Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Look What I won!!!

                     "Possibility" by Erin Carver

Woo Hoo, I'm so excited!  I found out yesterday I won a print of this lovely Possibility piece from Erin Carver!

It's the first thing I've ever won, and I couldn't be happier.  This is a perfect piece for me right now, as so many new doors are opening, and I'm taking very scary steps trying to start a creative business and putting myself out there. 

I love that is says, "You are Full of Possibility".  Because it seems to relate so well to what is going on in my life, and that really the possibilities are endless.  The only trouble is, I don't always remember or realize it.

 Therefore,  I'm going to hang it up in my studio so I will always be reminded of this very important truth.

Thank you Erin!

But wait, I have more exciting news!!!

I made my first ever Etsy sale!  Yipee!  At first I thought I was being charged something that I didn't buy when I saw the email, but then I realized it was an actual sale!  I can't tell you how exciting that was.  Now I just need to keep the store updated, so I can hopefully continue getting  more sales. 

Anyway, It's been a very exciting week for me.  :)

And, since I seem to be having a run of good luck lately, I thought I'd spread this good fortune amongst all my blog, Facebook, and Twitter friends, and have a giveaway myself.  This will happen on Monday so please stay tuned for the official announcement.

I've also got new work photographed which I will post tomorrow.  Now however,  I need to catch up on emails and blogs.  I can't believe how fast it all piles up when you take 3 days off for a Holiday.  I'm going to be crazy busy all week it looks like.

Hopefully soon I'll figure out this time managing thing.  I went out yesterday, and searched the stores high and low for the perfect day planner. I'm like Goldilocks, I need one not to big, and not too little, not too bulky and not to ugly etc.  It has to be just right.  I'm picky that way.

I finally found one for 20 bucks at Staples which honestly seemed a little steep for nothing more than a spiral notebook with a calendar in it, but it did have all I asked for so I made the sacrifice  and dished out the dough.

Once I got home, I sat down to fill it out, only to find that I really can't put myself on a schedule very easily.  Especially this coming week as I have out of town relatives coming.  It seems like every day I seem to have some kind of commitment come up that throws a huge monkey wrench in my creative schedule. 

Plus I can't figure out if I should give myself specific times to actually make art.  I'm afraid if I tell myself I HAVE to paint everyday at 5:00 pm, that I won't feel like it.  I tend to paint at totally random times, when the mood strikes me,sometimes that is midnight, so having an actual time slot might not work well for me, and I'm afraid I'll rebel against my own rules. 

On the other hand, It is very clear that I can't be trusted to use my time wisely when left alone without any kind of discipline (or supervision for that matter), as I'm inclined to accidentally while away all the hours of the day on the computer, so a strict time schedule might actually be good for me. 

But that means I have to be the one to enforce it. Which  is a total joke.  I'm giggling just thinking about it. It's a known fact that I don't have a good track record with either discipline or willpower, so I honestly don't know how  this schedule thing is going to work.  It will definitely be interesting.

And the bottom line is, I just spent 20 bucks on a calendar, I better make it work somehow.  Wish me luck!!


Jo said...

Oh wow, what a gorgeous picture you've won and, I agree, sums up totally what you're about right now. Congratulations on your first Etsy sale too...woo hoo!! You're flying girlie!!!
Hmmm can completely relate to the time management thing and soooo need to have regular 'prods' to keep on task and therefore on track. So you are certainly not alone in your struggles, hun. I seem to get distracted sooo easily, although most of the time think its 'rebellion' too as I hate having to conform to a schedule. But I know that I have to stick with it if my business is going to have any chance of succeeding. That this success is dependent simply on ME getting my act together gives me the shivers though...eek!
Well, you've made a good start with the planner so here's to the wealth of possibility and opportunity in store as a result.
So, taking all this together, Michele, think you deserve on big celebration on all that you have achieved so far!!

Rebecca Anthony said...

Congratulations on all your good news!! This print couldn't have come at a better time. It's amazing what can happen when you write things on a calendar. Stick to it, your art is your work and your bliss all at the same time. You owe it to yourself to allow for creative time. It's so funny, I am so picky as well when it come to planners etc.... It has to be a nice place to write in and it can't take up too much room. I totally get it my friend(O:

Ophelia said...

You have some excitement going on!!! I love it...your winning is fabulous!! And, I too struggle with time manangement...never ending it seems...

Sung-Hee (Regina) Hong said...

How wonderful, Michele !
Lots of Hurray & Yay for you, hon !
Congrats on so many things like winning the wonderful give-away and making your first etsy sale, but most of all, Congrats on gaining tremendous confidence and moving forward !
Cheers !

Linda R said...

Hi, congrats!! So tickled for you ;-) I'm flying around each night and "following" as many of us fly gals blogs as I can. The piece you won is perfect!

Julie said...

congrats on your 1st sale! it's so exciting and there will only be more to come!

erin carver said...

Michele, I'm so happy you're so happy and that the timing is wonderful for you!! thanks so much for sharing this here in your lovely blog. And congratulations on your first etsy sale - that is awesome!! xx