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BUSINESS SKILLS, motivation, small business

What Goes Into A Small, Creative Business?

Here are some things I know about small, creative businesses. These businesses are often very, very small. We are talking one or two humans with a big passion and dreams, working from their homes during every free moment they have to produce something unique. Not all small businesses are created equal. We all start with …

creativity, motivation

Beating Off The Doldrums – Mood Boosters for Self Employed Makers and Creatives

I enjoy running my own business because I work well alone. I am a pretty self motivated human and very understanding boss! You will more often than not, find me in a satisfying flow state drawing up new ideas for my business and happily working away in my studio. However this cannot always be the …

motivation, small business

Super Busy, Extra Thankful

It has been a volatile month or so here at Noctiluna HQ (also known as the studio above my garage). In late October/ early November, feeling ragged and uninspired, I gave myself a two week break from printing. I spent this time locked my studio exploring my painterly side and listening to audiobooks while muttering …

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, summer camp

Four More Days Until Camp!!!

I tremble ever so slightly as I write this. I don’t know why I get so nervous leading up to camps, I mean, I’m experienced, I’m prepared: I’ve written the curriculum, I have the materials and I know what I’m doing – what’s the big deal??? It’s just me. To be honest, I get nervous about …

motivation, productivity

The Good, the Bad, and the Grumpy

  I’m a pretty optimistic person, but like anyone else I have my low, mean, grouchy days, today is one of those days. I have forced myself to write this post today, because writing a blog post often puts things in perspective for me, and I can stop being so self absorbed, move on, and …

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 …

BLOGGING, creativity, family, inspiration, kids, lists, motivation, small business

Compassion For The Unmotivated

It is 9am, and my younger child just left for preschool with his dad. The house is empty, I have limited time before I need to leave to do the midday pick up/drop off (it’s complicated, my younger child has a strange schedule), but I just can’t motivate myself to start printing. I am a …

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 …

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