Happy New Year, Angels! So much has happened in the first two weeks of 2017, I can hardly keep up. And never has my own art been such a comfort to me as it is currently. I’m about to embark on an incredible journey – one that requires ALL of my courage and confidence. And I’m scared. Scared of falling and failing, and of getting in over my head, and of just plain NOT KNOWING what will happen. We’ve all come to these important crossroads and high cliffs in our lives now and again. They represent moments we will always remember, moments when the choice to keep going and JUMP stared us right in the face and we answered the call of our soul’s deepest yearnings with a resounding YES! For me, this new endeavor is something I’ve dreamed of doing my whole life and it’s a dream that just won’t go away. In fact, it actually feels destined to come to fruition. It all began when I was a little girl spending time at my grandma’s home. At her side, I learned to knit, crochet, cook, sew, garden and create art. I also learned about selling handmade goods from my grandma, as I accompanied her to the basement of St. Theresa’s church for craft fairs each holiday season. We’d set up her table and sell her handmade mittens, socks, baby sweaters and other items. Little did I know that those early formative experiences laid the foundation and set the first important stones in a path that I’ve continued to wander down for decades now. I have always been a creator. I’m a writer and a photographer and a quilter and a seamstress and a painter. I love nature and all of its beautiful colors, textures, fragrances and images. And I’ve loved every minute of every act of bringing something beautifully handmade into the world. I’ve sold my various handmade goods on and off over the last 20+ years at craft and art shows. And now (drum roll please…)
I am creating a home where my beloved little art business, Earth Angel Arts, can flourish. It’ll be a place where love lives, love is spoken, love is given and received. It will be a warm space for my community, where the perfect little gifts for all of life’s amazing, gut-wrenching, beautiful and painful moments can be found. There will be gifts to hold someone in a time of sadness, to celebrate both small and large accomplishments, to encourage and inspire friends, family, neighbors and loved ones. The shop will be a place where women and girls can engage their creativity, try something new and leave with a small, artful gift for themselves or to present to someone they love. I want to help more women experience the not small joy that’s found in saying, “I made it myself.” I have built a whole life around those four words. And now, my dear sweet friends, I am building my most important work of art – a sweet little gift shop and creation space. I’ve dreamed about it. I’ve meditated on it. I’ve written about it and kept little notebooks filled with ideas of how it will look and feel, what it will offer, and how the people who spend time there will be held, nurtured and loved. I can’t wait for the doors to swing wide to welcome you. And I’m scared to death. But I’m looking at my art every day and I’m letting the messages sink in and hold me steady – words like “keep going” and “you are enough” and “the world needs your gifts” have never ever been so important and meaningful to me. It’s all happening as it should, and my fear won’t keep me from reaching for this dream. You all are a part of it. Here’s to an amazing new year, my friends! Let’s make it our best one yet. Stay tuned for more about the shop as the dream unfolds, and thank you from the very depths of my heart and soul for supporting me, for loving my work, for coming to class and for continuing to show up for me and for Earth Angel Arts.