Happy New Year. Happy New Years week!
This week is the week I get things ready. Ready to return to work, ready to start the new year, ready, fresh, optimistic… I have a tendency to clean and reorganize which I find cathartic. Cleaning the clutter both inside and out allows for creative growth and inspiration.
Here is the before:
My old and dear IKEA trestle/drafting table. I have had it for…..20 years? But its a board on 2 sawhorses basically. Rickety isnt a strong enough word… I loved that it was so deep and I could have treasures artfully stored within reach. But it wasnt working anymore…
The top left pix is the table that is leaving. The other pix show the general chaos, every surface covered…
The shallower workbench (thank you Harbor Freight) opens the room up quite a bit. Many thanks to the namelass Grandpa who handed me a 20% off coupon as I was debating the table in the store! The table is rock solid – and was a bear to put together. But my husband was patient… and I love it. Drawers for tools, no carts to slide in and out from underneath. Almost everything in one spot. (Micro torch, enamel tripod etc. are on a smaller tabel across the room, on deck until needed. ) The beloved IKEA table is to the left for collage, journaling, resin etc.
Many people start the New Year with an introsective post about goals, desires… and a word for the year. I am thinking on these things. I am not in a hurry. A year ago tomorrow I had major surgery and I am thrilled to be NOT there this year. Words I am pondering: journey, health, strength. This New Years Week I always reflect on my 2012 goals and write new 2013 goals as per the sage advice of Alyson Stansfield aka Art Biz Coach. I set up my Year-at-a-glance calendar with shows and deadlines. I clear off the bulletin boards….
This year I am looking forward to Kerry Bogert’s “Aspire to Wire” class in January; my Coast 2 Coast adventures with Cooky Schock and new mixed media work for shows with my art partner Betsy Mortenson.
The year is dawning brightly!
4 thoughts on “New Year. New Table.”
I think I must make a trip over to see this new work horse in person. I have a folding table that is a temporary set up in my “Jenny says – make this your jewelry creative area and put all that shipping stuff in the other room”. I look forward to your endeavors for 2013 and am very happy that you are almost a year past your surgery and well into the recovery and healing stage 🙂
Must get coffee soon (maybe I will see if I have any garnets to bring you ;o)
(said in the Forest Gump voice) Yes! Come over!!!! I will message you! Its been FAR too long. Lets start the year off right!
Sweet Jenny ~ I can’t thank you enough for sharing your journey with pix! It was just what I needed at the perfect time. Been feeling overwhelmed and STUCK in regards to the” mess” ~ which I call my work space this fall. I am fully inspired to take steps now to move forward with organizing even if it’s just one step at a time.
Was thinking about goal writing and now plan to do it! Love your work and your space ~ hope to see it in person one day! Looking forward to more “girl’s bead nights”, too!
Wishing you a very happy and productive new year! So glad that you are in a better place this year and not looking surgery in the eye!
Thanks for the inspiration! Cheers,
Thanks Lisa! Anytime… bring the puppy and come for a cuppa coffee! I love our Girls Nights and appreicate having found a great group of kindred spirits! Hey – I willingly organize for others, its my inner OCD put to good use… Ask Marsha! Ha. Holler if you want a hand.