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"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant"


--- Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a lot of respect for event organizers!  They get things done in a way that seems so effortless, we forget there are humans behind it all.

Last week's event, the annual Fall Art Tour is one amazing event. The magnitude of brain storming and the determination of many of the members that have been working year after year, it's extremely inspiring. I was honored to have been part of it this year and thank everyone that had a part on making it a great event.

For this three day open studio event, we had hundreds and hundreds of visitors and I'm grateful beyond words, to those that supported my work either as a patron or as kind visitor or both. My partner and I greeted everyone for two days. We did have a friend assist us half the day on Friday and it was a welcomed gift.

I often am reminded that every step we take in this creative journey has meaning. Sometimes it becomes difficult to realize that what we do makes a difference in people's lives. Often times we are confined in our own concern for the criticism we receive partly because most of the criticism is not constructive.  It's very easy to get wrapped up in those negative circles but just as easy to snap out of it, at least for me. 

A good friend, a very kind and strong woman, told me the other night that I was still in the experimental phase. Yes, she is right and I love her for believing in me. 

I have been selling my work since May 2012 and I did so by setting up at the first Baraboo Sunday Market, now a great summer market that moves indoors for the winter. I had no idea what I was doing but that was a turning point that made all the rest possible.

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of my first sewing machine purchase. My daughter was 2 1/2 years old on that day and I had never sewn on a machine before. 

Sometimes I get discouraged, I can't deny that, and then today, I was honored beyond words to be asked to create a very meaningful and special piece for a daughter that loved her mother beyond words. 

I can't wait to undertake this project with love and enthusiasm. How can I not love this journey when I can bring joy to so many people who indeed, see this gift I have been given? 

I'm still trying to answer that question.