Sometimes it’s good to put my dreams on paper. Sometimes it makes me realize that what I want is actually doable. Like when we moved into our current house and there were certain things that needed to be done to it. I wrote a list and made some estimates and it turned out the things on the list were indeed within the budget. Other times, writing out my dreams makes me realize how absolutely un-doable my dreams are. Like today. I thought it would be fun to create the perfect studio. One major problem I have right now is that I have 10 projects going on at the same time and they are in various stacks around the sewing room and guest room. What I really want (notice I didn’t say need) is 10 tables to spread each project out on so that I can find the project I want when I have time to work on it and the space to spread each project out. Okay, maybe 10 tables is a bit extreme. Let’s try 5. So I started creating a room, putting in all the other things that would make my studio perfect.
And what did I get? 4 work tables, complete with cutting mats and tool caddies – it turns out I can’t even fit 5 in my dream studio -ha! I put in a place for a sewing machine and my imaginary serger. There’s a cushy chair to sketch in or read up on magazines. My laptop is closeby so if I want to bring it to the chair to get caught up on blog reading I can do that. There’s plenty of shelving to hold my stash and even a nice place to store the boxes and shipping supplies that I need to send out patterns.
So when it was all said and done, did I design a studio that could ever work in real life?
No. I didn’t.
Can you see why?
Do you see it? Or rather, do you see what’s missing?
THERE’S NO DOOR.
It turns out that even in my imaginary world, I’d need a room that is larger than this one, which by best estimates would need to be at least 12′ x 16′. Um anyone got an extra bag of gold lying around to make this dream a reality? 🙂 And as I was selfishly thinking all about myself, it turns out that I realized I hadn’t factored the kids into the picture. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a corner dedicated to the kid’s crafts? It would be nice to spend some time with them – that is one of the primary reasons I’m a SAHM. Maybe I’ll take that imaginary bag of gold and buy another house just for the creative endeavors of myself and my kids.
Or, better yet, maybe I’ll reevaluate the blessings I have and appreciate them more fully: children that are happy (usually – he he), a husband who loves and supports me, a house that maybe isn’t a studio, but IS a comfortable place to live.
I can see that this studio won’t be a reality anytime soon, but it’s nice to have it all out there – to see what’s really fluff and what’s really necessary. I suppose if I could just pick one thing out, it would be to have an extra space for unfinished projects. Yes. That would be nice.
What does your dream studio look like?