Friday, August 3, 2012

The Truth of the Worker Bee

I was just finishing up my day when a thought occurred to me.  I started work this morning at 7:30 and I stopped at 7:30 tonight.  Interesting.  Many, many people work a day like that.  Not that my day is hard...honestly, it's not.  I am blessed to be able to do what I love as a profession.  I'm not working in the hot sun, I'm not taking care of sick people, I'm not rescuing anyone....those are the amazing, hard working, heroic professionals.  I just work.  I realized today that I am a Worker Bee.  I am not a queen...I don't have underlings to bring me food and although I have certainly turned out my share of children, they don't serve me, either!  I just work.  I am so very thankful to my husband for supporting my art and for working in his own "Worker Bee" style to allow me to be able to do what I do.
If you don't have the current ability to be able to spend your time being creative, realize that it's not out of your reach.  I did work a "real" job for many years (and truthfully, I still have a job in our family business that takes a lot of my time, as well) but I always found time for my creativity.  It might be a half hour after the kids went to bed or a couple of weekend hours but I never felt guilty for taking time to do the things that pulled at my heart.  I have always felt that a happy mother/wife/friend/sister makes the people around her happier, too.  Eventually, I was able to spend a little more time and (hopefully) develop my skills and produce more art so that I could extend my art into a profession.  I am so thankful to all of you who read my posts, buy my art and support me emotionally.  Even though I have said in the past that I would still need to produce art even if no one was interested, the truth is that I make art for all of you even more than I make it for myself.  Thank you ALL for your kind words and support.
OK...so, I'll never be the Queen.....I'm okay with that.  Actually, I am PROUD of my status as a Worker Bee.  God has given me the ability to create and I hope to serve that role as long as I am allowed.  xoxo

Today's work:
Also, I finished 3 new Mermieees.  I am still working on their hand-quilted/beaded tails.  I will have them in the Etsy shop at 4 o'clock (Central) on Sunday, along with a couple of other pendants.  Here's a little preview of the others:

I will do a Facebook post with the new Mermieees before I put them in the shop for those of you who use FB.

I love, love you guys!!!  xoxo

8 comments:

Kepi said...

I so have to have one of these......

suziart said...

yOU ARE A qUEEN TO ME...!!!SOME DAY, i WANT A PENDANT WITH 2 DOGS JUST FOR ME!
XOXOXO!
SUZI

Mary C. Nasser said...

Lovely blog post and art!
I am a worker bee, too.
I'm also your newest blog follower!!
Thank you for the inspiration!

Wendy said...

I'm so glad that Violette mentioned you in her blog today! I haven't come across your work before and I think it is enchanting - I love it!

Sunny Carvalho said...

Thank you all so much! Wendy, I'm glad we have "met"! If you haven't friended me over on FaceBook, you can if you'd like. I post a lot of stuff over there, too!

Indigene said...

Absolutely the best interview, I've read in a long while! I loved your take on being artistic, especially about the teaching! I could so relate! :) Keep up the amazing zany artistic work.

Sunny Carvalho said...

Kepi...thank you!! Your necklace is on it's way quickly!
Indigene, thank you so much for the compliment and for reading the interview! xoxo

Darlene K Campbell said...

I have heard of your fab work before but I followed you over here from Violette's blog. Great interview. Especially love those pendants.