I have a long term friend on line called Julia..We have never met in real life but we have so much in common and have communicated over the the years via our blogs and of course Facebook :) Some years ago Julia and I had a conversation. We both had ideas for a way to combine our passions and create our own small business that would enable us to continue home educating whilst earning some money.. Neither of those Ideas worked out for various reasons - mine is waiting in the wings ready to evolve over the coming years ;) - but during the conversation I said that I felt that at some point we were going to work together in some way..
Here we are years later and I saw her Art on her new Facebook page and asked her if she would draw me a sheep in her style for a thank you postcard I wanted to include in the packages I sent out. I gave her a quote I liked and a grainy picture of a sheep ornament I loved and that was basically it!
Anyhoo....after a short time I got a message with this image in..I loved her the minute I saw her :) Everything is just perfect..The style I already knew I loved, the layers and texture that her work has. I had forgotten to mention any colours I liked but these are beautiful and work so well with the whole Lusciously Theme.. She is a mind reader :)Our collaboration starts here.. I have more ideas that I think she will be able t help me with. However, her art is selling like hotcakes so she may be a tad busy :))
I am starting a series of posts about other small craft business owners some of whom I have worked with for various aspects to do with Lusciously Loopy and some I will ask to do a guest blog. Setting up your own business is a big step and we have all had various hurdles to overcome to get here. Each persons journey will be different but I do believe that in everyone's story - be it about setting up a business or otherwise - there is often inspiration for others who may be in a similar situation.
I asked Julia to write a little about herself and her journey to Joyicity Art and here it is..
I am so grateful to Lynn for giving me the opportunity to say a few words about myself here on the Lusciously Loopy blog. My friends call me Jules and I’m very happy to meet you. I am the body behind Joyicity Art. I am also a wife, mother of 6, home-educator, daydreamer and lifelong fairytale believer. I reside here, in an isolated but beautiful part of rural Devon with goats, chickens, ducks, and a whole host of other furry and feathered critters. I guess I can also now add artist to that bio list, something which I thought would only ever be a dream. Throughout my life I have battled with criticism and belittlement. I have strived to please and be accepted, but have failed on both accounts many times over. I suppressed my arty creative side for many years as I didn't feel good enough to share it with others but then things changed. I started to think about me. What made me happy? What did I enjoy doing? Painting and mixed media artwork was high on that list, so when my youngest bubba was sleeping (she is just 6 months old) I got out the paints and brushes and took myself off to a corner of our home. The resulting piece made my heart happy. I added it to an album on Facebook and was amazed at the response – people actually liked it! I made another and another. The responses each gained were awesome. It seemed that my artwork made other people happy too, my heart was singing. I got contacted to make commissions and Joyicity Art was born - completely unplanned and purely down to the love that others shared for my work. So here I am, combining my first love of being a mother to my children with doing something I absolutely adore. I thank each and every person who gave me the confidence to tentatively step on that path of the unknown and put myself out there. Lynn was a huge part of that step when she asked me to design a commission piece for her to be able to print and send out to her customers. I was so excited to be working with her but terrified at the same time – it needed to be good!! The brief was ‘a sheep’ and I was told the quote to use, but the rest was pretty much left up to me. I had never attempted to paint a sheep before but was thrilled with how she turned out and fortunately Lynn was happy with her too! I am extremely grateful for Lynn’s encouragement and for giving me the nudge I needed to take things a step further; I am so very much enjoying the adventure that Joyicity Art is taking me on.
I am enjoying watching Julia's story unfold and have no doubt in my mind that she will continue to create her wonderful art, spread love and create Joy in peoples lives. <3