Everything is a canvas lately. Yesterday I was putting together some things for a trunk sale and just had to add a little color (okay, I know it's a lot of color) to the earring cards. I did these quickly and was really just playing, but maybe there's some potential here...
I also want to thank you for keeping me so encouraged lately. Thank you for coming here and having a look, and especially for commenting and letting me know I'm not just talking to myself. My blog, for the first time ever, feels like home and friends actually come to visit me here! I wish I could put on some music and serve snacks...really make it a party!
Bless my sisters and few friends who were faithful readers when no one else knew I was here. You have a place of honor at my party, dear ones. You encouraged me to find my voice and to start making connections beyond the familiar. You know who you are :-)
Truth is, I don't really feel ready to put myself out there most days. I'm really a person that likes to...well, blend. Being vulnerable makes me feel like I did as a teenager...self-conscious and clumsy! I don't feel ready, but finally I am willing.
There's a reason I show you my work in progress...my funny little sketches and experiments. I show you my process in part to put you at ease. I don't want you to be afraid to try things and share your experiences. I want you to really know that you don't have to be Leonardo da Vinci for creativity to flourish or, to borrow a word from my friend Chandra of Juniper Goods, to thrive in you.
You don't have to impress to inspire.
The need for approval will thwart true creativity every time.
This is something that I know.
So relax and be brave! Try something new today. No one expects you to be perfect (at least I don't). Just be willing...to make a mess, to miss the mark, to be less-than impressive. Begin something...anything! Welcome to the party!