Spring Green Jewelry!

A new design is available in my Etsy shop!  The Spring Green with Polka Dots and Leaves pennies are bright and cheerful and here just in time for spring!  Click on any of the images below for more pictures and info.

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Looking for a  unique gift for Easter? Mother’s Day? Or some other special occasion?  Contact me to learn about custom orders!

 

Staying passionate about your work…

616bf435bc89b1d72eede71b9ffd5b8dI 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

The Etsy 101 Workshop was a success!

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!

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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!