I must be nuts!

I swear I must be nuts.  I hate change, I need quiet in order to work, and I hate clutter around me. 

I’m guaranteed to have complete chaos in my life for the next several months.  I’m walking into the lion’s den and I’m doing it willingly!  We’ve decided to enlarge the studio!

We’re going right through my design wall and into the attic space!  At the top of the stairs,  where you see the “Arnie” quilt, will be the future French doors leading into the new addition. 

Studio Corner

The trouble with additions is everything; from the architect, structural engineer, permits, construction and the noise.  Oh no not noise!

I’m taking it one day at a time.  I’ll be showing you progress along the way.  The actually “destruction” should start in about five weeks.  In the meantime Brigette and I are working in chaos already.   She calls it the transition stage.  I don’t have words for it yet, and I haven’t told Bitsy and Chelsea although I think they suspect something is up. 



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  • Stephanie - I think you'll be channeling all that chaos into more wonderful projects!!! Break the news to your pups gently.ReplyCancel

  • pdudgeon - Don't worry. just throw plastic or cotton sheets over everything in the room and then live downstairs during the construction. Save some applique projects to work on, or quilts that need to be bound while everything is going on upstairs.

    oh….and invest in a good pair of sound deadening headphones, LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie - GOOD LUCK!
    just keep thinking of the end result, it will be a beautiful larger space when your done!
    you could move instead ;)

  • BunnyNuts - Just focus on how GREAT it'll be when it's done. That will be your mantra, over & over & over again!!!

  • Sue - Am sure it will be fabulous once finished. Will definitely enjoy seeing the finished product.ReplyCancel

  • little acorns - I can see applique. . . lots & lots of applique! Seriously though!. . . APQ will have to come back & do a studio update feature! (No pressure!) :o)
    xo, BrenReplyCancel

  • Barb - Wow! I thought your studio seemed just about perfect already (at least from what your beautiful photos show!) It may be difficult for a while, but the end result will be well worth it – we are all very envious and you are very lucky!

    We will be lucky because it will be more room for all of your creativity. Can't wait to see the pictures of demolition and the progess.

    Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Huneybee Quilts - For the past 5 1/2 years I've been living through a whole home remodel – literally every room in the house is (or has) moved. I envy your "few months" in knowing that it will get done.. I'm still looking at the inside of my outside walls and the underside of my roof!! ARGH! Enjoy the wonderful new space though!!ReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - Wow!!! Even more space! It will be amazing I'm sure!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - I am soooo excited for you. I know you would be totally disgusted with my sewing room right now….it is a fright but I keep working in it.ReplyCancel

  • sewprimitive karen - Oh, it will be so wonderful when it's over. How many square feet will you add?ReplyCancel

  • barb's creations - Good luck with the renovations.Change is meant to be good for the soul but I don't know about that.
    Put on the ear muffs and do some sewing and before you know it it'll be over and done with and you'll have even more space to create your beautiful designs in :) Barb.ReplyCancel

  • luvtoquilt - I can totally sympathize with you. Some people do their best work amongst chaos — I am not one of them! Keep your eye on the ultimate prize — I'm sure it will be worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - Oh my construction is nasty but the results can be wonderfull!!!Just close your eyes for a few weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims - Oh boy!! Just focus on the "finish" it will make all the pain worth it! I love your studio and I'm sure the new space will be wonderful too!!ReplyCancel

  • Happy Cottage Quilter - Wow you are a brave lady. And right before the holidays too………wheww. But it will be worth it :-)ReplyCancel

  • nckym - I love looking at pictures of your studio – it always gives me ideas for my space. Can't wait to see the new space and how you decorate it (and fill it up – you know you will!lol) Thanks for such a fun blog!ReplyCancel

  • What Comes Next? - oh my!!! Life will indeed be interesting, but out of chaos comes beauty – or something like that. I'm sure you will make it work, and be even more creative than usual, if that is at all possible??? Can't wait to see the progress picturesReplyCancel

  • Jen in NY - Oooh, how exciting! Just keep thinking how wonderful it will be in the end! Can't wait to see the progress!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - It will be so beautiful when it's done, just like everything you do.

  • mascanlon - looking forward to see the progress and how it all works together when its done. (Have I told you how much I love that chair?)ReplyCancel

  • jaybird - temporary chaos for long term gain!! you'll be happy in the end & you know it!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - How very exciting for you! I would love to make my sewing room bigger but I would have to break into the family room. My hubby and his movie night buddies think they should break into my sewing room so they can put in more seating and get a bigger television (like 73" isn't big enough)! So, we have detante!

    Can't wait to see what you will be doingReplyCancel

  • trelly - Don't worry Anne, your studio will be incredible to design new cute jewels for us! Good luck and kissesReplyCancel

  • Nancy - As you bravely march into the future, armed with hammer and nails, with pins in your mouth and fabric in your arms . . . I am again inspired by you. I have yet to see anything that is not just completely creative come from you . . . I know, you need something pink to feel better . . . I will get right on that!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Ooh, congrats and condolences, I guess. I have been there and understand completely. Just keep in mind the good things to come….it's totally worth it :-)ReplyCancel

  • Bella Crafts - Just can't wait to see your new and improved creative space!

    Though my craft room is organized, there are days when I feel that it looks like the aftermath of hurricane Clutter :-)…simply a bit too much organized stuff! I'm having a book sale soon, in hopes to lighten the load!ReplyCancel

  • Doris - Crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Jantine - I think all the dust and mess would bother me most. But just keep remembering what it is going to be!!ReplyCancel

  • RobinG - Just think of how many topics this will provide for your blog! You won't have to come up with anything because all these changes are bound to create interesting topics! When you're stress by it, just cuddle with Bitsy and Chelsea! French doors! How lovely and appropriate for your space. Just think of how much fun you'll have decorating the new space!ReplyCancel

  • Betweens - I love the look of your feminine room with that little pink sewing machine and mathing table and that gorgeous chair to sit in.
    Once the "disaster" is over it will be worth it..ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Star - That's exciting! Not sure about how your pups will react, but more studio space=more storage! Or at least more spreading out of what you already have. I think everyone has the stash multiplying gene though :)ReplyCancel