Uniquely Yours Cards~ Celebrating all occasions with a handcrafted touch ~
Uniquely Yours was founded in early 1995. Not long after I started the business, I was appointed a Demo Artist for the Hero Arts Company which greatly enhanced my craft education and my inventory! I was soon teaching in after-school and adult education programs along with workshops for Joann's etc.
During the holiday seasons of 1995 through 1997, I conducted workshops for a gift shop in my home town that featured Department 56™ and SnowBabies™ rubber stamps. That experience led to my teaching for Michael's craft store.
From 1996-2000, I continued to teach and promote this great craft. I was making greeting cards for relatives and friends and began selling them at craft shows. In 2006, I became a 'certified' Fiskar Demo Artist and had articles published in prominent rubber stamping magazines.
I currently conduct rubber stamp and die-cutting workshops in my area and sell my cards through Pinterest, and craft shows. I also teach Journaling for Adult Education Programs and libraries in my area.
In addition to running this great business, I am also a wife, a mother, and Grandmother and volunteer in my town,
I love crafting handmade greeting cards! The best part of making cards is the reaction I get from my happy customers. I look forward to creating a hand-stamped, handcrafted greeting card that is 'Uniquely Yours'!
There are many memorable quotes from families and/or victims of one of the most devastating events in America’s history. One of them was uttered by President George W. Bush:
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and the ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”
Every mofnth, it seems to me, a new gadget appears on the market begging us to buy it. “IT” promises to be the latest and greatest and cleaner ads which are strategically placed in TV ads or magazines try and convince us to spend our hard-earned money. While I totally understand all the logic, my crafting soul nags me into at least taking a peak. So here is my peak on the newest (read “must have”) crafting tools:
While this “cartoon” makes you smile it probably makes you think about procrastination and productivity. These two opposing mechanisms affect all of us but especially crafters. The “product” we make depends on our ability to actually produce. The road to productivity is paved with distractions – weather, time, our feelings, illness and of course laziness!
Here are some ways to help:
Negative self-talk – According to personal coach and author Tara Mohr, we often self sabotage our productivity out of fear allowing our inner critic to distract us from accomplishing anything that feels scary. It also plays a role in the way we approach our development as artists and crafters. In his book, “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat” by John Ortberg insists that fear paralyzes us from living. A little fear is a good thing but continual, deep-set fear stops any healthy confidence in ourselves. Thomas Edison tried 1000 times to create the light bulb. What if he gave up at the 1001 time? Try this solution: In the moments of fear, try a little “TLC”. Scribbling affirmations on notes around your craft table – “I can do this”.
Some of us are more productive when we have a deadline looming in front of us. Some of us tend to put blinders on and try to ignore the inevitable. We tend to stress out, do a shoddy job, hurry through and/or give up.
We tell ourselves we are too busy/sick/tired – Sometimes we really are the above but most of the time, it’s an excuse to do anything. We tell ourselves that “I worked all day and deserve a break” or “we mean to ___” or the classic “We’ll do it tomorrow.”
We aim for perfection. There are always going to be artists or crafters who make the same thing that we do, only better (we think). Not anyone though can make it like us. All of us are unique and therefore our “widget” whatever it is, is uniquely ours (now where did I hear that before?!) It’s ok to try to make a better xxyyy just keep telling yourself that your spin on creating is on track.
Too many distractions – We tell ourselves another “lie” when we make time for social media. Some email, Face Book, tweets , Pinterest scrounging are ok. We say to ourselves that we are accomplishing something when we get involved first thing in the morning. However, the negative reactive part of our brain kicks in and we lose time when we surf.
So, before you totally get depressed check out these tips to become more productive:
Enter deadline dates on your calendar 2 days in advance.
Ask a friend to email or text you to hold you accountable.
Hold off on early morning social media checking until after you’ve accomplished some of your “to do lists”.
Do bits of your “to do list” at a time, that way you get a break.
Offer a reward to yourself when a task is complete.
Don't ever change yourself to impress someone, cause they should be impressed that you don't change to please others -- When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, always remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test --- Unknown