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***Flygirl Fridays***

I had the opportunity to take a course called "Flying Lessons" given by a very talented artist - Kelly Rae Roberts. It was an excellent course that covered such topics as letting go of yours fears, going after your true passion, and many other things. One of the best things about the course was, I got meet and learn about a lot of talented artists, all in on different paths, but all working towards making their dreams come true and learning to take flight. Flygirl Fridays is all about these wonderfully talented people and a little bit about them, so you can get to know them as well!

Please join me in welcoming
Stacey Curry!

Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do? Hello everyone!!! I’m Stacey Curry from Star Hitched Wagon. A huge thank you to Violet for allowing me to jabber a bit as this week’s Flygirl! What a huge honor! So a little about me…I am what I consider the Master of Chaos here at Star Hitched Wagon, I am a jewelry designer, potion maker, sales and marketing girl, book-keeper, photographer…you get the picture. I am living the life I have always dreamed about…I am a creative business owner working from my home studio. I am married to my high school sweetheart Steve, we have 3 beautiful children and a chocolate lab. We live in Wyoming about an hour away from the beautiful Big Horn Mountains, where inspiration is abundant!! I also enjoy running and am training for my first full marathon as we speak!! This is my stress reliever, when I’ve hit a wall, or the fear of rejection gets to heavy, or I just have way to many ideas bouncing around in my head I run! I run to get clear, to find my lost focus, to pray, to meditate, to build myself back up!

What is something that you really love, and why? Family!! I’m a family girl!! I am blessed with such an awesome family…my husband who is my high school sweetheart, my three beautiful children, my parents, two sisters, nieces and nephews, my Grandma, lots of aunts and uncles and cousins…AND I married into an awesome family as well. I LOVE our family. They are so much fun, full of so much love and so much support!! They make the world go round!!

What would your dream project be? Right now I would have to say an inspiration collaboration with other artists of many mediums. This is not an original idea of mine, I was totally inspired by a fellow jewelry designer by the name of Erin Prais Hintz. She did a collaboration at her local art gallery, creating multiple pieces of jewelry inspired by many different pieces of art. Ever since she shared this concept with the world I have been dreaming about doing something similar. With all the extremely talented artisans out there it is impossible to not be inspired. The colors, the textures, the themes…I could create an entire line inspired by other artisans. One day I will and I will share it with the world in a beautiful gallery! Hmmmm…now I just need to find a gallery and a few artists to go along with me!

What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received? This is not business related but it is such terrific advice!! My grandparents told me in the early days of marriage to never good to bed mad. It took me a long time to get there and trust me I still go to bed mad, but let’s face it…everyone feels much better when issues are resolved before we go to bed. We all need a good night rest so we can start the day out on the right foot!

Where does your inspiration come from? I will say nature is an unending source of inspiration for me. I love being outdoors, walking, looking, taking it all in. I am amazed at the huge bare tree or one full of big beautiful green leaves. I am equally amazed at the itty bitty snail hiding under a fallen branch. When in this environment my mind is clear. I love running and walking at the local "lake" or "woods", there I am truly at peace, fully aware of my abundant blessings. I can clear out and then let the inspiration come in. I can see a new color combination in the bare brown trees covered with bits of snow, maybe white agate with picture jasper. Or the lake covered with snow, this could mean amazonite and white freshwater pearls. It could be a name - I see a wide open space, it is beautiful and quiet and I feel so calm, this could lead to me adding a "Clearing" or "Reset" or "Anew" to my collection. A beautiful painting with certain colors inspires yet another new color combination. A quote brings press about a feeling which translates into a new named set. A random stranger's outfit inspires a design. Truly with this art, the sky is the limit.

What do you think is the biggest thing holding you back? If I am 100% honest and REAL here I would have to say ME!!! I stand in my own way too often, I have moments of great momentum and then I hit a wall and fall back. I am really working on working through those moments of fear of rejection and of failure. If I don’t try I can never succeed!!

What change do you think would most help your business grow? It is time for me to get organized and committed to taking my business to the next level. This is going to take a lot of hard work, a thick skin so I can present my line to boutiques and galleries, and time and effort connecting with people who value lovingly created goods from a passionate artisan!

What’s the biggest thing that you took with you from Flying Lessons? Flying Lessons was so inspiring, truly made me feel like, “why not?” I really felt like I could do it and that I was worth it. Flying Lessons also brought together an amazing group of cheerleaders, advice givers and friends!! This group of Fly Girls continues to inspires, encourage and move me in the right direction, which is 100% needed and fully appreciated!

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