After what seems like many months (because it was) my workroom/office/hideaway-from-the-kids is finished! By finished I mean finished decorating, and I am in.

For anyone familiar with the Julia Donaldson book ‘A squash and a squeeze’, let me just say, that old man was right. Take everything out of one stacked-high room, stash it round you whole (small) house, for months on end, and when you take it out, your house is MASSIVE!

Months and months of sorting will now follow as me and the other half finally look in all those boxes we have had stowed away for over 10yrs, but that’s another story.

The main news here is I’m in, and I LOVE IT!

Come in and have a cup of tea, and a biscuit….

You will notice 3 things immediately, which I will discuss below:

1) Let’s just start with this one, you all saw it – half of it is orange.

Suspiciously like ‘etsy’ orange.

Let me explain, I am not THAT addicted to etsy, honest. It’s paint by Fired Earth that we bought 10yrs ago to paint our kitchen, called ‘Brussels Orange’. It never got used, so hey, why not. It’s only on the 2 walls you can’t see from the landing, so it’s sort of a secret (or it was). The other 2 walls are plain white.

And filled with Ikea furniture.

What can I say, I love Ikea, and the white really helps to brighten up my north-facing room. Specially in the winter, as the sun doesn’t rise about the hill on my side of the valley. I live on what is colloquially known as ‘the dark side’!

2) It’s very small, or ‘compact and bijou’ as I like to call it, Mostin (do you remember that advert?).

3) It’s pretty messy. What can I say, I work in mess, it’s how I am. I have found that clever use of tools like a ‘bead amnesty pot’ pot helps immensely with all the stragglers left lying around. And I generally have a desk clear every couple of days, mainly because I can’t find a pen anywhere.

But just look at my view!

I love Hebden Bridge, right outside my window you have the most amazing Yorkshire gritstone houses perched on the Birchcliffe hill on the other side of the valley. I am actually quite high up, and you can’t see down into the bottom of the valley from here. Those woods are called ‘Machpelah’ and the ever-changing trees reflect the seasons.

Interesting fact, fellow etsian Sally Boyle’s house is in this picture on the other side of the valley!

Have you blogged about your creative space, or posted pictures on flickr etc?
Please put a link here so I can pay a virtual visit and have a cuppa, I’m very nosey…..

Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...


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    27th August 2009

    I'm want to see some of your creative spaces. I was serious!

    Apryl, I see why you have a problem with Ikea – but the LACK is so versatile….

    Orange is meant to be stimulating. Mostly it seems to stimulate the other half to break wind when he comes in. I don't think he wanted me to tell you that.

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    26th August 2009

    That is one amazing view! I love the rolling hills there :)

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    26th August 2009

    I dunno I think your crafty space is much neater than mine.. you defintly have a better view… IKEA and I have a love hate relationship… I used to work thier… and believe me when I say yellow is not my colour…I haven't been working with beads much lately but I do have a bag of junk beads that are chipped damaged or just plain lonely.. I have no idea what I will do when the bag is full…

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    25th August 2009

    thanks, please do post some pics and I'll be round for a virtual cuppa.

    Erin – organised? are you joking!

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    The Silver Dog

    25th August 2009

    Love your new space! You are so organized and that view out the window is just lovely! One day when I get my space organized I'll post some pics

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    Made By Tammy

    25th August 2009

    Wow, love your new space and what a view!!!!

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    LC David

    25th August 2009

    Excellent, This is interesting, few days before i saw beautiful Engagement Rings, Gold rings and must visit this you will also be surprised to see such a beautiful designs.

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    25th August 2009

    rach, it looks fab! and did you know that the colour orange is supposed to inspire creativity?! looks like it works great for you :) xx

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    25th August 2009

    Wow, what a view how can you get anything done so pretty, glad you're enjoying your new space to create!!

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    25th August 2009

    awesome!! i like my studio, but my view is the next door neighbor's house. lucky you! now get back to work.