As I sit here, having completed my final pieces for 2014, and as the year closes with the sound of music and laughter from the other room, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for making this one of the most successful, joyful, inspiring years I can remember.
You have fed me in more ways than one, you've unfolded me when I was feeling so small. I took my son to school and picked him up each day because of your support and the subsequent absence of my needing a "real job".
You've blessed me.
I am in awe of your kind words, your patience, your interest, your hearts. Friends, customers, fellow artists and smiths... each of you has meant more than I can say.
On Monday, January 4th, I'll be welcoming a new assistant full time. She's been a dear friend for nearly fourteen years and is an incredible metalsmith in her own right. She'll be leaving the safety and routine of the retail world to come join me in the chaos and creativity that is my little business, and it is my prayer that we'll build each other up and just make each other better. She'll be the one making sure I'm organized, caught up on my communications, she'll be the one shipping your orders, filing mine, and freeing me up so that I can spend more time with my hands at the bench. She is one of the strongest, bravest, most inspiring women I know, and she's also the inspiration behind these No Dream Killer Necklaces.
I'll introduce you soon. We are incredibly excited for the potential of the new year....
I hope you all have have a safe and joyful New Year's Eve. I am going to trade my camera for an apron and a spatula, as I have pickle dip to make for a few friends coming over tonight. Tomorrow, we'll head up to the family farm in Virginia for a belated Christmas with my grandfather. Life is good, amazingly good, and so incidentally, is the pickle dip.
Sending love from Carolina and looking forward to seeing you on the other side. Joy to you, friend, wherever you may sleep tonight.