Friday, May 25, 2012

Chasinging Blogularity: an analytical consideration of how NOT to be a blogging looser

11 x 14 Art Print by Parada Creations (It's more like I wish I were a big deal on my own blog.)
It is my most sincere desire (you know, after world peace and my husband retiring at 35) that I somehow find a way to be a regular, successful blogger.  I am so sick of starting EVERY SINGLE blog post with an obligatory, introductory "I haven't blogged in so long" paragraph.  The problem seems to be that, as an artist, my right brain's need for spontaneity habitually trumps my left brain need for structure and routine.  Basically, what this means is I only blog when I feel like it.  I know, L-A-M-E!  In an effort to see my goal realized, I am trying to analyze what makes successful bloggers successful, madly hoping that genetic predisposition has nothing to do with it.  Here's what I came up with so far:

Don't wait until your blog post is perfect to publish it, or it will never see the light of day.  In a perfect world everyone would have their very own unicorn...and live under a rainbow..and clean with the help of small woodland creatures.  This is not a perfect world, and the closest anyone comes to perfection is on a resume...
(Throw your perfect little plans AWAY!)  Moleskine Notebook by big and mighty

Add more Pictures!  No one cares what you ate for breakfast yesterday or hear why you think your cat is depressed-all we really want is to see some pretty pictures!

(Do you see what's missing here?)  Shabby Chic Frames by Mountain Cove Antiques

Keep your posts focused on one clear theme, and don't write a novel about it.  It's best if your readers are not in a coma nor significantly aged by the time they finish reading your post.
Old Man Reading in Cafe by Dancing Bug Photos (He was twenty when he started reading my blog.)


Write a few blog posts when you have the time to do so, and then schedule your posts to be automatically published at different times throughout the week (or in my case, month and/or year).   For instructions how to do this on blogger, click here.

(It's like you have your own personal blogging robot!)  Pink Robot Personalized Typewriter Print by RukaRuka
Do you have any suggestions you smart, generous, good-lookin' readers? ;) If you're a blogger, I'd love to hear what you do to maintain your Blogularity!  If you're a reader, I'd love to hear what you think makes a successful blog!  Thank you in advance for your ideas, cuz I sure don't hate comments :) And I need all the help I can get!!!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Surviving Spring, New England Style: A Handmade Fashion How-To

A collection in Coral- On trend for Spring:  Wrap top by Lirola, Necklace by Sweet Sincerity, Umbrella by Jen Hanlon Ash Photo, Brown Top by zelaya, Capris by  Salts, Wedge Heels by South Of Africa, Purse by loom and hyde, and Earrings by Sweet Sincerity

I have to say that when I started this blog a year or so ago to promote my growing jewelry business, I NEVER thought I would spend so much of my time writing about the local weather.  The weather was simply a topic that I had never given much thought to, evident by the fact that I habitually wore WHATEVER I wanted to wear, WHENEVER I wanted to wear it.  Yes, that was me, the girl who, regardless of the forecast (something I never watched, by the way) wore sandals in January, tights in August, and almost always found herself umbrella-less in a down pour. Yes, I am ashamed to admit, the extremist expressions "Fashion Slave," "Beauty is Pain," and "Fashion before Practicality" were part of my daily rhetoric.  As I got older, and just a smidge wiser, I miraculously realized that fabulous form and flat function can, in fact, co-exist.  After years of inappropriate dressing (for the weather that is) I have picked up a few tricks that make living in such an unpredictable climate fashionably do-able.  So, in order for YOU too to survive the capricious whimsy of atmospheric conditions, I have compiled a list of absolute ESSENTIAL for any fashionista who is crazy enough to live this close to the North Pole.
  •  Live it Up with Jewelry
    • I promise I am not just saying this because I am a Jewelry Designer.  Jewelry is one DURABLE fashion accessory that you can pretty much rock all year long!  That is of course with the exception of feather earrings, which I suggest you leave at home on a rainy day unless you want to have a "bad feather day" in addition to a bad hair day.
  • Invest in a Colorful Umbrella
    •  If you do, not only will you avoid getting completely drenched, you may find yourself a little cheerier from the beautiful bright colors of your oh-so-practical accoutrement, despite overcast skies. (HINT: you want to find an umbrella that is so bright and beautiful you look forward to rainy days so you can use it.)
  • Consider Wearing Shoes that are the Color of Mud 
    • Spring in Maine=Mud, simple as that.  So, wearing cute, brownish, WASHABLE shoes is a necessity.  If your not adverse to wearing a platform shoe, those few extra inches will elevate your tootsies above most murky puddles, keeping your feet high and dry.
  • Wear Capris
    • Not only are these stylish bottoms complementary to most body types, they also are a perfect choice for spring wear. When the weather seems to be having as much as an identity crisis as capris themselves (you know, they're not long enough to be pants/not short enough to be shorts), you'll have enough leg coverage for a cool, rainy day with enough skin exposed to let your ankles feel a warm breeze if the weather warms up.
  • Layer on the Shirts
    • One tank top that you wouldn't mind sporting out in public + One long sleeve shirt + One wrap or light jacket = Spring Preparedness. If it's a little brisk out you're covered, but you can progressively peel back the layers when you start sweating like a pig.   (NOTE:  Avoid sleeveless turtlenecks as your base layer-they are the deceptive little liars of the sleeveless world.  If it's 90 degrees Fahrenheit out, your arms may be cool but the rest of you will be wishing for an icy death, as the turtleneck acts like a thick, smothering scarf around your neck!)
  • Carry a Giant Purse
    • After shedding layers you may find yourself wondering, "Where am I gunna put all these stinkin' clothes when I must, by necessity, disrobe in public?"  Enter awesomely large purse.  If you store your layers in your bag when you're not using them, when the climate inevitably turns frigid cold again, you have them close at hand to put back on.
Umbrella Garland by GFetti

Well, I sure hope that helps!  Happy Spring Dressing!  May the Weather be always in your favor ;)  And if it's not, may you always have an umbrella.

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