Dad is doing much better. He should be released from the hospital today. We had a good talk last night on the phone. About photography and my business and such.
Yesterday I was included in another treasury, and my red 8X10 journal was featured on two different blogs! I'm also working with a wedding photographer to make custom pendants for her clients. Life is pretty good!
Today I'm going to buy craft supplies, and hopefully tomorrow I will be able to go out and take some awesome photos. I'm pushing to go to a place called Silver Falls here in Oregon. I've seen some photos of it and it's absolutely gorgeous... but we will see. I'm working on some plans for future endeavors, so my thoughts will be all about that.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Dad is doing much better. He should be released from the hospital today. We had a good talk last night on the phone. About photography and my business and such.
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Friday, January 30, 2009
My dad is in the hospital. Again. I talked with him last night and he was not in good spirits. He has pneumonia again... I didn't get a lot of sleep and I'm very worried. Sorry, no inspiring words for today.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday! I'll be working on some creative photography tonight, and narrowing down choices for the February art show.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I woke this morning very energized about all the stuff to come! I have an art show in February, an art/craft show in the Spring, an upcoming class. I love to be busy! I don't do idle very well. I like the stress of deadlines, and I thrive on staying busy. When I lay around, my creativity dwindles. I don't feel like making anything, or planning anything. I need momentum, and I've got it!
Be sure to click on the links to the right side of the screen. A new interview of me was posted yesterday on Creative Crafts. I will be posting my artisan interview tomorrow. And, hopefully every Wednesday it will become a regular feature. If you'd like to be featured, please email me at email@example.com with 'interview' in the subject.
If you are interested in more information about the class, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put 'creativity class' in the subject.
The Etsy party is still going on at Bella's blog. She has a ton of giveaways, including one of my pendants. Check it out!
Today will be: work, making class outlines and notes, researching, and finishing up some more beautiful pendants. Life is good. I hope it's an amazing Tuesday for each of you!
I just found out I'm featured on a blog today!!! This one is a total surprise! Fabulous Handmade Finds!
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Monday, January 26, 2009
I have been planning for quite awhile to offer an online class. Just some final tweaks to add, and it will be offered soon. The basis of it? Spiritual creativity, staying motivated, realizing and keeping in touch with your authentic self. What do you think?
Posted by Robynsart at 7:44 AM
Monday sure sneaks up on us fast! One of my twitter friends last week said that Monday is a really crappy way to spend 1/7th of your life! I think she is right! I had a very productive weekend, and I listed 3 new journals.
I feel like I'm being pulled in a new direction with these... they are 4X6, so much smaller than my others. But they are also from more recycled materials. Shabbier, perhaps. I've always loved the shabby chic movement... and I always seem to miss the mark. These do as well, but I'm very happy with them.
It was not a photo weekend. That's ok. I made journals, and it feels like I have not done that in forever! I have an art show coming up in February. And an art/craft show & sale coming up this spring. For the first time in my life, I feel like I need a day planner! I think that will be a good investment very soon.
Have any of you seen the video for "Rock Star" by Nickelback? I may post it on here in a day or two... Why do I bring it up? Well, because my dad looks like the guys in ZZ Top. No kidding. And in that song, the ZZ Top guy is asking questions along the way... 'how you gonna do it' 'what do you need' etc. My dad is like that in my life. He helps to guide me to the next step. He lets me figure out what that step is, then he asks me to think it through so I get there... not pushing me in any direction, but helping to get the thoughts straight and keeping me on track. Not sure how I feel about music on my blog... but as long as it has a play button and isn't automatic, it will be ok.
So... I hope today is the start of an amazing week! Don't forget to check out the Etsy party and enter for some of the giveaways over here.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009
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Saturday, January 24, 2009
Today I am feeling good. No headache. Well rested. Inspired. And I have plenty of time. I will be working on two new journals today, as well as some supply shopping. Not sure if I will take photos today though. It so often seems that I can be in only one mode at a time. Like when I'm in photography mode, I don't feel like making journals. When I'm in housekeeping mode, I don't want to do any of my fun stuff, I just want to do it and get it done. And today I'm in journal mode... so it's all that's on my mind.
Today will be a mostly TV free day. So I'm revisiting the past... listened to Poison earlier, then DeVo, AC/DC... it's a good day. I'm finishing up a gift for my dad today, then mailing him and my step-mom their gifts. I can't wait til he receives it. Oh one more thing... there will be a totally inspired post (by the end of this week hopefully!) that I will co-write with someone! That's just a tease, huh?
So... I'll post my journals in my shop when I'm all done. Have a great weekend! And... just so you know, I may blog at will this weekend. So... if I'm moved to do so, there may be multiple posts this weekend. Just feeling it.
I hope you all woke with a feeling of renewal!
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Friday, January 23, 2009
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Trying something new... let me know what you think:
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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Friday, January 16, 2009
In the book, each chapter is a week. One of the weeks is about ‘crazymakers’. These are the people who are hell-bent on creating drama and trouble with everyone around them. I’ve had a few experiences with exactly this type of person in my life. I don’t think we can fully ever get away from this type… but her book certainly helps to deal with them.
I’ve always had family members who are crazymakers. And let me tell you, when you take back the power, and don’t get sucked into their whirlwind of destruction, they get so mad! Then they guilt you, they put on a front, anything to get you sucked back in…
I will not go into any details about any specific people in my life, but I will tell you that when you are in control, and no longer getting sucked in, it’s the best feeling in the world! When I was younger, there was one crazy maker who I really felt like I needed approval from. Every creative endeavor I would run by her. Every single act of child rearing, I would try to gain her acceptance with. That turned into her copying my every craft, and taking over my parenting to show me how she could do it better.
Luckily for me, I was shown Julia’s book during this time. I learned how to see things for what they actually were. And I learned why I had lost any self-worth. During that 12 weeks, I gained strength that I had buried ever so long before. And by the time it was over, I had stood up to the crazymaker, regaining control of my life. It was the hardest thing I had ever done.
These days, it’s not as difficult, because I see situations for what they are, and I do not get that far into it. I still may befriend a crazymaker… but when I see what they are doing (and it might take 2-3 instances because I want to see the good in them), I back up. I take back the reigns before they are too comfortable with them.
I have been thinking a lot about doing The Artist’s Way again. I think sometime soon I will. I have learned that when I have this yearning, there are reasons… there are things that I need to learn again. There are so many more facets to the 12 weeks than crazymakers, like I said, that’s only one week. I found an online group, but I believe they are in week 7 right now.
I will put this out there, because I feel like I’m being led to. I will be doing the program in the next couple of months… so starting in February or March. If anyone out there would like to join me, let me know, and we will coordinate weeks, and possibly create a forum for it. That’s another thing I’ve learned… it’s always better to do this with at least one other person.
One more thing… happy Friday!!!
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
This week has presented several opportunities. Last night I sat down and typed up a blog entry on outdoor photography. I had been asked through Etsy to write one, and then the person who approached me will post my ‘article’ and then put links to my shop. I also answered questions from an interview that will go onto another blog. There will be a third here real soon, but I’ve not started it yet. Remember that I said I was in journalism in high school? It’s coming in really handy these days! When these things are posted, I will put a link to them on here.
Marketing has been the most work of all when it comes to my Etsy shop. It’s quite a challenge to find effective marketing for an online shop. So, every day I try something new. Some work, some don’t. I am looking into print ads right now… something that is not online. I feel like if I do enough trial and error then eventually I will get there.
One of the questions on my interview was about the large number of people selling stuff on Etsy and if I felt threatened or competitive. One would think so, huh? But actually, I feel quite the opposite. If our work is good, it will stand on it’s own. And everywhere I turn there is someone more than willing to help me or give me advice. I don’t feel threatened, in fact, I feel pretty nurtured. I think I have not sold a lot of items because there are so many online sellers, but I will find my customers… I am nowhere close to giving up! See dad… perhaps stubbornness *is* genetic!
I was thinking some weeks ago and I realized (again) that I’m a great planner. Those plans usually don’t get carried out, but I have some wonderful ideas! One of my only real goals for this year is to not be just a planner, but also a do-er. I’ve applied that to several things so far and it’s going great. As I accomplish things, I’ll let you know. Marketing is the one I’m currently working on. The guest blog spots were another. So, turning a new leaf and life is pretty good!
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
1. I love to read blogs. I have 10-20 that I try to get to several times a week. I think people are amazing and I love to read what they have to say. This post is inspired by Kelly Rae Roberts. I read her blog often, though I don’t think I’ve ever commented once on her blog. I just don’t feel worthy.
2. Silence is very important to me. If I have time alone, I don’t turn the TV on, or the stereo. I don’t even play vinyl. I need silence.
3. I am addicted to texting. Right now, my sister in law and I text each other all throughout the day. We probably text one another over 100 times each day, constantly staying in touch.
4. I’ve now been interviewed on the radio!! Thanks to the wonderful people on the Pluggers United Etsy Team and www.blockheadradio.com
5. I started writing poetry when I was in Elementary School. I have probably written hundreds of poems. My poetry is generally dark. I’ve had a handful of poems published under my maiden name of Robyn Lindsey.
6. I’ve been working on a novel for probably 8 years now. It constantly gets put on the back burner.
7. I have one very strange subject that I like to take pictures of everywhere I go. It’s my hope to someday compile these photos into a book. So details of that will have to wait.
8. I’ve never been a fan of food in the morning. If I go to a restaurant for breakfast, my preference is to get lunch or dinner food. But I usually don’t eat til noon or later. Must have coffee though. And I love breakfast food for dinner.
9. If I drink, which is very rare anymore, I’m a rum girl. I love rum and cokes, and mojitos… mmmmm…
10. I am the youngest of 5 children. I have 2 older sisters and 2 older brothers. We are all spread out over the U.S. Right now we are all closer than we’ve been in years… except for our dear sister, Lynda, who we miss deeply. We are all still holding out hope to find her soon.
11. I hate shopping. I really hate it. I make grocery shopping into a game to see what percentage of money we can save so that’s not so bad anymore. But I hate clothes shopping, furniture shopping, house hunting, but mostly I detest shoe shopping.
12. I love office supply stores. And the school supply aisle in stores. I could sit and look and dream for hours. I love all kinds of paper, blank books, pens, pencils… my head just gets all dreamy thinking about it.
13. Most of the time, my personal bubble is very big. I am not a touchy-feely person. Therefore, I am usually overly cautious about respecting other people’s space. There are people and situations that warrant a hug, a pat on the back, just being held close, but those are not the norm for me.
14. I was a caregiver for my mom, from the time I was in elementary school, til she passed away when I was a freshman in high school. There’s not much that I can’t stomach, and at various times in my life I have yearned to become a nurse.
15. Speaking of yearning. I yearn most of all to be self-employed. I am learning patience, slowly, but I am trudging away to work for myself. I’m looking into freelance jobs, for both writing and photography. And looking into publishing a book. This will happen.
16. I love photography and carry my camera with me almost every single day. On a productive week, I will take 300-500 photos. I’m slowly learning photoshop, and constantly need to be productive.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
My senior year, I spoke with an Army recruiter and joined the Army. I lived with my grandparents and knew that before my mom moved us there, they were on their way to retiring and traveling. But then we got dumped on them, that’s how I always felt.
My senior year, I was exposed to Langston Hughes’ poem "Dream Deferred". And I knew. I knew that my grandparents dream had been put on the back burner for us. I have always been grateful, but the Army was my way out. To get out of their home, to not be a burden to them. And an opportunity for me to see the world.
So, I joined the Army. And it scared me senseless. The closer my enlistment date got, the more petrified I became. And finally, I got a college catalog from the community college and I went to the recruiter. He tried telling me that I could not get out of it. I was sworn in already, and he held that over my head. But by that point, I knew what was possible. He kept me there for 3 hours, but in the end I left, and I was free.
I had not thought of that for years, but today it all came rushing back to me. If I had gone into the military, who would I be now? For that matter, if I had become a social worker, a flight attendant, or a journalist…
I am who I am because of every event in my life. Every dream has helped to mold me, to shape my soul. Even a failed marriage, lost jobs, every little spot on the galaxy of my past. I would not be the person that I am without each and every lost dream, every tear, every heartbreak.
In my life, I’ve worked at fast food, worked with developmentally delayed adults as a caregiver, was a stay at home mom, a med-aide in an assisted living facility, a housekeeper, a job developer for developmentally delayed adults, an administrator of an alzheimers unit, a temp worker in various factories, and now a scale operator at a gravel pit. Each and every job helped to give me all of my knowledge and ideals that I currently have. Each job has had it’s ups and downs. I can pick and choose any one and say ‘what if…’ but in the long run they were just pieces to the puzzle.
Our job does not define us. It contributes to our outlook, but it does not define the whole. I’m thankful for every struggle I’ve had. And for that matter, I’m thankful for the ones going on right now. They are adding to me, to make me a little more complete.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my photographs. I entered one in a contest Sunday, am working on submitting more to various contests. And by the end of the year, I should have a book made with many of them in there. I will keep you posted on that.
Another theme in my life lately. You know how something is when you notice the very same thing everywhere you go? Each time you turn around, there it is again… is a women’s sacred circle, goddess sacred circle, etc. I’ve said before that I’ve always been a tomboy. But at this point in my life, I am completely connecting with women. I am going to have to dive in soon… I see this phenomenon everywhere and it looks so inviting!
Happy Tuesday Everyone!!
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Monday, January 12, 2009
I'm wanting to find wholesale accounts for my pendants http://www.robynsart.etsy.com/ If any of you out there have any pointers, contacts, or helpful advice, please throw them my way. Thank you in advance.
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I feel like I had a pretty productive weekend. Saturday I cleaned the house (though you would not necessarily know it now!), and I finished and listed more pendants. Sunday we went house hunting. I also was able to get some good photos. Last night I entered a photo contest, did some research on www.istockphoto.com, and applied for an account at www.trunkt.org.
It was not an amazingly productive weekend, as far as photography—no solo trips out to get hundreds of photos. But it was pretty fulfilling, all in all. I figured out some stuff, business-wise, so it was all worth it.
I feel a little out of sorts today… a little restless. I will just have to see what today brings. Perhaps I will do a little unplugging in my life, and do stuff out in the real world for a week or so… we’ll see. Though, hopefully, I’ll still blog daily, I think I would miss that too much to take a whole week off!
This week, though, I think I should work on photo composition and editing. On figuring out business "stuff". And I should work on de-cluttering my house. So many things we move with us from place to place that are totally unnecessary. So… less online time would be in order, I believe.
Happy Monday to ya!
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Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
I am so glad that it's Friday. I woke up so tired this morning, but tomorrow I sleep in, so that will help me through. Work has been interesting this past week, but I did have a better day yesterday. My dad reminded me of the fact that I have whatever kind of day I allow myself to have. He reminds me of one of my beliefs... wisdom comes with age. I think that's the biggest reason I love my birthday. It means I've just passed another year, learning so many lessons along the way.
Last night I listened to an interview on http://www.blockheadradiolive.com/. The interview was with Huck of http://www.huckleberryarts.com/ and she was talking quite a bit about marketing. It was a great interview, and I learned quite a bit! They do these artisan interviews every Thursday at 9pm EST, if you get a chance, check them out.
We have had rain all week here, and starting today, it's supposed to be sunny through most of next week. So this weekend, I will most likely be out taking lots of pictures. Also, I'm going to list a custom pendant and feature it for Valentine's day... where the customer emails me a photo and I resize it and put it in the pendant. The thought of that makes me nervous, but since I have an absolute computer genious in the house, it will all be ok.
I will also do some natural light product photos this weekend. Photographing jewelry is a task that I'm finding very difficult. I've already taken the pendant photos 4 times, and I'm still not quite satisfied with them. But, I will get there.
I've gotten some updates on Lizzie... but the media has been hounding the family. If you'd like to get the latest, please email me and I will let you know. My sister requests that I not post it publicly just yet. email@example.com
Oh... almost forgot... I received a magickal birthday gift from Jennlui in Canada!! I am more and more blessed each and every day :-).
I hope everyone's Friday is great, and the work part of your day flies by...
Just checked email... I'm featured on a blog!!! http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2009/01/sites-to-see.html
I'm listed as one of the sites to see... Thanks FishHawk!!
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Thursday, January 8, 2009
First of all... I love this macro that I took last weekend. The frost makes it come alive. I made this one into a pendant and will probably list it tonight.
My routine is that I get up, have my coffee, blog, get ready for work, and off I go. If I go back later in the day, I'm often pretty surprised at what I wrote. I write my blog, I believe, from my authentic self. Then later, as I'm wrapped up in work, chores, errands, etc. that self is often forgotten.
Yesterday at work was a horrible day. I became angry as soon as I got there, and I did not allow that anger to dissipate. Things had gone wrong, by no fault of mine, but they made my job more difficult, because I had to fix others mistakes. I fixed it within 2 hours, and could have let it go. But I didn't. I held onto it. I took it personal. I chose to let it weigh me down.
Then last night I read my blog... and yesterday I had written about how I would go in and find one wonderful thing about work and enjoy it. I so did not do that. I chose exactly the opposite. And realistically, my attitude hurt no-one but me. So not a yay day, as Melissa would put it.
I need to start keeping those promises to myself. I *know* that in most cases, I can choose to be happy. And unlike anger, happiness does not exhaust me. It makes me feel good, and I want to spread the joy. Anger, bitterness, resentment, they spread too... but I don't want to be responsible for bringing those things into other people's day.
Today, I will re-read this several times throughout the day. I'll probably get sick of myself! But I seem to need the reminders. I could also put messages in code on post it notes on my computer. Whatever it takes for me to be my best person.
After I posted this, I logged into Etsy and I'm featured in my first treasury!!! Please go check it out... my "Suspended" photo is in the 2nd slot! And it is slated to disappear tonight. http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=31732
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
It's funny... in my Etsy shop, I've had to take all my journal pictures 3-4 times, and some still need work. I began photographing my pendants, and I will be on my 4th attempt tonight. I can go out and take the most beautiful shots in nature, but I am struggling with photographing my products.
But that's ok. I will look up some more tips today and re-shoot them. Each step of this journey teaches me something. I am currently learning how to photograph jewelry and patience. So... onward with the journey.
There seem to be some major shifts going on with my job. I had decided the other day that in a few months, I'm cutting down my hours. Of course, there are a lot of variables involved, like if I'll be able to replace that income with either sales from my shop or freelance photography work. But I went into work yesterday and learned of major changes. So far they don't directly affect me, but when things like that start happening, you start stressing about how it will affect you. Another place for patience.
I will keep doing my job the way that I always do. And I'll keep marketing my shop like mad. When it's time, everything will fall into place. I read a blog post the other day about faith. This is a good time for that as well. Faith that all of my marketing and lessons learned will pay off. Faith that everything will happen at the right time.
I just don't like going into work feeling that I am 'putting in the time.' So... I will go there today and find some glittery, sparkling facet of my job and focus on that. After all, I believe that everything in life has made me who I am. Therefore, this job is certainly contributing as well.
Have a great day...
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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Sunday, January 4, 2009
- stray off the beaten path, go down the road less traveled, less likely to be disturbed
- don't get too close to the subject, let the camera work for you
These might be minor things, but to me they were huge. Staying away from the subject and letting the camera zoom was very difficult for me. It went against everything I wanted to do, and I had to keep reminding myself. Straying off the beaten path, that part was pretty easy for me. I love to wander off the path, to see what exactly I can find. I'm almost always pleasantly surprised when I do.
Today will be another photo taking expedition in the same place as I did yesterday. Then some photo editing, and hopefully I will make a set of coasters from macro shots. And I'm going to make more pendants.
Posted by Robynsart at 9:02 AM
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I was thinking about my radio interview... and my goals popped into my head. I have not gone back and listened to it, but from what I remember, I mentioned them many times. The goal of being a travel photographer and writer. Sometime... hopefully today, but if not, then tomorrow, I will write out a goal sheet for this specific goal. I do have some informational emails pertaining to that, so they should give me some starting ideas.
I've had a feeling for awhile that 2009 is going to be completely magical. That it would be a year for me to shine. I just need to remember to do my part and stay focused on my goals. So... upwards and onwards...
Today will hopefully be a day to go take photos... and sort through my files on the computer. Last night I made some photo pendants and some photo coaster sets. Pretty excited about that! Also excited about having 50 items for sale in my shop! When the sales come, I will be ready.
Enjoy your Saturday!
Posted by Robynsart at 7:15 AM
Friday, January 2, 2009
Ruthie, who interviewed me last night, posted this on her blog today and I thought I would share. This weekend will be about new projects and taking photos. Let me know what you think of her blog.
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Thursday, January 1, 2009
The interview went really well. I was not nearly as nervous as I thought I would be... however, my mind did go blank a few times. It was fun!
Posted by Robynsart at 7:33 PM
The interview will be at: http://www.blockheadradiolive.com/ if you go there and search for Thursday Spotlight on Artisan.
I will get a direct link minutes before the interview, at which time I will edit this post to reflect the exact link to the interview.
The interview will begin at 9pm EST.
Also, there is a chat feature, and if you'd like to chat, sign up for a free account prior to that time at www.blogtalkradio.com
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