Dear One ~
I have been out of sight, but you have not been out of mind!
This past few weeks have been a WILD RIDE!!
We returned from Florida to find that my books had been shipped. Since I have self-published there is a HUGE learning curve here. A daily adventure to say the least. Several copies have sold on my web site SHOP that is linked with Etsy. I am still trying to understand how it all works. There have been numerous meetings and calls for tech support. As I say, a huge learning curve!!
I've been busy with the office/marketing side of things. Trying to get it all organized in a manageable method for survival. It's exciting but can be overwhelming sometimes. My family and friends have been encouraging me all the way.
I have been taking the baby steps necessary to keep all the 'balls in the air' and everything working as it should. The next step is to get an email blast out to promote 'Colorful Art Lifts the Spirit!' to friends and collectors outside of my immediate circle of influence.
Since I've been back, I finished an art piece for MArQ - Milwaukee Art Quilter's group challenge - 'Inspired by Nancy' which is a memorial tribute to one of our members who left a stash of hand dyed fabrics. Working under a tight deadline, I was inspired to step outside my box and created a piece that takes my work in a whole new direction. I am pretty pleased with the outcome. It may be my best work to date. A photo update coming soon, I promise.
Then I have some good news/ bad news. The exciting, good news is that last week I had my largest sale ever! The bad news is that it was my Milagros piece which is due to go on exhibit with the Fiber Artists Coalition (FAC). I will now have to re-create a piece for the upcoming exhibit dates. Since I still have the template intact, I think that I will create a similar design using different background fabric, therefore, it will be a different color combination. I'll get started on that after I fulfill some Christmas gift obligations.
My guy had his retirement send off last weekend even though he is not officially retiring until Jan 29, 2013. His company didn't want his exit to be overshadowed by the stresses of the year end budget reports and the holiday season with all the festivities that are involved. So they roasted and toasted him/us in what amounted to be a 'lovefest' on Saturday night. I had no idea that this exercise would be so emotional.
Then on Weds. we said farewell to my parents as they headed South for the winter. Dad is 87 and showing signs of dementia, while mom is 85 and a spit-fire that keeps him going. They both needed a little help packing their bags, closing up the house, etc. so extra time was spent with family this week.
Next week is Thanksgiving. This is always a busy season for everyone, I guess. This year, more than any other, I am thankful for my ART and the associations that it brings me. I am thankful that I have a project and a purpose before me everyday that utilizes my talents and keeps my hands busy and my mind learning new things.
And what are you celebrating this Thanksgiving season?
Until next time ~
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