Friday, October 22, 2010

Finding Balance

First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me in this new endeavor thus far. Those of you who were my first customers filled me with such glee and much needed morale that yes, I can do this. Those of you who have offered encouraging word have bolstered my confidence more than you know. After fulfilling some custom orders, I have been back to work on rounding out the stock in my shop. Through perusing forums and advice columns, I do realize it is important to make products that your target customer desires. That being said, I do this because it is a passion, I love to create, and it is an artistic outlet for me. So, to a certain extent, following my artistic whims of the moment is part of the process. I could make the same item day in and day out, but I feel my shop and my creative body of work would be much more reflective of who I am as an encompassing menagerie rather than one redundant "best seller."
A dear friend of mine and fellow business owner whom I trust, K, shared her wisdom and experience with me yesterday. "Find a balance." Starting a new business can be all consuming. Yes, I am a budding entrepreneur, but first I am a wife and mother (and I also have a 'real' job as a nurse!). I have small children who deserve to see more than the back of my head as I work on the computer. This season of life is precious and fleeting. I have years and years ahead of me without children pulling on my pants saying, "Mommy, watch this!" Putting too much focus on building my business has the potential of pulling my attention away from where it should be...relishing in the joy of my dear children who want nothing more than to spend every moment with me. I know they won't always feel that way. All that being said, my wise friend also empathized with the sentiment that, this is ME. Not mom, wife, but ME as a woman and who I am. Pouring myself into my work feels good because it is what I love to do. I have found in my relatively short three year tenure as a mother that finding a little "me time" makes me a MUCH better mom.

So, here are my take away thoughts for the day (some, courtesy of K):

  • If I haven't spent time with the Lord yet that day, I have no business working on 'business'
  • If my children, "Mommy, watch!", stop what I am doing...always...and turn my eyes to them because they deserve my undivided attention
  • Save work for when it doesn't interfere with family. Sometimes I can do both (knitting in front of the TV while we all watch a movie), but if I can't, family ALWAYS comes first.
  • Use nap-time to recharge with "me time" whether that is working on my business or just reading a book with a cup of tea
If you are struggling to find balance, I hope this helps a little. To be honest, this post is much more for me to get my thoughts out on the subject of balance. But if it helps anyone else find a little, what a blessing!

Monday, October 4, 2010

***Fall Giveaway!!!!***

(Women's Rosette Head Wrap)

So to start this fall season off right, I have decided to do a giveaway to all my lovely Rosewill Arts fans! This is your chance to win one of the hottest accessories for the season. The winner will get to choose a hat/head wrap of their choice, CUSTOM MADE in the colors and size of their choosing! This could be a boy or girl hat size newborn to adolescent/adult or one of my new Fall 2010 Women's Rosette Head Wraps!!!

(Girl's Rosette Hat)

(Boy's Hat)

Don't pass up this opportunity! Here's how to enter:

Mandatory Entry: Become a fan of Rosewill Arts and "Like" us on our Facebook Page

1 Additional Entry for EACH of the following:
  • Publicly follow Rosewill Arts' blog and post a comment here telling me you're following
  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which hat (Boys, Girls or Women's Head Wrap) you would choose if you won
  • Tweet about this giveaway and post the link here as a comment
  • "Heart" Rosewill Arts' shop on Etsy and post here to tell me that you did
  • Post about this giveaway on YOUR blog and post the link here
5 Entries if you:
Remember, you must post your additional entries here for them to be considered. The winner will be drawn at random on October 15th at 12:00pm Mountain Time.



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