Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
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Welcome to the Humblebeads’
Studio today with Heather Powers.
I should definitely have some “Under Construction: Excuse the Mess” signs up today. I have been slowly moving into my new studio space. My largest space yet. It doesn’t look like it from the photos, but it is 22 x 14 square feet of space dedicated to creating. I love that.
Although it’s a large space, there are some drawbacks. Like it’s dungeon like appeal that I’m combating. It’s an unfinished family room on the lower level, there is natural light via a sliding glass door. But it still feels like a basement to me. And then there is the cold. Oh Michigan, you will toughen me up before the winter is over!
I covered the utilitarian bulbs with with some lovely paper lanterns and added in a scrap fabric banner in some festive colors. I need to rethink the gray curtain – I may go for some flowy white ones instead. The walls are a warm earthy green that work well with my nice wood tables. (A total steal at a used a furniture shop.) Let’s take a moment to celebrate no more folding tables in the studio – yeah!
Getting the studio back to normal has been such a slow going process. I’ve been working on fixing it up between being sick for the last two weeks. So not fun. I feel like frozen sludge moving down a river. As you can see above, the clay table is up, so first things first!
We have some pegboard to paint, an inspiration board to cover in seagrass paper and some shelves to hang up still. My sister has been repainting a large round table for me. This is a space where I could teach small classes. I have four work surfaces to use plus lots of shelving. I need a comfy chair or loveseat for some daydreaming. As my buddy Andrew says, “Little by little the bird builds her nest.”
And then there is the unpacking. And purging. There are so many boxes of crafty stuff that I haven’t seen since August and it just makes me wonder, if I could live that long without it do I really need it.
I would like to opt for less stuff and more room for creativity.
And speaking of creativity, while I was gathering ideas for the studio I used Pinterest
to collect my inspirations and thoughts. You can see my color palette and some ideas that we will add into the space as times goes on. Yes, Jess is even going to paint that pattern on one of my walls. He has the template, now to get him to pick up the brush again.
For this week, I’m giving away the owl pendant above. It’s an awesome necklace with a stamped brass owl, a lampwork glass bead from Sea of Glass and a disk bead from me. And look – it matches my studio!
All you have to do is leave a comment and answer this question: Tell me one thing you’ve created or done that was inspired by something you saw online. (Not copying, of course, just inspired.) Maybe it was a tutorial you tried or a color palette that inspired a necklace. If you’d like some extra brownie points, write a blog post about it and share in the comments section too!