Fully settled in and enjoying my first couple of years of married life I am now well enough to launch myself forward and finally start to update everything.
One of the best features of the last year is finally getting space for a dedicated studio!! Goodness knows how much I needed that given how much stuff I've got... I could probably fill a space twice the size quite easily but am over the moon that I'm lucky enough to have this space. It took a while to organise and set up so it was usable for both myself and my hubby who writes poetry and various blogs including Eating Exeter which reviews eateries in the Exeter area. He has his old wooden writing desk (which currently is covered in computing stuff so no photo for the moment ;)) and I have my glass desk and computer desk within wheeling distance on my comfy chair. I have surrounded myself with things of inspiration and "stuff" generally that I have collected over the years which just make me happy by being there.
I have been using the studio the last 6 months or so to create new images and produce products to sell. I had an urge to make, create and sell so started up a shop on Etsy. Although quite a bit of focus has been in the Etsy work I have continued to do some illustration projects on the side and like every good creative I have not stopped drawing and painting and continuing to generate new ideas to work on.
I feel I am at a turning point right now and my crafty sideline hasn't stopped me itching to get my teeth into more illustrating. I realise that I have to put the time I have now without a flare up to good use and really push myself to get my work out there. I have quietly built up my portfolio and feel confident with what I have to offer so I think I should use this moment to jump in and I am beginning by updating my existing online presence here and getting a website back up and running on www.toridee.co.uk.
Watch This Space!!!