Back in winter, I gave my partner my old Ikea desk, so that he could have a bit of personal space in our increasingly Polly-influenced flat. After struggling to work on a tiny folding table for months, I finally had the bright idea of setting up a desk in the conservatory. It's a good space for me to work in-lots of natural light, slightly separate from our living area, and lots of plants for company.
After all that time without a dedicated workspace, I really wanted to make my desk reflect my personality and inspire me. It needed to look like a creative space as well as being practical. I covered the desk with a piece of thrifted William Morris print oil cloth, perfect for stopping glue or paint ruining the wood underneath. I bought and set up a daylight lamp, so that I could work day or night. Then I gathered some of my favourite books and ornaments for inspiration, and arranged them in some small shelves.
One of the shelves is wooden and boat shaped, which of course appeals to the mermaid in me. The top shelf has lots of seashells and the beautiful Forest Mermaid embroidery Forests and Tea made for me quite a while ago. The middle shelf has rainbow tape and a toadstool pencil sharpener from Tiger, a thrifted hot air balloon shaped tin, and some foam toadstool picks, which are also from Tiger. The picks are a craft supply, but I thought they were pretty and might as well be on display rather than hidden away in storage. The bottom shelf has some notebooks, art and natural history books for inspiration, and a couple of vintage books for use as photo props. It also has my first tarot set, my angel cards, and a tiny set of antique playing cards which I love to look at every so often.
The other shelf has more books for inspiration or for photos, the Animal Wisdom tarot deck, and a few art supplies. I like having books in easy reach for reference, and I am trying to get myself to do my tarot readings on my desk rather than lazily on my sofa.
The top of this shelf has more seashells, a teacup candle I made, a crystal ball, a lunar globe, and some crystals in an agate dish. The shells are good to have around for reference, and also I think they are beautiful and like looking at them, The crystals are there both for reference and so they can get charged by the sunlight. The globe is just for whimsy and inspiration, and the candle is for lighting when I want to do a tarot reading.
To the side of the shelf I have a couple of pots of pens, tools and brushes. The pots were both thrifted and both seem to be handmade, which I really like. I have my polymer clay tools, brush pen, some water brushes, pencils, scissors and some pens in these. I also stuck some fake succulents and more toadstool picks into them, because they are pretty and make me happy.
This has been a really pleasant place to work, I think it is very "me", and it has pushed me to be creative more often. However I have really struggled for space on such a small desk. So later this week, a new (to me) bigger desk will be arriving, and it will be all change! I wanted to document this little space before I dismantle it. Here's to new creative adventures on the new desk.