In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Evolution of a Workspace



Originally I had thought I'd just have the table Joseph built for me up when I needed it...turns out I need it almost all the time!  In the summer, when we sometimes have the French doors open, I may move it, but for now it's a wonderful place to work.

As you can see, it's MUCH roomier than the little oak TV table I used before...we've also eaten on it, I've done the videos for my classes and YouTube...all in all it's earned its place.

Meanwhile, things ebb and flow out there...I put a small candle heater away in the shed's shed--it was just taking up space.  I hung more up on the walls to liberate floor space.  We took the photofloods back over to the house since I'm not shooting videos right now, and reorganized books and art supplies...

I seldom use my little footstool box, so it may go, too.  When you're dealing with a place that's only 10 x 10, you really need to simplify, often!  It's kind of nice...

12 comments:

  1. It sounds like the table Joseph made has certainly earned its keep. A lovely spot to paint in too.

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  2. It has indeed, Serena! I love it. There are a few other places I hope to simplify, too...getting there...

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  3. What a wonderful little table...look's just right and that's a terrific work spot.

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  4. I recognize this table from your class video's. Being in a small place myself, I appreciate your desire to only have things that are begin used in this sweet space!

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  5. Thank you both! Elizabeth, it's been wonderful. I like how it evolves...me continue to make it work better, all the time. It will never be the simple Zen teahouse I first imagined, but it's me.

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  6. really lovely post about a very sweet space

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  7. In my life, the hardest thing has been to have the time to work (apart from family needs), money for art supplies AND a place to work ALL at the same time. I am blessed now to have a beautiful studio overlooking a lake, and kids coming in for art classes, which provides "seed money" for my art projects. There will always be family needs I suppose, but there is more time now that my husband and I are semi-retired. Life is more important than art (I used to say) but art certainly enriches life and makes it worth living!!

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  8. Ev, I love your priorities! And thank you, Chris!

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  9. In my life, the hardest thing has been to have the time to work (apart from family needs), money for art supplies AND a place to work ALL at the same time. I am blessed now to have a beautiful studio overlooking a lake, and kids coming in for art classes, which provides "seed money" for my art projects. There will always be family needs I suppose, but there is more time now that my husband and I are semi-retired. Life is more important than art (I used to say) but art certainly enriches life and makes it worth living!!

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    1. Semi-retired has helped us, a LOT. I still have my business, but Joseph now takes care of the shipping and accounting, which frees me up a LOT. We do take time for us, and that's essential, but he also makes sure I can make art, even during us-times!

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  10. Hi Kate,

    I just wanted to make sure you were aware of a new book, 'Handmade Houses' by Richard Olsen. It'll be out later this month. I'm not sure if it's related to the old one or not. Info's on the net.

    Keep up the good work. You continue to inspire!

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  11. Oooh nifty, Larry, I'll watch for it!

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