Monday, January 16, 2012

Jumping into a New Year

It has been far too long since my last post.  Sorry about that, but Christmas has a way of doing that to me.  Rather than writing a long post, I am going to ease back in with some pictures of what I did over my Christmas vacation.  My family usually hosts a Christmas day get-together, and since I don’t get anything done unless I have a looming deadline, I talked my husband into putting in a drop ceiling in the basement so we would have room for more tables so that the 30 to 40 people we were expecting could sit down.  We enlisted the help of a brother who had done this before, but it ended up involving the construction of some walls and the installation of some doors.  Yes, I was still painting Christmas Eve, but it got done and we all had a great time.

Cabinets, counter, and door from the house
we demolished.  Grandma's fridge.
My favorite part about the remodel is that we were able to use a lot of recycled and reused materials to build a spot that will serve as my new work area the rest of the year.  

A refurbished door from upstairs, repurposed scrap masonite panels, and excess trim from our home installation.

A coat of paint on the concrete walls and two tables purchased from the local elementary school for $5 each.  The aren't exactly pretty, but they do the job.

Some old canvas' repainted as a backdrop and I now have a place to shoot items for listing online.  What a luxury!


At last, a place for my yarn stash!

My next plan is to find a home for the contents of all the boxes with my name on them.  They will either be kept, donated, sold or trashed.  Anything I keep, I will use.  Now that I have a dedicated place to shoot photos for eBay and Etsy, I can bring some of my dormant photo skills into play and make my exposures and color balances consistant.  I did a test run today, and I must say, things went pretty well.
Now that I’ve broken the ice, I hope to get back in the swing of regularly blogging.  I also can't wait to get back to reading all my usual blogs that I’ve been neglecting.  Thanks for your patience, especially if you’ve sent me a comment and I’ve not replied.  It is on my to-do list.  I promise!
The Butcher


  1. Awesome! And I love Grandma's fridge :)

  2. You are the only one I know who plans a Christmas Eve dinner and ends up creating an incredibly organized studio along the way. Somehow I am not surprised! Have loads of creative time in there; it's the least you can do because the rest of us are envious (in a good way!)

  3. Thanks for all the kind words. Constantly Alice, don't be too impressed. Most of that yarn is acrylic. It is not my favorite, but I am on a mission with it. It will be a blog post one day soon. Cynthia, I love that fridge too! It still works and we rely on it for family get togethers. She used to keep it in her basement too and everyone likes seeing it there. Scrollwork, what you don't see are the boxes that all have my name on them that make the space far less organized! These pictures will motivate me to keep clearing out the chaos - I hope!