Studio Happenings

Remember the gray partial wall I painted? I put it in to block the view from the front door to the laundry tubs in the back. It also serves another purpose…I can hang things on it! Here are three of my newest printed scarves. One is screen printed and the other two are printed with wax. The blue one has sold, but the other two are still in the shop.


My front window and tree:


I sold lots of soap and most of the brightly painted furniture during the Grand Opening. Lots of locals came in and several asked about and signed up for classes.

Merry Christmas from Sands Studio!



Sneak Peak

Partial view of the “shop” area. I have been painting the gray walls and starting to hang things. I also got some waxing done on scarves last week. I hope to open on November 19. My first class is scheduled for Saturday, November 23. Join us!



Go around the corner into the studio workspace. I got a divider wall when I realized that as one comes in the front door, they could see all the way back to the big laundry tubs. Eeek! Not a pretty sight. It looks so much better now.

New Studio Space

Work is commencing this week on the move into the studio. I have moved three van loads to the place, with more to come. I have space to get organized!


This is one view of the studio/classroom space. I need to paint a wall in the shop part yet, and there is cleaning to do. After a few hours of work, the couch sure comes in handy. 🙂

View of the studio front on Main Street.


Yes, it’s red.

Not Much News, But a Little

I haven’t posted for quite a while. My father-in-law reminded me this past weekend at our family reunion. He said he checks in from time to time to see what I’m up to! Well, I work a lot now and get very little done creatively.

A couple of weeks ago I stopped at a yard sale and purchased 14 old t-shirts for cheap because I want to make this. It just looks like fun.


Isn’t it the cutest? Can’t wait to wear one, but it’s too hot here right now.

I entered this is in a show and it was rejected. 🙁


Still a Collage

TriState Artisans will have a new name this year and a new brochure for our studio tour in December. We are losing a few artisans on the Illinois side and adding a couple of new ones. You won’t want to miss it! Here is a photo of my work that will be featured in the new brochure.


More news: I am working on moving into a REAL studio space! A 20 x 80 foot building has come open across the street from where I work. The biggest portion of it will be my workspace and classroom for teaching. I am planning to put a small shop in the front part. Although I can’t be open every day, the shop will have my art for sale as well as consigned items by other artists/artisans. I am looking forward to getting in and getting some work done!

Another piece of good news…I was going to order another Square swiper yesterday because the one they sent me didn’t seem to work in my Android tablet. On a lark, I thought I would stick the one I had back in and check it. Lo, and behold, it worked! I could actually SWIPE the card, so I made two $1 payments to myself. Besides, I need to practice so I know how to use the darn thing. I guess the fees I paid were worth it! I think I’m going to love this little tool.