The new world of artistic encouragement

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Maybe it’s because I have opened myself up to new possibilities and I’m looking for encouragement, but lately I feel like the world around me is combining in a supportive effort to cheer for the artists, nudging them to realize their potential, to make a difference, and to improve both their world and the wider world.

 

With books like Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, that encourages artists to make art, get it out there, and keep at it, daily emails from Seth Godin about business and creativity, it’s not hard to find a bit of reassurance that the journey is worth the effort.

 

Although I’m still just a beginner selling online at Etsy, this creative community is ripe with encouragement at every turn. There are teams to help improve all aspects of your Etsy shop, seeming endless blog posts on every possible business aspect.  It’s all there!

 

Another trick I learned from Etsy– finding a partner who wants to brave the path with you can make a substantial difference.  During the February Etsy school I began a partnership with Tamara (from WOLF JEWELS) that has continued past our school assignments and has kept me pushing ahead with a weekly checkin about progress and goals.  It makes such a difference when you’re held accountable to someone!

 

In the spirit of community support, a fun tool in Etsy is the treasury collection.  These give you the opportunity to curate a selection of items as if you’re a magazine editor.  For me it’s  a shopping spree with regard only to beauty and not to price.  Yes, like a dream come true.  Here’s a link to all of the treasuries I’ve done so far, and an embedded version of one is below.

 

Happy Easter to all!  Here’s what I’ll be doing to decorate my Easter table.

 

Bisous,

Maggie

 

'Round the vintagey breakfast table' by JoJackLee

My favorite meal of the day. 😉 What is everyone's favorite breakfast accessory or food? I have to say… soft boiled eggs, served in a fun or kitschy egg cup.

Pink Porcelain Coffee Cup and Saucer - Paper Thin Porcelain - Set of Six - KinaCeramicDesign
Pink Porcelain Coffee C...
$199
Vintage Rheinfelden Handarbeid Flower Girl plate, German pottery, Candy Candy-alike - HuntersKitchen
Vintage Rheinfelden Han...
$21.99
vintage french honey yellow enamel coffee pot / jug - gennamaria
vintage french honey ye...
$40
vintage 1970s cloth napkins // yellow white // floral print // retro // bohemian - diaphanousvintage
vintage 1970s cloth nap...
$24
Tablecloth - WASHED Linen  - ecofriendly - solid oatmeal linen - Celina Mancurti - CelinaMancurti
Tablecloth - WASHED Lin...
$68
Art Print of Original Watercolor Painting -- patterned Bowls - FloraArtPrintShop
Art Print of Original W...
$29
Vintage Libbey WHEAT Juice Glasses, Set of 2 - bythewayside
Vintage Libbey WHEAT Ju...
$6.5
Garden breakfast, placemat for breakfast, little rustic placemat - VereV
Garden breakfast, place...
$13
2 white handleless clay tumblers cups or wine glasses  - small, modern - JDWolfePottery
2 white handleless clay...
$28
Antique Silver Plated Toast Rack, Ball Feet, Rounded Circular Slots, Lovely Elegant Looking Piece, Victorian - AToasttothePast
Antique Silver Plated T...
$26.99
Vintage stoneware pitcher and mugs set - TallinnVintage
Vintage stoneware pitch...
$40
Vintage 2 Napkins 2 Placemats French Applique Linen Breakfast Tray Set - BorderCollieVintage
Vintage 2 Napkins 2 Pla...
$15.99
Blossom ceramic bowl creamy ceramic pink blossom pasta bowl, fruit bowl Sakura, ready to ship - damsontreepottery
Blossom ceramic bowl cr...
$20
5 Vintage french egg cups - Country house - Rustic kitchen - Farm house - 1940's - 5LittleCups
5 Vintage french egg cu...
$39
Set of three matching vintage 1970's style plates - BazaarCollective
Set of three matching v...
$10
French vintage flatware 4 mixed pairs vintage french silver plated tableware dessert spoons and forks - Daisyrootsfrance
French vintage flatware...
$68

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

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