I wanted to let you all know that I am no longer designing stamps for My Favorite Things. I started a line of stamps with them eight months ago. I have seven sets out under the name Sunny Day Doodles that are still available for sale on their website. I don't want this post to discourage anyone from purchasing them. They might even be collectors items some day - haha!
I did want to explain why I am no longer designing stamps though. And here is the story:
In October of 2011, my sweet brother passed away. While he was dying, I sat by his bed for days watching him suffer. It was a really tough time. I didn't have much with me to do, so I bought a white notebook and a black marker and started doodling. I looked up some scriptures and some quotes on my phone and drew them. This was my first time ever doodling inspirational quotes. And I found that the process of doing this helped me greatly during this difficult time. It also helped during the months after his death as I found so much comfort doing this. I felt like it was a gift he gave me before he passed away. And I wanted to make him proud of me by sharing the truths of our Saviors gospel through the written word. Here is a post I wrote right after his death with the ones I drew in the hospital. I've changed my style and improved my writing since then, but I still enjoy seeing these original ones. And there are many more on this post.
The next summer, I had brain surgery - there are posts from right after HERE. Much of this my blog readers already know about! I had an acoustic neuroma brain tumor removed from my hearing and balance nerve. Since this surgery, I have suffered from daily headaches - I'm in almost constant pain. They cut through my neck muscles with a more invasive process to save my hearing in that ear. My hearing is still intact, but very fuzzy and it is hard to make words out. And I really regret this decision as the possible side effect of chronic head and neck pain have become my constant companions. I also had the balance nerve removed from that side, so I have some issues with balance causing a lot of anxiety in social situations. When I am in noisy places, my head gets really bad. So I doodle. It helps me focus on something other than the noise. Again, this gift my brother gave me has helped me through a difficult time.
About a year ago, MFT approached me to design stamps with my doodles. I was so excited. Hesitant, but excited that someone was interested in them! We started with inspirational short quotes and some little phrases for project life in my first couple of sets. I wanted to move towards more images and my last set was more in that direction, Spring Has Sprung. I loved designing these and it was so fun to see them used by others! MFT is AMAZING to work with - they are so professional and everything they do and produce is top notch. They have the most talented design team out there in the card making industry. I really loved everything about working with MFT, especially the people! I will miss them!
With that very long lead up, the reason I decided to leave MFT and retire from being a stamp designer was because it had taken the fun out of the process of doodling for me and moved me away from the purpose of why I started in the first place. I no longer doodled just for fun or to cheer/inspire others with inspirational quotes. I was working on developing stamp sets and promoting those sets - both of which took most of my free time. I felt like my brother gave me this gift and I had moved a way from the purpose of the gift to feed my own ego. I hope that makes sense! I just wanted my doodles to bring me peace and comfort and to offer the same to others when possible. And I need to get back to that. I wanted to have the time to doodle without the pressure of trying to please anyone else.
This weekend is LDS General Conference. I learned to LOVE conference after I started doodling because it helped me stay focused on the talks and listen for the little nuggets of inspiration that were delivered. So I cannot wait to sit and doodle for all four sessions this weekend. In my jammies. ha
And that is my story - hope I didn't bore you too much! I am thinking about finding a way to sell my doodles on etsy or as digital downloads. I want to find a way that others can have access to them if they are interested. Thanks for all of my blog readers support during my Sunny Day Doodles time! I really appreciated it! I'm still designing for Studio Calico and finally have some free time to take daily walks on the beach again! I'm hoping they improve my health - they definitely improve my mental health! Happy weekend friends! Suzy