What an incredible year it has been! I am so blessed by the new friends and inspiration I’ve found through blogging. This year was full of discoveries for me. I discovered cookies as a canvas and it has changed the way I think. I have discovered lots of new friends who cheer me on and give so much encouragement it boggles my mind.
I look back at this year when I created my Arty McGoo facebook page specifically as a defining moment. It asks you to classify yourself. There were several options that I contemplated like: personal blog and food. I saw the option of “artist” but I shied away from it. I can’t call myself that! I almost chose personal blog, but something made me click that scary word instead. ARTIST. . . you know what happened? Nobody laughed! Nobody sent me an email asking me to rescind my decision. Nobody told me that they actually were an artist and that it offended them that I used that term for myself. Someone DID ask me if I had an art degree and it scared me for about a half a second until I realized it was a compliment and not a verification of my status.
You know what else happened? People started “liking” my page! They started commenting on my creations on facebook and here on my blog! People started calling me an ARTIST! People I admire and looked to for inspiration were admiring MY work! What a thrill! (Have I used enough exclamation points to illustrate the fact that all of these things excited me?!!!! and continue to excite me?!! )
I just wanted to say: THANK YOU! I realize how lucky I am. I’m just a girl (so I’m 33, but who’s counting?!) who has a passion for painting on cookies but never imagined that would be of interest to anybody else. I so appreciate every comment and email I get and I love being able to answer questions for people who are trying out this painting on cookies adventure with me. It really touches me to think I might have inspired someone!
Someone asked me the other day “What do you do?” and you know what I told them (with only a trace of trepidation)? “I am an artist.”
I can’t wait to see what next year brings. I am full of hope and ideas and excitement for things to come. I hope you can find beauty and meaning in your family gatherings and traditions as you celebrate this year. We celebrate Christmas so I made these Christmas greeting cookies, but I also wish you a very Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and hope they are magical! See you next year!