Lens-Artists Challenge #188 – A Special Place

Karina of Murtaghs Meadow is our lovely guest host this week, and she wants us to show something of our special place. She writes: ”Many of us have a special place; maybe it is a place you like to escape to when you need a break from the ups and downs of the everyday; or it may be just a place you enjoy spending time. Your special place may be a certain room in your house, it may be a place you like to visit, or it may be a building such as a library, museum, or church.”

Today I chose my own room – left to me when my daughter, Emma, moved out. I have all my hobby materials here, and the window is facing south, so it is always sunny and warm. A welcoming space!

More than me love this room, and last week we had Milo’s girlfriend, Esther, here. Both sweeties kept me company every day when they had got tired of playing outdoors. Reading was not easy though…as the young lady liked to sprawl her longlegged body all over my chair. I had to put a blanket there.

In this chair, I do my knitting and crocheting too, so that had to be paused for some days… I also keep my dried and pressed plants in this room , ready to be put into frames or fit into a card or a book.

The light makes it perfect for my scribbling, painting and doodling as well, as I try to find the old me again with watercolours, pencils and pens. In the yellow box to the right, new little plants find this sunny spot a nice place to start life, or restart it. I think we somehow share this feeling…

Finally, special thanks to Anne Sandler for her Water challenge. We all love water, and your variety of beautiful photographs and posts made the importance of water really shine!

We hope you will join us this week, and we look forward to seeing what makes a place special for you. Get inspired by visiting Karinas post from beautiful Ireland, and link to her original post with the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you.

Next week, Tina will lead LAPC #189, on the subject ”Odds and Ends”.

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  2. Oh what a beautiful space Ann-Christine. I could spend many happy hours in there too, I think. The painting in your notebook is exquisite

  3. Hi Ann-Christine! This is such an awesome post about your cosy ”own room”. We all dream of such special space to allow creativity to bloom… and you did it in a beautiful way! You rock! 🙂

    • Well, Nicole, it took me some time to realise I could have such a room – when my daughter Emma finally had emptied it. I have always envied people who have a room of their own, and now it dawned on me that I really could! I am so happy you like it too! She left some things for me to keep, and I love it that her spirit shines in there still.

      • It’s always painful to let our children leave in a way… My daughter left many things at home too, and I admit it helps me to ”feel” her presence. I also have a room for me to work on haiku or calligraphy, but yours is beautiful, full of life and joy. Thank you for sharing it with us. 🙂

  4. Oh Ann-Christine, the ”old you” is still very much there and growing stronger with each passing day. What a wonderful space you have created! I envy your talent – especially with your art, and am privileged to know you, if only in this limited environment. Your indoor space reminds me of the beauty of your glass house – all shared with your loving family and 4-legged friends. You have built a world of wonder both in and outside of your home – continue to treasure it to create your magic!

    • Tina, you have such a way of making my heart grow and shine – I love my little place in the sun…took me some time to realise I could use this room as mine…and it certainly took some time for Emma to take away all her things. She left some of them for me to keep there though…and I am grateful for that. I feel she is still with me, in her old room.

    • Jude, I was so overwhelmed when I came up with the idea – finally a room of my own! No moving around things because of guests or other people. But there would be room for you as well!

  5. Thank you for allowing us to come in and visit. Warm and comfortable and full of interesting ‘stuff’ whichever way we turn ! Living alone I guess the whole cottage has my ‘private stamp’ on it . . . but I best love my small library with my big computer table and a whole lot pf greenery seen thru’ the large window right next to me with a parrot or kookaburra oft staring in hoping I notice ! And we both love modern floor lamps . . . 🙂 !!!

  6. It’s wonderful to have your own space for doing the things you love. I’m inspired. I have an extra room on the other side of our courtyard, I may fix it some months later. 🙂

    • Oh, Amy, you will not regret it once you have it! To have all your things there, not having to move things around because of others or guests coming. I have lots of candle light too – love that in the dark evenings. I wish you will fix your room too – it gives a feeling of freedom.

  7. Ahhh, this is truly special, Leya! Thank you for inviting us into your home. It’s as good as being there and laughing with you and playing with the doggies. You know that I’d sit right down on the floor with them, right? 🙂 Your joyful space looks so lovely and warm and sunny and inspirational. It makes me happy that you are creating, even though you don’t often show your output on your blog. I’d love to see it all!

    • ♥ I am very grateful for having it. In fact, when Emma moved out (and after several years finally moved her things as well…) the idea dawned on me. A room where I don’t have to move around things all the time – constantly inspirational and welcoming!

  8. Art stuff is messy, isn’t it? Nice to have a dedicated space. I have a tiny room at the top of our house which I kind of regard as mine, until a certain 9 year old comes to visit. No artwork though. Just me and a book.

    • Thank you, Anne! I am enjoying it every day. Not having to move my things all the time…it can stay crammed and the dogs are great company. They know how to be silent and still when I am!

  9. How fabulous to see your creative space. I’m delighted that it’s crammed with all sorts of good things. People keep on lecturing me on the joys of minimalism. Can’t be doing with it! This is a delightful place.

    • Hahah, Margaret – I love minimalism too, it is just not for me in my home! Love it that you thrive in places like this one too.

    • Haha, yes, even the dogs. Took me some time to figure out what to do with my new room – so glad I could use it as my space only!

  10. The warmth of your special room is palpable through your photos and words! This phrase really resonated ”…as I try to find the old me again with watercolours, pencils and pens. ” Lovely lovely post!

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