The Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award in the Craft Category! I must have read the award email six or seven times before it actually felt real. Such an honor. And I'm humbled, really. And shocked. And also just so darn proud of this little corner on the internet.
I started this blog five years ago when I was fresh out of an MFA program in poetry, teaching students in a college Book Arts studio, and finding my footing as an excited artist outside of academia. This virtual space became my weekly deadline. Working four days a week for nonprofit galleries and theaters, I made boundaries around my Mondays and spent that entire day--morning 'til midnight--in my studio. At the end of my studio day I would post a blog. That's how it started.
And then it evolved into a space of its own. It became my weekly space to write. To reflect. To commune. To show my work-in-progress and to meet other artists from around the world. It was thrilling. It was encouraging. It was vital. It was like a real-life educational program in contemporary art, craft, and design. And, mostly, it was my new community of artists and some of these artists have become my dearest friends. Kind of magical, really.
So while you read this I have already been flown to NYC to accept the award at the Blue Ribbon Blogger Luncheon. (Omg, that was such a hard secret to keep!) They will have ordered a car to drive me from the airport to my hotel, put my little family up in a lovely spot on the Upper West Side, and invited me into the Country Living Magazine headquarters to celebrate with seven other winning bloggers. To say I am excited is an understatement. Elated might be more appropriate. Nervous would be appropriate too.
So, this is the part where I thank you. Yes, you. Because if you hadn't been here alongside me commenting, following, encouraging, and supporting my blogging efforts then I'm sure I would've closed this virtual space many years ago. So, thank you. From the bottom of my pitter-patter heart. Thank you for joining me here on Mondays as I write, make, dream, and document my studio life.
Oh, my gosh. I won.