Saturday, March 23, 2013

Collecting Things

 About a week ago I received an email from my very creative and talented friend, Jane Dagmi.  She an accomplished writer as well as a fellow collector of wonderful things. She was doing an article about unusual collections for the online magazine, Glo, and wanted to know if I could send some shots of one of my collections.

I have been selling off lots of things that I have collected over the years on my Etsy shop, so at first I was stumped as to what to send. Then I remembered the houses, my most favorite things ever.

As is almost always the case, the collection started by accident. The little green and brown one, an old architects model, was the first one. My husband Tom and I saw it in an antique shop and it was way more than we could afford at the time. We walked around for about an hour talking about it and finally went back and got it. We found the needlepoint houses in Black Mountain, NC; someone's mother made them and we hated to break up the trio. The train station model was a gift and so it goes. 

The next thing you know there was a collection happening. 

Hop on over to Glo and check out the other collections. It is interesting to see how people have displayed their obsessions. As you will see, our little houses are in great company. Matthew Mead, Christine Hoffman, Trey Speegle and Cheryl Maeder are just a few of the collectors included in the mix.

Here are a few more photos of the houses. The one with the red roof is my favorite - how about you?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thinking Inside of the Box: "The Exquisite Doodle" Artist Project

Sometime ago I was invited by the multi talented Alex Mitchell to participate in a project. Inspired by the Exquisite Corpse drawing game of the Paris Surrealists, Alex titled her project "The Exquisite Doodle".  Hooked and then hooked again.

Alex did an incredible amount of work getting artists from all over the globe to participate. She built, painted and sent out all of the boxes with little scrolls and lolly pops that we had to eat (oh the suffering) so we could save the sticks that turned the scrolls.

We were honored that Artspan Blog did an  article about it.

Big thanks to Alex and all of her hard work on this project. I was thrilled to be a part of it.

 It started out like this. Alex even made special boxes for the boxes.

My little box was wrapped so nicely.

 My box was called "Onion Rain" so I ran with the theme of onion soup.

The sacrifice......

Alex started out my piece with some little drawings and I finished with doodles of onion soup ingredients. The narrative was about hopefully getting to meet Alex in Spain and making and eating the soup together.  Hopefully it will come true!

A link to more information and a movie is here.

Here is a list of the artists involved.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sometimes You Need a Coach.

If anyone has been experiencing a power outage it's probably my fault. So many light bulbs have been going off over here that there has surely been a drain on the grid.

To be honest, I always thought a life coach was a lot of blah, blah, blah. Well...I was wrong.

Thanks to Beth Nichols over at "Do What You Love" I signed up for Jennifer Lee's "The Right Brainer's in Business Video Summit"

We are into week two and I am blown away. The speakers have covered everything from managing money, to following your heart to marketing. My friend Robin is also taking it and after each video we talk about it like two school girl's with a crush. I mean, I had no idea......

For too long I have felt stuck, my business was in control. Well now it's time to bitch slap this business and take it back and man does it feel good.
A week ago if I visualized my business it looked like an episode of "Hoarders" now things have been sorted, thrown out and it's all coming into focus one step at a time. Lists and a schedule have been made  and there are goals, not just deadlines but goals.

I realize that a business is it's own growing organism  and needs to move, grow and change but I can guide it instead of letting it just do it's thing. After the initial slapping I plan to make friends with my business because after all, it is a relationship and it needs nurturing. I just won't be giving it the car keys anytime soon.