I've pretty much given up trying to do anything productive over this past week, what with Christmas coming and attending celebrations here and there, along with a head cold to mess with my brains.
So instead of making things, mostly I've been dreaming of the space I will someday have where I will make those things... Right now I work in the back corner of my living room. It's cramped and small and disorganized and messy most days.
There is a shed on my yard that is presently filled with storage, but will one day (with the help of time, time, more time, and some money) be my sweet haven of creativity. I can see it now: a half loft with shelves to store extra materials and a pillow covered couch to rest and dream of new things...The main level of the studio will have shelf-lined walls. On these shelves will be stacks and stacks of fabric, visible in all their glory instead of packed away in the bins they are in today. The shelves not loaded with fabrics will have fabric boxes and baskets full of paper and ribbon and buttons, patterns and thread, old books and wire bindings... And more shelves yet will display my many art books and sketchbooks brimming with brilliant ideas. There will be a big laundry sink to wash paint brushes and other things. A big desk on one wall to spread out the binding machine and papery goods, a big table in the middle to lay out fabric goods and to cut material. And I'll have cork boards and chalkboards (made be me!) to organize my thoughts and plans. Sigh... Someday...
Today I hung a big framed cork board above my computer in my living room nook. I made it for myself (for Christmas maybe?) as a place to organize my plans for another year of creating and making. A tiny little start to a big project, it's a start for my one-day studio.
After a long summer of farm-work and a harvest season that seemed to never ever end, my husband and I are heading off on a small vacation this week. We are looking forward to enjoying the snowyness that's descended, sitting by a wood-fire, going for walks and looking in shops, soaking in hot pools, and most of all, being away from home for a little while where we just can't seem to stop working!
One of the lovely things about being in a partnership is that even though I'll be away for a week or so, Cecelia will still be around to hold the place together, send out orders and such. So I hope you all continue to visit our shop and enjoy our Facebook Holiday sale until the 15th of December.
Enjoy the season -my favourite part of Christmas is always the days leading up to it, enjoying the colorful lights during dark mornings, endless amounts of Christmas movies on TV, and the anticipation and expectation of time spent enjoying the company of family and friends... Happy December!
Maria & Cecelia
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