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Monday, September 1, 2014

New Work Surface

I had this dresser against the wall in my old bedroom studio, 
but now it takes center stage.  

Come in and see what's new . . .


This dresser was always been wonderful storage,
but now my sweet Steve added a new top to it.

It measures 38 X 58 inches 
and gives me so much room for cutting fabric,
and spreading out projects.

 The new top hangs over on one side 
to make room to scoot a bench under.

I am loving it:)

This end was the perfect spot to add chalkboard paint.
I decorated the top with rubber stamps and sharpies
and then gave it 6 coats of varnish.


See the measuring tape that I added to the surface.

Also I added a 12 inch grid.
I think these will come in handy when working on projects.


The over-hang on the side gave me more room for storage.



I used up some old fabric and scraps to make curtains to hide my loft storage.

Sometimes I feel like I must be dreaming.
and like I need to be pinched, LOL.

I wish that I could invite you all over to play.

I've been having an extension cord for electricity 
and having to be very careful.
But today we have an electrician coming to start the process 
of installing power to my barn.

I can not wait!

Thanks for stopping by.

Please leave a comment, and Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister, 
Connie :)

P.S.  It's my Birthday!
69 years young:) 


50 comments:

  1. That is just lovely. Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day!
    What a lovely place to be creative.

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wish and for your kind words. I love my new space :)

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  2. oh wow, your art barn is amazing. I would love to come over and play. If you got me in there you might never get me back out again though....lol

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    1. Well, Ann the good part is . . . I have room for one of those blow-up beds, so if you didn't leave I could at least give you a place to sleep in the Art Barn, LOL.

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  3. Holy smokes, I can't believe I didn't see the part about it being your birthday. A very happy birthday to you. I hope you have a wonderful day

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  4. Oh, my gosh! What a design studio.

    Hey, HB!
    Hugs,
    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, thank you for the birthday wish.
      I hope that you are having a great labor day weekend:)

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  5. Wow, your art barn is awesome! Happy Birthday! Have a fab day xxx

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    1. Thank you Chris . . . I'm loving my new space to create. As for birthdays, well, getting older sure beat the alternative, LOL.

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY!
    Your studio is just AWESOME and love your new worktable!
    warmly,
    deb

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    1. Hi Deb, thank you, both for the birthday wish and the kind words. I do feel very blessed with this new space to create. Once all the yard work is done and the frost comes, I'll have plenty of time to go out there and start a new quilt.

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  7. Louise here....wow, now if I knew your address, I would send you a Happy Birthday card....69 years young...wow, I will be going on 68 in November, you must be taking some good vitamins!!! I love your art barn....I would come play with you and never want to leave!!!!

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    1. Oh, I wish that you lived close enough to come play with me. I think that we could have a fun time out there.

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  8. Happy Birthday Connie.
    Your studio looks fantastic.. Steve is such a handyman.. your chest looks great.
    My eye, caught the painting of the girl in her jeans drinking her cup of coffee! Is it yours.. Its super.
    Hope your day is a good one..
    val x

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    1. Hi Val, that is a painting that I've started of my daughter. I need to get back to it and get it finished:) She loves her garden and her coffee,LOL.
      Thank you for the sweet birthday wish :)

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  9. Love your work surface and the designs on it and oh boy what a great place to play!

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    1. Hi Nancy, if you lived closer I would invite you over for lunch and a play date:)

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  10. Well, First off- Happy, Happy Birthday to you, Connie. You are a young 69!!!
    I am so jealous of your BIG craft area. Wow! I am just moving my sewing out of the basement and above ground...but it is a very small area. Still, it will be so much better than being in the dark. I bet you will be glad to have the electric finally in there. It is going to be even MORE wonderful! xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, getting the electric work done will be glorious. I am very excited.
      Thank you for the birthday wish and for send me to Katie's blog.
      Your are a sweetie pie:)

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  11. Dear Connie, I am green. GREEN! GREEN with envy - what a stunning space to create in! I LOVE your new table top. Oh and I might add - I have my eye on your stool top - have a bare kitchen stool which needs a little TLC. I hope I have a steady hand to do the fine lines round the top. Brilliant! Lxxx

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    1. Dear Lynne, I can not wait to see your stool when you paint it. I love the colors you use and the energy in your work. Thank you for your kind words:)

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  12. Happy Birthday! How wonderful to repurpose your dresser into such a practical functional island. Very exciting to get electricity to your barn studio. Creative Bliss...

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    1. Electricity is going to be wonderful. Having lots of light for working and being able to have the a/c and the iron working at the same time:) Not to mention music playing on the CD player. Why, I'm going to be a very modern gal, LOL.

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  13. Connie, you're an inspiration! Love your Art/Craft barn.

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    1. Thank you, Judy . . . I feel very blessed.
      It is going to be a dream come true:)

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    1. Thank you again . . . you are a sweetie pie:)

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  15. Hi Connie! Love this dresser turned work table! so cute~!
    the whole Art Barn looks so cheerful and ready to be used for all your creative talents!
    Pat

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    1. Hi Pat, I am very excited about it:) This barn shed turned studio is a dream come true:)

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  16. I just love your studio!! Awesome job on the cutting table!! Happy Birthday!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy, That cutting table is going to save this old back of mine:)

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  17. The studio is looking really good, very inviting! Happy Birthday young thing!!

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    1. You have made my day . . . how sweet:)

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  18. Wow, would love to come and play in your craft room Connie.........
    Love the top Steve made for you and the idea of the grid and measure, will certainly come in handy.
    Hope you had a fantastic birthday and that cake was consumed as it should be on a birthday.
    From Oz with love.

    Claire xx

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    1. Good Morning Claire, I consumed enough sugar that I didn't get a good nights sleep. Good thing birthdays are only once a year:)
      If you lived close I would love to have you come play with me. I'm sure that we would have a wonderful time sharing ideas and creating some lovely things.

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  19. Happy Birthday Connie! I hope you have the best birthday EVER!
    You're art barn rocks! It is so very lovely. I wish I could come over and play but the commute from Texas would be quite rough. LOL!
    Take care and enjoy your special day!
    D~~~~

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    1. Hi Donna, I wish that you could, too. I'm sure we would have a ball:)
      Thanks for your sweet words and for the birthday wish.

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  20. Connie, how inspiring and pretty your work space is! I love your table! You did wonderful.......it's all lovely!

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    1. Thanks so much:) I love hearing that; it is going to be a marvelous place to hind away and get creative.

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  21. What a wonderful place to work in and I love that stool! Happy birthday Connie! :)
    Jess x

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    1. Hello Jess and thank you so much :)

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  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR CONNIEEEEEEEEE
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

    And many morrrrrrrrre.

    Hope your day was wonderful!

    Wow, your private studio is totally awesome! I would
    LOVE something like that for all my hobbies. Great
    job! So happy for you. Susan

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    1. Hi Susan, thank you . . . you and my daughter are the only ones that sang to me this year. How sweet:)
      My studio is a dream come true, I wish you lived close enough to come play with me.

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  23. Happy Belated Birthday! By the way your crafting spot is totally awesome!!!!!!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

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  24. Happy belated birthday Connie! I just LOVE your creative space - it's like an Art Cottage! It's all so pretty, with the bunting and everything so neatly displayed. Your new unit is fabulous and I just love what you have done with the top - how clever and how cool is that? It will be great to work on, with the useful grid and measure, and all the lovely doodles and stamping! It's wonderful.

    I laughed when you said that about pinching yourself because I am just the same! Last year we moved house and I now have a beautiful ARTHaven studio, fitted out to my own specifications and I still cannot believe how blessed I am to have it. You can see the development of it from start to finish here:

    http://www.pinterest.com/shoshiplatypus/my-new-arthaven/

    if you are interested in hopping over for a look!

    Off to have a look at some of your work now. The Creative Blog Hop is such fun - introducing us to lots of new blogs - I think most artists are very nosey people and we all love to see what we are all getting up to!

    Shoshi

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    1. I know that I for one am very interested in seeing projects done by other creative women and then there is the bonus of seeing into their homes and their creative spaces. It's better than any magazine that I've ever purchased and at my door step fresh and new 24/7. What a wonderful thing . . . Blogging Is:)

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  25. Happy Birthday Connie! I just love your art barn.

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    1. Thank you Becky, I appreciate the birthday wish . . . I'm another year older, but loving every minute of it :)

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