Monthly Archives: May 2013

Studio Progress

While there are still a few major things that need to be done, the studio is almost finished. It finally looks like a studio and not just a mess. Even my husband walked in there the other night after I had been doing more work on organizing things and said, “Wow, it looks like your studio again.” I have to agree. Sadly, it really isn’t to the point where I can teach classes yet. Though, I would be able to do some of my own work in there.


This is how it currently looks when you walk into the studio. I will be
putting in a sink where the black cabinet currently sits. I will take my
beloved black cabinet into another room when the sink finally arrives.
As you can see, I still need to hang a light and also put up some
shelving and artwork on this wall.

The little black boxes on the soldering table are individual fume exhausters made for small scale soldering. It pulls the fumes away and filters it out. They aren’t inexpensive, but they were an answer to the question of how to work the ventilation in this studio…. something that has been a source of much contemplation. I will be doing a Tool Time Tuesday post on these in the next few weeks.


None of the doors have been painted or rehung yet. I still need to do that. You can see the new door we installed just across the hall. The room across the hall is rather large, but had a very small door and was in an awkward place making it difficult to get any furniture or anything into it. So we decided we would add one ourselves. Now that I had my husband install one that has the windows, I have fallen in love with it and hope to replace the two doors into the studio with similar doors. I like that I can see out into the hall way.

The yellow cord there at the bottom of the soldering table will have an electrical box installed and I will run a power strip on the top of the table so I can plug in the ventilation and pickle pots. And check out those chairs. I found them for $10 each! WOOT! I couldn’t pass that up. They are a little worn, but nothing that a little bit of sanding and re-staining won’t take care of.


Ahhhhh, aren’t the new tables pretty? And look, I have room for more tools. Can’t beat that.


This is another as you enter the studio, just panning to the left.


This is what the room looks like from the tool section. Again, I still need to paint and rehang the doors on the closets.


This is looking at the room from the back entrance to the studio. I need to come up with some lamps for the big work bench. There is enough light from the overhead ones, but it isn’t good enough for doing any type of detail work. Sadly, this means I will have to run a cord from under the table to a plug on a wall, which means I have to do one of those cord cover things to keep people from tripping. BLAH!


Another shot from the same entrance. I hope to find a nice comfy chair to put next to the fireplace under the three pictures on the wall. This would be a great place to kick back, turn on the fire and look through my books and magazines.


I found these little carts at IKEA. I guess they are TV stands, but they work perfectly under the tables we built in the tool area. I can organize the tools so they are in the location for that type of work. For instance, this cart sits in the forging area and is located just below the “wall of hammers.”

Well, that is the tour for now. Like I said, there is still a lot of work to be done. And I still haven’t found some things. For instance, I have yet to find my beloved saws. But I hope to find them this week as I try to finish things up even more.

All in all, it is a great place and not too shabby for a basement studio. I know, I am so spoiled.



The old windows in the house had a lot of broken seals and some just didn’t fit right due to either installation or settling of the house. So yesterday the two windows in the studio were replaced with new windows. I love the darker tinting and ease of use with the new windows. One thing I am not happy with and didn’t realize until they were installed, but they didn’t replace my windows with the same sizes. I mean, they fit in the opening, but now the middle glass is larger than the two outer windows, and before, they were all the same. However, now I can actually open both windows at the same time.

But they are easy to use, and I mean EASY. I LOVE THAT! We bought the windows through American Exteriors. I don’t know if I would recommend them yet or not, I will have to keep you posted. But so far they do seem to be nice windows.


It is so nice to be able to see through the window without looking through a bunch of fog and moisture.

May Synchroblog – Words Have Meaning

The Artists Synchroblog (May) – The Artists Synchroblog is a group of bloggers who post every other month on the same topic, sharing our experience or perspective. On alternate months we undertake a Pinterest Project where we each take inspiration from a pinterest picture, create something (art, a meal, a DIY project, etc) and then post about it.
I’m excited to have been accepted into The Artists Synchroblog group! May’s Synchroblog topic is “WORDS HAVE MEANING.” So we are all posting about words that have meaning to us. Maybe a favorite quote, some words of wisdom, a poem, something that speaks to you.
I honestly didn’t know what to do on this… and I am a bit late to boot. But I did finally come up with a quote that fit perfectly. 
“Mistakes are what makes success.” 
I have three young girls. And there is nothing like learning how to have successes after mistakes than by watching my children. Riley (my oldest) is learning to play percussion this year. She gets really frustrated after just a few minutes of playing and messing up. Kate is learning to read better, and nothing is more frustrating than navigating all the “rules” and “exceptions” of the English language. Kiari is learning everything. Perhaps her frustrations are the funniest to us as she throws the BEST two-year-old tantrums complete with screaming and stomping feet.
I have had many careers in my short 36 years of life, jewelry being my most passionate one and is fraught with successes and perceived failures. I say perceived because those failures really are what have lead me to the successes that I have had. I have learned from each of them, even if the lesson learned was nothing more than, “Go to bed when you are tired, because if you don’t, a meltdown is almost certain.” 
What about you? What are some of your favorite phrases? Why do you like them? I would love to hear about it. 
Please visit the blogs of some of the other participants to see what their favorites are.