in the studio – advertising and back issues

My business up to this point has been built on word-of-mouth referrals. I decided this year to step it up with some advertising. I’m starting small…small is definitely the key word here. Grabbing someone’s attention with a 125 by 125 pixel ad is not an easy thing to do. Here’s … Continue reading

in the studio – getting ready to think pink

Yes, I’m getting ready to think pink. October is almost upon us which means it’s breast cancer awareness month. One of my Etsy teams, The Etsy Angels, raise funds for various causes throughout the year and every October we raise funds for breast cancer organizations. It takes on a new … Continue reading

in the studio – back to the basics

It’s back to the basics with a new line of polymer clay pendants, beads, jewelry, etc. that I’m currently working on. Often, less is more. Basic colors and shapes combined with simple lines give way to a crisp, clean look. I decided to make the first pendant using the colors … Continue reading

in the studio – color mixing

The month of June was spent running the teen around….driver’s ed., license, test-driving a car, licensing said car, job application and interview, second job interview and drug test. Then there was time spent looking at houses with the daughter….they should be closing on their house sometime yet this month, so … Continue reading

in the studio – flowers and pirates

What? Flowers and pirates don’t go together? Maybe not, but that’s what has been happening in the studio. Studio time has been sporadic at best lately. Sometimes life just gets in the way, but I’m trying to get back on track. So, let’s take a look at what has been … Continue reading

in the studio – fall colors

The fall/winter 2011 Premo polymer clay recipes ebook is now available in my Etsy shop and ArtFire shop. This year’s color trends include more of what I consider to be traditional fall colors….the muted green, reds, oranges and browns of fall leaves along with some bright pops of color and … Continue reading

in the studio – feeling rather springy today

It’s supposed to be 67 and sunny today!!!! The hubby and teen hauled the patio furniture and grill out the shed last night and we are going to fire up the grill tonight. Well, I’m hoping there’s some propane in the tank yet. 😉 So, even though I want to … Continue reading

in the studio – creative flow

Creativity runs in cycles. When you are in the creative flow life is good. Then sick kids, appointments or simply the business side of things intrude and that flow comes to a halt. Often, it’s not other things that get in the way of our creativity…it’s ourselves. We let our … Continue reading

in the studio – breathe

My word for today is breathe….. When one gets busy or stressed it’s easy to forget to take a moment to just breathe. I know the whole copying issue has been talked to death, but this isn’t about copying a specific design. Sometimes the copying comes in a more subtle … Continue reading