Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Achievement Unlocked

I set three goals for my mid-Jan to mid-Feb crafting plans. Goal #1: Achiement Unlocked! I now have a few of my hair clips up on my etsy shop. *whew*

One of the five clips I've added to my etsy shop this week
Next up: Making more (new) floral hair clips and finishing the card-weaving piece currently on the loom.

Thanks for being such a supportive audience of friends. You all of one of the reasons I've had the motivation to achieve some of my goals. You really mean a lot to me.

P.S. A special thank you to Lora, for being such a wonderful hair stylist. I just love how the purple and red stripes in my hair look in the photos. It made taking these photos just that much more fun!

P.P.S. If you are a Crafter type person and you are on Google+ AND you'd like to be part of our little Crafts Support circle, drop me a line on Google+.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Getting the Motivation Going

Working on the Shop - For several months, I'd been thinking about an artistic goal to work on my etsy shop and the photos of my floral hair clips. Last night I finally got back to the camera and the computer. Here's a bit of a sneak peek of the flowers I will be posting to my shop. Sneak Peek: New Flowers for the Shop
I still need to finish editing the descriptive text and make certain all the little details are in place, but these should be online this evening.

I've been really impressed with several friends who've been working on updating their etsy shops, which was just the push I needed to get my edits done. I'd forgotten how involved these catalog listings can be, which must be why I'd set them aside for a while. And although I've been doing well selling the hair clips at haflas (dance parties) and workshops, I'd been slightly embarassed at my empty shop.

Community Support - Additional motivators have been coming via Google+ discussions and Twitter posts. It might be just that everyone is still in "New Year's Resolutions" mode, but I love having friends who have their own crafts and sales efforts. They inspire me to do my best, too. Some of my favorite crafters include Rain (etsy and twitter), Lynn (etsy and twitter), and Blume (etsy and twitter). It is important to me that I keep my own voice, my own designs, my own style. But it's hard not to be inspired by the creativity of my friends, and hear a voice in my head that says, "Oh! I should do that! That's awesome!" I'm not really in danger of copying (read: stealing) creative ideas from any of my friends, but wow, these are some talented ladies. I want to grow up and "be just like them." Only, just like me. *beaming grin*

So, by way of this post, allow me to just thank these artists (among many), for inspiring me to be my best again. Thanks for being excellent.