Its been a working process for months. This did not happen over night. I would have been impossible. I wanted to share an area with the kids where i could see them and they could see me. I didnt want to work in another room from them and feel distant.
We are lucky enough to have a house at the end of a culdersack with a long driveway. So i decided to take over the double garage.
For the first few months our garage looked like this.. Chaos.
A dead set nightmare.
I attempted many times to get some sort of order. But to be able to achieve that would have meant NOT restoring and rehoming.. it meant removing.
I had to part with alot of stuff.
The past few months i have done load after load to the tip and donating to thrift shops.. Parting with things ive stored for years.
Now i have a haven where i sit all day (And usally all night).
The kids have free run of our street, we watch movies, we warm ourself in the sun, we chat with the neighbours. Every 2nd house is a family full of kids.
Huge TV - $0 Free cycle
Sewing desk- $5 Salvation Army
Small pink and white storage- $0 (From a good friend)
I also take the baskets out and use it to store my tea cup candles at my market
Butterfly felt mobile- $0 Gift from 'Friends for Felix'
Plastic storage containers- $10 for 20 Reduced to clear rack at target.
Long Cabnet- $5 Garage sale.
Reused from my table placings at our wedding.
Now they store handmade doilies as a wedding gift from my husbands Aunty.
Desk and cabnet - Free
(Thank god for granparents with style)
Chair- Free from my parents old dining room set.
Best friends mum..
Book shelf - $10
Tea Pots and tea cups- Thrift shops and garage sales
Clothes racks - Free
Some girls i met at a market.. forget their names..
On Monday i had the sweet Jess (and her mama) from Winnifreds Daughter over delivering Master 6's birthday present he had bought off her with his birthday money.
We also sat and disgust Master 1's christmas custom order. (Honestly, i highly doubt im going to be able to wait untill christmas to gift it to him..)
For a while now i have always wanted to ask her where she got her inspiration from when creating these unique creatures.. Jess not only uses facebook as a base to showcase her creations, but also uses etsy.com , Im not a big follower of etsy so maby i am blinded to other similar creations, but Winnifreds Daughter blows my mind.
The attention to detail, the designs.. So unique.
When i finally got the guts to ask how her design came about , it was such an awesome explanation.
She had drafted many different faces and bodies. Played with legs and eyes and faces and ears until she found the things she loved. She uses upcycyled materials, and even brought around the 2 jumpers she will be using for Master 1's softie.
When i asked her how she knew her design was perfect.. She said it was like she had found Freedom.
You can tell when someone finds their freedom. That something that set them apart.
Yes , a gazzilion people make ruffled nappy covers, but its the combinations and client love, the passion for charities that sets Tina from Georgie girl apart from the rest.
The fabric and child like imagination that makes Cherie from Lace and Ryde stand out from the millions of other doll makers.
Its the perfection that Jodie from Flowers, Frills, Buttons & Bows will not settle for anything less of when it comes to making her babushkas and Kokeshi's
Lucy from Coco L'Amour.. 100% handmade and crafted cushions.
Yeah, sure you could by a mass produced cushion from Target or spotlight for $31.00. But its not the best feeling when your visitor mentions she saw that cushion at their mums just the other day and she had brought it at the target sale for $25.00
(...Yes .. it happened to me.. sigh..)
I love following Janine's growth and talent at Little Wildrose .. every new collection released is just jaw dropping..
I know, your thinking.. 'All the big names' .. but take a second to realize why they are so well known. They arent known for giveaways or page spamming.. they are known for the amazing work they have to offer.
Personally, i am far from finding my freedom.
I dabble in hundreds of different designs and ideas. 98% of the time its not even shown on my facebook page.
I am still far from finding that one or 2 ideas that give me freedom.
How and when did you find your freedom?
Are you still looking?
Are you at the stage you feel for filled? or still looking for praise?
Do you still crave that one thing that will make you stand out?