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Different is Better. Stand Out.

You guys, I am so tired. I had an amazing and thoroughly exhausting experience last week participating in Tara Gentile’s “Build a Stand-Out Business” bootcamp at CreativeLive. And I spent the three weeks before that getting ready to be on a worldwide stage. Website overhaul, email marketing tune-up, social media planning, the whole nine. Plus I wrote a book about handmade gifts that’s set to launch April 3rd. I need a nap.

 

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And so it begins!

 

I was so honored to be chosen to be in the studio for this incredible opportunity to learn how to make my business stand out in a pretty crowded marketplace. Did you know everyone makes jewelry? Maybe not quite everyone, but it sure feels that way sometimes. And that is ok. I prefer to operate with a mindset of abundance. Thanks to this course, I now have a system for getting my message out to the people who are waiting to hear it, so that’s pretty cool. There were more than a couple “Aha!” moments. In fact, I watched today’s module three times and gleaned something new each time.

 

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I met an outstanding group of women. Many of us work from home, so connecting with like-minded individuals facing the same day-to-day challenges is quite lovely.

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After class brainstorm session

 

And one of my favorite parts was just being in San Francisco. There is such a pervasive creative vibe, it’s impossible for me not to be energized. Plus the weather was so perfect, I got to wear my hair down the whole time! That hardly ever happens at home!

 

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Love you, SF!

 

If you haven’t RSVPd for Tara’s bootcamp, it’s not too late. You can still catch Sessions 2-5. Check it out!

Red Scorpio creates bold unique statement jewelry. 100% Handmade by richelle shadoan. Beaded bracelets and necklaces make perfect gifts for the woman in your life who has everything. How to be awesome. Step out of your comfort zone. Live an artful life. Dare to be awesome.
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Are you watching Tara’s bootcamp? Share your “Aha!” moments in the comments!

And if you like awesome handmade stuff and winning super cool prizes, get in on the giveaway I’m hosting to celebrate the release of my book, Handmade Gifts That Don’t Suck. 

 

 

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Choose Adventure

My friend Sarah is on a mission to show us simple ways to add more adventure into our everyday lives. She created the cutest “Adventure Generator” download to help us get creative with the concept of adventure. Here is how I was inspired.

 

You really don’t have to talk me into adventures. Greg & I love to get out and experience this big beautiful world as often as we can, so I already knew I was going to be super into Sarah’s “Adventure Generator”. My favorite part is that it makes you think outside the box and I heart creative problem solving.

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Adventure Time!

 

 

 

For example, my pal Kris chose “Photograph a Hidden Park”. The poor thing has been tormented by never-ending snowfall all winter so she did her best. That park is hidden, alright.

 

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withakwriting.com

 

 

And our friend Cara really took “Try a New Food” to another level when she devised a treasure hunt and involved her little ones in a quest to find a golden tin of cookies. So clever!

 

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thehootingpirate.com

 

Masha combined Sara’s two heartfelt projects into one when fate guided her to “Draw a Secret Recipe” from her grandmother’s notebook.

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heartinghandmade.com

 

I think making the generator was an adventure in itself for Nancy.

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When Blanca’s generator told her to “Draw a New Recipe” she had to get very creative & came up with a “recipe for life”. Brilliant!

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colorfulblanca.com

 

For my adventure, the generator chose “Paint a Small Road”. I was completely stumped. I thought I might paint a picture of the road to our favorite picnic spot. It really isn’t small so I was hoping that it would be okay to fudge the details a bit. I was preparing to start when I remembered a painting I had started a few months back but never finished, a picture of our favorite San Francisco pub.

O’Reilly’s was an authentically Irish pub, and it was our go-to place whenever we were in the city. They served a great shepherd’s pie and poured Guinness, so really what else do you need? The outdoor tables afforded some awesome people watching. And, it was on Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd (technically Green Street; this block was renamed in honor of the long-running play of the same name). Only one block long, and you can’t get much smaller than that.

 

Making Progress
I mean it looks ok in this picture

 

I dug the uncompleted painting out, intent on finishing it, but it just looked bad. Really bad. It needed a lot of work. Unfortunately, trying to fix it up, I ruined it completely. Every adventure hits a little rough patch, doesn’t it? Onto Plan B.

 

Since I had been playing with image transfer onto canvas panels this week, I wondered if I couldn’t do something like that, a hybrid transfer/painting. So I messed around with the photographs I have and came up with this.

 

 

 

Using the transfer technique from my book, Handmade Gifts That Don’t Suck (and also featured here on my blog), it turned out so well I almost didn’t want to paint it, but rules is rules.

Red Scorpio creates bold unique statement jewelry. 100% Handmade by richelle shadoan. Beaded bracelets and necklaces make perfect gifts for the woman in your life who has everything. How to be awesome. Step out of your comfort zone. Live an artful life. Dare to be awesome.
Paint a Small Road

 

So here it is, my ‘painting’ of a small road as seen from the chairs outside O’Reilly’s Public House. Sadly, after 20 years on Green St. (I mean Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd.) O’Reilly’s went dark May 2014, and has not reopened. But I’ll always have fond memories, and now I’ll always have this adventure, and a pretty cool painting too.

 

 

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Terra Cotta Pot Makeover

Are you ready to spring forward? Not me. Setting the clock ahead an hour is not my favorite thing. But what choice do I have? I guess I’ll just embrace the change, and prepare for Spring with this easy as pie way to spruce up a flower-pot. Prepare to be amazed.

 

Spring is just around the corner, and I know it can’t get here fast enough for my East coast friends. When you are surrounded by a blanket of white, it’s nice to have a happy little houseplant or pot of herbs on a sunny windowsill to brighten your day. This simple faux finish tutorial will show you how to paint a plain pot to match your decor.

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Super Simple Fancy Faux Finish

 

Pro Tip: If you are planning on potting a plant directly in the flower pot (and not using a plastic pot as a liner), prime it first with latex paint. This will seal the pot and prevent the terra cotta pot from absorbing moisture and damaging the painted finish. If you are making the “Family Tree Centerpiece” from my book, Handmade Gifts That Don’t Suck, there’s no need to prime the pot.

 

 

You will need:

♥ White glue

♥ Craft paint, thinned to the consistency of ranch dressing

♥ Pot, as described above

♥ Two paint brushes

 

Brush on a generous coat of regular old white school glue onto the pot. Then, immediately apply a coat of craft paint over the glue with a very soft brush. Don’t blend the paint with the glue, but just float it on top. Watch and wait as the magic happens right before your very eyes. Let it dry completely before putting a plant into it, but if you’re making the centerpiece from Handmade Gifts That Don’t Suck it should be good to go as soon as it’s dry to the touch.

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