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Leaping Into Spring!

2012 is a Leap Year and tomorrow is "leap day"...that means you have an extra 24 hours to design, create, photograph and get it ready to sell.


What will it be?

Since it's pretty obvious Spring is here in Texas, I can't help but get excited about all of the wonderful events that will be going on in the next few months.  Art Shows, Craft Fairs and more!

Since the weather has been so wonderful, it might be hard to hunker down inside while trying to get pieces ready for upcoming shows or just filling your websites and online shops with fresh inventory.  You're not alone.  In fact I've been reading more and more blogs, whose authors are beginning to feel the stress and strains of working their craft, promoting it through a blog post or website, then feeding all of the social media streams.  It's tough!  It was tough enough when it was just creating, photographing and listing but now comes the added burdens of promoting and marketing.

It makes you wonder how some seem to get it all done and be so successful at it.  Well I'll tell ya...It takes a village, in this case it takes a whole state!



I encourage you to take today and tomorrow to set some goals, organize and prioritize.  I found it fun to sit down one day and journal a design from it's beginning, all the way through the sale and shipping process.  I recorded the time too. The time it took to make it, photograph, upload, edit, list with photo and description, blog about it, tweet it, pin it, facebook, stumble it and any other venues that are out there that I might have missed.  How long until it sold and how the order was processed to ship.

People hear me scream...Don't ever let someone tell you that you don't work or have a career if you are an artist or craftsman.   You work harder than most people because you are one person, sometimes your blessed to have a spouse that walks with you in your journey, some might have a close friend or an assistant.   But for the most part; it's you!  You make the magic happen in your small business.  

Maybe at the end of tomorrow you find it necessary to let some things go.  What robs you of your time creating?  Is it time on the computer?  Is it time trying to keep up with how many "likes" you have on your fan page, how many peeps are following your tweets, or is it trying to keep your blog filled with fresh content?

Where do you find your joy?  In your studio or work shop working your craft? or do you find your joy promoting your art?

I would love to hear your feedback, there's probably a way to help others by sharing your thoughts.

Enjoy your extra 24 hours tomorrow.  Be sure to share what you did with all that extra time!


5 comments:

  1. Very thoughtful post. I definitely feel like I spend nearly as much time promoting and networking my shop as I do creating. And that doesn't even count all the time spent photographing, listing, inventorying (not sure that is actually a word), and keeping track of expenses! It is definitely a lot of work! But the excitement of the creative process and the thrill of the sale keeps me motivated!

    - Janet

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  2. We can drive ourselves nutty crazy with the promoting and networking. I try to divide my time so that the mornings I take photos, list, blog, promote and the afternoons (when my creative brain is at its highest), I create. Evenings are for those mundane quiet chores, like glazing.

    Thanks for a great post, Cindi!

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  3. Hi Cindi, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  4. Hi Cindi, I'm also a Cindy.. it's nice to meet ya! I'm a member of the "Checked In Today" guild with you. I LOVE the frogs, I'm a lover of frogs myself! I saw your site after going to your shop to see what I could use for my collection of curated items and there was the "Made in Texas" button or widget, if you will... So, naturally, being from Texas and making things in Texas... I was curious to see what it was..

    I'm pleased to say that I'm now following you on Pinterest and this blog. Although my blog name "Purple Froggie Clay Stuff" isn't the same as my shop name, it's a part of my jewelry creations. And my Pinterest is under just my name. So... If it's ok with you, I plan to include your "Made In Texas" widget to my blog and shop as well. Unless you have objections?

    I would be delighted to have you follow me back.. my blog is
    Purple Froggie Clay Stuff
    My Pinterest is
    http://pinterest.com/cdschoen71/
    My shop on Facebook is
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cobalt-Moon-Jewelry/274764945872002

    Have a great day, hope to see ya soon, let me know about the widget... thank ya!

    Cindy

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  5. OOPS, I meant to say I'm with the Artfire Texas with you.. not "Checked In Today"

    Cindy

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