Dear readers. I hope you have enjoyed the rest of your summers and early start to fall. Oh wait, it's already mid- October? My mistake.
I've been heads down making this house a home and getting my studio up to snuff for the all the wild orders I've taken on lately. Let me tell you, some of these are absolutely incredible and I can't wait to unpack my dslr and snap a few shots. You read that right... I still can't find my camera from the move. It's annoying more than anything since I know it's here somewhere... just... don't know the exact location...
So. Where am I right now. I'm working! I have a ton of orders to go through right now (which, really, I'm thankful for) and I'm getting back into the swing of working on the presses every night. It's a great feeling, folks. Is it hard? Yes. I'm dog-tired after working all day, baby wrangling all night, and when Bells go to sleep, you kind of want to crawl right into her crib for a little snooze too, but there is work to be done! Announcements to be printed! Envelopes to be lined!
I wouldn't change it for the world, though. I love what I do. I love working with new (and past!) clients, from all over the world, and discussing paper. Love. It.
Right now, we have the big stuff completed; things like walls are up, windows are sealed, presses moved, tables constructed, roller boards are secured to the wall, and power is hot. Some of the small stuff is complete like painting (walls and ceiling... for the record, I will never paint another ceiling for as long as I live. It's absolutely a thankless job. You're welcome ceiling, for making you look so incredible, thanks for doing nothing to help me except be a total nightmare for 3 hours), and moving stuff around so I have a place to work.
A lot more needs to be done here: install the door knobs (why is this so challenging? it's really hard to drill those holes in the doors, folks...), finish trimming the walls/ceilings (ugh), paint the doors and window moldings. Basically make the place livable for the foreseeable future. I want to hang some inspirational art and start a chalkboard wall on one wall to help me organize all my thoughts, orders, little notes, whatever ramblings are going through my head at the time. I want to find unique art from my ridiculous travels the past few years and I want to make this studio mine. I don't want it to be a garage anymore. I'm done with the garage look. It's so 2013.
I'm going to leave you with a montage of pics from our move, studio renos, and life pics. Enjoy!