Weekly Update – Studio Updates, DIY Fails, and Words to Live By

Jan 23, 2015 | Life in Progress

I’m obsessed with Instagram – it’s my favorite online home! Here’s a recap of my week, and for those of you who aren’t on Instagram, come and join me!

Friday January16

Friends, the Dallas gift show is happening now. Loving this photo @demdaco sent over from the showroom showing my new holiday goods. #lovemyjob #grateful #kellyraeroberts
Saturday January 17

Twinkle lights are going up today. Hoping my energy continues to improve
(entire family has had the flu, but I seem to be getting over it
faster) so that I can work my decorating and organizing magic next week
in this space. So ready! #kellyraesstudio

True and I just got up from an epic three hour nap and it looks as
though Bella is still working on hers. Next to the fire, of course. #adogslife
The rain outside today is intense and matched our day perfectly. Naps,
cold meds, banana bread, and taking it easy. Later, I’m going to Netflix
Advanced Style, the documentary about elderly women wearing their joy! Xxo

Today at the Dr’s office (fever for days, just making sure it’s not
bacterial), she asked him if he had any questions. “Just one” he said
before asking “do you know any good jokes?” She didn’t know any so he
offered up his: what did the papa tomato say to the baby tomato when he
lagged behind? Ketchup! Later, when the Dr. was leaving the room he
yelled after her “Hey Doctor! Be sure to retell that joke to the sick
kids, okay?” You guys. This kid. He is so social. Helpful. Thoughtful.
Endearing. The other day he dictated a thank you note to us for taking
him to Disney. Often I wonder who is this kid? And everyday I’m just
honored to hang with him. #trueelioorlando #kidsareourteachers

 Monday January 19

What a remarkable human being he was. I love how he continues to inspire
millions, including me, to be brave, to stand up for what is right, to
be the light. #bethelight #bethelove

It’s move in day today. New studio, here we come. Do you spy my couch?
So excited to see it again! Grateful that it’s not raining today. Also
grateful for Sunny, my mover who despite a hard life, including 19 mos
as a Vietnam POW and the death of his beloved wife, has the most
positive attitude ever. He says his rules in life are to respect and
love the person in the mirror, laugh daily, and not to take life too

First things in. So far loving the colors. #kellyraesstudio

One of the best things about my new studio building is the huge park out
front with views of downtown. I see future work picnic sessions for
sure, if the dogs will allow:). Friends, it’s hitting me. I think I’ll
be really happy here, or at least I hope to be given I signed a three
year lease. #kellyraesstudio

First little area to kind of sort of look like something coming together. #eek #kellyraesstudio
Tuesday January 20

Current scene. Today is the first full day of unpacking. Mustering up my energy and determination to get er’ done. #progress #kellyraesstudio

Yesterday my mover Sunny took one look at this suitcase and said “you
must have been on another planet when you bought this thing.” I didn’t
tell him it was MY artful suitcase, but I chuckled on the inside
nonetheless. If I’m on another planet, then I sure do love it here. #kellyraeroberts

This area is coming together. This will be my painting table. Lots of
rolling carts up against the wall for easy access to materials. Love the
little built in drawers and shelving. #progress #gettingthere I likely have one more full day of unpacking and organizing. And then I’m on to more installation type decor for height. #kellyraesstudio

Wednesday January 21

I love my friends. They are my mirrors, my hope, my reminders for why I
am here. This sweet text brought me to my knees. To every one of you out
there, may you truly know that your voice, life, and story matter. And
you are doing a beautiful job here at Earth school. Xxo Let’s raise one
another up and send some love today.  #sendlove #riseup

Adorable ribbon lantern going up. @lynzeelynx your feather lives on! Major progress today in the studio unpacking. More photos coming! #kellyraesstudio

Front of the old school where my new studio lives. #pinchme

I fashioned a curtain with PVC pipe to hide our little storage area. Now
I’m draping extra fabric I had hanging around over the pipe. It’s a no
sew project as I’m just using pins and clips to fasten the fabric
together. By the end it will be a patchwork of fabric scraps that make
up the entire large curtain. This was a last minute idea. I’m hoping it
works and looks cool. I’ll keep you posted! #kellyraesstudio

Here’s where I’m at right now. Hmmmm, jury’s out. I’m gonna keep going and see how this turns out. #notquitesold

This will go down in history as a DIY fail. It looks like a giant square
monster draped in old rags. Cracking up. I’m thinking I will replace
this entire area with a very tall teepee that we can use as storage.
Does anyone know where I can get a 12′ teepee?

Whew. I am officially unpacked. This is the view from my desk. Nichole’s (@freewitchnoguilt)
desk is on the left and behind the green couch is my painting area. I
still have a little left to do: figure out what to do above chalkboards
(considering removable wallpaper), more plants, one more rug, and a new
storage solution for my DIY fail earlier today. Otherwise, we are
functional. Even got cable today. For those of you asking, there will be
small (12 folks max) intimate workshops in this space. Stay tuned! And
thanks for following along. I’ll keep the photos coming as we settle in.

Thursday January 22

Between the flu and then moving the studio, it’s been DAYS (weeks?)
since I put on makeup and wore an actual outfit. Feels really good to
get #dressedupinjoy
today. On the list today: some studio organizing (I think I have a plan
to replace the DIY fail), send a newsletter, urgent emails, and a trip
to the plant store. Happy Thursday friends! #thewearyourjoyproject
Dying over how Nichole’s space turned out in the new studio. The rug from Target was the finishing touch. #kellyraesstudio

I apologize for my feed being hijacked by new studio pics! It’s all I’m
up to this week. Mr. true had a great idea to draw a hopscotch lane down
the center of the floors with chalk and that is exactly what we did. #loveit #awesomeidea #thankstrue #kellyraesstudio #comingtogether

That’s it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

Kelly Rae

Sending much love,

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