Look for some more ways to promote my shop that are not the paid for kind. Send out more e-mails to folks asking them if they would be interested in writing about my work.
And asked me to let them know how that went. Well, bring it on Jena... she recently did an Etsy Virtual Lab about how to submit your work to Bloggers. If you missed it, you can read her recap, and see the cutest video grabs of her talking, as well as follow the links to an incredibly generous and informative list of submission sources and a step by step tutorial on how to approach bloggers about your work.
Street fashion . . . usually you think of what people out and about on the street are wearing, this street fashion is all about what the streets were wearing in my neighborhood this weekend . . .
Our relationship to time has become corrupted exactly because we allow ourselves very little experience of the timeless. We speak continually of saving time, but time in its richness is most often lost to us when we are busy without relief . . . We speak of stealing time as if it no longer belonged to us. We speak of needing time as if it wasn't around us already in every moment. We want to make time for ourselves as if it were in our power to do so. Time is the conversation with absence and visitation, the frontier between ourselves and those we love; the hours become ripe with happening only when we are attentive, patient and present.
-David Whyte, from Crossing the Unknown Sea
So, again, maybe not so much a budget, but the system works for us.
Here's my First Draft:
- I have a list of work deadlines I must meet.
- I have a list of things that I want to experiment with, play with, paint on and otherwise create in my painting studio or on my computer. These are things I may never be paid for, these are things that no one else may ever see, and yet, I must do them, for my own happiness and peace of mind.
- Then there is the list of general things that must be done, let's call them chores. Much like the list of things that I want to experiment with and etc.: I may never be paid for them, no one may completely notice that I accomplished them, and in a few hours/days/weeks, they will all need to be done again, and yet, since we do like clean clothes, dishes, and etc., this list will continue to be done, though perhaps a little differently [Exhibit A: Clean Laundry Reclining on a Couch].
- And, when there is a surplus of Time, I will look at my 2 lists: Art things I want to do with that time, and Chore things I might need to do with that time, and I will choose one.
When I detailed this Time Budget out in my head I thought that Chores might never make it on to the Surplus Time list, but look here, I managed to strike a balance: the clothes are clean, just not put away, and a new watercolour series has been started that perhaps someone will see.
Time budgets anyone?
More often than not a little cleaning up, dusting off, some furniture rearranged, maybe some new curtains and a different throw rug make you feel completely different about a room that you spend lots of time in. It always makes me feel happier and, lighter. But then this is coming from a girl who as a kid rearranged her bedroom every Sunday morning for many many years.
Each piece of art - from an amazing group of artists - is an original created just for Jen's project, and all of the pieces are free to you. Just download and print and you have a new piece of art to hang on your wall.