Setting Up Our Art Room and a Case of Blue Measles

I’ve unearthed a few great photos from my old computer:

Modern Parents Messy Kids

I took this shortly after our move to the new house when I let Claire loose with a bunch of paint and paper to keep her occupied while I neatly (ha!) unpacked our belongings. Unbeknownst to me she discovered spatter painting and seemed to have missed the paper but did a remarkable job on her face. 

Childhood 101

I’m so excited to have a room set aside for messy projects just off the kitchen. It’s 11 feet by 6 feet and sized just right for a long counter and a storage shelf. There’s a large south facing window that lets in great light. I’ve been scouring blogs for some inspiration on setting up an art space where Claire could work independently and leave enough room for when the two of us worked on a project together.

Art Studio in the Artful Parent’s laundry
room, love the batik curtains!

I’ve always admired the set up in home of The Artful Parent where she hosts a toddler art group in a studio that doubles as her laundry room. There’s been a few iterations in the design as her children have grown, so search through her archives for more ideas. I also love the art nook over at Modern Parents Messy Kids, a great (and affordable) set up that would tuck into a small space beautifully.

The other space I’ve been drooling over is at Childhood 101. The colorful frames and well organized materials…what’s not to love? I’ve got a bunch of frames left over and I might spray paint them in some uniform color and arrange them in a collage (sans glass) for a revolving gallery.

Time, time, time is what I need more of. We’re busy cutting down trees that were damaged in a freak October snowstorm and repairing fences. You know, all the usual stuff that keeps a person from the FUN tasks. On the bright side, I’m becoming adept at handing an  axe and my husband has promised a chainsaw lesson. Before you know it I’ll be carving up those cute chainsaw bears that my daughter loves at the fair:

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