Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Importance of Creative Friends....

     I've done a fair amount of artisan shows this year with still 4 more to go in the upcoming months! I have to say- they are a lot of work!  I spend time not only creating, but planning, organizing, making signs, changing displays, writing to-do lists, packing, unpacking and checking everything over and over again. And thats the easy part! The hardest is dragging all my creative goods out of the house, into the my SUV, and then into wherever it is I am setting up shop. However, as exhausting as it may be, it is all so worth it. And I am not talking about making a few extra bucks ( that is of course the idea and icing on the cake) BUT- as I have become a bit more of an expert at this, I am also learning to enjoy the process and appreciate the truly amazing and uplifting positives of this experience. And that, my dear blog readers, is  the gift of meeting incredibly creative people- many of whom have become good friends. The scope of their talents amaze me. I am an not only speaking of fellow vendors, I am also including shoppers and browsers. Some folks just come not just to shop, but also to spend time appreciating beautiful artisan work.
       For example, my last show was in Metuchen NJ at the YMCA, which I shared with two great photographer/artist friends- Diane and Susan. (They are also sisters!)  A woman approached me to chat and see my work. We talked, and talked and talked. And bonded.  Yes, a fellow artist -Mickey -and an amazing woman. Her energy was through the roof. We were on the same page and felt like we knew each other for years! She was well traveled, educated and a joy to speak to.  Sharing our love of art, writing, and travel was the highlight of my day. She invited me to come and see her studio and I cannot wait to go visit and see her work. She is also an art teacher and from a family of artists. When you meet someone that you share common interests with, inspirations and ideas flow with ease. It's a gift. A gift that would not have happened had I decided not to lug my creations across town to support my craft.
So, I suppose there are no accidents.  And to be blessed with not only a crazy obsession to create art, but to also find friends who share your vision and your passion is the importance of creative friends.
I am lucky to a a few in my life and hope to continue finding more along the way.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

It's that time of year again...

Yes...holiday shopping!
Part of us loves it and part of us hates it..we all have too much to do and stress awaits at every turn. But there is a way to make it more enjoyable. Instead of shopping at a crowded, stuffy mall with all the same exact items that are in every store....be different and enjoy the moment and the process!  Buy your cool, unique gifts at an artisan fair! They are everywhere now! There are Octoberfest's and Christmas Bazaar's all about your neighborhood. These events not only sell outstanding, unique handcrafted items that you can't find anywhere else bit you also enjoy the experience of chatting with the locals who actually make them with their own hands! They are not folks who "make crafty things"- they are artists who have creative vision, incredible talent, and live their lives according to their own inner wisdom. In other words, they walk  path of their choice.  To me, it's a gift to be able to define that and go with it. For an artist, its not always an easy path or done only for only monetary rewards. But the rewards are there none the less for all involved. So why not walk a new path this year?  Support creative minds, learn along the way and enjoy your holiday in a different way. Make it about something. Make it happen. Make it real.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oriental Ladies...Sneak Peak

Whenever I fabric shop, I never know what I'll find, but when I do pick up a new piece, its always something that strikes me as being unique. Then, of course, there is no way I can pass it by. I am so glad I didn't let this one pass through my fingers!  On my last trip out I found this beautiful design which I have named "Oriental Ladies".  The back is covered with a coordinating fabric of Chinese lettering. I knew it would be perfect for my Bluepie Pillow covers.  I hope you'll agree it's a special find! Soon be available at www.bluepiedesigns.etsy.com.
Let me know what you think.
Signing off for now....have lots to do getting ready for the next craft show at Parker Press in Woodbridge, NJ. October 1, 2011. 10-4 if you'd like to stop by and say hello!


Monday, August 29, 2011

It's all about feeling better....

My youngest son, Greg- who happens to be my biggest Bluepie supporter- is also probably the most stressed out person I know. Of course, we all have stress coming at us all day in every direction. Some handle it better than others. He sometimes has a hard time. Most times, it's not a pretty picture. I wish there was something I could do to help him. Of course, I give the pep talks, encouragement, the roll-with-the punches speeches but unfortunately that only works for the short term. So, I was very surprised when I spoke to him a few weeks ago on the phone and I could hardly believe it was him. He sounded different, calmer, more centered. Wasn't really sure if he had put someone else on the line to impersonate him. I asked him what happened and he told me he'd found a new way to "chill". I'm happy to report it wasn't a little blue pill. In fact, it was a cuff and not a Bluepie "Secret Stash" Cuff! It was given to him by a friend and within 2 days of wearing it, his life changed. He was able to relax, yet at the same time have energy to get through the day. He was much calmer, felt better and told me he was experiencing the most deep restful sleep he's ever had. Of course I wanted the details and he's promised to get me one of these cuffs too. I am not getting left out of a dreamy nights sleep! In fact, he is so amazed,  impressed and convinced of the technology of this cuff that he has decided to take it to the next level and get involved with the company that makes them.

(C•PRIME bands are fashion-forward performance wear that can change your life at the speed of light. Every bio-chemical event in the human body is preceded by an exchange of electrons at the microscopic level. This product incorporates a patent-pending technology that acts as a bio-antenna to the human body, altering the way your body interacts with its electromagnetic environment.)


I am just happy that Greg is happy and feeling much better these days. So, if you want to check out all the good stuff and maybe try it out for yourself, take a look. In my book, anything that makes you feel better in this crazy world we live in is a good thing.
www.mycprime.com/taylorcprime




Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yup, It's Official.....

Yipeee....

Bluepie is finally getting a newsletter out to reach everyone in cyberworld! It took months of prep and deciding what platform to use. But I finally decided on Mail Chimp. It's free- big plus- and pretty easy to use once you get the lingo down. They even have online live classes that you can participate in. I even won a free T- shirt for answering a question right at the end of the seminar!

So, there are lots of decisions to make when starting a newsletter from what to write and how to get subscribers. The writing part was easy. I love to write and never run out of ideas- in fact, I probably have to many. I'm a list maker- big time- I know I will never get all of my light bulb moments accomplished - but I keep trying.

To get subscribers, I searched until I found the answers. (Google is a huge friend of mine!)

Here's a few things I found helpful:

1. Go thru your email addy book and send out a one time email to your friends and family asking them to sign up. But tell them WHY it's a good idea. Let them know that you will offer discounts only to subscribers. Remind them that you have great products that they can actually USE. Let your personality shine through. Don't be boring. Ask them to forward the email to all of their friends and family...
Not everyone will sign up and that's OK...but the ones who do, really like you and your products. They may be future customers.

2. If you use Mailchimp, you can create a link on your Facebook Fan Page - (you should have one) so they can easily sign up from there. I'm sure other services have this too. Again- remind them of discounts or whatever you feel is appropriate for you. While on FB, post occasionally that you have a newsletter if anyone would like to sign up- include a link if you don't have one built in.

3. On EVERY email, Etsy convo, etc. have a link to your newsletter! People like to click, so you never know.

4. Of course- you probably should have a blog and there again should be a gadget with an email sign up sheet...(you can see one on mine here) - They are easy to do.

5. I haven't had the time to check this out yet, but you can also submit your newsletter to bestzines.com for a review. That's next on my ever growing to-do- list.

6. Word of mouth still works! Put links to everything on your biz card. Tell everyone you know that they are really missing out if they don't sign up for all your fun stuff! Hey- bottom line, you gotta sell yourself to be known in cyberspace and in the real world. If you don't do it, no one else will. Be proud of yourself, your products and all your hard work. Other people WILL notice.

7. Check out YOU TUBE if you need help with anything! It is much easier to see someone demonstrate than it is to read boring manuals...I found tons of info there that helped me learn and refine my ideas.

8. Of course, life is short so have fun along the way! Otherwise what is the point...

ps...If you'd like to be part of the excitement- just fill in the info on the left and join! ...My first edition of of cool news and bargains will be out next week!...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Creative Juices!

A month ago I was at the beach- Long beach Island NJ actually. It's magical there. But something else happens at nearly any beach you go to. It's a transformation in some ways. Downshift. Chill. Remove yourself from reality. It's a good thing and also necessary to clear your mind and invigorate the creative juices. I go with my BFF and we play, we create (yes, really- we are back in kindergarden coloring and pasting with Elmers glue-) The boundaries fold, we bring on the magic markers, the paints, the fabric and just have fun and explore. Then the magic happens. Ideas ignite, light bulb moments are a dime a dozen. A masterpiece is created! But it wouldn't have if we didn't give the space for it to be. It also helps if you are a little bit of a nerd. So, we come away with sand between our toes, photographs to prove it, new creations and memories until the next time. Life is good at the beach.



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brain Overload etc....

After a full month in June of craft shows, I was feeling a bit burned out, not to mention exhausted! So, figured I'd take a break from the sweat shop for a week or so and work on marketing, advertising, learning some new tricks for Bluepie headquarters. Okay, now I'd rather be sewing and out at a craft show! Being online 24/7 is even more crazy. I am learning some new tricks of the trade, but sometimes it's slow going. I like to figure out everything myself so the there is a lot of trial and error. My to-do list is never ending - why is that?- Oh, yea, I guess it's because with every click, I discover something else that I must do! I am happy that I've accomplished something though. Designing a Newsletter through Mail Chimp is almost done- lots of work but I think in the end it will be worth it. I now have a sidebar link on the left my Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluepie-Designs/156097264434233 that will take you to my email newsletter sign up page. For me, this is pretty cool that I even figured out how to do it! ( I hope you will go check it out and sign up pretty please!) Its also right here on this blog too, over to the left!
I also contacted Rare Bird Finds and was really thrilled that they featured my Secret Stash Cuff on their website. They are always looking for unique, cool handcrafted items. You can check that out here too: http://rarebirdfinds.typepad.com/rare_bird_finds/2011/07/kids-secret-stash-cuffs.html
So...that made me a happer camper!
Of course, I am no where near done with THE LIST--- I still have lots to figure out about blogging- never thought writing would be so complex- and I will be adding a Facebook landing page soon too. I am convinced now though that anything you need to learn can be found on You Tube! I will march on and in between all of this, I actually have to make stuff and produce a product! Hoping my brain holds out so I remember how to sew!
Bluepie signing off for now- must get back to the world of cyberspace...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Got TV?

As far back as I can remember, I watched TV. From little kid to big kid. After school, I was the first one to rush home and push the ON button (no remotes back in the dark ages) I watched all the cartoons on saturday morning. I lived in the perfect world of Father Knows Best, Donna Reed, My Three sons. (which by the way totally screwed up my life- false expectations are a very bad thing)
I unfortunately was also hooked on the soaps while my toddler at the time watched me watch the soaps. General Hospital, One Life to Live and, of course, we can't forget All My Children. More nonsense and insanity filling my brain. But at that point, my brain cells were probably fried anyway. Know, I know this sounds harsh but looking back- what was I thinking? Oh Yea, I wasn't. Addicts don't usually catch on right away. TV was as much a part of my life as brushing my teeth or eating Mac and Cheese from a box. So, I grew up, did other things but still watched daily TV. It was on even if I wasn't watching it. You know..background noise so you don't feel alone. So now after a hundred years or so, something miraculous has happened. I don't watch TV at all anymore! No one came to my house with a gun to threaten me. No one offered me money to quit. No one suggested I was an addict and should stop viewing to save my cells. Aliens did not drop down from above to re-program my brain It just happened gradually. I didn't plan it. I still loved the Travel shows, The Today Show, the cooking channels, HOUSE, MEDIUM, Oprah (now cancelled!) Desperate Housewives - the list goes on. After a few weeks though, I realized that I never turned on the TV. It was a miracle. But then, of course, I had to figure out why. (Evidently, I did have a few working cells left) It was actually quite simple. I was on overload. A power outage to the brain. Stimuli was coming at me from all angles, not just the television. Massive music on Itunes, You Tube videos, neighbors dogs barking, noisy outdoor air conditioners, electric weed wackers, and leaf blowers. However, the most annoying noise of all was my other half- now retired screaming on the phone for 3-5 hours a day in a a very loud voice. Okay, you get the picture- my head was ready to explode! I needed a break. I started to meditate every morning. I went for walks in the park. Road my bike. I read books. I wrote. I photographed. I painted watercolors. I worked even harder on Bluepiedesigns learning about Google Analytics, RSS feeds, Facebook Pages and, of course, sewing and designing. I accomplished things! I had a life. My brain did not explode. I don't miss TV at all. In fact, I don't think I am missing anything at all. I listen to the birds now and look at blue skies and billowing white clouds. I am happier. My life is quiet. When I need noise, I still dance with my IPOD and and scream with PINK or BLACK EYED PEAS. I may still want to be a rock star some day. But one who doesn't watch TV.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Buddy Pal

That was my nickname as far back as I can remember. Maybe I was about four. Dad would come home from work in his greasy overalls after a long hard day working as his Esso station on Route 1. (yup, it was Esso before it was Exxon). Just seeing his car pull up in the driveway, made my heart skip a beat. The back door would open and so would his arms. I would fly right into them and he would yell "Hey, how's my Buddy Pal?" Needless to say, I was in heaven. Daddy was home and all was well with the world. It doesn't take much to make a little kid happy, just another human being that lets you know that you are the most important person in their world. And that feeling of love lasted my whole life with Dad. I never doubted it, never had reason to. He was there in my heart always. He let me know that as a female I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. He took me to baseball games and football games, showed me that any mistakes I made could always be fixed. Taught me how to put a worm on a hook to catch the biggest fish and also how to lower a net from our rowboat to get tons of Blue crabs. In the ocean flying over waves at the Jersey shore, fear gripped my heart but then Dad's arms and gentle voice made it fun instead of scary. I knew I would always be safe. As I got older he stressed the importance of an education and using my brain. "Sign up for those college courses buddy pal, you don't want to sit in front of a typewriter all day do you?". I did and he was right, of course.

My Dad was a golfer since I can remember. The trophies lined the living room shelf in the picture window. He loved to be outside with the blue skies and emerald green grass. Driving, chipping, putting. It was everything to him. It was just as important as taking a breath.
I never got to golf with him though, which I so regret. I started late in life but I did have the golf DNA gene and did pretty good for a late bloomer. So he was proud. At 84 he was still shooting in the eighites! Quite an accomplishment. He was in good shape and still handsome even then- a full head of hair and no grey until his seventies!
So, on his last full day of life, a stroke took him away from me, but he left doing what he loved- teeing off on the first hole as the sun warmed his soul. The pain of losing him last week has not hit me yet. I have yet to even cry, for if I do, then it will be real and I am not ready for that reality show yet.
However, an angel gave me a gift. I replaced the picture of Dad hooked to machines in the hospital with a new one --In heaven, after an amazing, awesome , excellent round of golf with his buddies, Dad brimmed, walked to the 19th hole and enjoyed an ice cold Miller Lite on tap. Its made me smile for a week now. Along with my lifetime of sweet memories, I am hanging on to that image for as long as I can. Keep hittin 'em long and straight. I love you Dad.

Forever,
Your Buddy Pal

Monday, April 11, 2011

People Not Factories

I found a great website: "Try Handmade Gallery".  I've been accepted for a few submissions and also recently featured on this site.  They have amazing handcrafted items and a portion of their proceeds go to an organization called Kiva to help entrepreneurs throughout the world. Good stuff in my book!
Check it out:
http://tryhandmade.com/

Monday, March 21, 2011

Etsy Open House!

Come join the fun- meet the artists and shop for beautiful handcrafted items!

http://suhualow.com/april17/

Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 14, 2011

An Interview- not 60 minutes but good enough for me!

I was recently interviewed by a fellow blogger and friend, Sara,
http://emmysclosetbows.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html

Check it out if you'd like to see a bit behind the scenes of me and BluepieDesigns!

And please check out Sara's Etsy shop and blog..she is amazing!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/emmyscloset

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Still no excuses!

One of my biggest pet peeves is people making excuses!  Hey, we can all make an excuse for just about everything there is that you don't want to do.  I can find thousands of them on a daily basis.  But, of course, you are only cheating yourself so why bother? ( I don't like cheaters either).  So, given that I decided to train for a 5K a couple weeks ago, I knew I would just have to keep going no matter what. And I have!
I was never a runner and don't even know if I ever will be or even want to be but I do like a challenge and I like to try new things. I get bored easy. So I have been true to my word and get on the treadmill 6 days a week following my training program. Actually, I think treadmills are very boring, but I also hate the cold so  I have a few more weeks to wait to run outdoors. But, in the meantime I have found a way to make it a bit more fun. Yeah- new music on the IPOD!  I used to watch TV and that made me even more crazy. All I did was watch the digital numbers and wish it was over.  So I found www.pandora.com a few years ago and just found some new music I liked and downloaded away. I needed new fast dance music to get me going and now the time flies and I am a happy camper!
Here is the newly added lineup that makes me keep going!  Crank up the volume and speed up the treadmill...no excuses- GO!

Lady Gaga- Poker Face, Just Dance
Kate Perry- I kissed a girl
Christina Aguilera- Fighter
Kelly Clarkson- Miss Independent
Carrie Underwood- Before He Cheats
Pink- Raise your Glass,  F** Perfect, Funhouse, Get the Party Started, So What.
I am a huge Pink Fan!
And of course I have my old favorites too but these really rock...
Gotta run!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Party On!


Who doesn't like a party?  It's fun to re-connect with friends and family and actually enjoy a good time once in a while.  Soon the weather will eventually warm up and we will be outside in the sun BQ' ing and all that good stuff.  But it's not just adults that like parties- kids do too and if you have little ones, you know that the birthday party invites will soon be arriving in your mailbox in droves. At least that's how I remember it.  In fact, it's already happening.  Last week I received an email from a sweet  young woman who was, in fact, planning a kids party.  Turns out she was not only planning ahead but also thinking out of the box.  She wanted something different for party favors- not the usual dollar store plastic toys. So, I must say she was quite creative when she decided to purchase dozens of Bluepie Kids "Secret Stash" Cuffs for all the party goers!  On party day, all the little ones will have a very cool gift to bring home and actually use, not just on party day but always!  It's a win- win!  I can't wait to see the photos. Party on.








Saturday, February 12, 2011

From My Heart to Yours...

Given that Valentines Day is approaching and February is also heart month, it makes perfect sense to realize how important a functioning heart really is. (Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women)  So, it also made perfect sense to start taking better care of mine. Although I do my daily strength training, I am lazy about getting out for a walk or hopping the treadmill.  I needed a kick in the butt and by chance I got one from my friend Sara at http://emmysclosetbows.blogspot.com/2011/02/week-1-day-1.html
Laziness has turned into motivation and I have decided to train for a 5K.  I was never a runner and I may never be one but I want to train as one and I want my heart  to stay strong.
It will be an eight week program and I start on Monday- (but I was so psyched I actually did a mile this morning!)
So, yeah I'm off and running!  Wish me luck and hey- maybe this is contagious for you as it was for me.
Get off the couch and give yourself and your heart a hug!

Almost Famous!

So, maybe being online all the time is a good thing!  I submitted a Bluepie  "Secret Stash" Cuff for http://gallery.tryhandmade.com/
It's a gallery for Handmade items- Their motto is "People not Factories" and Yipeee...It was accepted!
Okay, I may not be famous but I feel like I am!  

Friday, February 11, 2011

My First True Love...

I have been spending WAY too much time online lately. Of course its a necessary evil.  I must stay on top of marketing, advertising etc, for Bluepie otherwise how and where would I sell all this stuff I make?  No genie is going to knock on my front door and give me loads of cash!  However, as much as I LOVE my MAC and the internet and making handbags, secret stash cuffs, passion pillows, hand dyed scarves, and the million other items I dream up, nothing comes close to my first true love- painting! You know with sable  brushes, oils,  watercolors,  quality paper, a good stretched canvas.  Just set up an easel, turn on the IPOD and mix up the paints.  I go into another zone, another level of consciousness.  It's not work, its play. It's leaving the real world and entering the twilight zone for a while. It's being a kid with no responsibilities,  no worries, no time clock.
So, I've made time once again for my first true love. My latest venture has been painting custom home watercolor portraits. My own home is the first painting.  I am halfway done and will post the finished product as soon as it's complete. It's coming along great.  I'm in love once again with sketching, color, paints and design! It's exciting  to have a brush in hand and drift away to wherever it is that I go.

Okay, its time to sign off for now- gotta go smell the paints!
Here's a couple of paintings from years past:
Leave a comment if you can to inspire me! thanks!




Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The Traveler

To me, there is nothing more satisfying  than traveling the world to see unique or remote locations,  meet people from different  cultures,  enjoy incredible sights, sounds and adventures.  Of course there's the food, cool pubs,  and hanging out with the locals.  But right now, during  the dead of winter in New Jersey instead of traveling, I am planning to travel. I am addicted to the Travel Channel, Rachael Ray's $40 a Day,  Samantha Browns Passport to Europe, Rick Steves, Anthony Bourdain and whatever else I can find while I browse with my remote. I am not overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, instead I am on my living room couch with maps, travel brochures and of course my best buddy- the internet. It's all good though- In fact planning a trip is almost have the fun. I dream of where I will go, how I will get there, who I will meet and what clothes I will pack. (its a great excuse to buy some new stuff too)
But what really tops the list for me is seeing the world through my camera (and it a brand new Nikon- A Bluepie treat to me!)  There is nothing better than composing, hearing the shutter click and knowing I am making memories that I can look back on and relive the best moments of my trip.
So, for now I look at photographs  from years past, from an actual scrapbook or an online digital travel site.
I began one a few years ago at  http://www.travelpod.com/members/bluespirit
 Very cool!. I keep a journal of every step of the way (nerds do this ) on each trip not only because  I love to write but also so I can remember what the hell I did! After all what good are memories if you can't remember them!
This morning I  spent time gathering up my handcrafted photo cards, writing up descriptions and posting away on Etsy. They remind me of the good times I've had and my hope is that they will create new dreams and connections for others who may hold them in their hands and feel the same magic I did.
I dont' know where I will end up this year but I know it will be another not- to- be missed adventure!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/67693265/photographic-greeting-card-set-of-four

Sunday, February 06, 2011

healthy cookies!

i'm exhausted! what a workout I had today.. Stirring the batter for my peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookies was an awesome upper body workout!
Of course they are healthy cookies, and along with a glass of cholesterol lowering red wine - well, let just say- I may not have to do my push ups later after the game...

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Diets don't work....

says Aly cat.  "I will never fit into my new bikini at this rate!" And I was so hoping to coordinate it with a new summer Bluepie bag!  I guess I better hit the treadmill as soon as the snow melts!"


(cat owner - sister Gail)

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Etsy Treasuries!

OK...I have not made one of my own yet, but I've been in quite a few...It's so fun!
Here is the latest...

Oh Henri!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d4a002e2a038eef78470101/henri-matisse

Love my new redesigned clutch bags!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Book Lovers Alert!

If you love to read,  ( I could literally LIVE in Barnes and Noble!) then you may want to check out a really cool website that a friend hooked me up to. For a number of years I've used a book diary to record the books I've read ( translation: remember the books I've read!)  But this website does a much better job and allows you to share and learn from other book lovers as well.
So- check it out and get some new ideas!
www.goodreads.com
Here is the book I am currently reading:  (its really good!)



One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

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One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize#150;winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel Garcia Marquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.

Alternately reverential and comical, 
One Hundred Years of Solitudeweaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

So many passions, so little time!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do too much at once. I can't help it thou. It used to bother me, thinking that I could never be an expert at anything.  But then I read that Leonardo DaVinci had the same problem so I just let that negative thought go.  After all, who cares?  I do what I do because it makes me happy and I wouldn't have it any other way. If I am not making handbags or cuffs or  hand dying and painting scarves,  I am doing a watercolor, taking photographs of buildings or trees or the ocean or whatever moves through my world. I might stop to eat a salad or clean a closet or write a poem. I'm not big on TV  but I love the travel channel because its my way of going on vacation while I sit on my couch or practice a yoga pose.  Then, of course I have those 2 cats, Lenny and Littlecat that pretty much force me to feed them whenever they decide that they must  have a snack.  In between all that I normally rearrange my furniture whenever the spirit moves me, although I've tried to limit these urges as best as I can. It gets me into too much trouble.  Shopping for furniture gets expensive.  I didn't even mention that I could spend the rest of my life just reading books.  Even If I  had no one to talk to or anywhere to go, I could still be happy with a good book.  My almost new MacBook Pro is another passion.  I really couldn't live without it now.  The Internet is a giant library- a must for a nerd  like me.  Take away my car, my cell phone, my TV but not my Mac. Or my camera. I just bought a Nikon 3100D.  It's heaven. After all it's another way I see the world. Now all I need is a little more time. And a couple really good dark chocolate bars.  I need the energy to keep me going, of course.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Going Blog Crazy!

Okay, it's time.  I've been way to busy at Bluepiedesigns  actually making stuff and to some extent I've neglected marketing, advertising and blogging! So, starting today I will make it official.  The fingers must start typing.
 A few months ago I went to a huge craft show and had a great conversation with a really nice young lady who had an awesome booth and really beautiful items for young children. We exchanged cards and have kept in touch. She is also really successful on her Etsy website, blog, Facebook etc.  She knows way more than I do about creating "buzz" and getting the word out about your business.  So, please check her out and join in on the fun and learn something new. I know I will be. It's about time!

http://www.emmysclosetbows.blogspot.com/