A leap of faith.

Every so often in life an opportunity pops up and it’s down to you to make the decision as to whether you’ll jump right into it, both feet first, or hold back tentatively, citing timing issues, finances, commitments elsewhere, all very valid reasons.

Recently I’ve been racing along, continually working on projects in the house, increasing my writing work and collaborations with brands, as well as starting my Alice in Scandiland Instagram Shop. Not to mention June being the month I launched my Instagram Creative Lunches. The shop and workshops have proven very popular, but, as many people have said, working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. I’ve found that I crave the ability to go somewhere else to ‘be at work’, to have a clearer division between home life and work life.

I have, for a long time, had the pipe dream of one day owning some form of all in one business, vintage homewares, mixed with some carefully chosen, complimentary contemporary items. A space suitable to host more workshops, a Craft Club, a Creative Social Club, my Instagram Creative Lunches. A place I can work from in the day, writing, making, but also somewhere the public could visit, to see what I had on offer. In my mind this place would perhaps be on an Industrial Estate, or maybe a farm building that had been converted for rent. I could never, ever afford the rent of a shop on a highstreet, or at least I didn’t think I could.

But life this week has taken a funny and unexpected turn, a frank conversation with my Dad, about where he wanted to be going with his Workshops/ Art Gallery, lead to an unexpected twist. To cut a long story short it would seem I will be opening the Alice in Scandiland Creative Space in the not so distant future.

In some ways my Dad and I will be joining forces, our businesses will run along side each other, separately, but at times merging into one, stay tuned for more on this.

I hope to find the right way to blend my love for vintage treasure hunting and Scandinavian design and interiors into an exciting and new creative dream. Homewares, Workshops and who knows, maybe even some styled up accomodation.

Eula’s already well trained as a shop assistant, thanks to time spent manning Bright Side of the Road…

Lostwithiel is an utterly beautiful town, just off the A390. You may be forgiven for driving through without realising it’s full potential, but turn down into the main highstreet, where I will be based and you’ll find a wonderful array of independent businesses, shops, restaurants, Pubs and more. Lostwithiel has such a wonderful community spirit, it’s where I grew up from the age of 11 and despite not living there for about 13 years, I still very much feel a part of it’s life, as do the girls.

Image Credit – Lostwithiel Town Council
Lostfest, one of Lostwithiel’s many unmissable dates throughout the year.

I won’t talk too much more about this all now, there are still many, many details to be ironed out and of course, I’m not naive, I know this won’t be all playing shops and touting my pretty wares, but sometimes, when you get that flutter in your chest and feel your brain burst into overdrive with ideas, sometimes you just have to grab it and go for it.

That’s what I’ve decided to do, I can’t wait to take you on the journey with me.

If you would like to be involved with the Alice in Scandiland Shop, then please get in touch.

As well as my own vintage treasures and original makes, I will be on the lookout for products to stock. If you think you make something that suits my style and aesthetic, I’d love to hear from you.

Please message me on Instagram, Facebook or send me an email to alicecollyer @hotmail.co.uk

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane says:

    Fabulous news Alice, all very exciting and I completely empathise with your feelings but just roll with it, some things happen for a reason. Looking forward to hearing about the next phase of Scandilife.

    1. Eeek, I need so much guidance with the whole stock thing Jane! Clueless!!

  2. dani tucker says:

    this is so exciting! x

    1. Thanks is much, tons to get sorted yet!

  3. So excited for you! I’m feeling a bit lost and not sure which way to go with a creative outlet for me outside of the kids. It’s important and as you say… who knows where it will lead! Deep breath, jump and enjoy it x

    1. Thanks so much lovely, I felt like that for a long time…It’s exciting and scary all in one, what lies ahead..

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