The last few months, er, years have been full and overflowing. Mostly with goodness.
In 2011 Marlon's band Appalatin released their first album, Amy was working a new and demanding job as Executive Director of a small nonprofit, we found out we were having a baby, we decided to jump on a great opportunity to buy the perfect little house that we hope will be ours forever, totally renovate that house, and give birth to a beautiful baby boy.
|On Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, July 2011|
|Welcoming Samuel, one day old! November 2011|
2012 brought a year full of adjusting to our new lives as parents. Our world was rocked in the best of ways, but it definitely was a whirlwind. We traveled to Nicaragua when Sam was just 8 weeks old for a whole month of family time. We continued to sell and make jewelry, but admittedly, doing what we could to get by. Soaking up each minute of baby time, sleep, and just holding it all together was definitely our biggest priority. Amy's job situation changed in the fall, bringing another big transition for our family. We once again headed to Nicaragua for the holidays, a great time to regroup and set our sights on 2013 being a big year.
|Marlon and Samuel at the river in San Lorenzo, February 2012|
So here we are, it's February. The sun is shining here in Kentucky, and there are small signs of spring being on the way. We are excited to be devoting more time, energy, creativity to making our handmade jewelry. We are so fortunate that this is a real option for our family - to give it a go making most of our living by selling art. We do it all from our great little house in a bird sanctuary, with our toddler under foot. It's a challenge, but it's a huge opportunity. We can live our values each day, which is even more important now that we have a little one. We can grow together as we work together to build a strong and sustainable business. We can continue to grow a business that supports our family financially, makes other people happy, but also treads lightly on the earth and does not contribute to many of the worlds evils. We are more ready than ever to embrace this opportunity.
|Ometepe Island, December 2012|
We hope 2013 will bring:
- more blogging (look, we finally started back!)
- new jewelry designs
- updated photography
- mastering new computer software to draw custom design proofs
- making the studio a more functional, comfortable work environment
- a new storefront integrated directly with our website
- more marketing and advertising
- more networking and support among artist/maker friends
- a new look!
- financially stable business