Monday, June 24

Buried treasure


I'm  a little embarrassed to show you the state of my studio right now, but here it is.


Things have gotten out of control in every single corner.


In order to stop my creative mess from taking up permanent residence in the kitchen, and to spare myself the shame of becoming an episode of Hoarders, I am cleaning, purging, and reorganizing.

Deciding what to keep and what to share and what to simply dump.


What I thought would take a couple of days, is going to take a while longer. Because this is also a process of discovery.


In one cluttered cabinet, I uncovered a sheet of Robert Dansik's Faux Bone -- a material I have been wanting to play with -- and his book, and I had to stop and make this amulet for K.


And then I found this sweet little falling-apart book with the name "Ella" on the cover.


Not everyone knows someone named Ella, but I do, so I made another detour in my cleaning, purging, reorganizing, to bind the covers into a journal for her.


And then I found this letter "J" that J's mother asked me to make when he was born . . . seven months ago. 


Clearly, this is going to take a little longer -- but be a little more fun -- than I had planned.




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  1. looks all too familiar, & you're making the process into so much fun!
    Marilyn

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn! I'm not setting any records for getting it finished, but I am enjoying getting reacquainted with all the stuff I've accumulated over the years, and I know I'll be happy with the end result!

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  2. the pioneer
    of lost and found treasure
    you are the treasure
    xox

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    1. Thanks, eb. Yes. Lost and found treasure is exactly what it is. I'm sure some of this stuff will get lost again before too long.
      xo

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  3. Can I come over and help? It looks like lots of fun!

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    1. It would be even more fun with your help!

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  4. Looks pretty darn neat to me....come visit....heading down now to find my way in. xox

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    1. I probably won't be able to find a thing once I've finished the reorganization!
      I'd love to come up and visit. You are welcome here , too. Anytime.

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  5. Leslie!! I love your studio more than any other! Messy or tidy its the best. I will be back one day... and EB is right, you are the treasure.
    roxanne

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    1. Thanks, Roxanne! I know you will be back, and I can't wait! I believe it was in just about this same condition when you were here in March!

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  6. I have read just about every book on organizing and purging and I have to say, this business is excruciating, painful and exhausting. I think this is especially true of clearing art spaces. That you can find joy and fun in it is magic. All I can think of right now is organizing guru, Julie Morgenstern's acronym....S.P.A.C.E.......Sort, Purge, Assign a place, Containerize, then Evaluate. And......I'm hearing over and over the advice to be 'RUTHLESS'. Tomorrow that's my plan. Carry on fellow 'Soldier of Clutter Clearing'! ox

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    1. It's nice to think that you are in New Mexico doing the same thing I'm doing here. It isn't all fun, but there is something satisfying about it. I'm at the point where it looks worse instead of better in there, but I know it will improve. I like Julie's acronym and will apply it to my clutter clearing. "Be ruthless" is my mantra for the day! Ha ha.

      Thanks, M!

      xo

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  7. I love your studio you very lucky.My dining room table is looking pretty small after looking at your studio.

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    1. Thanks, Jen! This room used to be used as a sitting room/sun room with a wicker love seat and a couple of chairs at one end and a dining set at the other. I first had a small folding table and chair at one end, and that was my crafting area. Slowly I took over the entire space. There is not a single element of 'sitting room' left there now! Who needs a dining room anyway. I'm just saying. . .

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  8. I don't see a mess, I see a lot of wonderful art being made. How exciting to find buried treasure.
    Now I am inspired...with this heat wave coming it is a good time for me to clean and purge. xoxo

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    1. I can't imagine that you have any kind of mess in your wonderful studio. I saw how organized you are! I've been thinking of you recently and missing you! We should get together!
      xo

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  9. i have my whole studio torn up ... only to be distracted by my first grandchild . i spend half the time in san francisco and half the time at home . when i get home i just stare at the mess. hopefully i will have it under control soon.
    i have been watching hoarders to scare myself ! i love your studio ! and of course the creations that you make .

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! What a nice distraction you have! But, I sure know how the mess can be overwhelming. I guess that's why it's taken me so long to get started. Hoarders is difficult to watch for me. I think I see something of myself in some of those people!

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  10. oh my goddess!! what a gorgeous studio... the space, the antiques!! I am just speechless, I would love to have such a great space... as far as mess goes, I just don't see it!! xx

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  11. . . . love your space . . . and everything in it. Do you ever have problems finding anything, or do you have a "system"? When I'm working it looks like a bomb exploded, and then I get great satisfaction from tidying it all up again :-)

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