Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Studio/Life Update

I hope all of you are having a WONDERFUL Summer.
Ours has been busy.  We started it off with selling at The Vintage Marketplace,
which was great!  If you have never been, I highly recommend it.
Such an AMAZING event with the coolest stuff to buy!
Next one is September  7th & 8th.

One of the things I have committed to this summer is FOCUS and have
place myself in a "TIME OUT"...well, really more like

<insert scene from the Original Karate Kid where Mr Miagi says, "focus Grasshoppa">

Not one of my Strongest traits.

I just finished two AMAZING books 

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The autor follows the story of Kamila Sadiqi,
an Afghan Woman who starts a business that supports not only her family 
but a large part of the community under the strictest Taliban Rule in Aghanistan.

It made me feel my business excuses I make pale in comparison to what these brave women
did to succeed and build am amazing business under the nose of a regime so vehemently opposed to women and women's rights.

Truly inspiring.

Second book I read:

by Twyla Tharpe

Ms. Tharpe is a world renowned and award winning choreographer.
The level of discipline she has for her work is admirable and obtainable by us all.
She illustrates how we as artists work and how we can establish
better habits
for greater success.

Now I am onto three other business related books.

by Nada Jones and

by Marley Majcher

by Bonnie St. John & Darcy Dean

After feeling like a sometimes BrOkEn record to myself and my friends (thank you for listening to me)
After feeling like a hamster in a habitrail going really nowhere with my art,
I have sat down and am working on a concrete business plan.

No more excuses...I had to ask myself where do I see myself and my business one year from now?
5 years from now?  10?

Do I REALLY want to be on that hamster wheel?


One of the things I have learned is that I have to give up some things.
I can't do every idea that pops in my head if I really want to get anywhere.
You of course need to know where you want to go first anyway
and what is going to help get you there.

My current work and production, at least a large portion of it is not, so
if you want a chance to buy a lot or a little of some really cool vintage supplies
and whatnots for Mixed Media...head on over to ebay who actually is offering some
free listings if you follow their rule.

Go on, go buy some cool stuff....

or come and visit me at The Jamestown Flea Market on July 22nd.
I will be selling there with my BEST Amica, Rita Reade of Mammabellarte.

Have an amazing Day!!!


  1. Great post Lisa! I wrote down a few of the titles you listed. I have so many books I plan on reading and my lack of free time tends to get in the way. I wish you the best on your new adventure and you do seem very determined!!

    Take care,

    1. More determined than EVER Sue!! Hope you go the books, let me know what you think!

  2. Hi Lisa. I love the titles of all the books you listed. I'm going to see which ones I can get on my Kindle and pick a couple. I love the one titled, "But are you making any Money". I'm no expert by any means but I do know my biggest sale months are the ones when I FOCUS on only my repping (no sewing, art, selling on e-bay, etc. during business hours) and I keep regular business hours which are really like 10-12 hour days and make the calls and appts.
    Good luck on your business plan!!! I know it'll work!

    1. SO TRUE Lydia! I am right now in a NO social Media MODE focusing entirely on my line, my website, a new blog and an online Magazine.
      It has been wonderful to actually be away from Facebook, alone!

      Hope to see you soon! We need to plan a lunch date!


    2. Lisa, I just now saw your reply. I kept checking for a few days after I posted then forgot to check again.
      I have noticed that the websites that I seem to like the best and actually call me to action (buy, sign up, etc.)are those that have everything in one place. For instance, I can take a look at their blog, their facebook page, sign up for a great art class or business class, buy a product - all from one main page on the website.
      I know you are taking a break from this blog and facebook so I don't know if you'll see this but I would love to do lunch sometime!