoable.
So, when she arrived with her get-it-done crown on and her words were,
“There are only two things that should happen in a bedroom.” I guessed correctly that making jewelry
wasn’t one of those two. We got buzzy.
I was already parking my car
outside the garage so I could store my curbside “treasures” that I was going to
restore/repurpose into wonderful objects of beauty and awe. Needless to say, the garage was full and no
projects were completed. The first step was to create the creative space. Since
I already had my big-girl pants on, I loaded up my mom van and gave the
treasures to charity. On the way home, I
felt lighter; a van load lighter. Space
The kiln and a work table were already in the
garage. Everything else, everything,
was taken from all over the house. After
a solid eight hours, Jean left me with the bones of my new studio and a sense
of accomplishment. I wouldn't say all my stuff is arranged, but every day, I organize. Every day I find something I was looking for and/or find two of what I was looking for a month ago. Every day I have a place to go that is mine.
Part of making the studio a place for designing, is having color, inspiring books, pictures, words, and meaningful tchotchkes around me.
Walter Soza has a print called "Barcelona, Espana" that would hit the color aspect. I enjoy the way the colors overlap each other.
And, under my inspiring words category I would love to have the print, "Don't put off being creative" by Brandon Griswold of Honeycomb Print Shop. My point is to construct a space that is a reflection of me, for my spirit.
Thursday, my mission was to
get a TV in the garage so I wouldn’t feel like I was missing my shows, mainly
Dallas Stars hockey. I got a ginormous
TV for cheap from CCA and picked up a set-top box. Mission accomplished. The kids have watched
more on the TV than I have, but now I am not missing anything. My studio is
perfect for me.
Today, I sit at my desk in my
studio typing this post. I have music on,
a dog by my feet, and my coffee cup close.
I am sure this is Heaven for me.
Check back in the summer, I may be singing a different tune.