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Studio Bingo - Where the odds are good, but the goods are odd.
A fun way to invite you into my studio via social media complete with prizes, stories, and the occasional quilt.
Most stories are somewhere in the middle, and it is important to make sure that all listening get a quick dose of the past to get them to the present. About the same time I moved into this studio, I traveled to Napa California, for my cousins wedding. It is a lovely little town.  We noticed flyers for the local high school football game plastered every shop window. It was quite a big game this weekend, and a fundraiser, and activity we were not familiar with - Bovine Bingo. 

Yep. During half time, with a grid on the field, cows are let loose, and the first one to - well you get the point - and the grid it lands in is the winner. Bingo can take many shapes and forms. Today, I am twisting the game around again to suit my needs. I want to share more, but did not know where to start. I needed a gimmick, something to guide me through this process of showing and sharing some of the things we do here. 

With a 7000 Sq Foot studio, where we put stuff is a big deal. So I made this map of the studio, and it is a grid, and that grid made me think of that long ago evening in Napa, and that made me think Studio Bingo! Let the grid guide us along the way. Next, figure out how to spread the word. Make that email service and social media work for us! First I have to understand it all a little better, so bear with me, there will be a little making it up as we go along. 

First off there, Facebook. I think I have 3 pages, and that is 2 too many. I have a personal page, but that is where I post everything. I have a Japanese page, but do not write in Japanese. And I have a fan page. I am turning my FAN page into my FUN page and will use it for most of this bingo stuff. Also, we just sent everyone an email to announce the whole idea. 

And PRIZES!!! What will the prizes be? Who Knows!!! This can go on for a while, I have 70 10 FT X 10 FT grids. Each game will have a prize that come from or is related to the area in the grid. The first grid choose was #D-7. The white fabric cutting table. The email service registers all the entries and the winner is chosen by the computer in 2 weeks from now. Below is some of the info about that area. 
My Cutting table. The top is made of MDF board with lament surface. The base is made of half height shelving units from Home Depot. They have been designed for storage of large rolls of fabric. We can store 2000 yards of white fabric and 24 jumbo rolls of SoftFuse under the table. And a few other things! One of the most unique features is the "RAMP" Ilook at the floor area between table and wall, it is black)

This studio has 2 era's of building, and therefore, one of my walls is an old exterior wall with a garage door and windows among the openings. It also has a small level change, or a step up to enter the next area. We extended this "Step Up" into a long ramp that fits in-between table and wall, with the slope at the end of the ramp. This is perfect here, because, I am short. Only 5FT 2 Inches. With out the elevation of the ramp, I can not reach across the table to cut!. 

Studio Bingo for September is #B-4

Just as I expected, the second number pulled will be a tough topic to make interesting. It is a wall that needs painting with a giant piece of ductwork hanging in front of it – making it difficult space to use. It is also on Alex’s to-do list, setting me up for a quick Before and After Post!

So, I made a video… Recently, Alex asked me, why are their not more before photos? I said “Remember, way back when we used film? I was going to see several locations for a new studio space, and I only had one roll of film. I stood in the middle of the room and took a photo this way, turned 180 degrees, and took one that way, walked to next room, one more photo, and I was out of film”
Need to get some tech choices worked out, but I may be using wordpress for this adventure.