If you visit Carol at Art and Sand you will find beautifully sunny days, filled with primary colours, numerous creative projects, the work of an amazing artist and lots and lots of letters.
A shelf spelling out a word, or a cubby full of c's, Carol's collection seems endless.
Just look at this Ikea Expedit showcasing the whole alphabet.
It's inspiring in itself to me, to think of someone who has spent years collecting letters (and numbers) of every size and shape and material possible.
Recently I was admiring one of Carol's many projects, using letters.
I was bemoaning the fact that I can't find any alphabet stickers over here. I finally bought a zinc alphabet stencil set last year, but you can't create the kind of negative stencilling (or reverse stencilling as I think Carol call's it) that I admire so much without stickers, or some sort of cutting machine.
I love the amazing border she created on this tablecloth.
That hasn't actually happened yet, but I just wanted to say another big thank you to Carol for my stickers and also for the inspiration I had a while ago to do something else.
Some time ago Carol posted a picture of this work space in her garage and it totally inspired me.
Before this Carol had a corner of Steve's studio and I think before that she kept a lot of her craft supplies in a cupboard, but seeing this work space made me envy the accessibility of everything.
All my paints and brushes were in my under stairs cupboard, which is full of coats, ironing board, vacuum etc and not easy to get to. I was inspired to turn my built in unit (with no doors) in the dining room into my craft cupboard.
I used two wine crates to provide extra shelving for my paints, and boxes to store the small stuff like stamps.
The bottom section is stuffed full of things to paint. I think I've probably taken it out and put it all back at least ten times.
Since turning this unit into a craft cupboard Carol has actually moved her creative space into the house and now has a wonderful new studio.
But I am very happy with my unit, because I usually work on the dining room table anyway, everything is easy to reach and of course I couldn't leave it like this, I have finally put doors on it, and it's almost as I imagined it, about 12 years ago !
Just a sneak peak. I have now hung these mdf doors, which have some beading detail, are painted white and distressed of course. The handles are on and there is some chicken wire, but I can't show you my finished cupboard yet because I can't find some fabric to put behind the chicken wire.
I have already wasted money on two different types of fabric, but they didn't look right, so I've sent off for some samples and hopefully one of them will work.
So thank you Carol, thank you for my sticky alphabets and thank you for inspiring me to create a special place for the fun stuff.