Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Are You Whelmed? – July Issue of My Molds!

News that Inspires Imagination! The Preferred Place for Clay Push Molds. July. 2014 Issue of My Molds Newsletter.
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News that Inspires Imagination by Mad About Molds!


 
 Making Art Just for Me! 
Hello Crafter,

August is near and that means Fall! And boy do we have new molds and casting samples to show you! We think you will LOVE them, so read on! We are excited to show you what we have been doing!

So are you feeling over-whelmed with your to-do list? If so this month’s article may be just for you! “Are You Whelmed?” Continue reading to learn how to take control of your day.

As always, we thank you for your time, you’re wonderful comments and your generous support! We enjoy sharing what we do and we love to hear what you think!

Please take the time to sit back and enjoy this issue of My Molds!

Until next time,
Marjorie with Mad About Molds

 Be Colorful! 


Being colorful is what makes you YOU!
 

 
 Owls for Everyone! 
 

Owls for everyone!
With all the owls we are suddenly seeing at every turn, we were inspired to add a few more to our site. We can see why they are so popular as they seem to have personalities of their own. What a HOOT!
Samples made from Molds #207522149 & 164.

View ALL of our NEW Molds here!
Or search by number from our search box online.

And if owls aren't your thing, remember we have a selection of 1,000 molds on our website. If you don’t see what you are looking for, it’s likely that you will find it and much more at www.MadAboutMolds.com.

 Just for Fun! 
 
Don’t you just love new ideas? Many of you may already own these molds, so these new projects may inspire you to get them out again. If not, we are including the mold numbers below for you to add them to your collection. Shown is just a random selection of castings that we had on hand in our office, but we painted them all in muted colors to create a beautiful collection. The end result is a collection that would be suitable for all kinds of projects! Let us know if you come up with any ideas that could be used on our website. We would love to see them!

Samples made from Molds #098184365435919923 962.


 Are You Whelmed? 

Are you overwhelmed? My husband once worked with a client who created what he termed the “whelmed” model, that space between underwhelmed and overwhelmed, where you are in “the zone.” People who are whelmed are clear about what they do and are determined to get it done. I can always tell when I’m in the whelmed zone. I feel really productive, energized and thrilled at what I’ve accomplished at the end of the day.
Just like all of you, I do feel overwhelmed at times. It can happen when I’m trying to meet deadlines or getting ready for my next next class. Here are six tips to help you move out of overwhelm and into whelm:
1. Learn how to recognize when you are getting into overwhelm. If you can tell you are on the verge – or already there - then you take action. First thing I like to do is take a breath, or as I’ve been know to tell myself, “Get a grip.”
2. Remember to look at the facts. Sometimes we confuse our impressions of what needs to be done with the truth. Write down everything that needs to be done.
3. Focus is key. You need to be clear about what your goals are. Is everything on your “to-do” list really necessary? Take a look at the list you created above and follow the “four Ds.” If something is not a priority, see if you can Delete it from the list. Next, look for those items you can Delegate to someone else. Third, what can you Defer until sometime later without creating problems? And, for those items you can defer, again consider if they are really necessary.
4. OK, you’ve probably winnowed down your list to something that might be a bit more manageable. Now, what are the three top priorities on your list? Put a time for them in your calendar. And, allow more time than you think. This is one of the reasons I can get into overwhelm, trying to do more than I physically can in the allotted time.
5. Now get going with the list. This is the fourth “D” – Do - and let go of perfection as you work on your list. I have a sign in my office that says, “Progress, not Perfection.” Some people use the term Imperfect Action here.
6. And remember at the end of the day, if something doesn’t get done, you are probably the only one who knows it. I learned that one from my mother, who told me as I was stressed out about some little something that wasn’t what I expected for my wedding day. She reminded me that the only one who knew that the color on my wedding cake didn’t exactly match the color on the bridesmaid’s dresses was me.
Here’s a favorite quote that sums up for me the feeling of being “whelmed”:
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you
lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” Margaret Thatcher.
 

 
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Let's Mold! June Issue of My Molds Newsletter 2014

News that Inspires Imagination! The Preferred Place for Clay Push Molds. June. 2014 Issue of My Molds Newsletter.
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News that Inspires Imagination by Mad About Molds!

 Making Art Just for Me! 
When was the last time I simply made something for MYSELF?

Not to be put up for sale,
      Not for a birthday or holiday,
            Not for display for advertising....

But just for you, or your home or just for fun! Take the time, every once in awhile, to allow yourself to express your creativity for something that makes only you happy! This is when your true creativity blossoms!
 


 
 Setting Goals! 
 

Your Ticket to Success!

You know that old saying — if you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there. That’s what happens if you don’t take the time to figure out what your goals are and WRITE them down. There’s power in writing things down.
Figuring out your goals is probably one of the most important and one of the most overlooked steps for creative professionals starting their business.

Second best is getting your goals down on paper. Here are some things to include.
Your personal mission statement. What do you want to accomplish in your life? Not just as a creative professional, or artist, but as a person. Knowing your mission will make organizing your time much easier.
Your creative or artistic goals — both long-term and short-term. What do you want to accomplish in three months? Six months? This year? Five years from now?
Your financial goals — both long-term and short-term. Don’t forget to write down how much money you want to make.
Your plans for your business — both long-term and short-term. Break it down the same as your creative or artistic goals — three months, six months, one year and five years. Include a marketing plan as well. It doesn't have to be elaborate, just figure out who your target market is, where your target market is (i.e., local, regional, specific cities or national), and how you’re going to reach your target market.
Action steps for each goal, including the marketing plan. Break each goal into manageable steps, number each step and add a completion date. Make a separate copy of this and put it where you can incorporate these action steps into your daily activities.
Don’t rush this process. In fact, you should make it a treat for yourself. Go on a retreat. Try and get away for at least a day if at all possible (a couple of days would be better yet). Go somewhere where you won’t be interrupted (and that includes the cell phone). Allow yourself some quiet time to really think. If it helps, do some meditating or journaling during this time.
Don’t worry about it being perfect either. This is a working document. Ideally you should review it every six months or a year and see where you are and what’s changed.
Now, when I first started my business five years ago, I hadn't planned anything or written anything down.
This was a mistake.
Sure I had some vague notions in my head of where I wanted my business and my writing to go, but by not committing anything to paper, I didn’t end up there. My first three years of my business I was busy and making money, but I wasn’t getting anywhere near the vague notions dancing around in my head. Even more amazing, I couldn’t figure out why.
So two years ago, I started a regular practice of writing down my goals and plan (much like the above). I do it twice a year, and you wouldn’t believe the difference. Sure, my plans are far bigger than what I actually accomplish, and I’ve also found myself modifying and changing my action steps (the goals remain pretty constant, but how I attain those goals does change).
Best yet, I’m now seeing results. I’m accomplishing my goals.
Take the time to go through this process. The rewards are worth it.
Creativity Exercise — Goal setting and creativity
If every year you find yourself setting goals and never making ANY strides toward reaching them, perhaps it’s time to ask yourself why. Could it be they aren’t YOUR goals but someone else’s goals for you?
I don’t care what the goal is —  losing weight, starting an online business, writing that novel — there’s a reason it keeps climbing up, then falling off the goal list. And until you figure out WHY that goal is stuck in the never-never land of goal setting, you’ll never actually pull it into reality.
Is it because you don’t know where to start? Or is the project so big you’re afraid to start? Or you’re stuck somewhere in the middle and don’t know what to do next?
Or is it because you really don’t want to do it?
Okay, I’m probably dredging up all sorts of demons now, but truly, those demons need to be exorcised or they’re constantly going to be standing between you and your goal.
What I suggest is to take some quiet time and do a little soul searching. Journaling and meditation are both excellent ways of opening up a dialogue between you and your muse. Your muse is an excellent resource for you. If you ask, it will tell you which goals really matter and really don’t matter to you.
And, if it turns out that goal is something you don’t want to do? Then stop putting it on your goal list. I mean it. Quit making yourself feel like a failure by constantly sticking it on that list.
Whatever you do, don’t make turn this exercise into a license to beat yourself up. Be nice to yourself. You’re doing this to help, not hurt, yourself.

"Making Art Teaches me to Trust Myself"
 
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Monday, May 12, 2014

So Many Molds! May Issue of My Molds Newsletter 2014

News that Inspires Imagination! The Preferred Place for Clay Push Molds. May. 2014 Issue of My Molds Newsletter.
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 So Many Molds! 
 
Molds really do save you so much time! Dozens of highly detailed impressions can be made in minutes. Our simple process allows even novice crafts to create pieces that look like they took hours to make. You will love the results so much, you won't believe your eyes. We have a huge assortment of molds an many categories, so there's something for everyone. Molds are so fun, with an incredible amount of projects that can be created. We offer many one-of-a-kind molds that can't be found anywhere else! We hope you make the most of your molds and see how fun molding can be!
 
 

 Color Report for Fall 2014! 
 

Color that Transcends Time and Place

Whether it was a particular decade or a trip to a special place, designers are fascinated with the beauty of the past and the spirit of the present—recreating it with color, fabric and style this fall season. Design and color were inspired by everything from books, artisan crafts, photography and retro architecture, to exotic landscapes and the children of rock legends. The diverse color palette takes us on an adventure spanning 100 years—a season roused by various vantage points from past and present.
“This is a season of untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "There is a feminine mystique that is reflected throughout the palette, inspired by the increasing need for women everywhere to create an individual imprint."
Sangria, an exotic red that evokes a sense of glamorous adventures and faraway destinations is enhanced by Aurora Red, a more sophisticated shade that adds verve and spark.
The grown-up reds are followed by two extremes of the purple family that intrigue the eye and inspire the imagination. Mauve Mist, a romantic and elegant purple shade, reminds us of the deco era and stimulates a sense of femininity and empowerment, while Radiant Orchid, a captivating and adaptable shade, enchants the complete spectrum. Pair either with Cypress, a majestic and powerful green; indicative of its name, this shade has a towering presence and serves as a stunning perennial.
With its slightly green undertone, Bright Cobalt offers a subtle twist on the traditional cobalt blue, which unifies this season’s blues. Likewise, Royal Blue, which is both evocative and dignified, provides more complexity and excitement than the average navy, while still remaining versatile. Pair Bright Cobalt with Sangria and Cypress, or Royal Blue with Mauve Mist and Aluminum, a futuristic stainless steel shade that serves as a complex neutral.
Similar to Sangria, Cognac’s name alone leads to glamorous illusions. This classy and cultured brown takes a typical autumnal color to a sumptuous realm, making the shade unexpectedly ideal for evening wear. Adding a ray of sunlight and warmth, optimistic Misted Yellow alludes to the promise of spring to come. Both Cognac and Misted Yellow will also be prevalent in prints—a surprisingly popular trend this fall season.
For more than 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important color trends. This report previews the most prominent hues for fall 2014.

"This is a season of untypical colors...
more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity,
which makes for an artful collection of colors and
combinations not bound by the usual hues for Fall."

 Need a Great Idea! 

Feed Your Brain!
A lot of great ideas happen when two or more other ideas collide to form something completely new. Think of this like those old chemistry movies we used to watch in school. You had all of those atoms floating around and when two collided — bam! A chemical reaction. Maybe something new was created. Maybe something exploded. Or maybe it all fizzled out and nothing happened.
Well, a similar reaction is going on inside your brain or muse. Except instead of atoms floating around they’re pieces of information or other ideas. As they drift about, they occasionally bump into each other. When that happens, you may get a new, third idea. Or a big explosion. Or absolutely nothing at all.
Now, if you have lots of atoms, or information and ideas, you’re going to get lots of reactions. Some will fail. Some will be so-so. And some will be hot — so hot, so full of energy, they’ll have the power to change the trajectory of a business. Or even a life. The problem occurs when you don’t have lots of random information and ideas. Fewer atoms mean fewer reactions. On top of that, you still have to weed through the invariable duds. So the odds of landing that one amazing idea drop considerably.
But not to worry — there’s good news. You can increase your odds of getting those great ideas. Better yet, it’s fairly easy and painless. Below are three ways to get started.

1. Read, read and read some more. I know, I know, I can hear the groans already. “But I already have too much to read. How can I fit more reading in?” Never fear, there are ways to do this. (Remember I did say this was painless.)
The key is to keep it wide and shallow. What does that mean? Well, read lots and lots of different things, but keep it general.
Start by subscribing to a couple of different magazines and e-zines. General interest magazines are really good for this — Walt Disney used to read Reader’s Digest. Scatter them around the house — by the bed, the couch, even the bathroom. I’d put a few in your car as well for those times when you have to wait for an appointment.
When you have a few moments, flip through them. Skim a few paragraphs. See what catches your eye.
You can also buy or rent audio books and CDs and listen while you exercise, drive, do the dishes, etc.
Whatever you do, DON’T read publications related to your industry. That’s for another time. This is brain-feeding time, not keeping up in your profession time.

2. Travel the world. Traveling has so many fabulous benefits for your creative soul I could write an article just about that, but for now I’ll limit my comments to brain food.
When you travel, you open yourself up to lots of new and exciting experiences. New sights, new sounds, new smells, new tastes, new textures. And they all have the ability to form a reaction with something else.
Don’t have time to hop on a plane to India? Take a day trip to a town you’ve never visited. Or, if you can only spare a few hours, seek out a park you’ve never been to or a museum you’ve been meaning to see or even that new cute little shop that just opened. You can always find somewhere new to visit no matter how long you’ve lived in the same city. And if you’re truly desperate, try walking around your neighborhood on the opposite side of the street in the opposite direction you normally walk. (It can help jolt you out of rut.)

3. Open yourself up to new things. Of all of these, this one is probably the scariest. But, it also has the potential to be the most powerful.
Take the time to try new things. Meet people outside your normal circle of friends. Attend associations, nonprofits, hobby groups outside of the ones you usually go to. Listen to speakers on topics you know nothing about. Take a class at a community college about something outside your scope of knowledge. Or even have dinner at an ethnic restaurant you’ve never tried.
Now I’m not just talking about “typical” creative things, like taking an art class or learning to belly dance. If you’re a creative professional, take a class on doing your own taxes or budgeting your finances or repairing your car. (Oooh, I bet all you creative folk felt a chill when I mentioned that.) The point is to really stretch yourself past your comfort zone. Make yourself uncomfortable. It’s not only a great way to grow, but it’s a fabulous way to keep your muse fat and happy. And that helps keep the ideas flowing.

Creativity Exercises

Over the next month, I want you do to at least one tactic from each of the above three techniques.

1. Read something you know nothing about. Even if you only spend five minutes skimming an article about quilting when the last time you tried to sew a button on a shirt you stabbed yourself with the needle and got blood all over the material.
2. Travel somewhere you’ve never been before. Even if it’s an antique shop and the most antique piece of furniture in your house is a bookshelf your parents bought from Sears when you were a little kid.
3. Stretch yourself in a different and potentially scary way. Even if it’s attending one of those Home Depot gardening workshops despite every plant you’ve tried to grow didn’t and if your thumb was any blacker it would fall off.
 

"Feed Your Brain"
 
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