Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Creating a nest

We all need someplace to rest our heads but, also a place to escape to... mine at the moment is our bedroom.  To be able to hide in a cozy space while my studio and home is in such disarray is a blessing in so many ways.
I have been organizing the house to make room for all that is coming from the closing of the gallery including our bedrooms, closets, attic, laundry room...just all of it, lol..  My craziest mess at the moment is a 4th bedroom that was my oldest daughter's room and also the spare where our beautiful granddaughter, her dd,  sleeps when visiting. 
The other two are going through their spaces too and tossing it all in there for Mom to get to.  I am not looking forward to all the books, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, etc. especially the stacks of books to sort through.  I am just not going to do it, especially anytime soon...NOT going to for I need to be in working mode enough of this cleaning shit time to have some metal fun!!!!
bed with rose of sharon quilt
 My Grandmother's Rose of Sharon quilt along with framed watercolors at the headboard on the wall including one done from a flower box by a local artist from the gardens at our home.  I at one point owned and operated a local home based Herbary where herb & art shows where scheduled in June with artists and herb related businesses displayed. 
cat from the right of room
The closet solution with antique and vintage suitcases holding sweaters, primitive cabinet storing linens and wicker table piled with quilts and afghans I have found very effective.  The cat agrees ;)

bedroom left side
Opposite corner with my Grandmother's first doll, Susie.

left side with dds feet
safety pins in copper etsy banner

Monday, January 09, 2012

Cockatiel Bath Time

IMG_2437 by Stephanie Distler
IMG_2437, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.

Pretzel decided that the only place he would not fly from a good misting was on Herb's shoulder, lol....so...I misted him over and over and over.. ;)

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Thoughts on the New Year

Illinois highway 39 by Stephanie Distler
Illinois highway 39, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
As we were heading home from my daughter's a couple days back my thoughts were on goals. What goals should I state to keep and strive to keep as the months fly by and they do fly.
Let's start in the studio with techniques or skills to build on or a skill that I have not yet sunk my teeth into and then a little on home, moving then to social networking.

  • work more 3 dimensional in building pieces up and out using cold connections and soldering.
  • save money to build a 12'x18' addition off of the working studio.  This addition should have room for displays, classes, openhouses, working on very large projects and a reading area with the furniture from my old Gallery.  I am so excited that I could spin!!!  I have started a design board on Pinterest to compose these plans.  This board will get huge as the weeks go by, so check back often.
  • fusing pure silver wire and precious metal clay....perhaps also glass fusing
  • more wire basket weaving
  • bezel work
  • quality tool investing with Fretz hammers, Foredom Flex Shaft, Foredom grinder/lathe, rolling mill and large mandrels. 
  • first and foremost...learn to make SUSHI!!!!!! I love it so much and will go broke.
  • organize the upstairs including restructuring the sewing/shipping room
  • sort through vintage and retro stash for online shop
  • start listing on Atomic Garden Vintage (etsy shoppe) filling it with mid century modern . vintage . retro and reclaimed/upcycled.  The reclaimed part will be salvaged boards made into serving and cutting boards adding to your cooking/serving experience that will grow as the need grows. 
  • list the bulk of every hammered out piece in each line of jewelry I create +++++


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