Feb 28, 2009

How do we manifest creativity?

First of all, what is creativity? There are many definitions. Creativity is learning; creativity is unlearning as well. Creativity is an inspired action-manifestation, flavored with newness, exhilaration and passion.

Creativity is the act of turning your imaginative ideas into reality and involves three processes: thinking, inspired action and producing or manifesting. Your intention comes first before action in the creative process. Inner action first, then outer action. If you have ideas, but don't act on them, you are imaginative but not creative.

Whole-brain thinking
Creativity requires whole-brain thinking: right-brain imagination, artistry and intuition,
plus left-brain logic and planning. Creativity is the process of bringing into being something new that did not exist before, that was previously hidden to our awareness, either as a thought, a process or a product. To have a creative experience, you will want to heighten your consciousness.

We are all creative at every moment because we are constantly changing our perceptions that we have about the world around us. Creativity does not have to be about developing something absolutely new for the world. It has more to do with developing something new to our perceptions. When we change ourselves in any way, the world changes with us. We are changed by our responses to our new perception-experiences and the world is changed by our changed actions.

Raising your consciousness
You are constantly creating. Keep the intention to always create something positive and of a higher consciousness. When you slip and have a thought that is not quite as positive as you would like, you can ask yourself a question. Can I find a thought right now that feels a little better than the thought I have been thinking? (ref. Hicks)” You would ask the same question for a feeling that you want to make more positive. Can I find a feeling right now that feels a little better than the feeling I have been feeling?” Find a thought or a feeling that creates a feeling of relief. Once you answer your question with inner action, this will bring you up a vibrational notch. This is personal creativity at its best.

The soul’s creativity
Regardless of what you are attempting to create, you can always ask: How can I make this more perfect?” Your soul is infinitely creative. It expresses its creativity in everything that it does. As you open to the creative power of your soul, you are allowing a new consciousness to emerge from within you. Observe your creativity as it blossoms with new ideas, insights, and other treasures that will come to you as you continue to access the creative power of your soul.

Energize your intentions to manifest your creativity by writing about new feelings, experiences, or insights. Explore how to express new and creative ways to inspire others, to live a more enriched life and to love and nurture yourself as well as others.
As you explore your creativity, let it express your intuition, your capacity to bring beauty into your life at every level and to enhance your relationships with all. Open up to your soul's creative expressions through movement, sound, language and all that utilizes your five senses and beyond.
Release all limitations, letting go of ways that your personality-self has limited your real self your soul. Open to your soul’s unlimited capacity, allowing your soul to reveal to you many new and wondrous experiences as you now regularly manifest your creativity.

Author: Rijuta Tooker

Feb 25, 2009

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How to antique your sterling silver with an egg!

Boil an egg; chop it up and place it in a baggie with your silver for a few hours or until the silver has darkened to your liking. The sulphur in the egg yolk causes the reaction.
It will turn yellow and purple bluish, then greyish blackish. Wash off the silver with water and soap, then rinse.
Your jewellery or wire has turned black! This is a good thing. Just shine it up with some steel wool and/ or a polishing cloth. This technique is not very cost-effective.

Balling wire with a torch

The thinner the wire, the quicker it will ball up. Short pieces of wire take longer to ball up or won't ball up at all. You don’t want your pliers too close to the flame. The closer your pliers get to the flame, the more likely it will be that your pliers will absorb all the heat of the flame before the wire gets hot enough to melt into a ball.

Opening and closing loops and jump rings

Always use a twisting motion with your hand holding the pliers (like twisting a doorknob) to open links, loops, and jump rings. Don’t pull the loop out or you’ll never be able to twist it back into shape.

Feb 24, 2009

Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Items Online

First and foremost choose the right venue. There are numerous sites on the Internet, some of which charge a fee for listing and/or transacting goods and/or services. A free venue is just as good as any; why pay to sell online when you can get the same services elsewhere for free?

Save yourself time down the road by choosing a site that allows you to re-post the ad instead of starting completely over when the if/time comes. Some sites require you to start over from scratch after a certain length of time depending on each site’s individual policy. This can be very tedious and time-consuming, especially if you have had several different ads up at the same time that have all expired relatively close to one another.

Make sure the site is safe. The Federal Trade Commission, Identity Guard and ID Theft Center are just a few sites where you can better understand how to conduct business online safely.

Do your homework ahead of time by researching the competition before listing online. Compare the item you are selling to other items in similar condition. Do this by scanning online classified sites and searching for a similar item you want to sell. Determine a fair price somewhere mid-range of what other sellers are asking to ensure a successful sell.

Post a picture. If the item warrants it and you have the resources, by all means attach a photograph to give credibility to a product’s value. Make sure to photograph from all sides. Most importantly, what you write about in your ad will make all the difference in the world. Make sure you know your audience and write to that audience. Take a look at the difference parts of an online ad and what you should include in each.

The headline

Be creative. Your headline determines whether or not potential buyers will even open your ad and read it. Steer clear of overhyped messaging including typing in all caps, using too many exclamation marks, question marks and other symbols. Do not assume that people understand abbreviations. Spell them out whenever possible in headlines.

The body

In the body, answer the questions people will have about your product. Do not waste other peoples’ time with unanswered questions. It could cost you the sell. It also looks like you are hiding something if you don’t come forward with the information from the beginning.

When describing your item, make sure you write about its benefits and not just the features. This is key! Writing about benefits means that you are answering the question, “What will this item do for me?” For example, don’t just tell potential buyers that your camera comes with three lenses; tell them that the three lenses enable the user to shoot from close by, mid-distance and far away making photography possibilities incredibly versatile.

When it comes to price, there are two ways you can approach it. After doing research on competitors’ products you can choose to be firm or negotiate your final price. Either way you choose, be sure to state so in your ad. If you are open to negotiating, be ready to play the game. Half of the thrill for some people is the fact that they can haggle the seller down a bit.

If after a period of time your item does not sell you should re-evaluate the situation. Look at the competition’s prices and see if the market value has changed. If so, you may have to adjust your price. If you are offering your product at a fair and comparable price, it could be that the demand simply isn’t there. Pulling your ad and trying again later when the market demands might do you well.

Be available. Whenever you post an ad, be aware that potential buyers might contact you with questions about your ad. You will need to be available to answer those questions. You will likely receive email inquiries and the faster you can respond, the better. So, don’t schedule that trip the day you put an ad online unless you don’t care about selling the item.

By: ''Candy Osborne''

Flea Markets, Festivals and Craft Shows

The differences between the types of events you choose to market your products can mean the difference in success and failure. But just because a promoter's ad says that the event is packed with buying customers does not mean the show will be worthwhile. Below you will find guidelines to help you determine which types of events are best suited for selling your crafts.

Flea Markets
Many creators of handmade arts and crafts will do well to stay away from flea markets. These events allow a very wide range of exhibits, ranging from imported mass-produced products to yard sale items. However, if you have a product that is priced in the lower-end for its category, you may do well at some flea markets. Keep in mind that the majority of handmade products cannot be sold at a price that will be attractive to the average flea market shopper.

A festival has the type of atmosphere that makes many crafters cringe! Arts and crafts are not usually the "main event" at a festival. When people are walking around in the sunlight munching on a corn dog, watching parades and live music, they do not think about buying quality handmade merchandise. That same shopper might very well be a great customer at another event. Though many feature crafts, festivals are not where big profits are made.

Craft Shows
Now we come to the catchall of events, the craft show. A typical craft show should consist of handmade products alone. No mass produced items should be sold at a craft show. Some event management will weed out vendors by using a "jury process" in order to ensure that only certain guidelines are met.

But too many events bill themselves as "craft shows" and "craft fairs" where the promoter will actually allow anything from bake-sale items to mass-produced imports. In other words anyone with the booth fee may exhibit. And booth fees at shows can range in price from $5 to thousands. Higher fees do not definitely mean higher profits, so be cautious when choosing which events you will attend!

From: ''About.com''