Friday, December 31, 2010

Week 4 & Blog Hop... My Goals



I'm participating in a Blog Hop, thanks to Jess of A Creative Odyssey. For the entire month of December, close to 50 bloggers are sharing their Creative goals for 2011. Well, this is my day, along with Tracey and Kristen.

It was very clear to me, while thumbing through my TO DO Folder, my life is full of tasks and goals. This can be extremely inspiring and completely overwhelming, all at the same time. I was feeling very inspired earlier this month... I was interviewed for the first time by Laura Otero, started my new reduced schedule at work, and finally sat down to organize my business. Right now I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. I'm organizing my studio right now, and before it could get better, it had to get worse, as I pulled out almost every art supply and placed them on the floor. Excuse me while I panic a little. Cleaning my studio was one of my many goals for this month, along with finishing my logo painting (which didn't get done... just waiting for the final touches to come to me), painting the two sketches from this post, starting a Flickr account, and trying some Eat Clean recipes for my husband. I digress... Let's get to the long term goals keeping me up at night.

1. Design my website... I bought a domain name in June, and have been obsessing over the details of perfecting my brand. I want everything to be perfect, and I'm hoping Laura can help.

2. Finish my first collection by the end of 2011... I've never done a collection before, just individual paintings here and there. I have an idea for my first collection, but it's gonna take some research, and I'm terrified it won't be perfect. Nevertheless, I can't wait to show you!

3. Open my PeachHoneyLove Etsy shop by end of Summer 2011... I'm debating on whether to open the shop with individual paintings, or wait until my collection is done. I have so many paintings in my head, waiting to become a reality, so I don't think I'll be able to wait. Any thoughts?

4. Open my PeachHoneyPreemie Etsy shop by the beginning of Summer 2011... Since the preemie clothes are taking a little time to produce, I have some ideas for some other products until then (Mattress fitted sheets, nursing covers, gel pillow covers, etc.). I just finished two prototypes of the fitted sheets and I'm taking them to work tomorrow to try them out... I'm dreaming of happy babies sleeping quietly on a coordinating bedding set.

5. Finish 5 PeachHoneyPreemie clothing prototypes by the end of 2011... this is proving to be a lengthy and difficult task, but one I don't mind doing. Thankfully, my mother-in-law is a sewing guru, and has taken me under her wing. It's been awhile since I took a sewing class, so I think it's time to sign up for a little refreshed course.

6. Take an encaustic painting class... I use beeswax to finish my mixed media paintings, and have always been fascinated with encaustic art. I recently bought a painting from Mikie Spencer, and fell in love with the swirls and metallic colors of the wax. She referred me to a UK based online wax store, and I'm looking forward to playing around with a new technique.

7. Start a family... unrelated to PHL, but a very important goal, nonetheless.

8. Sketch more... I just bought this book, hoping it would help me grow as an artist. I'm really trying to perfect my craft, so the more classes, the better. I hope you will join me as I work my way through the book's exercises and post my progress.

I hope the coming year brings all of you nothing but love and success in whatever your heart desires.

xoxoxo
jess

9 comments:

Angela Flicker said...

What great goals. I wish you the best of luck in 2011, with opening your shops, painting, and starting a family --sounds like you'll have your hands full ;)

Happy New Year.

Jess said...

I definelty will not be bored this year. Thanks for the warm wishes.

sarah - dodeline design said...

I know what you mean, I am bursting to the seams with ideas and just hoping to get to them all :-) Best of luck to you!

Jess said...

Thanks Sarah... best to you as well!! I think this is going to be a great year!!

Brandi said...

Oh jeez, I'm so late to this, my friend, I have to apologize!

Jess, these are fabulous! I love the timeline you've given yourself - it's really exciting, isn't it??

I say don't wait to open. If you wait till everything is perfect, it may be a while before you actually do it. I say go ahead and open, then you'll be inspired to finish to get your shop filled up!

papier et encre said...

Hey Jess! I missed this post (Dad's b'day and NYE etc etc) but I'm so glad I've gone back and found it. I identify with so many..scrap that...all of your goals, I even have the 'Drawing People' book on my shelf. :)

Look forward to watching you achieve them all this year, and let me know if you need any help or anything else.

Jess said...

You guys don't have to apologize... it's a busy time of year!
Brandi, you are absolutely right, but I'm such a perfectionist and I want to make sure I have a good selection of products and price points.
Papier et encre... thank you for the support. It feels amazing to meet such talented and generous woman. Good luck in the coming year!!

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

Hi Jess, I too and late the comment. It sounds like a very exciting and inspiring year ahead! I also say open your shop ;) It will get the ball rolling and the ideas and will come flooding in once you have that outlet available. starting a family too, so wonderful! much success in 2011!

Jess said...

It's never too late, Kristen. Thanks for your advice!! I need to just jump in and learn as I go.

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