First off, let's get one thing straight. I understand that my "studio" is actually a glorified cinder block room in the basement no one else wanted. I get that. But in my carefully constructed fantasy world, this is my studio. It is where I do my little mosaic thingies, and my bad sewing and writing, and where I hide to drink when everyone upstairs is fighting. The Bloggess and The Edge and The Black Keys are all down here waiting with some peanut M&M's and a case of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for me to show up and party. All groups or individuals with "The" in front of their name are welcome to pretend party with The Wife, who will be disappointingly unable to drink more than 2 beers without needing to take a Prilosec and go to bed. But in my head? Twenty-two and stone cold fox.
What was I talking about?
Oh yes, the pretend studio. I'm a little proud of my little room I carved out on a little budget. It is truly The Little Studio That Could. Here is a picture of the dark, spider-infested room when I started putting a claim on it a few months ago:
I had already painted the walls with Dry-Loc, which if you've ever painted with that stuff you know it's like painting with sand. That is icky old tile on the floor, and I've started painting the walls green. Here is more ugliness:
All of this activity drove George the Superpet nuts, or as we like to call him around the house, Curious George.
He kept coming downstairs to check on me, and would often lie down in the middle of what I was doing, like, "You aren't doing one more thing until you tell me what the hell is going on."
I painted the walls and ordered some fun vinyl flooring, got a work table in, some shelving, and five strands of mismatched white party lights, and voila! My fort is complete:
The lights are my favorite part. It looks dark in this picture, but they actually light up the whole room. One strand I bought at a kick ass shop outside of Kalona, Iowa, called Sister's Garden, if you can get there, by all means DO IT, but they are tiny white lights with these beautiful fabric flowers taped to them so the flowers glow. So pretty!
Blogger won't let me put any more pictures in this post, so I will post more pictures in a second post tonight. Scroll down and read the next post, which is actually the second post tonight. I'm like an effing magician.