Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Following My Heart, Why I'm Retiring From Blogging.

This year I have some big changes coming. I'm "retiring" from blogging so I can spend more time pursuing my dream of becoming a working artist. I will be away from my computer and making messes in my studio. I have a solo exhibition, my very own art show this October at Lumin Art Studios in Tumalo, Oregon that I have been very busy getting ready for. I'm in the middle of figuring out what kind of art I want to be making again and it feels really good. All is well with my soul when I am making art and exploring my creative voice. 

I started this blog in 2008 with no idea of what I was getting into. Here is my very first post. This blog has been a wonderful place to share our art experiences with you for the past 6+ years and it has given me many gifts. I have been so touched by stories from my readers - mostly teachers and mothers like myself who have shared their stories and adorable photos of their kids making art with me. Cancer survivors who have reached out and been touched by my husband's story and the loss of one of my best friends, Lisa. I've made some great friends online and in real life through this blog project in other states and across the globe. I've been honored to work with some great companies and review some wonderful products. I've been welcomed into your classrooms and homes and love hearing stories of how you and your children spent time together enjoying my projects, art lessons, e-books, birthday party ideas, etc. Thank you. I've been able to print out hardbound books of my blog with Blog2Print and have a record of my children's childhoods and all of our crafty adventures -- the ultimate family memory scrapbook series. For all of that, I am thankful. 

I miss making my own art. 
I don't like sitting at the computer. 

I will still be here. 
I will still be making art with my kids. 
I will still be pinning away fun ideas on Pinterest  (love it!) and sharing our adventures on Instagram (love!) and occasionally Facebook (don't love it.) 
I will still be writing e-books on occasion and adding them to my site. 
I will still be writing craft articles for magazines and occasional websites. 
I will be making my own art again. 
I will allow myself time to do the things I miss like reading, running, and gardening that were replaced by hours spent blogging and watermarking photos. 

There are tons of fun projects and ideas buried in my archives. We redesigned the site to make it easier to navigate. Use the search bar at the very top, the tabs by category, or dig through my archives on that purple tab to find all kinds of goodies. This blog isn't going anywhere. It will still be here for you. 

I will come back again if I feel like I really need to share something fun with you, I promise. 
For now, I'm going to be in my studio, getting ready for my show. Hanging out with my family, sitting in the sun with my dog, sipping tea with a good book, and digging in the dirt. Now, I'm going to step away from the computer. In the meantime, you can find me at my new website if you would like to see my art and follow my new journey! 


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Catherine Miklos said...

Wishing you all the best while you pursue your passion.

jen at paintcutpaste.com said...

congratulations, marylea! you have been an inspiration to so many, and i know you will continue to do so while following your bliss. it feels so good when the space opens up to focus on your own art, create with your children without documenting, and, yes, step away from the computer. ahhhhh! wishing you all good things in the next chapter, mama!

Teresa Barsanti said...

I will miss your blog but I am very happy you've chosen to follow your heart. More people need to do that.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thank you Catherine, Jen, and Teresa, your support and kind words mean so much to me.

This was not an easy decision to make and I'm a bit afraid to start this new venture but I've found that most of the major, and good decisions in my life start with a good mix of fear and excitement!

Warmly, MaryLea

Lisa Jong said...

Thank you MaryLea for sharing so much in the past, and being such a wonderful role model on how to creatively engage and inspire not only your daughters, but so many others. And now to follow your heart and pursue your own art path just further illustrates the creative process. Your regular blog will be missed, but I wish you an incredible journey ahead. With gratitude...Lisa

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thank you so much Lisa, such sweet sentiments! I need to post all of these sweet notes on my studio walls when I'm feeling blocked and unloved. xoxo MaryLea

Tricia Orchard said...

I was sad when I saw the title of your most recent post, but after reading further I completely understand.

Good luck as you embark on this new adventure!

I looked at your art web page and your art is beautiful!

All the best,

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thank you for your support and understanding Tricia!


Love and Lollipops said...

Only just read this post and wishing you all the best. Georgia x

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

We'll miss you and your inspiring ideas but of course you have to do what is right for you! The best of luck! :)

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