Studio Makeover: Shelves

Yesterday morning, my studio was starting to look like a real mess again.

But it was a mess with a purpose. I had moved everything over to my work table so we could put up some shelves over my sewing desk. Now I have somewhere to put my finished pieces as well as inspirational materials I have from family, friends, and other artists.

As you can see, there’s room to play with yet, and I’ll probably be rearranging things over time. My goal yesterday was just to get the pieces I put in our family show out of the boxes and on the shelves. The top shelf is hard for me to get to; I’ll probably be storing things I don’t use very often up there. Maybe after I go through the closet that shelf will start to fill up.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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