Maker’s Mind: The Importance of Your Creative Space

Recently, I completed a task that has been weighing on my mind, a change I needed to get done for Cat G Design.

If you’ve been following me for a while, perhaps through the CGD Facebook page, you will know that I am not a warm weather fan. Initially, this might sound odd since I live in the Northeast of the U.S. and most of our year is covered in snow, so wouldn’t I embrace our short summer season?
I do not. I get uncomfortable when the temperature goes above 70 degrees, and here’s the kicker: my husband and I do not have air conditioning in our house. So in the heat of summer, the upstairs of our house gets super hot and humid. Upstairs is where my studio space is, and besides being a sweatbox in the summer, I also have trouble getting the ModPodge I coat my earrings with to cure. That’s a problem.

Last summer- well, last year was an exception in itself, so I think I have a valid excuse when I tell you I just took the entire summer and most of the fall off from Cat G Design. This was largely weather based, but also due to me going back to work in June after quarantine, and the stress, mental fatigue and heartache that was last year.

This year I wanted to get ahead of my summer issues. The fastest, and cheapest way to get around the boiling hot studio issue was to move my studio into the basement for the duration of the warm weather. I am blessed to have the space to do this, I am very aware of this dear reader, make no mistake about that.

This decision was coupled with my spring cleaning craziness that I’m sure some of you are feeling around this time of year, so I figured out what corner I wanted to take over, and I got to work. This corner in question had a window on either side, which was great for natural light. However, it was piled high with gardening stuff. I had not realized the extent of my garden container stockpiling! So many damn containers and buckets and totes and fencing. Luckily, I was able to pass the majority of the stuff along to fellow gardeners to use. It took me about four hours to get the corner cleaned out and a large portion of the basement more organized. There was a lot of sweeping and vacuuming, and I filled up both the recycling and the trash containers. Then my husband and I went to Home Depot and picked up several square feet of chipboard to cover the unfinished walls in the corner. He helped me get the boards up and the heavy ass table set up and the corner is now ready to work in. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT MY SUMMER MAKER SPACE!! I present to you, the Basement Studio:

Simple but neat. So now I just have to put in the finishing touches- I want to spruce up the window on the left, and clean up the one up on the right wall. And paint or cover up the boards- I am currently working on a knitted wall hanging, so hopefully I can get that done in the next couple of weeks. Any suggestions on how I should decorate this basement maker space?

-Cat

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