Sunday, May 20, 2012

Picture Day With Tommy

When you're unemployed or self employed, it really does do some good to get outside and enjoy the summer weather. Thursday I headed out to the city with my good friend Tommy. We talked, we laughed and had a very awkward "photo-shoot" featuring ME! Yaaaay! Haha here are some pics from the day. Hope you're having a good day and enjoying the sunny NYC weather.

<3 Tati

Monday, May 14, 2012

Taking The Plunge

Hello you fantastic blog reader! 

Guess what I did today? I opened my Etsy shop...aaaaah. I know I had mixed emotions on doing this but, I thought why not just take the chance and see what happens as I go.  Lately I've been trying too hard to strategize and research to make sure "I do it right." I realized at 3 in the morning that I just need to make moves. I thought "heck let me just put something in motion," this way at least I can take that weight off my chest and say that I DID and I TRIED. So far I’ve got 3 items listed and I don't really have one direction, but as of right now jewelry and paper goods are what I will be offering. I hope someone out there can appreciate the work I put into making these and have the attachment that I have to them when they get them in the mail. Thank you guys for following and for the encouraging feedback.


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Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Strategy ?

So as some of you may know or not know. I got really excited and motivated on the idea of opening my own shop and starting my own business. Boy let me tell you that passion is still there but, I have to seriously reassess and reconsider how I do this. I've got a look down and the passion but, after doing a lot of research and  more research I've realized I don't really have  \one really strong bread winning  product. I have many products and projects but nothing to sustain me financially. If I'm going to be working from home I have to be able to pay the bills.

I love making crafts and jewelry among many things...but is that what my business wants to be about? I've had trouble pegging a consistent product. (I would still like to offer the items I've made to anyone who'd like to purchase them so I'll post a special blog post so we can work something out)

I've been living and breathing marketing research lately and have found I need a stronger product,
and maybe even a stronger message... When I left my part-time retail job I started a blog "NOPLANB," the purpose was to document my life unemployed in New York (if you go back in my posts you can locate those stories, I merged that blog into this one)

I backed away because I was marketing myself all over the place and had more than one brand of "me" that I was trying to sell. I think I can do all that on this blog. I can share me as well as my art, music and my career journey.

I hope you're well and feeling encouraged in whatever your endeavor. If you're trying to figure out your entrepreneurial self right now and trying to kick start your business I recommend clicking here. This is just a little something that got me motivated to start thinking a bit more strategically. If the video helps  pay it forward share it with like minded people.

Peace <3


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Trip to the Craft Store

Yesterday I made a trip to Michaels craft store to stock up on a couple of supplies. If you don't know it yet I'm in the midst of a Grand Opening :) I am getting ready to open my etsy shop and I am starting with my handmade poly clay earrings and necklaces. I spent most of the afternoon and night packaging, adding finishing touches, researching and calculating costs...Exhale

I can't wait to share this next chapter with you all but I am working on so many things right now.
I'm so excited my nerves are on edge :) 
ttyl <3


Friday, May 4, 2012

Gettin Artsy With It!

 If you read my last post I wrote about my little muse field trip with a camera around my neighborhood I did a little doodle inspired off of one of the pictures I took.

In other artsy news I finally decided to pick up the paint brush again to continue this painting I started like a year ago this is the progress as of now....

Life Updates

ummmm coffee beans

I've had at least 3 emotional break downs trying to figure out what to do with my life. What am I going to do now? I in no way, shape, or form want to be working in crappy retail ever again. I was thinking if I have to, maybe a nice little coffee shop where I can get high off the scent of coffee beans.

I've been getting productive while out of work but I have this constant weight in my chest that I have to "get the ball rolling" and make money come in so I can continue my life without that fear. I've applied places but have received nothing as of yet and I know that as of now I wouldn't be ready since my design portfolio is back at square one.

A few days ago I went out to play hen for a friend while he and a partner painted a coffee shop in the east village. That was fun and I got free food out of it too and if you don't know I LOVE to Eat.

I'm stressed right now because I'm trying to figure out how to open my own online store and honestly, doing the math has never been my favorite thing to do. 

This afternoon I spent sometime away from technology keeping my mind on me, and the environment with a camera to explore images of what I could use for inspiration later.
I found this blog on finding your muse. The writer Alisa Burke totally inspired me to disconnect from today's modern sources of "inspiration" and entertainment to strip back to the basics. 

Here a few of my favorite pics from today's walk 


 "Dew Drops"

    "I don't know what to call this but it was pretty"

Ok well that's all for this little update thanks for reading

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Craftster Best of 2011

Craftster Best of 2011 Winner

Wow I'm super excited and just got a little boost of confidence. I just found out that I won and award for Craftster's Best Of 2011 for my Muppet Artist Trading cards. Total nerdom happiness right now :D