New Year, New Dreams

Well here we are already, at New Year’s Eve – tomorrow it will be 2013, and what a busy year it is already shaping up to be!   The seeds that were sown in 2012 will begin to grow leaves and some may even bloom, and many more plans, ideas and dreams will be set into motion.

2012 was a crazy busy year, as I struggled frantically to find some sort of professional identity, going through a phase of fairly major personal growth at the same time, and yet here, at the very tail end of the year, I finally feel as though my feet are under me for the first time, and have a fairly clear idea of who I am and where I am going.

Moonwillow - one of my stencil designs, stencilled onto two plain cotton or calico bags in different colours.
Moonwillow – one of my stencil designs, stencilled onto two plain cotton or calico bags in different colours.

Eldrum Herbs, my original company, has blossomed into The Eldrum Tree, a company that has many branches, of which Eldrum Herbs is only one!   Next year I will also be offering interior design services, as well as continuing with my explorations into stencil design, cutting and use, selling a range of bags, teas, salves, jewellery and any other goodies I can dream up.  The urge to create seems to grow stronger with each new creation, self feeding and growing exponentially, and I can honestly say I’ve never been so happy in my life!

One of my wall trees, with oak leaf stencil designed and cut by me.  I've been developing my own style over the last few months!
One of my wall trees, with oak leaf stencil designed and cut by me. I’ve been developing my own style over the last few months!

My adventures into interior design began rather tentatively, using small amounts of bold colour and keeping everything fairly simple, but that was just not enough for me!  The bolder and more confident I get, the more I want to surround myself with glowing, luminous colour, and the feedback I have had for my work so far has been encouraging enough to  make me take the decision to start offering my services in interior design, painting trees for other people’s walls as well as my own, as well as offering advice and room decorating services.

I believe I mentioned I had been experimenting with more colour! :D
I believe I mentioned I had been experimenting with more colour! 😀

I have many goals for next year – not least will be my continuing adventures into the worlds of stencilling and interior design!  I have my first set of herbal apprentices joining me once a month from February onwards as well, and I am so excited about this I feel as though I am about to burst!   Over on the Emporium side of things, I want to have some big tree wall hangings ready for sale by March, as well as the usual selection of bags, mini wall pennants, teas, salves and other goodies, and maybe another potionary if I can find a suitable small cabinet for the job.   I’m going to continue my personal development, building and improving on all the ground blocks I laid over the last year.   The Enchanted Herbal is beginning to gather momentum, and I hope to have this at least heading towards the publishing stages by the end of 2013.   Also, I’m going to continue writing poetry, in the hopes of improving my writing – I want to learn some new styles, and experiment with new forms of poetry.  Lastly, I have some very exciting opportunities developing in the herbal health and beauty product development area, and I’m working with a local nursery and garden to develop a herb garden, where I will be doing numerous talks and workshops.   Any Lincolnshire readers may want to pop by and have a look – Goltho Gardens is a lovely place to visit!

All of this sounds very nebulous at the moment, but if the last year has taught me nothing else, it has taught me that you make plans, and the Gods laugh.  So for now, I am facing into 2013 with a huge smile on my face, with a heart and soul that are as light as feathers.  Peacock feathers, to be exact!   I’m not going to walk into the new year – I’m going to dance into it, instead!

The conservatory, which is more often than not one of my main work areas, began as pale shades of green and gold, and is now blooming into rich peacock shades instead.  Ahh colour... how I do love thee!
The conservatory, which is generally one of my main work areas, began as pale shades of green and gold, and is now blooming into rich peacock shades instead. Ahh colour… how I do love thee!

A happy, healthy and creative New Year to all my lovely blog followers!  May the new year bring all your hopes and dreams to you!

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