Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Making Time For Creativity

So often I find myself thinking how much I miss just picking up my sketch pad and drawing something just for the fun of drawing. With modern technology I find myself drawing more and more digitally while my sketch pad collects dust.

Of course there are many advantages to drawing digitally; it is so much easier to erase; no clean up needs to be done in order to use as line art in digital projects and the list goes on.

However, the satisfaction one feels as the lines on the paper begin to form the image one wishes to draw seems so much more personal than when drawing digitally. Similar to the difference between turning the pages of a book while curled up in an overstuffed easy chair and scrolling through a digital book.

As I am sure others experience with life's hectic pace it is easy to put off things that don't seem to be all that important. So instead of just waiting till I have some free time to pull out the sketch pad I have decided to make time for this type of creativity and have arranged for my youngest daughter and I to meet with a friend each week on Friday for a few hours of fun and creativity. Last Friday was our first art date and this sketch. I did this sketch of our friend during the time we were drawing with our friend last Friday.
Do you schedule a special time for fun creative activities?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Who We Are

Val just finished creating this short video to tell people a little about our company.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Making the best of a winter cold

While I am not real fond of freezing cold winds or blinding blizzards I do love winter. The clean crisp air fills me with excitement and anticipation. With the holidays approaching there is always a great deal of work to do and so many exciting and memorable times to preserve, so there is no time to become ill. Yet that is exactly where I found myself this week. Stuck indoors with a nasty bug.

To me it was obvious this was the perfect time for me to review our company's Cafepress shop and how it might better serve our customers. I am very excited with the changes to the shop.

Our shop now contains the following:

Seasonal Items Section:
Here you can find ornaments, postcards, calendars and so many different gift items all featuring beautiful seasonal photographic designs.

Regional Items Section:
 The Regional Section offers Mid-West themed prints and products with designs featuring regional photography and artwork that captures the spirit of the region.

Art & Photography Sections:
This section is still under construction, but will soon include many beautiful photographic and traditional hand drawn designs. We will also be including a section offering many of the motivational and inspirational designs shared here digitally in poster or framed prints.

I invite you to stop in to our shop and look around. To make it easy for you to find our shop I have added a link to the shop here on the left side bar in the Contact Me section. What do you like to do when you are stuck indoors because of winter flu bug?