|Four Day Workshop group with their owls|
Life of course went on and the arrival of two babies definitely becomes all encompassing. (The experience of a young family is its own blog!) I did keep painting. I would have gone nuts if I did not make time for it.
But still, I wanted to be a part of something that extended beyond my own two hands. I dabbled in the idea of a Cafe. I had Dave on edge with the thought of the time, money, and risk involved in such a venture. It fizzled when the same realization sunk into my brain, but still, I know it was a great idea and would have been a huge success. ; ) I volunteered, briefly. I considered teaching art somewhere. But nothing stuck.
When needle felting came along, I had no idea where it would lead. I just loved it. At first I would paint in the mornings (my real job) and felt in the afternoon if I had time. Then it morphed to felting in the mornings and painting if the afternoon if I had time. Then felting became the only focus. I was thrilled with the prospect for growth. (Turns out, all of those odd jobs, gave me skills that I would need, and still use, to move forward as an entrepreneur. )
|Pat and Bernie with Nunno Felted Scarves taught at The Art House by ReCreatively|
|The Mill, about 500 square feet of rustic space only 1/10 mile from my home.|
I will not lie, having two other personalities (in many ways opposite to my own to boot) in the space was an adjustment. But adjust I did and the three of us began to make great things happen.
|A powerful trio|
We moved again to our current location, another big step. All the while we were growing our online community with Facebook, YouTube, and Etsy. Now we have a legitimate local presence. A place to invite people to share creativity with us.
|Wet Felted Landscape Workshop - one of my favorites!|
|The Sarafina Crew less Mary. I will write a blog about each person, including Mary.|
Thanks to social media I have also made new friends. Dear friends as well as an extended creative community.
|A horrible picture depicting a wonderful time|
|A few of my faraway Besties thanks to Facebook.|
Creativity does have its place in this world. Even on the smallest level it gives us hope. It gives us something where we once had nothing. It is God's way of acknowledging our recognition of the beauty of his/her creation.
Thank you for being a part of something greater than any one of us. Make something today. : )