You might think that I’m super organized when it comes to my blog. That I have some fancy calendar where I schedule my posts months in advance. That would be a totally rational assumption, since it is my business, after all. That assumption would be wrong, though. I just blog on the fly. I’ve tried the calendar thing, but I always abandon it. I like to write about what I’m excited about, what’s inspiring to me. Well, thankfully, something super inspiring fell into my lap today. My day was spent on hanging and mudding drywall, pulling off trim, cleaning, e-mail and paperwork, etc. Stuff that is not exciting and not inspiring. (Well, I did get a few exciting e-mails today…)
So, anyway, the awesome people who retail MMS Milk Paint have a Facebook group where they can share ideas, questions, successes, etc. It’s always thrilling for me to see pictures of groups of folks who just finished a workshop or a really cool paint display or a beautifully achieved finish. I am always inspired.
Today, I was stopped in my tracks. I was inspired in a way that gives me butterflies and makes me want to skip out on my e-mail and be creative. The girl responsible for the butterfly-inducing inspiration is Laura from The Ironstone Nest. Of course, I had an instant kinship with her when I saw her blog name and we were both excited when the opportunity came up for her to become a retailer of MMSMP in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
This is what her shop space looked like before…
…and this is the picture that made me giddy…
Dang, girl! Right?! What white paint and pretty things can do to a space.
I love seeing all of my colors on samples and in pretty glass jars. And that sign?! I am totally copying that some day, Laura. I admit it fully that I want to come to Wisconsin and steal it off your wall.
I love the warm encouragement…
“Furniture Painting 101:
Have no fear. Trust your instincts. Your work is as unique and beautiful as you are. There is no mistake that can’t be remedied with sandpaper. (Amen.) Every expert was once a beginner. Next workshop at The Nest is – “
Isn’t that lovely? I feel like it addresses unspoken hesitations people might feel when signing up.
I think the inspiration I feel looking at this space goes beyond just this space. Don’t you feel like we’re a part of something really special? This blog world is empowering women who might not think it would be possible to have their own shop or start their own business or write professionally or design a line or go wherever their dreams lead them. Through the internet, we can find one another, cheer each other on, share ideas and watch amazing things happen to really awesome girls. (I know there are guys out there, but you’re outnumbered here!) Anyway, it’s just cool and makes my heart swell.
If you’d like to learn more about Laura, you can follow her on her blog, The Ironstone Nest.
If you’re interested in finding a MMSMP retailer near you, check out our Retailer Page.