SANCTUARY : [sangk-choo-er-ee]

noun, plural sanctuaries.

1. a sacred or holy place.

Yes, my studio/craft room is my sanctuary, my temple, my holy place. My craft has saved me, given me reason in my life and has healed my soul.
I’m sorry if this appears melodramatic but truly it’s true. I won’t disclose the difficulties I endured in my first marriage but it

has left me scared on the inside. With the dissolution of my marriage it cost me time with my children. 6 years ago a rekindled friendship with an old high school sweetheart gave me new life, new energy and a new outlook…I had finally met my soul mate. I moved to beautiful King Island, Tasmania. My business was getting off the ground, I became an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and was teaching regular classes in my home to enthusiastic paper crafters.

Two years ago my life was literally swept out from under my feet and the news that my 18 year old son Jesse was taken from us in a horrific car accident. I lost my demonstratorship due to lack of sales and my passion for creating died along with Jesse.

With the help from my family, friends and doctors I have been able to get life relatively back to normal and I rejoined Stampin’ Up! with a new up line Sue Maddex, who is wonderful and I’m part of a great team Think Ink.
 This is why my Studio is my sanctuary…I leave my worries at the door, it feeds my soul and reenergize me.
I’d like to share with you pictures of my studio. This is a room in my home overlooking my front garden and the street. I love the natural light that comes through my big window and I can see birds that fly into the flowering bushes from my desk.

The table in the middle is great for when I have a crafty friend drop around and there is room for both of us. I have been looking for some low backless stools that can fit under it when not being used. I also use it to lay out projects to dry or projects I’m working on and don’t want to get spoilt by accidentally getting ink on.

I hope you have enjoyed my photos.

Happy Stampin’


13 thoughts on “SANCTUARY : [sangk-choo-er-ee]

  1. June, thanks for sharing your story and your sanctuary. I don’t know if you have an Ikea nearby, but Ikea has some great backless stools at an inexpensive price. I use them in my classroom – many teachers do. They are great for tucking under the table and getting them out of the way and the stool legs don’t tangle the way the student chair legs do. The ones I have stack, too. And if my monitor is reading your table cloth color correctly, my stools are the color of your tablecloth! 🙂 I love how you made your photography space with the rollerblind – clever!


    1. Laurie,

      Thank you reading my post and taking the time to comment. I’ll be sure to go online and look at IKEA for those stools and thank you also for the information, they sound like what I’ve been looking for. My story is probably no different to a lot of other people’s as we all face obstacles in our life but it was sweet of you to say. Enjoy your day and I hope you will continue to follow my posts.

      Cheers, June


  2. It’s been a while since you posted this but just stumbled across it. I love your enthusiasm in spite of adversity and your go get attitude. I envy your space and your island, but that’s OK I have a cupboard but in the end it’s the joy, space, internal happiness and all that lovely soul stuff that you speak of that means the most. Thanks for being so open. Makes my day just reading your blogs.


    1. Naomi how kind of you to comment and leave such a lovely compliment. I’m happy you enjoy my posts, it makes it all well worth it. My blog is also a work in progress just like me. Your comment has given reason to revisit this post and now that I know how to edit photos I have turned them from gloomy photos to pictures that truly reflect it’s happy atmosphere. Thank you again for your lovely comment. June


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