A REAL Introduction

Hey there. I'm so glad you're here. Thank you for taking time out of your day to be with me. I think it's time I introduced myself for reals. Like none of the fluffy stuff you see on my about page. Although it's straight from the heart, it doesn't really get down to the bones of who I am and why I do what I do.

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A Season of Change

Empowering Enamel Pins

At the start of the year, I had this intense feeling that nothing was ever going to be the same and that changes were coming in a big way. I have always wanted to produce products and artwork with meaning and significance. I want my work to reach people on a deeper level and not only inspire, but motivate people to make a mind shift, or even just lighten their spirits for a bit. Because of this need that has been weighing on my heart, I have been slowly morphing my business and expertise from being a graphic designer offering stationery and marketing design services, to one revolving more around fine art. For those of you that know me, you know that I'm very creative and flexible in all of my abilities. I love experimenting and being challenged in all that I do. In every job I've ever had, I end up being known as a "Jack-of-All-Trades" and it has served me well in the world of being a creative business owner. Because of this, I have done so many different types of work and had my hand in a wide array of businesses and it has allowed me to discover what I truly want to do. This leads me to share the news about all the amazing new things that I have created!

All of my new products are designed and handmade by me! This is very important to me, as I think it makes a difference when an artist truly touches each item he or she sends out into the world. The two first items I want to share are SO exciting to me. I've always wanted to have something of mine professionally manufactured, and enamel pins were the perfect medium to do so.  I just recently had two of my original drawings created into soft enamel pins with empowering messages. I just love these, because they can be given as gifts to lift someone up, and you can sport them on anything from tote bags to ball caps to spread the positive vibes to all that see them. I'm so excited that these got to be made, and are now on their way all across the world to the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Paris, Singapore and all over the US! I loved making these pins so much that I decided to take manufacturing into my own hands and extend my offerings to hand-drawn art pins and jewelry.

I also have a new line of bright and colorful statement jewelry. These pieces are light and fresh; a perfect price point and style for everyday wear. Another accessory I have added are gold foil and hand painted totes. To compliment my pins, I have wall pennants that I sew myself. They are perfect to use as pin displays or just a unique focal point on any wall in your home. I also have a growing collection of art prints and soon I am rolling out some options for custom watercolor artwork. I will be offering my services to paint portraits of your home, pets, motifs for wedding stationery & more. I'll be sure to let you know about this FIRST when I am finally ready to share.

I hope that you continue to follow me as I move forward in this new adventure. I look forward to sharing with you all the new things I create and hope that they touch your life in some way. If I can make you laugh, inspire you or motivate you in some way, I'll consider my work a success.

 

Dare to Dream BIG

So, as 2016 comes to a close, all I hear is people saying how awful the year was. We lost so many beloved stars, family members, witnessed unthinkable tragedies, navigated a roller coaster of personal issues, and made it through a rough election year with wounds and scars to show for it. Personally, over the summer I lost a brilliant Uncle to Cancer and an amazing Grandfather, the second half of the most amazing "power couple", and last of a generation I will always look up to and hold in my heart. I've worked through struggling to find a home for our little family, running my business, and fighting periods of depression, but you won't hear me curse the year of 2016. No, I will celebrate it.

Dare to Dream BIG

I will raise a glass to 2016 as it rolls on out of our lives on Saturday because without it, I wouldn't have high hopes for 2017. Because of 2016, I have learned what I'm made of. I have learned how to push through my toughest days, I have taught myself how to be thankful for the little things, to go out of my way to be kind to others no matter the circumstances, I have begun to find the speck of good in the sea of bad. I am a better person because of the struggles I have endured and it has taught me to turn it around and use it as fuel to my fire. So as you celebrate on Saturday night, be sure to give 'ol 2016 a nod and then welcome the new year with open arms.

We have made it through, and there is nothing but possibility in front of us. 2017 is your year. Step forward and take what is coming to you. Dare to dream BIG. Go out and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. There is no time like the present, and you don't have to wait to get started. I wish you and yours an AMAZING New Year and look forward to hearing about what you will do to make your dreams come true in 2017. 

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