Monday, November 30, 2009

We can all be a 'Pillar'



Ah yes! Nothing like a good old fashioned Black Friday and Cyber Monday to make me feel like a tiny little 'pillar' in the grand forest of e-commerce! As this holiday shopping season kicks off,  I thought back to a fuzzy little caterpillar I took a picture of in the forest not long ago. And I'm reminded that, like her,  as long as I'm aware of my own vantage point and embrace what I can become......then in the interim, I can be a pillar of strength and that big old forest seems much less daunting...... :) My butterfly days are ahead of me...... yours can be too!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!




Happy Thanksgiving to all.......make it a beautiful day with those you love!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Photosynthesis as a Catalyst to Growth


This past week, I have spent some of my time, pursuing marketing strategies for my Etsy shop. And again, not being a business person, I simply began as any new ‘seedling’ would and just followed the light so to speak. Reading other blogs and accounts of what has worked for others, has led me to some very enriching sources of advertisement.

The responses that I have received from my marketing endeavors have run the gamut from no response to an automated ‘thank you for your submission’ to a ‘rainfall’ of encouragement and warm wishes from other people who are just like myself- tending to their own ‘gardens’, hoping for growth of their own lives and ultimately, self expression .

Photosynthesis by definition is a process in green plants and certain organisms by which carbohydrates (otherwise known as sugars) are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source. Most forms of photosynthesis release oxygen as a byproduct. That’s the ‘ automated’ definition.

The human definition is that I can say that the sun has surely shown on me this week as I have made efforts to market my fledgling business- like a sprout reaching for the sun……and remarkably, people have been there for me, with such an outpouring of warmth, kindness, wisdom and support . I haven’t sold a thing yet….but I feel energized by some of the responses that I have received. And I am so very grateful for it. Human caring, kindness and support, likened to a kind of photosynthesis for me, is my catalyst for growth.

In the Macroeconomic sense, when the big economic ‘garden’ goes into upheaval and gets dug up, the survivors will be the little seedlings like you and me; Clinging to the things that enrich our lives. And we’ll be together, pursuing our passions, and supporting each other’s efforts- growing, flourishing, and blooming in our ‘gardens’…….. Let’s all dig in our roots, shine our support on each other and simply grow……….


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Perspective in the Garden of Living


This morning I checked my e-mail and was led to a blog that perfectly framed for me the importance of all of us growing to our greatest potential in the ' Garden' that we are planted in. I have been doing a little bit of marketing to get my shoppe on Etsy going. Believe me when I say that I am not really a business woman at the core of me, so I have not relished having to upload pictures to websites and perpetually describe my craft so that my shoppe can take root. I'm an RN by day and I like to think a nurturing person. I have loved caring for other people in my years as a nurse. Watching them return to wellness and the way they would look at me after I cared for them, was way beyond any paycheck I ever earned. I signed on with LinkReferral to network with other Artisans such as myself. And this morning I reached the blog of a woman who is battling advanced Ovarian Cancer. Her blog is the raw detailing of what I have shared with so many of my patients. And I would encourage anyone who is not adverse to a raw detailing of what it is to battle cancer to visit her blog- ShoppingKharma.blogspot. A warning that her content is not for everyone, and there are some things in her blog which might not be acceptable to everyone. But, nevertheless, a huge reminder to me to maintain my perspective on what is really important as I pursue this dream of mine that I had let go of so many years ago. And so, as I go forward with my endeavor to be true to the artist in me, my blog will be more about living. Less about selling . More about the things that bring happiness to my life, like hugging my husband, gardening and smelling the flowers I've grown; baking and enjoying the taste amd scent of what I made; sewing , drawing, and yes, crafting and enjoying the loveliness that creativity brings. And I will also enjoy to the fullest the remarkable people that I am meeting in my travels as I market my shop. Bloom where you are planted. Words were never more true.     

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Help my Shop take Wing!!


I had two lovely visitors at my door this morning! Mr. and Mrs. Crane stopped by for a little something..... So, suffice it to say, I offered them my hospitality. I love birds coming to my garden and love it when the Sandhill Cranes come around! I get so much joy from seeing them! What would a garden be if it is not enjoyed and shared?!!

I'm glad that you stopped by my blog and to welcome you here, I would like to extend my hospitality to you by inviting you to become a follower of my blog. I will be offering savings codes on here for my Etsy shoppe merchandise from time to time. And also hope to offer giveaway items in the future. So, if you are interested in my blog and /or my shoppe on Etsy, please sign on as a follower! To get things started, if you join me as a follower of my blog, you can save on my Etsy merchandise with this 20 % off savings code: SANDHILL. This code will be valid while my shoppe has merchandise until 11/30/2009. Simply type the code in the notes to seller, so that I know to apply the discount. This offer will expire at midnight on 11/30/2009.

It has been a beautiful day for me!....Have a beautiful day as well!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Breaking Ground


Well, I've done it...I've broken new ground and opened up my Etsy shoppe yesterday! I'm really excited about it. It feels great to be at the precipice of becoming a part of the Etsy community of artisans.....I'm so glad to be a part of people who are creative and appreciate all of the possibilities that are within themselves! I'm glad to have taken the leap of faith into my proverbial garden bed of creativity. The light is just breaking for me... and my work is sprouting....I've broken ground........ :)

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