Planning & Dreaming & Learning, Oh My!

Lately, I have been focusing on planning and product design and have not done very much making. I enjoy all of the facets of the creative process and embrace the importance of each; but the hands on actual making is my favorite part and I think I may be going through withdrawals. (Maybe I should break out some craft supplies this afternoon and scratch the itch a little.)

Currently,  my inspiration is coming from mid-century modern design and nature. Weird combination, right? I love the clean lines, vivid colors and graphic designs of mid-century modern but I also love the textures, shapes and ruggedness of the great outdoors. (My idea of the perfect vacation would be a camping trip in a vintage Airstream travel trailer) So while my current interests seem to be somewhat at odds with each other, I’m determined to find a way to marry the two. I’ll keep you posted on the success and/or failure of this endeavor.

I’ve also been practicing my pyrography and wood carving skills. It’s challenging and a bit frustrating to produce items that aren’t what I consider beautiful. I am not what you would call a patient learner, but I’m improving so I just need to stick with it. Eventually, I will like what I am producing…I hope!

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Mid-century modern, oh how I love you!

That’s a quick and pretty unexciting update of what I’m working on right now. I hope to have some actual projects to show you soon.

What have all my creative friends been up to lately? What’s inspiring you right now?

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My Workshop

I’ve been spending some time out in the barn this fall getting my workshop set up. (So has my loving husband. I’m so glad he puts up with my shenanigans!)  I’ve had a shop out there for a while but it wasn’t set up to my liking; I was just using it as is and there were things being stored in the space that really didn’t belong there and they took up a lot of my space. Junk was cleared, workbenches were relocated and supplies were reorganized. I super happy with the end result and I can’t wait to spend some serious time out there making things!

 

Now that it’s getting colder, I wanted to have a way to heat the shop, but it’s a pretty big room in a drafty old barn so I needed to get a little creative. The shop has a ceiling mounted heater and I have hung some moving blankets across the center of the room to temporarily create a smaller space to heat during the winter months. I picked up the blankets at Harbor Freight and I hung them from nails using medium sized binder clips. It’s working out pretty well and I’m glad that I can now use the space year round.

Speaking of using my shop…I better get out there and make something to blog about!