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Nature's Pace

Romantic Hydrangea

I woke up this morning to the low rumble of a thunderstorm rolling through. It was my day to sleep in, and I succeeded. My garden is rejoicing as I drink my coffee on the porch.  The smell of the rosemary lingers and I feel an attachment to this place and time. It took seven years for our roots to grow deep enough for this suburban neighborhood to feel like home.

You should know, the day we moved into this house was a true dream of mine. We signed the dotted line, and they handed us the keys to our 80s model, three quarter acre plot of official adulthood. We were starring in my very own imaginary HGTV reality show. Finally, I could see what it was like to don my lady toolbelt, and put all those hours of dedicated DIY viewership to work!

Within the first two weeks, I had artfully destroyed every room in the house with good intentions. My saint of a husband put it delicately as he asked "How can we focus your energy into one project at a time?" In hindsight, I can see that I was a bit drunk on possibility. I'm always a bit drunk on possibility. One area at a time is an inspired momentum.

Reminds me of an Emerson quote I read recently.

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."

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Jingle Bash 2014

A few days have passed now, and my after-show buzz is still going strong. Jingle Bash was a very personal victory. I have been sharing art and words online for months, but it took much more courage for me to stand beside other great artists and present my work without the blurry shroud of the online experience to protect my feelings. I have an innate fear of rejection, and this was the day to debut my new direction. Stresses from countless hours preparing and dreaming, and late nights, up with worry, seemed to physically dissolve as I watched my creative vision translating on so many faces. I am reinvigorated. My parents and sister took great care of my daughter for an entire week while I finalized designs and produced inventory. I can honestly say I would not have finished if I had to trade my sleep in order to wear my mom hat, too. The real unsung hero of this story is my husband. I can always count on him to believe in me, even if I feel undeserving. Late nights working were best spent with his support, offering his heart by packaging and paper shaping long after he should have gone to bed.

Risk is so necessary. "Don't be afraid to shine" is my current daily affirmation. Rising to opportunity begets more opportunity. Several people asked where my physical store was located. Hmmm, now that is certainly something to dream about.

Forgive the dark photos, please.  We were so busy, I never had a chance to pull out the big camera.

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Painted Pumpkins on The Broadcast

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I had the fortunate privilege of meeting the hosts of our favorite local morning news and entertainment show, The Broadcast, today!  We filmed a live segment on some easy, beautiful ways to paint pumpkins to extend their life as decor for the whole season.  So proud to be a part of our fantastic team, Etsy Dallas, and to have been offered this opportunity!

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Anxious

Modern Organics Swatches
Modern Organics Swatches

It is 2:20am, and I am wide awake. My husband is lightly snoring beside me, and I am struggling to find just the right amount of covers. It isn't a good idea to be up so late, I know I will suffer this decision tomorrow. No matter what time I fall asleep, my darling daughter will fling open the bedroom door at 6:30am, declaring her breakfast requirements. "Mook, Mama!  I want mook, and gummy bears, and bacon!"  She has a very strict, self-imposed routine these days. Hoping to win a few more minutes, I'll beg and plead for her to come snuggle. It is rare that I am able to persuade her, but worth it when she does. I am too anxious to sleep! My mind is ticking away with possibility. Tomorrow, I'm announcing the opening of my Spoonflower shop!

All of the drawing, planning, and editing has finally landed me at a finish line.  I am nervous and proud.  There was one small hiccup in my eagerness to share, but I am trying not to let it get me down.  After receiving my sample swatches to finalize the collection, I made a few small adjustments.  That's what proofing is for, after all.  My problem was that I uploaded new listings instead of revising current listings.  Then I sat on that mistake for a week before I realized anything was even wrong.  So, here I am, lying in bed at 2:20am trying to figure out how to explain why only five of my designs are available to purchase without delaying the launch that I promised on August 1st.  It feels like I've just tripped over my big feet, and ruined my entire race.

Then again, this is just a small mistake.  All of the designs are there, all of my links are working, and all of the love that I put into this collection is still evident.  Cross your fingers for me, and let's see what happens tomorrow!

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