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motivation, productivity

Doing Versus Writing – The Part Time Blogger’s Struggle

Most of the time, my blog and my design practice  have a lovely symbiotic relationship. I blog to clarify thoughts and ideas and write about things that propel me into action. The things I subsequently make, and the process of making them inspires me to blog again. This in turn motivates me to keep creating …

motivation, productivity, summer camp

Preparing For An Art Camp My Way

Spring break is next week, and so is the Noctiluna Spring Camp! As you can imagine, this is a busy week for me. As with most jobs I do, preparing for a camp has it’s own pattern, so here is an insider’s view of what I normally do in the week before I run a camp: Transcendental Lesson Planning Marathon I always leave …

balance, books, BUSINESS SKILLS, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, kids, motivation, multitasking, obstacles, schedule, small business, spontaneity, summer camp, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

The Luxury of a Full Work Week

The  last two weeks have been pretty productive, thanks in part to the lovely Spring-like weather. With no sudden, unexpected snow days, I managed to finish screen-printing all 1 million of my products (Well, it certainly felt like 1 million!). I have also almost finished ironing them all as well. My right bicep is now impressively larger than the …

art and design, creativity, design, education, family, inspiration, kids, letting go, motivation, operate by interruption, parenting, Play, schedule, small business, spontaneity, teaching, textile design, Uncategorized, working from home

Why routine is my frenemy

I had a baaaad printing day yesterday. I made so many silly mistakes, messed up so many shirts. My head was fuzzy, and my heart was just not in my work. It was a thoroughly unproductive day. I think all the many, many snow days have thrown me off. Last week was like this: one …

crafter, creativity, design, family, inspiration, kids, motivation, multitasking, obstacles, parenting, planning, Play, small business, spontaneity, textile design, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

Snow, Baked Goods and my Printing Schedule

So, my resolve to blog at least once a week broke, last week. It just broke apart like a large, warm, flaky, soft, buttery croissant does… mmmmmmmmmm…but I digress, let me tell you more about last week. Last Week Last week it got very cold and snowy, and the kids had just one day of school. Then …

BLOGGING, BUSINESS SKILLS, family, kids, motivation, parenting, small business, spontaneity, Travel, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

Post-Disney State of Mind

“It was a cold and wet December day, when I touched the ground at JFK…” I know how you felt, Bono, I know how you felt. We (me, my husband, and the kids) have been in Disney World (and Universal Studios) for the last six days. It was golden, t-shirt weather. When we got off …

art and design, BLOGGING, BUSINESS SKILLS, creativity, design, education, family, inspiration, kids, learning, lists, motivation, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, summer camp, teaching, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

Art versus Domesticity

Squeezed for time, once again, this post comes to you from the waiting room of my son’s Occupational Therapist. So I think it only fitting to talk today about how, given my perpetual time crunch, I manage to practice, and teach very, VERY messy art at home without actually destroying said home. Note here that I …