I expect you've been wondering where I've been, what I've been doing and if I & Handmade Heaven were still alive! Well, good news, all is tickety-boo :) I've just been on a break from glass-making. I guess it was another of those creative block times. I wasn't feeling it. I think one of my major stumbling blocks was my studio. I've got limited space - I was asked to teach some ladies for a hen do event not so long ago, but had to turn them down unfortunately. I wish I had the luxury of a massive, purpose-built studio but I don't. I use a room in my flat that often has to double up as a spare room! This means it is hard to keep the room functioning as a studio. I find if it stops being functional, tidying up and rearranging before making any glass kills my creativity.
Well, today I have sorted out my hall - another bugbear of mine - to make that more cosy. That meant taking my fold-up table out of there and needing somewhere to put it. "Ah ha!", I thought. I know where I can use that. So, new studio set up below. It means I can watch movies and work at the same time, or chill on the sofa. This new table gives me double the room I had before so I can work unrestricted. It also means I can leave the drill set up and I might even have the grinder/saw rigged up too so I have all my tools out and ready to use. If I fancy doing some sewing I can also move things aside and put up my sewing machine here too. Oo, it's making me want to make stuff already! Best get to it then, got to make my big brother some cufflinks - he is getting married in a couple of weekends time. Eek!
Here's how the hall looks now, should you be interested?! To be honest, these photos are really to prove to my mother that I have been sorting things out! ;) I intend to put some of my square-framed artworks up in the hall soon, to have a gallery. Seems a shame to keep them in their boxes until they are sold.