1930s celluloid buckles on their original card
Oh you know the drill - it's been too long, I've been really busy, new projects, changes here, changes there...blah blah. It's all true though! I have been doing those things. It really feels like the last 4 months or so have been a big ol' buffet of changes and difficulties and ideas dying and reviving and being born...blah.
What is this blog update about..? I don't know- random things. I just haven't done one for so long I figured I ought to. I do want to have this blog more active and it's one of the things on my 2015 things to do. Along with running three online shops, teaching myself creative brand development, writing my eBook on how to be an Etsy superstar (complete with superior social media skills), writing about 5 other tutorials... Recently I was given the chance to take over someone's antique shop locally and I really put 95% of my energy into that...only to have them change their minds about 2 months into the whole thing. I was only just getting started on all the changes I had to do, and to be honest it was a set back for me, especially from a mental/emotional point of view.
Heart of the Lotus - carved wooden lotus flower earrings
Anyway -water under the bridge and all that sort of thing. I'm plowing forward and 2015 is going to be a HUGE year for me. I'm putting even more energy into the online shops than I ever have (which will be a sight since these post-accident years find me with quite low energy reserves) because by this time next year I want to be wandering the snow drifts of England! I'm leaving mid-January 2016, going for as long as I can afford and only coming back when there's literally no other choice - or Christmas, whichever happens first. This is the first step for me in moving there permanently and making it happen is going to require much in the way of mojo, spunk, moxie, gunpowder and other self-incendiary metaphors.Not to mention money! 10k...yikes.
To plump the coffers, Sparrow Salvage has gone 'full artisan' and become a flagship for all my creative outlets as they currently manifest; some of my photography is back up along with my paper collage, there are a few pieces of jewelry I made lately and I'll soon be selling my handmade supplies there instead of over in Fagin. It was mostly the lack of enough shop sections in Fagin that motivated it, but I figured my handmade supplies are so uniquely of my style, it makes sense they should be in Sparrow Salvage.
All in rags - 8X10 print back in the shop
One last thing - my dear Kim has written a wonderful and authentic blog post on the nature of evolution in creative work, talking about the originality of our art and how it comes into being. It's highly recommended reading if you haven't already done so. I'm tempted to do a blog post on it myself but I'm still ruminating.