Where We Create - Emily Jeffords of Beautiful Hello

It's been a while since I did an installment of "where we create" and I thought that it's about time for a new one. Let me introduce you to Emily of Beautiful Hello.

When I learned that she lives just outside of Charleston, SC I almost swooned. Why, you ask? Well, I shared a cab at Alt Design Summit last January from the airport to downtown with THE most charming gentleman from Charleston. Emphasis on gentleman - LOVE how gracious he was and a great conversationalist. That southern charm. So I can ONLY imagine how lovely Emily would be in real life!

She's an artist AND an art blogger. You'll find all sorts of interesting interviews with creatives and diy's on her blog. How about this easy diy for chalkboard lettering? You can't tell me that some of the pros aren't using this trick! And this beautiful inspiration board.

Take a look at her online shop with its paintings (oil and watercolour), collages and necklaces.

To put it simply, Emily creates, often finishing a painting, collage, or design each day. She researches, explores, and discovers new ways to express herself and loves helping others view their world differently through art.

Let's hear from Emily about where she creates... 

My studio is a converted bedroom accessible from the living areas in our home.  It’s so full of light and an ever-rotating collection of artwork.  One of the perks to being an artist is that my studio is always full of fresh work being sold online or prepped for art shows!

I find it is very important for me to have beautiful storage. I love displaying my supplies and tools in a pleasing way. I make such a mess while I work, I need everything around me to look orderly and lovely so I don’t drive myself crazy! I am an artist, designer, and blogger, but I am also (first and foremost) a mom to two little girls ages 1 and 3. I love working from home because it allows me to be a part of their lives each and every day. They come into my studio and color, or play with clay, or sort my ever-messy assortment of beads. It’s so wonderful to have them a part of my space (at times!).

What time of day do you do your work and why?

Because I have two little girls I have the oddest of “work hours”. I work off and on all day, grabbing time when I can find it, then work for four-five hours after my girls go to bed, usually ending around 2:00am. I’m such a night owl.

What's your go-to snack when you are feeling peckish? 

Bold Coffee. Every time. Cream, no sugar. I’m overly addicted. (Oo! And my late-night bowl of dark chocolate ice cream!)

When you are procrastinating, what do you do?

I find that when I’m procrastinating it’s because I’m uninspired. To fix that, I gather inspiration (from mid century design, nature, magazines…), spend time sketching, and simply get busy! Within moments of sitting at my art table I usually have new ideas and feel excited again. If not, I walk away for a few hours. Bake something, watch a show, relax… but always go right back to creating or writing.  I also get a lot of encouragement from my community that helps me to keep working and creating. I’m a firm believer that a support group is crucial to a successful life.

Can you believe what she is able to create with a 1 year old and a 3 year old? That's how we do it once we become parents - squeezing it into those in-between moments. I love how her kids are there messing about with art supplies as well. Seeing their mom make art and making their own art.

I'm the opposite of Emily - as a morning person I get up extra early rather than work into the night! How about you?

And having a community that supports what you do - as creatives we all need that. Friends and family to cheer you on AND to be honest when you are slipping off track. Do you have that kind of community?