In reflecting on the evolution of Nutmeg Designs house numbers, I am taken with how they have taken on a life of their own. Stratoz and I started collaborating in the studio with words around 2008. He used his stained glass skills to shape letters that were legible and lovely, and I used my small pieces to create mosaic backgrounds. A friend suggested we make house numbers. One suggestion can make a big difference.
Now my friend is starting her own business, and she wonders what it will be: the idea that creates resonance and draws people in. It is hard in that place of uncertainty, and yet to know then what I know now would’ve scared me too. Our orders for house numbers tripled in the 2nd quarter of 2014, and in 2009 I didn’t have a way to track orders, or clients, or pacing myself, but I do now.
There were two more orders in my inbox this morning. If I get ahead of myself, and focus on my narrative of “how will I get this all done?” then my anxiety rises. But if I go into the studio, and start making, I am fine as I focus on: the beauty of glass, the delight of color, the emerging of a whole from the pieces as I unite them with grout, the happiness of our clients.