Jun 7, 2012
In Search of Pom Poms
Today I started working on the collage sheets for the new website. I have a huge stash of images I have been hoarding for years for just this purpose. Much like my collage pendant from Monday, the first collections are fashion images from the past with lots of great colors and clean lines you can use to make all sorts of nifty art. I find them endlessly inspiring and I think you will too. They will be available as PDF digital downloads and we will probably also offer them printed. I have purchased pre-made collage sheets in the past that were sized to fit little frames and shapes, and although I like them, I find myself returning to these larger images and using segments of them for my jewelry and purses. I will eventually have collage collections from the Victorian era through the early 1940s on the sheets. I hope people love them as much as I do. Look for them to debut in the shop very soon! Old ads, fashion sketches, black and white photographs...lots of good stuff for collage and mixed media designs.
I am trying to stay on the sunny side, but money is very tight and things are very stressful around here. It's hard to understand why we ended up here, but here we are. There must be something bigger and better in store for us because if this truly is all there is, Peggy Lee had better start singing on the porch and soon.
I have had trouble sleeping lately, my asthma has been acting up and I'm very stressed out, which becomes a vicious cycle. The new puppy is a huge amount of work, what the heck was I thinking?! I was going for lap dog, but he's a handful. His nickname is Tiny Tyrant. Clients are suddenly slow to pay and every trip to the mail box that ends up with a bill and no check is another little kick in the gut. Some days I just start to feel like one left turn has left us stranded in Dante's Inferno. My husband hasn't been sleeping well either. It's kind of hard when both cheerleaders are exhausted, sad and lacking enthusiasm. Team Potter is not feeling the love right now. Feel free to break out some pom poms for us! Or better yet, don't hesitate to buy something from the new site! I figured opening a site was a better plan than having a 'give us money' fundraiser on the internet through one of those donation sites, this way you get something really cool at a great price with fabulous customer service and we get to pay the mortgage. Win-win! Every time we get an order I get a text. It's like being on a telethon. BING! Then I do a little happy dance and head out to the warehouse (a.k.a. garage) to pack it up and ship it off. Every little order makes me feel just a little better.
I know I can, I know I can, I know I can.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger...eventually. Sometimes it feels like an uphill climb on a steep slope in a hurricane in a pair of bad shoes with an alligator biting at your ankles; but galdangy no matter what gets thrown at us, we will get there.
It's going to be okay. That's my mantra. Soon there will be more happy dances and fewer sleepless nights.