Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Snapshot.

I realized that the profile picture that I use on Etsy is a few years old. So I thought I should bring it up to my current situation.



This is me at 38 years old. With 2 kids in the thick of their elementary school years. With a hardworking husband who is a great Dad and a supportive partner in life. Self employed as an artist (whaaat?? that still seems funny to me!) in my shop Carriage Oak Cottage.

I feel lucky to have found some amazing friends. We encourage each other, we root for each other, we laugh together, and we are there for each other.

I don't always feel sure of myself. I can doubt my potential. I can be a worry wart. And I can be stubborn. I wish I cared less about what other people think. And I think I need thicker skin.

I can be shy in new situations, but I tend to be loud in places where I feel comfortable. I love to dance, and I love to sing, although people don't love to hear me sing. :)

I enjoy working out at a local gym a few times a week. I feel that as I am getting physically stronger, I am getting mentally stronger as well. I also volunteer a lot at my girls school. I enjoy getting to know various teachers and staff and it gives me a view into their school day. The girls also love that I am in school every so often..I am well aware this may not always be the case, so I will happily take it for now.

So, this was a snapshot..to be updated again when I notice that my profile picture on Etsy is a few years old. :)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Life is Full

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If I post a picture of Springtime, surely that means it will come, right??
Here's to hoping!

I hope this post finds you well. I have had quite a busy few months, hence no time to post, or really even think about posting. I had eye surgery; that was a a big moment in my life. I feel like one of these days, I will give a detailed blog post about it. It is on that never-ending list of things I want to do.

But life is full, I am not too busy, just...life is full, as discussed with a dear friend. We don't complain about life being too busy, we just look at it like Life is Full, and we are grateful for that.

Wishing you all the best!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Victoria Magazine



My copy of the March/April issue of Victoria Magazine arrived in the mail yesterday. My yellow sweetheart vase was featured on pages 19 and 20. It is such an honor for my artwork to be included in this beautiful magazine. Thank you, Victoria Magazine!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Springtime Ready



Winter has barely started, and I have the full on winter blues. So, to combat that, I have been trying to fill my shop with springtime. Like this vase HERE. Are you all ready for spring as much as I am??

Monday, January 12, 2015

Houzz

I am very careful when expanding into selling on other websites. I want them to be user friendly to me as a seller, but I also want the customer to have a good experience as well. Currently, I sell on Etsy, Brika, Bourbon and Boots, Scoutmob, and now, I am a proud seller on Houzz.
Remodeling and Home Design
Houzz is a different kind of website. You will get what I mean the very second you click on it. I have been super impressed with the level of service by the employees of Houzz. I have been very happy as a seller on my current websites, and so far, it looks like that trend will continue with Houzz!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

New in 2015

With 11 days left in 2014, I am looking forward to 2015. I have been working on my "what I would like to accomplish" list. One of them is to more regularly introduce new items into my shop.

I probably averaged 1 new item a month in 2014, if I were to guess, I know it felt mostly like I was skating by with re-circulating old stock.

And while, I wouldn't re-list items I no longer felt passionate about keeping in my shop; I do know that it is not smart business practice, and I wouldn't attract new customers, if I wasn't creating new work. So, I want to make that a priority as I move forward.


The vase above (HERE) is the first in my Farm Animal Series I am working on for 2015. I hope to have all of the animals completed and listed by the end of February.


I am breathing a sigh of relief that the holiday rush is over and I am going to enjoy the holidays with my family.


I wish you all Happy Holidays and Peace and Love in the New Year.


xo

Friday, December 5, 2014

Not nearly summer...but..

....I am already dreaming of it!

And obviously it is nearing Christmas, so I should NOT be feeling this way, but I can't help it. I am ready for flip flops and the sound of ocean waves.



This is especially strange coming from my mouth, as I do love Christmas: the traditions, being with friends and family. And tonight, we are taking the girls to see Rudolph onstage...I am excited about it...

but.. can we move the show to the beach?