Hello dear friend, it's been a long time since I've published an 'Art of Living' segment.
In an attempt to help you to get to know me a little better, I thought that it might be nice for you to have a peek at the place where I spend my time working and blogging. Welcome to my office.
When I first moved into Captain V's home, this room was his gym, filled with exercise equipment and blokey stuff. Once I came onto the scene he generously moved his gear to a corner of the garage and voila! I had a space to call my own. Believe me, I do know how very lucky I am and treasure it like gold.
There are lots of sections of this room that I love, but today I think we might just focus on my desk area.
So what can we see?
Well of course there's the desk itself which I love for both its design and the three deep drawers which hold my regular 'go to' resources.
................My new replica Eames rocker with sheepskin rug which my darling brother and SIL gave to me for my birthday! It's really comfy and although not a traditional desk chair, it makes me smile every time I sit in it.
..............The pinboard filled with my favourite things, lots of inspirational 'bits' and even some of my artwork.
..............Storage in the form of an old meatsafe which has two shelves inside to keep my 'top shelf' books and some inspiration cards. Asian steamers - the top one holds techy things like USB sticks, cords etc. The middle one - small stationery supplies and the bottom one, lots and lots of mini sticky notes. I'm not a fan of writing in books but like to make lots of notes, plus I use them a lot in workshop presentations. A woven filing cabinet on the floor and a great big box for all of my 'odds & sods' on top of it.
...............Flowers - there's always a flower from the garden or even just some succulents or leaves on my desk.
.............Water glass - I'm aiming to drink 2.5-3 litres of water a day at the moment so this is being filled regularly.
............My laptop. An oldy but a goody - she has a name, Sophie and is the ultimate PA.
My treasured water colour pencils which I use regularly.
A gorgeous framed print titled 'Tree of Life' by Catherine Nolin not only inspires me but offers a reflection of the trees and busy wildlife through the glass door behind me.
Hiding behind the laptop you will find. A cluster of my favourite journals, workbooks and other supplies.
The Matryoshka dolls are filled with paper clips and the art behind them is a little example of my pastel play. Being a procrastinating perfectionist, I need to read the quote on the poster a couple of times a day!
If you've been following me for a while, you would know that I have a deep love of nature and delight in collecting feathers on my daily walks. Here are a few that I've found sitting in their glass nest and the big quills poking out of the string are from my Grandfather.
Do you like my little globe? It was the inspiration for our 'Six Senses' tours. I'm still debating about whether I'll put little markers on for the places we've visited.
The quote below it is "Home...is where your story begins".
To maximise the ways in which I can display my treasures and to protect my desk from paint and glue I have a large plastic mat sitting over some of my favourite pictures, treausures & quotes.
The scene in the top left is a needlepoint that my Mother did when she was a little girl and was going to throw out - I quickly grabbed it and it's a source of daily delight. The gap toothed girl is little me and serves as a reminder of a truly wonderful and happy time in my life. Appropriately the photo of Capt V & I sits beside it.
The house at the top is my dream cottage. Are you getting a feel for what I treasure?
If we cast our eyes back up to my pinboard you will see something very special that I've wanted to tell you about for the longest time.
In January (or was it December?) Kellie from the amazing project '1000 Homes of Happiness' sent me a tiny parcel filled with paper homes. Kellie and her girls are making 1000 origami houses and popping them around the country to bring happiness and delight to complete strangers. She has a blog where lucky recipients can write in to let her know that they've found one of her treasures and you can even request a home to 'drop'.
It is such a fun project and I love the words that Kellie has chosen so far - lots of happiness indeed.
We have a couple more to deposit around Noosa, but Kellie kindly let me keep this one on my inspiration board. So in the spirit of Kellie's 'game' it would make me really happy if you contacted her to let her know that you found some 'serendipity' in my office today!
Well there it is my friend, the space that surrounds me as I'm writing this for you right now.
I hope you've enjoyed visiting my creative zone, and feel inspired to share your own.
Pop on over to Kirsty's place where all sorts of amazing & creative people are sharing their spaces today.
Ooh I almost forgot. Our 'Six Senses' tour tomorrow is exploring one of my favourite parts of Australia, be sure to jump on board early.
And for more fun, jump on over here...