Tuesday, September 7, 2010

No pictures please! What about your dream space?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I feel like such a tease. Always saying I'm going to post more often. Not following through. Let's see. What are my excuses... errr... reasons this time?

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The kids started school. I am now the proud parent of a senior and an eighth grader. Kaitlin will be graduating this year with her distinguished diploma. She goes to school until lunchtime and then has the afternoon off although technically it's called a "work period." She's in DECA and working at a local fast food place to pay off her motorcycle. Not mentioning the name but she makes the best ice cream treats ever. (insert long rant here about problems with temporary manager that we're trying to iron out. I took the kids to school and when I came back I realized it was just a bunch of griping. :P) Her DECA counselor has been so wonderful.

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Cameron is glad to be playing tennis again. That boy lives for the courts. He has some football guys on his back - all over a girl naturally. This, too, shall pass.

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Both of these remind me of the Elizabeth Stone quote “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

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And door number three, Bob? I'm glad you asked. Behind door number three today we have the shambles formerly known as our house. We live in a 50's bungalow type house. Standard 3 bedroom, 1 3/4 bath type thing. Over the years the owners added a garage then converted it to a bedroom. They added a laundry room. But what we're concerned with is the 400 square foot family room that they added onto the back of the house. Because I am currently in the process of converting it into class space.

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It has been my art space forever and ever, with Ken and the kids' computer desks here and there, a loveseat for reading and hanging out. But recently it became necessary (more convenient?) to move classes out of the store and to another space. So, in a moment of insanity, we thought "Why not?" Because who else has a big space like this plus a 6 foot table, 5 foot table, 8 pine chairs, classroom size chalkboard (for lessonplans/schedule and such), 5 giant desks, 2 small desks, towers for holding paper, 8 bookshelves, supply cabinets, file cabinets... I could go on but you get the idea. It's like I've been amassing the needed items before I even knew it. And we'll have all our supplies at our fingertips! No more frantically calling Ken because I forgot needles. hehe

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It does require me texturing the ceiling, sealing the floor, moving furniture, and other things. You know how you come to live with things and don't notice them anymore? That is until you realize that the parents of more than a half dozen kids will be walking through your house weekly. ugh.

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And so I have employed child labor for the last week and we are down to the wire. Two days to go and what doesn't get done - well, I'll just shrug and smile.

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I have no pretty pictures of my own to share. These are pilfered from various Japanese sources. If I could read the bloggers entries maybe I could tell you the sources but then again maybe not. These have the feel that I love. Right off I can't find my very favorite but as soon as I do I'll share it. What is your dream space? What would it include? Do you have certain places on the web that you go to over an over to look for inspiration for studio space?

2 comments:

Tanya said...

Oh, please please please post a pic of your space when it's ready :) I never thought about it until now, but it *is* perfect for a class room! All that natural light from the back windows... the long nature of the room... and yes, all those tables, bookshelves, and desks! Perfecto! Best wishes!

jesslope said...

just found your blog. i think its great.