This morning I could finally park my crutches in the hall and hobble off to the studio all by myself. It's great to be back!
The studio has been entirely redecorated and there's lots to do. Dust all over. Boxes to sort out, paintings to hang up, modem, printer and phone to reconnect and a brand new iMac to unpack! It's very exciting.
Once the dust has settled, or rather been removed, I'll post some pictures of the interior and give you the grand tour of the studio!
A New Year begins with a blend of old and new. I decided to actually use some of the scrumptious stationery that I keep saving for a special day, a special project. Why not start the year by making 2010 special, I thought, and broke in my orange leather note and sketchbook with some sketches for fabric designs.
One of my Christmas presents was a new diary from Swedish Ordning & Reda, whose range of funky, colourful stationery make your eyes smile!
For daily use, I like the calligraphy pen and packs of gel ink pens from earth-friendly, minimalist and innovative Muji from Japan.
Origami To-Do Notes
The box of delightful origami paper has been salvaged from my collection of paper treasures and I'm using it for notes and to-do's. It felt like a bold step, but I wasn't prepared for just what a huge difference it makes to my days! It's a simple technique. I write down one thing to do on the back of a piece of origami paper, and when the job's done the origami paper goes on my notice board, creating a beautiful collage, and a rewarding, visual payoff. It's so inspiring and tactile to handle and use these gorgeous origami papers daily, and in a casual way.
A Tidy Computer Desktop
Now that my desk has a little stack of purple and orange stationery to keep me inspired and on track, I cleaned up my disastrously messy computer desktop. Then I weeded out my RSS feed, e-mail subscriptions and bookmarks to a minimum.
Now I feel happy and wildly virtuous, and I think I'll put-off sorting out my e-mail and have lunch instead!
In the winter, the sunset begins around three o'clock in the afternoon, and then it goes on for an hour. I often think, these sunsets are the reward for putting up with the dark and short Scandinavian winter days. Photos rarely capture these sunsets and although I'm often tempted to paint them, the paintings would probably be considered garish, cheap, unrealistic and even cheesy!
Today we're closing the studio for the winter holidays. I'm busy finishing my last projects before the break and preparing a holiday e-mail with limited edition goodies exclusively for members of Club Marmalade Moon. I expect to keep on blogging throughout the holidays. We'll open the studio on the 8th of January and look forward to starting the new decade in a refreshed and inspiring environment.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who reads my blog, my window from my studio and to the world. Your comments and emails have been so encouraging, appreciative, inspiring and supportive. I wish you all the very best for the holiday season and for 2010!