Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Tale of the Grey Rhombus

Many moons ago, long before I ever touched a sewing machine, the handmade market looked a little like this. It was an exciting rainbow of ideas and creativity. Some good ideas, some bound for Regretsy.
But there was something out there for fruit loops in every flavour!
But then something very strange happened. One day for some reason the grey rhombus became super popular. Perhaps it was a really clever  idea that filled a void in the market? Perhaps it solved some problem and made life easier? Or perhaps someone spotted Brangelina with one and then everyone else decided they needed one too? In any case, these things rarely make sense, but for some undefined reason the grey rhombus developed a halo and they flew off the handmade shelves..
Soon enough the handmade market place had to change a little to accommodate the grey Rhombus’s newfound halo ‘as spotted with Brangelina’ status. Hand maidens everywhere couldn’t see the point in selling their beloved gold stars, when it seemed everyone wanted a Grey Rhombus, so production of the Grey Rhombus soared to meet demand. But it was ok, the handmade customers were so happy that they too could finally get their hands on a grey Rhombus too! Grey Rhombus for everyone! Yaaaaaay!

But over time, with so many Grey Rhombuses to choose from it was hard for the happy handmade customers to decide where to buy their grey Rhombus. A few hipster happy handmade customers weren’t even sure that the grey Rhombus was so special after all, especially after that recent cosmo feature where Brangelina was spotted with a pink heart. With sales of Grey Rhombuses declining, handmaidens everywhere started to look for new ways to sell their Grey Rhombus wares. And one day, someone did this!
When everyone is selling the Great Grey Rhombus, and they all look pretty much the same, what better way to make your own Grey Rhombus start out but to make it cheaper?  Sales of the $25 Grey Rhombus soared! Why pay $30 for a Grey Rhombus when you can buy them elsewhere for $25? And with the success of the $25 Grey Rhombus, even more folks jumped on on the hand-maker train and mass production of the Grey Rhombus carried on, full steam ahead until the handmade market looked…
like this..
Grey Rhombus makers everywhere fought to get their very own Rhombus to be noticed in the overwhelming sea of grey. Even the handmaidens who had resisted the pull of the shiny Grey Rhombus started to wonder whether there was any point in producing anything else but a Grey Rhombus, and as the doubts crept in the price of the red Pentagons went down too.  Until eventually the handmade market looked like this :(
Meanwhile, the previously happy handmade customers, spontaneously snoozed at the mere sight of the Grey Rhombus!
and not even the promise of a 99cent Rhombus was enough to get them moving anywhere but the trash. Owning a Rhombus became almost passe, akin to owning a Backstreet Boys CD or a hypercolour T-shirt?
When even the local bum under the bridge won’t use a grey rhombus for a toilet, the Happy Handmade people wouldn’t be seen dead with a Grey Rhombus!
So next time you put your creative powers to work, pause for a second and think ‘Am I adding to the handmade market rainbow, or is this just another grey rhombus?’ I know which I would prefer!

Lisa is a wife, mother, handmaiden and cupcake connoisseur with a passion for pretty. She is inspired by all things sweet and shabby chic and can usually be found under an enormous pile of lace, ruffles and bows. To find out more about Lisa visit her blog or follow her crafty adventures on facebook

Thank you Lisa for letting the {CHA} repost this very informative blog post.  Together lets make 2013 the Year of Originality ~ Christine

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Where do you blog?

One thing I like about blogging is the fact that I can blog from anywhere.  Currently I'm sitting on the train bound for Sydney, today I have a 2.58 minute trip where I can sit back, write some blog posts and listen to some music of my choice, how novel. 

Where do you blog? 
Do you have to be in a special place to write of can it be anywhere? 

About the Contributor: 
Christine is a Wife and a Mum of 3.  She is the owner of C Percy Designs and the Editor of The Contemporary Handmade Alliance.  She is also the Editor of the Handmade Cooperative - Australian Handmade 4 Kids and is a little obsessed with all things crochet. 
To find out more about Christine go to her blog or follow her on Facebook.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Shopping Guide: Back to School

  1. Rainbow Pencil Roll by Blue Jacaranda
  2. Angry Ninja iPad by HoobyGroovy
  3. Indigo Vintage style Denim Backpack by Bagy Bag 
  4. My Routine - set of 9 fridge magnets by Badge Bliss 
  5. The Alphabet by Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios  
  6. Cute animal friends Coloring book by Joey Design 
  7. Congrats It's been made official, you're smart by Venerate Card and Stationery Boutique  
  8. Fabric Journal Cover Notebook by BonTons
  9.  Ladybeetle Pink Bookplates by Pixels Plus Paper 
  10. Reusable sandwich lunch wrap by Frankys
  11. Personalized Kids Bag Tag by DaniLu Designs
  12. Vintage Wooden School or office chair in green by Tri Becas Vintage
  13. Starry Owl Book Stickers by Little Mo and Friends
  14. Deer Love Pencil Case purse by Oopsidaisi 
  15. Wish upon a shooting Star by Jallie~bean Kids 
  16. Morning Routine Canvas Art by Billymac Clothing

Monday, January 21, 2013

{Promotion} Creative Business Planning

Take just one hour each day, for one week, get your butt into gear and focus on your business planning.

For many years now I've had my head in the sand when it came to business planning.

This year I made a promise to myself that I would spend the time and put a business plan together ... I'm yet to keep that promise.


Well I haven't set aside time to plan. Its the school holidays and I simply have not had the energy,  inclination or child free time to sit down and focus purely on my business. The fact that I'm also feeling a little lost and overwhelmed by the whole thing could also be holding me back.

If you are feeling like me, then you should take part in Studio Exsto's Creative Business Planning course.

Creative Business Planning CourseStudio Exsto want to take their students on an express journey to get them thinking strategically and creatively planning for business success. Starting 21 January they are running their Creative Business Planning course.

This course runs for an hour a day, for one week. It has been designed to be fun and inspiring. It is focused on you and your creative business, not matter how big or small and they strongly encourage creative thinking throughout the process.

Forget the wordy-generic-uninspiring business plan templates you’ve all seen before and try adding some colour to your plan instead! Sketch your plan, make it a collage of your business vision and goals, or even dedicate an office pin-board to post-it note plans that are easily interchangeable and update-able.

To find out more about the Creative Business Planning eCourse head over to the Studio Exsto site.