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Day In the Life - Anna Vartiainen - Anna's Drawing Room

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Welcome to the first in this year's series of Day in the Life posts. They were so popular last summer that I decided to bring them back. We're kicking off with the beautiful work of Anna Vartiainen of Anna's Drawing Room. Enjoy!

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Today is Friday.

This morning I've been up since 5.15, when my toddler dragged me out of bed. I've cooked porridge, made a green smoothie, packed the kids' stuff, been to the childminder's, done the school run, tidied the morning chaos, and now at 9.15 I make a cup of tea and put the radio on.

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1 day in the life

On Fridays I have 5 and a half hours of work time alone at home, and I try to make every minute count. I write a to-do list on our chalkboard wall where I can't escape it. Painting this kitchen wall in chalkboard paint is one of the best things we have done in this house: not just a list-making space, it's used by my 7 year old daughter to make amazing murals and play schools, plus it makes a lovely backdrop for product photos.

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First on the list is photographing my new Guinea Fowl and Cheese Plant print. It's a bright morning so I take a few pictures in the kitchen, and to list the print on Etsy I should photograph it framed. I hate framing, there is always a speck of dust under the glass whenever you think you're done! But it's worth it, and this one can stay in the frame ready for my next exhibition at the Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery.

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Next I need to edit the photos, which takes ages! I've not mastered how to stop them becoming grainy when reduced in size but it's getting late so it will have to do and the listing is live.

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Throughout the day I log work in progress, and find Instagram is my favourite way to do this. I love the community I've found on there - working alone is much more fun when you can share your experiences with others and see what inspirational things they are up to as well. It's also very quick to have a look at, and I don't get distracted by links like I do on Twitter and Facebook.

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Lunch is a poached egg on toast with salad and I leave at 2 to collect my girls.

Later, after cooking and tidying the kids' dinners, I sit down with the smallest one to watch Cbeebies and work on a pattern.

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I have grand plans for all sorts of pattern design for homewares, but for now I print this one on etching paper and frame it for the wall. It looks nice, so I'm very happy!

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I put the kids to bed and start making our dinner, looking forward to sharing some nice food and wine when my partner gets home.

So this was a fairly typical Friday, sadly no time for drawing today but the time spent alone was priceless!

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Thank you so much Anna!

You can find out more about Anna's work on her website, and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can buy her lovely products here.

See the rest of the posts in my Day in the Life series here.