Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Committing to an Art/Craft Show...

Well I have finally made a commitment.  A friend of mine asked if I would sell my picture frames at a craft show/fundraiser that her daughter's school is hosting.  I took the plunge and signed a vendor agreement form.  Now I just have to start making lots of frames by November 19th...  

I have three frames completed - looks like I have my work cut out for me!  I am still not as familiar with copyright laws as I would like to be, so for this show I am sticking to biblical quotes and my own verses. (Not sure but would quoting someone like Henry David Thoreau violate copyright law?)

It is very wet and rainy here in Ohio this week, so it's a good time for me to just kind of hibernate at home and start creating.  I just have to remember to keep a balance and I'll be okay.  How do all of you creative types keep balance in your lives?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Getting ready for the cooler wheather...

Now that the weather is getting cooler (it got down to 48 degrees last night), the cats have decided to stay inside more often.  This also means I have more studio assistants trying to help with my projects!  This is Brother, here he has decided to plop himself down right in the middle of my tissue 
paper mess.

One last picture of summer, this is Alexa at a friends cottage in early August.  The sun was starting to set and  was so bright on the water I couldn't resist getting a picture of her in the shadows.

For me the fall season means a couple of things;  setting some serious goals regarding my art making (the Etsy shop is almost ready), and getting ready to make a couple of Halloween costumes.  This year it's going to be a ballerina bear (not sure how I'm going to pull this one off yet) and a Halloween Sparkle Fairy.  What does fall mean to you?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Trying To Get Into a Creating Groove...

Wow! I really don't know where the time is going.  I thought that once school started I would fall right into a schedule...ha!  I have started to put together my Etsy shop, however, learning the technology is going to take me a few days.  It's not that it's really hard to put the shop online -it's just learning the most efficient ways to do things, remembering to tag this, link to that, and I really don't have a good grasp on HTML.  But I'm getting there:)

I have been playing around with some broken slate pieces and collage.  They are the perfect size for magnets and I have an almost unlimited access to them.  They are fun to do and I enjoy making them, now if I can just get a handle on creating the Etsy page.

I do have a question though for all of you successful, prolific creators;  how do you set aside the time for your art and stick with it?  For example, when the girls started back to school this year I decided that Tuesdays and Thursdays would be my art making days.  This worked well for the first week, but by week two I had school stuff to do on both Tuesday and Thursday.  Also - how do I not feel guilty for working on my art when I have to pass the dirty clothes pile several times a day?  I know - I shouldn't feel guilty but I do. So that is my question for the week - how do you make time for your art and not feel guilty about it?  I hope everyone has a wonderful week.