January 19, 2011

Following your dreams...

This post has been on my mind for sometime,
I finally feel I am ready to share...

Design has always been an important part of who I am.  Even when I was very little I  was particular about colors that I liked, my clothes, my surroundings and always fascinated with the tiniest details.  I used to look at the Sears catalog just to see the bedding or anything home decor, not as interested in the toy section.  I was always decorating and re-decorating my room...often, or happy to help a friend with hers.  I wanted to learn to sew, paint, draw...really, anything artistic.

   As a child If you were to ask me "what I wanted to be when I grow up?"...I know it wasn't the usual reply of a girl my age... a mom (I now am blessed with 5 amazing kids!), a teacher (even though there was a moment I wanted to do that...just to write on the chalkboard) ;) or even a nurse/dr.  No...my dream was to be a designer.

From the moment I could  take art class at school, I did.  I took art all the way from 7th grade to my senior year.  It was my favorite class.  A time to create, to be able to get lost in ideas that were yearning to be expressed.... my inner voice could finally be heard.  It always felt magical...

  I am the happiest when I am creating.  The older I have gotten, the more confident I have learned to believe in... me.  Sometimes as an artist that can be hard to do...always that little voice saying, " maybe it's not good enough "...

  Back in 2008 the idea became so clear to me...I needed to finally take the steps to make my dream come true..to be a designer.  That is where "Whimsy by Victoria" came about.  I love something a little unexpected or unique in design.  Whimsy, just seemed to fit me.  I was excited and ready to go full speed ahead...then I hit a speed bump.  
  About the same time,the Air Force decided to move us, unexpectedly.  Now  my thoughts had to focus on our move...plans put on hold.  Once again we were planting new roots in another home,  another state, new schools...what we call our normal life being in the military.

  So, for the last couple of years, I have put off opening my Etsy, and really diving into my dream of what could be.  I have had to focus on the move, now remodeling (even though I enjoy that aspect...it can be draining) and at one point....just having no energy and feeling uninspired.  In fact that really sums up my last year.

 Luckily, just like with any creative block...it does eventually go away. Happy to say,  Inspiration has found me again. Just as a new year is here, I feel re-energized with a new zest of ideas, looking forward to the future and the doors I see opening...finally ready!

Ready to follow my dreams!  I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I am excited to get lost in designing and let the creativity flow!  I know, this is my year.  The year to make my dream  a reality and let my inner voice be heard.  

I will be working away over the next several months on my new design line...so many ideas coming to life.  I will be sharing more on my ventures as things get closer....

I wanted to share something else with you all, someone very special to me..my niece.  Sarah writes, plays the guitar and sings her own music...so talented!! She is a perfect example of realizing who she is and following her dreams as well!   

Oh, before I go...I hope your liking my new makeover here.
A New Year called for a fresh, new look!

The question I leave with you...
"Is this the year to follow your dreams?"

I am linking this post with Sarah@Beach Cottage...design is my inspiration!

Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays

Hugs and love friends!


  1. You are an inspiration, Victoria! I can't wait to see your dream come to fruition this year.
    And your niece is pretty incredible!

  2. Wow! I was the same way when I was a little girl, I would take shoe boxes and design rooms inside and I would cut on catalogs and make fabulous collages...follow your dreams girl, remember to let God help you with the pace! I think you are super talented! So nice to have found you!

  3. I love the new look Victoria, and as I read along, I felt as though I were reading about myself...I think we are so much alike. I can't wait to see where your dreams and inspiration takes you. Hugs sweet friend. Carrie

  4. Oh Victoria! This post just speaks right to my heart! What an inpsiration you are!!!

    I, too, have set out a journey for myself this year. I feel this is going to be my year to make me a better me, and to follow my dreams I have put on hold for too long! I will be bookmarking your post and re-reading it form time to time! xoxo

  5. I love the new look! and the photo's are beautiful!

  6. Can't wait to be inspired by you friend! Love your work and creativity!

  7. Simply stunning, as usual Victoria!! Your style, your creativity, and even your struggle are very inspirational. You may inspire me to get back on my creative horse this year!! Thank you for being you, and for sharing!!

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  9. Victoria, I am so excited to hear this news and will be awaiting your Spring line!!

    This is what you were meant to do!

    Lou Cinda

  10. Yes!! 100% yes...this is the year!!

  11. Hi Victoria! That is so amazing with your neice...it's a fear of mine to play for others...but I'm hoping to overcome that fear this year!

    Your blog looks fantastic!!!! and this post is EXACTLY what was on my mind today as well...except I didn't take much art in school - but have always felt best when creating something (did you know I have five kids too?? but I am expecting number six)

    have a great night-
    Anne Marie

  12. i am so happy for you victoria! you are an amazing woman and wish you all the best on this new chapter! hugs, susan

  13. Found your blog via Miss Mustard Seed.
    My blog has recently been about following dreams and not letting fear stop me. I am also working on my etsy shop and am looking forward to officially opening it.

  14. Well done and well said Victoria and congrats on finding your way to release the whimsy.

    Just the sort of positive attitude Sarah at the Beach Cottage likes to share.

  15. I absolutely love your new blog look! I think you are such an inspiration to so many people. You are AMAZING, and I am proud to call you my friend.
    Lots of love,

  16. Oh, I wish you well!

    I'm having many of the same thoughts and ideas....

    Here is to both of us having a great year and accomplishing what we set out to do.

    And more!

  17. I was just coming by to see what you have been up to and came upon this post.
    WOW, you and I are so much alike. I'm so excited for you and can't wait to support your dreams!

  18. Hi Victoria-

    Your life sounds just like mine from an early age on. I also married into the military - a naval officer and we moved way too many times, but all the moves is how I learned that I could decorate any style home on a budget. It is one of the factors that got me thinking that I could write a decorating book. So try to look on the bright side - lots of new spaces to come up with ideas for. I may have to move again soon myself.
    Your note about enjoying my book for so many years made my day. It was a long time ago, but such a big part of my life. You have put a smile upon my face with your sweet and thoughtful note. Thank you so much.
    Your photos are beautiful - so clear and vivid. What kind of camera and lens do you use?
    My best- Diane

  19. Thank you Victoria for featuring me and my French buffet it was lovely of you and I am honored to be in your good company!


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