The best thing about waking up is….

The best thing about waking up is….

Did any of you hum a tune… are you old enough to know that commerical for Folgers Coffee?

My question this week is “What is your Perfect Fall Morning?”

For me, the best time of day is early in the morning, just before sunrise.  I go outside with my coffee and just enjoy the quiet… I love to look to the East and see the sun come up. I know each morning, is a new day, a new possibility, a new chance for something, poetic, artful or just peaceful.

I have asked my participants about their views of the beginning of their days and how they feel about mornings.

What is your perfect fall morning?

I asked Diana D Darden of Diana D. Darden

Diana loves to wake up while it is still dark outside. She makes her coffee and goes into her studio. She loves to watch the day begin while she drinks her coffee. She comments that the light of day seems to take it’s time right now with it being late Fall and the beginning of Winter.  She loves the quiet.  She looks at her work table, feeling how lucky she is to be an artist and have a job that she loves! After some coffee at home, she wakes up her little pup Flora, and they take a drive to a local coffee shop for some fancy coffee, comes back to her art room and works for the day!  

 

Metal shrine of the Virgin Mary By Diana D Darden

 

One of the things I admire about Diana is that she keeps work hours to make her art and has new pieces each day that she either offers for sale on Etsy or she goes to local fairs in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.  Diana is an acclaimed artist and has her work in galleries in Minnesota. I have some of her work and I dearly love it.

Diana has her work in these Galleries and stores: Gallery360, The Porch and Atelier, Dwell,  and at Scarborough Fair, all of these spaces are in Minnesota.

So if you can see her work in person — do! If not know you can get her work on Etsy and have it sent to you!

It is an honor to write about Diana and she and I have become friends online!

 

I am also blogging about a local (Austin, TX area) artisan Lauri Smith of WhiteCloudWorldTeas.  She is a friend of mine and I love her product~

I asked Lauri what is her perfect morning and how she spends it, and she said, “No morning is complete without a cup of tea and even a 2nd steeping..” of tea.

WhiteCloudWorldTeas

WhiteCloudWorldTeas was born in Austin, TX “steep,” in the Heart of Texas (Little play on words there, clever writer Lauri!).  They are a vegetarian/Vegan owned company and are community minded for the local area and any area they sell their tea.  Lauri and her team search the world’s markets to find their favorite teas and the most flavorful blends for their teas.  One of the things that make their handmade business stand out is the collective decades of tea experience they have in the company, they present you the customer with the best menu of teas based on information available. It is WhiteCloudWorldTeas hope that everyone from a person who is just discovering the world of fine tea for the first time to the seasoned connoisseur will find their website, products, and level of service will be well suited for the consumer. WhiteCloudWorldTeas only order small batches and use the best packaging to ensure that the tea you will order is the freshest, highest quality tea anyone can buy.

Lauri also sells her tea locally in Austin, TX.   You can find her teas at the Monument Market inside the famous Monument Cafe in Georgetown, also at Savory Spice Shop at the Arboretum -Austin. WhiteCloudWorldTeas are also at Blue Genie Art Bazaar from Black Friday until Christmas Eve.

 

Please come back often as you never know who or what I will blog about.  I would love it if you would share, comment, click the heart, or star the Blog.  I would love if you would re-blog too~

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No blog would be complete without me mentioning the Business Coaching Group I belong to which is ArtisanIndie.

Artisan Indie is the home to handcrafted businesses that “Flourish.” Within Artisan Indie you will find the support and a community or people you need when you need it to grow your handmade businesses.  You have heard many things “take a village to grow,” you will find your village with Sarah Sewell who is the founder and creative CEO of the community.   She has many experts in the group to help you grow your handmade business! Please come have a look and join us!

One of the experts in Artisan Indie is Lara Noelle of  BecomeMoreToday  which is a coaching program to assist artisans in “becoming more each day.”  Lara’s perfect morning is a morning where she can watch the sun come up. The sky starts to get lighter and go from blue/grey to an orangery yellow color.  She loves it as the sun starts to peak over the horizon.  Lara finds mornings as literally watching the day be born. She finds it to be breathtaking and really puts everything into [her] life into perspective. Problems seem smaller and easier to overcome and the joys of the day feel bigger and are more important.  Her statement above is how she looks at life and at her chosen profession as a Certified Life Coach.  What does that mean? Lara Noelle is a “Certified Life Coach,” she is like a sports coach to assist you in your goals for your entrepreneur business. She works to assist you in looking at things differently and to set, & meet your goals.  Lara is not a clinical therapist, she works to help in life/business/coaching a person to achieve more.

Examples of her work are to help people develop skills in finding their Target markets and she does quick shop reviews for Etsy Sellers. She also works with other sellers whether they sell on their own websites or in-person sales.

Lara Noelle’s Quick Shop Review

Lara has Workbooks, Coaching sessions to refocus the business owner for success, Target Market Coaching to assist the business owner in getting sales, and has Webinars coming soon!  Lara also works for Artisan Indie so you can ask her questions there if you are a member.  She has great ideas and can really refocus a person who may have a block or just needs to get assistance with a problem (people like me who are notorious procrastinators!).  Check out her website for the services she offers!

I am not an affiliate blogger for ArtisanIndie, but I am one for Etsy.com.

Thanks for reading me and please click on the artists, artisans, creative peeps I write about.  We can change the world by supporting handmade and handcrafted!  I do believe this!

Love&light ❤

~nike

 

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Bright Ideas for the Holiday Season and what in the Heck is Work Balance?

Bright Ideas for the Holiday Season and what in the Heck is Work Balance?

Each year I always find it interesting that I need to prepare for the Holiday Season because once Halloween has ended and I find I am a bit behind!  Handmade sellers are off to the races and there is a rush to get through Thanksgiving be fully prepared for the Winter Holiday Season.  For small business owners, making gift items and having them listed in online shops is paramount!

It is the same for me, plus, I am trying to plan what to blog about! Each Fall to Hanukkah or to Christmas I always want to showcase other small handmade business owners. It is always important to me to give a to shout-out to my fellow handmade sellers! First and foremost, I am one of the handmade sellers,  and we aim to support our customers by giving them an important option of purchasing something that is not mass made, that has that special touch to share with your family or friends as gifts.

Some of you (who live in the United States) will be shaking your head and saying but what about Thanksgiving? I can just laugh as when you go into local stores and all the Christmas items are on the shelves! The stores put their items up right after Halloween! We must follow the big box stores and their dates to stay relevant!

Handmade sellers must learn to balance the work of preparing their shops, business pages, websites and In-person Holiday shows, with our family, friends and all that happenings in the Fall.  We do have Thanksgiving and find ourselves with very little time.  Oh, none of us are complaining as this is the busiest this time of year to serve our customers and their shopping needs!

Don’t forget that it is so easy to shop with us, online, no stores to walk through, no lines to wait in and it can be sent to you already wrapped (many offer this service).  We are trying to compete with big department stores!

 

I wanted to know how my 3 Etsy sellers have a “Work Balance” and “what Goals my 3 Etsy sellers” have to prepare for the Season.  Again, I have interviewed 3 Etsy Sellers for this Blog.  I like the number 3… it is an odd number but I love it!

Since everyone gets so busy, I wondered how these folks set goals to stay on top of their crafting and how to fit everyday life into a busy schedule.  Most run their shops alone (no assistants), some continue to work full time at another job, and when they get really busy, a business owner can become overwhelmed during the holidays and need to have balance as they want to please their customers.  Most find that setting and keeping goals is most important and to keep Lists (oh my!!).  Lists can also be hard because, a creative, really wants to create and the keeping up with the business side of things can be really hard!  Creating is so much fun and the other work (like lists, ordering enough products, taxes, and many excel sheets) feels dry and kind of boring!  Couple all these things with preparing for the holidays with your family, children, and friends adds just a little stress.  I am sure everyone reading the blog has the same kind of stress this time of year!

My first Seller is Maggie Akerson of  3rdStreetLegacy  on Etsy.  Maggie not only sells her jewelry online she also brings her jewelry to Markets and Shows.  She described her goals are to make sure she completes her jewelry for a big show that is on November 26th.  She is making many items in a Rockabilly style and which is sought after at this particular show she is working on the 26th of November.  Maggie also handcrafts polymer clay roses to add to her jewelry pieces as focals.  Maggie also has goals to add more metal work and hand-forged pieces to her jewelry designs. Maggie has, unfortunately, had a hand injury which makes it very difficult to make jewelry. She is feeling much better so she is able to give it a go! One of Maggies pieces with a blue handmade rose is here: 

Next, is Ingrid Anderson of  LilisGems on Etsy.  She has a number of goals for the Holiday Season! Ingrid is an avid gardener (a lady after my own heart!) and loves using vintage components in her jewelry.  Ingrid wants to garden and make jewelry!  She strives to keep her all her goals in alignment. You will find that Ingrid’s jewelry is stunning!  Ingrid (as well as the other makers showcased) are using Trending Colors that are in the Jewel Tones for this season!  Be sure to check them out!

Ingrid’s Blue Enamel Earrings

Ingrid has goals this holiday season as well.  Ingrid like me is a blogger, and she aims to start blogging regularly again. She is going to try to add new products daily and utilize all her social media channels!  Find her Blog here. Do check her out as well as Mary Katherine as they both are using a product from the 1928 line that has been brought back to life by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sues Boutiques.

 

Mary Katherine of TheItalianCarnival  is working closely with B’Sues Boutiques 1928 product line to create her new Spring Collection of jewelry that will strike a”… sentimental chord …” in your heart. Mary Katherine is using special items for her jewelry collection from Brenda Sue at B’sues Boutiques.  Her goals are to give you romance and something so lovely to wear around your neck or ears!  Mary Katherine is a skilled maker who also an expert in Vintage Jewelry!  She is able to let you know about vintage jewelry, ask her if you should take apart a broken vintage piece or keep it whole as once a piece is taken apart, it is as though we are not saving a piece of Jewelry History!  Mary Katherine’s goals are to stay up to date on all things Vintage Jewelry and to get her Etsy Shop loaded for the Holiday Season!

Some of Mary Katherine’s Work which is coming soon to her Etsy shop.  Check out her shop regularly to see when she lists her new line of jewelry.

Not only does Mary Katherine have an Etsy Shop, she also has a Ruby Lane shop, she loves Vintage Jewelry.  She also strives for the best customer experience possible!  Do check out her Etsy Shop as well as her Ruby Lane Shop!

 

 

Someone else I want to give a shout out to is Sarah Sewell, of Flourish at Artisan Indie.  If you want to learn how to run a small business in a community of artisans, check Sarah out!  I have been a member for a while and do love the positive community and the positive learning process.  I learned how to set goals as an artist from Sarah and her community of artists! I do find it hard to set and keep goals especially during the holidays~ And an FYI, I am not an affiliate blogger for Sarah Sewell and ArtisanIndie!  I talk about her because I love her group.  I am an affiliate blogger on Etsy though.

Artisan Indie:

 

 

I sell on Etsy, Weebly, Facebook and in person sales!  So one must set goals to keep up with life and owning a business.

Well, Thank you for reading and until next Wednesday!

Love & light to you

~nike

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New Bridal Hair Comb

New Bridal Hair Comb

 

Lovely new handcrafted Bridal Hair Comb listed on our Website.  Come visit and sign up for our email to learn about specials and sales, plus information about planning your wedding day!    Do this at our website @ www.nikeebottalico.com  and to get 15% off to use on your purchase~ I will never spam you or give your information to anyone else!

 

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~nike

Hand Crafted Pendant by me!
Hand Crafted Pendant by me!

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I have been working on some new pieces for my collection of jewelry.  I just the metal and used a non lead solder to build this piece made out of copper, and brass.  Some of the Beads used are Vintage blueberry beads.  They are lovely and when you hold them in the light you can see speckles.  The other beads are all Czech!  There are some lovely spacers that are brass.  I will be making a bracelet to go with to complete this collection!

 

Lots of Love

nike

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Objectsandoddities

BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART THREE

BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART THREE

 AN EXPEDITION &  EGYPTIAN JEWELS

egypt-expedition  Brenda Sue Landowne at B’Sue Boutiques hosted a wonderful 3 month class of more that more than 50 super creative peeps!  Wow, we kept her busy and what a great Master Class “Build A Line Challenge,”  (Class) sponsored by B’Sue Boutiques has been!  The outcome of this Master Class was so the participants could learn to build our own brands, build our own following, have jewelry that our customers would be pleased with!

Part of the challenge was to build a line of jewelry using B’Sue Boutiques items from Brenda’s shop, choose a style that Brenda Sue approved of (so not too many of one style), and come up with a cohesive line of at least 5 pieces of jewelry. The class members are so awesome — they took off and ran with this challenge; many created a large line of jewelry!  Some like me,  are continuing to mull the entire process!

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one piece from my line

 What did I choose for my line/collection/limited edition?  If you are following my blog, you know my plans. If not and you are a first time visitor:  I chose to create an 1920s Egyptian Stylized Jewelry Line.

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Egyptian style jewelry has been popular since the Egyptians designed it! Plus I love History and Culture! Many aspects of Egyptian Jewelry continues to be popular throughout the years, the lotus, beetles, palm trees, and pyramid.  The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 caused an explosion in Egyptian inspired jewelry – fueling (for me) one of the best periods in jewelry, characterized by daring exotic designs and color combinations.  Since the 1920s, the Egyptian revival trend has returned every few decades. Some of the most ornate pieces made in recent years by Joseff of Hollywood for the 1963 epic “Cleopatra,” starring Elizabeth Taylor.

We were also encouraged by our fearless leader/teacher, to learn about popular jewelry designers and designers who came before us.  I love Bohemian Style Jewelry and I was able to find many designers who I could relate to as an artist!

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I knew that I would be able to get the supplies I needed from B’sue Boutique.com!

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Also since I have a love for this style of jewelry surely it would be easy to create~ NOT!

My work in this class has stretched me to my limits and beyond.  I needed to think and re-learn how to create with thoughtfulness of who my customer is, what I am saying as an artist, my style, use of color pallets from Pantone’s Seasonal colors to  other color theories such as “Color Me Beautiful.”  There were many suggestions to consider as best practice to use for the beauty industry and to use for a jewelry business.

 

 Summer Color palette

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I learned that I really I like to make “one-offs” or One of a Kind Jewelry… I found how very difficult it is for me to shift into a mode of planning to make multiples of an items. I am trying to make the shift as I believe I can create more cohesively as an artist now that I have taken the class.   I learned though,  I have so much more to learn!  I watched my fellow Jewelry designers flourish while I struggled….  However, this does not mean that I am going to give up on this process as it has been such a wonderful journey!  

I did understand the concepts of class, but I still found the process as quite difficult.  The Class is great!  I encourage the class for anyone who is serious about learning,  to take the class when it comes up again~ You will learn a great deal about yourself, your fellow designers  and how to go about Creating a Line of Jewelry! What a great group of people I have worked with!

My take away~

  • Photography for an On-line presence is so important and I am still working on that for my business, clear, sharp pictures of my creations.
  • Planning on what my designs are going to be here forward–  managing a supply inventory which is an intimidating task because there are so many unknown factors!  I have to ask myself how many pieces do I plan to make, how deep do I need to keep my stock keeping in mind availability, and where can I can get quality items needed for my line. (B’Sue’s of course!)
  • I need to ask myself, am I creating a limited edition of a Full line that I make over and over with small adjustments depending on what season, or what the customer is needing at that time.

Well to close, I am so glad I participated. I am still mulling on all the new ideas and creating my Line, or Collection,  or a Limited Edition!!  ~Whew~

I hand patinaed my pieces, hand painted others, sanded, drilled holes, soldered, and hand wrapped wires.  I used some similarity in  colors for the pieces also.  I started out one way…. drifted to another.  I am thinking carefully now as an artist, what am I saying for this line?  I am working on a price Pyramid, lowest to highest for my Line and continuing to develop pieces.

Here are some of my finished product for the Class as we will be judged for creativeness, completeness, and continuity of the pieces:

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Thanks Brenda Sue,  and all my fellow designers for this time together ~  this time together has been such a gift!

XO

nike

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BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART TWO

BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART TWO

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An Egyptian Story

Collection by Nike E. Bottalico of Objects and Oddities

Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques,  Part Two 

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The online class  I am participating in the Build a Line Challenge with B’Sue Boutiques (http://www.bsueboutiques.com/) is continuing and this is the second blog!   It is a wonderful Master Class being lead by the remarkable Brenda Sue Lansdowne.  The class is being taught so the participants will understand how to build a cohesive line of jewelry!  Since I look at making jewelry akin to making art,  I have found the class to be challenging for me as I am questioning my own beliefs regarding how I go about making art.  However, for anyone to learn from a class, one needs to be open to learning new information!  I have learned to be much more open! The funny part for me in this challenge as prior to my retirement, I was a trainer in my job. It was oftentimes difficult for the new hires to learn new things and as it has been difficult for me to learn new ways of thinking about how I create! pyramid-of-khafre I inserted an image above of a pyramid as part of what my jewelry focus is,  along with one of the core concepts of the class to build a line of jewelry by laying a foundation of your jewelry line in tiers, lowest in price to the highest! IMG_1846 If you did not read my first blog on this subject, for my jewelry line, I chose a childhood love of ancient Egypt, and my desire to be an archeologist.  I also knew I would be able to acquire the jewelry components from Brenda’s website http://www.bsueboutiques.com/ needed for this challenge~ Throughout time humans have created adornment or jewelry.   Brenda’s shop carries a plethora of jewelry components that have been made over and over since the 1900s.  The 1920s  had a time called the Art Deco Revival era that included Egyptian Jewelry.

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small antique purse,

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Since I wanted to start with the lowest tier of the pyramid for making my jewelry, I chose to experiment with Earrings that would go with all the other pieces of my “line,” of jewelry.  I painted a lot of raw brass and some Brass OX to fit with Pantone’s Spring colors, and I have chosen a few colors to use from ancient Egyptian Times.   bug_earrings_3   bug_earrings_2   To Mid-range of the Pyramid playing with some bracelet shapes with colors, beads, or possible sayings!  I still have some items on my work table that will be shown during the final blog next month!

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  007   Finally during the last blog I will reveal the full collection An Egyptian Story in March.  We are expected to have at least 5 separate pieces to fulfill the challenge.  Here is a sneak peek at my top level design!

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Thanks and visit each artist listed below in our blog hop, leave a comment for them also!  Everyone loves to know that you read us!   Best wishes xo nike

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The Cameo

The Cameo

This is a beautiful 7 1/2 inch bracelet that is gorgeous. It is handmade by me using quality, US made materials. It is made out of love and the love of art… more to come with this finish..it is not easy to find this finish with the old tooling methods.

It is listed  in my Etsy shop tomorrow.

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/180593152/cameo-on-old-rose-ox-stamping-bracelet?ref=pr_shop