In Unity’s “Daily Word” devotional booklet entry today, there’s a quote from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
As we celebrate sweeping, life-affirming dreams for humanity today, I’m also thankful for smaller, individual ones. My kids are both starting a new year in college, and my husband has just begun new, fulfilling work. And I’m pondering that artsyletters is almost a year old!
While my business won’t fund those college educations, I feel blessed with the feedback I’ve gotten from customers this past year. I’ve sold work to college professors, history teachers, librarians, writers & poets, artists, high school students, mothers and grandmothers and husbands – folks from across the country and even across the ocean. And I’ve only just begun!
This weekend I’ll have a booth at the fabulous, crowded, lively Decatur Book Festival
BOOKZILLA interpreted by Dan Santat
in Atlanta. (Not too far from the children’s stage – come on by if you’re there.) I’ve enjoyed participating as an author before, but this will be my first time as a solo vendor.So my desk/work area pretty much looks like this:
Multiply that, and you can imagine what my studio (and the rest of the house) looks like this week.
I will not have all the inventory I’ve imagined in my mind – so many projects, so little time! But I won’t run out of ideas for future shows, either. Here are some 5 X 7 pieces made with those new letterpress blocks I raved about before:
I’ve hand-stamped the blocks with oil-based printing ink, then decorated with a dip pen and India ink (and some gold on the smaller ones) .
And because I just found a wonderful complete set of typewriter keys on Etsy, I’ve assembled a few more earrings:
I’ve just sold three collages out of the blue, so I’m hoping to finish up a few more framed pieces to add to the mix. And I need to get back to blinging up some bookmarks, packaging notecards, putting together magnets, sprucing up booth decor… Who needs sleep?
Wishing you a moment to pause today and think about dreams big and small, with gratitude for those who have risked their own lives to make life better for others. And I wish you an outlet for your own creative dreams, no matter the size!
I can’t wait to see all of your creations this weekend. I have been thinking about you and Leighanne. If you need help you know how to reach me. Have a great, successful weekend, and see you soon.
Can’t wait to see you, Beth! Thank you. You are such a breath of fresh air of support. A Beth of Fresh Air. ;0)
I stopped by your booth at DBF and love your stuff!!! bought some of your notecards. I’m now a huge fan 🙂 Can’t wait to shop your esty store. – Rowena
Rowena – Thanks for making my day! I remember meeting you and appreciate your tracking me down online. Happy creating to you, too!
I’m impressed, Robyn! You are being so creative and productive! It’s one thing to daydream about doing it, but you are actually making it happen.
BTW, I can’t wear earrings…maybe there are bracelets or necklaces coming in the future?
Tabatha, thanks so much for coming by and for such an encouraging message! The earrings have done well at shows, but I’m thinking about expanding a bit – will keep you posted! (& great idea – thanks!)