A guest post by Ilysa Ginsburg
Another year has come and gone and I must say I am really excited about what 2014 has in store. I like to think back on all of the good things that happened in the year and let go of all of the negative things. I like to set goals for the new year, clean up our websites and blogs, fix any broken links and make sure everything is working well. I like going into the new year with a positive attitude and an open mind.
In 2013 I accomplished 2 of my life long dreams, one was to write a book which I did with my business partner and co author Kira Slye. You can see our new book in the Interweave store at http://www.interweavestore.com/polymer-clay-art-jewelry
I was so happy and proud to see it come to fruition, I remember when the delivery guy showed up with the first copy, I was so excited I had to contain myself I almost hugged him. lol I had to call all my family and friends and share the joy, it was a great feeling, I only wish my parents were around to see it, it wouldn’t have been possible without their guidance in life and I am so grateful for that. One of my goals for the new year is to do more tutorials and share more about the wonderful medium of polymer clay and how to incorporate it into mixed media art and who knows maybe there is a new book on my horizon.
The second dream that came true in 2013 was the building of my very own art studio I named Infinite Possibilities. I thought about and planned it for years but it took on a life of its own and I couldn’t be more happy with it. It took 1 amazing contractor 6 months to build all by himself, I have never seen anything like it, it was so cool to see it all come together. I wanted a place that was inspiring to me and everyone who enters it. Here is a link to a video when my studio was almost done being built. http://bit.ly/JufEjk
I love to watch peoples expressions when they walk in the door of what looks like a quiet house in the woods and are hit with bright blue walls and bright purple trim and cabinets and blasts of color everywhere. It is definitely not what people expect to be lurking behind the doors. I have had people say that they were not creative (which I think everyone is) but that they could even be inspired in the space. I think the bottom line is the space makes me happy and in turn makes others smile and get inspired too. I think people can feel the good energy in the room and I hope in 2014 to share my studio with many other creative souls through classes and mini retreats.
There were many other good and some not so good experiences that happened this past year but I am moving on to a new and even better year. I have learned so many lessons and have enjoyed every moment and honestly wouldn’t change a thing. I have learned to plan things better. Isn’t that a challenge for most artists? I have learned to trust my intuition more and most of all I have learned that it’s ok if everything doesn’t go as planned, that is life and what might seem like an off road experience can actually put you on the road to better things. I hope that this year is full of lots of good things for everyone and lots of success comes your way. Remember that we are living in a world of infinite possibilities so always keep dreaming!
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