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Handcrafted Consulting

Posted on March 31, 2014 | 0 comments

They say that you can decipher what it is you should be doing with your life based on the questions that people most frequently ask you. For me, those questions always revolve around small business, and more specifically handcraft business. How do you make a living from your art? How do you balance a young family with the demands of entrepreneurship? What do you do to stay motivated, creatively?

I decided in 2011 that to share and teach through my experience as a business owner and artist was a calling I needed to answer. Jose and I formed Handcrafted Consulting that year as a platform to mentor and educate other creative entrepreneurs in many facets of business life- from marketing and branding, to work/life balance, to scaling a company that is based on creating with your own two hands. Since then we have had the honor of working with a multitude of shops from small Etsy start-ups to larger more established brands and artists looking to branch out, and the fulfillment that comes from doing this work goes beyond what I could have ever imagined.

If you are an artist or creative entrepreneur seeking some guidance, a second opinion, a brainstorming partner to help in figuring out your next steps, contact me. We offer custom consulting packages based on your needs, and also have a simple Shop Review option if you just want some fresh eyes to fine-tune your e-commerce (Etsy, Shopify, Big Cartel or other) storefront.

We look forward to working with you. At a turning point? We know how it is. We know how it feels.

Visit handcraftedconsulting.com for more details, or contact us at handcraftedconsulting (@) gmail.com

*artwork here by the renowned Lisa Congdon; print available in her shop

 

 

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Danielle LaPorte -The Desire Map and Fire Starter Sessions

Posted on March 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Whoa! I know. A video, on our little blog. Big things are happening, you just wait and see. 

It's a rainy day here on the Connecticut Shoreline. Jose and Paloma are snuggled up watching a movie, and Valentín is taking a much needed toddler nap.

I am here at my cozy desk, working on a dream. A dream that has not quite come to fruition; a dream that is still in the work-it-out-on-paper and hope-no-one-laughs stages. But this is how all great things begin. And that's often the hard part...beginning.

When Jose and I started Paloma's Nest in 2007, we saw an opportunity to live the life we had always imagined. An opportunity to share our work with the world. It was a "now or never" situation, and we took that first step. We BEGAN. And just by doing that, we created the reality we have today.

Are you familiar with Danielle LaPorte? If not, I am honored to introduce you. My love of her writings (and now multi-media inspiration delivered in all shapes and forms) started years ago in Austin when I attended one of her Fire Starter Sessions. It was actually a rainy Saturday just like this one today. The knowledge and passion I harnessed there took me through many challenges and decisions; and now, years later, I follow Danielle's Desire Map program. Her teachings, like the Credo here, give me the kick-in-the-pants, stop-whining-and-love-yourself-already kind of motivation I need to cut through the fear and turn my ideas into my truth.

We are all dreaming of something. We all have ideas. What are you doing with yours? Watch this video. A lot. And head over to meet Danielle LaPorte and pick up the Desire Map or Fire Starter Sessions. No regrets.

 

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