Thursday

21 Jun, 2012

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Changes – BIG changes….

As I mentioned in my last post, I have big plans for my blog and for my business this year. I have also got a lot to look forward to in the coming months; some of which will help me to achieve these plans.

In a little over two weeks I am getting married! It has been a couple of years in the planning but the big day is nearly here! More recently I have been very occupied with getting everything arranged and have missed finding the time to show up here as regularly as I would like. We will be travelling to Rome the week after the wedding and then spending a week in the Cotswolds back in the UK. I am so looking forward to enjoying two very different weeks and can’t wait to share the photos from the trips.

In other big news, I am finishing the part time job that I have had for 3 years since graduating from University next week! This is a huge deal for me because I am saying ‘goodbye’ to the knowledge of having a guaranteed paycheck each month and am completely on my own. It is down to me how successful I make my business and how it ultimately develops over time. Eeeek!

It has been in the pipeline for a long time and I knew it would most likely happen this year but I don’t think you ever feel completely ready to ‘go it alone!’ My other half, family and friends have all been so supportive of my dreams and ambitions and I have decided now is as good a time as any to go for it! So once I return from my honeymoon I will officially be self-employed. (Seems even more real now I’m typing it and knowing it will be read by other people!)

I hope this leap will allow me the time, space and encouragement I need to take my business further. Another contributing factor to all of this is my participation in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design by Rachel Taylor and Beth Nicholls. This e-course launched in Nov 2011 and ever since I began the 3 modules I knew it would be the start of something BIG. I couldn’t remember the last time I had felt so excited about being creative or how fantastic it was to be learning so many new things. It really gave me the knowledge and tools to believe I can do so much more, develop the ideas in my head and move forward in different ways. I have always loved pattern, design and illustration and I hope to start combining everything I have done so far and delve into the possibility of becoming more than an artist – using my art to decorate objects and people’s surroundings to make their spaces beautiful. It is my hope to be able to develop my work and see where it takes me!

I also took another e-course, which I began in January, and blogged about here. This course was so full of encouragement and practical advice on creating a sustainable, inspiring and profitable business. I can’t praise this and the other course enough – they really opened my eyes to the possibilities for my business and gave me the extra confidence I needed to begin dreaming BIG.

To round this post off I thought I’d leave you with a link to a fun post I enjoyed reading from the lovely Kelly Rae Roberts. Have a great rest of the week!

Monday

04 Jun, 2012

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Blogging Anniversary!

I realised today that it was my blog’s 4 year anniversary on 2nd June! I can’t quite believe how fast it’s gone and how both my blog and website have changed over the years:

Old blog, started in 2008 after I’d discovered the world of ‘blogging’…

My first website, designed to link to my blog and other online places.

I have developed my blog a lot since I started and made a lot of wonderful contacts and online friends – I hope to be able to dedicate even more time to my blog this year – I have big plans!

I hope you are all having a great bank holiday if you are here in the UK and enjoying the Jubilee celebrations :) I’ve been doing odd jobs whilst also enjoying some ‘me’ time – it’s nice to have a few extra days to catch up with things!

 

Wednesday

09 Nov, 2011

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Inspirational Blogger: Julie Ann

Hello! As alaways I am very excited to share my eighth interview in the series ~ the Inspirational Blogger Interview.

Over the few years I have been reading and keeping my own blog there have been certain bloggers who have made a huge impact on me. Over the coming weeks I would like to share with you some of these inspirational people. This particular blogger is another I have found more recently but I was immediately hooked with her interesting posts and beautiful greetings cards. Without further a do, this weeks interview is with the very talented Julie Ann:

Hi, thank you for agreeing to take part in my Inspirational Blogger interview! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started on your creative journey?

Hi there, I’m Julie Ann! I’m a blogger, small business owner and DIY lover. I started selling greeting cards on Etsy three years ago, sort of on a whim for something fun to do. My cards are now sold in multiple brick and mortar stores across the U.S. The most recent addition to my business has been my blog, Julie Ann Art, which I use as my creative outlet for all my ideas, inspirations and DIY projects. When I am not blogging or creating I can be found on my pink beach cruiser, with my boyfriend Jordan and our Terrier pup, Penny, by my side.

How did you first find out about blogging and what made you decide to have a go?

 I have admired my favorite blogs for years and one day I just had a sort of “light bulb” moment that was like, “I could do that too.” And just like that, I was working on my blog design and thinking of post ideas. It is a lot of hard work but at this point I can’t imagine NOT blogging.

Has blogging had a positive affect on your creative success and the way you run your business?

 Most definitely. Blogging has been the most rewarding thing I have done for my business because it allows me to interact directly with others, whether it be with my readers or fellow bloggers. The network it has opened me up to is so big, so creative and so inspiring.

How has your blog developed since you began?

 Honestly, my blog has grown so much in its 8 months lifespan that it humbles me every time I think about it. I think it has to do with the content I post and my understanding of promoting online, thanks to my time on Etsy. I have such pride in what I do because I put so much time into creating quality posts. It’s just a refreshing feeling to know that my reader’s enjoy what I enjoy doing.

 What has been the best thing to come out of having your blog?

Support from my readers, hands down. They are awesome! As a modest girl I never really knew people liked what I did until I started blogging. It has been so fun to create a relationship with others who have an interest in what I’m creating and not only support me but inspire me themselves with new ideas.

Can you leave us with one piece of advice for anybody who is just starting out in the blogging world or who would like to improve their blog?

Be yourself. Don’t feel obligated to do what other bloggers are doing. If you feel comfortable with what you are blogging, and enjoy it, it will show through to your readers. And one other thing! Network! Find blogs you like, comment on them, tweet at fellow bloggers! You will make great friends!

Thanks so much for asking me to do this interview Kate! I was honored! :]

Blog/Shop/Twitter

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Julie Ann again for taking time out of her very busy schedule and answering my questions.

I hope this post has inspired you to enjoy your blogging or perhaps start a blog if you haven’t already!

Wednesday

02 Nov, 2011

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Inspirational Blogger Interview: Kaelah Bee

Hello! As alaways I am very excited to share my seventh interview in the series ~ the Inspirational Blogger Interview.

Over the few years I have been reading and keeping my own blog there have been certain bloggers who have made a huge impact on me. Over the coming weeks I would like to share with you some of these inspirational people. This particular blogger is one I have found more recently but her posts and photography immediately stood out to me. Without further a do, this weeks interview is with the very talented Kaelah Bee:

Hi, thank you for agreeing to take part in my Inspirational Blogger interview! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started on your creative journey?

My name is Kaelah Bee and I’m a 23 year old small business owner, freelance graphic designer, and bartender. I’m engaged to a wonderful fella named Mike who works as a lifestyle photographer and he’s my right hand man when it comes to owning and operating our mobile retail shoppe, Honeybean Mobile Boutique. I’ve always wanted to live a creative life (well, since my Kindergarten teacher forced me to sit down and color the Christmas tree the right way.) I graduated high school and went on to pursue fashion design and graphic design in college. I worked at BUST magazine in NYC for two summers and it was so very exciting. I decided to veer off of the design path for a bit to live my small indie biz dreams of owning my own boutique. We’re just getting started but it’s already been an adventure!

How did you first find out about blogging and what made you decide to have a go?

I’ve been blogging online since 2002… I was 14! From Xanga and LiveJournal all the way to my current Blogspot, I’ve documented parts of my life that the internet will never let me forget! Ha! I decided to start Little Chief Honeybee when I was moving to NYC by myself at 21. It was a way to show my family and friends what I was up to. I never thought it’d grow into what it is today.

Has blogging had a positive affect on your creative success and the way you run your business?

Absolutely! I owe a lot of my success, motivation and courage to my readers. They support me in so many areas of my life. It’s like having thousands of best friends! Kind of awesome.

How has your blog developed since you began?

I first started it to document my NYC shenanigans and then it was my meditation retreat for a really awful breakup with my long term boyfriend at the time. Then I decided to just share happy positive things. Inspirations, goals, etc. I still am very real on my blog and I share the not so great stuff, too, but it’s just a happy sanctuary where I can be real, but put a positive spin on it. I’m eternally embarrassed by many of my old posts! Then again, who isn’t?! It’s cool to see myself evolve along with my blog, brand and business.

What has been the best thing to come out of having your blog?

I’ve met some of my absolute best friends in the world. In fact, out of my 6 (!!!) bridesmaid, I met 4 online! I’m able to meet people I otherwise would have never come across. It’s a great way to find like-minded people and a support group that is always there for you.

Can you leave us with one piece of advice for anybody who is just starting out in the blogging world or who would like to improve their blog?

Be genuine. No matter how many people read your blog… 1 or 1 million, be YOU. Don’t blog for numbers or free things. Blog for your passions and yourself. If you’re honest and sincere with who you are and how you present yourself, readers will come!

Blog/Honeybean/Twitter

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Kaelah again for taking time out of her very busy schedule and answering my questions.

I hope this post has inspired you to enjoy your blogging or perhaps start a blog if you haven’t already!

Wednesday

26 Oct, 2011

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Inspirational Blogger Interview: Kelly Clark

Good morning! I am very excited to share my sixth interview in the series ~ the Inspirational Blogger Interview.

Over the few years I have been reading and keeping my own blog there have been certain bloggers who have made a huge impact on me. Over the coming weeks I would like to share with you some of these inspirational people. This particular blogger is one of the most inspirational people I have come across online. Her words and photography blow me away and I am lucky enough to own one of her beautiful painted pebbles (one of many types of art she produces.) Without further a do, this weeks interview is with the very talented Kelly Clark:

Hi, thank you for agreeing to take part in my Inspirational Blogger interview! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started on your creative journey?

Hello Hello!  I am Kelly Clark and I live in a little house sandwiched between the edge of the redwood forests and the surf of the Pacific Ocean in Northern California.  I am passionate about art in its myriad forms, finding art everywhere and in everything.  I have been making art, quite literally, from the time I could hold a crayon but it was not until college that the AhHa moment happened and I realized Art was a viable career.  Not only viable, but the only career I could imagine dedicating my life to.  I graduated with a B.F.A. from San Jose State University, emphasis in Oil Painting, which is still my most fervent love.  But as I worked, I came to realize that the thing most important to me was not the medium I worked in, but the message I was trying to share.  It is my joy to translate that which I see, feel, experience into a piece, and my utter delight when that piece finds the exact person with whom it resonates.  On any given day you can find me in the studio working in paint, leather or metal, music on too loud, tea pot on the bench, bouncing around in my little hive of energy.

How did you first find out about blogging and what made you decide to have a go?

You know, I think the very first blogs I found were cooking blogs while running recipe searches online.  I became entirely enamored with a few of them, checking in constantly for new posts, a woman obsessed, but never commenting!  When my husband and I moved out of California, away from all of our family and friends, I decided to start my own blog as a way to share our new life.  That first month I was a blogging fiend with no discernment!  Within six months I had found other bloggers with similar interests and was hooked.  I’m blessed to say several of whom I now call my closest confidants.  It’s such an amazing way to find other members of your tribe across the globe.

 

Has blogging had a positive affect on your creative success and the way you run your business?

Ouph, HUGELY!  I have met a great number of amazing patrons through the blog world, and forging personal relationships with many of them has blessed me to no end.  But perhaps the largest affect has been in the other artists I’ve met via the blog.  We’ve been able to share with and encourage each other on the business side of things, from dealing with creative blocks to establishing pricing structures, learning communally along the way.

How has your blog developed since you began?

It has come a very long way but at the same time, no so far from it’s roots.  I write about what I know, what I see, what I experience, and of course, what I make.  I write more than I did at first, as the blog reawakened my life-long love of writing.  I take many, many more photos, dragging my beloved Canon, Pierré, with me everywhere.  I just get so excited about sharing!  I think that has always been my central motivation behind the blog, and one I am continually honing.  There is just so much beauty in this life and I just want to spread that love around!

 

What has been the best thing to come out of having your blog?

One of the very best things that has come from my blog has been a renewed faith in and a love for humanity.  One and a half years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I talked about it and all my treatments sparingly on the blog, but I tell you true: blog readers came out of the woodwork to encourage and come alongside me on my journey.  They sent emails, cards, care packages.  They truly became my support group, the people I knew were pulling so hard and so earnestly on my behalf.  It was endlessly amazing.  Endlessly heartening.  They helped me make it through.  THEY were the best thing that has come from my blog.  Hands down.

Can you leave us with one piece of advice for anybody who is just starting out in the blogging world or who would like to improve their blog?

I know there is a slew of advice on this out there, but I would say this:  Be the best human being you can be.  This does not mean every thing you write must be cheery, or pretty or anything of the sort.  Not at all!  It means you strive to write from an honest place in your soul.  It means you share with authenticity.  It means you put out into the world that which you hope to receive.  It means that you treat your readers, your blog friends and the writers you read with respect and kindness.  And who doesn’t need a little more kindness in their life?


Blog/Website/Flickr

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Kelly again for taking time out of her very busy schedule and answering my questions.

I hope this post has inspired you to enjoy your blogging or perhaps start a blog if you haven’t already!

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