A few months ago I posted about how it feels to be a freelance illustrator and work from home. At that point I felt like a lonely warrior, who is only connected to the “real world” through internet. Things have moved forward since then and I’ve started to make some new friends from the Brussels creative crowd. I feel like I’m discovering an entire parallel universe, this magical world of people who do something with their hands, who focus on building a community and with whom I can exchange about the experience of being a creative person. I’m in the process of growing new roots in Brussels through discovering this group of people. Definitely a hugely positive added value of my “new path”. Some of these people I met by chance (overheard their private discussions in a café and talked to them afterwards) others I contacted online (digged into the Belgian Etsy (online marketplace) forums and randomly picked a few who seemed nice). There is even someone in the below list I used to work with two years ago. What these people have in common is that they are all from the Anglo-Saxon world, have been in Brussels for several years (i.e. they are not the typical ‘I-use-Brussels-as-an-airport-transit Eurocrats’) and almost all are or were at some point in binational couples. Another aspect they share is that they used to have 9-5 office jobs in a certain field and are now dedicating part or full of their time to creative activities. Very dynamic and “sympa” people, as the French would say and I am soooo happy for having met them! ;-) JANE is an upcoming interior designer who loves do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and hunting and bargaining for vintage furniture. She has a website full of beautiful photos where she chronicles her adventures in creating a home for her family, helping friends decorate their homes and gives lots of ideas how to make your living space really your own. In addition, Jane has an Etsy shop with unique cushions and some vintage furniture that is also worth taking a look if you like pretty things. I already purchased an armchair from her!