a constructive weekend…

hey bloggers…hope you enjoyed your weekend.  it was so nice to have a long weekend to finally take care of several projects around the studio that i’ve simply been too busy to do.  i spent the first 2 days cleaning and organizing all of my teaching and creative supplies in the supply closet in the studio.  there was tons of old stuff that i just haven’t used so it was time to purge and just get rid of it.  lucky for me, i could call my teacher friend mary who was delighted to come by and pick up another load of papers, and embellishments that the teachers can use with their students, it’s always awesome to do that.  now all of my remaining supplies are labeled and organized on the metal shelving so it will be easier to find stuff, and more functional to ship supplies for teaching next year…

next we started cleaning out the garage and shed (major project) so of course things were discovered that i completely forgot i had (has that ever happened to you)?  as you know, i am always on the hunt for vintage treasures, and sometimes my obsession overtakes the practical use for everything…imagine that.  well i discovered a box of huge wooden letterpress blocks i bought over a year ago because it was too good of a deal to pass up (and i have this thing for vintage type), and just like that, i had this idea to use them on my studio table under the glass top.  why not???  so mario and i cleared off the table, removed the glass top, and the amazing transformation took place.  i absolutely love this so much – it makes me happy to look at it…

now of course the quest begins to find more old wood letterpress of all fonts and sizes to eventually fill the table completely under the glass with type.  so if you know of any good places to find them, please do share.  in fact after mario posted a pic of this on facebook, i already got a few emails from people offering to send me some of their own stash of blocks to go in the table – how cool is that???

lastly i decided it was time to decorate for christmas, but since i still have a few more things to finish up i’ll share the outcome later this week…t!m

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  8. […] i wanted to share an update of this project i began in my studio last month that i mentioned on the blog.  well between the many blocks i received from some of you bloggers, and more sets that i scoured […]

  9. Oh man, you look so organized on those shelves… that’s fantastic! And your table is AWEsome.

  10. Carol Watson says:

    Love the table top…totally YOU!

  11. Hetty says:

    Your closet is looking great, whish mine looked like yours!
    Need to do some organizing myself, pls come and help!

  12. Linda H says:

    It’s always fun “discovering” forgotten treasures! Love what you did with your “find”!

  13. Rhoni T says:

    It has been just a little over a year now that I started following you. And I must say I have learned a lot more than I have time for in fact and just like last year I have to say how “wonderful” it is of you to give your art supplies to the teachers for the kids.

  14. darla Maple says:

    I saw some on etsy under letterpress. Hope this helps. darla

  15. Beth Patterson says:

    I am in the antiques business. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more letters. This was an amazing project. Well done!

  16. Fun!!! and way cool table!!!

  17. One of my favorite things to do is organize! Your studio looks amazing! I cant wait to have that much space for my stuff! My husband graduates in June and the only request I have…is that he fine me a house that I can have a huge scrap studio!

    You are so inspiring! Thank you for giving to teachers. We need all the help we can get.


  18. Diane Young says:

    It must be so much fun to work in your studio! It always looks like an awesome space and now it’s even more exciting.

  19. Cindy Marlow says:

    That table really pops! I am a member of a printers and papermakers guild in Maryland and I love digging through the old type. At one time it was hard to give those letters away, now they are so collectible! You are fortunate to have found a great deal on so many. Are you familiar with Junk Market Style? Members share their repurposed projects and this table would fit perfectly. You are on it, dog gone it!

  20. Nancy B says:

    Lucky you to get to look at the great old type and be inspired by it! Who knows what you’ll come up with! I still have not gotten the Christmas stuff out so you are way ahead of me by cleaning and getting the Christmas stuff out!

  21. Mary Pendergrass says:

    What a great table. I always admire old letterpress blocks and this is such a creative way to use them.

  22. Linda says:

    so looking forward to the next tag

  23. Jil L says:

    Your table is such a cool way to display something you love. I hope you find just the right blocks to fill in the gaps. JIL

  24. Jennifer S. says:

    What a fantastic idea. I found a lady who sells at a local flea market that has type of all sizes and I have made all my gifts this year using them. Maybe a new coffee table is in order for me after the holidays.

  25. Gloria L. says:

    You are so generous with us, it’s nice to be able to share something with you! Tis the season, after all!

  26. Celeste says:

    That table looks awesome!

  27. Kathy Andrews says:

    The table is absolutely amazing! I’ll keep you in mind if I see any that you can add. Organization is a blessing and a quarterly (ok… annual) necessity. Can’t hardly wait to see the Christmas decor – Christmas the Tim Holtz way – there’s nothing better!

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