Blog Gem - Littlegreenshed

Hi everyone and welcome to another Blog Gem! This month I'm super chuffed to be interviewing the face behind Littlegreenshed, so without further ado, lets get chatting! Hello! Who be the face behind the blog?

Hello! My name is Lou Archell from Littlegreenshed. I am an Artist/Photographer from Bristol, UK, where I live with my partner Dan and my two boys. I run a small on-line shop where I sell my prints, cards and homewares. I also have a blog called Littlegreenshed.  I love to draw and am passionate about taking photographs. I am daily inspired by nature, beautiful homes and interiors, great design, art, colour, my allotment, crafting, and of course my family!!

What's your design space/studio/work area like?
My studio is set up in our spare room. It used to be my sons nursery, but as they grew I claimed the space as my own.  It has all I need, my laptop, a desk, printer, scanner, pictures my sons have drawn and photos I have taken.  I love Scandinavian and Mid-Century design so my studio reflects this. Painted floor boards, white desk and walls and a mid-century teak chair.  Comfortable and paired back.

If you had to take only one of your crafts to a desert island, what would it be and why? 
Tough call but I would have to take my camera. If I am without it I am always seeing a great photo opportunity. The sunlight falling on a leaf, an interesting cloud, a bright coloured building... inspiration is everywhere.

How do you work and get inspired?
I take masses of photos, I go out at the weekend with Dan and the boys, we usually head to the woods, I take photos, find feathers, leaves acorns etc (treasure). I am always inspired by nature.  We have an allotment where we try to grow our family vegetables.  Getting down into the soil working it and growing something from seed is wonderful, plus it is our garden, we go there to lie in the grass and watch the world go by.

What top tips would you give to any novice bloggers and/or those thinking of selling their designs? 
I think to start a blog, you must write about what you know. My blog is about me, my family, the things I love and do.  So I find that quite easy.  It started off as a blog about my allotment, but I found that too restricting, so I mixed it up a bit.  Never be afraid of changing direction.  I wrote Littlegreenshed for over a year before I started to sell my cards.  I didn't set out to write a blog to promote my work, it just happened to come together like that.

Is there a story behind the name 'Little Green Shed'?
Yes!  Littlegreenshed is the shed at our allotment. We were given this old run down shed from a garden near our home. It needed some tlc. So we patched it up, gave it a new roof and I painted it sage green. And voila! Littlegreenshed was born.

If you could be given an award for your designs by any person/fictional character (dead or alive), who would it be?
Wow many people.  I think alive, David Attenborough, he's a legend.  Dead, Barbara Hepworth - incredible artist.

And & tea or film & wine?
Well as I don't get much chance to read a book any more with my two boys, it would be great to read a book with a nice cup of pouchong green tea!

Oh wow, I love the sound of the actual little green shed, I can just picture it! Thanks so much for giving us a sneaky peek into your creative world and for your great tip about not being afraid to change directions. I think that's essential for a blog (and designs) to grow. Cheers Lou!

I hope you all enjoyed this month's Blog Gem. If you would like to find out more about Lou and Littlegreenshed, check out the links below and until next month, keeeeep blogging! :-) x


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