Happy Summer Solstice!
Thanks for stopping by. Well, moving and settling in took a bit longer than I thought it would – and a whole lot of trips back and forth to Georgia, and mounds of boxes. But I’m officially in business in beautiful Beaufort, SC!
I haven’t posted in a while during the transition, so this post is longer than usual. BUT – it’s pretty much all pictures. So come on along! Here’s a little pictorial tour of my artsy endeavors on the coast.
First, there’s the scenery walking from our cottage to downtown.
Antebellum homes on the left; the bay on the right.
Here’s the building where my studio is! It dates from 1889. I rent one of the office spaces above Modern Jewelers. Count the windows along the side – mine are numbers 4 and 5.
See the lovely pink building beside us? It’s the John Mark Verdier House Museum, “the only planter’s home in Beaufort open to the public,” built in 1804. We went on the guided tour and also enjoyed the free Civil War exhibit downstairs.
And here’s my business name on the glass door – you can make it out in my reflection!
I usually go around to the back, however, because I’m in love with this old, old tabby wall. Kind of a secret garden passageway, don’t you think?
And up the stairs.
(Beware the over-reaching fig tree….)
Here we are! Welcome to my studio.
It’s still a work-in-progress, and don’t get out any white gloves. But it’s coming together, and I love it.
I have a desk to draw on/assemble on and my little drawing table, too – both from early years of marriage. Jeff gave me that drawing table decades ago! The wonderful green spinning bookshelf was a find in a north Georgia antique shop. The p-e-r-f-e-c-t and perfectly comfortable wooden desk chair was a find here in Beaufort!
The big table with glass top came with the space. It will be my printmaking station.(See the little fountain on the right side? In case I need to run my fingers under some water real quick-like…!)
The corner space in front of the window provides terrific natural light for Etsy shop photos. Yes, I’ve taken several – I just haven’t gotten around to posting the new items! I’m getting there, I’m getting there….
I have a great little closet, but my favorite feature of this high-ceiling-ed, wood-floored space is this cabinet with glass doors. Swoon. My boxes for shipping are stored below, and these shelves hold mats and backing, acetate sleeves, and jewelry boxes.
Moving on, this might not be as attractive, but a baker’s rack holds everything I need to get Etsy orders shipped out quickly (Oh – and my first wholesale cards order this week – to an indie bookstore in Massachusetts)! All at my fingertips.
In the front corner, my illustration and art books and inventory of printed cards, bookmarks, etc., hang out behind my display panels.
Turning back to the center – an area just for gift-wrapping!
And here are some of my favorite things. This metal flat file was given a makeover by the husband of my antique dealer friend Keren back in Georgia, at the first-weekend-of-the-month Flowery Branch antique market. This thing weighs a ton. And it holds mat boards, large papers, and a zillion typewriter keys (in letterpress trays, some of which I think I also got from Keren!)
Also bought at that market was this great green metal cabinet, which I’ve filled with old metal treasures, including more great stuff from Dena’s booth at the same market. (Dena has the coolest old hardware items.)
I picked up these two putty-colored metal cabinets on different treasure-hunting trips, with my good creative buddies Paula Puckett and Kim Siegelson.
Now, one reason I’ve set up my panels and display tables in this great space is that I don’t plan on lugging them around for sleep-deprived weekends to shows, at least this fall. I’m trying something else: I am delighted to have been accepted to lease a wee bit of real estate inside the historic Fordham Market here in town.
I just set up yesterday. I’ve been there as a customer before, and now I look forward to selling artsyletters wares there as a vendor!
So let me know if you are passing through the lowcountry, and I’ll show you around and buy you a frozen yogurt. You’ll have to do a little shopping before you get back on the road, n’est-ce-pas? I might have some ideas….
Thanks for coming along on this new journey!