Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ikea Run

My son Joe and his girlfriend Aurora and I made a run to Ikea in New Haven to get furniture for my art/quilt studio Saturday afternoon. I had already picked out furniture last month when we made an IKEA run to get furniture (two apothecary cabinets with glass shelves) for my son's dining room. So I had all the aisle and bin numbers on printouts in my huge pocketbook and we bypassed the store area and headed right for the product picking area. We found everything on my list and Joe looked at our cart full of boxes and the conversation went something like this:

Joe: I don't know if this is going to fit in my car. This is a lot of stuff.
Me: Well, it will probably be tight but hopefully it will fit.
Joe: If we get it going fast enough, the mass will decrease and it will fit {that's physics}.
Me: You need a bigger car, like a minivan :-)

Being an engineer, he managed to get everything into the car (he has 60/40 split rear seats in his VW GTI) but there was not much room left for the rear passenger. I' m small so I jumped in the back seat before he could say anything and held onto the table on top of the pile so it wouldn't hit me in the head. Off we went and I managed to text from my precarious position while we were underway :-)

An hour later we were back at the condo at Lake Pocotopaug and Joe and Aurora unloaded the car and started assembling the tables. I am not the strongest or handiest person in the world so my job was to break down and cut up all the cardboard for the recycling bins. And I moved the temporary wire cube shelving and all the art/quilt stuff in there out of the way. After they got the tables set up, they put together the 5 foot by 5 foot Kallax cube storage shelving unit. It looked complicated but they said it was easy. They had to run out and meet friends for dinner and board games so they worked fast :-) Afterwards I rearranged all my stuff and sat on the love seat totally amazed. It looks beautiful! And I am living in a smaller space yet it seems so big to me.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Art Journaling Again

I started art journaling again this weekend! My art/quilt work space is not fully set up yet and I still need to get 2 work tables and a big storage shelf from Ikea. My supplies are unpacked into temporary shelving. There is just no work surface other than a small card table and that is too small and has a sewing machine on it.

Determined to get going finally, I dragged my art journaling supplies upstairs to the dining room and set everything up Friday night to get motivated the next morning. Many trips up and down the stairs after forgetting numerous things, one at a time of course, so who needs a Stairmaster? Not me! I spread out all over the place and made a big mess like I did at my house before this, but I was more careful about flinging paint around :-) I have been nesting around here... I made curtains and got new chair cushions at BBB. And I don't think the carpet would look good with paint spatters.

It was heaven, nirvana, joyous, an epiphany. I totally lost track of time and anything that was bothering me disappeared. I immersed myself in the process which for me is totally spontaneous. The first thing I do is choose 3 or 4 contrasting and harmonious colors of craft paint. I like Craftsmart paint from Michaels. It comes in 2 oz. bottles in a ton of great colors, it flows well, and it's cheap. I keep a rainbow of about 40 colors in a medium size Sterlite plastic bin with handles. Once I get color down on the page I let the work, my art supplies, and random thoughts inspire me. I do not start with a plan and I just let things happen. Wish I could be more like that with my life. It is very freeing!