We have a move into NYC date of June/July.
Because if you have to do one of the most hated of domestic duties – moving – why shouldn’t you do it when NYC is at it’s muggy, smells like urine & sweaty, soupy best?
And by’ ‘you” I’ of course, mean us.
Still, I am extremely excited about it!
So, as you do, we are getting the current space ready for selling. The latest jusshing involved the living room space. The old space was cozy and comfy.
The new space feels more open and sparse. It does however, now include a perfect spot for me to sit and work with everything I need right at my fingertips without looking all business in the middle of the living room.
Really pleased with how it came together and just need a lumbar pillow to put behind my back for total, hours of writing/creating comfort.
The secretary desk to vanity project actually became my office in a living(room) landscape project and honestly? No regrets!
My ever-clever husband replaced the worn top with a new piece of oak and he routed the edges all pretty and added the handle I picked out.
And yes, I had to go and use a non-traditional placement of the new handle…
I am loving my new, Office in a Living(Room) Landscape!
Have you got your Moogly on?
If not, you are surely missing out on something special. More precise, someone special.
Tamara Kelly is the woman behind the needles, hooks and yarns and she is a genius. Seriously.
She can take your ideas and work them into reality like a crafty, yarn sorcerous.
I recently commissioned Tamara to make a couple quart sized mason jar cozies for me. I had bought a pair of cuppow lids and needed to insulate my warm beverages and catch the condensation from my cold beverages.
What’s a cuppow? They are brilliant! They turn a wide mouth mason jar into a hot or cold reusable travel mug. BPA free and 100 recyclable with minimum recycled packaging and made in Massachusetts.
I decided on a wooly Union Jack in vintage colors of wool and one in happy colors of cotton. After a few back and forth messages to pick my yarn colors here’s what arrived in my post box.
How gorgeous are they?!? They are complete with bottoms so that I don’t have to worry about coasters and the cotton one absorbs the condensation so no slippery slope to be had or drips down my shirts.
These pics are taken on the tray table beside the chair I do most of my work in. And yes, that is a cupcake wrapper. What?!?! Do you not eat cupcakes for breakfast? Lovely, homemade, chocolate, buttermilk cupcakes with light, frothy frosting?
You don’t? Poor you…
One of the lovely perks of being a creative writer, aside from living inside your own head, is that it can be done anywhere.
All it really takes is a pencil & a bit of paper and you’re good to go.
However, in order to keep myself organized and on track with all my writing projects going on I do rely on my accumulated arsenal of tools.
My traveling technology tools include my; MacBook Pro, iPad 2 and my iPhone and my Canon PowerShot. If online research or inspiration is needed then I can pul out my trusty MiFi from Verizon. If I’m traveling for more than a couple days then I also grab my headphones and tune into my favorite Pandora Playlist. In a pinch, the camera in my iPhone 4 will suffice over dragging around the Canon PowerShot. Just depends on the situation really.
If I am doing cookbook reviews then I will need that particular book handy so I get all my recipe references correct but other than that, the above listed items are always within reach.
During mild Spring & Autumn days, I move myself out onto the porch where I can enjoy the birdsong and the pups can snooze in the sun. The rest of the year finds me in my comfy armchair, feet up with my writing board spanning the arms of the chair which forms my desktop.
Martin made my writing board from 1/4″ birch, seven years ago after I showed him this one that I found on Levenger’s site. Mine of course cost no more than what we paid for the birch and the time Martin invested jig sawing the shape and then sanding it smooth. I have even picked up a clip-on, battery operated LED Book Light which makes a great mobile desk, task light.
I do have one more tool I’d like to add to my arsenal though. I have been coveting the BedLounge for those times when I
want need to work in bed or the couch so the pups can be close by and I can still work in comfort.
I don’t think Martin can make me one though so I’ll need to start saving my pennies.
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