Over the past week, we have been finishing up projects in our home. This week, Jeff used the power washer on the deck, my mom and I cleaned the basement and we had a handyman come out to fix a few things that were beyond our DIY abilities. It feels amazing to have things done! There are other projects on our wish list and I will always rearrange furniture and change paint colors, but things that were unfinished are finished. Things that needed to be fixed are fixed. I’m not staring at things that need some kind of action everywhere I look. I can wander into a room and enjoy the glorious doneness of it, which I have been doing. Soaking in organized spaces and simple details like thresholds and quarter round.
With so much “doneness” around me, I feel so free to work on other things like the milk paint line, the online shop, furniture for Lucketts and other things that are already in the works or may be on the horizon. It feels like an open road is stretched out in front of me. It feels like I can stretch out my creative wings. It feels like I can take some time to dream a bit.
And dreaming is important when you have your own business. If you just keep your head down, chewing your way through lists and deadlines, it’s easy to get burnt out. It starts to feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around.
A few things my team and I have been working on are paint decks for the MMSMP line. These are going to look so sharp and will be a great tool for our retailers and customers. (These are just the matched samples, not how the paint deck will look.)
Can I just say it’s always thrilling for me to see my colors all together? Well, it is. And speaking of colors, the president of Homestead House just went to Europe to meet with our retailers over there (I was able to join them via Skype) and kicked around the idea of putting together some colors just for them. Apparently they like blues, grays and neutrals. My kind of colors for sure!
We’re also almost done putting together our very first MMSMP look book! It’s still going to take a while before it’s available, because we need to finish, edit, print and distribute it, but it’s almost there.
In addition to all of that, we’ve been working on a new blog design that will pull together everything I have going on…the online shop, the Mustard Seed Pages, the milk paint line and new things to come. Right now it all feels a little disjointed and all over the place and I want to make it easier for my readers to find everything they are looking for.
And, I hate to be cryptic, but there are a lot of other exciting things in the works…
…and it’s nice to have an open road in front of me…