Today I finally hit the art room and cleaned it up for the next round of projects – like my upcoming craft columns, some magazine projects, one sewing book project re-do, and later this week, sample projects for the package covers of my soon-to-be released craft kits.
Let me explain this art room. It was beyond Jack Black messy because the last 30 days have been crazy. Between orders, CHA, the cruise, and then a week in Fresno – I had no time to tidy up there. Imagine what it looked like! OK, now times that by 100. And add the stench of spilled varnish, masked with “clean linen” air freshener. After a couple hours of sorting, dusting, vacuuming, and filing this afternoon, I let out a proud sigh of accomplishment. One minute later, I was already working on the next assignment.
Does it look spiffy to you? It does to me, thank you very much!
After all that, I yawned, streched my arms over my head and took a break this evening after dinner to go online. I visited some sites, including my friend Jaimee’s blog. She is to the Martha scene what Jennifer is to the indie scene: A highly respected, professional trendspotter. When she writes about something, it’s a HUGE deal.
Today Jaimee posted about the adorable Heather Bailey. I was instantly delighted!! Heather is a Phoenician like me, a mom like me, likes bright colors like me, designs products like me…I felt so proud for all her accomplishments, she is even on the COVER of Mary Engelbreit Magazine this month! Lookie!!
See what I mean? She is so cute! I felt connected to her, we have so much in common! Within seconds I imagined us being lifelong friends, having coffee, and laughing heartily about our favorite clothes we ruined with accidental paint splatters. Or the last time we lost our favorite pinking shears, only to find them at the bottom of the laundry basket because our daughter decided to alter her jeans and then changed her mind and left everything there for Mom to fix. Yup! I was excited to learn more about Heather!
I cheerfully cruised to her web site (just as sumptuous as Heather!) and found she has a whole page dedicated to her studio. Still high off my Project Art Room Clean Up from earlier, I couldn’t wait to see what her workspace looked like. With all the designs she cranks outs – way more than me – I was pre-relieved, thinking that it would look as kamikaze as mine. Probably more because she has twice the amount of things going on as me!
*Needle scratches across the record*
My jaw dropped. Um, Heather’s room is a leeetle different than mine. Make that a lot different.
Tears welled up in my eyes. OK, I’m being way overdramatic here! But still – how embarrassing of me to think we were alike! All of a sudden I felt like the chubby girl in 8th grade P.E. class. You know, the clueless one with the shirt that is too small, the frizzy hair, and braces? The Ugly Betty of the bunch?
Dang! Heather’s studio is an art gallery! I would buy a ticket to tour that space. She even describes all the delicate details she put into every corner (which are followed by oodles of blog comments from people who are just as blown away as me):
“The pink walls are subtley mottled with bit of cream and a splash of funky metallic gold here and there. The large frame resting on the ribbon shelf is decorated with Isaac’s grandmother’s old sewing notions, and it’s covered — a fun piece to study.”
How does she do it? Where can I take a class on it? And with kids? I seriously need to stop the hamster wheel that is my life, board up my current art room, and start ALL over. I’m going to print out this picture of Heather’s studio and tape it on my inspiration board so I’ll be motivated to makeover my room. I bet having all that clear, organized space helps with the creative process. I’m awestruck. It just goes to show that no matter much you think you have things under control, there is always, always, always room for improvement…
An art studio is a serious thing. It should be treated with dignity, and not like a sweatshop, which is what mine sometimes feels like. I’m already pondering what color to paint it…it’s nothing I can do anytime soon, but hopefully by the end of the year! Then again, if I redo it picture perfect, I’ll be stressed when I’m working, worried that I’ll mess it up. Oh, this is too much for me to think about tonight..
Enough about that. Congrats to Heather, a fellow mom, following her dreams and making them happen!!! And for being so neat about it 🙂
Heather’s fabrics. Check out her site, read her interviews. Trust me you will be inspired!
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