I’ve been thinking of how things have felt so great creatively lately, but going to meditation today I was focusing on gratitude and was overwhelmed by how many things are just so fantastic with my creative endeavours these days. I started out trying this lifestyle and it progressively gets better as long as I follow my passions and put myself out there. This entry is so I can look back and remember how I felt in this moment. *Note to self: Work on meditation bracelets when up north next week!
Creative Inspiration I've been really trying to live a more positive and balanced lifestyle. I am far from perfect but I can really tell that when I am working on balance my creativity creeps in there a lot more. Last night I had this awesome embellishment idea that I can’t wait ti share (and has made me start pumping out hats again) and also a solution for when I start teaching in the elementary schools and my typical class size goes from 5-20!
Art House teaching Last month I was approached with the opportunity to teach in the elementary schools as part of an after school program. We will start with once a month this school year, for 7 months. I proceeded with caution as this is my ideal opportunity and was so elated when they officially asked me. I now get to not only teach another few series with them this fall but this as well. So my “job” is to come up with fiber art classes for kids. Gotta love it. So I’ve been working through some of these ideas and the amount of time I’ve been given to work through some creativity is inspiring.
MakerSpace Life As some of you know I work in a makerspace and my passion and what I think I excel in the most is working with kids. I had this day at work yesterday where I was just sitting back thinking how amazing it was that I had the august calendar done and I got to make things for the rest of my shift. I love the bonds I have with the kids that come in and when I get to see them and they are excited to work on projects, there is nothing like it. So grateful!
Upcoming Shows The last art show was a challenge for me. I made little profit and was a little discouraged, but I knew I didn’t want to give up: just enjoy my summer and some personal time. I just applied to a show I was invited to from attending the last, on Saturday so I’m waiting in anticipation from them and have future cider mill plans! We have a very popular cider mill we will make plans with through work and I will have a both on my own as well on a few dates. I’ve got table expansion/booth set up ideas and new projects that I’m excited to get started on.
Awesome Gifts & Little Projects I work on gifts much more than projects I make a profit on and honestly the ones I’ve been working on the last few weeks I think have really inspired me. A soon as I was done with this blanket(see pic) I began a hat right away, now since saturday I’ve completed 3 hats and have some new ideas to incorporate into my slouchy beanies. I’m lucky that these fun projects where both associated with good times with friends so it was like a double whammy! I haven’t sold a ton this summer, but like I said I’ve been more relaxing(ish). I did come up with this little garden maker design and have made a little profit this summer. I was inspired by my own garden so it made this project really fun! (see picture)
Side Jobs All of a sudden in the last few weeks I’ve had some awesome side job opportunities as well. I don’t want to go into too much detail since they are in the beginning stages but one incorporated my past work history(and now I need to update my website to reflect my interior design services). The other is a really exciting project helping with an event. It will take a lot of work, the profit may not be huge but I’m ready for the surprises that may lie ahead.
My ultimate goal is to be an independent creator. I know I will always have a job working for others, but if i can keep up a mixture of what I have going on for currently making money- I will remain very satisfied!! Again- SO GRATEFUL!!
Well, I know I have some website updating to do so stay tuned for that and so much more from me!
Jenna- Owner of A-Cute Desin
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Yarn I couldn't stop dreaming about (Instagram post: @A_Cute_Design)
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Hey Cuties! I've always wanted to share my writing with others, so documenting my creative thoughts, process and life journey seamed like the perfect way to do so. Thank you for looking, it gives me much joy to connect with each of you. -Jenna