Monday, March 2, 2015

In My Studio: Creative Block

Creative block is that awful feeling when you just can't get into your groove, your studio gets you down and  your ideas dry up. I periodically suffer from this malady and have found some great ways to help me out of the funk.

  1. Make a story board. Rip out pictures you like from magazines and brochures. Stick them down on a large piece of paper.

  2. Take a creative field trip. Go visit a museum, gallery, ikea! Or take a class. Seeing what is happening in the outside world might help spark an idea

  3. Look at the forecasting reports and see what colors and imagery will be on trend for the following season.

  4. Clean up and organize your studio, a long forgotten scrap of fabric or sketch you put away might spark a great new idea. And a clean and organized studio will give you the space you need to create when the ideas start coming.
    A page from an old sketch book might spark an idea

  5. Talk to store owners where you sell your products. What has been selling well and is there anything customers have been asking for. Look at comments you have received at craft fairs or conversations on Etsy. Customers sometimes give us great ideas for new products.

  6. Listen: I have recently found some great podcasts that have really inspired me and given me a lot of good tips for running a small craft business. The best of these is called 'Elise gets Crafty'

  7. Silence: Great ideas come sometimes from giving yourself a little distance and space from your studio. Take a walk, a yoga class, go skiing whatever you enjoy and just let your mind relax and see where it wanders.

"Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it." Bob Dylan

Good Luck and Good Making!
So Handmade

Friday, February 27, 2015

What's New In February

It's the last day of February and many of us on the team were cooped up in our homes letting our creative juices flow!  Today we want to share some of our new items added to our shop in February.
Agate Necklace from Pulp Sushi

Beard Oil from Hudson Naturals

White and Silver Leather Owl Mask from Dara Gallery

Monster Tooth Pillows from So Handmade

Organic Cotton Long Scarf from Huzzah! Handmade

Ugly 70s Mug from Hester Studio
Silver Heart Felt Cup Sleeve from Quarter Life Luck

Polymer Clay and Mix Stone Necklace from Melissa Anne Designs

There is a lot more where that came from. You can see our full list of February new items on our Etsy page.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ephemera: Something Meant to be Discarded

I am intrigued by the old, the 'antique', the cast away. 
Items that show the signs of use, whether gently or greatly.

Lately it's been paper ephemera and old worn out books.
I have been using bits and fragments of these in my art.

My collection keeps growing,

an autograph book belonging to 8th grade Anna. Page after page
of little ditties that for her were a sweet memory of school friends.

Well worn readers, spelling and astronomy books. I imagine them being used year after year.

Chemistry notes from 1941...

and my prized possession  a ledger book from the 1800's.

I love to bring these items out to use in ways that never would have been imagined when they were first used.

In my curiosity boxes I try to present these lost bits and fragments of life in an artful way.
Here my newly created fabric bird, is living with pages from old books, 
game pieces, old stamps and nature items, in a box made from a found drawer.

Recycled, up-cycled, re-purposed.
Hopefully not to be discarded too soon!

Sue DiGilio

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Where To Find the Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend

While craft fair season is still a couple of months away we do have one date for you this weekend. It's not in the Hudson Valley but why not travel on South searching for warmth?
Elena Rosenberg will be participating in the prestigious American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, MD this weekend. The show is open Friday, February 20, through Sunday, February 22.
Elena is known for her inventive, luxurious and colorful knits, that are made from the finest yarns available.
Elena Rosenberg
Elena Rosenberg
Elena Rosenberg
Elena Rosenberg
Elena Rosenberg
Happy shopping!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

We wanted to celebrate Valentine's Day a day early on the blog by sharing a couple of Valentine's theme Etsy treasuries featuring items from our members.  Have a wonderful weekend!