in the atelier ..

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Posting in the blog for three days in a row … wow, that hadn’t happen in such a long while ! I must be on a roll !! I thought I’d share with you today some snapshots at what I call my atelier.

Last December (I think), I rearranged our living-room in order to create three separate (yet still open) spaces : a space for taking our meals, a space for relaxing, reading or watching TV, and last but not least, a place for me to create ! I used oak book cases (shelving units) for creating a separation between the TV areas (we only use our TV for watching films we rent/buy) and what was going to become my atelier.

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It totally worked, because since then, I’ve felt like I had an actual, tangible space of mine, in this house of ours. My weeks are not longer because of that (obviously, but really, I wish !!), specially with weekends when hubby comes home, that makes weeks go even faster !

But … I might have found a motivation & inspiration, like I hadn’t in years !! And I’m super happy about that … who wouldn’t be ?

So … these cotton ribbons you see above were handstamped by me, and will be used for the upcoming Gentle Tags ! (read more about them here) I hope they’ll be ready tomorrow, but I can’t promise, really ! I’m having so much fun with these ! Picking vintage floral (thrifted) fabrics & text to go with it, is such a joy !

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I love to thrift, but not only textiles ! I love to thrift (possibly handmade) ceramic pieces, such as mugs, cups, and bowls, no matter the size. And my atelier table is a living proof ! See for yourself :

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I don’t know if you see them, but there are one mug (with a large handle) and an expresso cup in the wooden tray ! The mug on the front is a vintage Dunoon, and I love find them when I thrift ! I have a couple of them, and I love them dearly !

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new product in the shop : Gentle Tags

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Hi there ! I finally have something new in the shop, something to show you ! I have created a new (to the shop) kind of products, and it has a sweet name: “Gentle Tags” !

These tags are rather small(-ish), just the right size for a discret reminder or pick me up. They are (and will be) made of vintage, thrifted textiles on the font, and of natural linen on the back. They are (and will be) numbered, so you’ll be able to collect them if you wish !

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I intend to create a whole collection of them, with positive & uplifting words, and some others will be simple, everyday words. Well, we’ll see how they go ! But I do find they’re sweet & the kind of thing that I would love to get as a gift from a friend !

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Please have a look at the shop, you might be interested in a future one. The first one, pictured here, is a little more heavy hearted, but is full of love nonetheless. You can send it to someone you miss, or keep it to yourself in memory of someone you truly miss.

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Thank you for your visit ! Have a beautiful day !

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one must always be different

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I don’t mean to be irreplaceable, that’d be a little bit pretentious. But I just understood that I need to be different if I really want to feel like myself.

These last weeks, after browsing my own blogs, flickrs, computer archives … I understood that there was something from the last two decades that I loved. I couldn’t put a word on it, it’s always been a special feeling.

In the early 2000, I used to draw (and sell) pen tablet/computer drawn graphics for websites/blogs. It was so much fun, I virtually met so many people, and made wonderful friends along the way. Many of them have left the blogosphere, don’t have a website anymore,some of them are on social medias. Sadly at least one passed away (keeping Elizabeth in my thoughts), and to my knowledge, in the circle of my own friends, only one still blogs, my dear friend Sadie. (her lovely blog can be found here)

But I digress. I’ve recently changed the landing page of the website, and I didn’t want to stick with the modern looking, page-wide photos … like most websites look nowadays. I’m not a lifestyle or fashion blog, and my creations can be seen as slightly flowery-nostalgic-out of time-I don’t know … it’s rather hard to fit to a category. (I’ve never been able to do that, anyway !)

Concerning my business, as much as I’ve never been able to focus on it fully, because of my family life & situation, I’ve always made a point at not being like all the others. Sometimes I think it was not really a choice, I couldn’t do any other way. I’ve never aimed to make a living of it, we moved too many times for me to have a stability in this domain. I never advertise in French magazines, never made a market, never sold mu wares in someone else’s shop.

And that’s fine with me because I’m an INTROVERT ! I love making things, creating, yet the contact with people doesn’t come naturally. You need to have this in yourself in order not to look “obliged”. Who knows, maybe in the future (you never know what the future holds, good or bad), this part of myself will change, but for the moment, I’m in peace with my personality.

My last point is … when remodelling the landing page of the site, I finally understood that I needed to make things look like something I personally love, not like what I think people expect from me (or from anyone else, btw !) I know it really sounds obvious, but things don’t always happen like they should, do they ? Life is not a jigsaw, not everything always fall into its final & logical place !

Wishing you the best for the rest of the week ! Take care !

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