Ok, January 11 and I'm ready for the new year. I just finished a big scrap-sorting project in my living room last night. Somehow, several different boxes had become jumbled together so that personal ephemera and collage ephemera needed separating. This was the before view, which has been this way, even through the appliance delivery process (as the delivery guys didn't have to go through the living room, that was the one spot I didn't need to clear a path).
Also, I realized this year that I spent a lot of time searching for certain pieces of collage materials so I needed to do a little reorganizing. I had a couple bins leftover from taking to workshops and I needed to reintegrate everything. Now that is done, I am ready to begin my online class in earnest. While sorting, I pulled out materials and I've done a little painting and sewing of pages. I'm taking another class from Kelly Kilmer, this time focusing on the work of Maira Kalman and incorporating a Maira-ish style into my collages.
My place is still relatively clear after the appliance deliveries of early December so, on the whole, I am feeling ready to face the new year and stick to my resolution of working smarter not harder. We'll see how long that lasts. Sachi already has her new Valentine design completed and is working on Mother's Day. And has shipped out reorders to some stores around the state who are now carrying her cards (Blue Moon Emporium in Appleton and The Local Store in Eau Claire). Some projects which have been rumbling around in my head since last year are coming closer to fruition, including a new Madison notebook
And our 10th anniversary celebration plans are proceeding. I have started adding up some numbers for our anniversary print, amazing myself with the number of Totoros and lil' cheese curd onesies we've sold. We'll have a party in-store on our actual weekend in mid March, but also our art show Night Light event June 1. A buying trip to London in September. Par for the course, the celebrations are being dragged out. We are ever so grateful to our customers and artists and friends and family for supporting us on this endeavor!