Every once in a while I get the urge to go all Winnie-the-Pooh and start capitalizing things other than proper nouns. So in that vein, let me tell you about a Weird Thing that happened to me last week.
For the DIY Not? group at the library that I help coordinate, I do a quick book review of a creative business book (it *is* a library, after all), and the book I chose to review for this meeting was I Just Like to Make Things by Lilla Rogers. (Not an affiliate link, just FYI). There are a lot of things that I like about this book, not the least of which is Rogers’ upbeat and encouraging writing about the process of becoming a Real, Paid Artist (told you I’m on a Winnie-the-Pooh kick). One of the fun activities she includes is a page of “tarot cards” that you can copy, cut out and use to predict the future of your creative endeavors.
Now I’m totally not a tarot card person. I’m not a fortune-telling person, either. Or a horoscope reader, or a mystic of any type. I tell you this so that you’ll know that I approached this totally as a joke.
But you guys. Check this out.
The instructions that Rogers gave for using the cards were these: turn them upside-down and shuffle them up, meditate for a minute or so on your creative endeavors and then randomly choose five cards, stacking them with the first on the bottom, the second on top of that and so on. Then turn them over: the first one will be your immediate priority, the second your next priority etc. etc.
The first one I turned over was “Go to school for teaching.” I’m in school for teaching right now.
The second one was “Open an Etsy shop.” We’re doing that this week.
The third was “Sell handmade products to shops.” That’s the plan with our patterns.
The fourth was “Start your own company including manufacturing.” That’s so what we’re doing right now.
And the fifth was “Design patterns for a bolt fabric line”, something that several fellow indie pattern designers have done recently and something that is definitely on Kim’s and my bucket list. (Speaking of fabric lines, have you seen Caroline’s and April’s and Sara’s upcoming limited edition designs for Art Gallery Fabrics? So good. We can’t wait to get our hands on some this summer.)
So while I’m totally not a tarot-reading, fortune-telling mystic whatsoever… it’s kinda fun to think that we’re on the right track. 🙂 Onward!