Whil there have been some wonderful aspects to incorporating craft and writing work and play into the family space, working - writing this blog and working on the book (I owe you details on that soon!) - has not always been easy or efficient since giving up my last studio space two years ago now. We've done our best to make do in the meantime, but working essentially in the middle of the family space has had some real day-to-day challenges for the whole family - those of us who want Mama's attention ("But she's RIGHT THERE!"), those of us whose challenging job is to get Mama some quiet space in which to write, and Mama, who's trying to think in the chaos, not to mention be present with children nearby. Steve and I often would remind ourselves and the kids that it was not forever, that very soon change was coming.
So would you like to see the space?
It's quite something, isn't it? (wink, wink.) Though it's been other things, it is the original hayloft in the attached ell of the house which connected to the original barn. We knew upon walking into this space that it would make the perfect dream studio space - attached to the house, but separate. Old beams and wood. Funky windows overlooking field and pasture. And big enough for all I do now and all our family could dream up in the future. I love (love, love) this space.
But - it's a project! A project I'm super excited about, but a project nonetheless. It's slated for sometime in 2011 (with this winter spent dreaming and planning). We need to insulate, and I'm thinking a tiny little woodstove must be in the corner. Oh yes. Oh, it's going to be wonderful. (And I hope you won't mind going along for the entire renovation ride on that one!)
Thankfully, until that project is complete...I have another nook in this house that I'll be carving out as my own.
Slowly but surely, in an hour here and an hour there, those studio boxes (some packed up two years ago) are being opened and sorted and placed in position ready for action (and there is so much 'making' to be done!). I am so excited and grateful to have this room - and a door - of my own.