The past seven weeks I’ve been working on lots and lots of behind the scenes stuff that I can’t share yet. This is always a challenge for me because my days fly by busy and working, but since everything I’m doing is for future big revels, I always struggle with updating my blog and doing my social media.
Basically, Susan and I are working on new product development to debut at the winter CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) trade show now that we are working hand-in-hand with Ranger Industries. I can tell you the process has been so enjoyable. I love the meetings because not only is there a fabulous team, but everyone at Ranger is happy, fulfilled and doing their jobs so effectively. We are loving being an integral part of a larger team and seeing how much ICE Resin is going to grow and soar with these changes. There’s lots of new product ideas, testing, sourcing, concocting, brainstorming, working with the in-house chemist and everything else that goes into bringing art products to market.
It’s been eight years since I joined the crafts industry, first as a designer and then as a manufacturer with Susan. When I look back on it, I cannot believe the changes I’ve made, the lessons learned, the information that’s inside my head and what it’s like to work each day as an insider in the industry. I truly feel as though I received a hands-on MBA, particularly in the past four years.
My days are still busy and full, but they have shifted. This means I’m also getting a lot of family time as well. It’s been wonderful to reconnect with my kids and husband in a way that’s been difficult as we were working 24/7 to grow ICE Resin. I haven’t been doing nearly as much actual artwork as I would like to, but this is a personal choice. I’ve decided that my downtime right now is better spent on family, reading and listening to TED Talks, exploring new recipes and rediscovering myself and who I truly am as a creative being. I’ve also been spending a lot of time with my mother, and still working through the process of getting her eventually settled in a new home.
I’m finding inspiration right now in Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic. What a perfect time for me to be reading this new book on creativity! I’m only a few chapters into it, but, WOW, I haven’t been this excited about a book since I read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. I feel like what I am doing now, and what we (Susan and I) are building for the future truly is big magic. It’s all our ideas coming to fruition on a grand scale.
For those of you who are looking for our Tucson 2016 classes, I’m working on getting those put together. I’ll write a blog post soon when they’re available. Also, keep an eye out here and over at the ICE Queen eZine for some more information on some upcoming news.
I hope as I’ve been taking some time for rediscovery that each of you have been living and enjoying your Artful lives as well.
Till next time,