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craft shows, design

Holidays, Crafting, and Kids: Why I’m a grump this December

  Untangling a big box of string lights – that’s a good analogy for my life right now. There are just so many different strands in there that need to be straightened out. I’m down to my very last holiday show. It’s been a good season, and the last show, Grump@Zoolights, looks very promising in …

BUSINESS SKILLS, productivity, wellness

Take A Break Wonder Woman! (identifying your work patterns)

I think have mentioned this before: part of working for myself means that I often alternate between periods of hyperactive, super-smug productivity, and what I like to call ‘Buffering Time’. You know that experience when you are fully immersed in a movie on Netflix, and all of a sudden it stops, and you have to …

design, Travel, wellness

I Can See The Future Finally (Well, Sort Of!)

This time two weeks ago, I was very confused about the direction I was heading in professionally. Or maybe I was confused about the lack of direction? Either way, it was confusing. I was waiting on a response from potential employers after a job interview… and responses from potential venues for my summer camp… and …

productivity, wellness

January Slump – Survival Tips For Artists and Other Humans Who Work From Home

It’s January and all I want to do is wrap a blanket around myself and whisper sweet nothings to my sofa. I am not a Winter person, I find it difficult to be productive and ebullient when I am cold. Heck, I find it difficult to even get out of bed when I am cold, and working …

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, …