Still, this reminds me how important it is to take things in stride - both disappointments and successes. I was actually contacted about these notes by Better Homes & Gardens back in July - which was also thrilling. They wanted to potentially include them in a handmade hostess gift feature in the November '11 issue. The opportunity to be featured in a widely distributed magazine blew me away. I madly worked to get off a set of cards in color schemes they wanted.
But, in the end, they did not include them in their issue :(. That felt like a whopping blow. I think they wanted jewel tones all together, which is not really my thing. These things happen, and how you handle disappointment is just as vital as how you handle successes. Inevitably, they will both happen.
I think it is especially important to show my children how to gracefully accept defeat or a mistake or a disappointment. I remind them to look at the reason behind their efforts. What it comes down to is why are you doing what you're doing? Do you love it? Then, get back up on your feet and keep going, keep practicing, keep doing.
In my case, I garner true and untarnished joy from making something that feels beautiful to me. Its even better if it carries meaning. Whether its knitting or sewing or crafting or photography, pretty much anything I do with my hands, I love it. As a result, I love this blog.I'm thrilled with my design*sponge exposure and my place in their "best of" list. Yet, rich as this success makes me feel, and I do want to enjoy it, I'm going to celebrate and then take it in stride, because I never know what's around the next corner. I'm just gonna keep on doing what I love to do.
personalized stationery suite using samples of pretty vintage wallpapers and blank notecards.