As many of you may or may not know, most of my time is spent blogging for others. My own blog started first as a source of pain because there was so much I wanted to write about but, for one reason or another, was either not "allowed" (because of contractual agreements with others), or, there simply was no more time in the day left. There have many days where I have felt like Cinderella... mending other's finery and doing the daily chores only to go back to my studio and see my own ballgown on the table in sketches.
Much has changed. I am opening a new chapter in my own personal world and tying off loose ends whilst at CHA with manufacturers I will no longer be working for. I have partnered with some absolutely exciting people and am finally able to do the thing I set out to do 13 years ago when I opened up this studio. My incredible relationship with BIC corporation has springboarded into some awe-inspiring projects... including the one I am constructing and unveiling on the CHA show floor in a few hours. My hope is that people will see our industry, The Craft AND Hobby Industry, in a new relevant light. My sincerest wish is for visitors to see themselves and their own inner "Can-Do" thru the handiwork that has taken me an entire month of 16 hours days to accomplish.
The Makerspace idea that Tony Ford and I MacGyvered over coffee in a Las Vegas coffee shop has come to fruition. You'd be amazed what happens when you ask "What if?" So many amazing companies have gone out of their way to be a part of this space, so many incredibly gifted instructors have donated their time and expertise to teach anyone who seeks to learn, and so many crazy fun is going to be had over the next few days. I have truthfully, not slept more than a few hours a night for longer than I care to admit and right now, when I could be asleep, I am simply too excited.
Yes, major changes are happening... As a newly minted Board of Director for the Craft and Hobby Industry, I can honestly say that I am completely humbled and in awe to be in the company of such fine humans.
Cinderella is 3D printing her new shoes and programming her wearble technology in order for her ballgown to truly shine... Thank you Lynne Bruning, Beckah Krahula, Carin Atkins, and Carol Duvall... you are treasured beyond words.