So I was just thinkin…
Sometimes in life we are forced to ask ourselves the really important questions like… What am I doing with my life? Where do I see myself in 5 years? Do these jeans make my butt look big, and is that a good thing? And sometimes to more forward in life, to achieve our goals and find our happy, we need to let go of the past and all that baggage what often comes with it.
For me that baggage is mostly stuff, a few large tote boxes of mementoes and keepsakes of my youth. T-shirts from high school, that despite never, ever wearing again once I was handing my diploma, I just couldn’t seem to part with filled these boxes. My sister calls me a hoarder. It’s sorta ridiculous, but it’s not like I’m about to be featured on the next A&E special. The truth is I’m working on it. I will never be able to live one of those tiny houses without a storage unit for my memories but I’m making progress. (Besides where would I put my printing press in a Tiny House?) My husband and I did recently go through all our belonging and make several trips to the GoodWill donation center.
But there are some things that I just wouldn’t dream of parting with, like the boxes of photos and cards from family and friends that document my life. The cards with hand written messages of congratulations, encouragement and condolences are so dear to me. I know I’m just a sentimental fool. And it’s okay, we can hang on to a bit of our past as long as we are making room for future memories.
Three years ago today, my amazing husband got down on one knee, which is very hard to do since we had just completed the Big Sur Marathon, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It’s been a wild ride so far and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. He is a constant source of support and inspiration!
This awesome little card quoting the title of English rock band, The Darkness’s 2003 hit, “I believe in a thing called Love” pretty much says it all! I will admit that I don’t understand the music video and honestly think it is a little too far out there for me. And I don’t know most of the most of the lyrics, I think there is a lot of touching involved or something like that but I know the line that matter. Because I too believe in a thing called love!!
As a creative person I often find I have more ideas than time and more projects than resources. So watching DIY TV programs like Flea Market Flip just adds fuel to the fire. I sit there watching people flip ugly old dressers into a gorgeous furniture you might find in a place like PotteryBarn thinking, “I could so do that! Get my purse I have treasures to find!” The problem with this unbridled enthusiasm is that I really know nothing about furniture restoration.
So about two years ago when I was still on a high from watching a marathon of flipping shows, I headed to a little antique/thrift store and picked up a little wobbly chair. The vinyl seat was split down the middle, the wood was dry and the iron was rusted. It was a real diamond in the rough. I rolled up my sleeves and got right to work, cleaning off the layers of dust and tearing off the remains of the old cushion. Then I just stood there, staring at it thinking, “Now what do I do? ” Realizing I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing or the tools to do anything, I put thew project on hold. I was doing to need some help from the best Mr. Fix-it I know, my Dad!
The amazingly talented, Laura Spencer always tell her viewers to do a little research. You can easily ruin a piece of furniture by slapping a little paint on it, if it’s actually worth more money in its original state. I decided to pay a professional to upholster the seat in black leather as well as have the metal pieces powered coated in oil rubbed bronze. I ended up spending more money than I would have doing the work myself but the quality is so much better. The final result is a chair that I’m happy to have in my studio. Check out the before and after photos.
So the next few holidays are not exactly popular in the greeting card industry.
– Martin Luther King Day – Presidents’ Day – Groundhog Day –
Not to say I don’t greatly appreciate all the work Dr. King did for the Civil Rights Movement, his heart and determination greatly changed our country. I also believe we should honoring our Presidents and their service to our great nation. Not to mention the very important weather determining rodent from Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil. But I don’t see many people running out for get a happy Presidents Day card for the love of their life.
In all honesty the next Holiday on my radar is Valentine’s Day. It’s just over a month away and already retailers have swapped the red & green M&M’s with the red & pink ones. They have discounted the last of the chocolate Santas to make room for Cupid and are filling their card racks with heart-felt declarations of love. So I’m trying to shack off this Christmas Coma and get printing Valentines. Soon my Etsy shop will have sweet nothings for your sweetie pie! Check back soon!
Happy New Year!
I hope your holidays were fabulous! Personally I enjoyed having a few days away from the realities of everyday life to relax and indulge with family and friends. I’m happy to report I finally got to spent some much-needed quality time with my husband. With the Man in medical school and me running my own business, I often feel we only see each other in passing. It was so nice to actually have a conversation. We talked about the past year’s ups and downs and what we would like to accomplish in 2015.
I rarely set New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I decided to jump into 2015 armed with a list of personal, financial and professional goals. Although I won’t be sharing said goals here, I can say that my professional goals include the production of some awesome new products in the upcoming months. And I will be more diligent about keeping up with my social media, ie. more blog posts so you can follow along with my letterpress adventures.
I encourage all of you to set some goals for the New Year as well. Whether you are looking to drop a few pounds or save more money, you just have to stay focused. And don’t get discouraged if you temporarily fall off track. A resolution is a firm decision to do something. So keep working toward your goals, every step no matter how little, will get you closer to success. Great things are sure to happen in 2015!