I easily fall in love with mid-century furniture. I have this thing for solid wood pieces that have a vintage feel but also feel modern, mid-mod fits that aesthetic perfectly and honestly, most of our home could be described as mid-mod with a hint of bohemian splashed in for spice. I found our mid-mod hutch at a local shop and instantly knew I needed to bring it home. At some point in this hutch's life, new glass was added from a different era, I understand the why but for our want, we decided to smash it! We use this piece as a entry "table" slash bookcase rather than in a dining room.
Our piece did not end up having doors and the glass made it hard to access the center of the shelves. We used a large plastic bag and shimmied it over the glass, hit that baby with a hammer so that broken bits would be caught in the bag and then disposed of the broken glass carefully.
our handsome hutch
Our hutch holds books and Andrew's video games as well as our collection on vintage cameras. In the drawers and cabinets, we store Matilda's snacks and toys and board games. For us, its an unconventional way to use an heirloom piece but it fits our space best this way and we love seeing our collectables displayed uniquely and easily accessible.
I've been toying with the idea of going back to my old ways of blogging for the better part of a year now. Most people don't know this, but I used to blog for a living... I sold ad space on my lifestyle blog and in addition to that, it opened the doors to some fun freelance social media opportunities. That was really awesome and all but what I miss the most about blogging isn't the income that it generated but instead that there was this really amazing community that I found and it also served as a place to journal and just be real.
I've tried to create a more "business like" space on the internet since launching FRINGE but honestly... my head is always swimming with businessy stuff that I really just want a place to pour my heart out to. I love to go thrifting and I used to document the quirky vintage finds that I brought home. I love to make art and I would share my process and finished products. I have a lovely life with Andrew and I currently do not share photos of us on my social media because it's not "on brand" for being an artist full time. Lately, I realize how ridiculous that all is... If you buy my art I hope that you also want to know the person who made the art. So in an effort to make myself happy first, I decided to go back to my old way of thinking. To no longer count followers, think about if the topic I want to discuss fits my feed or diminish my successes because it sounds to braggy. It's time to be more real and express my thoughts and feelings with authenticity and to use social media as a social tool to create connection. Get that, connection - not followers.
So why Linen and Lore? The foundation of this new blog direction comes from my love of simple beauty and feelings of magic and connection. I am constantly inspired by nature and the color palette that comes from the earth. I am always fascinated by the mysterious and mystical and am most overjoyed when spending time with friends, talking about all the things that make us smile. I hope that you enjoy reading my journal posts and that if a story connects with you, that you also fall in love with the artwork I produce from the lore of my simple and peaceful life as an artist, inspired by nature and all of the little wonders of magic I see everyday.
We only have so many hours each day and it seems like the to do list just keeps getting bigger and bigger. As a full-time artist, a part-time employee at an art supply store, a full-time owner/ operator of a local artists collective, a partner to a wonderful human being as well as being a cat mom I can tell you firsthand that my to do list could fill up the entire chalkboard of any college professors classroom.
People always ask me "how do you do it?" in reference to keeping everything in motion and organized... so I figured I would share my schedule hack with you all. For me, I use a paper calendar (old school, I know) but when I have tried to store things onto cell phone calendars or apps, I just couldn't get things to flow. If I physically write something down, I usually can recall it mentally and if I am foggy on the details, I still can almost always remember that I have something booked for a particular date if I wrote it - even if what it is (in the moment) escapes me.
Tip # 1 - I work backwards
I work backwards, it's a trick I learned when I used to plan weddings at a fancy pants hotel.
For example. If I were to have an art show installation on 11/01 at 12pm.
I would block off that time on my calendar, then I would determine when I would need to follow up with the artists to confirm them into the show and collect their contracts, so for me that would be at least a week before (10/25) I'd physically write on that date in my planner to "follow up for art show install/confirm artists and get contracts."
For bigger projects, its so easy to stay organized when you work backwards because you can block out days to meet people, when you should be posting about an event on social media, when to follow up with clients/artists... for me all of this is related to Fringe stuff and show planning but you can easily morph this into whatever you do.
Here is an example:
If you are an artist and you want to apply to art fairs.
Find the date of the fair - put it on the calendar.
Find out the app cut off - put it on your calendar.
NOW from the application cut off, go back a few dates so that you have time to prep for the app... give yourself a week or whatever amount of time you need.
From this date, the prep for the app date, block off time to create new products for the fair as well as promote that your going to be there.
Seeing my calendar fill up (and it will fill up fast if your doing this for all of your projects) gives me the ability to realistically say YES to new opportunities and it allows me to see that I have to say NO to something. It gives me the power to determine what I want to make a priority and adjust if I need/want to.
Tip #2 - I don't carry my planner with me
This sounds ridiculous, but I rarely carry my planner with me because I never want to make a commitment in the moment. I have learned the hard way that saying yes during a meeting or while on the phone with someone is not always wise. By rarely having my planner in hand, it forces me to truly think about the opportunity and determine if its something I should actually take on. It gives me that breathing room, that pause - the much needed reflection time I require to think through the process and all of my other obligations before I ink it into my planner pages.
I rarely say YES in discussion because I'd rather make sure that what I want to say yes to can be achieved successfully and that it will not create stress or be completed in a lackluster way. If that's the case, then it's obvious I should say no.
Tip #3 - I plan for down time
This is a new thing for me. Recently a lightbulb went off and I realized that I was working myself into the ground, that I wasn't spending a lot of true quality time with Andrew and our friends so I decided that I would block off a minimum of 1 entire day per week for self care - slash - rest and fun time with my loved ones.
I don't even care if it sounds selfish. I need this time to reset and connect. It makes me a better person when I am rolling up my sleeves to get to work and it gives me the ability to enjoy the work I have completed.
Tip #4 - I make lists on my daily pages
I use my calendar as a to-do list as well. Each day that I need to get something done, I add it to my list. When it's complete, I physically cross through it.
My lists vary based on what I have going on. Sometimes it's big projects and other times its something simple like, pick up cat food. Either way, I write it all down and when I tackle it, I cross it off.
Tip #5 - I unapologetically leave when you're extremely late
I could plan everything down to the minute... no really. I've done it.
However, you have to account for other people and sometimes they are not going to be as organized as you are. There will be days when you block off time and someone ghosts you - they don't care that you drove 45 min. to meet them or that you have another appointment that you are now late for. Instead of letting this stuff bother me, (oh man, it used to!) I learn from it. I just don't schedule art shows for those people any more, see how easy that was to solve.
I don't wait for other people to respect my time. It's my job to do that. I don't wait for late people... If I have to leave at a certain time to make it to another meeting, I just leave and send them an email letting the late person know that I couldn't wait for them past our agreed upon meeting time. It's really a simple mind set but its one that took me a long time to develop. I would "feel bad" or I felt "obligated" to wait and wait but now I have learned that sometimes people will just do that, they don't value your time and instead of getting angry about it, you just move past it and learn to not waste your value on them again. Also, let me clarify. I am not talking people who are an unexpected 5 - 10 minutes late... I am talking about people who are more like 20+ minutes late (all the time) and who don't give you the courtesy call that they have hit traffic or their kid is puking beyond that "shit happens" 10 minute window.
So that's basically it. It's fairly simple and for me, it's incredibly easy. If you have questions about my scheduling strategy, hit me up in the comments below :)
A few years ago, I tried to jump on the Snap Chat train - but it just wasn't my jam. In the attempt to figure it out, I accidentally stumbled on this face swap magick and played around with a photo of a local mural.
Mural by @Tararchy - go follow her!
Time to change things up and ride this momentum to something better. I’ve been struggling to find my way and how I’ll prosper as an artist and with that I’ve decided to dust off this book that Andrew got me.
I started it the week it came via Amazon but I allowed life and trivial obligations to get in the way of my journey. Now I’m riding high on a few amazing things and I feel that there is no better time than now to break the spine of this book and really dive in.
I’ll share an update each week as I work through the sections. Life is crazy right now - house hunting, inevitably moving, making art, working part time, organizing shows... the list keeps growing BUT it’s important to carve out time for my own desires and creating a better relationship with my practice and my art as a means to generate income is something that I need to pour time and energy into.
Here we go! Have you done The Artist’s Way?
I usually do not take the time to celebrate my victories, my accomplishments and my wins but September has been filled with things that I wanted to write down. I want to be able to look back at this in a few months or maybe a year or two, on a day when I am feeling like nothing is going right for me in my art practice or a day when I feel like I am am not “good enough.” I wanted to have a record of these amazing little milestones and happy moments because when I am living in the moment sometimes I just don’t celebrate all of the amazing things that happen to me (because of my hard work) from time to time.
Two weeks ago an amazing article was written about me in Creative Loafing, and it also mentioned FRINGE. Most importantly, the author Jennifer Ring told my story as an artist first - something that most people don't ask about at all. Anyway, I was lucky enough that the article was published both online and in the print version of the weekly newspaper. I hunted down a couple of hard copies and to my surprise, it was a full page spread! It felt really really good to open that weekly chronicle and see a giant picture my artwork surrounded by positivity. I cannot thank Jennifer Ring enough for the write up. It was great to tell my story and share some info about the collective (Fringe Creatives).
At the start of this month, I made a promise to myself to put in the time. I made a plan to spend a minimum of one hour each day towards my practice as an artist. Typically I would always put creating artwork last on my list of things to do because I always felt so overwhelmed with the day-to-day to do list, work schedules for my 3 income producing jobs and my one job that brings in zero dollars (Fringe). I realized that in order for me to be what I want to be, to achieve what I want to achieve, that I have to start putting myself first. I have been adhering to my one hour a day routine and most days I end up putting in more than just one hour. This has really opened my mind, actually it’s totally shifted my mindset. I am excited to create more and show more of MY work publicly. Something that I’ve put on the back burner for over two years now.
Also, I am working on a BIG commission. I am always quiet about these projects. I think its a combination of fear of failure and the fear of reactions I may get from others, while I try to propagate happiness there is always a few dark clouds out there who want to negate the good work or the achievements but I have to not care so much about that, I am excited to work on this three piece commission for USF Marine Sciences and I should be letting people know that. While it has been intimidating and it has been totally outside of my comfort zone taking on this project has taught me that my art IS accepted and that there are others out there who see it through the same eyes that I do. I am spending all day in my studio and will be disconnected from the world to finish these pieces up. I cannot wait to unplug and create.
As for the months to come...October is full of bright beautiful things as well and it feels really good to have found this little sweet spot of momentum in my art practice. I excited to allow this next season of creativity to reveal itself in its own time as it offers me new inspiration and direction.
Have you recently stumbled upon your "fierce"? Have you re-designed your practice to offer you more opportunity to create? I'd love to hear about your journey. Leave me a comment below with some of your magic.