INSPIRATION: SOAP STONES

OH. MY.

Look at these gorgeous stones. No, they aren't real. No, it isn't a painting. Or a drawing.

And look how large they are!  I found these soap stones, but didn't find more information beyond the photos. I have never made soap before, but after seeing this, I am in love.

LOVE.

On my list. For sure. And I don't even use soap that often (gotta let those germs help build my immune system)! I'll have to keep an eye on the SFC Design Etsy site to see if they list products again.

Weekly Palette: Sweet Potato Bud

Fall has arrived, and with is, so has our fall cleaning. Whenever I see sweet potatoes start to sprout, I love to let them grow. Their beautiful deep purple stems and leaves that have the ability to grow right out of the root vegetable itself. Yesterday was filled with cleaning and cooking in preparation for hosting our neighbors for dinner, and I re-found this growing in our potato bowl!

And so, I now present you with this week's Weekly Palette:

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Are you getting a hint of my love for dusty colors?  I love to wear them and be surrounded by them (remember my walls?).

AERIAL VIEW

One of my favorite things to do is to travel to far off, new lands. New cultures. New people. New experiences. Sadly, I can't travel nearly as much as I would like, so I have to indulge my travel urges.

And being such the visual person I am, I like the places I find to have a strong visual appeal.

I head on over to a little place called Google Images and choose a destination.

And voila! You've explored a brand new destination! 

WAITING GAME

I love natural stones, and plan on them being the focus of my work here at The Object Studio. Part of the beauty of them is their imperfect forms and colors.

We have discovered a wonderful rock store not too far from us, and it has become a common destination on our weekend outings. These are Red Phantom Quartz crystals, and I am in love with them. I have just ordered diamond tipped drill bits in order to drill holes through them to be able to use them in jewelry. How amazing would these be hanging as a simple necklace pendant?

But alas, in order to turn these into jewelry pieces, I must wait for the drill bits. The bits should ship in the next few days! 

BETTER SETTLED

What an interesting past couple of months I've had. Full of aspirations and lulls. I just got back from a quick trip to North Carolina, during which I traveled nearly the entire width of the state, and in having to tell many new acquaintances what I did for a living, I realized that I really want to make The Object Studio what I do.

I will make
The Object Studio
my career.

Before I left for this trip, I painted my studio walls a beautiful gray/brown/purple color. The paint I chose was Amazon Stone by Behr, and it turned out beautifully! When we moved into our place, I was ecstatic to have my own studio space, but my room was dingy and very dark. The light bulbs were very yellow and the only natural lighting coming in is through a small window that is covered by a porch, so needless to say not much sunlight ever makes it into the studio. Here is the new wall color:

Editing this color was quite a challenge, because although my computer screen is right up against a wall, the shadows in my room create so many variations! Next up is to paint the ceiling white to match the trim (it is still the dingy beige/green color of the old walls) and replace the light bulbs with bright daylight ones. I'll shoot and share some completed studio shots once everything is finally put together.

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One thing that I want to start on this blog are weekly color palettes. This coming week's colors are found above. Every Sunday I'll pick a palette based on an inspiration image (this week is my wall color!) and on the following Saturday I will post a quick illustration using the week's colors.