I spent my first whole day working in the new studio this week. With Jim being back at work and my mum looking after Lily I was able to finally get in there and focus.
I think this studio is going to take a while to get used to though. It still all feels a little foreign and nothing seems to quite flow the way it should. Only being able to access one side of the cutting table/sewing table/desk is proving to be the biggest hurdle so far.
At the moment it feels like I can't really get in there and cut. I don't know if it's just going to have to be a case of getting used to it, or if I need to come up with a solution, but it's definitely stopping me from really wanting to sew. It feels a little too much like a desk. A lovely, inspiring desk. But a desk. Something that would appear to bother me more than I've realised, because the few times that someone has asked me how my 'study' is, I've gone to great lengths to stress that it's my 'studio'. Which is probably a distinction that passes them by.
Of course that's not to say that I don't love the room, because I do. After my initial realisation that it wasn't comfortable enough (like I said before, I needed a new chair - fortunately I had a much better old one in the cellar), and that being uncomfortable wasn't conducive to creating, I started feeling that the space was really mine.
And I had a lovely, peaceful hour yesterday morning, whilst Bella was at ballet and Lily napped, sitting with a cup of tea and the latest Living Etc (did you see? One of Ashley's prints can be seen in it) and knew that everything was going to work out.
Where the last studio had space to spare, it lacked a cosyness that I craved. I never really felt like I could lock myself in there and get lost in my thoughts and my fabrics. But because this new room has full length (wonderful) curtains, I can totally block out everything if I want to.
Not that I really get to of course. Because it's usually only 5 minutes after sitting down that I get joined by a certain someone that needs to draw, just one picture, honestly.
But it's still lovely. And I just need to sort out the cutting table issue and we'll be away.