Tuesday, May 29, 2012

cheers to three years...


Three years ago at this time in 2009 I was painting and selling some of my art locally, and I had a friend who mentioned I should sell on Etsy. 
I didn't know what Etsy was or how to spell it.
I had no clue what I was doing. I had no clue about the handmade community.
I just jumped right in and started figuring things out as I went.
I now laugh at some of the things I made and how I tried to do things.
It has all be a huge learning process. It still is.


I went from painting large 18x24 and 16x20 custom nursery art to smaller children's art to quirkly little mustache, sewing, and camera paintings to State Love paintings to no paintings while I took a break. I remember trying to sketch things for custom orders.
My sketches always looked horrible and I would tell customers I don't draw well, but I can paint. 
It's crazy how I limited myself. I told myself I couldn't do something so I didn't even try.

Thankfully, I developed relationships with some amazing people. I met Maggie (through email) and she began encouraging me and helping me with ideas. I met Danielle (through email and then in person). She listened to me doubt myself and be afraid of what everyone else thought and she prayed for me and reminded me of my talent and that I was "enough". Then I met Alison (through email and in person four times, but who is counting?). She not only put my paintings in every room of her house but she also encouraged me, sang my praises, defended me when I needed it, and sends me awesome presents like that necklace up there.
Throughout these three years I have met so many other wonderful people who have taught me and cheered me on (the list would go on forever so I'm not naming names :).

Now I am in a whole new place, doing something I said I couldn't do. I have never been told by anyone other than myself that I wasn't capable of doing anything. My parents never said I couldn't do something, they always supported me. My friends never said I couldn't do anything, nor has my husband. 
It's always been about me not believing I could do it.
Up until this year I wouldn't even call myself an artist.


I would say I like to paint or create, but to say, "I am an artist," was too much for me to wrap my mind around.

Today though, I can tell you, I am an artist.
I cannot put into words what my dreams are or my plans are, but I can say I no longer believe I am not capable of doing things.

SO - cheers to three crazy years.
Thank you to all the friends and family who have been here the entire time. 
Thank you to all the people who support me.
I am very excited about the future!
Now, go buy something (wink) and take 20% off 
(what? you know you want to take advantage of a discount).
Use the code CHEERS20 today through Thursday, May 31st.

20 comments:

  1. what i needed to hear, thanks for sharing, here's wishing you another amazing crazy creative year!

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  2. Cheers is right! You are an artist and I'm so happy to hear your story of encouragement, Lindsay!

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  3. You are most definitely an artist, and a very talented one! Congratulations on 3 years! :)

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  4. got the chills. you ARE an artist. you ARE enough. i am thankful for you, your friendship, your words, and your art :) love you friend!

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  5. happy 3 years to you! :) i have the hardest, hardest time even THINKING about saying "i am an artist" this post is so encouraging for me! keep up the beautiful art. love it!
    -april

    ps :: i just got your email. it was hiding in my blog account. i forget about that one. woops! thanks so much & a response coming soon!

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  6. You are most certainly an artist! You may have been the only person who didn't know? :) You are one of my favorite artists! I am so glad you started drawing because I LOVE LOVE LOVE your drawings! Happy 3 years!!!

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  7. Cheers! You create beautiful art!!

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  8. I'm actually so shocked that you only recently "discovered" you could draw. because wow. you are an amazing artist. in a weird way, it's so encouraging and it's making me think about all the things I say I'm "not". I'm a singer, not a songwriter. i have a blog, but I'm not a writer. I make prints out of different fonts and colors, but anyone could do that. I mean, the list goes on for miles. I am only limited by what I tell myself and believe about myself!

    anyway girl, congrats to YOU on three years, and thanks for the discount code! I have to decide what I want now (which is every single thing!)

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  9. You ARE an artist! I love that you now see it =) What beautiful work for a beautiful person. So excited for you!

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  10. Sweet post, Lindsay. It takes much more than a few compliments to really be able to believe in ourselves. And in the gifts and abilities God has given us. I am still learning. :) It is truly a wonderful thing.

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  11. congratulations to you! i only came across your blog and shop recently via instagram and am so happy i did. you are not only an artist but an amazing one...thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I had to take advantage of this great deal :) So excited to get my art!

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  13. LU baby girl! Your Aunt Melanie and Great Aunt Adell are smiling on you from the Father's House! Moma

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  14. Has it only been four times?! Feels like more. I'm really proud of you. I think you are unbelievably talented, and you really ARE an artist :)

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  15. just "met" you thru Just Lovely Things! Your stuff is darling. I love it. I understand your statement, that you can't wrap your mind around being called an artist. I sew but I don't see myself as a seamstress.

    I to have a family, a blog & a hobby turned biz. It's a tough balance. My orders are steady but not overwhelming and I'm good with that!

    I love the quote that is pictured in this post.... she turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans.

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  16. Cheers to your success. You are unbelievably talented!!

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  17. Cheers to your success. You are unbelievably talented.

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  18. Hi Lindsay, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  19. Woohooooo so proud of you friend! God has truly blessed you with a wonderful gift!

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