Change is a delicate thing.
If you don’t change at all, things feel stagnant and boring. Been there done that.
If you change too much, well then, you’ve changed. And not everyone is going to like that.
I shared last year that my business was changing and even though I voiced it in a blog post, I still struggled against it. I was afraid of changing too much, too fast. I would start to move forward and I would retreat back to what was comfortable and familiar.
All the while, there was this understanding that things will change with or without me. The blog world will continue to evolve. Decorating trends will come and go. And I was going to need a change of pace at some point.
Then, we made a huge change – picked up and moved halfway across the country. I traded my big, off-site studio for a comparatively small, sun-kissed room off my kitchen.
And, in the midst of change, I have found it easier to embrace even more change.
Between unpacking the moving boxes, painting the cabinets, and generally getting settled, I have been giving a lot of thought to what this next chapter of my business will look like – how it will change and how it will stay the same. In all of my lists, three things kept rising to the top – This blog, the Milk Paint line, and art/design.
For my blog, I’m just going to share what I’m up to – working on our new house, my journey with art, and whatever else I feel excited to share. I’m also going to bring back some popular series and work more intentionally. Hopefully, it’ll inspire, inform, and entertain!
For the Milk Paint line, everything that has happened with it has happened very organically and that means there is still lots of room for growth. So, I’m working with my team to think of new ideas to share our love of milk paint with others. And it involves lots of pretty pictures…
We’re also being more proactive about looking for new retailers to carry the line.
If you’re interested, you can apply HERE.
And, I’m teaching a couple of workshops in the Minneapolis area on October, 21. We’ll teach you how to use the paint, but it is a project-based class, so you will leave with that cool “welcome” sign (top left corner of the picture below.) If you’re in the area and can come, I’d love the chance to hang out and paint with you! You can get details and sign up HERE.
Lastly, my art and design work.
Some of the design work is still happening behind the scenes. I’m learning that it can take a long time to get a product to the market!
But, I’m sharing my art with you as I create it and that’s been such a fulfilling process.
I am digesting as much as I can about composition, color, values, materials, and techniques, from books, blogs, and video tutorials. I’ve been sneaking away to the studio to work on paintings and color charts whenever I can.
This artwork is a chance to branch out into something new and see how it goes. It’s the biggest change and, for that reason, it feels risky. But just about anything worth doing involves some amount of risk.
So, that’s the next chapter!
I hope it’ll be a page-turner…