Adrian and I went to a vintage market again this weekend. We didn't find a whole lot we were interested in. Except this incredibly large vintage advertisements. They were simple and clean and graphic and I loved them. And they were also upwards of $700. Right. But I fell in love with the idea of a large graphic print for my living room.
And then I thought to myself, "I could do that. And in colors that match my living room."
So I did.
I picked out this Harry Potter quote because it has resonated with me over the past year or so. I haven't kept it much of a secret that our first year of marriage was incredibly difficult for us. Not because of the usual getting accustomed to living together stuff (that part we actually loved), but some outside circumstances that have left a mark on us and have, in part, triggered some anxiety in me, which previously laid quietly sleeping. Learning to make the most of this life and to get a handle on my anxiety has been a battle. Some days have been easier than others.
A year ago at this time, I felt unbearably uninspired. I wrote about it a couple of times on this blog. I had nothing to write about and created very little. And I was unhappy. Adrian worked from noon until ten or eleven or sometimes twelve at night and only had Wednesdays off. And I worked from eight in the morning to four in the afternoon and didn't have Wednesdays off. We hardly saw each other and when we did, we were tired.
Since last July, Adrian's been working 7am to 3:30pm and with rotating days off. With him around, he's become a large part of my creative process. I share my ideas with him and he thinks of how we can make them come alive. He's the logistical realist. And I desperately need a dose of logical realism. Adrian's being home has been the light switch I needed to start creating.
So I've been creating lots. Little projects around the house. Blog designs. Stories. And now, oversized posters. And the best part? The more I create, the more I think of ideas.
And above all, I'm happy. I'm creating and imagining and spray painting and finding inspiration everywhere and I'm truly happy.
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
Also, if you're interested in getting a copy of this print or using the graphic, please e-mail me. And as always, please link with love!