Friends. More than a couple of months ago Michelle from Twig Creative sent me an email asking if I'd like to be involved in their art project. Basically, they would start 2 canvasses and those two canvasses would travel around North America from blogger to blogger. Each person would add their mark and at the end the canvasses would be returned to Michelle in Utah and auctioned off.
TRUTH NO.1: I thought hard about it because I don't like being involved with things if I'm NOT POSITIVE that I have time + passion for it. I wasn't positive that I had time, but passion wins every time.
TRUTH NO.2: I checked the list of bloggers first and was pretty wowed - so I really wanted in. (PS. I love Erin Loechner.) I was especially surprised to see my name as one of the "closers*".
TRUTH NO.3: I wanted in.
As soon as I'd made space on my calendar Michelle emailed back and said - 'we didn't realize you were from Canada so we are taking you off the project because the shipping times are going to hold us up'. NO! I really couldn't argue. I ship back and forth to the US a lot and the shipping really does suck. But I was disappointed. I emailed her back and told her I would pay to have it shipped and I would be on top of it... but I wanted in.
So they agreed.
But by the time things got rolling Christmas was approaching and I was really worried about dropping the ball. When we realized that Michelle was from just outside Salt Lake City and I would be there for the ALT conference - we had Gussy Sews send the canvas to the parcel pickup in Pembina, ND. I drove over the border to pick it up the day before I left for ALT.
TRUTH NO.4: I drove to the US to pick up the canvas and the LINKwithlove gift tags. NEITHER OF WHICH WERE WAITING FOR ME when I got there. The canvas arrived WHILE I was there. Whew. But the tags had to be overnighted to me in Utah.
I packed the canvas in my suitcase with some random art supplies and jetted off. I woke up early one morning...
TRUTH NO.5: I was sharing a room with the awesome Maile Wilson of Epiphanie Bags and I didn't want to wake her so I sat in the closet in the swanky bathroom to finish the project.
TRUTH NO.6: I had three pencil crayons, three tubes of gouache, three paintbrushes and a handful of sequins.
*TRUTH NO.7: Being the 'closer' has it's own set of challenges on a project like this (which I have done a few times before). As the 'closer' you're the one responsible for bringing the work of others together to create something cohesive and finished.
TRUTH NO.8: if you're the 'closer' you should have a little more going for you than a handful of art supplies at the bottom of a bathroom closet.
TRUTH NO.9: I took the photos with my iPhone.
TRUTH NO.9.5: I left a trail of sequins from there to Salt Lake City and back.
But for some reason it worked out. I love it. Maybe because I fought for it when I could have let it go.
I'm SO GLAD IT HAPPENED THAT WAY because I met Michelle when she came to the hotel to pick up the canvas. She's amazing. So sweet. So nice. So gracious. I am so grateful. Thank you, Michelle!
TRUTH NO.10: SO happy to have 15 new friends.
(OTHER TRUTHS: hotel carpet is hideous, sequins make life more fun, I have fallen in love with collborations.)