Design Videos with Lesley + Lamps Plus

When I’m not making collage art, baking cupcakes, or making friends with random cats, I spend most of my days at a pretty sweet fulltime job with Lamps Plus. In addition to blogging for their new sales site, 55 Downing Street, we’ve just started a new project creating short videos with interior design basics, helpful tips, and info about current styles and trends. Why am I telling you this, you ask? Because yours truly is one of the lucky designers starring in these YouTube webisodes. Check out all the videos on the Lamps Plus Youtube channel.
[Behind the scenes photos by Michael Murphy]

Happy Monday!

Etsy Shop Makeover!

Good morning! I gave my Etsy shop a little makeover this weekend – new product photos, a new banner, and just an overall “freshening up”. (It feels so good to take a little time and polish your look, – online or offline – doesn’t it?) Take a peek – hope you like!

Happy Monday!
 

Oh, Monday…

[Image via Pinterest; original source unknown]

Is it just me, or is anyone else having one of those Mondays? (Although, this made me giggle and feel a little better.)

Happy Monday…?
 

Indie Business: Why I Do What I Do

[A collage I made for Nate, for our first Christmas together in 2009. Lyrics from our” song.]
Etsy just launched new About pages for all its shop owners – a place to share the story of your business and why you do what you do as an artistpreneur. And this got me thinking…
why do I do what I do? Why collage art?
Here’s why.
Words, images, colors, textures…individually they are beautiful. But arranged and re-arranged, collaged into something new – the sum is greater than the whole, and a transformation takes place from the mundane into the magical where individual pieces become threads woven into in your story.
What words tell your story? What photos tell your story? What ticket stubs, subway maps, love letters, song lyrics, photographs, or scripture verses tell your story?
Your story matters.
Let’s capture it.
If you’re interested in a custom collage, please contact me! I’d love to work with you to help tell your story. 
Much love,

PS. I’d love to know…why do you do what you do? 

You’re Totally Great

[Via Pinterest; original source unknown]
No Lovely Web Links today (can you believe I didn’t bookmark a single link this past week?), so instead, I’ll just remind you how awesome you are.

Happy Thursday!

Beauty Matters

[Artwork by Kelly Rae Roberts via Pinterest]
Hello friends! I’m back from my adventures in Disneyland. Can’t wait to share photos with you on Friday! As I slowly adjust back to reality (wait, reality isn’t riding rollercoasters all day?)I thought I’d leave you with this lovely collage from Kelly Rae.
It’s true, by the way. Beauty does matter.

Happy Tuesday!

Listen to Your Heart…

Sometimes listening to your heart does take you all the way to California. And let me tell you, it’s a pretty rad adventure! Especially when the people you love make the cross-country trek to spend time with you. Sorry for the radio silence on the blog this week, folks – between Nate’s family coming to LA for a few days, a visit from our wonderful friend Lisa Francis, and preparing for my bestie Beth and her husband Scott to come visit us this Saturday for a whole 8 days (eek!) life has been pretty busy. Awesome busy, but busy.
Looking forward to sharing photos of our adventures (we’re going to Disneyland!) and more art with you soon.
 Happy Wednesday! xo

 

6 Reasons Why Comparison Can Wreck Your Business

[Quote via Pinterest; original source unknown]

 

Good morning! I’m thrilled to present a special guest post from Create Hype – a fantastic resource for women entrepreneurs. In once of their recent emails they presented a list titled 5 Reasons Why Comparison Can Wreck Your Business – and it struck such a chord with me that I wanted to share it with you here. The team at Create Hype was kind enough to even add a sixth reason, just for you!
 

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It’s natural to compare your work to others but does it really do you any good? We argue that it does the opposite for 6 reasons.

 

1. You don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. Nobody is going to blog about their product flopping, how they’re struggling to pay their rent, and why they are contemplating closing their business. All you will see is the successes, the good news, and the pictures of their family.

 

2. Everyone has different goals. We all set individual end points and goals so there’s no point comparing where you are now to where someone else is because you don’t know where they’re going.

 

3. It won’t help you get out of a funk. In fact, it will likely push you further into one if you’re currently struggling with seeing your successes and feeling like you are moving onward and upward with your business.

 

4. Most business owners need to double their prices. Don’t assume that just because every jewelry maker you know is selling their necklaces for $20 that you can’t sell yours for $200.

 

5. Everyone has a unique market. Copying someone’s product or marketing techniques will get you nowhere because your market will not be the same.

 

6. There’s a fine line between inspiration and copying. While you may intend to be inspired by someone’s work, you run the risk of eventually being inspired ‘too much’. This can quickly lead to copying and that generally leads to legal battles, nights of tears, and your fans wondering why you’ve suddenly changed your brand and your vision.

 

This is not to say there is not a time and place for comparison. Certainly when doing market research, you need to look at what others around you are doing. But remember that everyone is different and you can’t declare a business ‘successful’ or ‘better than mine’ just by reading their blog and looking at their site. There is always a story going on behind the scenes.

 

Action: Take a week and unsubscribe, unfollow, or ignore all of the people you view as your competitors/similar business owners. Instead, spend that time focusing on your own work. You may be surprised by how much freer you feel. You may also find yourself overflowing with new ‘crazy’ ideas.

 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you compare yourself to other bloggers, artists, entrepreneurs, etc.? How do you overcome the temptation of comparison? Have you found comparison to be a positive or negative thing for your business?

 

Happy Wednesday!