Sunday, April 29, 2012

It's Moving Day...

Pink Pepper has moved to:

We hope you will come and visit at our new home!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bead Oasis Show

For those of you with an interest in beading, wire work or anything jewellery, the Fall Bead Oasis Show in Toronto is coming up. It runs from Friday October 21st - Sunday the 23rd, 2011.

It's a great place to stock up on supplies, make contact with new vendors and learn some new techniques in the classes. I'll be taking a few myself!

The best part about it is meeting like-minded people! So if you are in town that weekend check it out!

Just a few of the pieces you could learn to make!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Creative Spark!

I came across an interesting article that I wanted to share about making breakthrough's in your life and making your dreams become reality.

9 Ways to Spark a Breakthrough

1. Go Public - Voice your ideas. Put them out into the world rather than keeping them tucked away in a notebook.

2. Join the Club  - Find like minded people either online or in a community group.

3. Confront the Risks  - Look at the consequences of making changes; ie. less money for a a period of time.

4. When in Doubt, DIY - If help isn't falling into your lap, is there another way to approach the situation/problem?

5. Rely on the Kindness of Strangers - If you are having trouble financing your ideas try a global approach. Kickstarter (a Web site for creative types), allows you to post detailed proposals online and solicit pledges to make them happen. Also see IndieGoGo and RocketHub.

6. Know Your Strengths- Look at your strengths and how you can use them to your benefit and to the benefit of others.

7. Spread the Word - Create a public forum to discuss your ideas and start a conversation; ie. blog.

8. Cultivate Wonder  - Be curious and take joy in wonder. Try to get out of your usual thinking patterns.

9. Embrace Your Critics - Take in constructive criticism and let go of the rest. Nobody said that climbing a mountain or building a business was easy.

Read the full article 

I hope you get as much out of it as I did.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Drum Roll Please!!!

Thanks to everyone for participating in Launch Day festivities!  From what I've heard from my Indie classmates it was a great success all around. Thank you!

In order to make the draw fair I've given everyone a number based on the order they posted a comment and used choose the winner!

....and the winner of the $20 gift certificate to Pink Pepper is Heather Mullin!!!

You will have to let everyone know what you choose. Congratulations Heather! 

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Launch Day!

In honor of Launch Day I will be drawing for a $20 gift certificate to be used at Pink Pepper.

All you have to do is: become a follower of my blog and leave a comment in today's post (Monday April 11, 2011) by Friday, April 15, 2011 at 12 noon EST. I will announce the winner on my blog on Saturday April 16th!

As an added bonus, all of my blog readers will get a 15% discount at my store until Friday April 15th, 2011 at midnight. Enter the code: INDIEBIZ15

Check out some of the great work by my classmates listed below.

 Alexandra Rae Design | Bibeez Baby | Bonita Rose | Brain Drops | The Busy Bean
Tag...You're It | Wish You Were There Then

Special thanks @eleventh monkey for being an organizational diva!

Happy Shopping!
~ Christy

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Indie Biz Launch Party!

I just finished an awesome online course called Indie Business 3.0 where I met a great group of talented independent artists and learned and amazing amount of information.

As a great way to finish off our Indie Business class there are a group of us who are launching our shops, blogging about our wonderfully talented classmates, having giveaways and offering discounts in our shops starting tomorrow.

I will be having a giveaway and a special discount for blog readers at my Etsy store. Stay tuned for details on Monday.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thinking... Thinking...

So it's been a while since my last post. It's amazing how being sick can knock you right off of your game. I got back on my yoga mat the other night so today I've decided it's back to my blog!

I decided that I'm revamping my Etsy store somewhat so I'm busily working away. I'm hoping that I can announce a relaunch date very soon. I've got swirls of ideas floating around in my head and making their way into my sketch pad... but time where are you??? I know, one thing at a time.

I took some time out on the weekend and visited the One of a Kind Show. I looked at it as a fact finding mission about design and display. I found it quite funny that I wasn't overly impressed by many of the jewellery displays. Some were too busy, and others just not inviting. The booths that I was drawn to had an open feeling and were not so overpopulated with materials that you couldn't focus on the actual products.

The words that I took away were: Inviting.  Visually & Graphiclly Stimulating.  Fun.  Whimsy. Hopefully, I can apply them effectivly to my next inranation of my booth and online shop.

This was my booth from an outdoor show that I did last year. I'm trying to figure out a way to add height to some of my displays and adapt for an indoor location. I'm feeling like some vintage inspiration is coming my way.

(check out the awesome table cloths that my Mom sewed for me!)

After going through the whole One of a Kind show, this was my favorite artisan from a purely creative standpoint.

Propane Tank Pigs! Awesome!

Happy Birthday wishes to my big sister today!