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There’d Be Days Like This

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I said to myself & you as well that there would be days like this. Remember? I said I might need a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board & use this tiny place on the big, wide net as a place to vent & let it all hang out. If you want to reread what I said back in April just click HERE.  It’s not been one those days, it’s been one of those weeks, at least last week was. I was ready to throw in the towel & shout, “UNCLE!”

The blues hit & they hit bad. Nothing went right, it seemed everything I tried didn’t work. Things didn’t look right, sales weren’t coming, I lacked focus, inspiration & ideas. Self-doubt seeped into my soul. I felt like the little girl above in the adorable French illustration. A dark shadow following me. This is when a boost is needed. So I turned to someone who never fails to lift my spirits the illustrator & author Susan Branch.

I poured over her blog, susanbranch.com. She reminds me of what matters in life. . . the simple things. Finding joy in washing her treasured dishes by hand, painting a room, decorating her home as well as living her creative life is what she shares & while I may want to be envious of her success, who could possibly feel animosity or dislike of such a beautiful soul? I cannot.  She is unaware of the fact that she encourages me & probably thousands. It’s like she’s whispering in my ear, “It’s ok that you like to bake, that you love your old stuff, entertaining,  & paper crafts.” Discovering gourds on a vine that sprouted from last year’s throw aways brings a joy that she would understand. I imagine she would nod in total agreement that it’s just fine to pursue a creative life & do it your own way.” She’s not the only supportive person in my life, I have a small, but loving & understanding circle of family & friends, but sometimes you just need a quiet nudge from another place.

So this week I got back on the plane or in this case the hot air balloon. . .

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because if I do not then well…that’s not living, it’s just existing. Thanks for listening or reading or just being where ever you are & understanding that no matter where we are on the chronological line of life we go through tough times.

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Do you love the little girl at the top? Couldn’t you use her for a paper project or to add to your digital clipart collection? She’s yours! You’ll also find a few papers that go with her, just in case you need a background.

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“Where did she come from?” you ask. Her name is Isabelle &  came upon her quite by happenstance one day while searching for public domain images. She was created by an Italian illustrator for a French book that holds lovely stories. Isabelle’s story is Conte de Noël (Christmas Tale). Umberto Brunelleschi (1879-1949) created the charming illustrations for La Guirlande: Album de’art et De Littérature published in 1919 in Paris.

I extracted Isabelle from her background so you can use her in a multitude of ways.

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Isn’t she adorable sleeping?

 

 

There are also 4 papers created from various patterns in the illustrations.

 

 

 

 

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Download the folder by clicking on Isabelle or click HERE!

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What’s New in the Shop

Wicked Wonderland Halloween tags are new in the shop & an 8 x 10 inch poster type image will be listed this week. It’s going to be part of my Halloween decor in my living room. (frame not included)

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The border, mortar & pestle & much of the typography was extracted from old images that I’ve either scanned from old books, magazines, pamphlets, etc  or found in the public domain online. I wanted the Halloween wall art to have the look of a sign or poster that might have been found in the 1600s.  I’ll share the rest of the Halloween scene I’m creating for my living room as it’s created.

That’s it for today.  Have a grand Wednesday!

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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.

TEN

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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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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Of Teacups, Ideas, & Zero

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What a wonderful quote by Ray Bradbury & it’s so true. Many times after accomplishing something I’m proud, I fall into a malaise.  I just can’t seem to get the teapot to tip it’s wonderful contents out into the world.

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There’s  no lack of inspiration & oh how the ideas bubble up in my head:

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Yes, it’s been busy around here and nothing much to show for it…yet. Life is like that sometimes. Bogged down in our heads, routines, & insecurities we spin the tires & forward motion comes to a halt. One of these days something will flick on,

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like a lightbulb. In a creative frenzy all those ideas will come to fruition & look fabulous on the workspace.  Eventually, listings will once again be the talk of the blog.

 

 

 

In case you were wondering, yes the stacked teacups are my own drawings decorated with snippets of old images & tweaked as only a digital artist can.

Hope you’re enjoying your day whether it’s sunny summer or down under winter, it’s all simply wonderful!

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