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January Blues – I mean, News.

We are well into the first month of 2015, I hope it is treating you well so far…!

I just realised I have not posted anything on this beautiful new website/blog since October, and it’s time to change that… In one of my last posts I shared with you some goals I had before the end of the year, I haven’t accomplished them all but the ones I did were met with success!

I always find it hard to get going in January. I feel that it takes a while to shake the Holiday feeling, and I just cannot face doing any work while the Christmas decorations are still up. I finally picked up my brushes last week (which I shared on Facebook…!) and I have also been doing a lot of planning and thinking. (read here: spent a lot of time on Pinterest.)

So! My first thing to do at the moment is give Valentine’s Day a little attention…

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There is a lot of lovely little goodies in my online shop which would make a nice little present for a girlfriend, a mother or a sister…! And to say thank you for having read this post so far, here is a little coupon code for you for 15% off any print, card or jewellery item. Just enter VALENTINESDAY2015 (no spaces) when you get to the checkout 🙂

Talk soon…! Amélie

Studio Tour… Finally!

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I have been promising this post for quite a while so I apologise for the delay..!
As you know, I moved house back in January… With the arrival of my little man, I needed the extra space and an extra room altogether, and this was a golden opportunity to really think through how I would like my studio to be… Here is how it turned out:

Studio overview..! Yes, it is baby toys you see at the bottom right 🙂

Pinterest was of course a great source of inspiration, and the “artist studio” and “craft studio” threads were devoured.. I can’t stop looking at these, honest! Budget being “as little as possible”, I ended up on my beloved Ikea website, and planned the whole studio around what they had available…
 

It was like Christmas morning when all this stuff was delivered!

Basically, the working surfaces are LINNMON tables, the cubic bookcases are EXPEDIT and the bookcases on each side of the window are BILLY wall shelves turned sideways…

My huge belly slowed me down a bit but I managed to do it all…!

The unit on the left is a wardrobe which was already there, it houses my bigger items like blank canvasses, empty boxes for wrapping etc…
 

“Une place pour chaque chose, chaque chose à sa place”

The main part of my studio is this window facing surface, which is where I paint to have maximum daylight… All my tubes are in simple euro store baskets.  Did I mention the view…? 😉

The beautiful countryside a few minutes from Killarney…

The next “station” (where my laptop is) is the jewellery making surface, although I haven’t made any yet since I moved here.. (Just starting now for Christmas!) All the pretty boxes above the shelf contain the different little components and tools to make my pendants, earring etc…
 

I love my red polka dot chair cushion from Penney’s…

Then you have my very handy studio couch… Since I’m renting, I couldn’t just get rid of the single bed that was in the room, so I pushed the bottom of the bed under the table, put a long cushion against the wall and now it’s a handy size couch perfect for daydreaming and taking a rest to play with William, (and the studio doubles up as a guest room when needed).
 

Spending some time with my little man…

Under the main tables I have plenty of space to slide plastic containers, and bed side cabinets holding more crafty supplies.

Last but not least  is my printing  and wrapping station which I am quite happy with… All done with inexpensive shelving from Argos and Homebase, with the exception of the white surface that is sitting on top of the shelves. I had it especially made for the space so it’s the most expensive (€50)  item in my studio furniture believe or not! I wanted it to match the surface of my main tables…
 

So there..! This is where I spend whatever time my little boss is letting me, be it during his nap or when he is happy out on his activity mat on the studio floor. My new studio cost me about €300 and a little elbow grease and was well worth it, and all the different components would be easy to move and adapt to a new space when the time comes.

Do you have a space for creating..? Feel free to share a link in the comments if you like!

Amélie 🙂

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