Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Starting out......a New Year
It's been a quiet start to the year for My Handmade Heart this year.
There has been lots of reflecting, relaxing, organising, downsizing and upgrading.
To start the year off we bought a car (thanks my INCREDIBLE parents) and will finally be learning to drive!! This means lots of road trips in the not too distant future, and I can see myself demanding stop off's at every antique store and roadside farmers stall we encounter for a while.
Sadly it also meant saying goodbye to my garage artists studio to make way for said car, and cramming what I could into our tiny office, but I'm determined not to let it stop me and the downsize will hopefully contribute to the more simplified and less frenetic approach I want to take this year.
I had been finding myself increasingly distracted by social media and other goings on around the interweb in 2012 and it was really starting to bother me that I was spending so much time staring at a screen instead of using my hands and creating.
I diagnosed myself (thanks to The Red Thread) with Creative ADD some time back and adding overuse of the Internet, and overexposure to far to many amazing inspiring projects and people to that mix has basically meant my brain has been far to overwhelmed with ideas to actually do anything with them.
This year is all about stepping back and taking stock. I still plan to be Blogging and Instagraming and updating the Facebook page every so often but personal use is to be curtailed and my focus will be on what makes me happy and not what's on trend or what the bright young things are doing.
I've come to accept that I may NEVER be cool, I probably won't be a design darling any time soon and will most likely not be sharing magazine spreads with the likes of Tamara Maynes or Lisa Tilse (unless I'm VERY lucky) but I will be making things I LOVE and if they happen to find homes or admirers then that is all I need to keep me motivated and making!
I hope 2013 is a year of wonderful good things and nice people for you all!