A Space to Create: Part 1

A big part of being able to be a creator and a maker is having the space to do so. I think it can sometimes be taken for granted, but I know for many of us, it is so crucial. Not to be confused with having a separate studio, or even a separate room for that matter, but some space that can be dedicated to your work, even if it’s a folding table in the living room.

My workspaces are divided. I have a larger workshop in the back of our garage where all of my large, loud, and incredibly messy tools and machines are housed - this area is all about the initial production stages - and then I have a small room inside my home where everything else is completed. From applying the wood moisturizer to assembling the brass and fiber pieces to packaging and shipping, it’s all done in this small space.

I wanted to share a glimpse into these spaces starting with my indoor room, because it’s the prettiest! I’ve tried to create a place that can inspire, but also be relaxing. I need it to be a place I want to be. I am 100% one of those people who need the space to be clean and clutter free to begin working. Otherwise my mind cannot clearly focus on what actually needs to be done, I focus on the mess. So for this I have it setup, as best I can given the size, so that everything has a place and there is an abundance of free space for my works in progress to be.

room

Basically all of the furniture is from IKEA with the exception of the chair. That was a find from the the reuse store.

room-1

I keep two large corkboards. One is for my inspiration/vision board and the other is where I keep my open orders.

room-2

The dresser hides many of my fiber supplies, clay, brass pieces, samples, and stock.

drawer
room-4

The desk is quite large, which is perfect for the days I have 50+ pieces of wood to apply finish to.

room-5

This built-in comes in handy for the things I am grabbing for frequently and don’t want to search through a drawer for. My wood moisturizer, sanding tools, cutting tools, and other heavily used items stay here.

And there you have it. A look at where the magic happens!




The Functional Collection Is Here

I have unintentionally neglected this little corner of my site and I’m hoping to change that! I’m sure you can relate though? You have the best intentions but somehow that ‘thing’ never makes the top priority list, and you just can’t seem to carve out that little chunk of time from your full lives? Ditto.

Welcome to Mingled Goods

Welcome to Mingled Goods

Hello world! Welcome to the new home of Mingled Goods!

A little backstory: Mingled Goods is an evolution of my first self-named shop, Darci Towns Textiles, where, as I'm sure you can guess, my sole focus was on textiles. During the summer of 2017, following the sale of our second home, we had a temporary four month stay in my parents basement, prior to purchasing and moving into our current home, where my studio was completely packed away in a storage unit. I had a lot of time on my hands. After the