Thursday, 9 May 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Uninspired and lost Mr Mojo. Fret not for I may have some tips for you.
1. The weather outside is frightful but in here it’s so delightful...
Surround your work space with pictures and things that inspire you. Print off some glorious pictures of the world then stick them up and around your work space.
2. Have a break, have a KitKat...
That doesn’t have to be literally a KitKat. I’m more of a Haribo girl myself. However it is important to take breaks from time to time. If you don’t you’ll just run yourself ragged. Juggling lots of ‘balls’ does make you a super human... it makes you super tired. So take time out to chill!
3. Variety is the spice of life...
So you make jewellery. Put down your beads. You knit. Pop those needles in a draw. I challenge you to take up a new craft. Something completely different from the norm. It doesn’t have to cost the earth. Try paper cutting, making some bunting, hell if your anything like me, try baking without burning it! Mixing it up can mean the difference between loving your craft and hating your work.
4. The big night out...
Maybe you used to be a party girl before you pushed a couple out, or perhaps you were once sat between farmers who like rearing British beef yet you like big glossy musicals. Have a night out. Drop it all. Get the baby sitter in and get on the blower. Book tickets to see a show, go to a gig, see the next Fast and Furious film (you know where I am on the 17.5.13 right?) A short sharp shock might be enough to get those ideas returning.
5. Well I could drive 500 miles...
Jump in the car. Don’t plan your journey (well plan it enough to make sure you will have enough gas in the car). Close the door, radio on and drive. Anywhere... and keep driving. Drive for a few hours. Drive out to the countryside. Take a friend. Stop of for a spot of lunch. Check out the joys of London... Liverpool... Skeg Vegas?
6. Dancing in the streets...
Maybe not literally on this one... unless you’re brave. Dust off the cds, download the cheesiest tracks from your college years, or the heaviest rock from your 20’s. Put something on that you can’t help moving to. Close the door, close the curtains, turn the volume up and DANCE. Just let it all out and dance.
7. Dear Diary...
Go through all those loose bits of paper and tatty old books you wrote all your ideas in. If you didn’t do that then shame on you. Start now!
8. Tidy space tidy mind...
I hate this, but it is true. Sometimes Mr Mojo just wanders off because you can’t concentrate. If you know you need to Blu the Loo or need to Hoover the carpet – do it. Do it before you do anything else. Otherwise you will sit and stew about say said stinky loo whilst trying to craft and believe it or not... clean house makes for a great working environment. Honestly.
9. Retail Therapy...
Go shopping. Go shopping for clothes, shoes, crafty supplies, gardening goodies. Shop! And you can stop moaning about the pennies you are losing. If you bank balance is tight – charity shops (don’t be a snob! It’s amazing what some people throw out). Worst case scenario. Window shop. See what the stores are stocking and know you can make better.
10. Don’t stress...
Stressing about it is a big no no. My Mojo can often be found under the bed eating socks. I just leave him to sulk for a while. It can take days and in some cases MONTHS for me to get a real cool idea. But it will happen. If you stress about it you will craft something just for the sake of crafting and then... well I’m not saying your idea is second rate or anything *cough cough* ;)
My top 10 tips for finding Mr Mojo.
Don’t be too hard on him if he goes for a wander. Even Mojo needs a break sometimes ;)
Monday, 29 April 2013
... but I decided to frame this fella instead. Just coz!
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
However the hard work paid off. It was a gift for her daughters birthday who is a massive Squid Girl fan (I love my anime but that is one I have never heard of). I was told she was very happy.
Monday, 22 April 2013
The world that facebook opens to you is a strange one indeed and over the past 6 months I have read all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Some are just truly amazing, others just down right nasty.
But that one question I keep seeing all the time - should you watermark your images.
Now this is something that up until selling via facebook I had never thought of. My reasoning is quite simple - as a customer nothing irritates me more than seeing a company name printed in faded writing across the centre of the image. Talk about off putting. I always thought the aim of the game was the show the product off. Make me want to buy it. Not make me go - 'urgh, someone thinks highly of their business'.
Now from a professional side of things I fully understand the need to protect your images. The need to ensure what is yours remains yours. So yes, objectively I can safely say 'thumbs up on the watermarking'.
I am sure that there are those of you out there that are avid facebook followers. I am sure you, like I, will sit there for hours on end looking at others crafty creations and ponder on whether or not spend your hard earned pennies with a person you've never met, and a product you've never seen in person (a blog post for another time I feel). In amongst all that I am sure you have read a handful of posts by sellers who have fallen victim to the buy and resell. You know the story. So-and-so just sold a necklace for £15. The person she sold it to is now selling the same necklace at £20 and passing it off as hers. Worse still... the photos weren't watermarked, were downloaded onto the buyers pc and uploaded as her own image. Naughty!
Now I could go on about the obvious there (another post again) about the buyer 'stealing' the item. But no, today I am contemplating whether watermarking is the way to go.
So I played around with some of my images and came to one conclusion.
If someone really wants to get their sticky mitts on your goodies and they want to try and selling them on at a higher price - they will. More fool you for not pricing your items at the correct selling price to begin with (harsh but true). So in essence someone could just buy your items and take their own photos. I know I am not the only customer out there that doesn't like the bold but noticeable statement of the company name scrawled over the products picture.
I myself have settled for a happy medium.
Since looking at things from a business point of view means a) the watermark is my company name, when googled in images my company is highlighted, b) What's the harm in taking some precaution? These images can still be altered but at least it becomes harder for our would be thief. Besides, I can still see the product and my customer senses don't get offended ;)
Long and short of it people - if you want that image to remain yours - watermark it (right across the middle in faded print and larger than me). If you feel that perhaps you will be a lucky one, go for it. Leave it blank Or if you are like me and are offended by print over the items - make it subtle, but there.
Remember, just because you jumped one hurdle, you now need to get ready for the next.
Saturday, 23 March 2013
According to the weather it's still very much the middle of winter. Fine by me, but I know many of your are looking forward to sweaty sticky summer evenings using a fan to help you sleep ;)
So I've posted some pics of my Chicken Little - who rightly said the sky is falling. So I thought I would post you a couple of pics of some lovely Easter Bunnies.
Now, here in the With U in Mind house hold, we have a rabbit. She lives in her hutch outside and comes inside every day for several hours. Cute right? Nay, you are wrong. Yuffie (that's our rabbit) is the leader of all evil deeds. Not only does she hate everyone (with the exception of my hubby whom she views as her human/rabbit partner) but she hates everything. It became a bit of a joke but my Husband said a few years ago that I should write a comic strip with Yuffie and our two cats being the main characters. An interesting notion and one I plan to play with over the next year or so.
At the end of that slightly random tangent what I am saying is all rabbits are evil... apart from these guys.
|Will shortly be available in our Folksy and Etsy stores|
|Will shortly be available in our Folksy and Etsy stores|
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Still struggling without internet but had to share my Easter chick with you :)
I MISS MY BLOG ;)
... so I downloaded the app to my phone :D
Where there's a will there's a way.
Oh, and chicken little is available via my Folksy store, my etsy store and my facebook page.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
It started when I realised that somehow certain keys on my keyboard weren't working. No biggie - buy a new keyboard right? Wrong... this (touching wood) is my third and final attempt to getting a functional keyboard. They were faulty or just plain rubbish.
Then for the past 2 weeks I have been limited to only a couple of hours of internet per week. Our connection is shocking and Sky says it's fine. When my computer tells me there is no connection and every check in the world doesn't work - it's not fine. If I hear 'Ok so if you could just click the router off, leave it for 5 minutes and then turn it back on again' one more time this week there will be reports on the news about how some 'innocent' call centre worker at Sky got straggled with a flexi cord.
We have an engineer coming out today... so my theory is the internet will now sort itself out of its own accord.
As a result, no blogging as I've had to use what time it did work doing the customer service side of the business.
Of course when things go wrong, that's when people want to buy your goodies right?
Business is business so I ain't gonna complain there.
I do have this guy to show you though. He is off to a new home in a few days. Apparently he is a gift for a Brown Owl over at a Brownies club (not sure which Brownies club but a Brownies club nonetheless). Just been asked to add a brown fringe to the scarf and he can fly to his new home.
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Friday, 11 January 2013
|Most of these have sold but yet they still breed.|
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Monday, 7 January 2013
Now whom it was who started the craze again I shall never know - however thanks to the likes of arcade games and the original Nintendo I find myself often pushing out a number of retro game designs. He asked me for a phone sleeve which I am currently part way through making so I thought I would share with you the picture of what shall be on the front. Since then I have been asked for a couple of designs based on our retro buddies and as a result I guess they will be made up and stocked. Fine by me - I don't think you are ever too old to game ;)
|The feature of the phone sleeve. Mario Mushrooms.|
I'm on the look out for other retro designs. Any first gen gamers out there who would like to pop down there ideas for me?
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
I think even Garfield thinks so with that grin...
I completed my first piece of the year. Well I say completed, the hard work is done. Now it needs a cold wash, an iron and then I'm gonna frame it before putting it up for sale. Not for everyone I know, but I love the design of this little guy!