Happy Monday – Beginning again…

Making some butterflies that I can hang in my craft room for spring and creating cards from old watercolored pieces.

Hello and happy Monday. Oh and happy Pi Day. It’s been a minute but I am here now. I am constantly learning more about myself as time passes on. I am learning to let go of the discomfort caused by my creative ‘ebb and flow’. I don’t know why I put so much pressure on myself. Or actually, that is a lie, I know that I am both inspired and shamed when I see other creatives on social media moving along with their creative endeavors. I see them on social media and I start to think, something must be wrong with me when I take such long breaks from creating.

I put my Etsy shop on holiday mode since Christmas break with the intention of reopening it in mid-January. Fast-forward to March and it’s still on holiday mode. I found myself putting off re-opening until I have new products. Creating another barrier for myself.

So today I decided to reopen with my current products and ease back into production. I want to share my successes and struggles with you all to keep things real. Too often we only see the successes on social media and that creates a false sense of perfection. But I am learning that I will naturally have creative bursts that ebb and flow throughout the year. For example, school vacation for my kids typically means I am going to spend more time with my loved ones and that’s ok. The beauty of being my own boss is that I am supposed to have that kind of flexibility. As we approach the gardening prep season, I know I will be spending more time in the garden than at my craft table, and guess what? That’s ok! I only hope you will continue to ride with me on my journey

So here I am beginning again…

Happy New Year, I’m back!

Sunsets in the winter are the absolute best!

Well hello, stranger! I can’t believe it has been about 7 weeks since we connected. We must get reacquainted indeed. Ha, I’m being silly. I realized right before Thanksgiving break that I needed to slow down. In the past, I would have ignored the feeling and plowed forward. But I am learning to take better care of myself. What better time to renew that vow to take care of myself than the new year. I feel like I have two times a year that I feel like a fresh start, one is January 1 and the other is on April 1 about a week after the first day of spring.

So I decided in December to put my Etsy shop on vacation mode to regroup. Crazy you might say because that is when most Etsy shops increase their sales. But I felt burnout on the way and decided I missed the window of holiday inventory so why not take time off? So I did and guess what? The world didn’t come to an end and I managed to have a lovely holiday with family. My plan is to re-open towards the end of this month.

I opened with a photo of a winter sunset I took a few days ago. I had my husband take the photo and nearly had an accident taking in that beauty. The photo never captures what the eyes see and believe me it was truly spectacular. The fuschia and the splotchy presentation of purple hues were so gorgeous. I thought it was a watercolor painting. The first thing I thought was how lucky we were out at just the right time to see this magnificent event. The second thought was, what Copic colors would blend to recreate that sunset? Yup, crazy crafty brain took right over.

I will be back with my Christmas haul and I will also share my coloring goals for 2022 (yup, I do that!).

I hope you all had a safe and lovely break and feel free to leave a comment to say hello if you are so inclined. I am slowly getting back to work and re-acquainting myself with my work schedule but I will resume my regular posting so do stop by often.

Be well,

Christmas Sentiments for Cardmaking

Hello and Happy Monday! I’ve been away for the holidays and didn’t schedule any posts so I apologize for the silence. I had a lovely time with my family and ate more than my fair share of food. But then again, that holiday pretty much endorses overconsumption. 😉

The winter holidays are fast approaching and I have managed to miss the deadline for creating products geared specifically for the holidays for my shop. Since re-opening my Etsy shop in April, I had thought about the timeline I would need to keep to meet the winter holiday selling opportunities. However, as a one-person enterprise, I wear many hats while having a family that always keeps me happy and preoccupied so I missed that window. I would have had to have my holiday merch up by end of October at the latest. So some hard truths had to be told and I had to pivot. I will spend the winter months making products but this time, I will include batches of holiday products for next year. Because I have to tell you, I don’t like to work on winter products in the warm months. It’s just me, I like to work the season. But the retail schedule says otherwise and so I find myself in this predicament.

All that said, I will be including some of the winter products I will be working on for next year in my updates as well as the less seasonal products. Today I did some mass production work stamping Christmas sentiments and then die cutting them. So they are ready to go for any cards I make. I love doing this because it helps to streamline the cardmaking process and that is something I am constantly seeking. Plus I love seeing them all laid out on my table. It makes me happy!

I absolutely adore the mix of fonts used for these sentiments. I look forward to creating the cards that can accompany these beauties.

Have a lovely Monday!

Good Morning Monday – More coloring

Ok, so it isn’t exactly morning. I had a few things to do this morning so I didn’t get a chance to write and push this post live until now. Let’s pretend that it’s still morning! I had a really nice visit with my sister this weekend and I managed to complete two coloring pages while crafting with some of my girlfriends on Saturday.

The first one is from that color by number book, Christmas by Creative Haven. The artist is George Toufexis and this will not be the last of his books I buy. I really enjoy the carefree coloring when the colors are all selected for me and the images are beautiful. It was quite relaxing.

By the way, I am listening to Christmas music while I type (don’t tell my youngest son!). That music really lifts my spirits. My youngest says I should wait until after Thanksgiving, but I usually cave before then.

The second coloring page is from Debbie Macomber’s Very Merry Christmas Coloring book. I used a lot of different mediums for this page. I used my Inktense watercolor pencils, Prismacolor Pencils, SparklePop silver glitter pen, and clear Wink of Stella for the snow. It was so much fun working on this page. I am definitely going to work on this one again.

I took a close-up so maybe you can see the Wink of Stella I used on the snow. It shimmers so pretty.

Have a lovely day friends!

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