Saturday, January 04, 2014

Back to Blogging


It's been a long time since I wrote anything.  The garage renovation was finished and all I wanted to do was get into my studio and play!  I have done a few SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainings in my new space, as well as workshops and classes in collage, mosaics, altered books and more!  And I love having such an inviting studio.

But then I got distracted....meet Finn, my new grandson!  He was born on July 11th, 2013, and is such a wonderful baby.  He is now almost 6 months old, and although he lives in Boston with his parents (my daughter and son-in-law), I have visited with him twice since his birth!

I will be writing more about workshops and retreats, so please stay tuned!


Proud GrandMomma
Finn at the Gym!



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Renovation Progress!

June 13, 2012
The garage renovation project is just about complete!  Other than a few small adjustments to be made, Bill and I are busy designing our spaces to be just how we want them.  His involves placement of large work benches and tools.  Mine involves placing folding chairs and tables to remain flexible and able to accommodate various art projects and workshops.  We love it!

Paint spraying went really quickly

Finished exterior

Studio bathroom (wheelchair accessible)

Kat's studio

Supplies all organized

Kitchen organization (thanks Ikea!)

SoulCollage® display

Friday, June 08, 2012

Renovation Progress!


June 8, 2012.  Renovation passed final inspection!!
Sorry to see our dumpster go!

Paint and stain colors match!


Bill's studio - where to place the work benches?

Kat's studio- flexible space!




Monday, June 04, 2012

Renovation Progress!

I was away leading a SoulCollage® retreat near Carcassonne, France and visiting my daughter in London, and when I returned to Prescott, my studio was finished!  Here are some photos of our gradual moving in process.....it's all very exciting!


Kat's studio

Looking north-west

Bill's shop

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Renovation Progress!


Day 38 of the renovation and we now have lights, ceiling fans, central heating and air conditioning, cabinets, sinks and more!

Kat's studio, filled with light!

Bill's shop, almost finished

"Mudroom" sink and cabinets

Everything PLUS the kitchen sink!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Renovation Progress!


Day 36 of the garage renovation.  Next week the electricians and plumbers do their magic and then the floors get finished....painted floor for Bill, gorgeous wood laminate for Kat!

Bill's shop before painting
Bill's shop after accent wall is painted

Kat's studio before painting


Kat's studio with accent wall

Porch provides a nice detail plus some shade

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Renovation Progress!

Day 28 of the Garage Renovation and the porch is being installed!

Porch is taking shape


Amazing stilt walker covering up all nails 

Poles add a nice Southwest touch

These flowers are all around the back yard!


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Renovation Progress!

Day 26 and the outside is beginning to look more finished.  All walls are in and the wall board has been taped, ready for texturing.  We are about to choose paint colors!

Stucco has been applied

Trim around windows added, porch will be built soon

Mr. Ripley loves "his" studio

North side, facing the trails

Porch/trellis wood will be attached soon

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Renovation Progress!


Day 22 of the Garage Transformation !  Starting to look like rooms instead of a garage!

Skylight is framed out 


Wallboard gets added....

temporarily covering windows and doors!

Looking so different now!




Monday, April 16, 2012

Renovation Progress


Day 15.  Most of the work is being done inside right now, fine tuning things like plumbing, ducting, and electrical outlet placement.  Although the changes are smaller and more subtle, it still spells progress!




Thursday, April 12, 2012

Renovation Progress

It's not windy in here anymore!

Day 14....exterior walls ready for stucco; all doors and windows are in;  HVAC duct work is coming along nicely; tomorrow we meet with the electrician to determine locations for lights, outlets, switches etc.  ("Waiting for the Electrician or someone like him")  














Bathroom is starting to take shape.





















Duct work in the ceiling























It will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer

West side of the garage....soon to be our office/storage area

Bill's space and my studio....looking good! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Renovation Progress

Day 12 and windows are in, plumbing is moving along, HVAC begins!

Plumbing is taking shape

Ripley is wondering what's going on

The view from Bill's shop space, with 3 windows and a doorway
The front of the garages.... windows are in!



The long view...it's looking better every day!