About a year ago I came across a local artist making some stuff that was a little too similar to my own work for comfort. And while the details of the similarities are not important, my reaction and the ensuing understanding I came to did was notable. When I talked to a friend about what I’d found and how I felt, she shared a similar experience with her own ideas and style being appropriated around town. And while sometimes it’s just nice to talk to someone who understands my feelings on a given subject, the knowledge that she imparted was far more meaningful than a few moments of humorous commiseration would have been. What she offered was the idea that these types of situations help us grow and change, and think of brand new ideas that are all our own. It’s like an unasked for, unexpected, amazing gift from someone that I initially had a lot of anger and resentment toward.
Today I’m examining the way that I want things to be, the way that things really are, and how the latter is a gift if I make it so.
In honor of perhaps the loveliest season of all (at least while we’re in the midst of it; springs really never fail to impress me no matter how many of them I live through) I am making a few wedding guest books and photo albums, and hopefully later in the month I’ll be a bona fide box maker. So maybe I’ll have a few custom boxes to show off too.
Here are my first wedding books of the year:
I finally finished this stack of datebooks today. They’re for sale in my etsy shop and at The DryGoods Shop. A little late for the new year, I know, but they can be used for any year, starting at any time. More photos on my Facebook page. Happy spring!