I have been an artist all my life. Honestly, I hate saying that, but that is what my family constantly says. Ever since I was a little child, I “made art.”. Drawing, coloring… hell, I made playdough sculptures that someone in my family still has. And I’ve been doing this for over four decades. How long does playdough last anyway?
To be honest, I’m not an “artist” because I think true artists cannot be satisfied until their “masterpiece” is completed. That’s not me. I believe I’m a “creator” because I’m completely satisfied with the process of creating. The drawing, coloring, sculpting, cutting, sewing, and all the rest of what goes into the making of a thing soothes and fulfills me.
Once the work is done, once the “masterpiece” is complete, I have to find something else to work on right away or I go crazy.
I once dreamed of being an art teacher. The plan was that after college I would get a job in a nice school, with kids eager to learn how to make the things they saw in their heads into something real. I got to live this dream for about six months.
See, you may not know this but when the economy turns bad, and budgets have to be cut, the first thing to go is, predictably, the art department. So that dream went away faster than you can say “downsizing.” So now what?
“Now what” is I spent the next 20 or so years working “this job” or “that job.” I climbed the corporate ladder and told myself that I was happy with my job. What really kept me sane was that in my spare time, I would work on “projects.” Anything from painting to clay sculptures to making furniture. That’s right, I do woodwork. I’m also a leatherworker, and I can sew as well.
Next, the Great Recession hit, and I was downsized again. So I decided to spend the next decade building an online business selling my art and custom wood and leather items online. I’ve done everything from eBay to Etsy and I had a blast doing it because it gave me over 10 years of “creating” and a way to support my family.
But now we’ve decided, as a family, that it’s time to move out and take a chance on really building a brand that people can know and trust. We may not succeed, but we won’t stop trying. And I’ll never “downsize” myself.
If you’ve taken the time to read this, thank you. When you decide to buy something from us, know that you have truly given me joy. Your purchase helps to support my family and we thank you. But, when you take the time to write a review saying how much you enjoy what we make, it brings a little more sunshine into our day. So, thank you again from the bottom of my heart. God Bless and I hope you have a most wonderful and glorious day.