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art and design, small business, working from home

A Review of My Year So Far

This is a year of firsts. It is my first time as an Artist in Residence at a school. I am building my first studio ever. This is the first season that I am focusing on making products for shops, and my first year of really being at peace with working from home. The Residency …

craft shows, small business

Is It The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year?

The holiday season is upon us, and crafters everywhere are investing heavily in multipacks of Hothands, wearing their wooliest hand knitted socks, and braving the extreme cold to bring their beautiful wares to you. This is all for you! But what does this time of year feel like for crafters? Well, I can’t speak for …

productivity, small business

Know Yourself: Discovering Your Ideal Work Environment

So here’s a bit of news for you: I am one of Arts Fairfax’s Artists in Residence for the 2018/2019 school year. What does this mean? Well, I will be teaching/torturing kids at a Fairfax County Public School sometime soon, I know a lot more about the Virginia Standards of Learning than previously, and I …

productivity, small business

Paintbrushes v Toothbrushes: A Peek Inside My Artist’s Home

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with an artist? Maybe you already live with one, and are thinking up a few choice expletives to write in the comments section below? You have my sympathies, really. My family love what I do, and my kids are proud of having an artist mom. They …

craft shows, small business

What Happens When You Are Scared Of Success?

It is gray and gloomy, the rain is coming down in thick sheets outside, and I can’t believe that just two days ago I was frolicking amidst the Azaleas in my garden. What fresh madness is this? Bad weather aside, I am feeling a little somber anyway today. I really shouldn’t be, I should be …

productivity, small business

Putting Your Business’ Best Face On

Don’t Instagram, Facebook, and the rest, do a great job of making our lives and jobs seem a heck of a lot more interesting than they actually are? Instagram is my favorite, it puts sparkles on everything, even my messy, outdated kitchen with scratched up cabinets. It’s the photo equivalent of bright red lipstick, or rainbow sprinkles on …

productivity, small business, working from home

The Reality Of Working From Home

I see a lot of articles, blog posts, and movies where well dressed, self employed people work from a beautiful chic cafe; sunlight filtering in through large windows, coffee and pain au chocolat set carefully at an artful angle next to their brand new laptop. I want to know who these people are, how I can …

productivity, small business, wellness

It’s Not Always About Getting Ahead

This is a post dedicated to all those small business owners and fledgling entrepreneurs out there. Keep your chins up and read on : First let’s get three things straight. My business is growing, but it’s growing very slowly. Very slowly. I have clearly missed the overnight success boat. Secondly, I have very little in …

craft shows, small business

Viva Summer!

Welcome June. I take a deep long breath as I write this. May was one hell of a month – craft festivals, birthdays, school events all clubbed together and squeezing me so tight that I could barely breathe, let alone blog about them. I’d like to move on, but first let me quickly tell you about …

art, craft shows, small business

Montessori, Murals, and Mayhem!

I never managed to blog last week; May is always the busiest month of the year for me. I had my babies in May and, weirdly enough, so did many of my friends, so there are birthdays to plan and attend, and many, many presents to buy and give. May is also a month of …

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