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.