Friday, November 16, 2012

Studio Tour!

My family and I have been in this house for over 10 years now.
My primary Studio space has been what would be considered the family room,
adjoining the kitchen.  

It made sense as we used the living room as a family room, eating all of our meals together at the dining table...watching movies together.

When my husband passed, I got the garage too and have used that space for messy metal/woodwork and even taught some classes out there.

But over these years, two sons flew the coop.  The one son remaining is a full time college student and Starbucks employee, mix that with his working out and he is rarely home.

My honey has a funky schedule and sees many clients in the evening, which some times
leave just my daughter and I home with the pack of dogs.  So we end up eating
dinner at the kitchen counter.

Houses have lives, just like people, rooms evolve and I like it that way.
So, it was time for the living room to be utilized differently.
It is double the size of the family room.

It took a few weeks to get the rooms totally flip flopped and dialed in, but boy, have I NEVER been happier.  The living room has large windows, with light flooding in.
This is a destination room whereas the family room was always a pass thorough room to get to the kitchen or back yard.

My work table now is smack dab in the middle of the room, Emily typically sits on one side and me the other after school, where she does her homework and chats with me as I work.
I am so incredibly happy with this setup!!!

PLEASE excuse the messy rooms, I am getting ready for 2 Holiday this was as clean as it was gonna get!!

Still need to patch holes in walls and touch up, but, hey...that will take some time to get to.

I have to give a shout out about the above console.
It was a custom piece made in 1960, signed by the artist.  This piece is 12 ft long with
cool old casters.  The door panels are gorgeous laser cut pieces and the hardware is perfectly suited.
I snagged this amazing piece for $60...yes 60 buck!
At the Habitat for Humanity Restore. 

The leather sofa also.  It is a $500 Ikea leather sofa that I paid $75 for,

Ah, I love a good deal!

Hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It takes a Village...Hurricane Sandy

As I look around my house that is cozy, my children and pets that are safe.
Then look to the devastation on the east Coast from Hurricane Sandy.
I can't help but feel almost guilty that so many suffer
while most of us are safe and secure.
At the same time, living in California, I am aware that a massive earthquake could
take this all away.

Crying yesterday while reading my friend 

of her hurricane Sandy experience,
I felt compelled to donate something to the cause.

So, I am donating this piece of jewelry that is Entitled, "HOPE".

For through every STORM cloud the SUN is ALWAYS shining and 
no matter how horrible life can be, we must always have 


By donating through the ART IS YOU site, this necklace and many other artists work places you in a raffle to win one of the items.

ART is You Art retreats has started a fund raising campaign...

Please donate what you can to be entered to win art from many other artists...

Join Art is...You, Adorn Me!An Artful JourneyThe Artful Gathering and Vivi Magoo Presents - as we raise much needed funds for essential personal and household items for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Working with Family to Family and local relief agencies we will have your donation delivered directly to where it is needed - into the hands of those who have lost everything.  Let them see how we can unite and Live in Generosity.  Let them feel our love.
We would like to thank our four wonderful art friends who stepped forward to help us with our efforts. Kim Geiser for donating her Ipadoodle talents and creating this wonderful logo promoting our efforts.  Pam CarrikerSue Pelletier and Jodi Ohl - who have donated a piece of art as an added incentive for anyone who makes a donation on our site.  You will go into the draw to win one of these fabulous pieces of art.  Drawing will take place November 30th, 2012 at 9.00am Eastern.
Just click on the DONATE NOW Button and you will have the opportunity to make a cash donation or purchase actual items including groceries or gas cards.  Once you have donated, please share on Facebook, tell your friends - get the word out that this village of artists, their family and friends are united in rebuilding the lives of those around them.

Thanks in advance Friends!
LOVE is all you need and ALL you need is LOVE!