“Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”
Kathleen Kelly, in You’ve Got Mail
More and more and more I have begun to realize that this sentence, maybe as much or more than any other sentence I could think of, sums up a huge chunk of my heart & how I exist in the world. Things to me are personal – very personal usually. To me, in my life, my home and my family, my friends & my faith, my work & my play, my creativity & my thoughts are all very personal. And they are all mixed up and jumbled together. I cannot usually – do not want to most often – separate them from each other. I am not the type of person – for better or for worse – that can put things in a box till later. I try, but it is a foreign & odd to me, and I am not very good at it. To me it matters. It matters how I spend my days, what I spend them doing, who I spend them with and how it all goes. It is important to me to care about what I am spending my time on. Like banners & crowns and blog post.
(picture from Wendy, a great customer)
I love it when customers & friends send me pictures of how they have decorated with items purchased from Storia HOME, or how they were inspired by a craft or design idea here on my little life or elsewhere – like on Blissfully Domestic or Vintage Indie Mag. I think about every banner I make, every noise maker I cut & glue, every crown I glitter. I do not always get them perfect, or on time or exactly as the customer wishes, and those times kill me, they really do. I have grace for myself in that I realize that I am only one person and I am doing my best, but still it is hard to disapoint because I do truly want my customers to be happy and to enjoy the thing that they spent their hard earned money on. There is no rule saying they have to buy my goodies, no extra incentive that I can see for choosing me over another seller. And so each order is somewhat miraculous to me, and always personal. And so to celebrate these little miracles, and to help me remember always the people behind the orders, on the other side of my computer,
I thought it would be fun to start a Flickr Group just for this purpose. I thought it might be neat to see how other people make crowns, or where they hang their banners, or how their lamp re-do projects turn out… A fun way to celebrate with each other and have a little Show -n-Tell!
Of course, maybe it won’t be that much fun for anyone but me, but you never know… I thought it was worth a try and it will begin – as it ought – by being personal – personal to me at least & perhaps personal to you too!
If you would like to join the group and add your Storia- inspired photo’s just click HERE