There’s Wisdom in the Trees

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This is my latest “hoop art” embroidery. Trees are one of my favorite things to stitch, and I’ve been wanting to do a whole forest of them for awhile so I’m pretty happy to have completed this one.

Has anyone ever heard the saying “Can’t see the forest for the trees”?  I hadn’t until this week. I was hanging out with my Mom one evening while I was working on this, when all of a sudden she said it.  Here’s what it means according to wiki answers:

“When you are too close to a situation you need to step back and get a little perspective. When you do you will notice there was a whole forest you couldn’t see before because you were too close, and focusing on the trees.
Simply that you have focussed on the many details and have failed to see the overall view, impression or key point.”

Sometimes we all need a reminder to step back and look at the big picture, no matter what it is we’re dealing with at the time.  I thought it was kind of neat that this embroidery reminded my Mom of this saying. It’s nice to have something hanging on the wall that serves as reminder to “see the forest” and not just the trees in life.

This hoop art was listed in my Etsy shop but it just sold right before I started writing this!! It was my first sale on Etsy – big moment for me!! It’s fitting that this piece ended up being my first sale because selling my work is an example of something in my life that I need to remember to see the big picture in regards to.  It’s very easy to get hung up on the small things. But the big picture is, I do this because it I love it and it makes me happy to share it. When someone connects with my work, that is something really special and it might take time but it’s worth it.

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I definitely want to create another of this design and re-list it in the shop in the near future. http://www.ceestitchery.etsy.com

Remember to see the forest.

XO,

Carrie

 

 

 

 

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Bringing Joy

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Just a few notes on being an artist and trying to sell your work.  Sometimes it can be really discouraging, so these are just a few things I try to focus on when the negative feelings creep in.

What I need to remind myself is that selling or not selling doesn’t change the fact that this is my passion. It  doesn’t change that this is what I am. When it comes down to it, I do this because I love it. Of course I would do it for free for the rest of my life. No question. It’s what I love.

The way I see it, if you’ve found something that you do that brings you joy, well then you’re doing pretty good already. Having a true passion for something, be it art, music, writing, teaching, or anything, is a treasure. Us passionate people, we have a blessing that some people never find in their life time.

Don’t forget to enjoy life, don’t forget that you’re doing this because it brings you joy. If the stress starts to overwhelm you, unlpug for a while…trust me it’s okay. What I tell myself is, even if I never sell anything, I tried. Guess I will just have to cover every wall in my home with embroidery 😉 But also don’t give up, have faith in what you do and work hard. It’s not a race. Your success will be there for you when you reach it.

Van Goh only sold one painting in his life time – Red Vineyard at Arles.

I sell my work here:  http://www.CeeStitchery.etsy.com

XO