I love that I am a working artist and have had a really terrific career. But even loving what you do doesn't mean you don't get overwhelmed, overworked or burned out. It especially means YOU ARE GOING TO BE OVERWHELMED, YOU ARE GOING TO BE OVERWORKED, AND YOU ARE GOING TO GET BURNED at times...Read More
In all things creative there is always a process. Sometimes I don't make time for that process. I've learned that as a creative person, if I'm going too long without creating, a part of me just isn't right.
But we have to make time for the process. Can you think of any aspect of creating that doesn't involve more than one step? Sure, maybe there are those out there that can totally have a vision and get it perfectly into fruition in one swoop, but I haven't met that person.
So I've come to love the process. It stretches me. I balances me. And sometimes, most importantly, it challenges me. I always come out of the end of it having learned something, having grown, being better for it.
Jaime and I have been faux finishing together for (ahem... ahem...) a long time. And so many times our sweet clients would get a bit antsy or even fearful in the beginning of our job and we would explain to them that there are quit a few steps involved in the art of what we were doing. They had to trust our process.
I've found the same to be true with our prints and designs in our Etsy Shop. Rarely do I have a sketch that I can lay down at once and call it done. I erase and re-draw. I paint and then I may want it a different way so I repaint. I may edit the mess-ups in photoshop. I keep working at it until I can feel that its complete.
Sometimes the things that are most worth it are the hardest and the most challenging. Sometimes the things that are really really beautiful take a lot of steps to get that way. Most of the time the process takes us to places where we can look back at our journey and know that we've come through it better.
I've been through quite the process this week myself. Something I've been dealing with, struggling with maybe, my whole life has just now come to a point of completion. I feel like I've just stepped on that very top and final step of the process. Maybe that's why this topic is on my mind. Funny how I can relate almost anything to art and creating.
What are your thoughts on the process? Whether it be art, cooking, crafting, singing, writing or any art of your choice. Do you enjoy the process or feel that its a hinderance you'd rather do without?
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Jaime and I are so excited, beyond excited, to be back together in our studio's again and running around the 901 faux finishing when we get the chance. We've been spending a lot more time on our art and prints in the Etsy Shop. We've even expanded into apparel with our original designs and hand lettering. We also can't wait to introduce to even more new projects here in the very near future!
The last 6 years have been a wild ride for me as my family has moved several times and we are now finally back in our hometown of Memphis surrounded once again by our family! While we were away, God showed us so many amazing things. He gave us life-long friends that we will cherish forever. And most importantly God gave us two more miracles, our middle boy and baby boy (eight months a part) while in Houston.
2016 has been a quite the year for me. The beginning of this year I discovered I had thyroid cancer. After two surgeries and finally the appropriate treatment I am now cancer free and on the road to getting healthier and healthier. With our oldest in second grade and the babies in mother's day out once a week, Jaime and I are back to doing what we do best... creating!
Our new website will be a place that anyone can come and find inspiration, encouragement, and just have some fun. Whats different this go round is our blog is now connected to our website. Many of you may have followed my personal blog of 5 years, Midwest Magnolia, where I shared my story with infertility and adoption. The time came to phase that out and now that we are back home I can now put some of my focus back into Off The Wall Home!
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We are so excited to be back in the same location and collaborating and working together again! And even more excited to see where God takes us from here. We hope you'll join us on our always crazy and wild journey.