Early Saturday morning. The laptop, the cup of coffee, the dog laying at my feet, the quiet.
You could also try to imagine a setup like in those perfect Instagram pictures. You know, the ones with the immaculate desk, the flawless gallery wall above it, the fresh peonies in a vase, the perfectly coordinated colours and just the right amount of sun. I swear if you focus, you can even hear the birds chirping.
Yes, this is how I write my blog posts.
In my dreams, I mean.
These would be the ingredients for my ideal scenario.
In reality, I’m sitting outside on the deck chair, listening to the happy buzz of the washing machine, while the dog is soaking up the sun. Or if it’s too hot (or too cold) outside, I’m curled up in the corner of the sofa, while the dog spreads out on the rest of it. (Technically, that is “his sofa” and I’m the intruder.) Laptop on my lap, because my desk is full of last month’s unfinished projects – clay bowls waiting to be painted, a macramé wall hanging needing finishing touches, some fabric I pulled out of the box planning to start a cushion cover.
I keep trying new ideas in order to get my mini-studio organised and nice, but it doesn’t seem to work. Perhaps I have too many supplies, or too many ideas, and too little time. Or maybe creativity and tidiness don’t go well together. If you are a maker, a crafter, a creative, you sure know what I’m talking about.
Ok, maybe we do tidy up once in a while, and organise our supplies in this aesthetically pleasing, Instagram-worthy display, which lasts as long as the fame of an IG post.
But why worry? Your creative space is your happy place. It’s not for display. It’s a very intimate one, wouldn’t you say? The place for you and your passion. You, the paint brushes, or maybe your sewing machine, your stashes of fabric, your yarn, your creative mess, and your inspiration.
Do our creative spaces need to be picture perfect? Does it matter if the storage boxes match the overall colour scheme? Does it matter if the gallery wall is colour coordinated?
Well, I don’t know about you, but I decided to spend less (or no) time decorating my studio and matching the colours of the décor or finding the perfect storage solution for my creative mess, and instead, to spend more time actually making stuff. Creating. What do you think?
Do you have a creative space that is yours and your only? If you don’t, you might like to read my post about your happy place. Creativity is an important part of us – let’s all nurture it and amazing things will happen.