Archive for January, 2009


January 26, 2009




(photos by Brock)

Brock and I installed a shelf above the doorway between the kitchen and bedroom months ago. We planned its use for plants. The plants never gathered enough light to fulfill a healthy existence. After they died we had an empty white shelf hovering above us—lonesome. (Un)Inspired by our piles of books lying about the apt I incorporated Brock’s height and stacked the reads on top of the lonely shelf. We are pleased with the results. The books help divide the room even more. It’s quite pleasant to have books look down happily upon us.



January 18, 2009

A place for everything, everything in its place.
– Benjamin Franklin

My desk before: (still working on whole studio)


My desk after:


All my special zines and magazines go on the wire rack under my desk. There is a container for shears, pencils, office supplies, glue sticks, pushpins and the horse head is for my special neon color pencils (not shown).

I did all this and more (shelf organization – not shown) on a cold wintry Friday night. Approx. 3 hours. PS: Why does one own so many sketchbooks? I am never buying another sktbk again! Reduce Reuse.


More to come on this Studio Saga. Here’s a sampling the mess to tame:



January 17, 2009

Brother Scott is leaving us in care of his SUVish car Feb 20 until March 1st.  A perfect time to schedule an Ikea trip. Here’s a big list. We have one month to scrimp and save. Cost will be about $320 before taxes.

1. Aneboda bed frame $99


2. Lack book case $129


3. Expedit book case for studio (Brock’s stuff) $89.99


January 2009/Month 1.

January 16, 2009

2009 is the year we turn our apartment into a H O M E.

There has been spurts of home improvement throughout 2008. ( Clutter Cowgirl, building desks, painting walls, moving bedroom, making floor pillows, ikea closet, rescuing moldy furniture from storage )

In 2008 the move itself was a big deal. Now that we are comfortable and love spending time at home I really want to make our home experience as pleasurable as possible.

Today I clean the studio. It’s been overrun with supplies, papers, cords and dust.

And we need batteries for the smoke alarm! And renters insurance.

Get rid of dead plants.