Well, here we are in a new year. Hello, 2017.
As I’m standing here on January 2, looking out over the days ahead, I find myself a little hesitant. I’m usually ready to plow ahead, but this year is already filled with big things and a lot of unknowns. This hesitation, thankfully, is balanced with excitement and hopefulness. The stage is set for 2017 to be the biggest year for Mustard Seed Interiors, yet.
Here is what is slated for 2017 so far…
This month is usually a slow one for me, so I spend time on house-keeping projects as well as planning. While I’ll be doing some of that, January is already pretty booked up with design work and two product launches for the MMSMP line. I am also traveling to Memphis, TN on January 27-28 to teach Milk Paint workshops at Me & Mrs. Jones and attend the Fancy Little Flea.
You can view details and purchase tickets for the Friday, Jan 27, workshop HERE. The Fancy Little Flea will be on Saturday in Germantown, TN, and you can get the details on that event HERE. (I already spotted some blue and white pottery that will be coming home with me…)
As a little bonus, my blog bestie, Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect, will be there as well! If you don’t come out to see me, you should at least come out to see her.
The biggest thing on my radar for February is a key design deadline. I hate it when people say they have exciting news that they can’t share, but this is one of those things that I’ve been hinting at and tiptoeing around for a while. I will share it as soon as I have the green light.
Also, I need to start planning my space for the Lucketts Spring Market, my biggest retail event of the year. This year, it’s going to be even bigger! The event is moving to a new location and my new space is HUGE!
Yeah, that entire barn is my space. A whole stinkin’ barn! At first, I thought there was no way in the world I could fill a space that large on my own, but when I thought back to last year and what a congested maze my 20′ x 40′ tent was, I realized the extra space would be a great thing. There will be plenty of space for people to mingle and shop and pieces can be spread out a bit more.
I’ll start putting my plans together before February, but February is when I’ll start to really pull it together.
Now, March brings my most amazing business trip to date… I’m going to China! I can hardly believe it, but I am. I’ve been working on my visa and will soon be purchasing tickets.
I will be going to Fujian and, while this is a business trip, I hope to do some sightseeing. I never would’ve thought this business would take me to a place like China, but it’s happening!
I’ve also shared that I’ve been working on two book projects. The first one will be released March 1, 2017. It’s totally different from anything I’ve done before, but it was one of those projects I was invited to do and I loved the idea, so I accepted.
I designed and hand-drew dozens of “barn quilt squares” for the book, which was a new creative challenge for me. It involved lots of research, graph paper, and rulers! The Barn Quilt Coloring Book is available for preorder on Amazon HERE.
May brings about the launch of the second book project I worked on last year and this one was new for me as well, but very much in line with themes addressed in my first book and my blog. It’s called the Home Design Doodle Book and it’s part journal, part decorating book, part inspirational book. I created it with the idea that it would be a conversation between me and the owner. We would work together to discover their style, address decorating dilemmas, rework a space, create mood boards, etc.
Beyond just the nuts and bolts of decorating, this book shares encouragement to help you push through when you feel stuck and to offer some perspective.
I was working on this book shortly after the Haven Conference, where I first started using watercolors, so it was perfectly timed!
You can preorder the doodle book HERE.
And, May is also the month of the Lucketts Spring Market. This year, it is May 19-21, 2017, and will be located at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Berryville, VA. As I mentioned, I have a big space to fill and lots of logistics to work out.
While moving all of the furniture and accessories, setting up, etc. is exhausting, I am really looking forward to seeing my design ideas for this year come to life and it’s always fun to shop for goodies to sell.
Typing all of this out makes me realize I will blink and then it will be the summer.
And, on top of all of this, I have other new ideas for the blog, the paint line, my artwork, etc., slated to implement in 2017. You know. In my abundance of free time!
It is a nice thing that I like to be busy and I like variety. Otherwise, I might be crawling into a hole about now!
So, I raise my glass to 2017 and all of the promise it holds…