Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Unique CAMP

I am off to The Unique CAMP today :) I am super excited for CAMP and I hope the weekend is filled with adventure!!! Hopefully I will make some new friends while getting some well needed fresh air.  Let the adventure begin...


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Promises, Promises...

I have learned in my short time on this blog that I never want to make promises to our readers and then not follow up and produce. I am over a blog schedule. I am so hard on myself when I am late to post and I always felt this burden of not doing my work looming over me. What I can promise is that I will be posting as frequently as I can now that things are picking up with The Academy of Handmade Artists and Supporters and I am spending most of my time devoted to programming there.

Some principles and ideals I use to guide my work and home life are:

Under-promise & over deliver

Stay humble & gracious 

When evaluating a situation - always try to think of where the other person is coming from.

Think of your involvement on the large scale. Ask yourself: how do your actions directly effect others by the decisions you are making?

Give praise when do & compliment the things you enjoy. Remember: people are hard on themselves and everyone can use reassurance and a pat on the back. High-fives work too!

If you have to fake a compliment or don't have anything nice to say = be quite!

Some principles I use to live and work by online:

Never say anything online (to anyone) that you wouldn't say to anyone straight to their face. 

Sometimes sleeping on it really is the best way to see things clearly.

{Photos are from a CAFAM walking tour of Chinatown in DTLA}
Where is this coming from you may ask?... Well, I have felt out of sorts since last fall trying to figure out my blogging and what this means to me with our business. I love gathering info. Trying things out and figuring what I like and what could be improved. I really like how I can compile all this on our blog and share it with everyone - but I never have thought myself a writer.  I enjoy actual talking in person more than anything. I guess it is because I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Not quite a comedian, but I enjoy having a delivery and setting up a good story.  Do I understand how to translate that into my blog however? Nope, still working on that!

Struggling with the time it takes me to write online is already a blog-blocker for me, but couple that with sometimes I just don't have anything to say - I have found myself quiet for quite sometimes.  I think of this space as somewhere for me to share process and celebrate things I like. They just might not be that timely.  For the awesome real stuff I'm doing check out The Academy of Handmade Artists and Supporters.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Craftcation 2013 Recap

Craftcation Conference - Craft Convention and Small Business Conference

I had so much fun at last year's Craftcation Conference I purchased my early bird ticket for this year's conference last August. True Story!!! I loved getting out of Los Angeles and meeting all ranges of creatives durring a well needed DIY retreat. I have never found an event that is as entertaining as it is educational. Motivational, inspiring, encouraging, and informative! I was glad to see friends return again for the second conference but also had the pleasure to meet some new ones this year too.

Friday, March 29, 2013

REWIND: Craftcation 2012, Wrap-up of an Amazing Conference!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going to the 2nd Annual Craftcation Conference and I thought while I was compiling my highlights from Craftcation 2013, I would repost my wrap-up with all the deets on last years adventure :)

*click here for the full post*

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