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Friday, June 17, 2022

The Trailer - Creating a Studio Part 3 of 3

 Welcome to my project to renovate a vintage trailer into my stamping studio.  Today I am sharing how it is set up and functions.

Don't miss Part 1 or Part 2 if you are new to this series. 

When you walk up the steps, you see the prep area which I'll describe at the end. This post and photos made me hustle to sort and store event supplies. 


Looking down along the left hand wall is this view down to the window at the end.


Here is a breakdown of each area's functions.


Now that we are at the far end, we can turn around and look back over the space.  Yes it is fully in use but there is open floor area to prevent claustrophobia.  Due to the structure and frame of the trailer I can't hang anything upon the wall or from the ceiling. All furnishings have to be placed on the floor. 


Be sure to zoom in on the photos to read each caption and description.


At this end of the trailer is the class/event prep zone for mass producing die cuts, card bases, ribbon, etc.  And it allows space for collating project kits. This table has two seats, if needed.


And the back table has one chair and currently holds bins with prepared projects for my team meeting.


I hope you have enjoyed my project and new stamping space.  My family is grateful that they have our house back as a home/family space. And I am extremely thrilled to have a dedicated space to work, focus, spread out projects, and then walk out the door and go home to the house.  I have been long contemplating a name for my trailer and I have found the word that describes how I feel: serenity.   Serenity is my new creative studio and the feeling I have when I am in my studio.


I would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and any tips you would like to share with me. Please use the comments box to share your input.  Thank you for reading this far through my vintage trailer project.  We are still working on the exterior, but that is another story and another month!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Trailer - Creating a Studio, Part 2 of 3

Welcome back for Part 2 of my story about converting a vintage trailer into my stamping studio.  We hit a speed bump at Christmas time as hubby had shoulder surgery to repair his rotator cuff. I was eager to work but limited in skills and experience.  So I called up on my cousin Zane to see if he would step in to help me finish the project.  I'm grateful and blessed that he said yes.


His first goal was to get the trailer leveled so that the walls would be installed straight and level. This was fascinating and bizarre to see how the frame reacted to being put on blocks.  After much effort it was level, solid, and felt so much more stable inside. 

Gretechen, my older daughter, helped Aaron before surgery.  And then he tried installing some wall board before realizing it was too much too soon.  The angles and saws required flexibility and dexterity that he no longer had with one arm in a sling. 


He did get the lights installed before surgery and that was so exciting with the beautiful ceiling.  And this photo below on the right was the night he realized he could not push his recovery, so he was done.


Zane finished the beadboard on the walls.  He also milled and installed trim around all the window casings and the angles for the curved ends at the front and back of the trailer.  I primed and painted all of the trim and the baseboard moulding boards.


Zane boxed in the wheel wells so that space will be sturdy to hold shelving.  Those were also primed and painted.  I primed and painted so many layers and nooks and crannies, it felt endless!


I had selected vinyl plank flooring and that was installed last.  The space looked so pretty to have the interior all new, fresh, and bright.  

Then I started moving in and it was a process of chaos and fun!


I am parked 5 feet from our natural gas meter so this little fireplace will run off of a connection to our natural gas.  The thermostat will keep my inks and supplies stable during the freezing winter season.  And I will be comfortably warm to work out here despite the weather. 

Come back for Part 3 on Saturday, June 18.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

ICS Blog Hop In Colors


Hello friends! Welcome to our Inspire, Create, Share blog hop. Tonight we are sharing projects to feature our gorgeous new 2022-2024 In Colors.  Sweet Sorbet at the top, then going right is Starry Sky, Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis, and Parakeet Party are the colors below.


My projects are the Crackers and Treats Box using Orchid Oasis and Starry Sky. I loved the sentiment from Happiness Abounds, it is the perfect length for this adorable treat box.


 This makes a great gift for graduation and nicely fits some cash ;-) The Starry Sky version below, I added dots from our Lovely and Lasting stamp set to complement the dot print on the designer paper. 


Using the 2022-2024 Designer Series Paper gives a great contrast at the ends that you can see a peek at the other pattern design.


I hope you add the Crackers and Treat Box to your shopping list. You will have fun making these quick and easy boxes for your gifting needs.


My supplies are listed at the end of my post.  These colors are so pretty! I hope you enjoy our hop.  Use the arrow below to join me to hop over to Charmane's blog and In Color project:

 




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Monday, June 13, 2022

The Trailer - Creating a Studio, Part 1 of 3

Hello friends! I have been working on a project since early October.  I am excited to share the progression with you. It took a lot more time than I expected.  Days flew by into months. I also learned new skills. 

If you missed my classes over these months, this is what I was doing.  This trailer is intended to be my studio so I can have a quiet space to work separate from our home.  I hope you enjoy the story!


We found the trailer on Craigslist.  It was a beautiful drive through the mountains to go see it and decide to make the purchase. It is 24'  Travelite aluminum trailer built in the 1950s.  We loved our visit with the owner, Archie, and the trailer captured our hearts. 


This trailer was used on government project sites, which explains why it was already a large wide-open office space. That appealed to me as I could visualize the space as my studio.  It was quite dingy and dirty but we had hope. So we brought it home to start the work of determining if and how much water damage and rot was in the structure. 


With crow bars and trash bags we started prying off the trim, pulling nails, cutting open the wall skin.  It was very dirty with 70 years of dust, and revealed years of mouse feces and urine throughout the ceiling insulation and some of the walls.  We bagged up all the insulation.  Pulled out the out of date electrical and then hauled all of the debris to the dump.  The oddest curiosity to find - was a stash of dry red kidney beans that the mice had hidden throughout the ceiling.

Good news was that we found very little dry rot (water damage).  The areas we found were able to be treated and primer/sealed.  This was a relief that extensive repairs were not required. We could focus on the  renovation tasks.


To eradicate the mouse odor Aaron, my husband, sprayed 2 coats of Kilz primer/sealer to all of the wood skeleton.  Next was all new insulation.  Aaron taught me how to use the saw with a special blade for cutting the insulation sheets.  I cut the insulation to fit between the "ribs" of the structure.  I did need help with the ceiling so fortunately my son, Joshua, was tall enough to push insulation into the ceiling sections. Aaron laid a new subfloor to cover the old flooring.


We have a 60 year old, huge, Silver Maple tree which limited how far the Suburban could pull the trailer into the back yard.  The trailer was kind of ok but the door opened right onto the our A/C unit for the house which was tight. I wanted to see the trailer pulled closer to the tree and away from the loud, hot A/C compressor that will run a lot during the summer.   A winch was our first idea to pull the trailer.  But Aaron, my hubby, actually ran a cable from the trailer,  down along the trees, and attached to the Suburban at the other end of the grass. Then he gently pulled the trailer into that space closer to the tree. Yes, we have a video clip of the trailer moving!
 

We got a lot done between October - Christmas and there is so much more to share!


Come back for part 2 on Thursday, June 16.
 and Part 3 on Saturday, June 18.

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Family reunions
Neighborhood night
Kid's get together
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Please use the June 2022 online order 
host code, 
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If your order is $150+ then you will earn your own Stampin' Rewards and do not use the host code.
Anyone that orders $35+ of products online, you will receive the 
June 2022 IDEAS tutorial bundle to show my gratitude!
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Janey