Lately, I have been busy. "Doing what?", you may ask. Doing crafts! Some may say that I have an artistic side to me, I'd like to agree...although I must admit how I often feel defeated after browsing other blog sites displaying creativity with artistic abilities that far out weigh my own skill sets. But, who said this had to be a competition? In fact, wasn't I the kindergartner at Pickering Valley Elementary School who won 1st prize in a drawing contest back in 1989! :)
One thing that I fell instantly in love with about Eric was his ability to recognize and therefore support and encourage the artistic side of my personality. I often kept that side of me to myself. Yet, he inquired about me enough to learn this aspect of me quite quickly. He recognized the need to help me set time a side in my crazy life to do the things I enjoy, like painting and sewing, baking and decorating. He loved this part of me.
Last year Eric surprised me with an art drawing table. He had it set up in the loft and explained how the loft could be my art gallery free for me to design away in it once I moved into this place. Just this past Christmas Eric bought me my very first sewing machine. It quickly found a home in my gallery. You may ask, "Do you even know how to sew?"... the answer, "No". But, have I been upstairs in my gallery teaching myself just about every night since the 25th of December.... YES!
So, I've been busy, sewing and painting and crafting away. I have found my Sabbath. I find myself able to pray, think, ponder and meditate as I engage in the creativity's my gallery offers. In fact, I named my gallery "The Olive Branch". Big surprise, right? Once again I realize the symbolism of the Olive Branch and Dove has helped to keep me going from day to day... through the tough days, the hurting days, the happy days... it allows me to paint and sew and create and build and bake and decorate till my little heart's content.
So, I am giving you a tiny peak into my gallery...
Upon receiving much encouragement from friends and family I have decided to venture out and start a little business selling some of my most recent creations. Yikes, this is so scary putting my creations out for the public eye to view and critique. I desire to use the proceeds from my shop, 'The Olive Branch', to bring HOPE and LIFE to those in need.
Therefore, I am nervous, yet excited to introduce to you, 'The Olive Branch, Etsy style'...
Items for sale coming soon!