Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Studio

My  shops are getting really busy in the past few days. I knew the first thing I needed to do to get ready for the holiday season was to finish unpacking and get my studio set up  properly so I wouldn't be looking for supplies in the middle of chaos. While I would love to have a fancy expensive professional built-in studio, my budget simply wouldn't allow it (especially when I just bought a house!), so I had to get creative.

This is my third studio after I became a full time jewelry artist (if you have been following my blog closely, you may remember I moved three times since 2008) , so I finally started to understand better the kind of set up I needed to make things more efficient. Thankfully this is also the largest studio I have ever had (around 13'x15', plus I'm also storing some extra supplies in an extra closet outside the studio). You can see my past studios here, here and here.(I probably could win an award of "the most messy studio". It seems like I was always working in a big mess. But thank god it seemed to be getting better with evevery move)

Here are some "before" photos of my new studio.I'm still trying to figure out the layout of the tables and shelves.Specifically, how to increase my work surface and get everything off the floor. -

And here are some "after" photos with the "cubicle" setting -

So far I feel pretty good with this layout. I'll probably add one more shelf in a few months when I'm not crazy busy with orders.

If you are planning to order my popular custom birthstone or pea pod jewelry,  for X'mas, now is the time! Last year, at least 10% of my customers who ordered late had to pay extra for shipping upgrade to ensure delivery by X'mas because of the high demand. Save money by ordering today!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


As of today, I have been at our new house for almost a week, and so far everything is just perfect. I love everything in this house. I have enjoyed unpacking, which I do a little bit everyday. It's nice to have tons of storage space so I can keep everything organized. My new studio is slightly bigger(photos later when it's complete!), and I also have an extra closet outside of the studio to store extra supplies.  I have been sleeping better, eating better, and therefore have better energy. The house is very well ventilated and has a lot of natural light. I no longer need to use artificial lights when I work, which puts less strain on my eyes.

Speaking of sleeping better,  I have actually been sleeping less and getting up earlier since we moved here. Mike goes to bed before 11pm, so I try to go to bed at the same time.Two out of the five nights since we moved here, I slept through the night (which is very very rare for me, who has had sleep problems since being a child) and woke up feeling refreshed at 4.30am, so I just got up and started my day early. I got to take some photos of sunrise behind our house on both days. The picture above was from this morning, before 6am.

This next photo is a little later, probably around 7am.

It was very foggy this moring. You may still remember this lake view from my last post..

I really, really love fog. It reminds me of my school days in England, and the little lake behind our house reminds me of The Lake District.

The other day when I got up at 4.30am, there was actually a beautiful sunrise that turned the whole sky orange like it was on fire..

and this is about 7am, when the sun actually rose..

I plan to get up early more often from now on, so I could enjoy more daylight. :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More Photos of the New House

A few facebook friends asked to see more pictures of the house, so I'm posting some here..We put most of the blinds up in the house today and the new fridge was also delivered.

Work in progress...We also tried out our gas fire place for the first time.I love staring at the fire.

While Mike was working on the blinds, I went upstairs to check out the views. I didn't know there was actually a lake in front of our house.Sooner or later there will probably be some new houses built across the street, but before that I can enjoy some lake views.

Close-up of the lake across the street from our house..

There is another lake right behind our house, and we get a clear view of it from the master bedroom. The great thing about it is there will not be new houses built between ours and the lake. Can you see our neighbor's house in the picture? Their house is closing in two months.

Close-up of the lake behind our house..

Okok, i know i'm obssessed with the lakes. I'll post some pics of the my new jewelry studio AND piano studio after we settle in. :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My New Home!

Today is an important day because I have officially become a home owner today! Mike took the afternoon off from work to go to the closing attorney with me. After signing pages of paper for over 40 minutes, we finally received the keys to our brand new house.

Our official moving day is next Saturday. I have been packing slowly whenever I get a chance -- and this is when I'm glad a lot of my stuff is still unpacked from my last move a year ago. But my studio will always be the most difficult and annoying to pack. Since my website and Etsy shop will stay open throughout the move, I also need to quickly unpack the whole studio straight after the move so I can go right back to filling orders on Monday. I'm very excited and also nervous, but it's all good -- I look forward to starting a new life at this new home!

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