Friday, February 26, 2010

Come See the New Studio and the Old Me

The new studio?-fresh paint, new furniture. The old me?-one inch of hair instead of four. (Yes, the last time I shaved my head was sometime in July '09. It had grown a bit since then, and I have hated it.)

So be there Saturday night Feb. 27th

The Glashaus
1815 Main St. Suite B
San Diego, CA 92113

Open Studios from 6-9 o'clock. Bands and party to follow.

Given my aversion to alcohol and the behavior it induces, I won't be staying for the party. But please come to see the new studio and Mikey's new light pieces, stay for the party, listen to some bands, have a good time.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Couple of Snags

So the "Red Chestnut" stain didn't work out. I liked the color, but I didn't like it next to green walls, especially green patterned walls. Before I chose the chestnut stain I was debating about getting ebony instead. Which is what I ultimately had to go with anyway (because you can't stain wood a lighter color), and I am pleased with how it turned out. I will have photos of those when they are actually done. They need backs and legs.

And I got the rug today, and there is no other way to describe it other than drab. Or maybe, like the red chestnut, it just couldn't compete with those walls. I need something bright.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Here they are:

Tomorrow I am going to stain the furniture with Minwax "Red Chestnut", and my rug should get here Saturday.

It's all coming together.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Hello Walls

Man, Mikey got some serious work done. First, he applied two coats of light green paint. Then he drew the diamonds on in pencil. Then, he taped them off.

(Helpful Tip: Before applying your darker color, you have to repaint the lighter color on the edge of the tape. You can see what I mean if you click on the above picture. This creates a seal, preventing the darker color from getting under the tape.)

Then he painted two coats of the darker green.

Then we carefully peeled off the tape.

And that is when I left to go to work today. I didn't get another picture of the walls because they need a little touching up.

When I got off work, Mikey had my furniture almost all put together.

Sheesh. What a guy.

Friday, February 12, 2010

It sure is green.

And I promised you some drawings. I did the first two drawings at home, and my memory of the studio space was a lot bigger than it actually is, so we eventually had to make some changes, but nevertheless, this was my original idea:

Here is the wardrobe that will hold all of my clothes and fabric. The design of this did not change, and it will still be positioned right under the window. The only problem is, the window is a lot closer to the corner than I had imagined. So, the three way mirror to the right of it does not fit in the space at all, and therefore was eliminated.

This next drawing is of a cabinet with an attached table, that would go on the next wall. This didn't work because, once again, there was not enough room. And it turns out I don't need that much space for all of my stuff anyway. So the table will not be attached, and all the storage above the table in this picture will be going in the cabinet.

Here are the improved to-scale drawings that Mikey did:

And here is the new diagram of the space (click image for readable captions):

(The diamond pattern will extend onto the next wall, I just didn't draw it in because the writing would be harder to read.)

So the wardrobe and table will be going on this wall:

And the cabinet will go on this wall:

Yeah man! Mikey is going to start building the furniture on Monday. I'm excited.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

There are five major differences in these two photos. Can you spot them all?

This is what my corner of the studio looked like for a year. (Although not always that tidy.)

And this is how we left it a few hours ago. It's a complete mess. But you can see that we got the closet built, I've got my cutting mat on my table, the shelves are gone, in place of that ugly chair is the red stool, and my mirror is off the wall.

This is what the wall looked like before the closet was built. The closet starts at the outlet, and ends about where that wood beam is at the top, and extends out about 2 feet.

That's it so far. In the next few days I'll post the drawings of my original idea.

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Word About my Absence

I know it has been a while, and I know I start a lot of blog posts out like that, but that is how it goes sometimes.

I am not the type to fish for stuff on the internet to post about. And I suppose I've been in a creative dry spell. And a little bit of laziness has taken over me, which I am going to blame on my two jobs. I work 6 days a week and one of those days is a double, so on my one day off I sleep in, play with the dog, clean my apartment, do laundry, watch 3 episodes of Dexter at a time. You know, stuff like that. I did make a few things for etsy buyers, so I don't feel like a complete loser. My boyfriend and I watched 4 seasons of Dexter in the span of about 2 weeks, but the next season doesn't start until September. And Lost just aired, but that will only take up 1 hour of my week, so my distractions are at bay, and they have to be because I've got shit to do.

Thanks to the new year--which always money!--Mikey and I are redoing the studio. He had asked me a couple months ago what my ideal studio space would be. (Not fantasy ideal, but one based in reality, and within the space we already have.) So I sat at my desk one day, and drew up what I wanted: A wardrobe where my clothes could hang, and fabric could be displayed on bolts. A new table where the entire top is a self healing cutting mat with 1" square grid. A cabinet which could house all of my patterns, trims, buttons, scrap fabric, pencils, rulers, thread, or all the stuff that looks crappy just sitting out. A rug that could provide a place for people to put their bare feet when doing a fitting, and, as we all should know, a rug can really tie a room together. And some fresh paint on the walls, I am leaning towards green . . . We'll see.

So fast forward to now, and I already have the cutting mat with the 1" square grid. We just bought a bunch of wood, and Mikey is going to build the furniture that I designed. As I type this we are getting a little closet built in the studio for storage space, which is also providing a place for my space to stop and for Mikey's to start. And I have the rug picked out, but not ordered yet, because I am not sure about the size.

That's what is going on right now. The process has just started, so do you, dear readers, care about process pictures? If so, let me know, and February will be Sugardale Studio Revamp, rather than Sugardale Clothing.

Oh, and February 27th is the next opening at the Glashaus, and also the deadline for our studio revamp. Oh god, we gotta lotta work to do.

So I'll end this post as I have before: I'm back baby!