Ever FEEL like that? Here's what I'm looking at....
Lovely painted brass. Nothing finished.
More of the same. I want to sponge on some Lumiere paints and then do a little Iced Enamel....
for Lumiere paints, if you don't know about them...
for Iced Enamels, if you haven't tried them, either!
Here are some pretty pendants.....
They need to become necklaces! And here is that gorgeous focal that Moriah Betterly gifted me last week....
I get pretty frustrated. I had NO IDEA how much paperwork there would be, how much new technology there would be, how much managing! there would be, back 25 years ago when I started my business.
It seems that every 5-6 years you have to re-invent yourself, too. Don't think for a minute that the schtick that works to keep you going today, will work in a few years. It's constant change.
Then I look around and see how many who are newer to this trade than I, and have written not one....but several books.
Well! I STARTED mine. SEVERAL TIMES. Changed gears several times. It hasn't happened yet.
We decided video would be better. Okay, what's up with that? Well, Jordan is having trouble getting the 'ditty' for the video recorded. Then, our video camera died. Rob says, no worries, it probably didn't have enough definition anyway....so we got a new one.
NOW....if I move too fast on camera, it blurs. Back to the drawing board. This is no good for professional video.
I feel like an idiot, because both should be done. But then....I step back, and I think:
It's so easy to have "all or nothing" thinking. In other words, just LOOK at what I haven't accomplished yet in my career! LOOK at what others are doing! When you do that....you forget what you HAVE done.
First, I've somehow managed to stay in business for 25 years. And now, most of my family works with me. Some say, never hire family and friends, it won't work out. For me, that has not been true. There is no one I would rather have here, day in and day out!
My son, Jordan, gave up his corporate job to be here. Here he is at the laptop, a little over a year ago, when we were still in the home office.
Here he is taking a class with Linda and Opie O'Brien....turned out to be one of the last classes they had before they retired to the Berkshires:
and my friend, Shelley, who has been with me for more than 14 years of the journey:
Sometimes I drive her nuts.
We have Rob, too.....who is my nephew; Lauren, who is Jordan's wife.....and Donna, my sister in law. I have two temp helpers who come and go rather regularly, Lauren England, and Javi Bustamonte. Javi is a computer tech who will take over some of Rob's techie duties when he finishes machine school this fall.
This month, a year ago, I signed the lease on this building and we moved our business.
That's Donna, cutting pads for under the cement blocks where we placed the stampings files at the new place, on moving day.
And Shelley, finishing up the last of the work before we pulled the plugs in the old office and moved downtown to our building.
We have done so much in this last year. I knew nothing about setting up a store or doing any merchandising, but we managed on a shoestring.
Here we are, just getting started with the workshop part:
Piddling around with the pieces we had, trying some merchandising:
This stuff is all down at the antiques mall now......it wasn't the right thing.
Mitzi Curi and I in the workshop in early April....she came all the way down from Michigan for the weekend for a private class. Since then, we've had a number of small classes and events.
A table and chairs where folks can come and work on a project.
My spinner is constantly being filled with more bead/charm/stampings goodies!
No one taught me how to do any of this, this last year. I had to just figure it out.
So I guess I AM finishing something....what I really need to get clarity and move on to those other things. For the first time ever, I have a place available where YOU can come and visit me and we can work on a project together. Several follks already HAVE, as you can see.
If you would like to come, here's some info to help:
And if you are feeling like me, that things are just not getting done as you'd like, why don't you step back, too?
Think about all the things you HAVE done, all the things you know about this year that you didn't know about just last year. All the new things you have tried. Think about all your great new ideas! MAKE A LIST. Chip away at it! Be determined.
It all comes around in time. I'll get the video done....and one day, that book, too.