Friday, March 21, 2014

Simple Fix

It's almost always the ~simple fix~ that eludes me.

Blog browsing, I discovered Cathe Holden's studio barn this morning, and wouldn't you know it, after examining photo after glorious photo, I realized that she had provided the perfect solution to my lighting dilemma.

Open up her blog post next to this one.  Now scroll down three photos.  See that table?  See those lamps?  A simple solution, and yet also ~pure genius~.

I have a small lamp on my desk, and another on top of a set of my fabric storage drawers.  Tucked in a corner strung over branches are twinkle lights, and other than the morning light that streams in from one regular sized window and one narrow partner for the first half of the day, all I have to truly brighten my workspace is a regular old overhead light.

Though it's bright, I end up casting shadows with my own head and shoulders when I work on charms or bunting.  I have no idea how it's possible, but the overhead light actually sets a dreary tone.  One look at Cathe's work table, and I knew just what to do with the small table lamp that had been **this close** to being added to the summer yard sale pile.



It's taller than my lazy Susan storage, and thin/narrow enough to not take up a bunch of room on my table.  Instead of two lamps, twinkle lights and the overhead light, I can now set the tone and comfort level with this small lamp, but don't worry: the twinkle lights stay on.  They're essential.



I'll be shopping for just the right lightbulbs in the future, I'm sure.  I want colors to be true, and I want to see details.  Improved vision will also be aided by another simple solution:


Hello magnifying glasses.  Welcome to my forties.




Sunday, March 9, 2014

First Fridays

I've lived just outside of Kansas City for six-ish years now.  Being the late bloomer that I am, I had no clue that a vintage/thrift/antique/artisan/gallery/crafting/eating ~event~ was held every "first" Friday (and weekend) of the month.

Until recently.

Yesterday a teaching colleague (and fellow creative soul) joined me on the adventure that is "First Fridays in the West Bottoms," a gallery and shopping event in KC that had us climbing multiple narrow staircases inside historic warehouses located along an unfortunately ~smelly~ older area of the city, encountering many, many fellow treasure hunters.

Despite the smell (outdoors only, thankfully) and the narrow staircases, we weren't disappointed.  We met and visited with vendors, artisans, crafters, repurposers, and many other cheerful purveyors of "junque," vintage finds, furniture, jewelry, quilts, and art.  The least foo-foo location?  "Stuffology."  What filled its floors?  STUFF.

We didn't make it to every shop in the West Bottoms, which means only one thing: we're going back next month, oh yes.



















My haul from this inaugural visit includes yarn, hollow metal eggs, chandelier drops, playing cards, dominoes, embroidery floss and lots and lots of inspiration.



We've already made plans to return in April and May: watch out, West Bottoms, here we come!

And next time, we'll be wearing tennis shoes, thankyouverymuch.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Snow Days, Spring Dreams

Our sixth day home from school this year thanks to Mother Nature, but I'm dreaming of spring.

Pink... bunnies... sparkles and lace.  I just can't help it.

Fuschia crowns, lilac-ish/pink crowns... inchie charms.


White with baby black polka dots, pink and cream stripes, and lilac-ish/pink glittered bunnies... SPRING charms.


See-through vintage lace trim charms.


What do you create to mark the change of seasons?