Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
This trip I did manage to restrain myself a bit and actually stuck to my list, a first for me! I picked up a new mirror for our living room, new curtains for the office and living room, some dish towels, some fabric remnants, and a new houseplant that really belongs to our three year old son. (He is obsessed with them.) Once I get the curtains ironed and hung I can finally take some photos of our "White Out" office/craft room. Then I will promptly start working on my list for the next Ikea trip! Check out some of my purchases: Ekne
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Some things would be fine to get right away...an iced latte, a hug from a loved one. But what about the big ticket items, there is usually much learned in the waiting process and in the working process. For instance, in the six months since I opened my Etsy shop I've learned things that have put me in a better position for the future of my business. Some are creative and conceptual, but others are nitty gritty business: what's the best packaging materials, what's the best way to file processed orders, what items should I keep filed for tax purposes. These items aren't glamorous but are as necessary to being successful as anything else.
What if huge sales would've hit from the get-go? Maybe I could have learned as I went but something most likely would have suffered like my customer service or my family life.
I like to find parallels in nature in any situation. It has almost become a hobby. When you plant a seed you don't reap fruit overnight. It takes time, some effort, some weeding out of things unnecessary, and some waiting. This is not wasted time, this is time to think and plan your next steps. No matter how much you toil in the soil, the plant will not grow any faster than intended. This is nature's time for us to get ready for a harvest.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
What seems like a lifetime ago, I worked in the human resource field. Then a sequence of events, one of which included the birth of my son, made it seem impossible to continue on that path. We had a mortgage, bills, and the responsibilities of a child so I did go back for a while but all the time dreaming, wishing, wanting a different lifestyle. I also had the creative burn that could not be extinguished by my daily duties. So I started planning, cultivating if you will, a different path. A different life. One in which I could be with my children all day, and also continue to explore my creative pursuits to see where they would lead me.
Things started to happen. I am now home full time with my TWO beautiful children. I have opened two Etsy shops. In my most full and busy of days I find time to be inspired, to plan, and to work with my hands for a while. Throughout these bustling days I feel my dreams unfolding and growing into reality partially due to hard work and care, and partially with help from forces unknown working little miracles everyday.
Friday, March 11, 2011
This quote seems very appropriate for this time in my life. It seems as if all the things I'm dreaming of are big plans and big changes. They all seem a bit magical, illusive perhaps. This sketch is one I did for a drawing class almost six years ago. It reminds me that these dreams I have today were the same I had back then and I am a lot closer to them than I have ever been before. Some I am already living.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
I have been really been inspired by the white rooms I've been seeing lately. So I took the plunge and started painting my office/craft/painting room white. This is not an easy task. This particular room is an extension off the side of the house. Three walls of the four are almost all windows surrounded by wood paneling.
The other wall is brick that includes the back of the fireplace from my living room. This leaves the room with lots of different textures as well as colors. We painted the brick wall white a few years back and now it is time to tackle the other walls. With the great light I get from the windows I think the space will be an amazing fresh bright space. When the painting is done I plan to get some white sheers to soften the windows and replace the ugly green ones that came with the house. It is still a work in progress and since my one year old has come down with a fever it will take a few days longer than expected. Stay tuned for the finished look!