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IS YOUR CREATIVE INSPIRATION HIDING?

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Is your Creative Muse hiding under a basket...or a box...or a tub?

Is your Creative Muse hiding under a basket…or a box…or a tub?

Have you ever felt like your creative inspiration has gone on hiatus? It can be really frustrating especially if you have lots of supplies just itching to dance with your Creative Muse. So let’s step back for a minute and try to figure out just what the problem MIGHT be. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

1: What is your Creative space like? Is it the perfect set-up? Everything in it’s place, well organized and labeled. If you’re anything like me then you’ve got stuff all over the place. And it’s not from lack of trying to create the perfect studio space. There are lot’s of things that can get in the way that end up derailing the best laid plans and intentions. I had recently moved and was in the process of setting up the perfect studio. We’d gotten a house with two more rooms than we needed so we could each have our own creative space. But the recession hit and suddenly families were  faced with getting creative in their living arrangements as households merged. Such was our case. Lot’s of my stuff got boxed up and consolidated. As well as periodically moved from location to location in the house as we experimented with various solutions to accommodate everyone now living in our home.

2: Do a lot of your supplies live in assorted boxes and Rubbermaid tubs? Maybe they’re organized beautifully or lost somewhere in the stacks of stuff in the garage and attic. Tucked away under beds or high up on closet shelves? Organized or not, the fact remains, they are shut up…in darkness or in the hazy light that diffuses through the frosted plastic of a tub. Can you see them? Do they inspire you hidden from view as they are?

3: Are you waiting for conditions to be perfect before you start a project? In a perfect world such conditions might actually exist…but as we are all very well aware, conditions will never be perfect. There will never be enough time. Your Creative space will never be finished–and isn’t that a wonderful thing?! It will always be a work in progress because that means it’s being utilized.

4: Is a lack of money for organizational supplies holding you back? Wouldn’t we all love to have the latest and greatest craft storage components. Personally, I get more satisfaction getting creative with found and re-purposed items to create craft supply display and storage units.

For me, being able to see and touch all of the supplies and tools at my disposal are a big part of what fuels my creativity. I try to get them out into plain sight. That is where they do their best inspirational work. They aren’t much good if they are tucked away in a box or a tub. You’d be surprised how much building a pretty work environment can inspire the creative projects that comes out of it. For years I’ve been accumulating items for a specific type of project. The problem was I never got around to actually making even one of the fabulous designs fighting for space in the creative attic of my brain. Why…? I had most of the components, granted they were as scattered throughout the house as my wits. I knew they were there…somewhere, but as the saying goes ‘Out of Sight Out of Mind’.

The time had come to put an end to my excuses and procrastinating. I sought out and collected most  of the items (I’m sure there are several still lurking about) And then I set about making a creative space just for them. The only things I bought specifically for the project were eight cinder blocks at $1.60 a piece. The rest of the items were things I already had; from curb and thrift shopping, re-cycling and yard sales (I’m not called the Junqdiva for nothing). I’ll post an itemized list at the end of the pictures.

This is my work space/storage area for all of the wood components I use in my Creations.

This is my work space/storage area for all of the wood components I use in my Creations.

I used eight cinder blocks/four on each side stacked to create the table surface supports. I left the center holes exposed for bonus storage space that I keep jars of supplies in. The background is a set of shutters I curb-shopped. I actually love the missing slats for the visual texture and detail it adds. It’s not just for eye candy, lightweight items can be hung off the slats for additional storage. The table surface is one of my favorite features of the unit. A mahogany diving deck salvaged from an old yacht is unique and pleasing to the eye. I keep an old glass insert from a discarded table on it when I need a smooth surface to work on.

Four cinder blocks on each side, a curb shopped bi-fold shutter door and a re-purposed diving deck from an old yacht make up the base of the structure.

Four cinder blocks on each side, a curb shopped bi-fold shutter door and a re-purposed diving deck from an old yacht make up the base of the structure.

For the side supports and shelves I used two steel folding CD racks and slats salvaged from on old futon frame. Because my table surface (the diving deck) is comprised of slats of mahogany, I placed a piece of scrap lumber under the legs of the CD racks so they wouldn’t fall through and unbalance. I used 3 slats each, laid side by side, to create the shelves. I ended up with three shelves total. I could have had more shelves but I chose to have larger gaps to accommodate my taller items.

The sides of the unit are made from two matching steel folding CD racks and the shelves are made from  the wood slats from  and old futon couch.

The sides of the unit are made from two matching steel folding CD racks and the shelves are made from the wood slats from an old futon couch.

Galvanized buckets hang from ‘S’ hooks. They are ideal for storage of smaller parts and if you can’t see what’s in the bucket (especially if you are a shortie like me) then a simple label affixed with a magnet is a quick solution.

Galvanized buckets for storage hang from 'S' hooks attached to the frame of the CD rack.

Galvanized buckets for storage hang from ‘S’ hooks attached to the frame of the CD rack.

Gallon jars are ideal for the storage of small parts. The glass ones are my favorite and I love the way the items are showcased through the glass. Who knew a bunch of old corks and pieces of driftwood could be so beautiful?

Re-Cycled Gallon Jars from restaurants hold a wide variety of items.

Re-Cycled Gallon Jars from restaurants hold a wide variety of items.

Another glass gallon jar holds a variety of vintage glass and steel knobs. There are a few brass fittings and handles thrown in too for good measure. Candlesticks and other odd bits of wood wait patiently to be re-created. I now visit them often and we play ‘What If’ quite a lot. Since I never know what may come my way in my ongoing search for wooden components, we mix and match until the right partners are found. Imagine if they were all still in a box somewhere…lonely and with little hope of Dancing with my Muse.

A gallon jar of vintage knobs and handles along with a variety of wood items awaiting Re-Creation.

A gallon jar of vintage knobs and handles along with a variety of wood items awaiting Re-Creation.

Wooden bowls, candlesticks and old wooden chair legs will find their way eventually into functional sculpture.

Wooden bowls, candlesticks and old wooden chair legs will find their way eventually into functional sculpture.

The point is to get your supplies out where you can see and touch them. You use them to create beautiful things, which makes them beautiful in their own right. I promise… Your Creative Muse will be positively giddy with delight at your effort and it’s a safe bet She’ll come out of hiding and reward you handsomely with inspiration!

Here’s a list of the items I used to build my work/display station.

  1. 8 cinder blocks- bought new at Lowes $1.60-ish each
  2. 2 steel folding and matching CD racks-Goodwill $4.00 each
  3. mahogany diving deck salvaged from a vintage yacht-$20 yard sale
  4. 9 wooden slats from an old futon couch-curb shopped $free
  5. bi-fold shutter door-curb shopped $free
  6. several gallon jars-re-cycled $free
  7. ‘S’ Hooks- re-cycled from wire hangers $free
  8. 2 pieces scrap wood-$free
  9. glass table top insert- curb shopped $free

 


 

Sanibel’s Treasures

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SEASIDE INN SANIBEL POOL

(The following is an excerpt from a letter I wrote myself last October…so I wouldn’t forget)

 

Sanibel Island…for years I’d heard about the allure of this gulf coast isle famous for it’s shelling and had been dreaming of finding my way some day. The opportunity arose, quite unexpectedly, just a few days ago. You see in our job, my significant other (my Mr. PIBB-Partner In Beautiful Bliss) and myself are each other’s relief. We are always either together at work or spotting the other’s days off. I can count on one hand the days off we’ve had together in the past few years. So when the schedule came out and we saw that we had two days off together, two voices shouted in unisonROAD TRIP!!! I had just a few hours in the middle of the night to put a plan together and began by searching the web. Working at a posh resort on the east coast of Florida, I knew I didn’t want THAT type of experience. I heard Hemingway whispering in my inner ear…”Vintage Florida awaits…”

HEMINGWAYS FLORIDA

HEMINGWAY’S FLORIDA-SUNLIGHT FLOODING IN FROM THE VERANDA-WARMING HIS BACK AS HE WRITES…

I stumbled over the Inns of Sanibel web site and was charmed by the photo gallery of the Seaside Inn. One of four properties that make up the Inns of Sanibel collection. It seemed just the thing, but I wanted to be sure. It was about 3am when I called the reservations number for the hotel and was routed to the night auditor who was on call for all of the properties. His name was Jack and he was wonderful with all of my many questions. Even the ones that weren’t necessarily specific to the hotel. Bless his heart! I hung up the phone with the certainty that this was where I wanted to stay.

MY FAVORITE TIME OF DAY-SUNSET ON THE BEACH AT THE SEASIDE INN

MY FAVORITE TIME OF DAY-SUNSET ON THE BEACH AT THE SEASIDE INN

 As soon as our shift ended, we rushed home to pack. We didn’t want to waste a moment. 

BEACH PATH TO SEASIDE INN'S BEACH

BEACH PATH TO SEASIDE INN’S BEACH

A few hours later, on the road, I made a phone call to the Inn , to confirm our reservations. I spoke with Jim, who ended up checking us in upon arrival. What a sweetheart! He hooked us up in the ‘Green Room‘ which was personally designed by Kathy Ireland. She did a special room for all of the four sister properties. I was completely charmed by the ‘shabby chic beach’ decor. It was the warmest welcome…a great start to our two day getaway. We found a breakfast basket in the fridge and a more than ample array of kitchen items to go with the mini fridge, microwave, toaster and full size coffee maker. My delighted eyes sparkled as much as the green crystal knobs on all of the furniture when we got our first view of the inner courtyard and beach. We stepped out onto the community balcony and immersed ourselves in the essence of what Florida used to be like before the invasion of glass and brass ‘super resorts’ (No THANKS!)

 

FREE BEACH CHAIRS AND UMBRELLAS

FREE BEACH CHAIRS AND UMBRELLAS

We had the most blissfully satisfying stay ever and we can’t wait to come back!!!

Seaside Inn  |  541 East Gulf Drive  |  Sanibel Island  |  FL  |  33957  |  Reservations: 239-472-1400  |  www.innsofsanibel.com

Youtube video of The Seaside Inn by a former guest


 

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