Five years ago, on February 13, 2010, I sat down and wrote this:
I believe that everyone has the ability to be artistic or crafty. I’ve had many friends over the years argue that it isn’t true, that they have no talent. I’m not talking about talent. I’m talking about the simple ability to create something that wasn’t there before. Preferably, something that makes you happy to use, eat or just look at. Or something you can give someone else that they won’t throw away. At least not immediately.
Personally, I think the key is simplicity. Work at your comfort level. If it’s absolutely imperative to you that everything always turn out right, stick with what you know or at least what you know you can figure out. If you’re ok with the occasional failure or not-so-perfect outcome, branch out. I live in what I know and take vacations in new things.
I’d like to share some of the things that have worked for me in the crafty, home-operating, trying to keep the world spinning in one direction arena. Hopefully, you’ll either be inspired by them or learn from my mistakes. Someone should.
I left out a paragraph and corrected a couple of spelling errors, and some of it makes me cringe a little now (you can read the whole thing here), but I stand by what I said. One of my favorite sayings is this Swedish proverb:
What that means to me is if there’s something you want to do, you can find a way to do it. If that thing was in the crafty realm, my goal was to help you achieve it. I have a deep love for the creative spark and I felt like I had something to contribute to those looking to nurture their own. Five years ago, my thoughts were on teaching. As it turned out, I’ve learned more than I’ve taught. It’s been more ups than downs and I wouldn’t change any of it. And I have all of you to thank for that.
To show my profound appreciation, I’ve organized the biggest anniversary celebration I’ve ever had, which is going to last a whole month. I’ve partnered with some of my favorite crafty companies to offer not one, but THREE different giveaway packages!
A different giveaway will open up each Monday for the next three weeks, beginning on the 16th with Uncommon Goods. I’ll wait until Monday to reveal what it is, but you’ll definitely want to come back to enter to win. The following week, both Craft Warehouse and Tuttle Publishing generously contributed to the giveaway package, and Tuttle Publishing returns for the final package. Sprinkled throughout will also be a few items handmade by me.
I also have some new sewing projects to share. Remember my Coffee Cup Sleeve of the Month series? I’ll be starting a new series this month, and I promise it has nothing to do with coffee cozies. I’m very excited about it! Here’s a sneak peek:
So, those are some of the things you can look forward to during the coming month –
I hope it will be as fun for you as planning it has been for me!