Well this week I realised it was the 1 year anniversary for having my studio! it's quite a celebration for myself and my partner as the coming about of me having a studio, a private space for me to go craft (where it didn't take over nearly every room in the house) did not happen quite in the way we had expected. Just less than 12 months ago I received an email from a venue we had pre-booked to run a small workshop at, in the email it stated that due to unforeseen circumstances the business venue we had booked was going into liquidation and we would be unable to use its premises on the date that we booked. I looked around at other local venues but nothing matched my needs or date I required.
Now the original studio/craft shed was only an idea in my head, spoken about often but no date confirmed, it was basically supposed to be a leisurely 'project build' by my partner over a few months in the summer, but now I had to ask if it was even remotely possible to build my dream in the time frame we had until the workshop date or should I cancel? To be honest I wasn't hopeful at all but i'm not one who likes to cancel and let people down where I can help it, so I had to ask my man.
To my surprise he thought for a few moments and said confidently he would book the time off work and get started the next day, and so it began!
First he asked me how big and exactly where then roped out an area roughly, we drew up a plan, calculated materials then we ordered them. We had a few issues with orders and deliveries but piece by piece he worked hard to support me by trying to getting it done by the dead line not wanting to let me and others down. He was up at the crack of dawn and there until late each night and wouldn't let me lift a finger more than make him cups of tea and sandwiches.
The base, then the frame, supports and flooring were all coming together. The roof, weather-proofing, insulation, cladding, door and 2nd hand windows before a rush to the finish with the insulation and then plasterboard interior. We were still loading the studio with stock and furniture up until well past midnight the night before the scheduled workshop with only 9 hours to spare. But he did it, he pulled it off, we made the deadline!
The workshop went ahead, which I have huge amounts of gratitude to Trefor for his skills, support, time and effort he gave despite the pressure. It wasn't perfect by far, it still needed a lot of work but it was water tight, safe and usable, luckily my partner is a health and safety and maintenance officer for the RNIB so he did all the necessary safety checks ahead of the workshop.
A year has gone so fast and there is still landscaping around the studio to be finished as well as the odd touch up inside, I wanted to up-cycle and reuse 2nd hand furniture where I could, add stock and storage still with a place to make art so its taken time to get there. But for a year now I have had this amazing space to create in, to relax in or escape in, its both a work in progress still but a blessing in disguise and yes I'm living my crafting studio dream as it came true!