Global Talent Search {Finalist!!!}

Yesterday I found out some amazingly huge news. Remember this?

Now take a look at my smiling face!

The judges picked me as a finalist in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search! Wow. 

Knowing September 10th was the day of the big reveal, I woke up hoping to get the news right away so I wouldn't have to incessantly check my email all day. There WAS a new blog post from Lilla, but psych! It was just to tell us the finalists would be named later. Ugh!

Thankfully I had an early morning breakfast planned with two of my favorite ladies, so I welcomed the distraction. 

During my lovely breakfast, Lilla revealed the finalists. Seriously, what an amazing post! I loved that she included some of the judges' thoughts on each of our totes. And the summary was extremely thoughtful - giving a bit of insight into what is marketable.

As my shaky doodle above shows, I went through a LOT of emotions when I found out the results - I was stunned; I wept; I couldn't stop talk-talk-talking about it; I paced a lot; I freaked out. When I drew this, my hands were shaking so bad. But all of it was out of sheer excitement! I have to say - yesterday's productivity level was pretty low - it was so hard to focus!

It is still so hard to believe. I never thought I'd make the top 50, much less all the way to the finals! There were SO many fantastic artists in the pool, I can't even imagine how hard it was for the judges to narrow it down.

Now, onto the final round! The challenge was put together by Lilla and Margo Tantau of Midwest CBK - we are to essentially come up with our own line of home decor and/or gift products based off one of four trend boards provided to us. How awesome is that?

I don't have much experience in this category, but I welcome the challenge. I already have some fun ideas brewing and I'm ready to start putting them to paper. And there are five amazing artists joining me in the final - if you get a chance, you should definitely check out the others - Zoe Ingram, Lizzie Mackay, Daniel Roode, Josephine Kimberling and Vesper Stamper!

And - to all of you that voted for me in the People's Choice - THANK YOU! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Seriously. I am so grateful that you took the time to take a look at the semifinalists and cast your vote. I know how easy it is to ignore requests like that, but you didn't. I can't express my appreciation enough!

Just in case you missed the other posts about my journey to the GTS finals, you can find them here and here.

Now, off to do some sketches!!