March 19, 2013

Word gets around!

So, I tend to be really hard on myself when it comes to not being able to spread the word about the Sweet Spot as much as I'd wish.  I have to be realistic.  While I'd love to network my shop to death, I have to be honest with myself; there is NO way I could keep up with the demand for orders.  Sometimes I feel kind of down about it, but then I remember that, as much as I love my art, it is not the first priority in my life.  I love to do it, but it can't become more important than my family, my health, my friendships, and my spiritual life.

That being said, I discovered two awesome features that I'd like to share.  One is my Cork Stamp project (quite the popular little fellow) featured in Marie Claire's Maison site (all in French).  And the other is a contribution I made a long time ago to a book that was in the works.

The author approached me about some quilling tips and I acquiesced without a second thought.  And I didn't really think about it again.  I was looking through some old e-mails today and realized that the book was indeed published AND she used one of the tips I gave her (which, by the way, I received from Ann Martin).  {I always believe in giving credit where it is due!} The author picked the Japanese quilling tool tip but I had also given her a few more.

Anyway, it's amazing to see my name and my shop's name under amazing artists like Yulia Brodskaya and the talented Erin Casner.  I loved their tips and my favorite is a quote from Yulia where she urges artists to "Avoid Clichéd Imagery" and that "traditional quilling uses mainly florals" but that you can (and should) think out of the box to create a truly unique quilling experience.  I have to agree!  (As do my hedgehogs, foxes, vintage cameras and cassette tape cards.)

Finding these features really made my day as this wicked winter is not understanding that it's time for it to go!  And I can see that it's true what they say: "Word gets around!" You can purchase the book here in either e-reader format or in paperback.

On another note:  Due to Google Readers impending closure, I have added my blog to BlogLovin'.  Feel free to follow and you can also import your usual blog feeds quite easily.  I made this little icon on the sidebar today out of quilling paper (of course).

Hope your week is awesome and I haven't forgotten about my promises.  More shares coming soon!

Stay Sweet!