And what better way for me to celebrate its (almost) arrival but with some super bright, cheerful, bumble bee pennies! Just click on any image below to view its listing on Etsy or get to shopping right now!
The Penny rings will be available in a couple days! Bees not your thing? Visit my Etsy shop to view the rest of my inventory!
I found this meme today and it really hit home to me. ”Stay wild, stay amazed, stay awake”. So many times in my handmade career (even before WildFire), I run into a creative road block. My inspiration grinds to a halt and motivation follows closely behind. This article talks about how to break through your creative troubles and criticisms…
But what happens if your lack of motivation sprouts from just plain old boredom?
This is something I deal with on a weekly basis. If you’re like me, sticking to a specific brand, product line, and target audience is a welcomed challenge but can get monotonous at times. You end up making the same kind of product with the same kind of style over and over again. Sometimes your passion slips away without you even knowing it, leaving you suddenly frustrated with your lack of creative ambition.
When you’re excited about what you’re doing, often motivation and creative breakthroughs are more accessible and happen much more often. I don’t have an easy solution for this but there are some things you can do to stay passionate about your work.
- Take a break. I have a hard time following this rule. I am a complete work-a-holic and will keep going just from the necessity of paying my bills. But sometimes, taking a break and hitting that “restart” button will give you time to dream up all kinds of new things.
- Write your ideas down. Even if you’re in the middle of some other project. Even if you think it is a stupid idea. Even if you’re positive you’ll remember it later. Writing things down makes room for more ideas. For me, the more I write, the more ideas I come up with. And, if you’re in the middle of a creative block, coming back to these scribbles later might stir up something new.
- Be patient with yourself. If the epiphany you’re waiting for just isn’t happening try not to get frustrated. Creativity is a process. Just keep opening yourself up to new possibilities and try not to force it.
- Remember why you’re doing all this in the first place. I have a hard time with this one but it seems to work the best for me. I have wanted to make a living with my craft for as long as I can remember. Just recalling this helps me remember how I’m actually achieving my goal as I work. You’re probably making this stuff for a reason, try to go back to a moment where you were excited to do so.
Above all, stay open to your work. Allow new ideas to come and go but embrace them as they do. If you lose touch with that part of yourself, you’re bound to feel like the day to day stuff has lost its magic as well.
I was so pleased to be a part of last Thursday’s Etsy 101 Workshop where we got to learn about the basics of opening a shop, improving your SEO (search engine optimization) within Etsy, and branding your business! It was a full house and there is even talk about having more workshops covering other subjects such as photography and pricing!
I got some incredible tips from Jeannie, the owner of Beadstylin’. She had some great information on how to steer more traffic your way by improving your listing titles, tags, and descriptions. In fact, I’m going to be revamping my shop this weekend with all of what she shared in mind!
Leanne from Prairiesque also walked us through opening your first seller’s account, listing items, and all the ways you can interact with Etsy like with treasuries, forums and more!
And, I got to talk about my favorite thing in the world – branding! I ran through the basics of building a brand and came up with this little worksheet. These questions will help you start brainstorming about what you really want from your business and what your business can do for you. From there you can start defining how you want to brand and market your product.
All in all, I would say the evening was a success and I believe there will be many more to come! Keep an eye out on my event page and Facebook page to stay updated!
I’m getting good at this finally putting my items on Etsy thing! Check out these new pendants available now! Just click on the image for more pictures and info. I’ve listed more than what I can post here so stop by my Etsy shop to see the rest of the new additions!
Last week my friend, Jennifer (of Pink Elephant Embellishments!), and I had a great time participating in our first, real art journaling class! Hosted by Kayann of From Victory Road, we got messy with texture, color, and stamping!
The class was full of welcoming, talented artists that made us feel right at home.
As the creative juices started to flow, people got up and started to play around with all kinds of mediums.
This is what I did!
Follow From Victory Road on Facebook, Etsy, or her blog to keep up with new classes! She is teaching all year long!
Are you an avid blog reader? Do you pride yourself on your collection of online journals? Are you following Prairiesque? If not, YOU SHOULD! The wonderful Leanne, of many amazing things (Prairiesque, Lady Odeda, Sugar Pickle, Ligermilk, and more), is organizing an Etsy 101 Workshop right here in Wichita! The event is completely free and will be full of ideas and tips on starting and maintaining an online Etsy store.
Leanne will share some basic tricks of the trade, Jeannie, from Beadstylin’, will talk about SEO (search engine optimization) because she is VERY good at it, and I (as in me!) will be talking about my favorite thing in the world – Branding.
It is going to be a great time! The event is happening Thursday, February 27th at 7pm and is located at the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church. Click here for more info on the event and to RSVP on Facebook!
My calendar has exploded since the slow first two weeks of January! So many exciting events to go to, so little time! I often sign up for many shows at last minute, but, here is what my next couple months look like so far!
THIS SATURDAY! (February 15th)
Maize Middle School PTO Vendor & Craft Fair - Maize Middle School PTO is hosting a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, February 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the commons. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and raffle drawings!
Sunday, March 2nd (KANSAS CITY)
Holy Cow Market & Music Event! - A weekly SUNDAY event of vintage collectibles, bikes, clothing, art, music, fun & friends. Featuring weekly Crafters/Makers/Artists of all kinds.
Saturday, March 8th
JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) Spring Market – The first show for this great foundation! Come out to support the cause and get a little shopping done as well. More info on the way!
Saturday, April 26th
The Red Barn Outdoor Market – One of the must-see events of the year! An AMAZING day of handmade goodness galore and vintage treasures that will make you swoon!! As always, there will be an amazing soundtrack for the day, thanks to some incredible musicians, and phenomenal food to keep you going from some of our beloved local food trucks!
Not able to make it to these shows? Shop WildFire Accessories online!