For my last blog post for 2018 I thought I'd do a little review, sharing some of the things that have made me smile this year. In no particular order....
Painters Night Out
This year I ran a bi-monthly social painting workshop called Painters Night Out and it was definitely one of my highlights. Every workshop was a little different, with a great bunch of ladies who all created something to take home. Those nights really helped me realise where the future of my business lay - in helping people find their creativity. Small business has been an amazing journey and one of the aspects that have really helped me, both in terms of mental health and following my passion, has been getting a daily boost of creativity. I want to continue to explore how that looks for me and my business in 2019, and how I can share that with my community.
Getting Back to Reading
I've shared quite a bit on how I've found my way back to reading this year, and it's something I've really loved from 2018. I count it as part of my daily creativity practice, but also, reading just allows me some down time to escape into another world.
I've read SO MANY good things this year, and I still have three on the bedside to finish (though they might just fall into 2019). It was really hard to pick, but my favourites are below...
I'm still thinking about each of them, in different ways. And one thing I've given up this year? Reading something that I'm not engaged with. I've picked up a few books and realised a few chapters in that I don't love it, and have decided to put it aside. There are too many amazing things out there to read to stick with something that I don't connect with.
Chalk Paint Colours
It's no secret that neutrals always seem to dominate my most popular list, and this year is no exception. Pure White still outsells every other colour by a long way, and I can see why. If in doubt, white is always a beautiful option that makes furniture feel fresh and new.
The other colour that has really been popular this year is Graphite. It looks stunning with all the greenery that is popping up in interiors, along with natural fibres that create a stunning coastal vibe.
New Products in Store - Transfers!
Half way through the year we received out first batch of decorative transfers and they have definitely been a hit. Just before Christmas I received the new seasons coloured transfers, full of florals, and I can't wait to use them.
I have a couple of new products in line for 2019 and can't wait to share them!
The Makers and Painters Market in Melbourne
In November I went to Melbourne to visit my fellow Annie Sloan Stockists, help out at the Makers and Painters Market, and then attend a stockist workshop with the one and only Annie Sloan. After having been sick a few weeks prior and deciding not to go, it was a last minute dash, but so worth it. Meeting stockists I'd chatted to online for ages but never met in person was amazing, as well as meeting newer stockists and spending the day with Annie and her team. It reminded me that while small business can be lonely, I can reach out and connect with my colleagues for inspiration and support, and that they are an amazing bunch of women.
2018 has been one challenging, creative, inspiring, and generally amazing year! I've been so blessed to have had people walk through my door and share their projects with me, to chat about colour and furniture, and to get our hands dirty being creative. I've shared in the past that there have been times this year that I have been at the point of closing or selling, but I'm so glad I have kept on. With every high there have been lows, disappointments and some hurt feelings (mine), and yet I'm reminded that there are so many willing to encourage and support my business, and that is truly amazing. I'm so very grateful, from myself and my family, thank you.
Looking forward to an amazing 2019 for everyone