Inspiration is really quite magical.
It’s funny-and the people who are closest to me know this best, but there are times, every so often, that I totally feel like I creatively BONK. Nothing. No ideas. And pretty much, I figure that I am out of ideas forever--and.that I have had my last good idea, and I am completely tapped out. At this point, the cycle has happened enough times, that it’s clear to EVERYONE but me, that I am just in one of my ‘slumps’. I have to make conscious efforts to find inspiration. As long as I am totally focused on new product, or a new class, or show ideas-they seem to come. That is why my ‘inspiration trips’ are so critical. Sure, it sounds like fun…shopping, driving up the beautiful calif coast, eating in cute little cafes and staying in charming, coastal inns… but it’s really a ton of work, and we simply had our noses to the grindstone!! (who am I trying to kid! LOL!!)
The trip totally rocked. I had such a great time. It had all the necessary ingredients for a perfect inspiration trip:
1. small agenda, but NO schedule.
2. open minds
3. packing LIGHT
4. creative people-easy going creativty
5. great shops- clever shops
6. a little familiarity(I didn’t totally get lost)
it was so fun to check out the shops in the little casual beachy towns, like balboa and hunington… then the contrast and similarities in the ritzy, glam shops of Santa Barbara ands Carmel. We totally lucked out with our accommodations. We got to each of our overnight spots around midnight, so it was fun to wake up and see what it looked like! ~ so totally beautiful along the California coast. Carmel was my favorite. It’s so totally amazing. We took Capri along, and she was an absolute angel. I wound up LOVING the metrowrap, for carrying Capri- and she loved it too.
Of course I can’t divulge any of my ‘top secret’ finds… but I am SO excited with where things are going next. I can’t wait! I can see it in my head, it’s so refreshing and exciting to have a jumpstart on the direction and a vision for the next release. Alright, well, I better not get the expectations up too high…
I think we only got one photo of all 5 of us. Me, em, liz and janet.
Janet Hopkins just came on board as our education coordinator. She is so awesome-and I am thrilled to have her insight and help. She has done a lot of teaching, designing classes, scrapbooking and is totally so organized and on top of things. The more people like that, that are surrounding me THE BETTER. Thanks for coming Janet… and of course, I appreciate all the em does for me, and for the brand. No one works like she does. And lastly, despite the fact that liz no longer works for the brand, it was great having her on board for the inspiration trip- I enjoy her insights and her thoughts.
And having the little angle Capri along- she was her own kind of inspiration! She is very inspiring. As are all my children.
You know, it’s good to go away, just long enough to miss them. And for them to miss me. –so my last thanks goes to Eric, for understanding how much I need that. Escaping reality just enough to in fact, be inspired. He is a key part of my ‘team’.
this is my first-ever attempt at creating a photo collage in photo shop. for whatever reason, i am completely intimidated by photoshop... so don't judge me too harshly, i was in a race against the lap top battery (em i need that cord back!) but, i have all these cutie photos that i thought woudl be fun to share...dang... that was a great trip!