Life is messy sometimes. Although you typically see photos of my studio with a clean desk, swept floor and "everything in it's place" facade the truth is that is often not the case. Same with the house in general. Although the dining room may be clean and decorated, you don't see the door closed behind it leading to the guest bedroom with the paper shades (still after a year), dresser with one changed drawer pull, dead plant, and broken frame waiting to be fixed.
Struggling a bit today with the balance of it all. I have so many interests, so many relationships, so many responsibilities pulling me in every direction that I just don't feel like I do anything "well" (sound familiar)?
In having said that, I really began to recognize that my presence on the Mercantile site had been lacking for a few months. In theory, I didn't go anywhere, but I found myself just going through the motions. I was putting together the kits, creating projects - but with less heart than I used to have. But that has changed as of late. . .
You may have already noticed the beginning of some changes (mostly thanks to my wonderful team)! Site cleanup (with more to come), new easy-to-use message board, member benefits, new kits, new finds (consistently) and a new focus on the content of the kits with a more varied presence of the industries coolest companies. We have also introduced videos (with some exciting introductions in the next few months) as well as kits designed by our award winning design team. In the next couple of months you will also see new and exciting exclusives and a new kit structure that will bring more focus back to traditional scrapbookers while continuing to up our offerings of vintage finds and kits for "lifestyle" crafters. I can also tell you that in the past month I have been beating the pavement (and the internet) and have assembled the largest and most unique inventory I have ever had of vintage and antique crafting supplies with a long list of exciting projects planned. I am so excited and I hope you are too! There has NEVER been a better time to be a part of our community. I am thankful for each and every one of you and I promise not to let you down. I hope you come along for the ride!