Well, it’s back to blogging after an extended hiatus. What’re we at, two, three weeks without a new post? Ahh, to return to the halcyon days of the once-every-eight-days updates of Brush and Pail.
Anyway, enough with the apologies and onto to some updates about where I’m at and where we’re at as a company.
So I’m a day removed from New Orleans where we just attended an annual conference with Annie Sloan and fellow stockists to discuss her decorative Chalk Paint®, our businesses, and how we could maximize our potential. I didn’t know what to expect as I am not active on the private Facebook page for stockists (I’m not actually on Facebook at all, but maybe that will change), so while I had heard many names, I didn’t know what these people looked like or much about them at all really. Once there, it was so terrific to meet so many wonderful people with warmth, encouragement, support and sense of camaraderie. I expected to learn a lot, but I completely underestimated how reinvigorating the entire experience would prove to be. I said to Amy on the flight home that I’m totally ready to launch into Maison Decor 2.0. We are such a small company at this point, that in this last year, we’ve just been bearing down and working so hard just to keep up with demand. It’s a great problem to have in business, being too busy, but sometimes it makes it difficult to see the forest through the trees. It was the perfect time to get away and take a week to learn and look hard at what we’re doing, and narrow our focus and really hit the pavement running this coming spring.
While the education in New Orleans was invaluable, that’s not to say that we didn’t have any fun. Lisa Rickert (Queen Bee at Annie Sloan Unfolded, if you’re not familiar) welcomed us to her city and put out a wonderfully generous spread for us day after day, night after night. Annie was as cool and as personable as I had heard, but times a thousand. It’s so damn cool to be a part of this paint, and this company, and to be doing it with my family and knowing that the people at the top have your back just as much as your own flesh and blood. I can’t overstate that enough. I guess it makes sense that such a cool paint would have to sprout from such a cool lady.
That said, I’m admittedly a little slow to hop back into that aforementioned saddle. It’s not that I’m reluctant to, it’s just that I’ve gotta shift gears back into grind mode after a five day stretch that was so jam packed that I truly felt like I was away for a month.
I’ve promised (okay, hollowly promised) it before and now I’ll promise again to blog more. I’m going to try and set deadlines for myself and treat it more as an extension of my job and less as a hobby. The few of you that told me you read and maybe even enjoyed my blog was a true delight. And not because I need compliments. I enjoyed the connection that it provided, and if this blog and this internet are here to connect you to people than you damn well better take advantage.
So this post wasn’t a how-to or a project diary, but just a glimpse into where my head’s at today. I look forward to getting back to work, turning out pieces I’m proud of, and blogging about it. I look forward to taking my store displays up another peg and sharing that with you. And most importantly, I simply look forward to whatever’s ahead. Don’t look back kiddos.
Hey! Here’s some of the pics I snapped in New Orleans.
And the post wouldn’t be complete without a selfy of me and my mom: