JULIE.. I JUST MET YOUR BEAD FRIEND WENDY FROM STEVENS CABINETS.. WE ARE WORKING ON A KITCHEN PROJECT FOR HILARY SANTONI. SHE SHOWED ME YOU WEB-SITE AND I WAS BLOWN AWAY… GORGEOUS!!! INTRICATE AND THE COLORS, FAB. I WILL PICK UP THE MAGIZINE THAT YOU ARE FEATURED IN.. ANXIOUS TO SEE IT. JUST WANTED TO TOUCH BASE TO TELL YOU HOW HAPPY I AM FOR YOU AND YOUR SUCCESS. YOU MUST FEEL FULFILLED... DOING WHAT YOU LOVE AND BEING REWARDED. YOUR WORK IS EXQUISITE. IT ALWAYS WAS. I ENJOYED WENDY. SHE WILL BE A HUGE ASSET TO THIS PROJECT. SHE IS VERY DETAILED. I THINK ABOUT YOU, MISS YOUR BEAUTIFUL WORK AND WISH YOU THE BEST .. CONTINUED JOY.. SANDY
Sweet note... it was good to hear from her. The reason it touched me so was that I have so much respect for Sandy & for her to get a chance to see how I'm doing & how far I've come means alot to me. THANK YOU, WENDY!!
The one thing that really hit me was that it had been a good 2 1/2 years since she had seen my work.... my very early work. And I remember how much she gushed over my little black beads in the very beginning. I remember back then, I would go out to LampworkEtc & see the work of the BIG KIDS & would feel really intimidated & frustrated that I would never be that good. Over time, I got up the nerve to start posting pictures of my work & had a few specific BIG KIDS message me w/ really encouraging words. That meant oh so much to me. I can see how far I've come in those 3 1/2 short years... I'm a BIG KID now & I just want you, the newer kids, to know that you just need to be patient, it'll happen. Focus on what you enjoy & just play. Don't push yourself to just make SOMETHING so you can start selling your work... take your time, search for your voice & strive to stand out. Be different. You can do it. Ask me how I know. :o)
These thoughts probably came on because I'm feeling a little intimidated today. I just found out that along w/ me teaching @ the Midwest Glass Experience @ Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis in February, Brent Graber (Mr. Smiley) & Jennifer Geldard have both been asked to teach. I.N.T.I.M.I.D.A.T.I.N.G... seriously. I'm suddenly that little kid again... questioning my abilities & experience. But I'll be okay. I can do it. Ask me how I know. ;o)