Sunday, 14 February 2016

Dreams do come true!

Hi again my dear friends!
Dreams do come true, it is a fact. You need to believe, wait, and work hard to make them happen, but in the end the reward is sweet.
I was a dreamer all my life - following our dream about quiet life in the beautiful place we've moved to Ireland, following a dream to see the big world I started teaching international classes and finally, following the dream to inspire people and have a chance to make a difference - I decided to be full time artist, teacher and product designer... it all happened because I decided to let go, be brave and work as much as I could to pursue my goal.

I was lucky to be surrounded by supportive, loving people - which helped a lot. I wouldn't make it without my Andrew, my friends, my family. They were having my back when I was unsure, tired or simple exhausted. They were ready to give me a hand or push me, if I really needed that.
... but if someone will tell you that living your dream is easy - don't trust in these words.There's always a price to pay. The question is - if you are ready to pay it?

Some of you already know that some of my big dreams came true already: I've got my own  product line which makes it easier for me to help people create, and inspire them to play. In December we could tick off one more thing off the list: we've moved to an old country house with a garden and enough space for me, my passion and my friends too :)


Here is a small peek at it - in a way I'm thrilled to have a house with a name (Innisfail - which may be translated as "Island of Destiny" - if this is wrong then I hope someone will correct me) and live in a very quiet neighbourhood, away from crowds and big cities.
If you'd like to see a bit more - we've decided to set up an Instagram account which will be much more private, home, family and countryside focused - you can find it here @innisfail_house. Enjoy!

One of my biggest dreams was to have a space I could call a Studio - real one, made to my taste, filled with my projects and inspiring supplies. With plenty of space to sit together with friends, chat, relax and create. This dream is also getting real now - some of you know that we've moved to the new house in mid-December and now, the moment I'm writing these words 3 guys are working on the conversion of our garage into Finn Studio - and I hope the final result will be exactly as I pictured it!




So far, we've got THAT far - keep your fingers crossed!

And talking about dreams... there is one more big dream I can tick off the list - a few months ago one of my projects was published on the cover of beautiful magazine - Somerset Studio. I was so happy and shocked in one that I couldn't believe my eyes... and now the story happened again, but this time it is not only the cover - check it out!


I have my Artist Profile coming in the March-April issue of Somerset Studio. I'm in heaven, this is all I can say... Thank you again guys for making that possible. It is all thanks to you. Always.

Sending warmest hugs to you all and see you soon!


64 comments:

Cindy Brown said...

Congrats wow wow wow amazing I love you More!!!!

Cathy Potosky said...

And it is well deserved!! You are crazy talented and you share so generously with us regular folks!!! I truly hope that next time you can teach at Clipper Street I am in a position that I can afford to take a class with you!! You are always an inspiration Anna!! ❤

Maria Lillepruun said...

I am happy for you, you are such an inspiration for me :) I will continue dreaming :)

Heather said...

This is fantastic - yes you have worked so hard. It is a joy to see your dreams becoming reality! You deserve all the success in the world. :)

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Huge congratulations on your success and long may your dreams come true. Your studio looks fantastic, wonderful space. Tracy x

Helen said...

the new studio looks as if it will be an amazing space! congratulations on the forthcoming artist profile! very well deserved.

Caroline D. said...

Good and great things will always find their way to good-hearted people and you are definitely among that list! Congratulations on all your continued success!! I know my art endeavors have been enhanced by yours and I'm still thrilled I've been able to be in your workshops twice now when you visit North Carolina. Please come back soon!! Thanks for sharing your talent and knowledge with all of us! I'm looking forward to seeing the photos of your studio build.

kim TangledBlueRose said...

Wonderful news and big hugs and congratzz! Excited to see the magazine when it streets. Thank you soooo much for sharing peeks and always inspiring!
~kim

Victoria said...

Congratulations on all the wonderful changes coming your way!

LCSmithSAVED said...

Wonderful news for such a creative, giving lady :) Can not wait to see your beautiful home & studio. Much happiness to you in your success! I took a class from you & you were a very gracious teacher, introducing me to a new world of artistic expression.

Joi at RR said...

Oh soooo wonderful to read. You are such an inspiration to us all Finn and you are just one of those folks that totally deserve to see your dreams come true. I'm thrilled for you. Can't wait to see your first video tutorial from your new studio - eheheheh!! FUN!! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. j.

Arantzazu said...

Big Congrats!!!!
As you say.... If you work hard, the dreams come true
Xoxo

Carol Findon said...

You SO DESERVE THIS ANNA! I know how hard you work and your creations are the best ever! Your talent knows no bounds! Well done and congratulations! Carol X

Kathy Bradley said...

Your home looks gorgeous with wonderful views - and your studio looks like it will be quite large. Thanks for sharing.

Valerie Andrieux said...

You are one inspiring lady and you are my star to look upon...I wish all your dreams will come true, and most of all don't stop to make new ones !

Jane said...

How wonderful. You deserve it Anna xx

Debs Smith said...

You are a real inspiration Finn and truly deserve everything that you have achieved. The house and gardens look amazing and the conversion from garage to studio looks fab, I trust there will be some lovely old spoons in it somewhere when it's finished 😉 Thank you for permitting us to take a peak into your private life x

itsazoo said...

Totally Awesome.....

Linda M. Cain said...

So very happy for you! It's a wonderful place and you so deserve it after all your hard work. You are truly blessed. And the magazine cover is over-the-moon fantastic!

~Linda

Adrenalina said...

Congratulations.. You work hard and this is the reward... You're right follow your dreams isn't easy but you are one of a kind... You inspire a lot of people and you deserved!! Enjoy every moment because I 'm sure your new house will be as beautiful as you imagine!!
XOXOXO
Magda Cortez

Diana Gabriella said...

So ecstatic for your dreams coming true! Your hard work and sharing spirit are coming together so beautifully 😄 Congratulations! 👏👏👏

suzyb said...

SOooo happy for you and yes it's hard work to make dreams come true and if your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough! Your "Finn Studio" is going to be huge, or at least it looks that in the photo. Really CONGRATS to your success and I truly thank you for your product and everything else you share with us.
Sue
Victoria, BC
Canada

janine stegman said...

Anna, it is so well deserved. you have worked so hard to get where you are. Congrats on the HOME. Be blessed with lots of love. The magazine article is fantastic.

Elina P. said...

Congrats!!! You are a talent and an inspiration to others!!! Hugs to you!! :)

Rebecca AKA Bexta76 said...

You keep on reaching for those stars my friend, good things always happen to good people x

Athanasia said...

I'm so happy for you Anna, you totally deserve it! I can't wait to see your Studio ready and you in action in there! And the magazine is so amazing, I love the cover, big congratulations!!! Hugs <3

jasann said...

Congratulations on moving to your new home, it looks lovely, and to have your own studio (play room) will be heaven!!! Good Luck in your future endeavours, Jasann

Sylwia Gryczuk said...

So happy for you!!!! All the best ! And we are almost neighbours now;) xx

Seth said...

So happy for your success. And I just know that your dreams will continue to come true!

Ilana Polakiewicz said...

Wow! This is awesome, Finn! I am happy for you and I believe Sky is the limit. Enjoy!!! ; )

Yasmina TIN SANG said...

Congratulations!!! I am very happy for you!! ❤️❤️

Kathy Gnj said...

Congratulations on your new studio and Somerset! You've brought such wonderful inspiration to so many people your success is well deserved. Looking forward to seeing your new art studio.

craftytrog said...

I'm so happy for you! You're a lovely lady, and you deserve every happiness and success! Looking forward to seeing that studio progress.
Alison xx

Massira Lizani said...

You deserve it! You are a hard worker and you have a good heart filled with beautiful dreams!
Much much love and I keep my fingers crossed for you ;-)

Timi Biro said...

Congrats Finn! :)

Marianne/skorpionen said...

You are such an inspiration, not only as a creative person and all the stunning Projects you make/design, but also Your personal life.
I love Your New house and I so wish to come visit, a weekend workshop maybe? In the future?
Best of Luck With Your New studio and all New Projects and huge congrats on the publication!!
Lots of love <3

Vasso Sofou said...

Good luck with everything!! :-) I hope everyone can see a dream come true! :-)

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

So happy for you Anna! You deserve every bit of it..so enjoy! Waiting to see the finished look of your studio :)
Warm hugs

Nirvana - Scrapuleux Monde said...

Your studio will be beautiful! I'm sure!!! Your fabulous dreams come true!!!
You are a very talented artist!!! Congrats for all!!!!

die amelie said...

Very happy to read about a lot of dreams that have come true for you! I believe there is a lot of hard work and faith behind that that does not become visible....so we tend to forget about this part of our "dreams" that we want to become reality one day.

Reading this post was a real treat! Your place looks lovely!

Greetings from Vienna,
Claudia x

Patty O'Malley said...

Congratulations on everything! How wonderful! Ireland is such a beautiful place that I was lucky enough to visit a few years ago--would love to live there!

Joanna said...

Serdecznie gratuluje spelnionych marzen :-))) Piekne marzenia. Ciesze sie bardzo, ze sie spelniaja :-)

mamablitger said...

Wauhww... Great news...CONGRATS on your new house. I'm sure your art will benefit from having an even better suitable studio. And congrats on being showcased in the publication. So nice that your fabulous art will be spread even more. You create such amazing things....everyone ought to see more of your creations..

Now a lot of work ahead. I wish you a good creative process transforming the new space into a lovely studio. I look forward to see how it turns out. Please share...
Best wishes and warm hugs from Monica..... Spain

Nupur said...

Wohooo congratulations...so super awesome..can't wait to see the finished studio..xx

Don MacLeod said...

So pleased to read this, we have a saying ' the harder you work, the luckier you get ' and I have never met a girl work longer and harder than you do! You surely deserve all the luck in the world and for all your dreams to come true, you are so generous in sharing your skills and inspiration with so many people around the world xx

Keren Tamir said...

All of it well deserved. You worked so hard for your dreams and so them coming true shouldn't be a surprise. You're amazing and you deserve all the best. Xoxoxo

Team Clark said...

I am thrilled beyond measure for you! This was such an inspiring post!

Trish said...

Congrats! Very encouraging for those of us working towards our dreams as well.

Evelyn Walter said...

Congratulations, dear Anna! Your hard work has paid off and so well deserved <3! You are such a brave and sympathetic person and you share your skills so generously with all of us! You are always such a big inspiration for all of us, thank you for this. Lucky to have supportive people (I think first of all your dear husband)around you that helped you to make your dreams come true! Go on girl! =)
xxx Evelyn

jolande said...

You deserve it!!!! You work so hard for it, make such great projects and give great workshops!! I hope more of your dreams are coming true!! work hard for it and I will follow you.

MARCH said...

All of it well deserved !you deserve all the best <3
corinne

Sarah Lynch said...

Congrats on all your hard earned success! You are an amazing person, thank you for all your inspiration and sharing your lovely home with us.

Lee-Anne said...

Congrats, Finn! So happy to see all your hard work paying off in so many ways. You are so deserving!

Lynne J said...

what a beautiful life you and your dreams are creating!You are so inspiring and I can't wait to check out that magazine :)

Monica said...

wow you are such an inspiration...I love seeing your dreams come true guess its possible for others. it looks beautiful where you have moved to. keep dreaming

Candi Harris said...

Congrats! So happy for you!

michelle ward said...

<3

Marjie Kemper said...

Exciting news! So happy for you about that studio.... wow, girl... LOVE it!

Kim Collister said...

SO much Congratulations in order for you on your home, your art studio and your cover and feature in Somerset Studio. I love your art and I look forward to seeing your studio on Instagram. Best wishes and kind regards!
Kim
1Imgirl on Instagram, see you there

Mona Eidhammer said...

Huge congrats from me to you! You work so hard and have really deserved all good things coming your way. Just know you allways have your fans to back you up. Looking forward to see your finished studio. It`s so exciting. I wish you all the best. Hugs...Mona

Wilma Voermans said...

Hope the studio is going to be all you can dream off ! Congrats to the publication ! x

Christine Patch said...

Very well done and so much deserved. I hope the new studio is all you dream of and will help you create even more wonderful art. You are such an inspiration.

Heather Thompson said...

this is so exciting, thank you for sharing a special part of your life with all of us! your always an inspirations.

madhvi shah said...

Hard work rewards. And destiny has to follow. Congratulations