Friday, August 12, 2011

Finally...the Beginnings of a Shop

After talking about Creative Accountability last week, I am excited to say that my sweet Robert and I have had a productive week for WAMinistries!
By Saturday I was able to nail down a local printer and see some samples...they look awesome! We are working with Postnet in West Ashley, the owner Sharon is so sweet and I can already tell she'll be a pleasure to work with. I was surprised at how well they came out. Once that big part of actually finding a printer was done, Robert went hard to work at sizing my painting images and loading them up in my very own Etsy shop. I cannot say enough, how thankful I am for that man who organizes me.

(side note: I really feel it's so important when searching for a mate be sure to put effort into finding someone who balances you. My Robert and I are very different but if we were just alike nothing would ever get done.) LOVE HIM!

Okay, so as I was saying we finally have some prints up in the shop. You can see what's available here  there is also a direct link to my shop on the website. I've decided to offer the option of purchasing your prints pre-matted which will allow them to fit very nicely into an 11x14 frame. I've chosen standard sizing because as many of you know, having something framed can be really expensive. I hope these prints make a nice gift for someone you love, or simply bless your home! My question for you is: Is there a painting of mine that you know you'd like to see available in the shop? If so we, Robert will make it happen.

On a not so worky note, here's a picture of what I've been working on this week at my new house #1445Bexley! 

I am sewing some curtains for our big window in the living room. Super excited about the final result on these bad boys. Robert and I picked the fabric out together....I think I'm going to love them. Twitter pics to follow! Love to All.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Creative Accountability

Today I will share on the importance of having accountability for your creativity...simply because this is what the Lord is teaching me this week. It started last weekend when I had the opportunity to be a youth leader on a trip to the Motion Conference in Birmingham, AL. If you've ever been part of any youth camp or conference you know that it includes large amounts of junk food mixed with a lack of sleep. So on day two needless to say I was not feeling well. I began the day by telling my friends, "don't let me eat anything fried". I knew if I ate like the previous day I would be even sicker. So...we had a time of leader training where snacks were served and I picked up a yummy chocolate, peanut covered doughnut. To give you a picture of what I'm talking about:

When I walked over to chat with friends, one looked at me and said...isn't that fried? I simply chuckled and said yeah and brushed it off. Then, my second friend came up to me and asked, "I thought you weren't going to eat anything fried?". At that I walked over to the trash can and threw away the delicious barely eaten doughnut. Thinking back, I was actually surprised that the girls held me to my request, but at the same time I was thankful in the end because it was to my benefit to be held accountable.

By the end of the trip this food accountability translated into having these girls asking hard questions about my artwork and specifically my business. They asked me my goals and what I was working toward. This was so good for me because I am not great at staying accountable. As many times as I can ask Robert to keep be on task with my work, it's so easy to blow him off. But to have Stephanie and Jen (my now named: creative accountability partners), it is much tougher to tell them no.  I am so thankful the Lord has brought this epiphany to my mind once again. That it is in accountability that we are pushed to succeed to do our best and grow through the process.

I can proudly say that I am working to finish up my creative/art business task for the week. In fact these are my surroundings at the present moment.

I have been wanting to finally put something in my Etsy shop that has been open and empty for almost 6 months now. So we've decided to start by selling some prints of my artwork. My job this week was to find a place where I can have quality prints made of my work. I am close to nailing down a place and will do so by tomorrow for sure (as tomorrow is the last day of the week :)). And I will proudly email Stephanie and Jen to let them know of my progress!

So....accountability although trying and challenging at times is well worth the pay off when you meet your goal.

You can all keep me in line by asking how my Etsy shop is task for the next two weeks.

Love to all.