Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The TST 2010

One year ago this month, I began the TST. I had no idea what an amazing array of artists I would meet nor had I any clue about how deeply I would be inspired. Last year, I created works I'd only ever dreamt about and I watched many, many talented artists create unforgettable works that often sold right away. I plan to celebrate the anniversary of this blog soon. There will be more to come on that.

For now, I wanted to share my thoughts for 2010. You all know the challenges I faced last year which ended with an insane move. The move, my daughter getting sick, the holidays, everything required that I step away from the things I love, including this wonderful place, for a bit. But I am back now and I plan to bring the TST back full force. However, there is one thing you should know.


I'm pregnant :) I think you all know what that means to me. I'm SO thrilled to be able to share now. So, I've been a little more tired than normal but doing well. I am going to change the format of the TST slightly so I have a little more energy.

Each Monday I will continue to do the Imagine/What if series as I know people enjoy that ...I do as well. Then Thursday will be the Thursday Sweet Treat and Friday will be the new theme as normal (although this week the theme will be unveiled on Thursday.) So all of that remains the same. For the days in between I will be sharing thoughts on art and life and sharing more about all of us and new artists. I am not sure what day this piece will appear on - Tuesday or Wednesday - it simply depends on which day I have more energy. I am also trying to get around and read blogs I just find that sometimes I crash and have little energy for anything at all...but I'm working on it.

Soooo, I have a request. If you are having a giveaway, have a new piece to share, or a blog post that you really want others to read, please send me an email and I will share with people. I want to help others to promote their terrific work as much as I can so please feel free to send and share by simply emailing me at

I'm so thrilled to step into 2010 with you. I'm excited for the magical creations we have yet to bring to life and all the stories we have yet to share. I believe that 2010 will be the year of "the Bloom." I think it will be the year when projects bloom into something more, dreams bloom like never before and we find a whole new level on which to create, share and promote one another's work. Here's to a fabulous year ahead!


Marja aka Glass Elements said...

Congratulations!!! Such awesome wonderful crazy good news. 2010 has so much good in store for all of us, I look forward to sharing it w/you!

Natasha said...

Marja!! Thank you soooo much :) You made my day!! I'm sooo looking forward to this year...I honestly feel like it's filled with some magic for us all YAY!!

Trina said...


I am so happy for you! Congratulations. I wish you and your family all the best during this special time.

You are always in my thoughts!

Take care,


Natasha said...

Trina thank you for such a heartfelt message! It means the world.

Marja and Trina - will you be playing in the next theme??

Janie said...

Wooowww! Congrats Natasha! I'm doing the happy dance for you :).

I'm excited for the New Year and all the changes it will bring as well.

Yes, here is to a fabulous year ahead for all!

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

Hi dear Natasha! I am beyond thrilled for you and your family. How exciting for you to be "blooming" both literally and metaphorically. :)

I've so been missing you and the TST, and am eager to see everyone's work again--especially after the break. I know many of us went through some difficult times of late, so this will be a wonderful celebration of what matters so deeply to us as artists.

Thank you, as always, for the amazing community you brought into being here.

jodi said...


I am sooo happy for you and your little family. What wonderful news! Get lots of rest- the whole game plan will change with two. We will follow along whenever you get a chance to post. 2010 will definitely be an incredible year!


Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is such great news. :-)

Kyool. Will try to let you know of goodies I find that might be of interest.

Will you be posting the occasional 100 word challenge as well? Those were a great deal of fun.

Don't know how much I'll be able to be around - July 2011 turned into October 2010, so Mike & I are busy like crazy growing our biz. But will certainly do my best to pop in and cheer - this is a greatly restoring place. :-)

Bright Blessings & Good Fortune! :-)
-Birdy! :>

Natasha said...

Janie! Thank you so much..I'm doing a happy dance too! You are so cute! What a fun year we have ahead!!

Jodi- YAY!! How are you? I'm a little nervous about how it will all change the game plan LOL but I'm SOOO thankful to have this place to play andbthank you for agreeing to follow along and play. I believe many good things are in store all the way around.

Amanda!! I was going to email you and still will to simply check in but how are you?? I miss you the TST would never be the same without you. Thanks for all the happiness ...I want to hear about life and I,too, can't wait to see what will come to life after this break...I'm so excited!

Birdy - So good to hear from you and many thanks! I know you and Mike are building and we will all be cheering alongside. Come play when you can and definitely share whatever you find..BIG year with LOTS of good ahead.

You all just made me cry - good tears. I'm PUMPED! It feels so damn good to be back ;)

giraffelabel said...

yeah!!! congratulations natasha!! that is such great news! a huge smile came across my face when i read that!

also, i am so excited for tst to be back! i can't wait for the new theme!!

Natasha said...

Giraffelabel! Thank you sooo made me smile right now ;) I'm SOO excited to see what you and everyone create YAY! Can't wait to start to play again!!!

Laura Pugh said...

Awww Natasha, that's so great! Congratulations!

I know others will agree with me when I say I appreciate that you will continue to put time and energy in TST. I have always been blown away by what you have been able to accomplish. Thanks so much for providing this fun and inspiring playground!

Natasha said...

Laura you are such a sweetheart..thank you. Playground is the best and my most favorite way to think of this space! Thank YOU for playing and sharing and being here ...we are going to have fun this year.

Also Birdy I realize that I didn't address the word mean like 25 word love story right? Yes I will have those as well I forgot how much fun those were!

aquamaureen said...

Oh Natasha . . how wonder-full to have you back :). And to hear how you are truly blooming! The times I was pregnant were some of the happiest times of my life. I'd see someone holding a baby and think, "Wait . . there is one of THOSE inSIDE me?????"--it never ceased to amaze me that a sweet wonderful mysterious magnificent PERSON was inside me, and that my body was sheltering and nurturing this incredible being.

Please please PLEASE don't overcommit yourself, dear one!!! You are already a wife, and mother to little Doodle, and a glowing/growing artist, and now you are sharing your body (and heart and soul) with yet another Doodlettle--all of those relationships are already works of art that you "play" with daily. I'm overjoyed that TST is back, but pleasepleaseplease only offer all of us as many artistic opportunities as YOU can joyfully and easily handle!!!! I know you have so many big and wonderful ideas, but each one has their season.

I can't speak for the rest of the TSTers, but I'm sure we all want you to be able to play WITH US this year. And if a week comes and we need to skip a theme, or post it a day or two late, can we do that? Maybe let the rhythm of budding and blooming life that is nestled inside you determine the rhythm of TST??

Anyhoo, I hope all these words I've shared end up saying just one thing: I love you!!!

Felicia Kramer said...

Welcome back and CONGRATULATIONS, Natasha -
Can you see how much your return has been anticipated?? But I worry that you will not take as much time as you need to rest ...

I'm looking forward to TST to help me focus a little better - I have been all over the map in the new year!

I'll drop you an email but right now I have to go to the dentist! :)

Yayyyyyy - TST is back!

Natasha said...

Aqua - I LOVED the term "Doodlette" I'm SOOO using that AND I loved the description of life was spot on. I always look at it like a hotel - this Doodlette has a hot tub and room service what could be better than that? LOL!! I want to thank you for ALL tour love and concern - I just adore you. I have had to make some pretty tough decisions as of late to scale priority is this little one and my family. I'm doing everything in my power to take care of me - which you all know is not my best quality - and this baby as well as Doodle and my husband. I've postponed projects indefinitely and changed many things...I promise you if I'm not up to one week or something I will take care of me and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for understanding. I feel so blessed to have you all in my life ...truly its a gift. I need this space, this helps to make me feel alive and I love that. I love you...many thanks!!!!

Felicia!! I was going to drop you an email as well - wait I owe you one I think. I'm crazy...but thank you for your support and love as well. I really will take the time I need I promise!!! I'm so excited to play again ...I want to hear how the TST helps you too..I think it will keep me motivated and creating which I want ...good luck at the dentist!!!!! Theme to come very shortly ;)

Love to everyone!!

Jenjen said...

I'm so happy for you! I'm flipping!
We still have a book to publish, remember!!!
Hugs and kisses:)

Natasha said...

Jenjen - you are so sweet!! Thank you and yes, yes, yes to that book...totally in ...we need to is it coming along?? Where are you with everything? So excited to see your story out there Hugs and more hugs