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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Upcycling, Recycling, Upcycling Recycled and Recycling Upcycled for Living and Home Decor

Whew!  That is some title, huh?  I thought that my new found love for upcycling the recycled was a pretty popular topic.  It seems to me that upcycling clothes, upcycling decor, and upcycling furniture is about half of what is driving Etsy and Pinterest.  Now this is not at ALL statistically proven.  But for us Artists, upcycling and recycling is pretty relevant to our day to day worlds. At least it if to mine. There is a reason I love Goodwill.  I just keep finding great stuff to incorporate into my art or to sell!

I am not alone.  At one time, Etsy featured a top producing Artist who literally trash picked bicycle wheels, converted them and chains into extravagant chandeliers which she proceeded to sell for thousands.  Kudos to her for recycling and saving our landfills!

This upcycling blog post is one of many to follow.  I am curious, how many of you upcycle?  How many of your recycle products into your artwork?  How many of you trash pick in the name of art?  Upcycle, Recycle or Reuse - in which way do you use these methods to create your work?

I will start. I have been upcycling bikes from our community trash and selling them through a Facebook group.  Shhhhh, don't tell anyone.  I just hate to see a good bike get dumped in the trash! :)  Look forward to all your comments and shares!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Crack Logo Creator

Being on Etsy all the time I see so many wonderful Logo Creators and Banner Creations. Please send comment with a linkypoo to your site if you are interested in listing yours here.  I love to explore all the wonderful layout design creators, banner creators and logo creators out there!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

10 Artistic Self Concept Builders

I made this list today as a way to encourage myself.  Hopefully it will help you too!

  1. Focus on your Strengths.
  2. Expect to work for what you want most.
  3. Set limits and work within those limits.  
    • You do not fail if you don't meet them, but if you over extend you may never reach your goal.  These may include time limits, personal achievements, sales goals or organizational limits.
  4. Make it look easy - People are always amazed at great artwork and say things like, "Wow, that looks so intricate" or "that must have taken so long" or simply "how do you do that?".  Often I think, it wasn't that hard!  It didn't take me that long!
  5. Fighting the process won't be beneficial to you and your goals.  Don't Fight yourself!
  6. Own your problems, solve those problems in a creative way that works for your business and life.
  7. Avoid making the same mistake twice.  Don't punish yourself for making a mistake. 
  8. Love your work for what it is - it is a part of you and it is special, deserving your unconditional love.  I find myself saying internally: "It isn't that great!" or "You really like it?" or "Well okay, if you think it is good then I guess I like it too!"  As Artists we are very intuitive and eager to please.  Start by pleasing yourself.  You are the one who matters most.  If you love your art for what sells, then you steal from your Artistic self concept.  Love your work for what it is!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Local Featured Seller: Prickly Paw Crafts

I am so excited to have been featured on the NC Street Team Blog.  You definitely have to check them out because they have so many wonderful local artists  (not just me)!   Just click on the following linkypoo: 
Local Featured Seller: Prickly Paw Crafts

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