Karen Valentine hosts the most amazing party with the opportunity to visit with some wonderfully creative people. I joined the fun last year and have moved home twice since then. I have just set up my new creative space. We have only been in this house for a couple of months and we are still at the 'where do we put this' or 'where is it?' stage but welcome to my creative space.
The sign on the door is from our old teddy bear shop in South Africa. Our new workroom is set up in the dining room with the result that we have lots of doors. One leads to the kitchen which can be useful when you are trying to cook dinner and work is waiting to be finished and the deadline is tight!
The view from the kitchen door to the work tables. One whole wall is a glass sliding door to the conservatory which looks out onto the garden, not good at times as the 'bird restaurant' can prove to be a distraction. Our kitties are studio assistants with their beds and toys available. Unfortunately none of them wanted to pose for photos!
This is an old spice rack made by my Dad some years ago, recycled to display our finished work and a portion of our collection of vintage items.
My Mom (Wendy) and I have worked together for many years. We ran a Teddy Bear shop in South Africa and now we work from our new home in Cambridgeshire, England. We create miniature teddy bears, jewellery and embroidered items which we market on e-bay, Etsy and from our web page. We are both very creative and like to learn new techniques such as tatting, needle lace and other crafts to broaden our skills, many of which we incorporate into our other work.
My favourite item, old apothecary drawers which I received for my birthday present last year. Found in a Brocante shop whilst living in France it has been carefully transported in several moves. I feel that the 'aged' appearance is part of its charm and do not wish to re-paint the drawers.
I love old spools of thread and have built up a wonderful collection.
Pictures of some work in progress, little bears are all over the studio.
The less interesting side of the room, where all the beads and fabric is stored, including all the paperwork and really boring but necessary stuff. A lot of things are still in boxes in the large double garage which means we have to go searching for things when needed but most of the important items are close at hand. It is my dream to one day to have my own house with a big studio with space for everything. In the meantime this is a lovely space to work in.
This is the conservatory where we will sit and stitch when winter arrives and the light is not very good for doing fine work. Here again the garden and visiting birds can prove to be rather a distraction.
I hope you have enjoyed my creative workspace, please do go and visit all the amazing blogs with beautiful stuff to feed your creative soul.