Living/Working Spaces

In doing some research for a new shed in our back yard, I found some unique design ideas.  I wanted something interesting that would be functional as well as add to the landscape.  There are many local places that do the traditional barn or colonial type sheds.  I have always had a modern esthetic, so, as my family knew already, I could not find anything I liked.  So I started planning something the boys could build.  I came across a company site and I love their little “studio” type sheds.

These prefab sheds are environmentally friendly and can be finished inside.

This design from Studio Sheds

Since I am designing my own I can customize it for my use and I can use found/reclaimed materials, to keep cost down.  It is going to be for storage, but with the right windows and location in the yard, I could totally work on design in these little buildings.

Now I just need few more sales to meet my little studio budget.  I will be opening my on line store again in September, with some great handmade gift items for the fall/holiday season.

Fashion and Fitness Friday

I have been trying to get “more” fit.  I can’t believe it becomes so hard as I get older.  Finding a plan to stay with in a hectic, is a challenge as well as eating well.  I don’t mind working out, it is just tough to fine the motivation and do enough to make a difference.   I have some physical limitations so that is another issue.

I read Heidi Klum (watching Project Runway this season?) and her fitesss guru, wouldn’t that be great to have a fitness guru to keep you going and make all the food and workout plans.

Source

Before the red thread fire, I was able to workout with the help my friends a personal trainer and a yoga instructor (we had a fitness studio upstairs) and it really made all the difference.  But things have changed and people are gone from the area, so I have new focus to do things on my own and hopefully get enough movement back to be able to workout in a class or gym.

Fashion for working out is always hard, you don’t want to look like you just got out of bed when walking around your neighbor at 7:30am.  I like the layers of this look, and of course Heidi Klum looks great no matter.  I think I need to restyle a couple of my big baggy tees for a update.

 

Trend or Not

I usually do not follow typical mainstream trends when it comes to my art work.  I do look at web sites and magazines, but when I try to but fabric, they usually do not have what I am looking for.  I print, applique, and embroidery on the fabric, but the base colors are what I need.  It is interesting that several trends I recently read about, are already in my group. “Green” reclaimed, rescued materials, which I use in my wood tiles as well as fabric embellishments, and mustard yellow, and polka dots.

Teaching Near and Far

by Tuckoo and MooCow

Planning for the new school year has been ongoing for several weeks.  I home school my son and also teach at a private art school.  My boys here at home are going to work in a journal format this year.  We will incorporate art, math, science, and writing lessons into a bound book format.  It is something I have used a little in my art classes I teach, and I think it will help keep a flow going and make our life moreportable for travel.

Journal

 

I you have noticed here on the blog J my youngest is now a contributor here and writing a post a week about color.

I love the beautiful book in these photos.  We will use a blank book, I was going to let them choose, but I think I will select something and present it to them with some new art supplies.

by Renovated Books

by Michael Rogers Press
by Jessi 081689

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Friday

I have been paint tiles for a couple of weeks now for a big order, I can finally see the end, so I am back to sewing a fashion.  A 40 piece order of bags and scarves, and since it will be fall/winter, a new color palette.  I am adding a Autumn Red, as well as the Dark Teal, Chocolate Brown, and a Golden Maize, to my base color group.

I do love the Chambray/Denim Blues with the Reds in this photo, and I do have a group of blue fabrics, maybe a new addition.

alabama trunk show, iiiiAlabama Chanin Collection

Gray is the… No it’s Brown

Dirt in the ground is brown, leaves on trees are brown (not yet it’s still summer or maybe it’s an evergreen). Charlie Brown… no; Charlie bit my finger. Chocolate is brown… and brownies. Brown eyed girl… other “stuff that’s brown… Brown Is neutral… mix every other color and guess what you have now… I think I have a shirt that’s brown, and pants… and shoes, and…. Gray?

 

 

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