Last year I gave up the space in which I’d been creating on and off over the last 5 years and recently acquired a new space. As we’ve had the builders in over the last month I haven’t been able to make my space into exactly how I envisage it. It needs a new coat of paint on the walls and pine cupboards, and maybe a change of curtains wouldn’t go amiss but there’s plenty of time for that. Many of my books and supplies are still packed up in boxes in the garage as are most of my treasured ornaments so think of it as a work-in-progress.
At least my treasured curved glass fronted cupboard survived the move from one foreign country to another as did the wonderful chest of drawers which belonged to my father. I can’t find the key to the small triangular corner cupboard although I was sure I put it in a safe place …. and the beautiful glass picture based on a painting by Klimt fell over and cracked in several places.
But I’m happy here. Two large windows mean that plenty of light comes into the room but from a Feng Shui point of view the west-facing window is bad news if you are using the room to work in so I might have to do something about that. I’ve chosen to place my desk under the north-facing window. The door is in the wrong place and I’m short on wall space so the books will have go somewhere else.
From the windows to the north I can just see the sea. There is a row of vines at the bottom of the garden and 2 fig trees, a pomegranate, an apricot, a persimmon, an almond, a lemon and 2 tangerine trees in the garden. The garden, or rather the large patch of bare earth, is a canvas still to be planted but for the time being we watch what each new season will bring us. And yes, oh bliss, there is a pool for those long hot lazy days of summer.
Behind me,to the south west lies a ridge of mountains.
Being away for 3 months at the beginning of the year it’s been hard to do much creating but here are a few pieces.
Moving house a few weeks before Christmas is never ideal, but when was there ever an ideal time to move house? Anyway, we are in now but have been flooded (mercifully only the garage) and the house has been struck by lightning knocking out power to the kitchen and the immersion heater (repaired this morning). Oh the joys of moving into a new home.
I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, and hope that the new year will bring you good health and happiness.
I will be taking a break from the internet for a few weeks in the new year while we go travelling again and hope to be posting regularly in the Spring.
Welcome to Where Bloggers Create 2014, hosted by Karen Valentine, a blog event encouraging us to visit each other’s creative spaces around the world.
My creative space hasn’t changed much since I participated in WBC a couple of years ago except that it seems to have accumulated more clutter! I can never bear to throw anything away just in case it might come in useful.
My creative space in 2012
However, the view from my window has changed since we did some major re-working in the garden. What was a lawn where no grass grew, because the soil was less than 10 inches deep, has been replaced with hip-high raised beds made out of the local travertine marble. These have been planted with roses, bougainvillaea and geraniums.
gifts made by my talented sister displayed on the shelf above my desk
Some of my recent creations:
In the autumn I will be getting a new studio. This is what it looks like at the moment. Although the built-in cupboards will be very handy for storing (squirrelling away) my stash, it’s very ugly. I would welcome any suggestions as to what I could do to make it more attractive. At this stage I don’t think I’ll rip it out, I would prefer to live with it for a while before doing anything drastic.
January 31st will see the start of the Chinese year of the horse. In honour of this, Collage Obsession has chosen this for its challenge theme this week.
the children in the photo are my husband and his brother with their grandfather in the days when they still had the farm.
Collage elements are from Lila’s birdsong pack, background and ink splatter are by Jen Maddocks and the frame is by Gin & Tonic Designs (all Scrapbook Graphics).
Did you illustrate this theme this week? Trot over to Collage Obsession to see what other people did.