Saturday, September 25, 2010

Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp - Week #1

I'm in boot camp now.
Let's see what the assignment for Week One will entail

Take the Holiday Boot Camp Pledge (that's serious stuff!) √
Vote for the Boot Camp Mascot (good luck, camouflage monkey!) √
Install Web Analytics (already done; hope to have some guidance here) √
Write your Holiday Mission Statement (see below) √
Post in the Boot Camp forum thread
Check out the Facebook Events (something to do during the week)

I wrote the Storybeader's Mission Statement earlier:

"Using Art to Tell Stories"

But since we're looking for a Holiday Mission Statement, I will tick off some specifics:
1) Storybeader will keep visible and easily accessible on Etsy
- relist at least one item every day from October 1st to the end of the year
- make Certificates for Etsy shop
2) Storybeader will keep her blog, Stroll Through Storyland, active
- blog at least 2 times a week
- visit the Entrecard site at least 2 times a week
- make a Gift Certificate for her blog and creative a link
3) Storybeader will focus on papermaking for the rest of the year
- make larger sheets of paper and use for new books
- learn to make leather cover and use handmade paper for journal
- make a notecard set from smaller handmade paper
4) Storybeader will continue to be open to new ideas
- continue with my art journaling and blogging
- visit other interesting websites and blogs, and
5) Storybeader will make all personal gifts for the holidays or use her logos on presents

That should keep me more than busy for the next three months!

If you're creating and selling this holiday season, what are your goals? Have you actually written them down? Here's a good time to make a to do list!

Post a comment below, and let us see your ideas!

Check out Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp - Week #2

Friday, September 24, 2010

Join me in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp

my pick for our mascot, by Home Hooked!

Are you an Etsy seller? Need an organizational tool for the holiday?

Take the following pledge and join me at the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp!

I, storybeader, pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere!

All you need to do is substitute your name, and come to camp on Thursdays!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

almost wordless wednesday - new necklace

Putting this new treasure necklace onto Etsy this coming weekend. Busy, busy! Computer was sick and we had to recovery it. Start of the Oklahoma Museum Association conference today - with American Assoc. of State and Local History. Oklahoma City is hopping this week!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

almost wordless wednesday - new desk

over the weekend, the storybeader hard at work at her new (old) desk...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Artist's Way - Week Twelve

It's the last week of the Artist's Way. First and foremost, I want to thank Julia Cameron for the wonderful experience. Starting this journey was a great idea, and I really appreciate the introspective tasks and self-examination.

I’m real happy to have started the morning pages, where I can write down my thoughts. And I want to continue writing and plan to start art journaling from now on. When I first started reading about art journaling, I thought, who would want to buy a journal with my thoughts and grievances? But now I realize they are for the artist, just like the morning pages. Stay tuned for my third journal - I’ve got a neat idea, show you when I start!

This week, I was out of my element because of the fire, and not very excited about taking myself out on a date. But I completed some of the tasks. One thing we looked at was, what will be my resistance/anger/fear about continuing on my artist journey?

One fear is that I will tire of my morning pages. But that’s really silly! I will never tire of writing, it just might not be in the morning. When I look back, I see that my blog became my first attempt at incessant writing, back in April 2008. And I’ve been writing ever since. I’m happy to report that this is my 518th post!

About my blog: I just change the header, all by myself, after looking at the bland view of my header in a pic I was going to post here! It's very simple to change your header. And my little tab above the NavBar (on Blogger) now has my name in it! If you want to do this, just use your business name or whatever is most important when you configure your blog title in the header. Thanks lesbigouxcrealune, for the good advice on key words!

Another task this week was to look at what we did earlier in the book. Actually, I’ve been reading out of the workbook, so it’s confusing when Cameron talks about comparing your progress now to what you did on page “whatever” in the book. So I became frustrated with that. And to top it off, some of the tasks this week seem repetitive, and dare I say, ridiculous. Maybe I've been a bit more serious than usual. DH thinks so...

I decided to get a “good jar” to put my fears in, like Cameron suggested. It’s a little Manischewitz jar, that used to have gefilte fish in it, and now has brown rice. Sitting up high on my computer desk. The people who cleaned our house found the jar on a kitchen shelf, somewhere long lost. Just realized there's a sychronicity for you! Oh, did I tell you they did a good job cleaning? I’m happy with everything except the kitchen floor, which we now see was damaged. Will Farmer’s Insurance give us the money to repair it? Keep you informed...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Zuni Bear and Turquoise Treasure Necklace set

Just completed. While I was working on this necklace, the idea came to me that the large striped beads looked like something animals in the circus would be balancing and walking on, like barrels. Since I never liked circuses, I let my picture jasper bears make an escape!

The bears didn't like
The circus so they escaped
Back into th
e woods.

Sorry, you have to go to etsy, to see the earrings.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Etsybloggers Carnival - Goals and Dreams

This week's carnival is hosted by jnoriginals, owner and operator of three (you read right!) active Etsy shops:

Great place to browse for gifts and knick-knacks. And don't forget, she's got a blog too!

One of her themes for the week: look at our goals and dreams!

Are you in the first quarter of your life (up to age 25), second quarter of your life (up to age 50), or 3rd quarter (beyond age 50)? Describe your goals and dreams for your current "quarter." How have they changed over time?

I just started my 3rd quarter, kinda. You would think someone my age would have everything planned out for retirement. Yes, the plan is, to skip retirement and keep working. I don’t mind working actually, and goodness knows we need to money. Unless I win the lottery, or DH finds a rich, long-lost relative, I'll be needing to work - I try to be realistic.

My goal is to switch to part-time work, once my social security checks kick in. Hopefully the government will still be handing them out when I reach 65!

I think my #1 dream is to move to Norman, where my mom and big brother live. But museum jobs are far and few between, especially for a veteran like me, who should be paid a half-decent salary.

So after I retire (#1 dream continues), I would volunteer at a museum or archival institution, instead of working for a living. And I would spend lots of time on the internet and dabbling in all sorts of arts, taking classes and learning new things. And I would love to travel without having to worry about money. I see a lot of my older friends who travel ALL over, and I’m so jealous of them.

My goals from college days was to get a good job and buy a house. And I’ve accomplished that. Some basic goals will never change, like having enough money for shelter, food, and medicine. What has changed are my dreams, or should I say, my dreams has separated from my goals. I see now that far-reaching dreams can come true, if you want them to. I dream of spending time with different arts and crafts, and creating all different kinds of unique pieces. I dream of taking lessons and being in festivals and galleries, of becoming a webmaster and guru, and a writer. Hopefully, I will have half a lifetime to finish dabbling in all the dreams I can think of.

(Above, a work in process,
when I was so rudely interrupted!
We just got back into the house)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Book Review - Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

This was a fascinating book, and if you’re interested in American biographies, science or social history, I think you’ll really enjoy it. It's the true story of a white man born in the 19th century who leads a double life. Clarence King was a famous American scientist, author and explorer, and the first Director of the US Geological Survey. But he was also known as James Todd, a black porter, and later salesman, who lived with his wife, Ada Copeland Todd and their children in Queens, NY.

The title of the book seemed unusual to me. I knew what the story consisted of, but it wasn't until halfway through the book that I realized the title was a play on words for a deeper historical term, called “racial passing.” Passing refers to a person “classified by society as a member of one racial group who chooses to identify with another, usually because of social and economic reasons.” This was done most frequently in the South, where light-skinned black children of mixed marriages passed themselves off as “white” as they moved from their hometowns.

In America, the “one-drop rule” was constitutional until the 1960s, and children with any African ancestry were automatically classed with the lower socioeconomic or ethnic group. So it’s understandable why some people chose “passing” to help them get ahead. But this was not the case for King. No one questioned if King was African American, even though he was light-skinned. He passed over the color line to be with the woman he loved.

Sandweiss did an excellent job in researching the family history that surrounding Clarence King. He grew up in a house full of women, and was very well educated. King knew many famous people and had close friends, but no one ever knew of his double life until he was on his deathbed. He died of tuberculosis in Phoenix, Arizona, and was buried in Newport, Rhode Island, near his mother. Kings Peak in Utah, Mount Clarence King, and Clarence King Lake at Shastina, California are named in his honor. The US Geological Survey Headquarters Library in Reston, Virginia, is also known as the Clarence King Library.
Brewer Party of 1864:
James T. Gardiner, Richard Cotter,
William H. Brewer, and Clarence King

On the other hand, there is very little known about his wife Ada, who was born into slavery. Ada Copeland Todd King died in Flushing, N.Y., in 1964, at the age of 103, in the house that John Hay, one of Clarence King’s close friends, had bought for her anonymously.

As Sandweiss sums up in her epilogue, “King lied because he wanted to and he lied because he had to. He loved Ada Copeland, but to marry her in a public way - as the white man known as Clarence King - would have created a scandal, cost him his friends, devastated his mother, and destroyed his livelihood... King’s secrets protected her [Ada] as well... . Only now can we begin to discern the ways in which King’s extraordinary life might help us think about broader social issues in late-nineteenth-century America: the possibilities and limitations of self-fashioning, the simultaneously rigidity and porousness of racial definitions, the fluidity of urban life.”

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Artist's Way - Week Eleven

I'm coming to the end of the Artist's Way. This week is my second to last week - it's called “Recovering a Sense of Autonomy.”

The week included tasks such as: making wishes, looking at past changes, and listing new changes you plan in the future. It’s amazing to see, after three months, the difference in my artwork. I have all these new ideas, I’m working with recycled materials, journaling every morning, reaching out to different Etsy groups, and on a personal note, not eating after 9 PM! A promise to myself.

Changes in the future? To exercise more, eat better, challenge myself, shed myself of unneeded things, and make more paper! Those are somewhat nebulous, but they will become more defined in the near future.

My artist’s date? I planned to go to the Firehouse Art Center on Friday and visit Mom, but then we had the house fire (don’t think that counts as a synchronicity...) I did spend last Sunday on the porch making paper and setting up a second work area. Now my bookmaking and paper goods are in the living room, on the big wooden table. And I do all my bill paying and beadwork in the original workroom at our metal desk. I’m taking over the house, and DH doesn’t seem to mind!

I love to recycle, and my new papermaking makes me feel so LOVELY! The little sheets I made are very cute, and I tested them out for bleeding. They work fine! I'm thinking they would be perfect for tagging my jewelry - I can write the haiku on them! They also make good coffee rests! Other ideas for the homemade paper are notecards, bookmarks, calendars, and “to do” lists. I want to make bigger sheets for my handmade books, once the household calms down, and we move back into the house full-time. Did I tell you we're living out of a hotel room?

Cameron asks in her Check-In: “Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant to your recovery?” One thing I realized: I can get through adversity. I mean, I’m typing up my post today on a laptop in a hotel because my house caught on fire! And still going strong!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Art Walk in September - autumn's here

Come on by the AWE (Art Walk on Etsy) team page, and see who's there.
We're chatting right now over at Etsy Art Walk team chat
Come by the storybeader's Etsy shop on Friday, and get 20% off ALL ITEMS -
refund through PayPal!
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