Wednesday, 20 March 2013

A studio !!!!


Well here I am , I have now got to the point where I can share the very exciting journey of getting a studio with you . Wahayyy! a creative work space that is not in my house , I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY !!!! Best of all I have a studio Buddy  to share it all with . Oh my goodness me the past several weeks have been exciting and  exhausting .

Lucy and I for some time now have had toyed with the idea of getting a creative work space to share and now it is reality . It's all happened so quickly I don't know whether it was divine intervention or just simple fate that has lead us down this path , but a lot of things fell into place very very quickly .

The first viewing .......lots of potential and two very excited ladies !!!

Oooooo old and a bit battered and has character , that was a very big tick in the box!!!

Good light as well !! another big tick !

We knew it would be hard work and we were prepared to roll our sleeves up and get dirty in order to pursue our dream .

First day of scrubbing , scraping and scouring a 100 years of grim off of the Victorian floorboards ..........
...........but it was worth it . Oh boy was I stiff the next day , muscles had been used that hadn't been used in years !!
All that scrubbing was worth it as the floor boards came up a treat and all they needed was a good dose of Danish oil .
Once we had cracked the floor we knew the bulk of the hard graft was done , then came painting . White is not a colour I would usually go for when painting a room but in this instance it was a must . We wanted the room to be very light and good for photography . The injection of colour in the room will come from our own personal touches and our work .

I think I got more paint on me than the walls, those rollers don't half splatter!!


Lucy bought this Hyacinth in the very first week when we had agreed to take the studio and we've watch it slowly open up as we've worked our little socks off!!
But we were definitely right to pick white as our back drop !! 
The room is so light , I cannot wait until high summer when the room will be warm and flooded with sunlight .
Lucy joked the other day we may need to wear sunglasses inside at summer as it will be sooooo bright !!
When we had put the last lick of paint on on Saturday I went and bought some celebratory flowers to give the studio a homely feel .

..............and I started moving in .

Oh how I love the light for sewing !! It's fantastic .


We each have a corner we are putting our own personalities and styles into ,this bit is such fun and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity and space to explore my creativity . I no longer feel shackled down by the restraints of my modest sized home which was bursting at the seams with all my stuff !!
I have spent this week moving bits in and creating my working space as well as starting to sew again , my sewing and making has been seriously interrupted by getting the studio up and ready to move into . But I feel this has been a worth while sacrifice and I will soon get back into the swing of things . 

Tomorrow will be my first full day down at the studio working and I am really looking forward to it , I spent this afternoon setting things up for tomorrow and I am itching to get down there . The room feels very tranquil ( even though it is on a main road and you can hear the traffic ) and whenever I glance over my shoulder I get a burst of colour from Lucy's end of the room which is quite invigorating and refreshing , It's like being on holiday at the height of summer in Cornwall or Devon . Beautiful !!

I now have a studio to fill with stock for people to come and buy when we start having open studio days .But this whole process has taught me to let things move at their natural pace . I am in a very happy place right now and I can see lots of creative possibility's for the future .

This is the very start of our creative adventure in the studio and the future is full of possibilities , we certainly have plenty of ideas already both as individuals but also for  joint use of the studio . I hope in the future some of you get to come and enjoy the space too .
Thanks for popping by and ta ta for now . Tracy xx





77 comments:

  1. How very very exciting and such a beautiful studio!!! Hope you have lots of fun tomorrow - I can't imagine how exciting it must be :) x

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  2. Tracy it's BEAUTIFUL and I am just so over the moon happy for you! I can't wait to come and see it and I hope that the chalkboard fits in nicely.
    Love Heather xxxxx

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  3. Very Excited for you! It looks Fabulous :)

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  4. Wow, it's fabulous! Hw exciting to have your own studio ... Looking forward to seeing what you produce.

    Love Claire xx

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  5. WOW!! I am so excited for you! I think the space is just amazing!!! I wish you and Lucy all the best with your new adventure!!

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  6. It is a fantastic space! I wish I could visit but a trip across the pond is not in the plans at the moment.

    I have a studio inside our house and love having my own space to create, a place to lay out what needs to be done without having to clean up at the end of the day. It's also my space to just wander and dream. I waited years for it and am grateful on a daily basis for my little studio. I'm sure you and Lucy will enjoy your space just as much!! Thank you for sharing the pictures.

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  7. oh how exciting - it looks fantastic. I'm very jealous of your light in that studio - I love my barn but it is a bit prone to being dark. Your studio looks just flooded with light!

    good luck with it - am sure it will be fantastic and a huge success!!!

    Nikki x

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  8. Your studio looks like such an amazing and creative place. I'm sure you and Lucy will love working there.

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  9. So exciting. Many congratulations with getting up and running in your own studio and all the best for your future projects, x

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  10. Congratulations, how exciting for you! Your studio looks lovely and you've made a good job of the decorating. Can I see the shop sign 'something of Skipton???' I stayed there for an Easter break many years ago and it is such a beautiful place - how lucky you are!!

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  11. Congratulations to you both, how exciting! Look forward to hearing more about it. Hoping you will do some Workshops, that would be great.

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  12. All the best in your new venture. Love your thread storage! I hope you and Lucy will be very happy there. Rowen@Coastal Colours x

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  13. It looks fantastic, wishing you many happy hours in your creative space ;0) x

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  14. How lovely, the light in the room looks ideal for sewing! And I love the glimpse of your little sewn creations on the table, how charming!

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  15. Love it, love it, love it! You and Lucy have done an amazing job and Skipton is very lucky. I wish I was still there to pop in - it's just the kind of place I would adore. Congratulations, I hope it goes from strength to strength. x

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  16. This is an amazing adventure for you both! That floor looks wonderful, and I'm surprised at how well it came up just from a very hard scrubbing! I would've thought you'd have to sand it down. Congratulations on your finding the studio and it's transformation ... can't wait to see more pictures when it's all put in place! Wendy

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  17. Congratulations I can't think of anything more exciting than having my own studio :)

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  18. Hi Tracy and Lucy, I'm so thrilled for your new adventure. I've been following Lucy for a few years and absolutely love her work and now I'm looking forward to following you, her "crafting Buddy" I wish you all much success and lots of fun together! Hanna from New Orleans, La.

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  19. So excited for you both. This is such a good idea - having a room outside of the house. I love how you have repurposed the printers tray.

    Congratulations and good luck to you both.

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  20. Brilliant. It looks fab. I couldn't be more pleased for you both xx

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  21. Tracey, your studio is wonderful...a pleasure to the eye. The white walls, floor boards cleaned and freshly oiled, the fireplace, creative tools and WIP all contribute to an elegant, but cosy foundation for your new venture. Thanks for posting and letting us celebrate with you!
    Blessings to you and Lucy,
    xx,
    Gracie

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  22. Your little studio is adorable!! You ladies certainly worked hard to make it special for all and us too.....to enjoy!! Congrats!

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  23. hi tracy, i'm here from lucy's, and just thrilled for you both. what a space, it has a wonderful feel and the light is incredible. congratulations and best wishes for millions of happy creative moments in your new creative space!

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  24. How exciting and what a wonderful dream come true. How very lucky.... Good Luck.

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  25. Fabulous - please please say you are going to do workshops and courses in your gorgeous studio

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  26. I so wished I lived in your little town..../Mica

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  27. What a thrilling adventure. The space has character and light, just right for creativity.

    Will stay tuned.

    Christy
    Lil Bit Brit

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  28. Good luck. Looks fun. Something I should have done thirty years ago!!

    Sorry I have to be Anonymous as I don't have a blog or anything........yet!

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  29. Absolutely lovely! I am sure all your hard work will be worth it and you will spend many happy hours in your new work space. Wishing you and Lucy well. Lesley x

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  30. Oh, Tracy how gorgeous for you both to have this amazing space to play in. It looks beautiful and I'm sure you will spend many happy hours making and doing : -)

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  31. First time visitor to your blog. I loved my visit! what a beautiful blog. I am pea green with envy about your and Lucy's new Studio. ENJOY!

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  32. I just love what you have done with your new studio and wish you both well.
    I just wish I could come to some of your knit and natter groups but Australia is a bit to far to come, so it looks like I'll have to follow you on your blogs ...Good luck

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  33. This is so cool,I would looooove to be doing this... Might have to pop by when I am in Skipton...all the best to you and Lucy.

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  34. This is all so wonderful, just saw it over at Lucy's blog and thought I'd pop in here too. Good luck with this wonderful new venture ... Sarah x

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  35. Well done to you both...you've worked so hard. It looks perfect. Wishing you all the luck in the world, and many happy, fun-filled creative days in there together. XXX

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  36. Very inspiring & exciting times ahead, I suspect :)

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  37. Just hopped over from Lucy's blog to send best wishes to her Studio Buddy too.
    Sue.

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  38. Hope it all goes well for Lucy and you. You must feel dizzy with excitement and anticipation.

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  39. Hi Tracy - I've just said to Lucy that I'd love to live nearer you, and be able to share in the fun. Best wishes for your new and exciting venture. Chris x

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  40. Big congratulations on your gorgeous new workspace! You and Lucy are going to have a fantastic journey there! Happy Creating :-)

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  41. What a transformation! I LOVE your set up! How appealing! Makes all my creative parts tingle! Good luck!

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  42. I'm visiting here through Lucy's blog. You two are amazing and inspirational. It all seems like it really was fate. What a beautiful space, I hope all your dreams continue to come true. Now I have to go have a gander at the rest of your blog. Thank you so much for the tour!

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  43. How exciting! I look forward to learning more about you and your work (I found you through Lucy). I love your bunny and mouse, adorable!

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  44. It looks amazing (and just like the sort of space we crafters all dream of to call our own). You have certainly worked so hard and transformed the space into a little crafting haven. Well done and good luck !
    B x

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  45. It looks wonderful and makes the rest of us very jealous!! LOL The best to both of you!

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  46. Hi Tracy: I just popped over from Lucy's blog and have just got to say Congratulations! We artists all need a studio! And the connection with the little cafe downstairs is so sweet! Symbiotic! Thanks for sharing. Kathie in Odessa, WA, USA PS - Come by and see us at Prairie Cottage Corner when you have a minute, can you? I'll put the kettle on and bake a scone....virtually. K

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  47. It all looks great! I hope it becomes a wonderful creative haven and an inspirational place to work. I enjoy reading your blog, thanks for sharing!

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  48. Hi Tracey , loved reading both posts about this exciting project.....It's looking fabulous already.
    Jacquie x

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  49. It looks wonderful!! A bright and colourful place to create and dream with a good friend! Congratulations for you!! Just love your bunnies!! :)

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  50. It looks beautiful and exactly how a studio should look - I'm very jealous and although I have my own projects I don't think my little conservatory will be as impressive! Once you are up and running I will pop in and have a look at you both x x x

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  51. An inspiration for the rest of us! Congratulations!

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  52. An inspiration for the rest of us! Congratulations from Spain!

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  53. I have been blessed to have a studio(I call it my shop) in a former two and a half car garage by my house. It is wonderful to have a space to dream, work and create in all my own and I am so happy for you and lucy. It will be fun watching what you do with your new studio.

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  54. Good Morning :) I saw this over on Lucy's blog. I am so happy for the two of you, you're new space is absolutely charming! I know you will have many fun-filled hours there <3
    Smiles, DianeM

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  55. Good luck to you and Lucy with your new venture, I check both your blogs most days; enjoy reading them.

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  56. Es un sueño hecho realidad, me pasearé por ese estudio de vez en cuando. ¡¡¡Felicidades!!!!

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  57. Many congratulations on your joint venture - I wish you every success. How wonderful to see an unused and unloved space being brought back into use. Well done.

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  58. hi Tracy!!congratulations all the way from spain!its the first time that i comment on your blog and i just want to say thanks so much for your inspiration.Im just making little rabits inspired by your work.pls feel free to have a look at my flickr page www.flickr.com/uju1960
    all the best Tracy:)Eugenia

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  59. I've popped over from Lucy's blog too and shall make yours a regular read now. Your little animals look like my Moulin Roty, do you sew by hand? If I could buy one from you I am sure it would be more personalised than the Moulin Roty.

    Your studio looks beautiful and a peaceful place to be in. I hate to use the expression but I am so envious, I have so little room to be creative at home.

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  60. Hi Tracy,

    After following Lucy for a while I followed her link and came here. Just wanted to tell you how I love everythig you two make and how I enjoyed reading about the the progress on your little space!

    Best wishes,
    Adrianne

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  61. Concratulations What a wonderful workingspace. I envy you two

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  62. Wishing you lots of success with your new exciting venture. I love the things you make x

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  63. Beautiful studio! Congratulations! It looks like it was a lot of fun to do up.

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  64. Congratulations! Your workspace is lovely. Xx. Liz B.

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  65. Hello there-What a lovely Blog,just found you today and Attic24-i love your new studio,but i love your creations even more :)Best wishes,Nessa :) x

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  66. So happy for you :) I see you are using Danish oil...I like that ;)
    Having your own place, oh I would like that. Sitting there working on my blankets, make it a living....BIG DREAM

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  67. Wow! I am so impressed with your accomplishments! It is wonderful you guys can work together.

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  68. Congratulations to both you and Lucy. I am sure you will both be a roaring success and with a beautiful studio that you have both created, you will be so content and happy with your work! I look forward to hearing more about your journey with the studio. Take care. Chel x

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  69. Fantastic! You're going to have a wonderful time.

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  70. ALL gorgeousness especially that little knitted bird looking out the window at the traffic below :). Love love LOVE you girls adventure and will be following you both vicariously from now on :)

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  71. Hi there! I am so happy for you both!!! Wishing it to be everything you want it to be!!! And loads more!!! Can't wait to see the goodies that's going to come from your studio!! So exciting!!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  72. Tracy, Hopping over from Attic24. Your blog is delightful, I'll definitely be back. Your color schemes are more me though I always enjoy Lucy's freedom with color. I can see how you two compliment one another.

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  73. I guess you will have picked up from the comments that you two are the envy of the western world and beyond! Can I ask you where you buy your reels ofcotton from.I mean the one that I believe have a cardboard roll in the centre rather than the gautterman reels which are so expensive? Best wishes and good luck from Northallerton xx

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  74. r
    REALMENTE LE HA QUEDADO PRECIOSO EL ESTUDIO!LES DESEO LO MEJOR Y QUE SIGAN INSPIRANDOSE!!!

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  75. Abeer Alqattan, Kuwait1 April 2013 at 08:00

    Im happy for you and Lucy, maybe one day I will visit Yorkshire all the way from Kuwait and join you in the room for some hooking. your studio is a very Lovely and peaceful idea. I love all the details

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  76. bellissima idea bello studio complimenti !

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