Once upon a Monday...

So much is happening very quickly around here. We're really excited about all of the changes. Along with our new website, today marks the first blog post ever for The Potter & Woodsmith! ( I hope we don't bore you too much! ) Also, last Monday marked the first day of an awesome ( and much needed ) studio renovation. I thought it would be fun to share with everyone the transformation as it unfolds. When we started P&W we really started from scratch. Our "studio" was our unheated garage. The winter months were almost unbearable in there. Not to mention the trouble I had with cracking and freezing orders. The good news? Last Monday, the garage door came down. 

 This was our "garage" door before we started. To say it was a garage wasn't really true. I doubt we could have fit anything larger than a Smart Car through this tiny thing.

This was our "garage" door before we started. To say it was a garage wasn't really true. I doubt we could have fit anything larger than a Smart Car through this tiny thing.

What will be put in it's place? We decided on a brand new private entrance and window with space for a pellet stove. It will keep us nice and toasty this winter! Needless to say, I'm pretty excited. Steve and I have been slowly renovating our 1900's home since we bought it 3 years ago. Luckily, along with his part-time gig as my Woodsmith in residence, Steve is also an Engineer who is also great at frame to finish construction. Actually, I'm starting to wonder if there is any project I can throw at him that he can't accomplish. So far, he's done an awesome job on everything! He has been working hard all week to get the new exterior of our studio done before the really cold NYS weather hits.

By last Wednesday, he had the new door, window and rough in done despite the difficultly of our crooked old farmhouse walls. At the end of Tuesday night, we realized that we would have to temporarily block the new entrance with some spare Tyvek and hope it didn't rain. The new, and perfectly square door was going to need a lot more finessing into our crooked old house before we could install it securely. 

 View from the inside of the studio space on Tuesday morning. I wasn't shocked to find that a squirrel had hidden some nuts in the studio overnight. They're definitely getting ready for winter too!

View from the inside of the studio space on Tuesday morning. I wasn't shocked to find that a squirrel had hidden some nuts in the studio overnight. They're definitely getting ready for winter too!

By Wednesday night, the door was installed and painted. I even hung a fall wreath on the door. Steve can barely get walls up before I start decorating them. I just can't help myself. That ugly piece of plywood is about to be hidden forever with stone. Wait until you see the stone system we found. It is going to save us so much time and doesn't require the mess of mortar. It is perfect for the little patch in that we needed for this project. 

 I have a fascination with black doors. I just love them. The enamel that I chose rolled on very smooth for a glossy mirror-like finish. ( Speaking of mirrors, please ignore my reflection in the new window. :-D ) 

I have a fascination with black doors. I just love them. The enamel that I chose rolled on very smooth for a glossy mirror-like finish. ( Speaking of mirrors, please ignore my reflection in the new window. :-D ) 

 These crazy things let you attach the stone using screws. No messing with mortar. It was really weird to screw in pieces of stone with the drill. 

These crazy things let you attach the stone using screws. No messing with mortar. It was really weird to screw in pieces of stone with the drill. 

 The new stone facade. The only thing left it trim! 

The new stone facade. The only thing left it trim! 

 I snuck in a photo of the view from the new studio door. It look so beautiful around here this time of year! If I ever like I'm forgetting to be grateful I look out at the amazing views we have in the beautiful area and immediately remember to be happy and appreciative for the everyday.  

I snuck in a photo of the view from the new studio door. It look so beautiful around here this time of year! If I ever like I'm forgetting to be grateful I look out at the amazing views we have in the beautiful area and immediately remember to be happy and appreciative for the everyday.  

That's what it looks like so far. I will be posting all the finished photos as we go! There will be a lot more to see about the inside of the studio too! I will finally be able to invite customers & friends over to pick up their orders in person. Or for a cup of coffee. :-)