Okay, the truth is, I didn't really kick her out. Her smart brain bought her a ticket to a bright future. Can I just brag for a minute? Tangereen graduated from high school in June with the following honors: International Baccalaureate diploma, Honored Scholar Award, Salutatorian, Distinguished Scholar, National Honor Society, University of Portland President's Scholarship, co-captain of Cleveland Cannibals OSAA state champion speech and debate team.
So basically, she moved to her campus and is enjoying the dorm life. Because she's still in Portland, we see her every weekend, and she either crashes on the couch or makes herself a nice blanket fort underneath my shipping table in her old room. It works out just fine for everyone!
We spent a good amount of the summer working on the big transition of having our child graduate, turn 18, move out of the house, and start college. It was a pretty intense and emotional time. I really jumped on the excuse to keep busy by completely cleaning and organizing pretty much my entire house. Things were getting crazy anyway because Chuck got a computer and we decided to make him a little office space in the kitchen, mostly so he can listen to people reading history books and Tolkien lore on youtube while he cooks. This meant the kitchen table was moved out to the living room and by the time that happened the house was upside down and there was nothing for it but to throw myself into a complete and total overhaul of the whole place. I dusted every nook and cranny, organized every closet, set a fresh "free box" on the curb every night for a week, and still took a large haul to Goodwill.
Once Tangereen had vacated her room (with the exception of a shelf in her former closet where I'm letting her keep her personal craft supplies - of which she has a TON, mostly beads), I set about moving everything into the room that needed to be in there. I previously had shipping supplies, craft materials, and finished products stored in various places around the house, including my closet and some areas of our basement.
The key was to consolidate everything into one room and have it be nice and organized without spending any money. My actual studio is still located in the nook in my giant master bedroom/home office. That's where I do all the creating. But now instead of having to clean up my art mess in order to have space to pack orders, I have a completely separate room for shipping and I could not be happier, especially going into the holiday season. And, I did not spend hardly a dime. I was able to incorporate Tangereen's dressing table, wardrobe, and bookshelf, and Chuck let me have the 6' foot table, since we don't really need it in the band room anymore, as well as the record player, which no longer works as a record player but does have a radio and CD player built in, so I can get my NPR fix or crank up Social Distortion while I'm in there. And of course I can spin a mandala on it any old time.
I bought baskets for garbage and recycling from the dollar store (a total of $2) and scored a really great desk lamp on clearance at Office Depot for only $5 (normally $55! I got it after these pics were taken but trust me, it's amazing). That's all I bought! I found a drawer unit on the side of the road which I cleaned up and am using to store odd-sized records. I had originally thought about going to Ikea to get some really great shelving units and matching bins and things, but ended up not having to. I didn't have to paint the room either, because it was already done in a great reddish pink with purple accents and matching curtains and that cool faux stained glass vinyl decal. I decorated the room with things from my collection of children's art, jazz posters, Dartgun stuff and Eye Pop Art stuff. I know it looks really cluttered but that's the way I like it: constant visual stimulation.
In case you were wondering, the painted TV is a piece by our old friend and former Dartgun drummer Billy Brahm. Many years ago we did a trade in which I painted his acoustic guitar in exchange for the TV art. It was only in there while I was cleaning and is now back in the living room where it belongs.
I have been saying this for years - I really want to open up a vintage shop on Etsy for my groovy vintage cups. I don't think it's going to happen before the holidays, but I'll definitely be ready to get started on the product photography and everything in the new year.
Here are a few more "before" shots of the room as it got more and more filled with stuff:
I found this drawer unit on the side of the road and it is now perfect for storing records - 45s on top, red records in the middle, and 78s on the bottom.
Now let's bring on the holiday orders so I can make full use of this room! Order from Eye Pop Art in November and get 20% off your entire purchase by entering the coupon code PORTLAND at checkout. Thanks for your support, and happy holidays!