Everyone needs a special space to both work and calm the mind. This is my external happy space.
Including a room. In order to continue writing and doing the graphic design work which produces my finished books, I needed a dedicated work space. My older daughter's room is the sewing room/art studio. Since my younger daughter hasn't used her room since 2015, I figured it's probably safe to assume she doesn't live here anymore. I began the process of making it mine this past spring & summer. Why decorate it with the color purple? A print I've owned for more than 30 years and planned to move to my new room, has hints of purple in its fabric "frame". Not too long after I began the transformation, it occurred to me I was writing prose in a purple room. I adore puns. (Along with goofy, satirical and snarky humor.) Let's just call it kismet. Rather appropriate for someone who writes stories about Fate's Champions, don't you think?
The inspiration for my happy place is in this photo. As you can see, I still own some paper ponies. My husband gave me this print while we were dating. I believe he acquired it in Kansas City, during a Navy training deployment. It didn't come with the fabric. That was a project I completed several years later because a big, fancy frame never seemed to be in the budget. The idea came from an issue of Better Homes & Gardens. The fabric and trim came from the Ben Franklin store in Orange City, IA, where we lived at the time. Though copper wasn't a favorite color of mine, I went with it because it seemed to fit the subject matter. Besides the copper and black, green is a another color found in the design. But the purple was meant to be. (One never knows how they will discover a soul-mate.) This print is a reproduction of a painting called The Arab Tent - Edwin Landseer (English 1802-1873)