Friday, March 21, 2008

A Fresh Start

Spring has sprung and it's snowing again! But I still love it. I mailed my new fabric designs to FreeSpirit this week, so a new chapter begins. My walls look very bare and my Bernina is aching to be used. But first I have to clean up this studio! It's strange to finally have a real workroom and realize that I could use even more space.

The magazines are a particular problem; they are stacked on every available surface. I subscribe to a few periodicals that are so beautiful and full of inspiration that they must be saved FOREVER. So, of course this is our design dilemma for the week.

We found some sturdy magazine file boxes at Ikea, where else? Even though they are quite functional, they are plain and mundane to look at. I want them to be jazzy if they are going on my shelves and holding all those wonderful volumes.

So with the help of that great product, Tacky Glue and a stack of Sassaman fabric, we transformed those average boxes into "things of beauty". My friend, Susan, found these fun buttons which are actually sewn through the box and secured with a small clear button on the opposite side. Then we found some colorful dingle tags for labels.

They look great on the bookshelves and just in time for the 4H Club visit!


I have been contacted by my friends and fellow "Women of the Cloth", Mary Stori and Jamie Kalvastran to participate in a "blog tag". The idea is to share our own favorite bloggers and blog sites, thus spreading the inspiration around. 

Each of us is, also, supposed to share 7 things about ourselves that you may not know. Now here is payback time! This is a question I always ask my students and now I have to scrape up some answers, too. So here goes...

1. I love old radio shows and movies. I have listened to "Those Were the Days" almost every Saturday for the last 25 years. This is a local (and now on Internet) radio program which features vintage radio shows. I also subscribe to, a wonderful site where you can download or listen-on-demand to thousands of old radio shows like Phil Harris, Jack Benny, Fibber Magee & Molly, etc. Of course, Turner Classic Movies is my favorite TV station.

2. I am, also, a classic mystery lover. Favorites include Dorothy Sayers, Ruth Rendell, P. D. James, Patricia Highsmith, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and Dick Francis. Love to listen to books on tape in the studio.

3. I collect books on design and decorative arts. is a blessing and a curse. Used bookstores are the best. Who knows what treasures linger on those shelves?

4. I don't knit... yet.

5. My husband is the real creative force in our house. He is interested in everything and has an intuitive sense of design and fun. I am just very tunnel visioned and a type A personality.

6. I love to work on weekends, when I should be doing chores.

7. I have many talented friends. Check out their websites and blogs under Fabric Friends, below.



Anonymous said...

I'm always happy to find another mystery lover! My sewing room is in the little maid's room above our utility room. The CH boiler shares the space and I can happily lose myself for hours with a good Christie tape (or Allingham, Marsh or Dexter)- it's amazing how it relaxes you to create:) Look forward to seeing your new designs 'in the flesh'. Happy Easter!

be*mused jan said...

This magazine holder idea was made for me, Jane! I've been weeding through my stacks but there are still many periodicals that I just can't part with. Won't these look great in my new workroom (wherever that may be)?
When I see you there in your new studio, I recall your stories about working from your dining room. You must be in heaven! But here's never enough space, is there?
*Honored* to find myself on your list of friends!

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