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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 30, 2014 04:08:58 PM
Note from the Headmistress....


The semester is almost over!  Please remember that the term ends tomorrow, precisely at midnight CST.  After that the magical House Points Quill will no longer work.  All final projects must be turned in before midnight. The End of Term Feast for this semester will happen from September 1st-5th.

Meanwhile, our new Fall Term will begin on Monday, September 1st.  Class prompts will be posted in the morning, and Bertie Bott's Beans, and any Extra Credit offered by Professors will be added in throughout the day. 
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Snarky Housewives Swap CLOSED; SendOut 9/15 on: August 30, 2014 03:57:50 AM
Love it!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My New Craft Studio on: August 28, 2014 09:40:19 AM
Eh, we all have to go with whatever works for each of us.  I know some people find cleaning a hinderance to their creativity, whereas I feel like I'm going crazy if I'm trying to work inside a mess.  To each Craftster, her own brand of creative.  Wink
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Snarky Housewives Swap CLOSED; SendOut 9/15 on: August 28, 2014 09:35:48 AM
My package from Alpha Stamps just arrived!  Now I just have to figure out what the heck to make....  Hrm.....
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Updated Victorian boudoir chair on: August 28, 2014 07:58:38 AM
Utterly stunning my dear!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My New Craft Studio on: August 28, 2014 07:52:00 AM
I love seeing people's studios. I am embarrassed that yours is so much neater than mine!  Please tell me you straightened up for the photo shoot. Cheesy

Yes and no.  I tend to "work clean".  Years of working in costume shops has me trained to either finish a project before starting a new one, or to put it away into a designated "in-progress" area before pulling out other things, or clearing the space entirely at the end of a task so others can use the space.  Even though it's just me now, I still think of work surfaces as public spaces to be left clean for the next user.  (Students who left a mess on one of my cutting tables were in serious trouble, and quickly learned never to do it again!)

I do have a large serving tray, that is kind of a catch-all for my desk, that normally resides on the ottoman.  It catches bead trays of in-process bracelets where I'm waiting for a missing supply, bits and bobs of paper, receipts, etc that land on my desk.  I try to limit it to the single tray, and once a month I take everything off the desk and tray and sort everything into their homes.  There is also a single open box, which is currently being filled with items for Abbeeroad in the IYP 26 Swap, that I did put in the hallway for the photo shoot.  Wink
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery on: August 28, 2014 07:43:29 AM
The plant is utterly fantastic.  I adore the embroidered napkins.  And those hot air balloons are adorable!  I'm going to have to try my hand at them some day!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My New Craft Studio on: August 27, 2014 06:52:14 PM
Thank you ladies! 

And Abbee, I'd love to have you visit if you're ever nearby!!!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 27, 2014 02:24:27 PM
NEWT Subject: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Page Link: My New Craft Studio
Brief Description: I can't believe that I proposed this NEWT 8 months ago!  Seriously, how did it take me so long!?!?!  Oh wait, I commuted several hours a day for 5 months of it, and have been working non-stop since!  Anyways, I've finally finished my new craft studio.  There are tons of pics in the main post, which you can find the link above.  Here's a teaser pic of my main desk area.
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10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My New Craft Studio on: August 27, 2014 02:17:21 PM
In the last 8 months, I've had a lot of life changes.  My husband got an amazing new job, which brought us to Nashville.  In doing so I gave up my job teaching costuming at a university and am now focusing on my Etsy shop full time.  Since I've been working in busy costumes shops for my entire adult life, with lots of other noisy happy artists, I knew that the switch to solitary work days would be big for me.  I was worried about getting a bit depressed being on my own all day, so I decided that my new studio had to be a fantastically welcoming place, where I would enjoy being all day.  This is the result!

First a teaser pic...



And now, lets start at the beginning...  View from the door, including my happy rainbow rug, and my giant squashy armchair.  You can see the dreamcatcher FiberAlchemist made just above the chair.


Beside the chair is my newly finished gallery wall!  Lots of treasures there, but two of my favorites are shadowboxes.  An Outlander inspired one by Knickertwist and Gryffindor one by pinkleo.  The giant safety pin came from T.J. Maxx, and I made the wooden button out of a wood charger from the craft store. The black and white mandala piece was done by a former student.


On the opposite wall is my main work area and supplies storage.  The left side bookcases, full of craft supplies like paint, brushes, markers, glitter, colored pencils, hand sewing supplies, etc.


Main desk area, with most often used tools, and all my jewelry supplies.  Beads, charms, findings, etc. 


Crowning my desk is a shelf full of many of my favorite treasures.  Mostly items made by my Craftster crushes. 
(Left to right Fashion Matchbox by spidermom, wooden TARDIS box by lanikins, Dream Shrine by pinkleo, Steampunk Fairy Shrine by rackycoo, Alter Moon Spool by jillybeans, Sewing Shrine by pinkleo, Slug & Jiggers Apothecary Storefront by Knickertwist, the king & queen we used as cake toppers on our wedding cake, Gryffindor Pencil Cup by endymion, and Theatre Matchbox from cackle.)


Right side bookshelves, full of a few more treasures, all of my completed jewelry, and shipping supplies.  Currently my computer is on a small rolling desk, so it can be moved around to my armchair, or out to the living room.


And I actually have closet space!  DH and I built some cubbies from Target, and I spent two days organizing the rest of my stash into them.  The 3x3 cubby contains scrap fabrics in bins, and yardage folded below.


Beside that is a 4x4 cubbie, full of yarn, wood & glass crafts, paper crafting bits and bobs. 




Ironing board, large scale artwork from grad school, and filling bins for sewing patterns and my shop paperwork.


I'm such a lucky girl!
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