Thanks for writing and saying you enjoy our blog - it amazes us as we are total rookies in anything tech, but it is fun learning. I wanted to share with you my latest purchase! I found the perfect blue storage cupboard at a friends antique shop in Maryland. This is going to be the answer to my prayers - not only beautiful, but large and will be so functional in my "pretend" studio. When I get the interior organized, I will share photos. At the present time it is just standing tall in my work space and looking good to me, soon I will put it to work. I love living in Naples, Florida but there is not an antique shop in the state that I know of that sells the painted Americana that I love. So, now I shop thru friends shops - mostly I shop at Woodard & Greenstein in NYC and also at My Country Treasures in Preston, Maryland. Country Treasures has a fabulous website, so you also can go shopping for wonderful treasures. I try to get to each shop once a year in person - the problem with that is - "I WANT IT ALL!!!!" Of course that is not possible for a couple of reasons - first of all space now that we have downsized and secondly and most importantly - financial reasons.
I will attach the photos so you can see my great find - and I know the white chimney cupboard is not really in the correct spot as it is crowding my beautiful blue find! The white chimney cupboard was my Mothers, so it has to stay, but where???
Now to speak of studios. Most of my life of hooking was in Ann Arbor, Michigan where I never had a studio, but I managed to hook lots of rugs! I hooked in a spare bedroom or family room and kept all my beautiful wool on shelves in the basement - so not a great arrangement, but I did hook rugs there. We moved to St. Simons Island where I had a large and beautiful studio, great views, tons of storage - it was perfect! Not to last too long as Tom's job brought us to Naples, Florida where once again - I have no studio, but a "pretend" studio. My "pretend" studio is using an extra bedroom and pretending it is my studio, lighting is OK, the wool is stored in a walk in closet - and I am hooking away. So the bottom line is -- a studio is perfect and a wonderful luxury that I wish I had at this time. If I had to pick my poisons though, I prefer to be here in beautiful Naples without a studio then back on the island. I may never have a studio again, but it will not stop me from creating and hooking rugs! Hook on!