One of the most common questions I get is, "do you really make these?"
Even though I've heard this question often, I'll never get used to it. Maybe I should take it as a compliment because the asker can't believe that something so beautiful isn't machine made? Hopefully that is the thought behind the question.
Even my closest family members have a hard time believing that I make everything in my shop. My husband still thinks it's wild that I make custom lamp shades and decorative tassels.... and candles, and pillows... and watercolors. Oh, there would be more if I had more time... and room.
At this point in my life, I've realized that this is just who I am, and I've finally embraced it instead of seeing it as being indecisive. It all clicked when I realized I didn't have to decide on one medium. I'm an artist and a maker, but a better description might be a tinkerer. I love problem solving, bringing ideas to life, and the curiosity and persistence involved with making things work.
Exploration is my medium.
In my explorings, I've picked up a fair amount of random knowledge. It would be a pity for these findings to end with me. Many of the things I've learned through my own experiments because I couldn't find the answers online. Other knowledge nuggets I've gained through my eclectic collection of previous jobs (I dare you to say that sentence three times fast).
I thought this blog might be a convenient way to share some of the things I've learned. Are you ready to learn some stuff?