Sunday, December 23, 2018

Happy Winter & Poetry Inspiration

May Your Season Be Filled
With Warm Inspiration!

The Sky Through Bare Branches 

I love seeing the sky
Through bare branches.
I don't know what it is,
But the white limbs 
Of the paper birch look silvery
Against the azure blue.

I love seeing the sky through bare branches.
As the scattered leaves shiver stiffly
In the cold gust,
It's time to bid fall

©2013 SJHolland 

Poetry Writing Inspiration:

I don't identify and write formal poetry styles very much. I do use the words haiku, senryu and free verse, because their formats are easy to understand and practice.

An easy way to write a 2-stanza free verse poem is to make the last words of each stanza rhyme. You then have more freedom and less constriction in writing the rest of the poem. A stanza is traditionally 4 lines, but can be any number of lines in the poetic paragraph. It's up to you. You decide.

Creative Selling Ideas at TCS

Cover a wall art-sized piece of cardboard with paper. If patterned, paint over with solid paint, covering completely or randomly, as with altered art. Hand-letter or ransom-note journal your poem on it. Embellish and decorate with various elements, creating mixed media artwork featuring your poem. Add string or wire threaded through the top, or to the back, for hanging. A nice gift to self, or another.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Creative Friday!

Creativity Is A Thank Worthy Ability

I am thankful for so many things today,
but I am most grateful for the ability to
create anything that I want at any time!

Living a creative life is a very wonderful thing!
Anyone who desires to can live creatively.

Today I am mainly taking photos to prepare listings. Creatively I will be finishing the paper patch-worked back of one of my mixed media wall art pieces. I always am driven to finish my backs in creative and interesting ways.
Here are some past painted and collaged art backs designs.
Creative painted finish to the back of a painting by Artsy Craftery Studio
City scene with moon at night creative finish to painting back by Artsy Craftery Studio
This mixed media wall art is finished with a collage back by Artsy Craftery Studio
Hot buildings painted in red, orange and yellow, creative back finish to a mixed media painting by Artsy Craftery Studio.
Brown houses painted in watercolor on the back of mixed media artwork by Artsy Craftery Studio.
 What are you creating today?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

BUSINESS: Fabulous Business Naming Inspiration

Fabuless is a great shop name that I ran across at eBlueJay. The seller played on the word fabulous to create this smart moniker. Maybe the thought also was to imply that shoppers can get fabulous products for much less than anywhere else. This savvy name does double-duty, giving a one-two punch to promotion for this resale, handmades and vintage shop.

You can create an effective and attention-getting name by changing one syllable in an everyday name, just like this shop owner did. See the Fabuless shop here.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

NEW SHOP LAUNCH: Michelle's Bijou Bead Boutique Standalone

Michelle Churchman's Bijou Bead Boutique Logo

Michelle Churchman recently opened her artisan jewelry, standalone online shop at Bijou Bead Boutique.

This online shop looks great, with a large amount of white space that helps the homepage look clean and crisp. It also helps the product images to appear bright and sharp. I made two suggestions for improvements to Michelle:

1) She should consider making her top left logo larger so that people can begin to distinguish it around the internet. The current size is showing at 2,160px × 2,160px (scaled to 50px × 50px). At that size it is not large enough to be learned and recognized by visitors. I only know what it looks like because I saw her announcement post at Facebook.

2) For her top-centered shop name, she should capitalize each word: BijouBeadBoutique, to give it more prominence. Without the caps, it looks diminished or not very important.

The design and format of Bijou Bead Boutique makes it a shop that I'd want to enter into and buy! That's the goal of all of us handmades sellers, to design a shop that is attractive and inviting.

Good job, Michelle and good luck with your new shop! 

Connect with Michelle at her Facebook page

Interested In A Shop Or Product Critique
Similar To This One?

Contact me for info on fee and length. Put Creative Critique Request in the subject line using email address sjhollandwriting @ outlook . com (without the spaces). After I review your site or product critiquing needs,
I will create a custom order for your writeup.
Let's get started making the changes that will help your
creative product attract and retain more customers.

Friday, December 14, 2018

HAPPY CREATIVE FRIDAY: What Do I Do With Discontinued Tags Designs?


Going to photo and list at least the 2nd of my 7 tags packs. The first one sold, which was a 50-tag pk. The others have lots of tags, but I only had one 50-pk.
~ SOLD ~ 50 Premium Tags Pack
The history of these tag packs is that I decided to discontinue some of my tags designs. Since I had some small 4-8 piece pks that had not sold, I got an idea. I decided to combine the sets into larger packs, giving my customers more value.
Premium Handmade Tags By Artsy Craftery Studio

I grouped all of the tags into pks coordinated into warm and cool color themes. The one 50-tag pk was so large because there were quite a few tags in the red/pink family, as you can see in these pics. I could have divided it into 2 pks, but I liked it how it was. It went to a happy customer in PA.
Four Feelings & Thank You Tags By Artsy Craftery Studio

Stamped & Die Cut Exquisite Little Tags By Artsy Craftery Studio
So my other packs are exciting combinations of my premium tags made with a variety of media and creative techniques. I feel excited about photographing them and getting them ready to list!

What are you working on today and what is your weather like? It is rainy and gray here in northeast FL. 


NEWS: Google Accelerates G+ Closing To April

You should know by now that Google is shutting down consumer access to G+.  For us social media users this means simply that G+ is closing down. I read today that because of a new data breach, the company moved the closing back to April, rather than August 2019. This new data breach, as well as the previous one, has possibly made private G+ info, and info meant only for certain others to see, available to developers.

"Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak.
The underloved social network will now close in April" ~The Verge

Friday, December 7, 2018

BUSINESS: Etsy Experts Give Bushel & Peck's A Branding Makeover

I learned something from this Etsy on MSNBC segment, where a small team of Etsy experts help Jackie rebrand her business. The main principle that I learned is consistency in branding. Jackie has a b&m and digital brand that needed to be better consolidated. The photography tips are really good too, and confirmed what I am practicing.

If you're looking for a quick, 10 minute lesson on better branding practices, watch this video segment. If it doesn't play above, here is the link:  Small business makeover: Bushel & Peck’s

Some Of Bushel & Peck's Hot Sauces
 Bushel & Peck's Preservation Kitchen Shop At Etsy

Thursday, December 6, 2018

JEALOUS MEALOUS: Say It With Pillows

Say It With Pillows Shop

This Etsy seller has the most sales that I've seen yet! It's pillow cover designer Say It With Pillows out of Chicago, IL. I guess many of the sales came through her HGTV feature, but maybe she was doing well before that.
Contemporary graphic designs pillow covers from Say It With Pillows Shop

The owner has a degree in Interior Design and has been sewing for a long time. She loves coordinating fabrics also. It shows in her Etsy shop listings design.
Say It With Pillows Shop Fish Pillow Design

Yellow, gray, white pillow cover designs from Say It With Pillows Shop
By the way, she has made 37,557 sales since 2012. That's a whopping average of 521+ pillow cover(s) sales per month! How many of you handmades sellers would like to push that volume? I can see myself being overwhelmed, all the way to the bank!
Say It With Pillows Shop white and green deer antlers pillow cover.

Modern print abstract floral pillow cover from Say It With Pillows Shop.
She does not share her name at her Etsy shop, but she has raised her kids and has been doing design work for decades. She chose a great product with which to launch her shop. It is so easy and economical to change the look of a room with pillow covers. The best thing? You can easily change out each season, holiday, event...

Visit Say It With Pillows' Etsy shop here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

HOT BEVERAGE DRINKER: Happy Warm Wednesday!

May Your Wednesday Be Simply Wonderful
A 2nd winter storm is gathering speed as it begins to move across the U.S. Are you drinking a hot drink this morning? This afternoon? This evening?

I am a true hot beverage drinker, because I drink hot drinks throughout the year. Coffee is the main one. It's never too hot for a steamy cup of coffee bean-fragrant java!

I love drinking hot soups too.  One of my favs is Campbell's Soup At Hand New England Clam Chowder, which Fooducate breaks down at the link. It's  not easy to find that soup anymore, or any of the Soup At Hands or Soup On The Goes. The best soups to drink, of course, are homemade recipes. Do you have a fav one that is thin enough to easily drink from a mug?

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