I quickly found a theme betwixt and between the three shops I reviewed this week: paper and communication. Paper crafts, greeting cards and handmade journals…the connection was immediately obvious and one that I love.
How impersonal emails are when you get a million of them a day. How out of touch we can be with ourselves when our own hand is no more involved in writing our journey than tapping on a keyboard! Paper has always fixed this. Being of the “older generation”, I love the smell of paper, the personal touch of holding something written by someone else. Fascinated with calligraphy after my sister sent me something written in the flowery script, I taught myself the mysterious art when I was 12. Much later I wrote the lyrics to my and my future husband’s favorite song in calligraphy and gave it to him as a present. Knowing it has always been a special gift that is made even more precious by how little it is used today.
So, please peruse these samplings from these wonderful shops. The prices are right – treat yourself to a special gift of communication that will be remembered.
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We are all members of a great Etsy shop owner’s support team called BESTeam (Boosting Etsy Shops Team). We support each other’s Etsy shops with intense social networking and promotion of each other on our Facebook, Twitter and Blog ‘sites. Want an article written about YOUR shop each and every week? Want to write about others and support their creative efforts, thus Paying it Forward? Then get on over to the team page, visit the team blog or forum and see if you can keep up with us. If you are the BEST, we want you on our team!
This parasol is the first in a new line of made-to-order, customizable parasols. Want it plain? Here it is, available for immediate shipping. Want more color? More decoration? This is the base we work from to create you dream parasol. It can be yours, exactly the way you want it!
Color: off white. Available colors: white and off white. Edge lace on the white one is slightly different. We are happy to scan you samples to choose from before your purchase!
Detail – top center
Another 3/4 shot.
This beautiful parasol is available as of tonight in our Etsy shop. The link to the Etsy listing is here. As is, with no customization, the cost is $70.00. Please contact us for quotes on your dream design!
Understanding why we get into a “rut” helps deal with the issue and keeps us from getting frustrated. The word “rut” definitely misinterprets the problem. Our brains are designed to work in balance, the left hemisphere with the right and vice versa. Because one is adept at analytical issues and the other at abstract and creative concepts, overworking either one trips a “time out” switch that stalls our efforts. It is then time to move on to something else – for me the more opposite the diversion, the better. Gardening, designing a website, doing house chores all reset (or reboot as us nerds call it) my brain so I can go back to my bags or parasols with a fresh perspective.
It is important for every creative artist to find their most effective distraction. For some like me, it is something as opposite the creative arts as possible, i.e. something that engages logic, calculations or chores. For others it is turning to the inspiration found in their fellow artist’s projects, however they are found on the internet, through books, art galleries and of course, in the amazing patterns and designs found in nature and the universe themselves. It does not matter how or where you find the source, the important thing is you expand your awareness to include something else in this universe that will refresh your mind and eventually allow you to return to the project and either complete it or move on.
Remember, everything in nature – and we all are a part of nature – is cyclic. Every person, place, project and thing has its time to bloom, and pushing it when it isn’t ready or the time is not ready for it, does both you and your project a disservice.