Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A New Year and a new focus

Happy New Year to you all.  Today signals a change for me, for us, in a lot of ways.  Yesterday was my last "official" day on Gecko Galz.  I have taken a six months sabbatical from the company. I have loved everything about the company and will continue to use the images for a long time.   It also signaled my last day on the Creative Imaginations team. My resignation from CI was also effective Dec. 31.   I have learned tons from both experiences . 

Our son in law, Chris, discovered this past semester that he can no longer take any on line or night classes in pursuit of his degree.  His company agreed to let him use comp time for the Thurs morning class but he is off on Tues, when the other class is held and watches their 3 kids.  We have offered to step in and cover Tues. mornings in addition to the 3 mornings a week that we provide before and after school care for our 3 grandchildren.  We have lots of fun things planned for our Tuesdays and can't wait to begin.  I did not feel I could adequately do it all so I choose family, of course.

For quite a while now, I have felt a need to change the focus of my creative projects.  I will still do layouts (too far behind not to) and will continue to design and teach for Posh Scraps but I also want to try new things.  I find myself most drawn to what I am loosely calling salvage art: using bits and pieces from.reclaimed old houses and building to create something new and fun.  I've been working with one piece now for about a month or so and hope to have the Grand Unveiling soon.   There is a wonderful shop near my home that has a seemingly endless supply of the products I lust after,
 Tampa Bay Salvage and there are a couple of stores in downtown that also provide endless inspiration.

I did a search on the internet for other "salvage artists" and found this wonderful one,  The Salvage Art Sweetheart and I have really enjoyed reading her blog and looking at all the pretties she creates.  I know there are more salvage artists out there so if you know of any, please send me the links. 

Wish me luck on the new direction and thank you all for following me.  I hope to continue with a variety of projects .  This is going to be an interesting year...I can just tell.  Happy Creating to you all.


LyndaKay said...

I don't know who said it, but:
"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living." Enjoy your new paths!!

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

I am looking forward to seeing yourcreations and totally agree with Lyndas quote above. Also family must always comefirst? Xx