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I’m starting to think that this month, personally, is about that easel cradling a blank canvas, or a blinking courser or…maybe even the bones of a brand-new building waiting for finishes. It’s that moment of anticipation before the making begins. It’s full of doubt, trust and inspiration right before the hands and mind are set free.

It’s been a busy month! Lots happening creatively but I have had zero time to paint and that makes me twitchy.
When I feel overstretched the first thing I look at is my time management. I will need to book myself some ‘free’ time- really make it a priority. This is not an easy task when you have lots of other priorities (ah-hem toddler). Obviously not all priorities can share top billing. 
How do I achieve this?

By rotating the important things. 
My family and my own (mental and physical) health come first (not necessarily in that order). My work is my passion and, I think, key to my overall happiness. Some weeks I feel more inspired to write and others it’s more about painting. So I switch it up depending on my mood. Of course there are those tasks I never feel like doing (ah-hem admin & accounting) so I need to force myself to do those as well.
The last few weeks I’ve been concentrating on the blog. A bit of writing and a bit of networking with brands…more exciting news on those soon! This was a fun post I wrote about how April is National Craft Month #ncm here in Australia where I got to partner with Spotlight craft stores. Hello craft mecca! They are hosting free events this month so check it out if you have time. 

In other news
Etsy has unveiled a new look with mixed reactions, my own? I just try and roll with it. Social media is constantly evolving anyway. Adjusting might be a pain but I try not to fret- the minute I get used to something sure enough there will be another change on the horizon!
Also… our home extension is almost finished. It’s going to seriously change our family lives for the better. And for the first time in my life I will have my own dedicated art studio.

Trust me when I say A LOT of creative energy has gone into dreaming up that space. Every finish has been chosen with the utmost care and consideration. It’s been such a long process that it feels completely surreal now that we are near the end. I recently wrote about how my brain was starting to feel like the empty shell in our backyard, bursting to be decked-out, in this post here

In the interest of that beautiful moment of nothingness before it becomes something- Let’s share our latest and greatest projects in the link-up below!
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Author: dawnrieniets

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10 thoughts on “Makers Monthly: April

  1. Reno's look amazing, cant wait to see the finished result 🙂
    Come past Nat and Jules for handmade cake and cupcake toppers:


    Posted on April 12, 2016 at 12:45 am
  2. I'm so in love with your doors! Wow! Thanks for sharing 😀

    Posted on April 12, 2016 at 1:28 am
  3. Thanks Ceri! I'm a little obsessed with them too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Xo

    Posted on April 12, 2016 at 2:27 am
  4. I'll be sure to check it out! ❤️

    Posted on April 12, 2016 at 2:27 am
  5. Renovations finished? A vase full of handmade silk roses might be the finishing touch! Thanks for this x

    Posted on April 12, 2016 at 2:49 am
  6. Ooh Ruth don't tempt me!! 😁❤️

    Posted on April 12, 2016 at 11:13 am
  7. As V. Woolf would say, “A room of one's own.” That is awesome. A place to create is a beautiful thing. You've worked very hard for this so enjoy it. You don't always have to create in that space–you can just be.

    Posted on April 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  8. Thanks for hosting this again Dawn 🙂 You're going to have your own art studio? How amazing/exciting/I can hardly contain my jealousy. Enjoy!

    Posted on April 13, 2016 at 4:44 am
  9. Ah yes! Virginia the Rockstar Woolf! I'm so very excited about my space, my room of mine own heehee. My husband has finally stopped referring to it as the office-slash-studio and has started calling it 'the studio.' This makes me smile.

    Posted on April 13, 2016 at 5:33 am
  10. Oh my goodness Catherine, it's so stinkin exciting that I can barely contain myself (and my gratitude). It's going to completely change the way I work and dang it- If I'm not more productive after having my own studio then I may as well give up and become an accountant! No offence to accountants but I can barely add, so it's funny. <3

    Posted on April 13, 2016 at 5:35 am