Feb 7, 2011

Love is in the Air....

Ahhhhhhhhh...........the wait is finally over! The Feb/Mar issue of ReadySetCreate is now available for you to purchase (right here) and it's FULL of great ideas to show how much you love your special ones. I was shocked and thrilled to find my stamps being featured on the lovely little tray right on the front cover!!!


Originally, I had only included the Dapper Daydreams stamp on the left, but Monica had the idea for this darling little tray and asked if the lonely little guy had a girl companion stamp. I got to work on one right away and she turned out lovely, don't you think?  Here's a close up of her as seen in the shop:

(Pardon the pinkness of the carving material. I had some issues recently with my product supply so I had to resort to a back up of "the pink stuff". It carves more easily, but I am particularly fond of the whiteness of my regular carving medium. No offense, pink stuff.)

Well, I've been a busy little carver over here as of late and have a few new designs to add to the shop this week. Here's a sneak peek at them before they get listed:

First, there's "Heart Strings"

this little guy is "Love Bug"

here are a couple more "made for you" pals; milk and cookie and needle and thread

and these two are my new favorites! 

I also have a couple design ideas in the works to be carved this week. You'll likely see them listed next week, but here's a little sneak peek at those as well:

 a couple different mugs inspired by my morning hot tea and occasional cocoa :)

and for the boys.................

Alrighty, there you have it. I am off to clean house and pack more orders. Have a wonderful day!

Jan 10, 2011

A New Year.....a fresh start.

My goodness, how time flies. I finished out the last few months of 2010 being more busy than I imagined I would, but it was all good.

I hooked up with my friend Kari from KLS Reflections and participated in a few holiday markets where I enjoyed meeting some new fellow crafters and admiring their wares, discussing business, marketing, blogs and websites as well as making plans for the holiday season of 2011. I was nervous going into it having only taken part in one other business fair last summer, but I really enjoyed hanging out with the other ladies involved and chatting about handmade goodness.

Something about the end of one year and the beginning of a brand new one make us reflect on what has transpired and what we would like to change. A new year is like a clean slate. A fresh start. A chance to experiment with new ideas and make any adjustments you see fit.

  • Looking back on lemonade sun over the last year, I can think of a few things I would like to adjust:
  • I would like to blog more regularly.
  • I would like to take part in more bazaars, craft fairs and holiday markets.
  • I would like to develop my brand a little more specifically. (Maybe not have such a wide variety of items in the shop...maybe I'll create another shop....hmm)
  • I would like to work ahead and release items on a more timely basis.
  • I would like to streamline my studio space to make working more productive and less like juggling.
  • I would like to launch a website for the business.
  • I would like to establish Longjohn's Paperie as it's own entity.
I know. It looks like a big list of changes to me too, but I'm putting a plan into motion that I'm hoping will help me take little bites out of this huge list at a time so it's manageable and I don't lose heart because I feel overwhelmed (which I have done in the past). It's going to take a LOT of work, but it's like one of my favorite quotes says:
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." -Thomas Edison
Now, some of you might remember that I told you all about the online magazine, ReadySetCreate, wanting to feature some of my stamps in their Dec/Jan issue. Well, I was so busy that I missed the mail out date for sending my stamps in time for them to create their items for that particular issue, but they asked if I would be interested in sending some for their Feb/Mar issue. No problem! I packed up some of my cute little valentine themed stamps and a couple new designs for them to choose from.

One of the design team members got my "Dapper Daydream" guy and immediately asked if he had a female companion stamp. I told her not to worry. He would soon! After a few quick sketches, I was thrilled with this little lady and called her "Lovely Daydream" (I had to use a different carving material as my normal white sort had been all used up) :
I can't wait to see what they do with my stamps. I will be sure to post a link to the issue here so you can check it out if you are interested. Each issue costs $4 and is jammed full of creative ideas and layouts.

Oct 19, 2010

Life Happens...

Do you ever feel like everything is in a fog? Like your life is one big blur? That's how I've been feeling for the last two months. It can be extremely frustrating to an artist. Despite all my brainstorming, I have not been able to focus on the business because life keeps getting in the way. I don't know how single moms or other successful working moms do it every day. How do they balance work and family and have enough time to get anything accomplished? It is often a mystery to me.

My children are growing up quickly (my oldest is a freshman this year....wow!...and I have one in 8th grade, one in 5th and one in 1st) and I don't want to miss any milestones in their lives. For me, that means I have to let the business sort of float along on itself while I attend soccer and volleyball games, band concerts, make an endless supply of lunches, accompany classes on field trips to pumpkin patches, help 1st graders learn how to read, coach a brilliant freshman through geometry, encourage an 8th grader to become more self-reliant and responsible, assure a blossoming 5th grader that she is beautiful and be there every day after school to help them all recover from their exhausting day. That often doesn't leave much time for me to focus on my vision for a business, but honestly, I wouldn't trade it for the world. It IS difficult and frustrating, but I have to keep my perspectives in order. My children need a Mom who is there...completely.

So, if you've been wondering what's new with lemonade sun productions, or you've been concerned that I've fallen off the grid, you can rest assured that while I may be off the grid it just means I'm probably on the field cheering for one of my children. I am still here and I am working in the background when I can steal away a few moments (usually late, late at night when the rest of the house is asleep) to focus on my little business.

I guess this is how it is done. At least for now.


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