Thursday, January 10, 2013

The benefits of SNOW!

Well, I guess it's inevitable but being that it is Winter right now, we have snow - LOTS OF SNOW! I'd much rather have Spring right now, but controlling the weather is not in my area of expertise. So, I guess we're stuck with the white stuff for a while and lots of shovelling. Fortunately our driveway isn't huge. Unfortunately, we also have a City sidewalk to shovel too. On the upside, I'm getting really great upper body strength from all that shovelling. Now, if I could figure out how to get the same results on my lower body, that would be great! LOL

Why we decided to buy a house on a corner lot with the City sidewalk running the entire length of the side yard I really don't know! Especially at this time of year when we happen to have LOTS OF SNOW! One of our neighbours took pity on me twice this Winter and used his snowblower on the sidewalk when the snow was really heavy - Bless him! Otherwise, we have to shovel snow off the sidewalk all Winter and dog doodie the rest of the year- but that's a whole other story! But, who am I kidding? This was OUR house from the moment we saw it almost four years ago now, regardless of the sidewalk maintenance we knew it would require. Let me explain.

One of the many bonuses with this house was that I got my craft studio space inside the house again. At our last house, we built my studio in the back of the garage and I had to go outside to use it. That was ok, except that when we finished it, I had another baby and it ended up that it wasn't all that convenient having it out there. My current studio space is a lot smaller than the last one, but it's in our walkout basement and I have a large storage area in the furnace room that houses my "extra" supplies. Also, the family room next to my studio has an outside access door...and lovely corner windows that look out into that same side yard where the sidewalk is...and those windows are visible from the street....SO it would make a great space for an in-home sale - perhaps this Fall/Christmas?!

Now, I'm sure you're probably wondering at this point either (a) what does the title of this blog have to do with anything I've said so far and/or (b) why does this woman keeps rambling on about shovelling snow?! LOL Well, since I'm "forced" to shovel that #$%&, uh, I mean snow, *smile* daily, I'm actually feeling motivated to get my studio in order now. Go figure! Or perhaps I'm just hoping that I can use organizing my studio as an excuse to get out of shovelling? Nah, I know that won't work but a girl can dream! Unfortunately, a bomb when off in my studio like it does every year at craft fair time and the fallout is still in there, staring at me and begging me to clean it up! Now I finally feel like tackling it and getting organized again. Organization, especially when you have as much stuff as I do, is essential to my sanity and my creative spirit. I can't work in a disorganized chaos! Well, that's the nicest way I can describe my studio right now. It's been worse, believe me, but it's driving me crazy right now and I have to do something about it. Well, the worst part right now is all the paper scraps on the floor - my bad! I won't do that again. I now have to go through it all and sort it and that will take a good day to do I'm sure. Oh well, live and learn. So I'm off to my studio now - a mere 10 steps from my computer - to get working on it. Good thing I exercised this morning shovelling all that snow! I promise to post some BEFORE/AFTER pics so you can see how bad it was and what it looks like after. Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year, new Blog name!

Happy New Year to all my blog followers! Can you believe it's 2013 already? I'm still getting used to the idea myself. I decided to start 2013 with a new name for my paper crafting blog, hence the change from "Stampers Studio" to The Paper Garden. The original posts are still in this blog, but I'll be adding some new content soon so be sure to come back and check it out!