This was mostly finished in January with final tweaks here and there ever since, but I’ve overhauled the studio once again. I’d eliminated most of the materials I finally admitted I was never going to use, but things were still spread out and taking up a full garage worth of space. One of my goals for 2016 was to split the studio space into 3 sections: my sewing studio, a kids craft and play space and a small lounge area. Forcing all of my things into a space about half the size helped me see the excess I still had hanging around and clear it out once and for all. It also made me STOP. BUYING. THINGS!
As would be expected, less stuff has me more focused and my table mostly stays clean and ready for the 3 projects I’m allowing myself to have in process at any given time. A doll (or small series of dolls), my current stuffed animal project and an item for my wardrobe, whether it be a new piece of clothing, or something to mend, tailor or upcycle. I’m finding it’s giving me a perfect variety to help battle my creative ADD and I always have the right type of work available depending on how much time I have at the moment. Sometimes I get a glorious 2 hour nap time, but that’s a rarity. More often I’m sneaking in 15 minutes here and there while the kiddo plays over in his new space….which brings me to that!
He has paint in recycled hand soap bottles, watercolors, crayons, markers, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, pom poms, glue, wooden stars, a nature collection we gathered together on walks, homemade play dough, clay tools, cookie cutters, googley eyes, stickers, all different papers, his own sketchbook and an assortment of recyclables waiting to be turned into temporary toys. All the baskets and his little chairs were collected from local thrift stores, the mats were repurposed from my husbands gym and the train town and table were scores off a local swap. It didn’t take long for him to settle into his new space and it brings me so much joy when he runs out and pulls a basket of materials off the shelf to take to his little table. It’s amazing how focused he’ll get when he has a quiet space to explore…just like his mama!
The last little corner is a simple lounge area where we can read, have snack breaks or entertain guests. We spend lots of time everyday enjoying our new space together. It’s taken nearly two years of patience (and some frustration!) to get to a place where I feel I can work with my toddler by my side and I love that he’ll grow up seeing me working at something I love with space to explore his own creativity. It’s truly a dream come true!
I’ll be back next week with more on my Slow Style journey.