Last week was supposed to be the last little bit of my little “vacation” time.  By vacation, I mean that I’d taken a step back from some of the things I do and groups I’m involved in to spend time preparing myself for this busy year.  And, goodness, staying home almost every evening was a nice change compared to our usual schedule around here.

I got tons of little projects done around the house, cleaned both of my studio spaces, cleaned closets and the pantry, reorganized, sold lots of stuff on craigslist & ebay, and got prepared for what is in store for weather&noise this spring.  And my busy schedule has now started back up!  Spring classes started on Monday.  I was scheduled to have three (yes, 3!) photoshoots over last weekend, but they didn’t all happen.  I did have an interview and quick photoshoot for an event I’m participating in in April and I did get some new product photos taken, but the third photoshoot was cancelled due to that little snowstorm we ended up having. 


Since we got trapped inside for a few stress free days, I finished up some projects that were started long ago.  One is this washcloth made from tshirt yarn.  I made the yarn last year, I believe in September when we were teaching tshirt crafts to kids at the library.  It’s a really fun and simple project, but I don’t really like how the yarn knits up.  However it seems like it will be great as a washcloth or trivet for hot dishes.  I just threw this one in the washer and will test it out this evening.

I also baked some tasty muffins which I’ll be back to share the recipe for later.  These are the blueberry/banana/dark chocolate chip/bran muffins that I mentioned in the last post. Oh, how nice it is to bake on a cold winter day. 

Hard to believe that just last weekend we were at the park without coats!  We took Tucker and my parent’s dog Baron for a little trip to the park.  76 degreeees, how I long for more of those days. 

And speaking of last weekend, we had a a great make:Tulsa meeting and I’m just so excited about the direction of things to come.  I have such fun with these lovely ladies!

As my winter break is starting to wind down, I decided it was about time to enroll in my spring classes.  It may seem like I’ve been working on my degree forever, and I kind of have – I’m taking classes about 3 at a time because that’s what my financial aid allows.  After this semester, I’ll have exactly 10 classes left until I’ll have my BFA and can start working on getting NCIDQ certified.  This semester I’m taking Fabric & Fiber Technology, History of American Illustration, and Sustainable Design.  I’ve been feeling pretty burned out with school and antsy to finish, but I did get my copy of my Associate’s degree in the mail a few months ago – so that sort of made me feel like all of my work (and $$) was going towards something..

Anyway, I don’t think I’ve really blogged much about my school, or any of my projects, which is odd since it’s been such a big part of my life.  So I decided to post a bit of what I’ve worked on over the past few years.

This was a semester project for a design studio for a clothing designer.
These are from a residential redesign project from 2009. 
You might notice some etsy finds in some of those if you look real close… 
 This is the part I don’t like so much, but I’ve gotten pretty fluent in AutoCAD and Google SketchUp.  I literally have hundreds of files that look like this on my computer, but I’ve gotten to the point where I can actually read and understand them. 

These are just a few of the things I found stashed away in my school folder on my laptop.  Most of my work is on our desktop computer.. maybe I should upload it all to flickr.  Oh, one of these days..

 A quick sketch of a living room.. 
This is a simple Balsa wood model – I do these for most of my projects to help visualize the flow of a space.  The next two photos show one of the more complex models I did a few years ago.  It was for a two room redesign.. I used tons of old jewelry on the model.  Fun but SO much work.. and goodness, now I don’t know what to do with all of these models that have stacked up around the studio.  This one took over 60 hours to complete.

 This is a gouache study for my Sacred Geometry & The Golden Section class.  Every aspect of this design utilizes the golden section ratio.  I ended up also making this piece digitally and sell it pretty regularly at shows. 
Lastly, this was the concept board for my most recent kitchen redesign project.

It’s been a long, long ride, but I’m really happy that I can draft a floorplan by hand or with AutoCAD, make cut sheets & color boards like nobodies business, and all of the other valuable things that I’ve gone into immense debt for learned.

I have some pretty big news to share later this week, so check back!

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