An Introduction

Ladies & Gentlemen I would like to introduce to you the designer behind The Luna Tree logo’s and graphics you see here and on my Etsy shop. Allie Bandy. I met Allie through the Indie Business class that I was participating in on line. She was also a student, who turns out is a great graphic designer as well. Without ever having met in person, she managed to capture the whimsical idea I was looking to convey in the logo and buttons for The Luna Tree. I sent her a couple of pictures  as jumping off points and she ran with it from there. We collaborated through email over the course of a few weeks and in the end came up with what I think is a fantastic design.

She is just getting started with her business, so please if you are in need of a graphic designer, definitely check her out.

You can visit her blog at or view her portfolio site If you would like to contact her, email Allie Bandy at “” or follow her on twitter @abandy.

Thank you again Allie. You did an outstanding job.



Small Spaces

I’m learning to work in small spaces.

If you know me in real life, you know that I’m tall. 5 feet 12 inches as a friend used to tell me. 🙂 So I don’t do well when it comes to working in small spaces or having to handle small things (like tying itty bitty bows). I’m not claustrophobic, I just need room to stretch out and be able to put my long legs somewhere. So having moved from a house with 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, and a 2 car garage to a 3 bedroom, 1 car garage apartment has been, let’s say a challenge. So when it comes to working on my projects, if it takes up more room than my lap, I don’t have the room to spread out like I used to.

So I’ve learned to adjust and work in small spaces now. A chair in the corner of the living room has become my writers corner. The right end of the couch has become my knitting nook, and a 1/3 of what would normally be a bedroom has become my craft area. This room also serves as Dean’s office and Amy’s art room. So you can see we all are working in small spaces.

But what I’ve found is that it’s not the physical space that limits my creativity. It’s that space in between my ears that I allow to place limits on what I think I can accomplish. And while that may be a small physical space, it is vastly larger than I usually give myself credit.

How about you? Where do you find you work the best? Wide open spaces or do you have a small nook somewhere that you find your creativity can run rampant?

* One of the few times I’ve actually had enough leg room on a flight. First class from ATL to LAX.

Creative Kickstarters

We’ve all had them, the creative slumps, blocks, emptiness. Whatever you call it, if you call yourself a creative, you know exactly what it is I’m talking about.

I have recently had a bout with the creative block, where absolutely everything I would do just wasn’t turning out as I had it in my minds eye. So I decided to try something different this time. Instead of relying on all the old stand by ideas to get myself out of my rut, I did something new. I went back to something old.

I decided to pick up a project that had been relegated to the back of the closet, probably put there in another one of my creative slumps, and finish it. Not just work on it a little bit, but really finish it. And if you’re anything like me, you know you have a stack of those unfinished projects somewhere too. They may be sitting in your drafts folder, or in a basket near your sewing machine, or on that music stand. Whatever the project is, it’s somewhere not far from where you are now. Okay, maybe you threw one or two out, but I bet if you look around, there are more, there always are.

While I was working on said “old” project, I suddenly realized that the creative juices were indeed flowing again. Not only did I finish the project I picked up, but I had ideas for 4 new blog posts (5 if you include this one), an epiphany on how to embellish another item that I was working on, and finally a name for a character in a story I’ve been trying to write for… well let’s just say for a while now.

The fresh eye that I brought to the old project also brought a new perspective on what was bogging me down before. So even if you have one or twenty one unfinished projects, don’t beat yourself over the head because nothing is done and you feel your creativity has slipped away. Take a step back. Do something you haven’t done in a while and finish just one thing. And make it a doable something. Don’t expect to finish painting your all time masterpiece. Just pick up one of the smaller items, and get it done. You’ll be amazed at what that will do to boost your creativity again, not to mention make room for something else to be worked on too.

So I ask, what do you do to kickstart your creative juices again when they’ve run dry? Share your ideas in the comments.