Welcome, and come on in. You guys have lived with my trials and tribulations of not being able to work in my beloved HQ for the past few months, so l thought it was only fair that you should be invited in first to come and see the newly freshened up HQ.
It is still a bit stark as l haven't been in long enough to throw things around and make a nice homely mess.
I like my storage to be pretty. Plastic boxes have to be stashed away in my world. I love old boxes, wood, cardboard, tin – fill 'em up and stack 'em high! Jars, jars everywhere. What better containers for all the thousands of beads l collect and use.
The big cupboard stores my completed stock. I'm so thrilled with this cupboard. An Ikea find that l have adapted with extra pieces of wood at top and bottom to finish it off better.
I love HQ as it is so bright and sunny – when the weather suits of course – and it just makes me happy to be in this space. Yesterday l finished up at 5pm and closed the door. No more climbing over all my work in the diningroom. Ah the joys of seculsion.
My sewing station. Favourite old singer (my Mum's) for everyday work, and the modern job for doing zig zagging etc.
I've gone mad on the labels this time. Everything has a label, l am determined not to waste time on fruitless searches again. I know it doesn't look streamlined or professional, but hey, that's me. Nobody has ever accused me of being streamlined or professional! I like pretty things, l like my inspirations around me. Things must be practical but l am a huge beleiver in beauty – there is no reason for things to be hard and plain, make it nice. White paint, hmmmmm yes l have gone a bit over the top on the off white paint out here in HQ. I did that when l first painted the place 4 years ago. This time around l have just added in yet more white. If it stood still l painted it – luckily Hank (cat) was white already!
I use all the props that l use for fairs as part of the everyday furnishings in HQ. The old coat stand that has all the jars of beads etc. That was a £5 find years ago from local antique shop. I repainted it (off white of course) and have used that at 2 big fairs. The cake stands (on desk for all ribbons etc) are always used at fairs to display the cupcakes l've made since l started Dream Acres 4 years ago. Baskets, well l use baskets for everything. The one that has two levels and stands on its own has been used for many fairs and is used to tote my gear in and out of the house when l have evening sewing to do. The wooden crates by the door are always used at fairs to carry stock and then used in the display. Their everyday use is a tad more mundane, they house all my gardening stuff, from flower pots to seeds and string.
Just realised that l haven't photographed the stock room. You will just have to wait for that little treat.
Anyway l'm off to HQ and l'm happy!