The Creative Connection Event is going to be three fantastic days full of workshops, panels, innovative ways to learn how to grow your creative business, and even a full on open to the public handmade market! Excited yet? It gets even better. Classes range from folk art portrait painting to turning your old books into scrapbooking marvels. Once you've learned a fun new way to create, you can check out one of the great panels on ways to grow and market your business. Oh, and did I mention, AMY BUTLER is going to be the keynote speaker!!!
The event is taking place in Minneapolis, MN, September 16th-18th. Check out all the details on the website. With a major sponsor like ETSY already signed on, I think this will for sure become the go to annual creativity/handmade/ event!
Yesterday's inspiration post made me remember how much I LOVE this website! OMG! These rugs break my heart they are so fabulous (I hope you can sense the melodrama in my voice, but they are that great!)! Have you seen this site designerrugs.com? I mean really, you will be a fan too - promise! The Aussies are really turning up the design heat these days! :)
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I'm getting excited about diving into a few new collections! Here's more inspiration for this Tuesday!
I also want to be sure to stop and appreciate all the gifts and opportunities I have been given. All of us are truly lucky to have passion, drive, and the will to do what we love. I feet it is really important to stop, recognize this and say thank you.
I love my vision board! I know I have talked about this method of goal setting and visualization before, but I thought it would be a nice thing to do while relaxing and dreaming by the pool.
I love my vision board! I know I have talked about this method of goal setting and visualization before, but I thought it would be a nice thing to do while relaxing and dreaming by the pool. If you have never heard of the practice, making a vision board is a way to help you to actually "see" your goals and dreams. There is no right or wrong way to do it, and it really can reveal things about yourself you didn't even know! I just grab all the magazines that are around (usually a ton). I clip items that are inspiring and that visually trigger the scope of my goals. It's great fun and helps you to think big! The best part is actually seeing the goals/dreams fulfilled. I just got to take two things off of my board because they were accomplished! So now I am due for a refresh.
Is it just me, or have you been working double, triple overtime? Being so busy is fantastic, and I wouldn't change a thing. Well except maybe one thing. Would I give myself a break already?! I (and I'm sure like you) am my worst critic! Of course drive, commitment, and determination are all fantastic things. We would not be artists and/or business owners if we lacked these things. However, I am realizing that I've lost a bit of the balance in my life that actually helps to keep me on my toes. My perfect day would be to start working at about 9am, have a yoga/lunch break at about 1230, and then call it good at around 6. When I work this way, I work more efficiently and with more focus. So why have a strayed? It's so very easy to get caught up in a sea of deadlines (both actual and self-imposed), that sometimes we lose ourselves.
So while we are recommiting ourselves to our businesses this summer, how about we stop and recommit ourselves to ourselves too.
My commitment is to stop and have my mid-day yoga/lunch break. What's yours?
So here is my list. I'm just keeping it simple and starting with five items. Link back and share your lists and let's help each other get inspired! :)
2. Business plan for remainder of 2010 and 2011
3. Make super secret plans for the end of this year (bwaahh!)
4. Work on my branding strategy
5. Refine art tracking system.
This week I am sharing and suggesting ways that I (and you!) can really push things forward this summer. The best part is you can do it from the pool!
So...let's give it a go! No time like the present right?
1. First things firt: A plan...yeah that sounds like a good thing to have right?
So I am coming up on my two year anniversary of officially being a business (I count from the moment I became an llc). Up to this point, as for the accountants, tax guys, marketers, and pr agents...well you're looking at her. Clearly, I've done my homework on all the ground work to get going. I've devoured (and continue to) any info online as well as the gracious advice from many generous established artists. I have great systems in place (my fav. is Daylite) I have gone to my fair share of group seminars on copyright and attended countless brainstorming and networking events. Honestly, a part of me really likes it that way. I love doing art, but I also love running my business.
I'm really lucky and thankful. I created a catalog of work, and it has been really well received. Things are happening, and it's great! The flip side: things are happening - fast! I am getting everything I've asked for, prayed for and more! So now, I have to make sure I don't outgrow my own stilettos. What I mean is, I have to start really laying a new infrastructure for the new capacity of work flowing into my business! So here is my big step forward for today. I have a meeting with a lawyer who specializes in working with creatives. I am so excited about it! I am so excited to have an expert look over the significant (grateful) number of contracts that found their way to my inbox all on one day. I'm pumped about it (am I the only one who says that anymore)! I am excited to work with her to build a plan for all the icky legal stuff that is so very important!
What piece in your plan can you start right now, today? I invite you to share it here.
I like to say things aloud or to leave little trails of documentation. It keeps me accountable! :) Let the summer lovin' begin!
Hi Everyone! I am feeling particularly grateful today. This is first moment I have slowed down a bit since Surtex, and I am realizing how fortunate I am. I am thankful for wonderful friends like the fab Jess Swift and Mary Beth Freet. I am so thankful for trusted colleagues like Tara Reed and Tara Gentile who constantly support my business goals. Most importantly I am thankful for my wonderful hubby who rides the roller coaster with me everyday. What are you thankful for this week. Sometimes it's nice just to say it aloud! Happy weekend all!
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For only $35 you could copyright your entire catalog at one time! Last time I checked rates for lawyers are just a tad bit higher...just sayin' :) The best part is you can do it all online. Bet you didn't know it was going to be that easy! See there is really no good excuse for you NOT to be doing this. You will get immediate confirmation from the copyright office. Then a few weeks later, you get this very official document. Pretty cool right. The whole process will take you less than an hour once you get the hang of their online uploading system. Run to copyright.gov today and make it official! You will sleep easier tonight - promise!
Anyone outside of the US have any tips on how things work in your neck of the woods? Let's hear it!