It is going to rain for the next three days, so I ran outside yesterday to check on the ‘status of the lilacs.’
Oooh! They’re blooming!
You’d better believe I was getting as close to those flowers as I could in order to get a whiff of that heavenly scent.
Now that the daffodils have bloomed and the lilacs are just about to be in full bloom, I can say that Spring is finally here.
Yesterday we did something we rarely do. We went to the movies, and not for the discount matinee. The back story is that a movie has just come out that features a close friend of ours and we knew we had to see it. We wanted to see it. So we drove across the river to a neighboring city to catch the 12:10 matinee. Tickets? $20.00. A bottle of water and a modest size of popcorn? $13.00.
What the heck?
$33.00 to see a movie? This is why we don’t go and instead, wait for the movie to be On Demand on our cable network or on Netflix. How do people who routinely go to the movies afford it? We sure can’t.
And then we had to sit there and watch a bunch of commercials and previews for television shows. Really?? I can see that at home. Unbelievably annoying and, unfortunately, no mute button (something we freely use during commercials.)
More and more I feel like one of those older people who say, “Back in my day…” Heck, I remember going to matinees when I was a kid – double features, no less – for a grand total of 25 cents.
Another reason not to go is the noise/texting/selfie ridiculousness that goes on, but thankfully, there were few people in the audience and they were all older, so no problem on that front.
On the TSP front: (Don, stop here.) I had an epiphany about a color choice, but now that I’ve executed the whole thing, I’m having some doubts. I may have to change it out.
I made two table tops for a working desk/console. Don likes color and, as I mentioned before, I have been thinking that the other side of the room needs color. And I want it to be cheery. So I made two table tops and painted them turquoise, which is a color Don really loves. So far, so good.
Then, to weigh them down and keep them from warping, I used an old standby:
It helps to have a heavy volume of the Bard on hand.
Earlier in the week, I had purchased a couple of dowels at Michael’s and I decided to use one for the legs on the table. Now, unlike a lot of miniaturists, I don’t have any power tools (except a 25 year old drill) and no place to store them even if I did have them, so I have to resort to a hand saw or my trusty Easy Cutter. I measured out eight legs and cut them as best I could.
Here’s where I think I made a mistake – paint color. I was debating whether the legs should be black or silver or white when I thought…”Orange! Like the fireplace!” Turquoise and orange look great together so why not? I grabbed my can of orange spray paint and went to town, then I glued the legs on (a pain in the tush) and let them dry overnight.
You see, I wanted the studio to be cheery and bright and full of color – an inspiring place in which to create.
Here’s the end result.
Does this look too circus-y to you? Keep in mind that there will also be a computer monitor and a mixing board on top of the longer table. I took the legs off the keyboard because I’ve seen so many home studios with just the keyboard on the work surface and I like that look.
There will also be a modern swivel desk chair (in black) at the desk, which will help to cut some of the color. And there will be guitars somewhere on that wall, as well as some artwork, all of which might help to balance out the orange legs and end up making that whole wall look quite colorful.
Which I like. And it does help to define the working/recording area of the studio as opposed to the lounging area. And the eating area. There will also be a rug on the floor, though I’ve not made the final decision on which one I want to buy.
I could always change out the legs, but I think I will hold off for a while until I tinker with the rest of that side of the studio.
Now, I’ll close so I can go upstairs and stare at the desks. And ponder.