Capitol City Visit

Capitol City Visit
Madison Wisconsin

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Creative Pursuits.....Do you have more than one?

I really didn't realize until I was well into adulthood that I had a creative soul. Looking back, there were signs......I grew up being a student of music, loving to write and draw, taking sewing lessons, etc. But then, came college, and I was always very serious, a perfectionist, wanting to do over that 100%. I let my creative interests slide.

Today, I'm back in full swing and lucky that I have time for my creative endeavors. If I day goes by and I don't do something creative I feel stagnated and become somewhat crabby! So, I am careful to carve out some "me" time to work on my beaded jewelry creations. (look up my work at my etsy shop at the following address; http://carolsjewelryorchard.etsy.com )

Do you have more than one creative pursuit? I do. I love photography, creative writing, interior decorating, developing curriculum and projects for the garden club I run for children, and recently knitting! I'm almost finished with a scarf I started three winters ago!!! Obviously, the knitting is not one of my favorite creative interests. Next to making beaded jewelry, my favorite alternative creative pursuit is photography. I love taking pictures of landscapes and nature (flowers and butterflies, in particular).

One morning last week, the creative juices just weren't flowing for my jewelry making. Luckily, I ususally know this within 15 minutes of starting at my work station. And I've learned to get up and walk away, rather than push through it.
We had just had a beautiful new snow fall over night and it was a foggy, cold winter morning here in the mid-west. So, I grabbed my camera, bundled up, and went out to our yard to take some "frosty flower" pictures and pictures of the valley behind us.
I spent about 45 minutes out in this winter wonderland and came in, sure I had gotten some great pictures and definitely, refreshed.

I think that is what is most important about having more than one creative pursuit. When you need a break, feel bored, or creativity is not happening in one particular area; you can temporarily turn your interests elsewhere! If you don't have more than one creative interest, I highly recommend that you develop one! I think you'll soon see that it has benefits!

A couple of my photographs are listed in my jewelry shop. Currently, I'm just listing one per month. After all, it is a jewelry shop, but you can check them out! Found to the right of this post is one of my favorite from my winter walk last week!
Enjoy!

And for those that read my post last week; all is well with my order from the poor speller. The poor spelling certainly was NOT an indication of the quality of products! I'm relieved!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Business and Language Arts.....Does it Really Matter?

Okay, I am going out on a limb somewhat here! However, twice this week, I've had electronic/digital business contacts with a of couple people that had atrocious grammer and spelling!

It got me thinking about whether this really matters in business these days. What do you think? In the first case, I was looking to buy something from a vendor and each item description had many, many spelling errors!!! I'm not the best speller myself, but I usually check a word, if I'm not sure. And I probably rely on the dictionary a greater percentage of time than spell check on the computer. Part of the issue today may be all this texting that goes on. Words are shortened to barely recognizable abbreviations and texting has generated a shorthand language of its own. I have to admit that I don't text. So, maybe that's part of my problem. But the spelling errors I saw weren't of a texting type of shorthand, they were just odd phonetic variations. I don't expect perfect spelling from anyone. But, I had to stop and "figure out" what this person was trying to describe about the product! So, I considered not buying from this vendor, as I really didn't feel this was good business form. It made me wonder about quality. In the end, I caved in and purchased what I wanted from this challenged speller. I'm hoping the spelling isn't a reflection of the quality of goods that I will receive. I'm betting that all will be well with the purchase, but down deep I'd have felt better about it if the spelling had been more correct.

The other experience I had this week was receiving an e-mail from a person that I do business with locally. There was no capitalization in the whole e-mail, despite it being written in a letter format. It was several sentences long! I just didn't understand that either! This person is highly educated, but I believe very short on time. So, that is the excuse I am attributing to her lack of grammer!

The sad part is that in today's world, I'm not sure any of this matters. I guess I didn't let it interfer with my purchases, in the first case. Keep in mind, I have yet to see the goods, however. I'll let you know next week about that. I know we are all pressed for time and the world moves at a fast pace. I suppose that I am just a person that likes to write properly. I love words, their meanings, and intonations. I still love getting and sending hand-written letters. My children are still made to write thank-you notes by hand. And that probably brings me to the root of some of my problem with this. I am still in a stage of life where I am helping school aged children (my own and others) learn to write properly. So, it spills over to expecting it from adults involved in business transctions. However, I'm coming to the realization that I'll just have to take the new altered language arts of the digital world in stride when it comes to business!

On a lighter note, I have a new collection of jewelry in my shop that is being added to daily. It is called the Aloha Collection, inspired by all things Hawaiian. I have also added a few nice pieces for Valentines Day!
Check them out at: http://carolsjewelryorchard.etsy.com

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Inspired by Travel......

A Belated Happy New Year! I hope 2010 is happy and successful for all my readers.

Have you ever been inspired by travel? I was able to start 2010 on the Hawaiian island of Maui! WOW! What a beautiful trip! The weather was absolutely perfect. Sunny skies, warm temps in the 80's and and crystal clear waters! It was a great way to start the new year.

Of course in getting ready for the trip I was a little frantic. Here is was the holiday season, I was selling and mailing items from my etsy store, baking, and trying to pack up my family for this wonderful vacation that awaited us. In the midst of all this, it was hard to find a time to create and I found my inspiration somewhat diminished probably due to the stress of it all. I am one of those people that like everything to be perfect! Anyway, I was looking forward to relaxing and being refreshed enough to create upon my return.

Travel can definitely inspire one's creative soul! Is it just the relaxation of it all, once you arrive at your destination or is it the scenery? For me, on this trip, it was both. I was unconnected to the internet, as I put my shop on vacation mode. This was a good thing, as I find myself compelled to work on my shop when I have access to my computer. And what can I say about the scenery that you don't already know about Hawaii? Absolutely, beautiful!

I have returned, created, and continued with a refreshed and renewed creative spirit.
Travel can inspire!