Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Linoleum Block Prints and Making Dreams Come True.

Doesn't it feel good when you finally do something you've always wanted to do?

Last weekend we drove up to the Antelope Valley to see the poppies. It has been on my list for a long time. Years, in fact.
It is only a 2 hour drive--not close-but certainly not too far to go for such beauty.
And once we were there, I was so happy I'd made it. It was worth the effort to make a dream come true.
That's how it is. It takes a bit of work. Or, more likely, a whole lot of work to make dreams come true.

In the past year and a half that I have been blogging, I have seen many of my dreams coming true. I write nearly every day. When I don't, I miss it tremendously. I have taken thousands and thousands of pictures. With each shot I am learning how to photograph better. I want to take tens of thousands more. I have gotten my first little freelance writing job. I have done a few photo shoots for family and friends.
And all I can think is, I want more.

So this idea that has been brewing in my mind for a while now is starting to take shape.
Aaron and I will be working together.
We're planning a website, a blog, a shop where Aaron can sell some art.
Like these. They're linoleum block prints.
Made by hand. Made by him.
And perhaps it won't amount to much, but we're OK with that. Because it feels good just to create--to make things--and to do it together. It feels good to have our kids be a part of this creative journey. To see where this will take us all.

I recently read this quote that speaks volumes to me about how I'd like to live the rest of my life. And the kind of living I want to teach my children to do.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

We're dreaming of the future. And who knows, maybe we'll even make a few pennies for our trailer fund.

We hope you'll come along for the ride.

I'm not sure how long it will take me to get things up and running, but I'll keep you in the loop.
Check back, will you? And please, tell you friends!
Love from,


Naomi said...

I love, love, LOVE that you guys are doing this! Set sail you adventurous family!! You can always tack as needed :)

Four Flights said...

You know I'll be checking back! Looking forward to seeing what you will create :) Those block prints are awesome.

Lillian said...

"Hurrah" You will always have the support of your biggest fans! We love you all so much. Go for it Gopher Girl.

Johnna said...

Do I have to wait for your blog to be up and running to purchase your Linoleum Block Prints? I hope the both of you are successful in this journey:) Both your blog writing and photography and your husband's creativity are just wonderful.


Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

ooh! i recently learned how to make block prints and am having so much fun with it. yours, or his, are amazing! and i'm in love with that field of poppies. it looks like something out of wizard of oz. amazing!!

mygirl said...

i too, recently read that same quote and was telling my husband how much i want our lives to reflect this. i hope the very best for your new venture! christina