Happy December! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving/end of November. I celebrate Thanksgiving, so I went to my hometown and spent time with family. It was just what I needed to recharge, finish out November, and jump into December fully emerged in holiday orders, craft fairs, and shows.
This holiday season, I really wanted to take some time to think about this past year. I feel I’ve grown a lot as a maker and that’s not just to my own credit— I’ve grown as a result of each person who I’ve interacted with involving this medium. Every student I teach brings me confidence and encouragement that I'm on the right path. Each customer who sees something they like in my work, so much so that they want to have it in their lives or gift it to someone they love warms my heart. Everyone who comes out to support me at craft fairs, flea markets, and my first solo show lets me know that others believe in me and therefore, I should believe in myself. In a world where we’re all constantly comparing ourselves to others, I think it’s important to stop and look at your own accomplishments and allow yourself to sit back, smile, and give yourself a well-deserved hug or pat on the back and appreciate yourself. Those who have taken classes with me, asked me about my work, and simply commented on Instagram posts have helped me appreciate my accomplishments, and that is invaluable to me.
So thank you. Thank you to those who took the time to read this, thank you to those who’ve shown up in support of my artistic endeavors, voiced their love for my work, and everyone in between. Y’all make it all worth it, and I’m so thankful for you!!