It's hard to believe but it will be seven years ago on December 2nd that I wrote my very first blog post! I was on the heels of returning from attending my first mixed media event, Silver Bella, and if you've read any of my past articles, you know that I often refer to this event as life changing. I entered a whole new world where I felt cherished, embraced and wildly inspired so I came home and started a BLOG!
I remember not knowing what the heck I was doing. I found an old picture of myself as a child and emailed Sara Duckett, who is an amazing graphic designer, to create my blog. I jumped in with two clumbsy feet. It was most definitely what they call a leap of faith and I took it. When I saw my blog banner for the first time, I was seriously giddy and that first post, all of 10 sentences, made my stomach do flips. Putting words on the Internet for all to see. It was both exciting and scary.
SO much has changed since those days. The art community didn't use Facebook back then (at least there weren't girls I knew who did) and Instagram wasn't around either. Blogs were how we shared, connected and got to know each other. There were swaps, contests, links to other blogs to visit and eye candy galore. Here is Kate pulling a name for my first giveaway. She was 5! My son was 12 and I was a "young" 44 year old!
Throughout these years, I have changed in many ways and in many, I am still the same. Growing artistically, growing personally, learning to be a Mom, a wife, daughter to an aging parent, an artist, an event hostess, a friend and every other hat we women take on and off throughout our lives. There's been laughter and joy, saddness and tears, tests and challenges, misunderstandings and conflict, intimacy and resolution, while trying to be a better person and learning to accept my flaws with integrity. My kids are in college and middle school now, my husband and I celebrated our 22 wedding anniversary earlier this month and I've passed the 50 mark. Professionally, I've hosted over 22 events and workshops, written over 300 posts, sold over 400 totes and all sorts of other numbers that really in the scheme of things only means I have much to be grateful for. And I am. So very grateful. . .
As you can see my artistic vision has changed too and I have a whole new look thanks to three women I'll tell you more about soon. So why the 7 year itch? Why change up my website and blog now? Who knows. What I do know is it more a reflection of who I am now and a lot of who I've always been. My favorite colors, my favorite dolls and dollhouses, my favorite flowers and so much more. I'm hoping it will bring new inspiration and get you excited about creating, art and sharing. I'm hoping for another 7 years of friendship, artistic adventures and camaraderie for us all.
I can't exactly open a front door but I hope you'll look around a bit and visit often. Later this week, I will share all about a few incredibly talented friends, Hope Karney who created this beautiful website and blog, Lisa Loria, who painted the images of the dollie and dollhouse and Christine Rose Elle, who advised me along the way. I am so thankful to be surrounded by these amazing women who translated what was in my heart here to share with you all. . .
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”