New Year's Day might be just another day, but it's nice to consider it a fresh start when you feel you need one. 2011 wasn't so great for me in lots of ways, but I've spent a lot of time laying the groundwork for a better 2012, so I'm feeling very hopeful. With the New Year comes my new shop - finally - opening in January, & a focus back on art & illustration once again.
Craft Cult has taken up way more of my time than anticipated, which I shouldn't complain about, because it's been so very successful for Julian & I, but we both feel it's time to refocus on our art careers, so we're closing down part of our advertising space - the carousel - mid-January, which will free up a lot more time for us individually. For those of you who count on Craft Cult's affordable advertising, don't worry, we're still booking sidebar ads.
I am so excited to be dedicating my time to making art again, but a little bit of apprehension creeps in when I look around at all the amazing artists & illustrators who've sprouted up in the last couple of years, & I worry that Magic Jelly will be lost in the crowd. All I can do is try my very best, & that is just what I intend to do!
What did you get up to for New Year's Eve? We went to see A Chorus Line (absolutely fantastic!) & watched the fireworks afterwards. Had champagne, & a delicious sparkling red, & a couple of Campari cocktails. Little bit of a headache today, but I'm having a quiet one watching The Damned Don't Cry in air-conditioned comfort (it's 41C outside!) with a big frosty glass of cranberry juice.
Back to business tomorrow, making things for my shop, which I'm very excited to show you all. I just prettied up my Twitter page the other day too - come on over & say hi!
Wishing you all a Bright & Happy New Year - let's make it a good one!