My Dream Studio vs Reality

In the spirit of sharing more about myself and my process, I have been posting on Instagram. A friend commended me for my effort, saying she was sure customers would like to see “where the magic happens”. I smiled. The magic… what a nice thing to say. So here is a glimpse into my studio, sort of…

To say I have an actual studio, is to stretch the meaning of the word. What I have designated as my “studio” has gone through many changes over the years. When I ran our brick & mortar shop*, I still wanted to make jewelry at home, so I purchased a deluxe Stanley tool box (aka Portable Studio) and lugged it to work every day.ACJ portable studio1  ACJ portable studio3

It was great: sturdy, with enough room for my entire bead, wire and tool inventory, and it had wheels! Aaah, those were the days… But as time went on, my inventory outgrew my trusty old Stanley. I held on to it until the wheels broke off under the weight of my beads. Yes, that happened. That, and the kids began grumbling about child labor laws whenever I asked them to help me pick it up. When we closed the doors of our physical shop, hauling my mammoth portable studio ceased being an issue.

Working from home proved to have its pros and cons. I wandered around the house before finally commandeering the dining room table as my new studio. The plus was the natural light from our large windows. The minus was being so close to the kitchen that I appeared to be on constant chef duty. NO! Chez Ami is closed until further notice!

For the occasions when I had to be away from home base, I created my Waiting Room Studio.


I recycled a large hummus container, and packed it with the essential tools and enough supplies to create two or three pieces. My waiting room studio also gave me a new way to connect with people who were interested in (my) jewelry. Having a few extra pairs of ear wires with me allowed me to sell the earrings I was wearing, without the ear wires I was wearing. When the kids and I were extras in a movie that was being filmed in our area, the costume designer saw me making a necklace during a break. She asked me if she could use some of my jewelry for the shoot. The scenes (and my jewelry) were cut, but it was nice to be asked.

Now, I have a space in which I create jewelry, manage the backend biz, and hang out on social media platforms to talk with you. I call it my Tiny Studio, because it is a shared space.

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If you follow me on Pinterest (and I wish you would), you’ve probably noticed that one of my biggest boards is Dream Studio/Office. I frequently turn to Pinterest for gemstone and color inspiration. I call those lost hours research – that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Invariably, someone who knows my studio porn weakness, pins a photo of an amazing space, and I add it to my collection. Sigh. It’s all there, in my Dream Studio/Office. See what I’ve been up to. Join me, if you dare. You’ve been warned.

While I have yet to achieve my dream studio, I have come to realize that for now, just being able to create, wherever and whenever is something to appreciate on its own. I love what I do, and that won’t ever change. As it turns out, the magic can happen anywhere.

*Time for a shameless plug: While our Sirius Mind and Body brick and mortar shop is no longer, we’re still open on our website. Come visit us! click here

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