What a fabulous holiday season we had. My sister was staying with us again this year and we shared a lot of laughs and created a lot of cherished (and crazy) memories. Hope your holiday was filled with as much joy!
It has become tradition to do a year in review before outlining my plans for the New Year. And what a year 2013 was!!!
This year I could not possibly have asked for more. When I look back at where I was a year ago versus where I am now, it is truly unbelievable the difference a year makes. In 2013 it felt like all the hard work I have put in for the last five years definitely culminated in a “breakout” year. I truly feel blessed.
There were several highlights in 2013. At the beginning of the year I found out that I would have my ‘Solitude’ piece included in Rug Hooking Magazine’s “Celebration.” I think I was on cloud nine for months, waiting for the publication to come out. Equally exciting was our road trip to Sauder Village for the rug hooking show. This was such a tremendous thrill to be a part of, and a fabulous opportunity to see amazing works of art and meet amazing artists. And that one road trip led to the formation of the collaboration that will, I am sure, feature prominently in the highlights of 2014!
It had long been one of my goals to have my work published and as it turned out, “Celebrations” was not the only source of publication in 2013. Being included as a Featured Artist in Judy Taylor’s book was unquestionably a highlight for me. And more recently I now have a piece in TAFA’s 2014 calendar!
I am so thankful for the continued support that I have received in Corner Brook, Newfoundland this year- both through private sales and through sales at the Harbour Grounds coffee shop. This was my best year for sales so far! I look forward to continuing to hang pieces at the coffee shop and at the Newfoundland Emporium in 2014. Thank you to both establishments, and to everyone who purchased a Marzipan Road piece this year!
This year my husband returned to work after nine months of parental leave, and I wondered if I would find my rhythm between balancing my life with a certain new and busy boy and making my art. In the end, I am very happy with the amount and quality of pieces that I was able to produce, while still making lots and lots of time for my family. I know for sure that having personal goals, dreams and accomplishments makes me a better mother. And when my daughter tells me that she is proud of me, there is no better feeling in the world. That’s how I know that I am on the right course.
Of course, I could not do all of this alone. I’m so thankful for my husband with whom I endlessly discuss ideas and who is the builder of some truly awesome frames. My kids who put up with yarn all over the house and being dragged to “another rug show.” My sister who deals with all of my Newfoundland transactions and has not yet complained. Those who made purchases from Marzipan Road in 2013, and of course to everyone who comments and follows this blog and/or Facebook page and reminds me that I am not just writing to myself. 🙂 Truly- I appreciate all of your support.
2014- You have some big shoes to fill, and I am so ready for you!