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wellness, work ethic

Forced Breaks – When Fate Takes You In Hand

I haven’t blogged much over the past few weeks because, well, the ongoing construction of my studio has turned me into a nomad of sorts and slowed me down. I have been feeling pretty discombobulated and odd (well odder than usual). It’s been weird. I love working. I like to be left in solitude to …

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 …

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 …

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, productivity

Parenting, Working, and Not Working

I am more thankful than usual that it is a Friday, this week has been nothing but an uphill struggle. First of all, there was/is the dark, dank weather, the howling wind, and the general feeling that Dementors are floating about in my neighborhood. Then, seeing as it is Springtime (can you sense my sarcasm?), my nine year old …

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 …

art and design, small business

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, …

art and design, crafter, inspiration, small business, textile design, Uncategorized, working from home

I Blog, therefore I am?

My blog has lain fallow for a good month or so. When this happens, it means that I have not been on top of things as much as I would like. I work for myself, from home, which means that at any given time I am stirring a big pot of projects, both work and …

art and design, crafter, small business, textile design, Uncategorized

Loosen up lady!

A blog about drawing and un-drawing…. I have produced some pretty uptight drawings, and now I’m going to have to unravel them a bit. One of the things I like most about henna, or mehndi, is the fluid way in which it is drawn. Henna artists don’t really plan out their designs in advance, they …

Uncategorized

Domesticity and the artist

Pictures of my house being slowly overtaken by printing madness.  It has been a productive day so far. The T-shirts are coming along nicely, but I fear the house may be swallowed up in the process. The upside?? I’ve become much better at doing the dishes on time, now that I need the sink to …

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