Thank you so very much for visiting Blueskies. I am happy to have you here! Many thanks to
Karen Valentine for hosting this fun party. This is my second year to attend this wonderful extravaganza. You will meet so many creative, talented and kind people at this party. Can you imagine what it would be like to all gather in person? Wow.
I'll begin my tour with a little story.
Three years ago, I was sent on a weekend away (alone) for some much needed rest by my sweet husband. He and I have both found that if I can get away to the ocean and he can spend time with our girls, we work better together. The girls have a blast, I rest and recuperate. This particular weekend I came home to a big surprise. My husband and eldest daughter met me at the door and had me close my eyes and walked me to the "office" in our house. When I opened my eyes, I was stunned beyond belief. Gone was all of my husband's books, files, papers and work. In it's place was all of my art supplies. Gathered from around the house and various closets and the garage, all the supplies were put into the office, now re-named the Art Room. Or, affectionately known as "The Spot."
What a gift! A space of my own. It didn't matter if I left it in a tornado overnight. It didn't matter that I spilled paint on the tile. (It wipes up, anyway!) A place to put all my treasures, all my supplies. I sat down on the couch and couldn't talk.
That aMAZing husband of mine took all sign of himself out and put all of me in. He moved all his office things into our room and made a sweet spot of his own, complete with desk, and in so doing, just about handed me the world.
I confess, I didn't clean it up, as I have an art show to get ready for tomorrow and if I put things away before the show, I will forget about them and leave them behind. Plus, I am realizing after all these years, I'm o.k. to not be a neat freak here.
Instead, I am o.k. to dream. I am o.k. to create, relax, fail and have fun.
It has fast become one of the favorite rooms of the house. We have a small t.v. and sofa bed on the opposite wall from my desk area, and the girls will join me in one way or another-doing art or watching a movie while I am working.
Sometimes we will move an extra table in the room, just to have more table space. Or, we will just plop on the floor and use that.
It is amazing to me after three years, as my dreams grow, my need for shelf space grows! Right now I find myself putting projects in different piles on the floor. Or, I have re-graduated out to shelf space in the garage!
On the days when we want to spread out a little more, we will head for the kitchen table. I consider that my second art space as my girls grew up doing crafts in the kitchen, or the dining room.
It's nice in the summer because of the abundant light and if the kids want to swim and I want to work, I can watch them from the window.
Besides my kids and dogs, these are my two other trusty companions:
Computers and coffee!
The kitchen table is one of my favorite projects that Lauren and I did together. We decoupaged all sorts of beach-theme paper and photos on to the paper, added stamps and ephemera and I bought a piece of glass to protect it.
Summer is one of Brenna's favorite times to pick up art work during the year.
So, that's my creative space. It is overflowing to the whole house, and out the doors to different places! What a blessed life!
Thanks so much for stopping by~