while i was in arizona, i got to hang out in two yummy and inspiring studios - belonging to sisters liz & emily. they used to live next to do each other but since my last trip to az they've both moved houses but still live closeby. i loved seeing how they had both set up their new creative spaces...want to snoop around them with me?
liz makes all kinds of cool stuff, but jewellery (yes i am going to spell it the aussie way!) is her first love. she has her metalsmith station on one side of the studio where she melts, hammers, stamps and does other cool stuff to silver...
on the other side of the studio she has a long workbench with computer, sewing stuff, baby stuff, and just cool stuff to look at. an island in the middle with lots of storage underneath. liz is all about storage, and being organized. i need her to live closer to me!
liz can make anything. she's clever like that. while i was there i helped her with a massive king size quilt she started - totally her style - grungy and funky and colourful. i can't wait to see it finished!
i'm completely in love with the necklace she made for me....arrrr! i got to rummage through all of her stuff and say "make this bit like this...then do this here...and yep i want that!"...and it turned out exactly how i wanted!
(liz's online catalogue with all her designs is here)
while liz's house is full of metal and bikes and 3 little boys...her sister em is up the road with 3 little girls! emily is also insanely multi-talented and makes heaps of different cool things for her home and family. she has a big open studio off her kitchen, with lots of space to move around in, and handmade-by-her (she is amazing!) workbenches and shelving.
em has a great eye for colour and i'm in love with all her grungy and distressed touches she adds to her work.
i think she's so clever to takes basic stuff and turn it into this!...so rustic and unique. i brought my favourite of her signs home with me...
can't decide where to put it yet and it has been travelling from my bedroom to the living room to the kitchen to outside!
winners!!! picked by the true and trusted squint-&-point method (this time via mick's hairy finger):