This is a new canvas I put together this summer as part of my condo redecorating project. It is so me – so many interests, so many projects, so many things to do and people to see – that I wanted to acknowledge what I have been going through. In case you think this is a new thought, the quote at the bottom of the page was put there in 2009 when I started this blog. Wow! Seven years!
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. John Burroughs
I have to confess, though, that for the past few years I let all that mental running get to me. Between caregiving (for myself and others) and other life challenges, I lost a little bit of my drive to create. My Etsy shops have been neglected and I used every distraction to keep me from hunkering down in my studio to create on a consistent basis. It got to a point this year where I felt I wanted to sell everything off and close my shops. Well, the “sell” part didn’t go very well so shutting down wasn’t an option. Instead, I slowly started coming back to a desire to be creative again.
Part of what invigorated me was my decision to redecorate most of the first floor of my condo, but with as much DYI as possible to save money. I’m so pleased with the result! Over the next few weeks I’ll start posting what I did and how I did it. Since finishing that (for now – still have two bathrooms and a bedroom to work on this fall), I have been back in the studio creating new work, which I will also be showing you.
I’m going to try real hard to be consistent with my blog posts. I have let it go too long. I hope you are all still with me – I missed you guys!