2013 in review

The wonderful WordPress helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for my blog. Want to take a look see?

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

… Readers from 73 different countries – not bad. But my new years resolution (like most bloggers) will be to
Create more. Write more. Share more.

A big THANK YOU to all my readers and shoppers. Without you there would only be me … In a tiny room … overflowing with funny tees, silly dolls and mountains of scrap fabrics.

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Thanks to my fans, old and new

Why couldn’t yesterday have been like today… Sun, no wind … 11 degrees!? Sigh. All in all I would like the say THANK YOU to all the urock fans who stoped by the booth at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival yesterday. It really made my day!! Note to other artists reading the blog… Putting up curtain walls to hold off the frigid breeze is not the best idea I’ve had. Yes we stayed warm, but it created theses massive sails that either lifted and pushed our tent closer and closer to the little cafe across the street, or billowed so big it knocked everything over. I liked the look of my mismatched curtains, but the plan needs to be reworked a little… I saw this one artist who tied lattice work to create “walls, and secured to the ground by cinder blocks. Then I can secure my curtains to the lattice!!

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Yep. That’s the plan! Including those pvc concrete filled tubes to weigh the baby down. Again…. Thank you to all my fans, both old and new.

changing the world

DSCN0207, originally uploaded by UROCK recycled clothing + life.

as busy as this past weekend was — two shows back to back — it was amazing and wonderful, and so much fun.

i spent it with great company, but also had the time to talk to the shoppers around my booth, especially a teacher who wanted to let me know my recycled confidence boosting creations inspired a self awareness lesson in her class — but i was on the verge of tears because my emotions can’t handle good news and i didnt have the chance to ask her anything more. i just stood there nodding — trying not to cry like a baby.

this business was started with the goal of inspiring teens to live their dreams, to tell each and every one of them that they ARE talented enough, and smart enough to do anything they want to do. reach high and one day it will be within your grasp. so this, of course, showed me i am exactly where i wanted to be and i too have to keep reaching higher.

but there’s more…
i keep joking with my daughter that i’m going to become friends with Selena Gomez and hold a benefit concert for teens only, with all the “it’s good to be me” disney popstars like Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus… with a dress up party before the show with funky hair + makeup artists, and a room full of only party clothes (for both boys and girls) …

or bringing stories of triumph through the hard times into schools, talking about how (friends of mine) struggled through neglect and abuse to make something strong and wonderful of themselves. there is hope no matter where you begin.

and if all goes well — run the same events for adults. we all need to be reminded sometimes how awesome we really are. ahhh here come the sappy tear drops again. if im going to do this im going to need to control the waterworks lol.

i accept that my dreams will take time (and a little bit of money too). first step — make U ROCK famous so when i approach Selena to say “hey wanna be friends” she already knows who i am … yeah. first step.

time for a spring/summer photoshoot

calling all friends with kids between 3-12 years …

i want to take some fun SPRING + SUMMER photoshoot!!

i will be doing the makeup, hair and dressing as well as the photography (unless my awesome friend offers her services in exchange for a funky summer wardrobe… hint hint candice) i am also opening this up to other kiddie clothing or accessory artists looking for some great etsy photos (lynn this includes you) so this could be your little tots awesome first step into creative modelling….. i know my angel is addicted now.

email me if your interested so i can find a time that everyone is available — hoping to have before end of MAY, before my super busy show season starts

i need a number to work with..

with my second biggest show of the year coming up (bloomin earth) i am once again stuck with theĀ  question “just how many do i make?” despite what my scatterbrain excitable personality might tell you about me, i am analytical freak — i need a clear concise solution, with detailed steps and a predictable outcome. selling handmade crafts is never predictable.

but i may have come up with a fun way to satisfy my need…

select as many as you want, as many times as you want.

but please … be honest.

 

some photos to help you decide