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Category Archives: Inspiration

Blossoms!

I’ve inherited a parade of flowers in my Virginia Beach yard this summer! Several new ones surprised me this week. I’m taking as many pictures as I can with the hopes of painting a few!

. . . just hope I can keep them alive and coming back next year!

Makers Summit

This post is far past due. . . but I would still like to share my experience. (And life has just been happening too fast for me recently to reflect with posts).

February 2nd Greenville hosted it’s first “Makers Summit” organized by Erin Godbey, Elizabeth Ramos, and Jenny Moroe. This was a waterfall of helpful information in a delightful presentation! I couldn’t have been more thankful that I attended.

I love making art and craft, but am a beginner to marketing and developing a community for my art and inspiration. The Makers Summit gave me courage to think big about my business goals, and showed me very practical steps for achieving them.

our lecture hall was located at Zen

The attendees were able to listen and interact with many experienced individuals. Stephen Fraser, founder of Spoonflower; Kimm Alfonso, manager for etsy community outreach teams, and Grace Kang, president of Retail Recipes gave stories and tips from their personal experiences and expertise.

We were allowed ten-minute personal interviews with three experts in specific areas of art & craft business. I learned about budgeting and taxes. What a good idea to have a separate checking account for my business. I can then tract my expenses easily for tax deduction, and see if I am making any profit! I also talked to one expert about branding and logos. Now . . . it seems obvious that the artist/maker IS the brand! People want to know the thoughts and personality of the maker. That becomes the personality of the brand rather than starting with a  logo or  particular look. One expert talked about approaching shop owners and editors about products! Most gallerists and editors are very busy people. Therefore it is considerate to first approach them with an email introduction and short pitch of the product including a large photo of the product. All of the experts there were good listeners and eager to help direct us.

group discussions let us ask questions of our peers

There was amble time to mingle with fellow artists, designers, and crafters in-between lectures, group discussions, and panels. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch and coffee break.

 

So. . . now it’s time for me to put this into practice! . . . and time for you to plan to attend the next one!

Can fall be more beautiful?

I wish I lived in a tree house during the fall- can’t get enough of creation!

Sewing class

I’ve been in a Thursday evening sewing class at Bernina for the last few months. We learned all kind of stitches that I thought were only possible by hand- amazing! I am still a beginner on the machine- but here are some ah ha! samplers we did in class.

freehand!

freehand!

words

words

and a ruffle- I like the fabric on this one too.

and a ruffle- I like the fabric on this one too.

warm weather rush

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cool morning light

I love the changing of seasons. It is pretty windy, but the sun was shinning this weekend, which makes me want to take part in its happiness. This morning before church, I ran around catching the light.

a mound of furry earth

a mound of furry earth

"mosslings"

"mosslings"

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feathers in a dish

feathers in a dish

lenten roses are shy (I had to get right up under them)

lenten roses are shy (I had to get right up under them)

lambs ear

lambs ear

an early visitor

an early visitor