I enjoy winter. It’s a time of introspection, of cozy nights inside, crisp days outside and making plans. But I love spring because, more than the New Year, it signals a time of growth and change. That is exactly what I am going through with this blog which has been neglected for some time. It was time to make a change but I wasn’t sure exactly how it would look. Having a business blog is so much more than putting your name at the top and writing a post occasionally. It was always my goal to share my adventures as I learned, and I did…sometimes. But it’s difficult to achieve a goal when you are not entirely clear what it is. Sitting down with pen and paper I began the process of defining what Silver Bee would be about. I made a wish list of what I thought it could be and contact someone whose business it was to turn the wish list into a platform that would serve as a website. The further I got into the process the more I realised I needed to streamline my vision. And that is what I’ve been doing for the past several months. A plan is in place, and I’ve been spending time putting the parts together. It’s not that different from making a piece of jewellery. March 1st is the launch date for the new Silver Bee website and I am so looking forward to sharing it with you. But before that I have one more adventure to share with you.
In the first week of January I was contacted by ImpressArt stamps to see if I would be interested in writing a guest blog post for their site. They offered to pay a nominal fee and supply some of the materials. Of course I was interested. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to try something new. And so it was. I enjoyed every bit of it: planning the project, ordering the stamps and supplies, opening the box when it arrived, making the project, taking photos, and finally writing everything up. Theresa Cifali, the artistic director at ImpressArt, was so patient with my questions. I had never done a guest post before and wanted to make sure it was perfect. The best part, though, was just playing with the stamps and a brass hammer which they also supplied. I was eager to test the hammer's ‘stubby’ design. Turned out I loved the short handle because it made it easy to hit the stamps squarely and firmly. I was given the complete letter stamp set lower case Bridgette which included six punctuation stamps. If I had not had the design stamps it would still have been easy to get my spring message across by making flowers and leaves using the asterisk and bracket stamps. It’s a joy to be creative when you have good tools. It is my belief you should grow into your tools rather than out of them. ImpressArt products offer that opportunity to grow.
Check out my guest post and project at ImpressArt.