We’ve been in our new home for a month now. It’s smaller than our old house, but very nice. We’ve unpacked all our boxes, and put nearly everything away. Tomorrow I plan to haul all the cardboard boxes back to the moving company so someone else can reuse them. It still doesn’t seem like home yet. I wonder how long that will take? It feels kind of like we’re house sitting someone else’s place.
I promised you a studio tour and a giveaway. The studio tour comes first. Hang on till the end and you’ll find out how to enter the giveaway for a free artisan bracelet!
My studio isn’t 100% moved into yet. There are a few small boxes on the floor, the closet is a mess and not all the pictures have been hung. But I decided not to wait any longer to share some pictures. I can always do an update later.
We’ll start at the door of the studio. See that guy there? He just sort of followed me to this new house, helped me install a whole wall of shelving and even gave me the “Jeweler Parking Only” sign. I think he’s a keeper. 😉
To the right of the door are some IKEA spice racks that are the perfect size for my ceramic glazes. The white box on the far right is a photo cube, which helps diffuse light and reduce shadows on my jewelry photographs. Next to the photo cube is my desk. I didn’t take any pictures of it, because it’s become the surface on which I’ve laid all the stuff I’ve unpacked, but haven’t found a space for yet.
Here’s a closer view of the “spice racks”. Small bottles fit two deep and pint jars fit nicely, too.
My orchids are happy in their new home on my studio window sill.
The next picture is the best part of the new studio. As I mentioned in my last post, we took most of the shelving that had been in our previous living room and moved it into my new studio. It is a dream come true to have a place for all my metalsmithing equipment, polymer clay supplies, enameling, beading and ceramic supplies. It’s not a big room, but the wall of shelves makes it all possible!
The wooden boxes are from IKEA, as are the shelving units. I keep all my beads, except my art beads, in these boxes, sorted by color. The white, plastic 5 drawer units hold all my metal supplies, such as brass beads, copper wire, silver chain, etc. The other shelf of plastic units holds some of my clay supplies. The wooden earring rack was made by Kristi Bowman’s husband. It folds up flat and is super handy to bring to shows.
The last picture shows the wall behind the door, where I hung up some certificates of appreciation from my 30 teaching career The wall looked kind of bare, so I also hung up a fused glass wall hanging and a collage with lovely calligraphy about the value of friends. Both these are handmade. Just around the corner, to the left, is a handmade ceramic wall vase by Marsha Neal Minutella.So now you’ve had the tour and it is time for the giveaway. I’m thinking of this as a kind of reverse house-warming gift. Lots of neighborhood people brought us gifts when we moved in, so now I’m turning the tables and giving this bracelet away, as a gift, in celebration of our new home and this new chapter in our lives.
The focal bead is handmade lampwork by Paradise Beads. The tab shaped purple flower bead is by Sue Beads and is also lampwork glass. The lilac colored bead is handmade ceramic by White Clover Kiln. There are also a sprinkling of top-drilled pearls, 2 Lepidolite beads and Czech glass bird beads.
Here’s how to be entered for my house-warming giveaway:
- You can get one entry for commenting on this post.
- You can get one additional entry each time you share this post on your choice of social media. After you’ve shared, come back here and enter where you shared it and a link to it. Make a separate comment each time you share. If you list multiple shares in one comment, it will only count as one.
- Please include contact info, so I can easily let you know if you won. If I can’t connect with you without having to search for contact info, I will skip on to the next entry.
- I will announce the winner next Thursday, March 24th 2016.
- Good luck and have fun!