Artistic Creatives Getting Ready for the Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Season – Part III

Artistic Creatives Getting Ready for the Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Season – Part III

OBJECTS AND ODDITIES

Objectsandoddities is my store on Etsy and I love this time of year getting ready for the gift giving season. I also make small art boxes that are really great for Halloween and Christmastime. Some years I also make Holiday Ornaments for the tree. Please not only check out my shop but the Creatives I have highlighted for your shopping needs!

Handmade Necklace by https://www.etsy.com/shop/Objectsandoddities
Handmade Necklace Objectsandoddities    (coming soon)

 

Kim Ringenbach live in Alabama and is the owner of Heirloom Candles

 

Kim Ringenbach Handcrafted Harvest Candle
Kim Ringenbach Handcrafted Harvest Candle

Kim says that “I love all of the fall holidays.” My favorite would have to be Halloween! “Thanksgiving is fun because of all the food and joy of cooking things we only eat once or twice a year. Our family is very small so it usually isn’t a big deal.” The only goals Kim is preparing my fall/winter candles she needs to have listed for sale by the first of August. She is usually tired of the Summer heat and the fall scents make her a little happier and calm for the Season to come. 

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Mary O’Malley CountryCutieBagDolls looks at Fall as the beginning of the year. She loves Fall in the Northeast as all the leaves change colors. Also at the end of September, she and her husband fo on a vacation together. She loves Pumpkins, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

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Marilu O’Malley CountryCutieBagDolls

Mary loves spending time with all of her family and says she has a huge family. She loves Fun-Days spending time with family.  Mary has been creating her design for a number of years at craft shows and has actually copyrighted her design doll back in 1995 under the official name became Country Cutie Bag Dispenser ©). She uses  floral designs, homespun, and solid fabrics to make the dresses and other items of adornment for these very pretty useful dolls!

 

Nadine Lorgeoux Jalem lives in Florida now. For Nadine’s shop on Etsy Shop Love2quilt and her tagline for her shop is Handmade Textiles Gifts & Home decor. She starts designing and creating for Fall and Halloween Decor items as early as July. She creates new items for Halloween and Fall home decor in July. For Christmas Decor items, Nadine starts designing for Christmas and creating Christmas items in August so she is able to get them listed on Etsy early enough for her customers.

Nadine Lorgeoux Jalem Love2quilt
Nadine Lorgeoux Jalem Love2quilt

 

 

This week she is creating and stitching Holidays/Christmas themed items, she may make some changes to what she is doing and make small gifts for any occasion to list in her shop to give more variation. She may find she needs to go to the supplies store and pick up new blades for her rotary cutting tool or get new ribbons. Nadine stated that “We have been living in different countries for a long time and now settle down  in the States  but traveling to France regularly to visit family.” 

 

Coming Soon to the Blog

Joanna Bartoszewicz of Painted with Buttons Tagline is High-Quality Button Art and Giclee Art Prints.  She makes beautiful art with Buttons and adorned with Swarovski Rhinestone Crystals. She gives you a range of prices for her Bespoke Art.

Joanna Bartoszewicz of Painted with Buttons
Joanna Bartoszewicz of Painted with Buttons

Joanna stated that she is Polish by birth. Many people from Poland find Autumn as a more of a solemn time of the year with the main holiday being All Saints Day when they honor their dead. I relate to people who look toward the Tradition of honoring those people who have come before us. Living in Texas and looking at the wonderful history of the Mexican people who celebrate Day of the Dead of Día de Muertos  (some call the Holiday Día de Los Muertos) and my own Irish Catholic background whose family would also look to All Souls Day and the deep abiding of those who came before us. I make small art that honors how I feel about Day of the Dead remembrances and celebrations.

Joanna also said that living in the United States, she and her family celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving Holidays. Joanna stated that Fall is her favorite time of the year, she loves the changing leaf colors, the cooler temperatures and the feelings she gets with Winter coming.

Joanna is a collector of vintage Buttons and now only has the shop Painted with Buttons but she and her husband own a Jewelry Supply shop on Etsy too called OnestopJewelrySupply.

Joanna’s story is like many Creative’s need to collect beautiful items. Her art came to life from the need to control the never stopping flow of vintage buttons, findings, and all things sparkly. Since Joanna was a little girl she has been collecting beads, buttons and old jewelry pieces. She fell in love with Czech beads and buttons. She needs to control some of her space being taken over by all the items. Out of that need grew a Supply Store and her art. Joanna said that when people purchase my button art, they don’t only receive a beautifully created art, but also a piece of history, as each of my art pieces contains several of gorgeous buttons from my personal collection. Each piece also includes Swarovski rhinestones that add beautiful sparkle and elegance to each piece. I love her Art and I know you will also! Be sure to click on the photograph which will take you to her shop!

Thank you so much for reading these crazy fast blogs. I am going to slow down a little as I need to make my own Autumn, Fall, Halloween and eeekkkk Christmas items. Are you making items, if so tell me what in the comments! I am really excited to get busy creating again.

Happy Fall

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Artistic Creatives Getting Ready for the Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Season – Part II

Artistic Creatives Getting Ready for the Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Season – Part II

I have been writing about Sellers on Etsy.com which is teaming with Creative people who make items with their own hands and their own designs! I have the unique experience collaboration with so many of these sellers by being a member of the Joyful Entrepreneur and Flourish. I am able to see so many other artists and creative  business owners. I am honored to be among all these talented people!

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Vintage Postcard

I have been interviewing Creative Artists about how they get ready for the Autumn Season in preparation for Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving (and really, the Christmas Season). There is a lot of work that goes into getting ready for the Holidays when you own your own business. Creative Artists usually are a “one person  show,” designing and making the creations for you.

Amanda Hollis shop SewBlondeStudio and her tagline is “Handmade things with a farmhouse style!” She loves making handmade farmhouse chic items that have a classy sophisticated, and modern rustic feel! She is living in Historic Tennessee. Amanda says “I am getting ready for the fall season, especially Thanksgiving, by thinking about what I love most about that holiday and time of year in general – family, togetherness, beautiful colors, and, of course, food!” Amanda finds getting together with family and the holiday season really assists her in designing and her inspiration for the Fall Signs she has in her shop. Personal tradition for her and family is to have a Traditional Family dinner at her parent’s home. When dinner is finished, she and her sisters scour the sales ads for any “must have sales.”  sting-pumpkin-by-amanda-2

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Amanda Hollis’ Art Work

Carlin Donart lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Carlin’s shop LoveAcrossTheMiles. She is the owner and sole creative for her shop. Carlin Donart’s tagline for her shop is “Making long distance [relationships] happier, one step at a time. With all the news about the flooding in Louisiana, we wish her well as well as all the Louisianians well and really good positive thoughts for the safety of people affected by the flooding.

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Carlin is not only a Creative but she is also an Engineer (immediately my social work “hat” goes on… Carlin is able to use the right and left sides of her brain… Oh my, she has really balanced brain function, I have a little brain envy [not in a negative way] as I know she is much more organized than my spazzy creative brain).  

Carlin’s shop is geared toward persons who are involved in long distance relationships. You are able to tell Carlin has thought hard about “long distance relationships.” She notes that the definition for her in long distance is best friends who attend different colleges or universities or best friends who graduate college and go off to first jobs that are across the country, to our nation’s military, one deployed and the other in the US or young couples separated by a distance in miles only for the time being. Carlin has been able to make the leap  and connection that many businesses do not make early on, that you need to make an experience between yourself (the creative) and your buyer or customer. Carlin has tapped into that notion very well.

Carlin believes in having her seasonal items up early in the year for her shop. She had her significant other (boyfriend) in mind when she made some of her items. “The fall-themed wooden sign is my favorite piece of decor I have, and I can’t wait for the weather to cool down to hang it up!” Currently, Carlin is working on a Thanksgiving sign and a Halloween sign, so she is focusing on the general season coming up. Carlin enjoys Fall for football season, time with her family and friends, NFL games and her younger siblings. Carlin’s younger siblings will often paint with her while she visits home.  

Marybeth Mullen of Beastiebabies is Ready for Pumpkin Seasons — just look at this Baby Bib with Pumpkins all over it!  It gives Joy just looking at it!

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Marybeth Mullen lives in a historic town Oregon, Ohio and the town is near Lake Erie. Marybeth says that her favorite time of year is the fall. Marybeth says that her items are “unique and made with plenty of love.” She actually begins to get ready for Fall in July (like many of the supply stores will begin to show Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving even Christmas items in July)!  As buyers, many of us want to be ready for the “best Season of the year so it is great these sellers are ready for you!  She says “hooray,” for Fall!” Marybeth will have items available for you for the upcoming season and she welcomes custom items. 

Marybeth says that she loves picking out all the fabrics for Fall and loves making bibs for babies and little girl skirts. She designs new bibs for Halloween, Fall Harvest and a designs a new Thanksgivings skirt each year. Marybeth has customers who return each year to purchase the “new annual designed skirt,” for their girls. Marybeth will also complete custom children’s clothing. Do go to her shop and send her an Etsy Conversation.

Fall is also the time of year when Marybeth has her traditional vacation “up north.” She meets with good friends, goes shopping, eats good food and enjoys plenty of fun kayaking on the river. Marybeth also enjoys fishing with friends. She says that the fall colors are the best this time of year and is her favorite. Fall colors are her favorites and she leaves the colors up year round. It does not matter to Marybeth that they are pumpkins and leaves. She loves them! Marybeth also loves to get new fabrics! I

It was wonderful to get know to each of these sellers more personally. We all are in a group together and I love knowing them better than before.

Coming Soon to the Blog-Autumn

I have more Etsy Sellers and other handmade / handcrafted sellers coming up. I do hope you will share with your friends and let me know if you would like a feature!

You will see next Nadine Lorgeoux Jalem  who lives in FloridaKim Ringenbach who lives in Alabama and  Marilu O’Malley of CountryCuteBagDolls.  I am also waiting on a couple others to get back with me answering my questions~  I really hope you will join us. If you are an Etsy Seller and would like a showcase –please write me and we can figure it out~

Nike Bottalico
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Creatives Getting Ready for the Autumn Season

Creatives Getting Ready for the Autumn Season

What are you doing to get ready for Fall?  Have your children all gone back to school? Do you have specific ways you prepare for the Holiday Season that is just coming around the corner?  I have contacted and curated a number of different Etsy Sellers that I will feature together in the Blog so you see some beautiful Fall, Autumn and Halloween.

As it nears to Christmas, and time goes ticking by, I will be preparing several different blogs leading up to the Christmas Season.  Some if this is a nod to how we all feel when we go into Michael’s right after July 4th and see OHMYgoodness…. Have you been to Michaels recently? They have Halloween out –right??!!

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Halloween Pumpkin

Well, I am going to blog about some wonderful creatives who are able to make you gifts that are handcrafted for the Holiday Season! Well, you can shop in your jammies and get it delivered no fuss, no muss! What better way to support small business and handcrafted or handmade (whatever you call it) items and give a gift made by a person who really cares about their customers.

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As a blogger, it is my intention is to show you worthwhile information and to entertain you a bit. I am a Mom, a grandmother, a small business owner and creative maker, and most of all I am deep down I have an old artist soul. Also, I care about what I create and what I share with you on the blog.

Becca Valenti of CustomCraftCorner16  makes many forms of crafts including glass etching, hair bows, headbands, tutus, vinyl, and more! She loves to create and makes many types of handmade items! Fall to Becca Valenti, means the changing seasons, beautiful colors, upcoming holidays and fun with her family. She stated that “Tis’ the season for pumpkin spice and therefore my favorite season!” Becca believes the season is a time to give thanks for everything. She and her family have been given a lot in life to be thankful for. I have featured  a really cute Fall, or Halloween baby item, perfect for a gift or a baby shower!

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                Cutest Little Pumpkin in the Patch

 

My next Creative Ashley Kajewski of OLilMissSparklesO   and she has another item that is great for a dress-up party or perfect for Halloween. This item is based off of the Grimms Fairytale “Rapunzel” that was first published in 1812. A lot of little girls would love this costume (or any in her shop). I remember when my daughter was young she wanted to live in her tutus or dress-up clothes for everyday wear. Let Ashley be your creative director for your child’s fall dress up wear, Halloween or even a Renaissance Faire. The Texas Renaissance Festival runs from October 8, 2016- November 27, 2016. Costumes from Etsy Sellers will be perfect for you and for you family! This is Ashley’s Handmade Crocheted and sewn Rapunzel Tutu Dress.-1

                                                                                                                       

My next handcrafted designer is Ashley Roberts of AshleyRCreations. She lives in Oklahoma with her family. Ashley creates custom reclaimed wood home decor & nursery decor.woodland-closet-hanger

                                                                                

Ashley gets ready for the Fall holidays by buying everything pumpkin! She gets in the “Fall frame of mind” by getting Pumpkins~Here we are “in mid-August and she has already baked pumpkin bread and cookies with her oldest son.” She also loves the aromas of pumpkins or Fall scented candles while she is creating her products. Ashley believes the aromas help her productivity and keeps her Joyful while she works. 

Ashley gets ready for the Fall holidays by buying everything pumpkin She states “it gets me in the fall frame of mind.” Here we are in mid-August and she has baked pumpkin bread and cookies with her oldest son. She also loves the aromas of pumpkins or Fall scented candles while she is creating her products. Ashley believes the aromas help her productivity and keep her mood up.

Ashley and her family have traditions for trick or treating and they all dress up. Ashley starts planing costumes in advance as she makes them herself for she, hubby and the two children. The first year they dressed up as characters from the Flintstones, Barney Rubble and Betty Rubble and Bam-Bam. Now. there is another baby the family is  dressing up as the Ninja Turtles. Like most creatives Ashley has been creating most of her life.

For Thanksgiving the family is going on a family vacation to a new city. They really like to go to cities to take part and see all the AZA Zoos they can visit.  That is a family Tradition the family is building.  What are your Traditions around the Holidays?  

 

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I will go into what I do for the Holidays and any of my Traditions. I do go visit my grandsons while they Trick of Treat and I love it so!  Holiday times change as you are older as I want to celebrate with family-time with my adult kids as they are very grown up adults (which is great). I want them to have memories in their own homes with their families so I visit there. I will talk more soon. I have 3 or 4 more Creatives to celebrate in my blog very soon.  Please share the blog to others who may be interested.  Thanks ~thumbnail(3)

 

For my Blog Series,  have reiterated the agreement I have already obtained prior to writing about the Creatives I feature for a blog, that they will share the blog post to all their own social media and that they will Comment & Like with the star icon  or Heart with the Heart Icon at the top of the blog.  

I have learned from a couple of people that commenting portion for the Blog may have been difficult to find. If you find it difficult please click what looks like a piece of paper to open up the blog or click on the Blog title — if they are unable to do this that they contact me in a private message and I will assist with more detailed instructions. I will see if this works or maybe I need to change the Template my blog…. I also want to note I also obtained each person’s permission to use their photographs in my blog and they understand that the blog could be shared in the blogosphere. 

I have used a couple of pictures from  Creative Commons & from Canva and I will note on every blog when I use internet photographs to give credit.

Nike Bottalico

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Post Script ~Oh and I always want to give a shout out to Sarah Sewell of The Joyful Entrepreneur  who made a lot of this possible for me  as I am able to focus on being joyful in my own work. I also know the gift of my own creative spirit, and to have a positive mindset! She is a fabulous Creative Coach. All my years of having an online presence she has been the best Creative, & business coach for me to have.  Join the facebook group!

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Objectsandoddities Jewelry Banner

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The Joyful Series – Staying Joyful In the Handmade Industry Part IV

The Joyful Series – Staying Joyful In the Handmade Industry Part IV

Being Joyful While You Work

Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.  Don Miguel Ruiz

Why do I support Etsy Sellers so MUCHWell, I love the handmade seller. I am a handmade  seller and want to support my cohorts (and I am an affiliate blogger, but still  — eh). I used to be a Team Captain for an Etsy Team (loved it, had to give it up due to health issues). I also love the mantra or basic belief of supporting small businesses. There is just something to me, having something that is made by a someone. I know,  I am helping a family directly, and for the most part I am helping a woman owned business (not always but for the most part).  

Edi's Lamps on Etsy
Edi’s Lamps on Etsy

I am showcasing Edis Lamps  on Etsy. Panagiotis and Despina own Edi’s Lamps and are a husband and wife team who work from their home. As with many creative businesses who work from home there is a difficulty not working 24-7 and carving out that time that is work versus home life.  

Despina answered the same questions posed to the participants of the last for the last 3 blogs.

Panagiotis and Despina, spend their lives and loves as a couple “in life and creation.” We run our Etsy shop together and we love it! I learned from the couple that running their business is really challenging as working from home draws a really “thin line” between your personal and working time.

The first thing they do in the morning is enjoy their breakfast! When they  worked outside the home there was not enough time to take part in eating breakfast together so they have started a new family ritual. After breakfast, Despina sits in front of the computer to check e-mails, social media accounts and to update their Etsy shop. Panagiotis is responsible shipping, buying supplies, printings etc. After the nitty-gritty of the business tasks are complete, the design process comes into play. They sit together and  discuss about new designs and products.

Being a Joyful Entrepreneur for Panagiotis and Despina is being able to do things they were not able to do before like “taking a five-minute break to just look at the sea view from our balcony…” (they live in Athens, Greece) listening to music they love and sing while working. (Oh me, oh my,  I have hit my perfect interpretation of being Joyful!) Panagiotis and Despina are able to breathe and enjoy.  It is not that they do not have busy times, they do!  But they love everything they do!

Despina and Panagiotis are excited when creating new products that meet the goals of their shops and find ways to celebrate every little milestone they reach. The key to success for them is being open and ready to learn new things that they will develop through time.

The couple tries to stop everything at 8 p.m. at the latest and make plans to do something fun like a walk, see friends, family, or watch a movie.

Panagiotis and Despina’s daily schedule is about to change dramatically as in November of this year as they are expecting their first baby! While this could be an upcoming challenge for the couple they are staying positive. The couple is “fairly sure” that things work out in the best possible way!  (So am I and I am excited for them!).

I appreciate all the participants for this short series. I will have new topics and other Etsy sellers/shop owners to showcase. I do that you give some love, check out, visit and buy from all the Creatives shop owners that I featured in the past Blog entries. Also,  I hope you visit Panagiotis and Despina’s Shop named Edi’s Lamps and give them some love, plus purchase a fantastic light!  I know that I am ordering one!

Oh and please be sure to visit Sarah Sewell at the Joyful Entrepreneur  whose Coaching has inspired me to be Positive and to Seek in my journey!

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Lots of love & hugs

nike ~❤

p.s. I love this couple as my name is Nike the Greek Goddess of the Samorace (for reals!)

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Joyful Series, Staying Joyful Part III

Joyful Series, Staying Joyful Part III

The Joyful Spirit 

 

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As I write this series  please remember, I have made it a point to use part of my own education in Social Work and Sociology to examine and  study the general notion or concept of being Joyful while working:

Note: I posed a number of written questions for  each of the shop owners to answer regarding how they remain “joyful,” and their “daily rituals” while working and growing their small businesses (which can be very stressful). Some of the answers do not fit specifically what my questions were however,  I am choosing to use what was provided to me by the small business owner.  I have one or two more blogs to complete on this topic before I wrap it up and move to the next topic for my blog.

Some of what started this thought process was my belonging The Joyful Entrepreneur  and my own thought processes much like I was trained formally to use.  I have said many times Creatives are folks who are very similar and very different.  I am finding a beautiful common thread with all creatives.

I attended two different universities to complete my degree since we had to move right in the middle of my own adult education process. I started attending  Texas Woman’s University in the late 1980s and needed a double major of Social Work and Sociology (would have been a double degree in Bachelors in Science in Social Work and Sociology). While at TWU in Denton, TX,  I studied about theorists (Durkheim, Weber, and Marx) who had a stark belief that “religion in an of itself,” was an illusion. To add, I was learning things that were very much different than my upbringing. I wanted to add that another theorist (I very much respected) was Emile Durkheim who viewed religion within the context of the “entire society” or across the globe acknowledged that Spirituality and Religious has a place influencing the thinking and behavior of the members of all society.

I finished my undergraduate degree here in Austin, TX at Saint Edward’s University which is “Liberal Arts Degree in Social Work” (early 1990s).  Due how far I was in my studies at TWU, I needed to have a certain amount of hours to graduate from Saint Edward’s so I had to take some extra classes and added Religious Studies to my degree to complete my degree as Saint Edwards is a Catholic University (which was more aligned with my upbringing).

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I have tried to keep this numbered blog series for the most part on “human rituals,” so all persons who participate, and read all feel comfortable. I am interviewing people all across the globe and their belief systems are vast and may be very different from your own. I have tried to separate out what I believe, verses my readers beliefs,  to my invitees (the creatives souls i.e. shop owners) beliefs who are allowing me to blog about their products and their shops.

I believe that we (all people) have religious symbols, objects, and rituals, which are sacred or that could possibly be profane to another person. I personally believe in the Divine and Love. I am pretty much accepting of all belief systems and long as they are for the good of others.

I am finding how my interviewees (Creative business owners on Etsy) all have a common thread within them regardless where they live in the world (or what their spiritual preferences are) the participants all find Joy in their lives, and it is very similar of one another no matter their belief systems.

Please note that I was not asking for specific Spiritual Preferences, I was actually shying away from that, however, some of my participants are deeply spiritual. It is that deep personal belief of the creative business owner is the basis of their actual business plan and their customer base. 

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My first participant for this blog dated 08/15/2016 is Stacy Turner – Makes Mason Jar Table Table Decor of Marietta, Georgia, has her items in in a local store and sells her “custom made” products from her Etsy shop Stacy Turner Creations.   

Stacy states that she is a Work At Home Mom (WAHM) with two children one starting in pre-k and a 4 month-old baby. Stacy finds great joy in being with her children and the ability to be a creative business owner. Stacy is very grateful to be contributing to the family’s income and fulfilling her own dreams at the same time. She states that she “has  always worked outside of the home until I was about halfway through my pregnancy with my second baby.” 

Stacy describes her work as “southern elegance at its best. The colors are warm and beautiful and can add such a wonderful pop of color to any space!”  Marson Jar Table Decor are for the most part custom items and this image is an image  of her work:

 

 

One of Stacy’s daily rituals, is having quiet music on in the morning while she paints and a “pot of coffee.” Once she has her quiet time waking up she wakes the family and makes sure everyone gets out the door properly clothed!

She and her baby are alone during the day so she enjoys the baby while she is awake and works while her baby sleeps. Every piece Stacy makes is with the help of her  husband who cuts the wood and their older daughter (who is 4 and lovingly cuts out labels). The 4 year old loves to “help” so if your label is ever crooked, know it was cut with love by her. Stacy’s pieces have about a one to two-week turnaround as they are about 75% custom made. Shipping happens next in the day, then dinner time. Whew, once that is done they start over for the next day, keeping the rhythm of running the business the same. Stacy and family have early mornings and long nights, but “I do it with a happy heart and lots of pride in my work!”

My next interviewee is Larissa Speck of LarissaMadeThis:   

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Larissa’s  typical morning starts at about 6:00 when she kissed her hubby goodbye as he heads off to work.  Larissa grabs a quick shower before the fun begins.  Larissa has 3 kiddos – “one grade school, one middle school and one high school, so a good portion of my life is spent driving kiddos, waiting in carpool lanes, and more driving kiddos.”   Once everyone is to school she has several hours of “peace and quiet.” When the weather is nice, this is when she heads out to the garage to cut and sand boards to make her signs that she sells. She states that if Mother Nature isn’t cooperating, she will work inside at her kitchen table of work in the office.  If the weather does not permit Larissa to make signs,  she has many creative outlets to explore. Larissa, like many of her fellow creatives  has a multitude of supplies (I relate very well to this!). Larissa’s “to do list is much longer” than she could accomplish as Larissa stated that sometimes inspiration strikes and “I have to just go with it, because I’m a creative and that’s how I roll.” Larissa does keep a priority list that she follows to keep her on task.

Once it is time for carpool to start again the creating time evaporates and she is in her van from 2:15 until 4:15 every school day afternoon. While waiting in line at schools she works on her paperwork and answers phone calls or emails or an Etsy Convo. After everyone is home there is homework, start dinners and check to see for any emergency type orders and the next thing you know, the day is over!  

Our busy, busy creative friends!  

To end this blog I have also chosen WinfreyHomeDesigns who consists of Philip and Christy.  

Philip and Christy have made a gorgeous  Fall Decor Gather Sign  for the fall season that I am showcasing. Philip and Christy are a husband and wife team and their Faith in God is the utmost importance. “Prayer is a big part of our everyday life. We are careful to ask God for His direction in everything we do, so several times a day we will just stop and pray….[ sic ]. We both feel so blessed to be able to work together every day!”  

WinfreyHomeDesigns-gather-wooden-sign

Christy Lyn and Philip run the business together so it is an easy, relaxing start to the day. Their day begins when the sun streams through the curtains, giving a natural waking up for their day. They have a no alarm clock home. Each morning coffee is part of the morning ritual and some days gallons of coffee is needed.  At Winfrey Designs morning work rituals consist of checking on the Etsy Shop, completing morning marketing, to printing off shipping labels, packing orders then organizing for the next day’s orders.

“We began this business to bless others, but we are the ones who are blessed! We have rejoiced with customers and cried with customers. We truly consider it an honor when our customers choose us to make a sign for them.” For the Winfrey’s their Etsy shop is not just about the money their earn, it is really an honor for them to make a sign for their customer.

Do visit these lovely these three sets of genuinely creative  people and their lovely shops!

Oh and P.S.  Be sure to check out Sarah Sewell at thejoyfulentrepreneur.co

love & hugs

nike ~❤

www.objectsandoddities.etsy.com

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Staying Joyful While Busy Series Part II 08/13/2016

Staying Joyful While Busy Series Part II 08/13/2016

OOAK Cuff Bracelet Made by NikeBottalico
OOAK Cuff Bracelet Made by NikeBottalico

The Joyful Spirit

Remember the previous post where I asked my creative friends who are in the The Joyful Entrepreneur to join me for a blog series where I have asked a series of questions about their days, their nights and any daily rituals?  If not check it out! What do I mean by Rituals?  I mean a “series of actions or types of behavior regularly chosen” by the creative to get them through each day while remaining Joyful.

Before I retired from my profession,  I worked as a Social Worker for the Texas Department of Protective Services. My university degree is in Social Work and Sociology. I worked varied jobs from a Child Protective Services Worker to a Statewide Intake Training Specialist IV. I loved my work; I was (and am)  passionate about protecting souls, but there came a point where all the Joy, had been totally rendered out of my soul. I happened to see a video on Facebook and a sweet lady’s face was on the screen.  I thought wow, what Joy, and what can I learn and refresh?  That lady is Sarah Sewell.  I felt the Universe sent me there that day.

I am very interested in people (even as an introvert) and most of my work was not in my creative side. I have created since I was little and have always made art.  In my profession I dealt social problems, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children, families, persons who experience some kind of disablities and persons who are elderly. Heavy… yet so very needed.  I had a calling to work my work, and I gave it my all. As I said I have an interest in my fellow human, I have a genuine love for people, and their maximum safety. Nevertheless, after 22 years, it was a time for a break.

Currently, I am using some of my talents here on WordPress to delve into the creative mind, my cohorts, whom I spend a lot of online time with. And I am impressed, inspired, excited, I think WOW on a daily basis –  I need to be a part of this creative group and learn more about business. I had just been playing with my shop on Etsy, not feeling very successful. I wanted a change, and I found my place, my creative people!

I am loving every minute of it and it fills me with Joy!  I am seeing how very hard this creative people work and they stay Joyful!  So a long intro I know… I am wordy (LOL,  my mind is always working even when I am so quiet). I promise this series will become more structured  and concise for you.  I want you to know me, where I am coming from and how we creatives need to be centered.

A wealth of applause for the first Creative (for this blog) is Sarah Lesowski Devantier is the owner of KnitaBitofWhimsy.etsy.com (Note: permissions given for the use of the photograph)  She lives in British Columbia.

Rainbow unicorn hat KnitaBitofWhimsy
Rainbow unicorn hat KnitaBitofWhimsy  Click the picture to go to the shop

Sarah Lesowski Devantier told me a remarkable story!  She said “I love that you chose my Rainbow Unicorn hat! It was actually designed by my daughter when she was five! She was very specific about the mane colours, and that it HAD to have a tail! She got the very first one (of course).”  I think as you see as we continue this series that we creatives, have creative children!  But really what is more magical than a Rainbow Unicorn!  Ah, perfection!

Sarah’s ritual in the morning, begins with her son (3 years old) climbing into bed with she and her husband for a quick cuddle before the hubs heads off to work.   

Like many Small business owners, or Etsy Entrepreneurs Sarah is a SAHM (stay at home mom)  and with all that entails, she has to whip up breakfast for her children. She gets herself a gigantic cup of coffee (a woman after my own heart!) before they start the day.

As you read my blog posts about our Etsy Entrepreneurs, in the mornings they all check in with social media to check the pulse of what is going on in this on-line life we all live (fb Pinterest, Etsy and instagram) over their coffee or a Cuppa Tea, then it is off and running, dealing with the kiddos, getting them to class, and playing with their children before work. Once it is all settled their workday commences. With Sarah — if she has a couple hours while the kiddos are at school and preschool, she will work on the paperwork side of things: updating Etsy listings, planning social media posts, researching SEO (Search engine Optimisation). Oh the life of the creative and just what the heck is SEO!  All the business side of things take so much time and there is so much to learn. Some of us, it hurts our brains!

Then for Sarah, the day flies by after picking up the kids, errands and home. There is time for play, housework,  a hope that the kiddos entertain themselves and then Dinner! Their family has a ritual of dinner all together. Sarah has an “awesome hubby” who will clean up after dinner, play with the kiddos again and then it is time for Sarah to work. She is a knitter, so she may create a shawl or a simple hat (Simple? Nah, just go look at her work!). Sarah says the nice thing about “…knitting is that it’s something you can do while doing something else! I’ll typically knit while my husband and I watch tv (there are a few series that I probably couldn’t pick the main characters out of a line up! 😃 ). Then he heads off to bed, and I’ll often stay up later to work on projects. I’m a night owl, so that’s my quiet time. As a complete introvert, this time allows me to recharge.” I have an admiration for Sarah and an affinity as many of us creatives are introverts, very much in our own head space creating, and creating.  I think or the repetitive clicks of Sarah’s knitting needles as soothing to my soul. Nighttime, is a time is a time for Sarah to recharge, maybe read a bit of a book and really enjoys fantasy novels.

Oh — there is a Major Postscript (P.S.) to this story, Sarah’s divinely creative 6 year old daughter… she has plans for unicorn slippers and Sarah believes there is some sort of a knitted cat hat in her future too.  Sarah calls her 6 year old girl her “creative director.”  Sarah is very mindful that when her shop is very busy that she takes time out to play with the kids, and braid her daughter’s hair.  She said, that is why she works at home.

Onto our next creative for this blog who is Sheila Ryan of Babymoon who lives not but a couple hours away from me in down South IH 35 to San Antonio, TX.  I have spent much time in San Antonio for pleasure and business.  It is a beautiful and historic city.  I cannot seem to find the zip drive with the Alamo pictures, oh well, next time.

April 2014
San Antonio TX  April 2014

Ok, I digress, Back to Sheila Ryan!

Sheila Ryan  owner of Babymoon on Etsy.

Sheila says that being a work-at-home creative type is both challenging and freeing. She finds it challenging due to the daily duties to attend, getting the kiddos to school on time, maintaining home responsibilities and attending to the needs of the other kids at home. Sheila causes my jaw to drop, saying “being mom,chauffeur, chef and groundskeeper is a full-time job, but my true passion is to create and make beautiful products for people to enjoy.” what a day?

I find Moms today busier than ever. Always a finger to the pulse of life, to have so much on their plates. I have a lot of admiration! I am a mom of two adult children and have two grandsons. I am amazed parents (don’t want to leave out the dads doing it too!) today, and especially those running a creative business full time while being SAHM (or as Sheila says a Work at home mom WAHM).

Below a gorgeous example of Sheila’s work.  Click on the picture to take you to her shop. (Note: permissions given for the use of the photograph).

Personalized Name Tag by Sheila Ryan
Personalized Name Tag by Sheila Ryan

Sheila states that as soon as she is at home from the morning drop off, she checks in on her  orders. Sheila’s shop offers custom orders from both her Etsy shop and her personal connections. She works on those first and then off she goes to the design and production of those orders.  She is always working on designs for the upcoming season (remember I told you creative minds are always creating).  Sheila states “In between filling orders,  I care for kids, reading book with them or navigating playtime or outings, and lunch, then we run errands, which usually includes dropping off packages at the post office.  There is a lot to keep up with in the afternoons once my little people take a nap, so I try to maximize that time for designing what I’ll need to sew out the next day. Often, the afternoon goes too fast, and then I rush to pick up school kids and think about dinner for everyone.”

In order for Sheila and her family to function they have tried to simplify their routines so life is easier to manage. Summertime was the time this year for the family to simplify the “things,” that were no longer bringing joy to the family, excess clothing, books, toys shoes and she even let go of Craft supplies!  As I feel a catch in my throat, I know there is a lesson for me there, I need to simplify too.

You creatives out there, do you feel that? Are there things you can do to simplify your life to create more, joy and more success for you own being? Sheila says “I admit that I’ve never been the most organized or kept the tidiest house, but having the income from a blossoming little shop gives me freedom to seek professional help in that department which again, gives me time to focus on what I love doing.” I see another teaching moment for me!  How about you?

Sheila has been able to feel the rhythm of her creative day and juggle activity of a mom, home responsibilities while maintaining the energy to spend on her shop, design and sewing. She has felt the extra energy to get it all done. Many days her mind is buzzing even when she need to sleep. Sheila has found that the balance of having a “regular life with others forces me to pay attention to my own need to rest and sleep.”  Sheila stated she would not trade anything for these days. She remarks that “It’s still a process, but even getting started makes the time I spend on my passion less “guilty” and more relaxed.”

I have enjoyed meeting these two women, and giving a rendition and insight into their Creative Lives, Families and their Etsy Shops.  This is only the beginning of our travels… I willl have to get with Sarah Sewell to find out how many stories there are to tell!

It has been fun!  Thanks for reading, please star, heart, share and comment.  I love you all for reading and just LOVE. I’ll be seeing you soon.  I will be posting 3-4 (or more) times per week!

xo

nike

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Staying Joyful while Busy!

Staying Joyful while Busy!

I really wanted to showcase a number of creative artists for this blog as they really inspire me!  I asked four artists to tell me how they go about their days,from waking up, to what they do the first thing in the morning, to how they schedule in their work time, to getting ready for bed and do they have any nightly rituals. I will be able blog my “internal quota” once I hear back from these busy creatives!

You know how I love the Gulf of Mexico,on South Padre Island.

South Padre Sand Castle
Travel Lodge at South Padre Sand Castle

 

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SAMSUNG

You know my love of flowers so you will always get a few pictures from my garden or my pond.

Since the women I am interviewing are are all creatives, (I am owner of Objectsandoddities) I want to know how they fit their work into their days. I can say from personal experience that we creatives tend to be creating in their minds all the time. I also asked another question what (many of them SAHM IE: Stay at home moms) the experience is running a small Etsy business, raising small children, not losing their sanity, most times being so busy running a one person shop all the while staying positive.

I am always so curious as to how my fellow creatives stay Joyful when having a growing small business. It is a goal for me to stay Joyful & Positive. I want to internalize this in my soul. I want to note that many of the blogs from today on, (until I tell you otherwise) will be Etsy sellers who belong (as well as myself) to The Joyful Entrepreneur.  We learn from Sarah Sewell’s who is a “Business Coach for Creatives” and her mantra is to “Stay Positive” and experience Joy!” Sarah is a huge help and support for the handmade seller. I do not know how she does what she does. I am so happy to be a part of her wonderful group. Please check her site out or ask questions, I will steer you to her group!

My first creative I spoke with online is Catherine Norris, who owns the MemoryThreadCo. She really inspired me! She was the first to answer all my questions I posed to her. I really appreciate her getting with me, answering so honestly and quickly!  I love her handmade art!  This beautiful picture is out of her shop and I have her permission to use the picture.

Children's Drawing Embroidered handkerchief
Children’s Drawing Embroidered handkerchief

I chose this beautiful item as it gave me joy to look at it!  It is a child’s drawing carefully stitched to a handkerchief. What a treasure to have!

Catherine lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and their daughter in a very typical 3 bed semi (I needed to clarify what a 3 bed semi was, all you who read from other places get to laugh at me!!).  I learned a 3 bed semi is a like a 3 Bedroom home in the United States. Catherine stated that she lives in a common area for young families. Catherine’s hubby gets up early in the morning for work. The first thing in the morning Catherine hears is her little girl’s voice calling “SUN’S UP!!!!” (who could not get Joy from that!). Catherine is not a morning person (I am not either… another similarity for a creative). Catherine must eat a good breakfast and have a “cuppa” to have a great day. I had to ask again what it was and it is a cuppa learning that telling me that her “cuppa” is tea and is essential!

Catherine walks her daughter to school, after she has about 6 hours for work. Typically, she responds to any Etsy enquiries, then she sews. Her “studio is in the is in the “box room,” and she has shelves up to the ceiling for her fabric.” Another ritual she has is listening to “BBC radio while she works and she loves a programme called Woman’s hour.”  Catherine has a small garden and likes to cook wholesome food.

As with any small business owner, Catherine feels “quite rushed because I have this deadline of 3pm to get out of the house for the school run.” Once she returns home she spends times with her daughter, grabs her a “biscuit” (cookie is US), a glass of milk and they read a book together. Her daughter is 5 and “her reading is coming on so well.” She has dinner to cook, a child to get to bed and all the normal things one needs to do before bed.

Catherine told me that she is always positive as she loves what she does.  This is a drawing below is that of a work in progress. It is a very romantic piece, with handwritten notes stitched on  linen napkins for a wedding present to his bride. “There was one where he’d sketched a portrait of her, and one of them was her something blue. I loved making those. How can you not be positive with so much love around you.

Catherine says “That’s the thing, my work is all about love really.”  Do give Catherine’s shop some love!

Work in Progress by Catherine Norris @ MemoryThreadCo
Work in Progress by Catherine Norris @ MemoryThreadCo

Next time I will showcase more Etsy sellers and some of my own work too!  I need to wrap this up and make some jewelry!

Thank you for reading.  Hit the Star button if you liked the blog, also feel free to comment.  Feel free to share the blog if you so choose!

lots of joy, love and peace.

XOXOXO

nike
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