Drop by Drop is the personal project of J.M. Carlton. It’s a space that serves as a reminder to carve out the time to pursue passion, Drop by Drop, because it’s in this pursuit that we learn about ourselves, that we find our joy, that we truly make a difference, and set an example for others to do the same.
It’s a space that serves as a reminder that all great things are created drop by drop. No magic pill exists. True success and joy flow drop by drop through dedication, discipline, and expertise in your craft, whatever that craft may be.
Inspiration for Drop by Drop
The inspiration for Drop by Drop came from one of the many sayings J.M.’s grandmother Lottie used to say. Born in 1901, Lottie was a feral feminist and an avid painter, driftwood carver, and inventor. Her most famous work was a tapestry named “Peacefull Valley.” (Yes, she spelled peaceful with two L’s.) Lottie spent over 25 years creating the folk art tapestry that consisted of thousands upon thousands of French knots, depicting a forest filled with creatures, a log cabin and a long winding creek. The tapestry was displayed in an exhibition in 1975 through the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (page 175, Peacefull Valley, Lottie Fundulis).
Lottie led a colorful, bold life, traveling from Missouri to California by train with her two young daughters, in 1929. In the middle of the Great Depression, she cleaned houses to put food on the table—beans and oatmeal. After work, she’d read people’s fortunes through tea leaves or a plain deck of cards, and share her pearls of wisdom.
One of her favorite sayings “Drop by Drop will wash a mountain away,” stuck with J.M. long after she died. But Drop by Drop has a dual meaning and can be seen in both a positive and negative light. When you think about the words Drop by Drop in terms of life, that’s pretty much how life plays out. Drop by Drop we grow into adulthood. Drop by Drop we make choices that determine how our life moves forward. Drop by Drop change happens, healing happens and life happens. Drop by Drop great things are made. And Drop by Drop, the choices we make, the paths we follow, the life we create is all ours.
“Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does.” —William James.
About J.M. Carlton
J.M. Carlton, a Northern California native, spends her days working as a product designer and copywriter alongside her husband, a German photographer and product designer. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her three children and a gray tabby (tiger) cat named Theodore Roosevelt. She continues to fantasize about moving back to the East Coast, or maybe Santa Fe, or maybe Sweden—it’s part of her five year plan.“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” — Augustine of Hippo