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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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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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International Womens Day

Almost every woman I’ve ever known was a creator, an artist fashioning wonderful somethings from all sorts of mediums.

My mother loved sewing & quilting. She would gather fabrics, carefully trace patterns on to the material, cut the shapes out & sew them together before sewing the entire quilt to frames to hand stitch flourishes & lovely patterns. She was an artist. Mouse w thread & scissors 2

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People who paint with oils, acrylics, or watercolors have my admiration & one artist that truly amazes me is my niece, Emily. With paints & canvas she brings ballerinas & beautiful women to life.  You really must see her art to appreciate it…it’s just so stunning. Take a look at Emily’s art HERE.

 

My daughter has a way with words that truly makes me wonder why she isn’t a published author. Yeah, I’m a biased, but she’s wordsmith that doesn’t seem to think she’s all that good. I am a flowery writer & my inspiration comes from classic authors like Jane Austen, the Brontes, & the ever so flowery, omniscient point of view Victorians, while her writing is raw, authentic & often injected with subtle humor. Her creativity with words serves her well in the marketing field, but I think there’s a book or 3 in her.

 

Every woman I know is creative in one way or another not always taking the form of the obvious.  Life tosses us situations that require original solutions & women have been taking up the challenge in inventive, colorful ways.  Warmth is a basic need, but why not make it vibrant with intricate patterns created with other women. One of the necessities of life is a roof over our heads, but let’s hang art on the walls that makes us feel. Reading & writing adds so much to our lives, where would we be without these skills? Why not write with flair & share our words? Woman & creativity….we’ve always been & we’ll always be!

The Studio on the Corner has a new set of recipe cards just in time for Easter. Like the images on this post, the adorable bunnies & chick all began life in books from the late 1800s & early 1900s.

I’m going to share a secret with you…starting in 2017 SotC has been adding a little something extra in each listing. I’m not going to tell you what those little secrets are, but I’m pretty sure Do-It-Yourselfers out there would enjoy them. You can find the recipe cards along with some charming Easter tags to hang on baskets & gifts at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.

Stop by back next week for an Easter freebie!  I think you’ll like it, alot!