BIG CLEARANCE SALE

You may have noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet here over the past few months as I’ve been spending more time with my family and less on my little business. I’ve decided to slim things down a bit and simplify Basement Studio. This slimmed down version of Basement Studio will allow me to dedicate my time to the family while spending a couple of days a week in the studio creating without pressure. I love doing what I do so I won’t be going anywhere in a hurry.

This means I am having a big clearance sale of many craft items, some from past workshops but most of it is craft materials which I have left on the shelves.

SALE LASTS UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH

To make things easier I’ve bundled lots of items together in art boxes and packages. These offer amazing value with at least half price savings on many craft products.

I’ve also decided to include a few mystery boxes. For only 20€ these boxes will give you amazing value for money as well as a fantastic surprise on the doorstep. You can’t choose a box or its contents but if you’re willing to take the chance I guarantee you’ll be getting at least 50% off most items. In fact by the time I’ve finished putting things in the box its value will be even more!

Everything has to go so don’t miss out on a fantastic bargain!

The clearance will last until December so not long really.

Jaine xx

GETTING OVER A CREATIVE BLOCK

We all experience them at one time or another. It’s like a wall of fatigue which stands in the way of anything creative allowing self doubt to creep in along with a general can’t be bothered attitude. I know because I’m in the middle of one right now. I want to sit on the sofa in pj’s and stare out of the window, the place which usually gives me so much inspiration, and eat crisps. I haven’t sketched anything for ages or made anything either, I’ve no inclination to go into my basement and do anything yet in a strange way my hands and my brain are itching to do something creative. The question is what?

Over the past few months I’ve spent quite a bit of money on online courses from urban sketching and watercolour to digital painting in the hope it’ll kick-start some crafty cogs into working again, and while I’ve learned a lot I just don’t seem to be happy with anything I’ve done.

I suppose at this time of year I’d be spending much more time outside in the garden dead heading and weeding which keeps me busy but with the intense dryness this year my garden is looking more like scrubland with a few crispy plant stalks sticking out to add emphasis to its sorry state. This is my haven, my inspiration, place of joy. I know it’ll come back next year, hopefully, but right now it’s not helping my mood.

I did have a sort out and got rid of a few things which I didn’t use. This made me feel better for a while. It was quite satisfying to clear out hoarded papers and old neglected stamps. I moved other things around to fill the spaces so I wouldn’t be tempted to just buy more. It’s much less chaotic now helping me to move forward and hopefully I’ve made someone’s day with the bits I’ve taken to the recycling shop.

I’ve asked around and it seems that focussing on something completely different is the key. Where I would normally be gardening, I’ve taken out the crochet again and I think it’s working. It’s giving my hands something creative to do and while I’m concentrating I’m not thinking about anything else. This morning I picked up one of those on-line courses again to finish it off and decided to give it another go.

Happy day – the fog is lifting all be it slowly. Maybe I just need to wait it out.

Jaine xx

PACKED AND READY

I’ve put together some stamping kits for my stand at KUKI which include one of my Town House stamps. I decided I’d better make a few samples to go with the card kits so that’s what I spent this morning doing. It was quite nice actually to simply do a bit bit of colouring in, I can’t remember the last time I did that.

This is what the front of the instruction sheet looks like.

I laid everything out yesterday and mocked up my table. It doesn’t look much here but I’m hoping on the day I can make it look better.

I have a couple of ideas to make it look better on Sunday as I’m very aware it has to look good from outside the tent to entice people in.

Anyway, once I’d taken a few photos I packed it all up again ready.

I’ll tell you next week how it went. I think the only thing worrying me at the moment is the weather.

Have a good weekend

Jaine xx

MAKING NOTEBOOKS

As I stand here cutting paper and sewing books for KUKI I’m reminded of the last time I was preparing for the KUKI festival which was three years ago I think. I cannot believe the change in just a few years in my approach to making these notebooks. Looking at some of the books I made back then, frankly I’m embarrassed. My slap-dash way of measuring and cutting was shocking! In fact I’ll go as far as to say it wasn’t in my nature to quibble over the millimetres. I would even suggest to the participants at my workshops to ‘wing it’ most of the time and I’d mock anyone who spent longer than a couple of seconds calculating exactly how many millimetres to measure with their sharp HB pencil. After making accordion books and discovering the need to have deadly accuracy if you want the pages to look perfect and the covers to open properly, I find myself measuring twice before cutting just to make sure and testing paper grain. All alien concepts in my past life.

Sharp blade needed

I’ve even marked on my cutter the mm difference because I’ve discovered not all rulers are the same.

I can tell you right here and now that my HB pencil is sharp, my cutting blade is regularly changed and my metal ruler is always on the table. There’ll be no slacking with these books.

Notebooks

I’ll crack on sewing until I have a nice little stack.

Have a good weekend and I’ll see you here next week.

Jaine xx