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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, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, inspiration, kids, learning, letting go, lists, motivation, multitasking, obstacles, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, spontaneity, teaching, work ethic, working from home

Half Baked – Part 2

…So, where were we? Oh yes, identifying things that make me happy and, therefore, more productive. I thought about this a lot during the midday preschool pick up/drop off. Here is what I came up with: Start every day by creating something Obvious for an artist, you may say. However, I’m finding that often I get …

art and design, balance, BLOGGING, crafter, creativity, design, education, fairs and markets, inspiration, motivation, multitasking, planning, schedule, small business, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

A Blog About Not Blogging

It has been a looooooong time since I last blogged. Blogging is like exercising, once you get out of a pattern it is really difficult to get back into it. Somehow, something always comes up that needs to get done first. Laundry, errands, phone calls, the third season of Lillehammer on Netflix…hmm. I read somewhere that, …

art and design, creativity, design, education, happy new year, inspiration, motivation, planning, resolutions, small business, textile design, work ethic, working from home

2014 – The First Blog

I wanted to call this blog “I’m Back Baby!”, but then settled on a less bragging, more sedate title. Well let’s be honest, I have made that claim more than once over the past year, and have had to eat my words within a month. I do actually try to be steady work-wise. I would …

2013, art and design, crafter, creativity, design, education, fairs and markets, family, inspiration, motivation, multitasking, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, spontaneity, Travel, work ethic, working from home

… and the moral is…..breathe.

Boy has it been a busy few months. I have a persistent daydream that consists of me lying on a sofa watching the Godfather trilogy with a block of chocolate next to me. Maybe one day… Last month I bit off more than I could chew, and it is only now that I am beginning …

2013, art and design, book art, coloring books, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, illustration and books, inspiration, kids, multitasking, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, small business, spontaneity, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

Never Run in Flip Flops

This is a blog post that I wrote last week, and never got to send off, but it seemed a shame to leave it sitting in a folder – so here you are… “Never run in flip flops!” I have been known to say to my kids. It is common parenting wisdom that running in …

art and design, crafter, creativity, design, family, inspiration, kids, motivation, multitasking, obstacles, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

A Big Cheer for Small Businesses

This post is dedicated to all you individuals slavishly hand writing prices on stickers, and loading cars with grid walls and EZ Up tents, or whatever it is you do to keep the dream alive. I’m here for you.   The great rush is on to get things ready for the Spring fairs, and things …

2013, art and design, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, inspiration, kids, letting go, motivation, multitasking, obstacles, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, spontaneity, textile design, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

My New Workmate

You might have noticed that I have not been blogging much lately, (I’m not sure whom I’m referring to when I write ‘you’ – in all probability, my regular followers have dropped like flies by now!). Anyway, my circumstances have changed a bit recently. I now have an almost-three-year old sharing my workspace with me all …

2013, art and design, British Indian, crafter, creativity, design, family, inspiration, kids, lists, motivation, multitasking, obstacles, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, textile design, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

Toast, Monkeys and Neon Shirts

It has been a week for toasting monkeys (see the definition for ‘monkey-toasting’ here). In between all the chores, administrative work, and carting kids around to various appointments, I did actually manage to get a large chunk of printing done (giving myself a virtual pat on the back as I type this). I have started …

2013, art and design, book art, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, illustration and books, inspiration, kids, multitasking, obstacles, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, spontaneity, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

The End of My Blue-Period

I’m back on the proverbial wagon. “When did you fall off?” I hear you say. “Wow, I didn’t know you had a drink problem.”  I hear you think. No, no, no. I do not have a drink problem (unless it is tea we are talking about here). I mean the productivity wagon. For approximately four, …