Friends, I have made a decision. These last few weeks I have been more than excited that people - friends and strangers alike - have bought my art, my jewelry and my little sewing projects and I realized something.
When you pour your soul into your creative endeavors, it's incredibly gratifying to get compliments and to hear about how much people love your work. And then, when people buy what you have created, that's the absolute icing on the cake. It feels so good!
It makes me do the happy dance and clap my hands. (Ask Daniel, I really do that...)
The day before yesterday, a good friend was looking for a gift for her mother's birthday and bought one of my little clutches (actually, this one wasn't so little and it was beautiful).
Coyote acrylics on 11 x 14 inch canvas
Then yesterday the lovely woman who bought my horse painting, commissioned me to do a second one. It fills my heart with so much gratitude and joy, that I have decided something.
I am committing to buying only handmade gifts from now on (aside from books, which I also like to give as gifts). I have so many friends who are creative and who sell their creations that I am certain I will never run out of ideas.
I've often done just that. Bought something from my friends to give away as a gift, which really is a double blessing and makes me feel doubly good: supporting them in their business and giving away something truly beautiful and made from the heart. And now I commit to doing much more of that and spreading the joy!
Wolf acrylics on 12 x 24 inch canvas
This creative community is an amazing one and I count myself lucky that I have landed here.
With much love and appreciation, I wish you a happy Sunday on this very rainy morning.