January 18, 2016

Mixed Media Monday #2

This is a bit of a non-traditional Mixed Media Monday because on a whim (sort of), I decided to tear apart my studio yesterday. The goal is to clean, re-arrange, and go through every single item! And let me tell you, my friend, there is one big, fat MIX of all kinds of STUFF in there so in my book, it qualifies for Mixed Media Monday. 

I will share some pics in a minute but first, I must tell you that it all started because my friend Suzette gave me a delightful sun catcher for Christmas. She made it and I love it!  In fact, she gave sun catchers to two of our other friends too and here's a pic of us with them.  

Cindi, Me, Faye and pretty sun catchers.

I wanted to hang the sun catcher but I didn't have an S hook to fit over the curtain rod that I want to put it on, nor would it fit through the jewelry clasp. I liked the idea of braiding some yarn and hanging the sun catcher off the end. 

Sounds easy enough, right?
Not exactly.

The problem was that I could not get to the yarn! It's all stored in little, plastic tubs, high up on a shelf. I would have to climb on top of the sewing table and embroidery machine to access it. A contortionist, I am not. I also have breakable body parts.

So really, what's a woman to do?
Tear the entire room apart
and start over, right?

See the little shelves on the left 
with the tub on the very top? 
That's where yarn can be found too. 

 You can see it here, top right.
Below it are spools of 
ribbon and fat quarters.
I don't have to go through all the fabric and ribbon because I did that about a year ago but I think that's about the only thing I don't need to go through. 

See the sewing machine 
table in the foreground? 
It's pulled out from the wall in this pic
but, of course, it was pushed up against it.

These bigger shelves house mostly 
larger cuts of fabric and the like.

Now bear in mind as you look at these pics, 
I've already started tearing the room 
apart so everything is in disarray.
Here's another corner.

 Lots of pencils, pens, markers, 
papers, and the like. Every marker 
and pen will be given a written test.
To pass the test, they must write.  
Some will go, some will stay!

Below is stuff to go through, 
stuff to finish, 
and some stuff that needs fixin'.

There are shelves above 
every window and the door. 
That stuff will be sorted through as well.

A look at the main worktable.
Lots of paintbrushes and 
other stuff to go through.

The doors look innocent enough but...
They're not!
Paint & collage stuff, stamps, 
stencils and so much more.
The paint holder on the second shelf rotates 
and the other side is full of paint too.
Some will go, some will stay.
I might even get rid of that paint holder!

 Sewing stuff.
A Dallas Cowboys flag?
Why is that in there?
 Oh yes, lots of stuff to sort here too.

Those little plastic cases on the top shelf have lots of little compartments in them which are full of stuff like buttons, jewelry, baubles, etc. I see Mitsuhiki and Angelina fibers. Yikes, lots of stuff!

Do I really need to go through them?
Probably not.

Also, a brown basket full of computer boards and other metal stuff for assemblage or steam punk pieces which I have never ever done in my life but would really like to do someday. 

Oh, someday--heavy sigh!

The big cabinet picture.

Then, last but not least, the desk.
Plenty of stuff to go through there, and in 
those two matching file cabinets, front right.

So what do you think?
It's a mixed up, mixed around, 
mixed media mess, right?

And here's Suzette, 
the troublemaker that started it all!
And boy am I thankful that she did.
Well... I will be when the job is done.
Thank you Suzette!
Love you dear friend!

May Your Day Be Creative and Bright, 
My Blogland Friends!

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