We are facing some family challenges, which have proven recently to be a bit more than we have ever experienced.
With prayer and support and the absolute GRACE of God, we are finding our new normal.
Our 16 month old GrandLittle Wren Marie has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. This has hit us like a freight train. There were hours of non-stop sobbing followed by exhaustion, only to begin again upon waking.
The last week has found me confused to the point of being unable to make a simple meal without a multitude of mistakes and backtracking. I found it easiest to just put cereal in a bit of yogurt and call it a day.
I will finally get to see my daughter, her husband and Baby Wren tomorrow. We have the nearly 4 year old sis visiting here in Savannah with us.
It took me a few days- ok, eight- to be exact before I could even enter my studio.
Two of my five grandLittles were my inspiration. They are 10 months apart and could pass as sisters. But cousins they are, and at nearly ages four and five, they share a love for all things sparkly and colorful as well as anything that needs to be cut, glued, embossed, folded and colored. Actually, the three of us love all things crafty, which is why we were busy sparkling up my studio.
And the sparkling of my studio combined with our trip in the morning is why I went in there this evening to clean up.
I put my praise music on low and began putting away every shiny confetti, every button, scraps of lace, trim, twine and beads.
In less time than expected, the preschooler shelf in my studio as well as the crafting desk they busied themselves with were all clean and organized. Then I began working on my side of the desk.
Here’s where I decided to do a bit of rearranging and share the desktop and room with you.
I bought this tonight (50% off at Michaels) because it’s cool and I knew I’d enjoy it every day.
It’s a fabulous box with chalkboard labels and glass doors on top. I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for when I first saw it. (We can just call this love at first sight!)
The “New” bin has the most recent stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn, plus a few single stamps that I seem to always need.
“Journal” bin holds my crafting / sewing / knitting projects. I’ll blog on it later, but for now just imagine a list of complete projects with tidbits of information as well as a few sketches.
“Desk Pieces” is all I could come up with for little odds and ends that seem to have scattered themselves all around my workspace. I needed to corral these crazies because I move them around several times a week, yet if I needed to find one of them I would have no idea where to look.
That wood panel in the forefront? Not wood. It’s paper and I found a whole roll of it at Amazon. It looks awesome in videos and I can’t wait to film again.
I have two Ott lights on my desk. I pity da foo who takes one of these from my workspace.
This one holds my adhesives. Not sure this will be permanent. It’s a bit chaotic for me.
You can see my other one off to the side of my Big Shot Plus. Yes, PLUS. I love this thing!!
Note Gumby and Pokey. They are my mascots and I do love them too.
Have you noticed the desktop is glass? That’s an IKEA thing. IKEA is my friend. I love all things IKEA and I will most definitely furnish our next home with IKEA goodness. The pullout drawers that hold my punches are custom made to fit my beloved IKEA desk.
Speaking of IKEA:
First cabinet: all grunge, Victorian, Tim Holtz stuff.
Next one down: Big Shot dies on top and 2ns shelf. Coloring books and tools on 3rd shelf, a huge project on 4th shelf and knitting books on bottom shelves. The last one is all yarns and tools.
And now on the right side of room:
Closest to front: Top shelf: kits to finish (I save these for camping trips) shelf 2-5: cardstock, inks and Embellishments, ribbons and more embellies, and finally back issues of stamping mags and catalogs.
Further back: mostly retired Stampin Up, but lots of other odds and ends and that 5th shelf down? The stash for the preschool chicklits
Back to the left side of the room: that double door cabinet is the Tim Holtz stuff. The narrow one on left is all Stampin Up.
There is more, such as the IKEA cart (in GORGEOUS teal!) and my Silhouette station, open closet with shelves full of necessities.
I’ll just do a video for y’all. Be watching for it!
The best news here is we serve an amazing God. He is my savior and my trust is in Him. And this studio stuff? Well, it is my therapy. It’s a hard time in our family right now and we need PRAYER. Please “like” and share Baby Wren’s page on Facebook. Hope for Wren. Please donate by clicking “shop” or by scrolling down to find her Go Fund Me page.
Thank you and God bless you.