Life has been moving along in “Studio Renovation Land" at Leyden Glen Farm with barely a camera out and available. It’s down to the wire for my first class of 2010 this coming weekend. I haven't had a minute to breathe nor blog. I’ve finished painting the studio – almost. Lovely ten foot ceilings but boy, I haven't been up on a ladder in years and lately I've been spending my days on a really tall one. Have to finish bits and bobs on the doors, windows, nooks and crannies and painting the stairs.
We’ve had a bit of a hold-up on the flooring for the studio. I have gone really functional with Armstrong’s VCT line (vinyl composition tile). It is available in some lovely bright colors, along with all the almost invisible colors you see in every supermarket, hospital and school you visit. Somehow I knew this wouldn’t be easy. Order 10 colors and hope they are all in stock. I wasn't in the yarn biz that long to know I was asking for trouble with inventory! I’m driving my brother-in-law David nuts, along with the distributor of the the tile in eastern Mass.
I chose 9 colors and plan to make them into a random colorful patchwork floor. Eight colors are here in our farmhouse but the Screamin' Pumpkin is on a truck coming from the Midwest somewhere. I'm hoping it arrives so we can get the floor down before Friday..... I guess I could do the floor w/out the pumpkin but I just love orange. Sounds like a giant patchwork quilt or book project, doesn't it?
My electrician Dave and his lovely wife Marsha were here all day Friday getting the lights and plugs in the studio going. They are just the nicest people and get here very quickly. It's hard to believe after all the horror stories you hear. They always check with me so I get exactly what I like. I love the overhead lights I got. I was looking for that industrial factory feeling but with a bit of warmth. These lights are "brushed nickel" looking but were really reasonable. Nine of them - wow! We don't have any rooms in our house with this much overhead lighting - not a one..... The wiring isn't quite done yet but we have made progress.
I am currently obsessing about the bulbs. Any ideas anyone? Dave says I should get the fluorescent/ daylight which I am testing out. Any experience in crafting/art land there anyone? "Wattage?" which isn't really wattage on these things new fangled lights? I'm looking for a light that simulates daylight - sort of like the OttLites do for nighttime painting.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.