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Thursday, March 3, 2011

While I'm waiting....

First of all I wanted to say thanks to all of you for your good wishes and cheers on the last post. I really appreciate your comments, they were so fun to read today after I got home.
Yesterday I started packing up the stuff in the upstairs bedroom that I have been using to work in. What a mess! I cleaned all of my tools, every last one of them,
I sharpened all of my trim tools and knives. These four tools are my favorites and the stone was my dad's. He always had a pocket knife in his pocket and kept them razor sharp. I don't think a day went by that he didn't pull his knife out to use it for something.
I put everything in it's own little organized place,
and THEN, today I went SHOPPING! I got a door and windows and some old wood for shelves at the Habitat reuse store and got it all for $60!!!! and then my friend Suzanne brought her son by and he dropped off his tools and will be back in the morning to get started. Whoo Hoo!!! Here we go!
Just picture this: sparkly clean glass, thick old weathered boards for shelves, glossy white walls, windows with chipping paint that swing up from the bottom and are propped open to let in the breeze, studio sitting back in the trees, rooster crowing, tools clean and sharp and lots of work to be made. Sigh................
These boards are going to make great shelves
I got this door for seven dollars!! I love shopping and finding treasure like this. I love the patina and chipping paint and rust, you just can't walk in to Home Depot and get wood that has chipping paint. When I was a set and prop designer I lived for finds like this. Most plays I did were period pieces and everything needed to look old. Shopping today brought back those days of poking around in the strangest places to find the perfect thing for a set. Maybe I should go into studio planning for artists when I get this one done. I know how to do it on an artist's budget that's for sure! Day one tomorrow.....

13 comments:

cindy shake said...

How exciting!! What a haul you made -some things are just meant to be :o) must be in the stars!

Michèle Hastings said...

great deals!
and you gotta love Dolan trim tools... they are the best!

Amy said...

how exciting for you! I hope to be doing what you doing someday.... fun! And I love seeing clean tools-- we talk about this every now and then at clayworks. some don't even wash their tools! (not me) :)

ang said...

those tools are way too clean trace :P luck with the build!!!

Scott Garrett said...

That's great news Tracey. You're moving out of the bedroom and i'm just about to move into one... then you'll get a barn and i'll get my shack! Love seeing tools of peoples trades(there's a post i must do). Can you guys over there still carry pocket knives? we're in big trouble over here if you get caught out with one. Sometimes after a productive weekend i'll forget it's still in my pocket. It's so annoying not having one, but then i walk around town and see some of the people and i'm glad knives aren't allowed!! (my father-in-law in Montana keeps sending me knife sets and just doesn't get the concept!)
Can't wait to see you all settled in your new home!
Good luck with the build.

Judy Shreve said...

Woo - what a haul! Can't wait to see those doors and windows all installed. Your studio space is going to be fabulous!
And those tools are entirely too clean!

June Perry said...

Love all those goodies! Can't wait to see the finished studio. Way to go!

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Love the photo of your jars with tools. What a thrill to get this project going~ it's exciting to read about too! Can't wait to see what gets done today :)

Michèle Hastings said...

just a thought... i am not sure how old your shelving boards are but you should probably test the peeling paint for lead before installing them.

Shanners said...

Wow, all of that for $60! That's amazing! I love the door, and I agree those boards are going to make awesome shelves. Can't wait to see progress pictures!

Becky said...

Thanks so much for sharing these exciting times with us. It will be a joy to see your new studio come together here. Makes me want to do something with the old tool shed out back on our property. And there's a Habitat ReStore within walking distance of where I work. Hmmmmm.....

andrea said...

You just made my heart race with excitement! How wonderful and so well deserved. You will use every inch of that space with creative love and genuine thankfulness. Hoot Hoot and a hip hip hooray!!!

laura weant johnson said...

so excited for you, i can't wait to see what you end up with...it's going to be wonderful! stop by the next time you're in hillsborough, i'd love to chat face to face!