…building a creative business: a grain of salt

Let’s just say you are minding your own business writing about your experience with your craft and someone responds with a very strong opinion against what you are talking about. What should you do? Think of it like a little, ity-bity piece of salt. So tiny, so small. So small that it does not have the ability to really change the flavor of your food.

There is freedom in writing about your craft. You get to be the teacher and educate based on what you have experienced. People can take guidence from all of it, some of it or none of it. That is their choice in return. It should not deter you from talking or writing because this will help solidify what you’ve learned.

The beauty of art is that there are no rules. There are techniques. There are guidlines when it comes to how to use your materials. But, the way that you use these materials and put them together for your end product is really your own process. Pushing the limits of your materials is also a way to elevate your final product. Hello, Picasso, Miro, Alexander Calder, Modigliani.

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I wonder how many people said to Modigliani, “Dude, your proportions are so way off. Look at that neck.” But, we all know his work by those long, slender necks and faces. One of my favs.

I bet he thought of these words like one piece of salt and he kept going on and on.

Talk, write, share the way you experience your craft. Don’t be detered when someone else thinks differently. It is not a boulder in your path. It is a grain you can just step on and keep going.

 

 

…my mentor

Miss Mustard Seed! She just doesn’t know she’s my mentor. I first stumbled upon her when I was searching for interesting vintage finds online. They I realized that she had space at Lucketts in one of the outdoor pavilions. I went and visited her beautiful things there and continued to read her posts about refinishing furniture & upholstery. She is a real talent!

It was exciting to see her move to the 3rd floor of Lucketts and visit her room at the Holiday Open House a few weekends ago. Her furniture was beautiful & she even handmade sweet little holiday ornaments! That’s where I found the scale that now sits in my kitchen.

So, I had to email her a picture of the scale’s new home and within the hour I got an email back from her!

“Oooo!  It did go to a good home and it looks perfect there.  It’s always fun to “hear from” my pieces that are sold.  Thanks so much.  This e-mail made me smile. Yes, I always seem to need help!  Maybe we could find a way to work together. ”

That last part was me asking if she never needed help filling her room at Lucketts! ha! Had to take the opportunity 🙂