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Give Away!

6 January 2010

There are nights when I can’t sleep because the artist in me awakens and I can’t stop the “juices.”  My brain scans through the pictures in my mind, developing new ideas, repurposing random items around the house, and scavenging through the many undeveloped moments of brilliance from years gone by.  I’ve often wondered why I get these surges of creativity – seemingly unpredictable, always all-consuming, and often times exhausting.  I have memories of my mother staying up hour after hour, sewing, sculpting, painting, writing – I never understood it.  Now, here I am – experiencing the same restlessness and absolute commitment to the assiduous pursuit of…of…of…what?  Drink ID Charms (the objects of my intense focus)?!?!? Hardly.

When I take a few steps back, and ask myself, “Why are you doing this???”  I don’t really know.  It’s like my leg.  I have to move my left leg all the time – just from my hip through my thigh…it’s annoying, but I can’t help it.  I can’t sleep until I’ve moved at least 20 times, and quinine doesn’t help (I self-diagnosed myself with restless leg syndrome).  These creative streaks are just like that for me.  I have to create. I have to invent. I have to move, evolve, and explore or I’ll…I’ll…well, I don’t know what I’ll do.  If I were to walk away from the impulse, I’m sure I would just move on to the next thing that needed to be done, but I have a feeling that there would be a constant void…

Who knows.  Does it really matter? I don’t know…what I do know is that if I had even an ounce of business sense, I would be making tons of money off all my ideas.  Why can’t I just have someone walk in the front door and say, “Ok, you keep doing what you’re doing, and I’ll figure out how to make this profitable.”  But, that’s like believing in the tooth fairy (who pays quite well now-a-days I hear!). So for now, I’m just going to keep creating, keep dreaming, and keep on hoping that one day I will inspire MANY!!!!!!

So here’s the deal…I need solid feedback and ideas on how to get the ball rolling to start selling my creations.  If you can give me some attainable suggestions, advice, input or ideas you’ll be entered to win a set of Drink ID tags (you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety that I’m currently working on).  You can either post here or send me an email privately.  The winner will be chosen at random on Friday (using random.org).
TODAY’S HYPER-FOCUSED IDEA
Drink ID Charms

A set of 4

Am I on crack, or are these things totally fun?

So…would anyone buy these? And if so, how do I get them on the market????

I still might be a city girl!

21 November 2009

Wow. What a day.  It’s nearly midnight, and I am just now starting to unwind and begin to process the day.  I hate that I haven’t been taking pictures, but then again, hauling a huge ass camera through Michael’s probably wouldn’t have produced any worthwhile photos anyway! What’s crazy is that I’ve gone two days in a row without cooking more than Ellie Graye’s egg in the morning — I think I’m going through withdrawals!

Of course, this seems to be how I work.  I go through cycles…a few months of constant cooking, followed by a few weeks of intense artistic creativity, followed by a time of organizations, and then a return to the constant cooking!  Hopefully I’ll be able to jump right to the cooking part again, or Thanksgiving is actually going to be frozen mac and cheese with hot dogs!  Hee hee.

I had a good day, despite Boots still being at the Vet Hospital.  I woke happy – in large part because my little Etsy shop is doing decently – and EG seemed to be in the same “groove” as me!  We had a good morning together laughing and giggling.  I love how communicative she is now, and that she actually interacts!

This child has such a unique sense of style…you kinda can’t help but want to imitate it!

After spending the morning with Ellie Graye, I headed out to Michaels pick up some supplies for some of the items I’m creating for Etsy.  I found some perfect items, then headed over to Lake Oswego to meet up with my girls.  Amy, Charlene, and Mona met me at Zeppos for a great lunch and some girl time.  We’re all talkers (Charlene and I more than Amy and Mona, I think), and there was never a dull moment…Charlene brought a wonderfully delicious cake to celebrate my birthday – I think I might need to figure out the recipe: a marionberry – poppy seed cake that was to die for.  Just sitting and hanging out with the three of them made me feel so “at home” here.  Sometimes living out in the countryside can feel pretty isolating, but a quick jaunt to “civilization” reminds me that I’m not alone, and that life is bigger than Deer Park.  Thank you guys for being such wonderfully supportive beautiful girlfriends!

Both Amy and Charlene gave me beautiful flower bulbs…

There’s the adorable hat that Mona’s daughter Mia picked out for me!
I guess my friends know me pretty darn well!

We spent a whole lot of time chatting at the restaurant, and before I knew it, it was 2:45 in the afternoon!  HOLY CRAP! I had 4 orders that needed to be finished and packed up – AND I had to pick Jeffrey up from the airport!  We said good-bye and headed our separate ways. I’m still waiting for them to send me photos since I forgot my point-and-shoot at home…ladies???
Once I got home, I headed down to my crafts room in the basement.  Ellie Graye was with Lorena, and she was happy to be have someone at her beck and call entertaining her!  My cousin Sarah had requested that I put together a package for her to take as a hostess gift on Thanksgiving.  She had a few requests – one of which was vodkas – so I quickly put together several of my homemade edibles, but it was missing something…wine glass charms – but something unique…stemless wine glass charms.


The set of 4
Once these were implemented, I finished the rest of the package.  I forgot to take a photo before I boxed the whole thing up for shipping, but there wasn’t much difference – simply cello wrap and a big Thanksgiving bow!
It’s a Welcome Wagon!

A close up…
Jeffrey came home tonight – and I was thrilled to see him.  EG was so excited once she realized we were heading to the airport.  She kept signing “airplane” and saying “DaDa!!!!”  It really was sweet to see.  What a doll face.  
So – all in all – a busy, productive, fun day…one that almost made me think I was back to being a city girl — now wouldn’t that be something!  
P.S. Don’t forget to go get some shopping done over at Deer Park Farms’ store – and more importantly, spread the word!