23 November 2008

thank you!

i so appreciate all the fun & celebrations. thanks for humoring me and joining in on my little launch. {i loved reading your favorite blog reads and also what you're known for. and it looks like most of us are looking forward to being with family this coming week. i know i am.} i've began packaging the pretty li'l things and will be shipping orders soon. one of you asked how it all began. here is a snippet of my story.

once upon a time i started a li'l endeavor.
i called it martacards.

seven years ago i began making clever li'l greeting cards at my round kitchen table. a lamp from the seventies hung overhead, spotlighting my work. i sliced every sweet scrap with an x-acto knife and folded each card by hand. i was not necessarily breaking world records or even making fabulous cards. (most of them consisted of a few die cuts, buttons and gluedots. revolutionary.) still, i was creating and more importantly, practicing. and getting better. it's all in the process. since then, i've expanded my repertoire. yet am still practicing and attempting to create lovely little things with care.

to create something from nothing (or in some cases to create something from a whole bunch of somethings) for me, is cause for much celebration. and bliss. even if the triumph means just smiling to myself alone at my desk, be it three o'clock in the morning (the best ideas come at that time anyway, i may as well be awake to jot them down). creating is like breathing life into an idea. it's bringing it full circle. which i love and find thrilling. it should be enjoyed enthusiastically. so thank you for supporting me and my li'l habit for making stuff with my own two hands.

and to you who asked, my humble advice on finding happiness... i'll start with these 3 tips. one. love yourself, discover who you are, and begin believing in yourself. right now. two. find something (anything) to be passionate about. your life will be happier if you follow your heart. three. write it all down.

{now tell me. what is your tip for happiness?}

13 comments:

Ginnie said...

TIPS FOR HAPPINESS:
Chocolate, and lots of it.
Note: Happiness will be increased if you have a diet coke in hand as well.

amber said...

i take lots of photos. i've learned it's my passion, and it makes me deeply happy.

Amy said...

I believe a huge ingredient to happiness is appreciating what you already have. And starting each day with a steaming fresh mug of coffee; ending with a fine glass of wine and good conversation.

polly said...

enjoying and appreciating the circumstances you find yourself in.

Amanda Jane said...

blogging. I find when I blog I look at my life with a new perspective. I am more grateful for what I have and who I get to spend my time with everyday. keeps me looking on the bright side and feeling the gratitude that can easily elude my daily doings if I don't make the effort.

justmetoyou said...

Laughing. A lot. On good days and bad days, finding a way to laugh makes all the difference in the world.

Carolyn Geddes said...

I make sure I do something fun, pointless and silly everyday - especially if it involves my boys! {like cranking the tunes and getting down in the kitchen, or running with the shopping cart thru the grocery store at my 3 year old's command.}

TravelinOma said...

Figure out what you'd love to do, and then do it.

20-Something Superhero said...

Indulging my passions and never settling for mediocre. I also, never take myself too seriously.

Konstantina said...

Love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.

Marisa said...

Gratitude and contentment.

I keep a grateful journal, where I jot down a few things each day I am grateful for. I am always struck by the fact that I don't need to go searching for happiness. I have so much to be happy about, already.

summer said...

happiness= getting a comment from Marta on my blog.

I greatly enjoyed and appreciated the story of the birth of martacards and your 1-2-3 advice! So lovely. I will be thinking about that all day.

Molly said...

This post was lovely. It motivates me be more creative and find more things that I am passionate about.

There is something priceless about the feeling when you create something beautiful. Doing that alone helps you love yourself more.

my tips for happiness...
slow down and live in the moment {especially with your children}

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