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I absolutely love this graphic that I stumbled upon on Pinterest. It reminds me to keep my eyes set upon my own path.
It’s easy to get caught up in the success of others and compare them to your own progress. Not only is this a practice that leads to discouragement, it can also blind sight ones true potential. Instead of developing a new design, or experimenting with your product photos, you’ll find yourself in a slump trying to keep up with the crafty Jones’s. And what fun is that?!
There is no magic formula that dictates how your business can become successful. Don’t listen to the naysayers or the can-doers that try to sell or preach you into a path that they developed for their own niche. Success is subjective! We have to define it, refine towards it and find it for ourselves.
So instead of setting yourself up for constant competition and comparison – forge a path that’s true to your self and business. One that embraces your current skills, resources and vision and doesn’t look left and right at what others are doing. That’s how you’ll find contentment, knowing that there’s no right or wrong way to move forward, just your own way.
So today, I implore those of you who also have a crafty or creative endeavor, don’t look around and about. Instead, look forward to the road you’re currently on and embrace it.
Tis the season for wearing lots of layers as each hour of the day brings a new temperature. That’s where the new “Layers Away” design comes to the rescue!
Created using a home-made silkscreen and pre-loved tees, these uber soft, comfy and chic tanks are great for wearing on their own or under cardigans, chunky sweaters or dresses. With the cutesy peter pan collar print and neutral colors – they’re a great basic to add to your wardrobe!
It doesn’t feel like spring in Chicago quite yet – but despite what my weather app may say – the season is officially here! So to celebrate the beginning of longer days and soon-to-be warmer temps, I’m having a one-day-only Spring Cleaning Bonanza sale!
From now until midnight you can take 40% off any ready-made or vintage items in my Etsy shop by using the following coupon code during checkout: springbonanza03
Sound crazy? It is!
Whether you’ve had your heart set on a new design or a vintage find - now’s the perfect time to scoop things up! There won’t be another sale like this one for months and months to come – so go ahead – and take advantage of this great deal.
As I sit at my computer late on a Monday night I realize that I am way way way overdue. Not for returning my library books – but for writing a post on running an indie biz! So here’s my much belated installment – and it’s all about photo editing.
Let’s say you’ve developed a beautiful new line of products and are ready to introduce your creations to the world. You’ve painstakingly planned the shoot, took the time to set up quality lighting and have captured a great set of photos to show the masses.
Don’t even think for a second that once your photos are logged and stored on your SD drive that you’re free to frolic about. Your next task as a handmade business owner is to make those pics magical. And I’m not talking pseudo-well-done they get a passing grade magical. I mean stop-em-in-their-tracks, make-heads-turn, kind of attention. Sure – paying a pro to do the dirty digital work can seem promising – but there’s nothing more fulfilling than empowering yourself to take that DIY step to enhance pictures on your own.
So before I sit back to tackle the 300+ photos I snapped of new Pierogi Picnic gear recently, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite tricks and short cuts for photo editing on the fly. Read the rest of this entry »
Perhaps it’s the recent snow dump that’s rubbing off on me – but I have been so drawn to monochromatic color schemes of late. I’ve found myself pinning and hearting things that are black, white and grey for weeks! Thank goodness spring is on the horizon – and as it nears – I’m hoping more pops of color will creep into my creative landscape.
- Animal Fox original painting by Celine
- Mint Green earring studs by Dariami
- Insect Specimen No. 1 by Tina Tarnoff
- At the Window Garden Ledge pillow cover by Linda McMaster
- Large Mountain necklace by Meghann Rader
- Sitting Deer statue by Mahzer & Vee
I am a sentimental type, so I love reflecting back on all of the events of the previous year. Weddings, successes, trials and failures – you name it! There’s nothing like getting all sappy about the twists and turns of life.
But what I honestly enjoy more is the fresh start that the New Year brings. It’s a chance to look forward, to hope, to dream. It allows me to shove aside distraction and really contemplate next steps, both personal and those for my business. Read the rest of this entry »