When we moved at the beginning of July it was always the intention to have a studio built for me in the garden. Initially there was much deliberation as to where it would go... in front of the garage? Down the left side of the garden? Right side? We changed our minds daily but we both knew the only real solution was to demolish the existing garage, which was only being used to store clutter, definitely not cars. I can't remember when we last put a car in the garage.
So an action plan was drawn up and the first job was empty the garage. Despite our extensive decluttering before we downsized there were still many more trips to the dump and the remaining contents were stored under a tarpaulin on the lawn whilst we bought a shed. Cue another round of indecision as to the location of the shed but eventually the shed was built and the stuff that had been sitting on the lawn was transferred... totally filling it. We are promising ourselves another declutter once the weather warms up and we can face empying the shed.
The garage was demolished, unfortunately an old plum tree had to be felled too, but it will be replaced in the autumn and studio was build on the site of the garage.
By the end of November, five months after moving my studio was up and finished.
Of course it was then a slow process moving all the stuff that belonged in the studio out from the house. It's hard to believe I had gone through it all prior to moving and got rid of so much because I still have way too much stuff... just in case I might need it you know!
It has taken a while, especially with Christmas etc but it is slowly taking shape and it is so good to release some space in the house.
Boxes are being emptied and homes are gradually being found for things, although there are still some things I spend forever searching for!
But the best thing of all is I love being out there. It takes a little while to heat up so I switch the heater on about an hour before I need to go out, but then it stays reasonably warm and cosy. And I get quite lost in my own little world... mostly painting I have to say. There's not been a lot of sewing going on!
And just look at the lovely view of the church from my window. It's not a bad place to be going to work and the commute is pretty good too! I just need to train the staff to bring me out regular cups of tea.