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Life has been quite busy!
I was lucky enough to be able to go on a trip to Las Vegas with a bunch of good friends in celebration of my birthday. We had a wonderful time. I saw two Cirque du Soleil shows: LOVE and Zumanity. As a huge Beatles fan, I loved LOVE!
I’ve been having a great time with Lisa at Nido Art Studio and the rest of the crafty Aurora area gals that meet every month to try a new craft. This month we built fairy houses out of clay. I have to find time to get back to the studio to glaze mine. I was very fun to work with clay again. I’m still sure it’s not my best medium!
I’m currently taking Tara Gentile’s Web Site Kick Start class. I’m learning how to build my own website for Margie’s Mark. The code is definitely a different language, but Tara is quite good at making it make sense for artists. My site is starting to come together. I want to unveil it! I’ll be moving my blog to the new site, so stay tuned…
Here’s a hint –my new logo!
I should not look at The Mouse Market when I’m hungry! These new burrito earrings are making me wish I hadn’t packed a lunch today. I love this artist’s work! It’s so detailed and beautiful. Everything she makes looks good enough to eat, except for the non-food items, of course!
This fall I bought some little pumpkin earrings from her. They’re very pretty and sweet. I can’t wait to for fall to come around again so I can wear them! In the meantime, I’m going to drool over her other creations…
Life isn’t a simple straight-forward path. There are curves, side journeys and sometimes even u-turns. Many times in my life I’ve put myself on a particular path and thought, This is it –this is the path I belong on! And I’ve talked it up and pushed myself to reach success on that path. I’ve convinced family and friends to support me.
But then I hit this point where I realize I’m not happy. I’m stressed and burnt out. That path I was so excited for and poured my energy into might not be the right one. I’m feeling less and less excited. But knowing that all ventures require hard work, I keep pushing. And I push until I break down completely. Then I’m sitting there wondering, Should I quit this path? Is forcing myself along this path killing my happiness and creativity? Then, Maybe I just need a break?
So I take a break and re-evaluate. After some time away, just sitting next to the path and forgetting about it for a little while, I can look again and choose to get back on that path or start trailblazing another direction.
When do you know it’s time to take a new path?
As some of you may already know, I’m working on creating a new path for myself now. I’m starting a new business, Margie’s Mark. I’m still going to make paper goods (I really love paper too much to do anything else!), but I’m planning to focus on party invitations. You’ll be hearing much more as it progresses.
Who knows if this is the right route for me? What I do know is it feels authentic, so I’m going for it!
I love glitter! So when I was reviewing the guidelines for Etsy’s Special Delivery: Share Your Love 2011, I realized I have a problem. The first rule is NO glitter. Oops! The cards I was planning on sending are full of glitter! Now I’m looking at the cards I’ve made so far… glitter, sparkles and bling all over. There are worse things to be addicted to, right?
I’ll be making some new cards over the weekend to send to Share Your Love!