The little studio Bittersweet studio has been neglected since I opened the shop downtown. She's had boxes stacked in her corners and fabric swirled about, paper shopping bags stacked, ribbons unruly and packaging un-kept.
Yesterday I began the task of tidying up and making way for the new work areas. It feels familiar, moving and preparing for manufacturing and creating but different than last time. It's amazing the similarities of a work space verses a merchandise/shop are. When I dig in and start to designate working studio areas it kind of feels similar to opening a shop.
I'm also flabbergasted, (yep, that's the right word), on how if you only made one thing how much stuff you would need to make it! Bittersweet makes over one-hundred things. I'll need a soap curing area, shipping and receiving nook, not to mention shipping supply spot, manufacturing essentials, not including, large tubs of oils, essential oils, lavender, lots of it, bottles, jars, containers, paper bags, utensils like scissors and seam rippers, fabric, fabric, fabric, ribbons, ribbons, ribbons.
So when you have a shop/manufacturing plant in your home there's a need for a creative mind to help set it all up. Function usually out weighs appearance. However, I've always been one to believe and have found I get around best in a space that offers both.
Hence, That magazine, Where women create was probably born....
Sometimes though, actually most of the time in my studio, it gets messy and items don't find their way home in those organized designated cubbies. It just doesn't happen.
I have found...
You ned to have plenty of empty tables and shelving. Knowing they will soon be filled!
It felt good to dig in and begin organizing my work space.
Now the curing soap has a room of it's own. The paper bags are stacked and the bottles and packaging are neatly tucked away. I'll share more pictures later.
Enjoy caring and sharing summer days.