Craft Studio Build

In early October we started paperwork to begin a build in our back yard for a barn style structure that we will run the nonprofit out of.  A studio will allow me to have hours of operation so that my doors can be open to anyone who wants to craft, volunteer or just talk. Currently we have to meet somewhere or schedule a time in hopes of it all being able to work out. Or if crafting, I have to load what is needed in my car and travel somewhere. Many times I have left something behind that required me to return home to fetch the items or just hope we could finish projects without. Often times, I would have to go home.

This structure will allow me to have my doors opened to anyone wanting to craft, create, volunteer or just stop by. Donation drop offs will be easier as will showing off what I do for others.

Sewing machines will be set up for immediate use, classes to learn how to make things will be available 5 days a week.  A group of 4 can come by to help with Walter Reed items or learn a craft skill.

Here is the current look of the studio. We have a long ways to go but glad to see the progress being made.

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Here are some photos of the inside as it stands. It is a 12×12 structure with an 8 foot work bench already built in. The sewing machines will be placed there. The loft will hold all extra items, which is awesome as storage is always an issue.

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As soon as the studio is up and running we will have a page set up for requesting classes or times to come craft.


The studio is painted and sealed outside, we did this the day after Christmas to help burn off all those calories. Thanks to my son Michael and Aaliyah his girl friend for the help. We also painted our little shed to match. It looks amazing!

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UPDATE:  We have found an amazing contractor that is working with us to complete this project. They started today, 1 JAN 2019. What a great start to the new year. Here are some photos of today’s progress. Wiring is in and set up, insulation is in all walls and they are almost half through with hanging the drywall.

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Power is running to the studio
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There is the insulation
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Current progress in a day! Power is fully connected.
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The bottom side of loft with wiring for a light.
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The big wall above the work desk that will house the sewing machines.

We have drywall y’all! They started on 1 JAN and finished on 3 JAN. Three full days of work and it is almost ready for paint. They worked with the budget I had and were able to power the building as well as insulate and drywall it all. Painting starts tomorrow!

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Loft above and below is going to be my office
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Another loft view and where the office will be. My desk will be in the middle and printer to the right by the window and on left will be bookshelf with beading supplies.
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Work desk area for machines to be set up. Each has it’s own power source. No extension cords needed!
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Another view but you can see the transom window which will let in a lot of light.


Painting is done! Floor needs to go in then we can start moving in.

Writing desk where I will get my letters done
Computer is set up
Bookshelf and beading cabinet ready to go


The studio is done!!! We just have one item to fix and that is the workbench. Hope to have it finished off by the time we open. Classes will be offered for $5 a person, there will be a separate page for that once I am ready to go.

Thank you to everyone who made this happen. We can now be available to anyone in the area who want to learn to craft.