I only recently Reclaimed my Art Studio Cottage after a lengthy displacement, when it provided a primary residence for The Son for a few years, when he came back Home to be of Help during a particularly difficult time for our Family... and various Friends who needed a temporary place to reside while they relocated and were 'Going Through' Life's Issues.
I had really missed having my Art Studio Cottage during those years... having a permanent Creative Space is indeed an enormous Blessing for any Creative Soul!
And once you have had one it spoils you... so it's difficult to go back to temporary Creative Spaces. Spaces that you constantly have to clean up and put away your supplies during the Creative Process because they serve double duty as Daily Living Spaces for the Family.
Granted, after so many years of not being primarily my Art Studio, I recently had to do a major makeover of the Cottage... which is still in progress, but at least the Great Room is now complete, and that is what I'm Sharing today.
And since I wanted to begin with a Blank Canvas to build my New Vision upon, I got rid of just about everything that had previously occupied the Space and started Fresh.
It had been a Great Studio Space before... but now it would be my Dream Studio Space and 'Full On Me' to my Core with the chosen Aesthetic and Styling... and with no compromises.
Now... that didn't come without particular Challenges, both in the removal of what had been in there... and moving what I now wanted in there into the building!!! Because this is the converted Old Carriage House and Stables of our Historic One Hundred Year Old Property, so it's not your typical Structure!
And clearly I didn't want typical Contents either! *LOL* I envisioned an enormous Vintage Industrial Creation Station in there, which I had... but which had to be dismantled outside, brought inside in pieces and rebuilt by the Grandson and I with a completely different base to accomplish that Grandoise Vision!
In fact, I wanted several Creation Stations, because I am after all the Queen of Excess and self proclaimed Maximalist, so too much is obviously never enough in my World! *Smiles* I've tried the Minimalistic Approach, it just doesn't Work or Fit for me.
Fortunately there are plenty of built-in features of the Cottage which Serve it well for being an Ideal Creative Space. Including a large Enamel Cast Iron Farmhouse Sink and Drainboard for clean-up of messy Projects.
And an entire wall of built-in cupboards and cabinets Created from Architectural Salvage. Since the Visionary that Homestead this Property at the turn of the Century was ahead of his time when it came to Upcycling, Repurposing and Reclaiming Architectural Salvage to Create his entire Ranch.
So there are elements from just about every razed Property in the Valley during that Period which are now a part of the Main House and Cottages on our Property here at Bohemian Valhalla... and I Love that about it!!!
And I can certainly Connect to that Lifestyle since Creating something from Beautiful leftovers and discarded Objects, The Thrill of the Hunt, Junquing, Collecting, Gathering, Salvaging, Rescuing and Reclaiming pieces of History and a Love of Old has shaped my World for as long as I can remember.
I wanted to fill my Creative Space with things I Love and to give many of them a New Life, perhaps as something different than they were originally intended. So a Collection of Old Instrument Cases have become Shelving.
And an excessive Collection of Old Suitcases, that no Sane person should own that many of, can be Justified and Purposed as tiered Storage for my equally excessive Collection of Fabrics, Trims, Embellishments and Art Supplies. *Winks*
The same holds True for the Collection of Orphaned Sewing Cabinet Drawers I've been amassing...
I recently heard that Creative Minds are Messy... and I'd concur with that Observation as Objectively as I can, being among the Afflicted. *Smiles* Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to my cache' of Found Treasures, I am just like a Human Magpie who drags Home whatever catches my Eye or Inspires me, to Feather my Nest with!
So this is my albiet feeble way of Attempting to bring some Order and Organization to my Curated Chaos and Beautiful Messy Chic Style! *Smiles*
I truly LOVE my Creative Space and it totally Inspires me... so if I didn't have a Family to consider and accommodate, it is very likely that my Home would look exactly like my Studio Space... a real tumble down the Rabbit Hole Addams Family Style! *Winks* I reign myself in ever so slightly in our Home... I'm not SO Wheels Off the Rails there... though the Family might dispute that claim. *LOL*
In fact, Morticia Addams has always been my Greatest Muse, since early Childhood... I wanted to Live in her Fabulously Quirky Mansion and I Adored her Confident Eccentricity and Delightfully Strange Family. Well... I HAD the Delightfully Strange Family... and I was certainly equally Eccentric and Morbidly inclined.
So it wasn't such a stretch to feel more Comfortable around that Style of Decorating, Collection of Oddities and the Weird and Wonderful. *LOL* I find Beauty and Inspiration in some pretty Peculiar places and things! And if you do too you'll feel right at Home here and we're probably cut from the same mold. Even if you don't like it or Connect to it, you might still be Fascinated enough by it to take a gander, no? Most people do. *Winks*
I don't tend to Decorate my Creative Space with too many of my own Artistic Creations though, as most have been Sold Off or Gifted to Friends and Family. So I much rather Decorate with my Found Vintage or Antique Treasures and the Fabulous Art Created by Talented Friends and other Admired Artists who never cease to Inspire and Encourage me on my own Creative Journey.
Many of my Artist Friends have been exceedingly Generous with Surprise Gifts to me of their Amazing Creations... so there is much Sentiment Attached to those pieces. Giving a great Energy and Positive Vibe that I Enjoy being Surrounded by. And if I could describe myself in a Word... it would be Sentimental!
The large Bohemian Bag in the center of this Image is one of my earlier Creations made from Sentimental Fabrics and Old Bling that are deeply Personal. I will keep a Creation of my own if it has unusual Sentimental Value in what it was Created with. Otherwise I don't find myself Attached to the Outcome very much.
But I do so Love Creating and even when I didn't have a Studio, I Needed to be Creative regardless. It's just so much more conducive to the Creative Process to have that Special Place designated as your Creative Space. Filled with the exclusive needs of your Artistic Process and where you can Sequester and lose yourself in your Creative Bubble.
With not so many Distractions and Interruptions. Because otherwise Life can get in the way of Art... and I HATE when that happens, don't you? *Smiles* As a Full Time Caregiver who also maintains a couple of Showrooms at an Antique Mall, I have precious little Free Time to Devote to Artistic Pursuits... so I NEED the Respite of it and a place to Retreat to for Restoration, Relaxation and Rest.
Sometimes our Reality and Life's Issues suck and we need a temporary Escape from it to our Magical Place. This is that Special Place for me and so I Cherish it. In fact, I would like to spend more Time here than I do... the Atmosphere Engergizes me even when I'm not Creating anything! Because it is also my Space for Imagining Possibilities and girding my Faith that everything is as it should be.
And I have a Fertile Imagination to be sure... overflowing with Visual Fantasyscapes and Enchanting Possibilities just waiting to be Manifested and Transferred from the Canvas of my Imagination to Reality. A Surreal Reality to be sure, but a Reality nonetheless. *LOL*
And in this household we're up by Faith and Confident it will hold. The Creation of this Space was a Welcome Distraction from the daily grind... and as Fun and Exciting as anything that will ever be Created in it. Even though it was a lot of Work, the end result came together just as I'd Hoped it would and has Inspired me to move forward to the other rooms of the Art Studio Cottage and Transform them too in order to complete the Vision!
Because my Creative Space continues to serve Dual Purpose as a Guest Cottage for Visiting Friends and Family. So I want it to be as Welcoming, Comfortable and Inviting to them during their brief stay, as it is to me when I spend time there. I just won't want anyone to Live there anymore, since I don't want to Relinquish it again... I've Worked too hard and am Enjoying it far too much to voluntarily Sacrifice it again!
I've learned that taking care of the Caregiver is as vital as caring for those who need you to provide care for them. And Art has been my Beautiful Escape that is a big part of Caring for and Pampering Self. Along with my Monthly Girl's Day Out Pilgrimage.
As well as frequent Retreats to this Wonderful Community here in the Land of Blog. Connecting to Kindred Spirits and Like Minded Souls who you can relate to on various levels... and that would take several Lifetimes to Connect to as many of in Real Life outside of Cyberspace! And I've had the Pleasure of actually meeting many Blog Friends in Real Life since beginning this Blog Journey, which is always a Rush 'cause you all ROCK!
I have been wanting to Participate in such a Blog Party as this for a long time... but without having a Permanent Creative Space to Share, it just wasn't possible. So each year I would anticipate Visiting the Sharing of each of your Creative Spaces instead... and Imagining the day when I'd Reclaim mine and what it would be like?!
It has been one of those Journeys a long time coming... and so Revealing it FINALLY has been as Enjoyable as the Creation of it!!! And as always, the Posts would be Epic and Excessive... because that's how I Roll! So I do Hope you've not been in a Rush and gotten comfortable first so you could sit a spell and Visit?! *Winks*
And if you're one who is Visiting and is still awaiting your Permanent Creative Space, may this be a Post that instills Hope that anything worth having is worth waiting for. I waited a long time too and I know how Agonizing that can be. Patience has never been one of my Virtues, so at times it was beyond difficult to keep waiting and have Patience that the day would come to Attain what I Desired and Longed for!