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New Year, New Focus

IMG_20160118_100958It's a bitterly-cold morning here in Midwesterland, USA. I've turned the Christmas twinkle lights back on, made the third pot of coffee in 24 hours, and thrown on another sweatshirt. The furnace is blasting non-stop, and I'm looking forward to this day off of school cozied up in our little nest. I'm getting a little bit of a head start to my day here, so that I can fit in pancakes and dreamcatchers, coloring, reading and mini donut making later on after Nora wakes up.

I haven't traveled these parts much in the last few months, as you may have noticed. Since I launched my Instagram feed for Jessica Flores Design, I've been mini blogging there and having a great time meeting fellow makers and beauty seekers from all over the world. 

Today I'm popping in to let you know about my plans for my creative business in 2016.  As I mentioned in my latest newsletter, the sewing machine has been packed up and shelved for the time being, and my focus for the next year will be on my painting and illustration. I feel like this type of work is where I can be most expressive and really share a kind of artwork that is unique to the world -- no patterns, no files, no templates--just my imagination and experiences spilled out in pigment across the page. Today I begin a new class on telling your story with Jeanne Oliver, and I'm hoping it will be just the thing to make my work even more personal and one-of-a-kind. 

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Last week was a mental mess for me. I screwed up my schedule all over the place and felt frizzled out. I decided I needed a proper planner, but those fancy ones with all of the bells and whistles are so expensive! They even have user videos to go with them! What?! So, while we were shopping over the weekend, I picked up a cheap one at Walmart and blinged it out with one of those cute ribbon clips and a pocket in the back for notes. I just can't make that Google calendar work. This girl needs to jot it all down in ink to make it take root in my memory! 

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Every month I'm writing down new goals for my artwork and actually pencilling in time to blog! Some upcoming tasks include finishing up a secret project for a friend (wink wink), completing a couple of illustrated family recipes for clients, re-photographing art for the Etsy shop, getting my work into new galleries, and improving my branding and packaging. I'm also planning on doing fewer art fairs and instead moving into more online business and custom orders.

So, don't give up on me just yet, faithful reader. I'll be back soon with more pretty things to tickle your fancy and an inside look at my kitchen remodel! (I've met a lot of British friends on Instagram, hence all of the bits and bobs about popping and fancies.)

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