Teddies by Laura Lynn

One of a Kind and Small Limited Edition Collectible Artist Teddy Bears Designed + Created by Teddy Bear Artist Laura Lynn Matthews

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Major Studio Overhaul!

I had a lovely weekend in New Hampshire with my awesome friend, Daphne Blau. We had a great time and loved that we were able to "play" all weekend.... this time our visit was not at the same time as a teddy bear show! I'll have a few photos later....

Sometimes the bears just aren't getting made -- it's kind of like writer's block for teddy bear artists. I think it's been going around the teddy bear world lately after hearing from many of my artist friends.
This time, I decided I HAD to move my studio!!!!

My studio had been in a 3rd bedroom that I shared with our combined office and our Girls' crates. It could feel kind of cramped sometimes.

Although it does have 2 windows, it really does not get morning light and it can be hard to make myself "go to work" in a dark room (yes, I have lights... but I crave daylight!)

Also, having 5 dogs can be a little crazy sometimes. They are usually fairly mellow, but sometimes they go thru times when they need to pester Mom for one thing or another... one right after the other! Since their crates are IN my studio, I can't just put them to bed for a bit and close the door LOL! Pandora tends to be destructive if she's locked into a room without a person, so she must go into a crate (which she loves by the way :) (Yes, I do see the irony of her personality and her name LOL!!)

Before I left for New Hampshire, I brought up the idea of my moving my studio into the living room (front room, parlor) with DH. We really only used the living room as a place to display my bears and store a book case full of books.

Since my always helpful daughter was home on Wednesday, we just set ourselves to the task of swapping out and moving furniture! Today I was happy to have almost everything in place -- and took photos. I always love seeing where people create!

This first photo is coming from the open kitchen/eat in kitchen to the front door. (We don't use the front door because of the dogs) The next photo is what you would see if you looked to the right, then the left, and then walked into the front room... aka my studio. Please don't mind the tons and tons of nose prints on the window... or the rest of the dirt! That is a project for another day. And yes, I know I need a valance for the top of those vertical blinds... now that I'm actually using this room, I will actually get around to that soon :) Feel free to click on the photos if you'd like to see larger versions of them.



  • At June 11, 2009 , Blogger Daphne Blau said...

    It looks wonderful!! But seriously, your desk, that's it? I wish I could contain myself to that size space.... I really do! You are so organized! Squirt loves to be in front of the camera, doesn't she! Too cute! And I see an Athena butt!! What a view from momma's chair!! Enjoy your new space and I expect productivity to double!! LOL!! XO

  • At June 13, 2009 , Blogger Bev said...

    lovely! I know what you mean about not being able to work well in a dark room ---- I need day light too!!

    (guess that's why my "studio" has taken over a lot of the "living" space)

  • At June 13, 2009 , Blogger Mutz said...

    How much fun & what great results. I wish I had enough space to move my studio! That should be really inspiring! All the light!

  • At June 16, 2009 , Blogger Marlys said...

    I suggested a similar move for me to our living room but Allyn vetoed that. He thinks I need to be able to close the door. I'm not nearly as neat as you are. And I didn't see one nose print.

    The painting you have on the wall...the barn, winter scene...did you paint that?


  • At June 17, 2009 , Blogger Tammy said...

    What a great space. I envy you with that huge window and all the light. I feel like I work in a cave sometimes, and tend to drag my stuff to brighter rooms all over the house LOL. I bet you are feeling really creative now.


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