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by Julie Brooks

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

I'm so excited!

Hi everyone

How's it going for you? How are your crafty goals taking shape so far this year? Are you playing with new products, a new technique perhaps, or just perfecting what you already love doing? Whatever your goals, I hope you're getting there and would love to hear what you're all up to, so leave me a comment and I'll come and check out where you're at 😊.

Me? Well, as is usually the case in this house at the moment, NO! A big, fat, NO! You see, I have many daily challenges. For starters I am currently working off a table in our living room. Not ideal, especially when all my stash is in the back bedroom. So, you may ask why am I working in the living room? Well, the back bedroom is very small, and full of all kinds of everything, so it's difficult to move, let alone flick paint and ink around! I have a table in there to work at, but there's just too much stuff everywhere and it's become unworkable. So, just to enable me to be able to make a few cards and other relatively simple projects, I've had a table installed at one end of the living room, directly behind where my son sits working on his computer all day. It's not peaceful, so it's hard to focus for very long, I can only have a limited amount of stuff on the table otherwise I have no space to work in, so not being surrounded by my stuff is stalling my inspirational flow somewhat - you can all relate to that, I'm quite sure. And I daren't start flicking paint and ink around in our living room - the wall directly behind the table would be every shade of every colour before long, and probably the window blinds too, so I am limited to "non-messy" projects. Sigh. Then there's the work/family balance - very much askew right now. My son's demands are many and frequent - more interruptions. It's something I'm working on ....

As a result of this lack of creatively conducive space for me, we are contemplating investing in a summer house or studio to install in our "plenty big enough" back garden, to accommodate me and my stash. Personally, it would be HEAVEN to have such a haven, so I'm keeping everything crossed that this is something that happens rather than just being talked about endlessly and not actually becoming a reality (need I say more?!). In the meantime, it's the table in the corner for me! At least there's lots of good natural light coming in the big picture window next to me, which is nice.

So, what am I so excited about then, you may ask. Well, you see, it's that time of the year when all the new and gorgeous products are showcased at the trade shows. Have you seen all the gorgeous stuff this year? I'm so excited to see all the new Tim Holtz goodies, especially the dies - so cleverly thought out, and how about Jane Davenport? So many new goodies it took my breath away seeing them all! She has some awesome catchphrases too - "Paint 'til you faint" - love it! "Taking the pain out of painting and putting the fun into functional" - so much fun! I love her Mermaid Brushes which have textured Mermaid tails - what a great idea! I love her fun and whimsical take on everything actually, and the colours of nature she brings into all her products. So much gorgeousness. There are literally hundreds of brands and products launched every January/February, but those two really stood out for me. What did you see that made you go "oooh" and "aaahh" this year? I'd love to hear what floats your crafty boat.

You know, I may not be a creative genius or even uber-talented, but I love playing with new crafty toys and taking my creative journey to another level or another realm, so I personally can't wait to get my hands on all of these new and fantabulous products being released. Kid in a candy shop doesn't even come close! Probably just as well I don't get to go to these massive trade shows - who knows what might happen if I was let loose amongst all that amazing stuff! It really doesn't bare thinking about lol!

So, bubbling with excitement for what is to come for the rest of this year, full of optimism that the balance may be improved and I may soon have somewhere bespoke to be creative, I will leave you with a photo of a card I made yesterday for Valentine's Day. It's nothing mind-blowing, certainly no fancy or complex techniques involved, but I like it! Hope you do too. It's a "non-messy" mixed media card, kept simple and uncluttered, which is so how I would like my creative space to be right now lol!

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment to say hi and tell me what you're up to.

Back soon!

J x