Something is coming soon. I am so excited and pumped. I have been working on some designs for Weddings, Brides and Renaissance Faires! I have listened to you and am boldly going where I am sent (or suggested) by you! I am so dag-gum excited. How about You?
What do you think it will look like, any clues yet or ideas from those of you who suggested?
I am working out some details, and planning, and yes waiting until it is just right!
You will be able to see it on my Website soon! you can see it on www.nikeebottalico.com. I have a blog on my website too, so hang out there to get sneak peeks also. I will always come to WordPress first (♥), as I have been around here the longest… but Alas, I have to announce on my Website…too so… do visit! I will announce there and on Instagram. I hope you will love it. Tell me in the comments what you think is coming~~
I will always be looking for Etsy Talent to shout-out here on WordPress so I am always gonna be here to show you the outstanding talent on Etsy! Send me an email (convo) over at Etsy or on my Website and I will get back to you about a feature! WordPress Collects emails but I do not gather those since there is not an opt in on here (giving me permission to email you).
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??!!
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.
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!
Cutest Little Pumpkin in the Patch
My next Creative Ashley Kajewski ofOLilMissSparklesO 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.
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.
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?
Well, what is coming up next?
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 ~
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.
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!
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 MUCH? Well, 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).
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!
Lots of love & hugs
p.s. I love this couple as my name is Nike the Greek Goddess of the Samorace (for reals!)
Every year I wait for the Pantone Color of the year! I begin to plan my jewelry designs, purchases of supplies and how to come up with a 10 piece jewelry collection… even my art boxes will be in the colors chosen….
This year the colors seem to want us all to calm and be tranquil… all of life appears out of control with what is happening in the world. Maybe the colors will help us see peace in all areas of life.
I am working on some Art Boxes for the Winter Holidays. I just happened to start working on them near Halloween, Day of the dead, Día de Muertos and All souls day… do you practice or celebrate one or all of them? I am an Anglican / Episcopalian by belief but also believe many things as I age.
All Souls Day Anglicans view All Souls’ Day as an extension of the observance of All Saints’ Day and it serves to “remember those who have died”, in connection with the theological doctrines of the resurrection of the body and the Communion of Saints.[8 (Wiki)
My box is a collection of things I love, I love Frida and what she represented to other women and how she told her own truth. She lived her own truth too, politically, as an artist, as a lover, as a person who lived in severe pain throughout her life. I honor her life.
Today, as I make art I celebrate all the lives that came before me…
Dia de los muertos or Day of the dead:
Most people celebrate Day of the Dead out of love and commitment to their loved ones (Wiki)
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!
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.
image from the internet
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!
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
image from the internet
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:
Thanks Brenda Sue, and all my fellow designers for this time together ~ this time together has been such a gift!
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! 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! 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.
small antique purse,
image from the internet
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. 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!
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!
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
Check out my friend B’Sue or Brenda’s Blog and her Jewelry Supply shop. She is an angel and has awesome USA made products, not something you see everyday! Have a look, you will be pretty pleased with the quality and wonderful customer service!