Many of you may be wondering how I decided upon the name of the company and the logo…so here is the story behind all of it.
My mother’s father, whom I called Papa, gave nicknames to all of his grandchildren. Mine was the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’. This probably stemmed from the fact that I was born and raised in Hawaii (which is in the middle of the Pacific ocean). Whatever his reasoning, I loved when he called me that, it made me feel special and loved. Because of all the positive memories I decided to use that name for my business in order to remind myself to cultivate an atmosphere of love and caring. I keep this feeling in my mind when creating all of my pieces and I hope it gets conveyed to all my wonderful customers as then enjoy my creations.
While trying to decide on a name, I was also thinking of what I wanted the image of the company to look like. I wanted it to be organic and natural looking. I decided that drawing the logo and other patterns myself was the best way to achieve this look. I really like paisley patterns, plaids and polka dots so I set about finding the best combination of these using pastel colors. [As you can see..a 'P' alliteration started appearing, which is one of the reasons I finally decided to use Pearl of the Pacific as the company name and purple as the company color.] I went through many patterns and drawing sessions to finally get something I was happy with. I hope you enjoy the slight whimsicalness of it all and the fun feeling it creates.
Today I finally sat down in my living room to do some crafting for my business…it had been a while. I noticed how important it is to me to create an inviting and inspiring work space. Below is a picture of my space this afternoon (before I made it a huge mess). I made a fire in the fireplace and laid out a blanket (the hardwood floors can get uncomfortable after a while and also beads are less likely to run away when they have to fight the friction of the blanket). I had a lovely afternoon beading and listening to music and got quite a lot done. The cat didn’t even bother me! I encourage you to create a nice crafting space for yourself whether it is at a desk or the dinning room table or a blanket on the floor; having a space to call your own, even for just a few hours, is important.
Another important aspect of creating space is creating space in your life for the arts. This can include a variety of different things from arts and crafts to going to see a musical performance. The arts are a part of our lives and cultures and it would be hazardous to your health to neglect creating space for some form of artistic expression in your life. My suggestion is to make a point to include at least one form of art in your life everyday whether it be dancing, poetry, playing an instrument or even just singing in the shower. The arts nourish our soul…so just as your body needs food, your soul needs art. Well, I will get off my soap box for today. Thanks for listening and please comment below about how you incorporate the arts into your daily life.