The past few days have been a serious whirlwind. Work has demanded every waking moment of my time and by the time I'm finished late at night, I am ready for bed, so I haven't even surfed blogs or the web the way I normally do.
The good part is that I'm making progress, so even though it is time consuming, it is so worth it! And I know that the payoff will be worth the effort.
Awhile ago, Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces showed this gorgeous vintage Dutch tin on her site. That girl is always finding the best stuff, and her prices sometimes seem too good to be true, except that they are true...so they are that good!
As soon as I saw it, I knew that the colors were perfect for using in photo shoots, so I sent Linda an email asking if she planned to sell this pretty little tin. Much to my delight she said yes, and she even suggested we do a trade...some of my artwork for her tin.
Umm, heck yes I want to trade! So I ordered her prints and she shipped me my tin. When it arrived it was as beautiful as I had imagined, and I've already filled it with a lovely primrose that I picked up at the store yesterday. The primroses at my local grocery store were 3 for $5 on special, so I snapped up quite a few of them in lieu of buying roses or tulips that don't last nearly as long.
I tucked one into my new tin and filled my wire basket with several others. I truly love having fresh flowers in my house, there is just something so refreshing about seeing and smelling beautiful flowers throughout the year.
Of course getting a package is always uplifting too, but especially when it comes from someone as kind as Linda! She didn't just include the tin, nope, she also included a few other goodies, some of which I will show you in an upcoming post. But those darling little clay stars above, well they were tucked in to my package.
Not only are Linda and her daughter (who is her partner in crime) super good at finding vintage lovelies, but they are also hugely talented and creative souls who make all sorts of wonderful things from things they find as well as things they make themselves.
And between the two of them they have several Etsy shops which you can visit by clicking on the links on her sidebar, on the right side part way down on her blog. Just don't blame me if you find all sorts of things you can't live without!
For the past few days I've been up to my eyeballs in talking to manufacturers, learning about anything and everything there is to know about trying to make it in commercial photography. Some people are so incredibly helpful that you can't really believe it, while others can make it feel like pulling teeth, and for no good reason I might add.
But hey, I'm always up for a challenge. I was born competitive and those traits have served me well over the years, so I'm not planning on changing any time soon. But when people like Linda show those little acts of kindness, well it makes you realize that right will always win in the end, because that's what matters most in life, don't you think?