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~

www.nikebottalico.com

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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Fall Essentials

Fall Essentials

What are your Fall Essentials, your “go to,”  so you are prepared for the Season?  Do the leaves change where you live, those Brilliant colors, or is it snowing right now where you live and you need to be pulling out your warmer clothes? Do you rearrange your closet putting Summer clothes away and getting out all your warmer clothes?

I live near Austin, TX so it does not get cold here for a bit more… it is November 22, 2017, so we are just getting a few cold fronts.  I  cannot wait for my winter wardrobe~  How about you?  I love cozy warm things to wear that a soft.  I learned that my dear friend Leila West of Leila Nicole Designs also likes to wear warm sweaters, loose but warm pants, having a fireplace is “a must” for her and drinking Hot Cocoa is a wonderful distraction!  Leila’s weather is a bit like mine living in the Northern part of California.  I asked Leila about her weather,  and am learning it is a bit like mine with the high and low temperatures. However, as you know recently in the news Leila’s area gets wildfires and that can be very worrisome. Her home was safe but many lost their homes and many forested areas were burned.

I normally showcase 3 Etsy Sellers per blog, but oh my goodness everyone is so busy!  So today for this week’s blog I am showcasing my friend who is not only an Etsy seller but she also has a storefront on Amazon Handmade!  Leila and I are pen pals of a sort,  we talk about all things business and have made fast friends!  I am amazed by her regularly, as she works full time, has two young children, a hubby, a home to take care of, and dinners to juggle!  She is one busy lady because on top of that she is a jewelry designer who has two handmade storefronts!

I am going to shop for myself at  Leila’s Nicole Designs!  I hope you enjoy and go visit her shops!  It is time for Christmas shopping!  She makes beautiful handmade pieces that are delightful and have a sense of whimsy with the small flowers embedded into her designs.  Leila states that she is “a very visual person, I love to look at all sorts of imagery, whether its artwork or jewelry creations. Often times I will wake from a night of dreams with jewelry designs in my thoughts.”  How cool is that?  I love her design methods! One of her pieces below:

Leila Nicole Designs on Etsy

She makes magical jewelry using real flowers in her work! She has a lot of patience in her work using these very small items to place in her pendants for your jewelry. Leila is excellent about getting her product out to Amazon Handmade also.  She uses Fulfillment By Amazon, meaning she sends her jewelry packaged in her beautiful packaging to Amazon and it is ready for those who want to get their products fast!  I admire her work ethic and her abilities!  Some of Leila’s packaging:

https://www.amazon.com/Peruvian-Gemstone-Minimalist-Necklace-Sterling/dp/B075W89FY2?ref=hnd_adp_tp_2

An offering of hers on Amazon for your Christmas or Winter Holiday needs:

https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Beaded-Pendant-Necklace-Adjustable/dp/B076619SMT?ref=hnd_adp_ap_44

One of my favs!  I may have to get this one off of Amazon~ You really need to check out her work!

Another piece I am super intriguedhttps://www.amazon.com/Peruvian-Gemstone-Minimalist-Necklace-Sterling/dp/B075W89FY2?ref=hnd_adp_tp_2 with is this Peruvian Gemstone! It is a yummy color and the silver is gorgeous with the color of the gemstone!

Did you see Leila and her jewelry on showcase on her local Fox News Channel?  She was featured and wow, good for her!

She says, “Missed me on Fox 40 News? You can check out the replay here!”  Click the tag!

http://fox40.com/2016/09/05/leila-nicole-designs/

I adore her work if you cannot tell!  Well I am a busy person right now and I must say this is my happiest time of the year as I love the change in the season, I feel a warmth of Fall.

 

Have you wondered just what Etsy is?  Etsy is a selling site that has Handmade Sellers who offer for sale, Handmade items, Vintage Items, Supplies to make Art,  and Services to assist handmade sellers.  I am an affiliate blogger for Etsy.com.  I am always looking for new shop owners to showcase on my blog. Feel free to drop me a line or comment if you are interested in being showcased on the blog.  I also have two shops on Etsy.  One is nikeebottalicodesigns and  objectsandoddities.  I offer Bridal, Bridesmaid and Children’s Accessories in one shop and the other shop I add supplies that are vintage and new.  I would love it if you would visit my shops!  You can also find me on my Nikeebottalico.com Website.

Now Amazon is also offering Handmade Sellers as part of their [dot]com.  You can search for Handmade sellers on their toolbar.  It is amazing to purchase an item that is actually handmade by a person, and not made by machines. All handmade makers use quality products that make many of their Jewelry items (and other items) where they will become heirlooms for you and your family!

Leila and I are both members of Artisan Indie which is a marketing group to help us learn more about selling online.  I always want to give Sarah Sewell a shout out because I have learned so much about having online sales businesses from her group.  She has many experts in her group to assist anyone who wants to own an online business!  I will be showcasing a number of the experts from Sarah’s site who also sell their services on Etsy to assist you in growing your own artisan business!

Be sure to check Artisan Indie out as it is growing like crazy.  You can also see the Instagram for Artisan Indie which is gorgeous!  The Instagram of Artisan Indie is beautifully laid out content that showcases the best of the best of handmade! The Artisan Indie Instagram is for members only. Sarah has an eye for beauty and loves to showcase her members!  I was showcased on the Artisan Indie Instagram with a Green item:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/517469264/bridesmaid-emerald-green-earring-wedding?ref=shop_home_active_30

Well if Christmas is on your mind, be sure to check out handmade!  You can get anything you desire by an artisan who cares about what you get when you make a purchase!  Remember to shop small handmade businesses!

Lots of love and see you next week where I will be talking about your perfect morning!  And oh yes — are you a handmade maker?  Let me know I am always looking for new people to showcase!  Just let me know!

Please leave a comment, and heart the blog, I will so appreciate it!

 

~nike

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