Friday, February 8, 2008

It is hard to believe we are already into the month of February. January is gone and we are well on our way into the new year. As I plan out my show schedule for the coming months, I realize that warm weather will be here before we know it. Please keep that in mind all my Northern friends who are suffering through a long, cold and snowy winter.

January has always been my "down" time. It is my time to refresh, reorganize and renew my creative path. Organizing my studio is part of that process and it is usually first on my "To Do List." When you make dolls you accumulate a lot of fabric. Yes, lots of fabric. And keeping it straight has always been a challenge for me because my fabric has been kept in plastic tubs, stacked on top of each other in the corner of the room. So, you can imagine how difficult it was to find something when it was out of sight and hard to get at. Well, this year I made one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. I bought a huge, wooden cabinet with deep, large shelves that is big enough to house all of my fabric. It is wonderful! Now all my fabric is organized and at my fingertips. Sometimes I go to the cabinet, open the doors and just stand there in awe. Life is good. But why didn't I do this years ago?

So, my fabric has been organized, my studio has been cleaned and I am now in the process of making my first dolls of the new year. There will be bunnies, sheep and more surprises along the way. I hope this year brings forth new creations and new opportunities. It is good to take a break, but it is even better to get back to work, especially if you love what you do.