I’m a bit nervous writing this post. Okay, a lot nervous. Why? Because it makes things real. Now that I’m telling you, I actually have to go through with my plan, and that’s a scary thing. And it’s scary because now there’s an expectation. I can no longer hide under the covers if it doesn’t work out. I’ve told you, people know, people (not necessarily you!) will be watching, judging, waiting to see if I succeed or fail.
For a long time I have wanted to follow my parents’ entrepreneurial path and become my own boss while simultaneously creating for a living. Originally the plan was to make handmade batch and custom party goods, but no matter how much I tried to plan, my heart was never fully on board. Realizing I didn’t want to spend every waking moment engulfed in this project made me realize it wasn’t the right one.
Several months after I put my entrepreneurial spirit to rest it hit me. Ever since I was a sanrio obsessed little girl I have always been infatuated by stationery. Always. And so the planning began and I haven’t stopped since. The ideas and direction have morphed over the last few months, and ever since picking up a watercolour brush, I’ve found my something I truly want to spend every waking moment on.
Guys, I’m working on opening up Squirrelly Minds Print Shop.
If you follow along on instagram or facebook, you may have noticed that I have been stupid obsessed with painting gems. Above are some examples, both finished samples and ones in the works, of what I’ve been consuming my days with.
I’m a pretty shy person when it comes to showing what I create. Instagram feels okay to post on, perhaps because it’s seen for a day and then buried under everyone elses pictures. But this is a bit more concrete and a bit more real. I’m not schooled in art, I don’t know techniques or artistic terms, I just do what feels right and hope it works out. Sometimes it does, sometimes it flops, that’s all part of the learning process. So it feels very uncomfortable putting myself out there like this. And hey, maybe not everyone will like what I do and be mean or nasty. That’s cool, I can deal (while gulfing down a pint of ben and jerry’s soaked in my tears). But I’m not going to get anywhere without putting myself out there. And either way, I love it, and I insanely love painting gems. I love the geometric lines, the shading, the beauty in a raw stone.
This is what I will be premiering my shop, and I’m aiming for a fall launch.
Now this doesn’t mean I will stop teaching or blogging. I plan to do all three together because, guess what, I love them all. But you may not see me here every day. I’m finding that I always put blogging first, which is great and all but gets in the way of painting and working on the stationery line. So I have made the very difficult decision not to post every day. I simply need to devote more time to developing my skills (cause I have a lot to learn!) and creating more, at least until I get it up and running.
My plan is, on days I don’t have a proper blog post, that I will share photos from what I’m working on in the studio. I may add an anecdote, or I may just put up pictures for you to see. I would love to have you join in on the process and watch the Squirrelly Minds Print Shop in its early development.
These changes to the Squirrelly Minds blog are a bit tough, and I hope I don’t lose your trust, but trust me I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it was absolutely necessary. I must admit, it’s going to be very strange not blogging every day!
Thank you so much for your continued support. You all truly mean to much to me and keep me going.