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!

http://www.thejoyfulentrepreneur.co/
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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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How are you doing!

I have not fallen off the face of the earth… been too busy to blog… what??  You can never be too busy to blog!

 

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I am designing Bridal Collections…

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/269200636/vintage-bridal-bracelet-bridal-bracelet?ref=listing-shop-header-1

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Come see me on Etsy, let me know what Custom Items we can collaborate together to make for your special event!

Still working on them and waiting for more supplies to make more items.

 

I will let you know how it is going soon.

 

I had major surgery in December 2015 and have been healing up.

 

Much love and peace

nike

 

 

 

 

New Designs coming to Objectsandoddities~

New Designs coming to Objectsandoddities~

Come see my new site Bridal Jewelry at my Etsy site on Objectsandoddities .  I am very excited to be creating for the bride and her bridal party.

You will find that I am going to lean toward Woodland style, Bohemian, Romantic,  and Unique Wedding Jewelry and items for a Bridal party!

The coffee is percolating in our brains now, do let me know if there is anything you would love for us to make for you as this is a family affair!  My family and I are so excited to pull together all our artistic resources!

 What style would you love to see on our new site?  Do you have a wedding coming up or have a family member?  Do let us know.  We are most excited to work for you and your needs.  Coming soon are items that we will be offering and as we grow there will be more!

charm-bracelet-1 We will offer dainty silver charm bracelets to Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces with a little vintage here and there as we find it to add to our collections.

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Or do you love the straight lines of a Grace Kelly look?

Or is this image from Google more your idea?  We love Dia los de Muertos more your style?  Let us know and visit often as you will see as our collections develop!

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We will be making wedding cake toppers too!  We are so excited.  I will be blogging on this site as well as you can find out about the goings on over at Etsy.  Please leave comments!  We will be waiting to hear from you!  We are wanting to start and email list for info on all things bridal and jewelry related.  I have opened a Mail Chimp account and am itching to do a give away!

Thanks Peace & love

nike

Pantone Color of the year

Pantone Color of the year

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.

 

Pantone Color of the year!

 

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I am also going to focus my thoughts on Doves of Peace for the world…

 

I will write soon about my progress with my new line of jewelry?  Is there something you would like, post in the comments!

 

xo

nike

 

 

All Souls Day

All Souls Day

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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.[7][8 (Wiki)

 

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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.

 

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Today, as I make art I celebrate all the lives that came before me…

xoxox

nike

 

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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)

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Image of Kahlo for Day of the Deadat the Museo Frida Kahlo

“Coyoacán día de muertos 08” by Guillerminargp – Own work.

 

 

 

“I’ve reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die. The world will keep on turning without me, I can’t do anything to change events anyway.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Collage of some recent Jewelry

Collage of some recent Jewelry

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Working on my photography of late.  I am still having trouble getting the light just right!  Little by little I am getting closer to having that magical white and keeping the colors true to what they are!  One of these days!

 

 

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can t much, and what is done in love is well done.”
― Vincent van Gogh

Mixed Media Necklace – Hand-Made Soldered Beze l- Nautilus Beads-

Mixed Media Necklace – Hand-Made Soldered Beze l- Nautilus Beads-

Mixed Media Necklace – Hand Made Soldered Bezel – Copper Resin Pendant – Vintage Rhinestones- Czech beads-handmade copper jewelry, nautilus necklace

 

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Working on a New Jewelry line for Fall 2015… and Winter too.  This is a small sampling of that is happening in my studio right now!!  Hope you like them.  I am having great fun working with these materials

Happy Friday!

nike

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