Success is not a permanent achievement. We have to continually work at maintaining it.
For several years I taught marine woodcarving at a boatbuilding school in Maine.
Sooner or later, most woodworking sites and blogs have some sort of post on scrapers. Rather than duplicate what others have demonstrated in the care, feeding, use, and maintenance of scrapers. I'd like to point out that they produce much less dust than sanders - that's a hell of a significant point when you have a confined shop and allergies.
Periodically carving becomes a fad and not a cheap one.
If you buy too many woodworking magazines, you may develop shop and tool envy.
Items like models, patterns and proportional dividers are as important to your carving as sharp gouges and knives.
While teaching, I always like to decorate the workshop with carving examples for students to use as a reference. Week-long excursions to teach away from home mean emptying the house of many of my carvings. But samples in three dimensions often are better than pictures or demonstration, and the extra work was worth it.
Because of the good and bad of the design, it's a piece I love and hate.
No matter what I did, something was wrong with the grapevine I was carving. My mentor Warburton took one look and snickered. I decided that as a sign that it was terrible, quite terrible.
Lots of us have small shops either through design or necessity. In my case, I deliberately downsized as I shifted from doing larger maritime work like quarterboards and transoms and started focusing on ship and boat portraits. Whatever reason you have for smaller quarters, I encourage you to rethink the conventional wisdom that large is always best.