This week, the theme for Inspire Me Thursday is Whimsy. I submitted a whimsical ornament as my entry.
I like to hang these ornaments in the different rooms of my home. The ornament's bright colors add a dash of sparkle, especially when I place them in unexpected areas. For example, hanging from a lamp pull. Check out the submissions on Melanie Lyn's blog for more whimsical art.
I was checking out sites on doodling and found this Squidoo lens on Doodle Art created by Intuitive. Scroll down the page to find a lot of neat doodling links.
I did this Artist Trading Card (ATC) doodle a while back for a swap.
I created these tags for a Craft Fair that I participated in last year. Many customers purchased the tags and I received good feedback on them after the show too. (Note: I've since changed the name of my business from PinkChalk Studio to Cinnamon Pink.)
I'm going to again participate in a Fair this Fall. One lesson I learned was to start early. I've already begun making a list, in my Art Journal, of possible crafts to make. I want to produce different tags - and dream up some other new ideas.
I've found that it's also important to keep good notes on cost of supplies and time spent making each item. This tactic helps when it comes time to price your goods. I use my Project Detail Sheet to track this information.
I recently found Kimberly Wilson's podcast and blog hip tranquil chick. The blog is "a guide to life on and off the yoga mat." When I read her Hip Tranquil Chick Manifesto, I felt it was written for me. In fact, I think the Manifesto is especially appealing to artists.
Kimberly is a "teacher, author, activist, entrepreneur and designer." Check out her blog and Web site. Lots of good stuff there.
I was tooling around the Web when I came upon these Wedding Washcloths, from Whitney, on the Purl Bee site. What caught my attention is the simple beauty of the washcloths and the luscious colors of the yarn. The name of the yarn is Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton. It is 100% organically grown cotton. Whitney provides the patterns.
Actually I had been looking for an easy felting project - and not a knitting project. Do I need to add a felting or a knitting project to my list? No! However, it would be nice to own that yarn. Hmmmmm! It seems new projects are always calling to me - especially when beautiful fiber or paper is involved. Does anyone else get into this situation?
When I prepared for a Craft Show last year, my Studio was complete chaos. I had unfinished projects, all kinds of art and craft supplies, packaging, post-it notes, and To Do lists piled on shelves, chairs and tables. The pressure I put on myself wasn't pretty.
I recently developed this "Project Detail Sheet" to become more organized when I participate in swaps, submit Art to magazines and do my next Craft Show.
To me, the most valuable section on the list is Lessons Learned. For example, I made vintage ornaments for last year's craft show. Although I was pleased with the end result, the hours that I spent cutting, pasting - and adding glitter to each ornament did not result in a big payoff. My Lessons Learned? No vintage ornaments this year! Let me know what you think.