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New Beginnings

Have you ever had that moment when you knew this is a. . .

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Since before journeying to England in May things have been swirling in a mad dance of changes. One thing led into the next, one event piled upon another. Get ready for England, travel to England, my daughter & grandson’s big move to the city, a home to reorganize for one, please, a momentous first birthday party for grandson No. 2, the annual 127 Garage Sale & today, Monday August 6th I awake with no big celebrations or occasions awaiting my attention. The moving out & in is over, the paint put away, for now, & nothing left but time to make it happen. Finally I feel like I’m starting a new life in earnest.

How I experience these years is up to me, but one thing I know for sure is that Studio on the Corner must take precedence. Building my little business, growing, thriving & making it my life is not only a dire need, but one that I very much desire. And by the way, nothing pushes like a genuine need & fear of the consequences of not rising to the occasion. Creating printables from old, often forgotten images in the public domain brings me so much pleasure. Now, I have to find a way to convince others, many others, that these paperie bits inspired from the past will bring them joy, too.

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Funny frog illustration by Arthur Morris from his amusing book written in 1897, Zig-Zag at the Zoo. 

At times it’s so quiet that I have to turn on the TV just for the noise. I’ve taken to listening to podcasts about selling on Etsy, selling digital designs & entrepreneurship just to hear another human.  I’m tempted to begin a podcast about starting over after 50 or something like that because I’ve found none that appeal to me. So I’m mostly learning from those wild gen xers & crazy millenials who run free about the world of social media. Kudos to them!

Then there’s missing my charge, grandson No.1 who I nanny-grannied for 13 sweet & sometimes trying years.  Not a day goes by that I don’t miss him & the little guy in Colorado so much my heart aches. Once upon a time I would never admit that I was lonely. I have no problem saying it now, I get lonely, but I don’t believe there’s a soul on earth who hasn’t been lonely at some point in life. What always cuts through the missing you & lonely moments is working on my mac, creating, tweaking, or searching. You know you love something when you lose all track of time & space while in its presence.

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I’m so glad brilliant people write hit-the-mark prose that can be used by we lowly mortals for aspirational guides. CS Lewis’ quote does just that. He makes me believe that no matter how old I am I too can have goals & dreams, while the dreams are there it’s the goals that I am working towards. I’ve set goals like: How many sales do I need a month, a week, each day? I did not choose a random number…I chose an achievable number needed to create a happy life for myself.

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Can you guess the number? “Ten,” you say. Well you would be correct. Out of all the millions, nay billions, of people on this planet I only need to convince 10 each day to purchase something from my little shop, Studio on the Corner. Sounds like a snap, right? Not so…it’s much more difficult to be found on this frenzy of internet shops & businesses than you can imagine. So I’m going the shameless route & hit social media, pin like a mad woman, post on Instagram & share what, why & how I create. Oh by the way you can expect an increase in blog posts. I hope that’s ok with you.

This is where I am right now, today. It’s a new start, a new beginning & while we say good-bye to yesterday, let’s embrace & enjoy today while setting goals, planning & sneaking in a dream or 2 for the days to come.

 

There’s a couple new listings in Studio on the Corner Etsy shop…The Ginger Piggery package is coming together slowly, but the invitation & a favor bag are listed. I just love the happy pigs that live in the world of Ginger Piggery & I hope you will, too.

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Ginger Piggery Favor Bags

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Look for another post on Wednesday. I’m thinking a peak into what my transformed bedroom area is turning into might be the ticket. I’ll continue off & on with stories from England, too because reliving that trip is so darn wonderful. Also, I mentioned tutorials in previous posts & you’ll be seeing a few of those along with freebies from time to time. I am so ready to dive into this head first & swim like crazy to reach that goal!

The Cat in the Bowler Hat, the mini poodle, Winston & Miss Adventure along with me

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all wish you a fantastic day!

 

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Yesterday’s Child, a Dream

Do you mind if I do a bit of a free thought writing? I’m thinking about opening another Etsy shop. Creating something new from old, often long-forgotten images brings me contentment & joy. I don’t know why exactly, but it does. Getting back to Etsy shops…Studio on the Corner leans toward more adult type images & themes, which I truly enjoy, but I have hundreds of child-like images just waiting in the wings to be called on to the stage. From old books in my possession to found images there are the sweetest, funniest images imaginable.

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That’s how many images sit waiting to be used within the folder marked CHILDREN!

There are silly images

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A frog driving a frog car!

There are classic images…

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Yes, Beatrix Potter’s original images are now in the public domain so it’s ok if Mrs. Tiggy Winkle holds court on a tag or card.

A few sad images are in the folder…

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Poor little dog with his feet chewed up.

Fantastical images…

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Where the salt & pepper shakers are children!

Images for boys….

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And images of girls..

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And I haven’t begun to tell you about the books on my shelves filled with wonderful pictures just waiting to be scanned in & added to my precious collection. Sooo….what to do?

You may notice all these images have something in common. You’ll find no Disney characters or the crazy storylines of precocious kids. These are images that yesterday’s child read about in books & very old magazines, the first of their kind for wee readers. I wonder if any of this would even appeal to today’s very busy, techno savvy child? Is there a place for quiet moments with simple lined images, soft from age colors, & the simpler things life has to offer? I just don’t know.

I do know that if I decide to open a second shop, I’ll do it differently. The shop will have a nice selection of printables including greeting cards, gift tags, prints to frame, party elements & decor before turning on the light. I also know that this will not happen before heading to England in May or in the next couple months. This will take some time, if it happens at all.  I’d love go hear your input, ideas, or maybe just something you’d like to see in a vintage shop geared toward children.

If & when Yesterday’s Child becomes a reality, you’ll be one of the first to know!

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A few new listings are in Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop.  The three listings, papers, recipe cards, & tabbed dividers for recipe boxes are all about French Country or Provencal inspired with colorful roosters & bits & pieces of French ephemera & iconic images like sunflowers & fleur de lis. Stop in & take a peek.

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Take a closer at the recipe cards, tabbed dividers, & also papers at the following links:

Maison de Ferme Papers

Maison de Ferme Tabbed Dividers

Maison de Ferme Recipe Cards 

Have a fantastic weekend & may you have sunny skies & no snow!

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Junk Journal, Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

Boom!

Good Morning, friends! It’s raining, dark, cloudy & warm rather like a tropical forest in NW Ohio. The gardens & flowers needed the rain, so I’m not complaining. Did you decide to take the junk journal journey? Have you downloaded the kits? I hope you checked out the videos I shared, they’re easy to follow & inspiring…at least they were for me.  I’m gathering up lots of ‘junk’ for my journal & planning the next one, two, better make it three journals. After Flower Gathering I’m moving on to a reading journal & a travel journal. The journal journey is some kind of wonderful.  In case you missed it, you can download the kits by clicking on the links below:

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Kit #2 

I’m working on the PDF Directions for creating junk journals along with a tutorial for adding text in Adobe Reader all while creating printables for Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.  Wheewwww….everything takes time.

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Speaking of SotC Etsy shop, there’s a fun, new listing, BOOM! Yep, that’s the title & if you’re planning a July 4th get-together & thinking this is the year for a vintage vibe you’ll want to check it out…

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There are 6 flags all together, 2 have old-fashioned firecrackers on them. Each flag is about 8 inches wide & 10 inches long. Expect to see distressed bits & grungy parts all added to give an aged appearance. The images were drawn from an old Type Foundry book. Love the twinkler border!

The banner is listed, but more will be coming along this weekend.  An invitation with an adding text via Adobe Reader (PDF) option. . .

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along with party decor like napkin rings, food tents, water bottle labels, & candy wrappers will be available. Look for the Boom! invitation later today. Once everthing in the Boom! colletion is listed, it’s all about options, you can purchase just the banner or invitation or party decor or purchase all in one big party package. BOOM!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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