I spent Saturday outdoors, in the heat and humidity that is spring time in Houston, participating in a local artisan market. And this is the reason progress on the minimizing my studio and fiber art supplies ground to a halt for a couple of weeks - or four.
The show is now behind me and I can refocus on my creative space.
I took these pictures this morning. Sad, isn’t it? The dining room/sitting room/library/spinning room/I don’t know what the heck this room should be called has not improved in the past four weeks. In fact the changes involved moving things into the room instead of out! This has always been my favorite room in the house. Several years ago it was a sitting room with books, my favorite chair and ottoman, and so many things I loved. That is what I want to turn it back into, but it deserves a name fitting with its importance; Drawing Room, Gathering Room, Parlour, Lounge, Salon, Withdrawing Room, all have their appeal. I think I like Gathering Room. This is also going to be the space where my granddaughters can hang out when they come over, where we will craft, play games, and just be a family
The pink sofa under the window had been in the living room and we had to make room for our new reclining sofa. The good news is that now that the artisan market is behind me I cleaned out the living room and reorganized so that this space, where I truly live, is visually appealing and not at all cluttered.
As you can see, I have a definite affinity for gray, brown, and metallics such as gold tone and copper. There is still some picture and wall decor rearranging that needs to be done, but the furniture is where it will stay...forever.
So what’s next on my minimalism journey you might ask. My dilemma with a workspace design is that I want my space to look pretty and be functional. One of my favorite magazines is Where Women Create. I can spend hours perusing and dreaming. The same goes for Pinterest. The problem is that in my little 10x11 bedroom space I simply don’t have room for everything and still have the ability to make it look the way I want. The furniture simply won’t fit.
I want the gathering room to be a cozy sitting room filled with my favorite furniture, books and my antique spinning equipment. I view my wheels, drop spindles and my bobbin collection to be utilitarian art. I like having them out and used in my decor. So I decided to use both rooms; the bedroom will be storage, work related stuff like shipping, show prep, and a pet free place to dry yarn and fiber after a dye day. The room will also house my ball winder, drum carder, and blending board. These are all necessary fiber art tools, but not necessarily pretty. Plus, the work that I do in here will be messy. I can close the door and walk away, free to come back at a later time to finish and then clean up. I don’t have to live with it day in and day out. Even if the the shelving is utilitarian I want it to fit with the overall decor of the room. Because I own a few cool pieces of mid century modern furniture, I think I will keep the blonde colored IKEA shelving in there as it will work nicely with an end table, some lamps and a couple of chairs. So, the only piece of furniture that I will buy will be a twin sized sleeper chair. I hope to have my mom come visit and she will need to sleep somewhere besides the recliner.
As I plan the look and feel of the sitting room cozy is the key word. All the furniture in there has personal value to us, but also needs recovering to unify the era and look. I’ll talk more about that when I get ready to send them off. I want pretty book shelves and prefer to find rustic antique pieces to buying RTA (ready to assemble) that has no soul. My fiber art will be on display here as will family photos, crocheted throws, and all my spinning tools. I can spin anywhere, but I want to have the things I love out in the open because they are crucial to who I am and the passion and purpose of my life.
My goal for the week is to move one book case from the gathering room into the studio and get stuff up off the floor and onto the shelves. And that is all I intend on doing because I am working at the speed of life. I have yarn to spin, things to make and business stuff to take care of, not to mention run a household. So, I’m going to live and clean, and create, and enjoy each day to the fullest.
Until next week, be fearless, pursue passion and because the real risk is in doing nothing.