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!)
Here it is nearing the end of June and we are coming up on July…. I have a few things up my sleeve on my Website and I would love it if you would keep reading my blogs — a lot is going to be happening! I am really working on Bridal Jewelry and Bridal Crowns will be coming this fall! What fun!
I am continuing to evolve and grow my small handmade business on Etsy and beyond!
Many Hearts and gratitude to you for following me here and there.
I went to a meeting yesterday considering a place on a panel of other artists, it was quite educational and enjoyable. I plan on volunteering to jury other artists applying to sell their wares at the 23rd Street Artists‘ Market, in Austin, TX. The Market has been around since the 1970s. It has much historical and artistic value to the citizens, and local artists. I am thrilled to be a part of this! More soon
nike / musing silence
Read my work & see some art in the stolen poem Autumn/Spring 2012
Note: I did not write on this blog for a long this and that is why the dates appear so random.
John William Godward artist
I am so excited that I am finally ready (almost) to open my Etsy Site. It is what I have dreamed about for a long time. I will be blogging soon about life and opening your own small business as I learn how to do this myself.
I have a blogging site on Blog Spot too. I am learning how to promote my business and the best way to talk about my crazy art, how I love to use junk in art and share my passion.
I love beads, wires, paper, glue, and see the beauty in things I want to make out of….
I will be showing how to make some of my collages, or paintings or jewelry. I think everyone has talent and a person just needs to find their medium.
First I need to find out if Word Press, Blogspot, or my ObjectsAndOddities Facebook page is the place. I hope readers will let me know the best spot for me!
Nike’s beliefs changed over time to broader sociological thoughts of human development, treatment of animals, to broader religious beliefs, development of persons in other cultures as the world appears to shrink. All of these belief systems have impacted and cultivated Nike’s artistic talent. In life’s strange little way, these talents became an avenue that led Nike to her true gift; the ability to give back. Nike studied Social Work with a minor in Sociology throwing in a few art classes here and there at the university level. For her life’s work Nike has worked helping others and has a unique story to tell about her life and work through her art and poems.
Nike designs jewelry by hand from antique beads, crystals, and medals and adds her modern twist, Nike also loves paper and paints. Nike’s art is eclectic. She says “that’s why I’m so fascinated by the usage of mixed media and collage. I like these mediums because of the outcome of combining several elements, creating various textures and color to evoke a thought, or poem with a mood in the stories I tell.”
Once you take that first look or feel, you may feel inundated with the essence of my work. I work with assemblage, collage, mixed-media and works on paper. I use lots of found objects, drawings, print outs, usage of text of her own poems, drawing with graphite, or color pencil, painting with gouache, acrylic, pastel, etc. My pieces deal with life itself, i.e., the people we are, what we create, our capabilities and the issues we deal with as humans. My premise is to lure the viewer in. Once they’re in, they will be placed in a position to reflect on and question their beliefs, be it disturbing or peaceful, quite or even deal with the silences of life.
What inspires me? Everything; I see art in everything….I love to read, watch movies and look at art books and magazines. I’m influenced by everything in my life, everything I’ve ever read, seen, experienced, or heard. All things, from artists such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Cornell, Dali, Picasso, pop culture, trends, fashion… Usually an art piece or poem has a back story. I imagine vignettes and histories for each piece or especially if I have a central idea for a continuum or a line of an idea to move forward. This summer’s pieces are named |The Breathing of Iris | May 2012 (started in May 2012) which is a series or a line of pieces, I have daydreamed about and brought from my imagination to a realization.
You may even see my musings on a particular subject will build a collection of jewelry or collages and will shape the creation of the object. Right now musing on Iris in all the forms an Iris has….. There will be a real element of stories in any piece. Some of my collages will contain parts of a poem I have written or a story about a person.