May 21, 2015

☀ New & Improved! ☀ - May Issue of My Molds! 2015

News that Inspires Imagination! The Preferred Place for Clay Push Molds. Issue of My Molds Newsletter.
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 Never Forgotten... 
 

With Memorial Day soon approaching, many are drawn to flags and everything patriotic to remember our fallen heroes. Ribbons to Support our Troops are often displayed, but there are many other ways memorialize this special day.

Here's just a few samples we have, that you might be interested in. All of these molds can be found on our Patriotic page here...


 New Albums! 

Just in case you haven't been to our website lately, we are happy to announce that our Gallery Page has been completely updated!

This fun new layout includes an album just for our customers creations! So send us photos of your molding creations and we may share them in our online album! (See the album highlighted in red below)

We think you will find our New Gallery much faster, more organized and way too much fun!

Be Inspired!!!

Click HERE to find the link to submit your photos!
 

 What Color is Fall? 

Fall 2015: An Evolving Color Landscape

This season displays an umbrellas of accord that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural.
 





 

 
 Creativity Predicts a Longer Life  
 
The trait of openness improves health through creativity.
 



 

Researchers have long been studying the connection between health and the five major personality traits: agreeableness, extraversion, neuroticism, openness and conscientiousness. A large body of research links neuroticism with poorer health and conscientiousness with superior health. Now openness, which measures cognitive flexibility and the willingness to entertain novel ideas, has emerged as a lifelong protective factor. The linchpin seems to be the creativity associated with the personality trait—creative thinking reduces stress and keeps the brain healthy.

A study published in the June issue of the Journal of Aging and Health found that higher openness predicted longer life, and other studies this year have linked that trait with lower metabolic risk, higher self-rated health and more appropriate stress response.

The June study sought to determine whether specific aspects of openness better predicted survival rates than overall openness, using data on more than 1,000 older men collected between 1990 and 2008. The researchers found that only creativity—not intelligence or overall openness—decreased mortality risk. One possible reason creativity is protective of health is because it draws on a variety of neural networks within the brain, says study author Nicholas Turiano, now at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Individuals high in creativity maintain the integrity of their neural networks even into old age,” Turiano says—a notion supported by a January study from Yale University that correlated openness with the robustness of study subjects' white matter, which supports connections between neurons in different parts of the brain.

Because the brain is the command center for all bodily functions, exercising it helps all systems to continue running smoothly. “Keeping the brain healthy may be one of the most important aspects of aging successfully—a fact shown by creative persons living longer in our study,” Turiano says.

He also cites creative people's ability to handle stress—they tend not to get as easily flustered when faced with an emotional or physical hurdle. Stress is known to harm overall health, including cardiovascular, immune and cognitive systems. “Creative people may see stressors more as challenges that they can work to overcome rather than as stressful obstacles they can't overcome,” Turiano says. Although studies thus far have looked at those who are naturally open-minded, the results suggest that practicing creative-thinking techniques could improve anyone's health by lowering stress and exercising the brain.


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April 8, 2015

Creative Time Management! - April Issue of My Molds! 2015

News that Inspires Imagination! The Preferred Place for Clay Push Molds. Issue of My Molds Newsletter.
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 Crafting for a Cause... 
 

With Memorial Day soon approaching, many are drawn to Tribute Ribbons to show awareness for their cause of choice. Many of you know that a yellow ribbons is a tribute to Support our Troops, but there are many more colors to think about when Crafting for a Cause.

Our Tribute Ribbon Mold #875 is perfect to support awareness for many reasons, so it's our featured mold of the month. And since it's a mold, you can create your casting in any color you wish.


Find this mold here.






 Reminder! 

Lately we have seen more interest in paying for your order by mail. If this interests you, we want to make sure you are aware that we do offer payment by mail when you place your order. Just look for this option when you place your order. Also, it does take a little extra time in the mail and clearing your check, but this is a nice alternative for those of you who are nervous about placing orders online. 
 

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 Creative Time Management! 


"How do I find time to create?”

Consider these questions:
  • What is it that I really love to do? What part of my project or business doesn't feel like “work”
  • What are the tasks and projects I need to work on in order to grow my business that I put off or avoid?
  • Outside of my handmade business, what are the biggest distractions and drains on my time? Are there things that I do just because I think I “should?”
  • What are the obligations that I cannot change?
Managing time is essentially managing your priorities. To achieve effective time management you must think about what you actually need to do and be realistic about how long those tasks will take. Here are a few ideas to help you refresh your calendar and make more time for your business and for the things that you love.

Know the time of the day you work best: Save this time for your most focused, creative tasks. For me, this time is early morning. That is when I focus on writing and planning. During this time I don’t check my email (unless I need to write a really important one). I also don’t go on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Block out time on your calendar for specific tasks: This will hold you accountable and help you avoid procrastinating as well as assist you in taking the projects you need to work on seriously.

Prioritize and learn how to say “No.” Think of time like a budget. If you have limited time, how do want to spend it so you get the most value for your business in return? For example, in New York it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by social obligations. Someone is always playing a show, having an art opening or birthday. These are All great things, but these can eat into my time budget (and my wallet)! I've learned to identify the events that are the most important for me and I’m the most excited about attending and politely decline the others.  I've also learned to prioritize tasks around the house because I found that I was using housework to procrastinate on my creative work. Now I ask myself questions like, “Do I really need to be doing the dishes instead of working on a new writing project?” and readjust accordingly.

Set boundaries. Are there people who are always interrupting you? Even the people you love, like your partner, kids, or best friend, can distract you from your business. Explain to them when you've set aside time to work on your project and when you are available to them. That way you can feel comfortable that you are getting the time you need for your project without neglecting important people in your life.

Negotiate: what tasks can be flexible? If you have a day job, explore working  flextime or rearranging your hours to better suit your project or business. If you have a business or life partner are there some tasks or obligations that you can share thereby open up more time to be creative? Remember, your time is yours and it's up to you to make the most of it.

Get off Facebook and turn off the TV. Identify time wasters that are not serving you and eliminate them or limit yourself to a certain amount of time per day.

Be kind to yourself. Remember, you are a busy, complex person and life and creativity is, by nature, unpredictable.  If you hit a roadblock, get tired, or need to shift your priorities, you must accept that your project may take longer than you expected. Recognize and celebrate what you have accomplished and readjust your schedule accordingly.

Time management for creative people is highly personal. Everyone works differently and priorities for your business and your life will shift and change. It may take some time to re-imagine your schedule to find the perfect balance, but when you do, you will be confident that you are spending the time you need to move your business forward. Time well spent is an investment in your business and yourself.
 



 
 

 
 Creative Time Management!  


 


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