Every once in a while, you have to look around and decide: should I stick with the status quo, or move forward? As I’m approaching the sixth anniversary of Sweet Stella Designs, I’ve been mulling this over quite a bit. I’ve been asking myself many questions and re-evaluating a lot of my goals. Do I want to keep Sweet Stella Designs as a creative side-project, or do I want to move forward and shift it to be something that’s a priority?
When I think back to how much I have accomplished in the past six years, it’s almost astounding to me. I won a 2012 “Best of Columbus” award. I was featured in 200Columbus Magazine. I learned how to work in a new medium (copper enamel) and incorporated it in to my designs. I figured out how to manage my business (ha, sort of!).
There are certainly areas in which I would like to improve. I still consider myself to be absolutely awful at managing my time and sticking to a schedule. I can blame my creative mind for that and brush it off, or I can consciously strive to become better at it. I already make lists and cross things off: why can’t I seem to nail down the time aspect of tackling to-do lists?
On Monday, September 3rd, I had the pleasure and the privilege to show and sell my work at the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. I was not juried in to the show in 2011, and the previous year, I was selected to show my work as an “emerging artist.” I worked for months on my 2012 LDAF booth set-up, aiming to have my space look as professional as possible. During the weeks before the festival, I created hundreds of tiny clay sculptures to incorporate in to my jewelry. And at the event, I sold tons of my work, including 5 of my new enamel pieces. I was beyond thrilled and the experience was very eye-opening as far as where I can take my brand.
I am very excited to begin a new blog on my newly-designed website. Thanks to my fabulous design guru friend, Lisa McLymont for working with me on this project!
This post marks the start of my new blog. To view my old blog & posts, head over to sweetstella.blogspot.com.