… our new studio and really enjoying the warm, light space. Fancy having a look at what we’ve been up to?
This is inside one side of the outbuilding in February 2017 when we viewed the house as prospective buyers. A sort of garage and utility room separated by a wall.
And here it is now –
It’s amazing how a new space can encourage new creativity – some very different work is evolving and we’re really excited! We’ll post when there’s finished work to see …
Best to you all in the meantime.
We have indeed been off the radar for a long time … life-changing events do that, don’t they? And we certainly have a changed life after the sale of our boat a year ago. But life moves on and earlier this year we bought a house with a run-down outbuilding … aah, that was the carrot for this particular property: we reckoned on a couple of weekends of spicking and spanning and we’d have a great studio to work in! Do you see the potential like we did?
Those couple of weekends turned into 8 months of daily action; at last the outbuilding is looking like a studio. Just a few more weeks of interior work and we’ll be arranging the easels. And the solid fuel fire works a treat!
Mixing muck, laying bricks, replacing roofs doesn’t leave time for much else so we haven’t yet updated our website or blog to reflect our new status as landlubbers … ignore all things salty: we’ve well and truly swallowed the anchor!
Does this look like a boat to you? It could be a huge houseboat but it’s not! You’re right … it’s certainly not a structure on the water. What it is, in fact, is … if I was an LBC presenter I’d be saying that I’ll tell you after the news. Well, this is the news and the news is that we have our very own, gigantic (to us, anyway) studio! Yes, folks, Miles and Pippa go out to work every day. Now, instead of having to clear up the mess in the evening so we can cook and eat and have somewhere to sleep we just close and lock that door and go home to our boat where we cook and eat and have our warm and cosy bunk to sleep in. And the next day the mess is exactly where we left it so it’s easy to pick up the paintbrush and continue on with the work.
The good news doesn’t stop there either because attached to the studio is a small office. We’ve turned this into a shop and are selling our work directly. The photo of our shop shows a view through the door of the upstairs room of a lovely little coffee shop and that’s how you would find us when you come looking. We’re in the 17th century village of Alverstoke in Hampshire, UK, a charming hamlet with touches of ruination by one council or another. Our neighbour, Darcey, allows us to open our shop door into her tea room which is very fortuitous as she has the most scrumptious eats in the south of England, in our opinion, anyway!
Come and visit; you’ll find Studio Blues Sea upstairs at Darcey’s, 47 Village Road, Alverstoke, PO12 2LD, UK. And as Darcey needs to be open when you come round her hours are 09h00 to 17h00 Tuesday to Saturday.
Welcome to this teeny bit of cyberspace we call our own. After years of boat travel we’re now completely aground and loving our new life in St. Asaph, North Wales (that’s part of the UK)!
If you peek through the downstairs window you’ll see this:
Myrtle House Gift Gallery where we show our work as well as lovely things from other UK makers!