Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January happenings

Much ado around our homestead as of late.
Busy as bees we are!
My wonderful husband Riley,decided I should have the "Best Art Barn" around!
with lots of space to play and inspiration everywhere!
 So...the barn contents had been packed up,shuffled around,stuffed here and there,
moved,once,twice,thrice,well you get it! building,painting,designing...ugh! 

I'm exhausted just writing this!
 even Chum is exhausted!


How about a few progression photos
 where we started...
 hoarders trying to organize.
I joke about this all of the time,we have lightened the load dramatically since this beginning
 cleaned up enough to have art friends over.
even a new back door and window added to replace the heavy old barn doors.
 A Loft!
 Store it up and out of the way!
 sorry Chum to steep for you!
 this window in the wall may come in handy!
 BTW,this was here when we moved in...
 upcycled fencing used here
 going for the industrial feel
 Even insulation and a new ceiling put up-by us!
Many of the materials used are repurposed.
from projects we built and took down,recycled items from Craig's List or items from our "Farmer stash" out back!
 beginning of a storage bin
 More on the Art Barn another post.Stay tuned!

 On to other fun news...I am a regular follower,admirer,in love her art,and,admittedly, have a girl crush on Tracy Verdugo! ") 
The generous lady that Tracy is,she recently had a giveaway on her blog~and guess who won a spot in her Pattern,Color,Texture Mini Mojo class?!!!

 Yuppers!that's right~it was me!!I am so excited I can't stand it!Hip hip!!Thank you Tracy!
 If you are not familiar with Tracy,do take a minute and check out her blog and artwork~ 
She is inspirational and  amazing!!

And finally,a share of our 1st real snow this season
this was pre-Blizzard 2016
we had no snow during that storm,it missed us completely!

and when it all cleared...

 look! a snow mushroom!
 Thanks so much for your visit
you make my heart smile 
with gladness!!
Jackie ")

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Renee said...

Love your barn! Congrats on your class win, I know you will show us all what you learn. Hugs

Karenliz Henderson said...

OMG I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THE ART BARN! WOW you two have done so much work. I can't believe how different it looks. I cannot wait to see it in person my friend. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH can you tell I'm excited!!!!!

Joi at RR said...

What fun to see your INCREDIBLE art barn Jackie. Wow. It's just SUPER... but sooo much work girl. Dear me!! It's worth it though - you will have years of great creativity in your new space. YEAH!!! And your snow pictures are lovely. This was such a fun post. Thanks bunches!! Hugs. j.

Sara Barker said...

Oh, Jackie, and YOU made my heart smile, and my silly face, too! Oh, shoot someone just beat me to the first comment!

First off, I have to say the two of your do amazing work and I would like to have you come do a few things around here, too! I love the industrial feel and your loft storage is incredible...I'm drooling! My neighbor (had) a walk up like that in his garage, and I always was so envious. Oh, don't let me get started...I miss him so much! Sadly he passed away a couple of years ago, and his wife just sold the house in Oct. The new people torn everything apart. Gosh, I miss Frank! OK, so now I'm bawling! What an amazing man; I can't even imagine how much Marion misses him!

(sorry) Never has there been such a hole in my heart as the day Frank left this earth for Heaven.

Onto your post...You have worked miracles cleaning out your space, adding insulation (yeah!) and those crisp clean walls. I also adore the show off ledge. Oh, I want to come more than ever!

A big Whoop, whoop for being the winner! You are going to do some amazing things with that prize!
Big hugs to you!

Sara Barker said...

PS Thanks for sharing "your share" of snow! My brother got his share, too, and got on his skis and went cross country skiing instead of his usual 10 mile daily run; in shorts in the middle of the storm and at 61 years of age. What a kook!

Nancy TeWinkel said...

Your art barn rocks! What a beautiful transformation. Can't wait to see all the fabulous art that emerges over time.

Mellowood Gallery said...

You are going to have a wonderful playroom - lucky you!

Valerie-Jael said...

How fabulous is that barn - what a fantastic transformation - have BIG fun there! Wonderful snow photos, and congrats on winning a place in Tracy's course, enjoy! Hugs, Valerie

Anonymous said...

I love your space! It looks incredible and inspirational. There is such beautiful light within the area and as for Chum, what a beautiful doggie!
My space is a converted cupboard, with a sloping ceiling and no window, far from ideal but it is a designated space and for that I am grateful.

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

You lucky girl! I've got Tracy's Paint Mojo book. I'm yearning to paint like that but it's a lot more difficult than it looks! LOVE your new art barn! Especially the coloured stairs! Your hubby is a saint! Lovely snowy scenery! Chum doesn't look very comfortable resting his head on that chair, but he doesn't seem to mind! He's probably chasing bunnies in doggy dreamland!

Darlene Campbell said...

I loved this post. Hint: Do more of them. Hey, I have little tears in my eyes 'cause I miss you and I want to hang out at the art barn. The other tears were for joy that you two can remodel like that and for redoing a space that means so much to you. Tell Riley I am proud and absolutely impressed. (Can he come to my house?) I love the loft idea although you need two. One for storage and the other for cozy reading-nap nook. I need one for writing.
Wow, you have won a great prize from Tracy. Your snow photos are divine. heavenly. Hope you have food stocked. Hugs to you, Darlene

Roz Willoughby said...

Wow...fantastic art space!! Congrats on your win...love your dog!!

Judy Shea said...

Hey.. this is fantastic! An art barn.. that's a dream come true. What a task, but WOWZIE!!!
Congrats on your win.. you deserve it. The snow looks beautiful. .but enough already, right?
<3 love ya.

Kay Wallace said...

I love that Riley needs his winter projects, Jackie! This is going to be one A-MAZ-ING art barn studio!! Lucky Lady!

Win Dinn said...

What a fabulous reno, Jackie - I'm so excited for you. All that incredible work will be worth it to have such a lovely space. Imagine being that organized (well, I can't really, but it's an awesome dream)! xo

denthe said...

Ooh Jackie, that artbarn!! Fantastic! Such a great idea to make an upstairs / loft, and the way you did those stairs is brilliant. Just the best place to make art, it's inspirational just seeing it! What a great husband you have! And congrats on winning Tracy's class! You will love it. I did a life workshop with her when I was still living in Australia and she's brilliant. Hope you show us what you make!

June Walker said...

What a great barn space! I love your dog.

Anita Houston said...

I'm jealous for many reasons...the loft, the barn, the friends over, the organization!!! YAY YOU!!! Way to start the new year off!!!

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, what a transformation!! Such an amazing place to work and have art friends over, you lucky girl!! Congrats on your lucky win too and boy, those snow pictures look incredible! And like Anita, I'm trying very hard not to be too jealous lol....

~*~Patty S said...

Oh what a wonderful place for you to play and make your magic Jackie!
Riley is the man and it looks like Chum worked hard too ;-)
Congrats also on being a winner of that great workshop.
I bet paint is flying around your new studio already!
Happy snow days sweet lady

Bev said...

Wow super duper idea my friend no stopping you now and Chum sure was on the spot ,site manager lol

butterfly said...

Wow - what a post full of joy, Jackie! How hard you've all worked to create that fabulous new play space - and oh so much fun to have such a wonderful creative space to share with crafty friends, or to inspire you when you have it all to yourself. Congrats on winning the place on Tracey's class - I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time, and can't wait to see what you create as you learn.

Thanks for sharing those beautiful snowy photos too... we've just got grey rain again here!
Alison xx

Joseph Cuccurullo said...

You and Riley did a great job, its funny the more space you have the more space you need. Love the loft. Congrats on your win I know you will have fun. Big Hugs my friend.

Joseph Cuccurullo said...

You and Riley did a great job, its funny the more space you have the more space you need. Love the loft. Congrats on your win I know you will have fun. Big Hugs my friend.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I am thrilled about your wonderful art barn! Absolutely fabulous...wow wow wow wow!
The snow photos are great as well... good to hear that blizzard missed you.
Congrats on your win... have fun there- I am looking forward with what you will come up!
Love her paintings as well!


Nancy Pelfrey said...

Love your post!you are soooo lucky to have such a great art space, I just know you are going to create some fabulous things! :D

Pamellia Johnson said...

What a great post Jackie!! I just love how your new work space is coming along and it's so fun to see all the different stages! Chum is just adorable, give him a hug for me! Love the wintery shots here, wow. We still have not a flake in sight here in Canada, I'm starting to feel a little left out. Got new boots this year and haven't even had a chance to use them. Sending warm hugs :)

Wanda Hentges said...

Jackie, your space is looking fabulous!!!!!!!! What a sweet hubby you have and hard workers you both are!! We've done our share of remodeling (still in progress) and I know how much work it is!! Great snow pics, it was so beautiful when the sun came out!!!

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Cool, nice to have a husband who comes up with great ideas.....Love the upcycled fence. xox

Carol Labuski said...

Congrats on your prize win & the awesome art barn in progress! We took a pretty good hit from the blizzard of 2016 with about 18-20 inches and wow, what an awesome photo opportunity it was! Love how it looks....for a little while! ;) Noticed Chum probably got bored looking through the seed catalog (which we also have) and wishing for warmer weather so he decided to snooze instead. Cute doggie! Thanks for sharing it all!

aimarii said...

It is so great you have the own "studio"..and the husband who can rebuilt this space to you.
I see there is the real winter too. Have you skies?
Fortune smiled on you. I congratulate.

Jeanne Draachreider said...

Incredibly awesome Jackie, what a great hubby you have. It'll be a magical place for friends to gather. XOXO

Annette said...

Love the barn conversion I know it will be full of art and love instantly. Yea for snow and yea and congrats with the class win. I have taken off of her twice now and love the "letting Loose' with here. Be sure and post what ya do. Hugs and think of you often guess we need another phone call lol


Kelly Deal said...

Hi Jackie! Your art barn is incredible! I would never leave! Have a wonderful rest of the week!


Laura said...

Um, can I come and play in your barn please?! :D
Gorgeous snow photos, the owl is a great capture.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello Jackie~ I have not visited B4, but I saw your cool 'snow-owl' ;) on Wen's Neutral party and had to stop in! Great post! and wish you the best studio ever! ~Karen O