The Eight Year Itch


The saying is the ‘Seven Year Itch’, but I’ve been in my studio for eight years now and it’s time to get all shook up. For the last half of this year (2016), I’ve been tossing ideas around in my noggin’ for what I want my business to look like in the coming years. There are so many factors that have contributed to the deep, soulful dive into defining just what I want this business to be, who it’s serving, what problems it’s solving for customers,  students and more. These prompts and self-reflective exercises you agonize over can be painful, yet clarifying and freeing.

Everyone I know who is leading a creative life has times like these when they need to get mighty clear about the next step in their journey. The nagging impulse to change, renew, reinvent, or define can be ignited by realizing that each of your days is just like the one before it—like the movie Ground Hog’s Day, or going through a life changing event, or suddenly having new interests that get you all riled up.

You don’t need to understand my personal reasons for being ready for a change, but it’s here.

As I type away on this post, the front part of my large, working studio is being converted into a small retail space. It’s basically a shop within a workshop. And when I say small, I mean small. Because of the increased amount of retail traffic in the area, I realized that if I didn’t take advantage of the fresh new demographically perfect foot traffic, I’d be a darn fool. Besides that, the idea of selling a few things has been prodding me throughout 2016, but especially when I clearly saw the opportunity walking right past my door.  So, my new retail shop, along with my teaching workshop and my online offerings will now look a little like this:

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As we look into the new year, you can expect a wider array of courses and workshops, both live and online, as well as a very edited shop of locally made pillows, ottomans, benches, flip-worthy pieces of furniture, leather goods for humans and pets, select vintage accessories, textiles and other one-of-a-kind pieces that pass the rigorous test. As I said, there’s not a lot of room, so each item will really have to cut the muster to find a space on HOMEROOM’s shelves.

Many of the handmade goods for sale in the shop will have their maker’s counterpart available in the form of a class or workshop in our spacious studio. If you can’t buy it, you can learn how to make it; if you don’t want to make it, you can buy it. Get the gist?

It’s like Farm to Table, but more like Workshop to Shop. A fully integrated workshop and retail shop eliminates products changing hands, shipping charges, and other in-between expenses. There are other planned products and services that will gradually be introduced into the HOMEROOM concept. I think you’ll be very pleased with it.

With much gratitude, we’re going to be included in the February edition of Indianapolis Monthly in the article on the MONON SHOPPES and David and Susie Reese, our landlords. Our target soft opening date is late January and a Grand Opening will be around the end of February.

Now, going back to the gut wrenching question of what I want the BIG purpose of my business to be, that will all be answered in another blog post. I think that those of you who know me, know that the most important thing to me is to encourage everyone who walks through my studio door to feel free and safe to discover, uncover, recover or rediscover the creativity I believe everyone possesses.

With patience, guidance, acceptance and support, I promise to make HOMEROOM a place where you can create or find meaningful items to add to your home, a place where you can gather with other like minded folks to listen to experts, artisans and professional craftsmen share their stories and experiences with you, and most of all, to discover that old is often better than new when it comes to the quality of materials and workmanship.   And one more eye opening realization– that handmade is not the same as homemade! Some of the finest pieces of home decor and accessories I’ve ever seen and touched are the output of an experienced craftsperson’s skilled hands.

The research indicates that making something with your own two hands brings the maker all kinds of good feelings, but the most interesting thing I learned was that the more useful the item is to the maker, the more fulfilling the sense of satisfaction she gets. So simple.

We’re thrilled and honored to be providing this kind of creative space in Indianapolis. A space for others to discover for themselves how getting fully absorbed in the flow of making something useful can lift their mood, relieve stress, add balance to a high tech life, and also teach practical skills they can use forever.  These are the pros, we can’t think of any cons.

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