Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Studio updates



Sorry I've been absent for a couple of weeks. It's the height of berry season, as well as peaches, and Mike and I've been canning and making jellies and jams every spare minute we're home. Also, the zucchini is coming on full force, and I baked over 25 loaves of zucchini bread this past week on top of the canning! One little rain and yowzers! Some of those zucchini were as long and thick as my arm from my wrist to my elbow! I can't give them away fast enough!

In the few minutes I stole away from work and the kitchen, I worked on some organization projects in my studio. A while back I purchased 2 antique frames with heavy carving. I asked Mike to paint them Navajo White, the same color as my walls. Then I cut a piece of rigid pink insulation to fit the back of the frame. I wrapped natural colored heavy cotton twill fabric around the insulation, securing with hot glue. I inserted it, and wired the back of the frame and Voila! A Bulletin Board. I thought it so pretty, I couldn't find any thumbtacks I liked with it, so I hot-glued antique buttons to cover the pins, and liked the results very much.


For the second frame, I asked Mike to cut a piece of tin to fit the back, and we wired it up and hung it over the sink as a magnetic bulletin board. Again I hot-glued antique buttons to magnets for the decorative finish.


The final thing that freed up a lot of shelf space was to hang all my ribbons off of 4 decorative curtain rods. I have sloped ceilings in the studio, and it really has worked perfectly for me to be able to reach all the ribbon easily!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer and living life to the fullest! I've enjoyed checking things off of my "to-do" list! (The art up on my bulletin boards: The push pin board: Kathy McElroy's beautiful seated lady and whimsical heart dangle, Lencho's heart series, 2 of Anne Bagby's postcards and the little sea horse rider is my work. On the magnet board, a mermaid from Mexico, a postcard from Belize, and one of my sketches done on vacation this year.)

13 comments:

Jeri Aaron said...

Wonderful idea come to fruition!

kathy mc said...

Wonderful idea. Very clever. I know how a garden and canning can keep you busy. I also know how great your apple butter is. Yummy! You and your husband must have a great time in the kitchen together.

christy grant said...

Love the bulletin board idea! Looks like a Somerset Home idea to me...

jackie said...

Well,well - if you aren't Little Miss Martha Kari Stewart!! I LOVE your bulletin board, magnetic board and your ribbon storage (and wow, you sure have a lot of ribbon!) These are ideas that I am saving in my "Organization" files - thanks!

The Babel Meister said...

Love all your projects! Great ideas. Yes, you certainly have been busy!! But, a fun kind of busy...
hugs, Andi

Judy Streger said...

These are super ideas. You are so clever.

Kris Henderson said...

Wow! You are so clever! Your studio
must look so pretty! I want to see more!!!

Joanne Huffman said...

Can you feel the waves of admiration coming towards you for your organizational skills - and that you make it all so pretty! Very cool. And on top of all that preserving and canning!

Joanne

Connie said...

really lovely, kari! i love your ribbon idea! My idea of organization is to just be able to see the top of my worktables.... i accomplish this by shoving everything into plastic bins with lids to sort out later (yeah, right).

Vicki said...

Did I read correctly....you baked 25 loaves of zucchini bread and canning!!??? Wow!! Like Kris, I want to see more of your studio. Its looks soooo cool. BTW, you have a HUGE home!

Karen Owen said...

Boy, you have been busy! Thanks for the glimpse into your studio. The ribbon storage idea is a great one.

Susan said...

Absolutely lovely.

Toni said...

Kari---all looks good! Have we seen pictures of your studio? Glad to know someone still cans, pickles and jams....a lost art in this part of the country!