Volunteer for Satisfaction! – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

TEAM UNITY AND COOPERATIONThis month as I was casting around for something to share with you, my mind kept returning to how amazing it is to volunteer. I started volunteering in different groups about 10 years ago on a regular basis and in a larger way. It's become quite addictive, and here's why:

 

  • When you volunteer you choose it because it's something you're genuinely interested in, so you will enjoy it.
  • Expressing your interest through commitment to a group makes you carve out consistent time to be spent on what you're passionate about.
  • When you give your time, effort and talents to a cause you gain appreciation from those involved.
  • The appreciation you receive creates a circle of positive energy-you give, they receive, they give, you receive...
  • Working with others who also volunteer is a supportive and generous learning environment for gaining new skills.
  • You can share your skills with others and enjoy seeing them learn as well.
  • The commitment of time builds amazing results for the cause you care about.
  • Observing what you've helped to build gives you confidence and pride in achievement.
  • Working toward a common goal builds rich relationships. You suddenly realize you have made great friends.
  • When you give your time to build something in your community, you find a community builds around you of which you're happy to be a member.

Volunteer for something today!

I loved volunteering for the EPFG for several years and also serving in this job as Newsletter Editor. This is my last article as editor. It has been my pleasure!

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

Be the You-iest You – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

 

I read an article about the top 5 regrets spoken by people at the end of life. The phrase this hospice nurse heard most was, "I wish I would've been more true to myself instead of worrying so much about what others would think."

The context of this regret was what they had NOT done. It's often said people regret very little of what they do, it's what they didn't do that haunts them.

What are you passionate about? Is there something you've put aside to be dutiful or because others might think it's silly? I challenge you to take the leap. Choose one thing you've always wanted to do and carve out a little time to do it. It can be an hour a week, or maybe an hour a day.

Find time to be quintessentially you. You might change the world for the better. And I'm sure you'll change your world for the better.

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

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Don’t Just Do Something… – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

This month I came across a saying at the top of the blog WISCONZEN.wordpress.com that made me take pause...

Don't just do something...Sit there.

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A good reminder to take our time. So much can happen in moments of stillness. Even short ones. Enjoy!

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

Resolution to Chill – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

New Year's Resolutions can tempt us to take on the world only to be crushed under its weight. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge believer in goal-setting. Reaching for goals enriches my life every day. But it's also important to know when enough is enough.resolutions_I131206191028

This past year was one of great and exciting challenges. I published a book and started a new company with 9 other authors to promote and sell our works together. Then I became a co-ML for our region's National Novel Writing Month and helped host over 30 events in 30 days. At the same time, I wrote my own new novel of 50,000 words that month. I found my ENOUGH!

While all the goals were accomplished, I began to lose some of the things that were an important part of choosing to set them in the first place.

Many of you are business owners or artists who carry an outside job as well as create your own works. You are highly motivated people with grand goals and dreams. As you contemplate Resolutions for the upcoming year, consider the inner rewards behind them and make sure you're making way for those values as well as some outward achievements.

In your goal-setting, be kind to yourself, and if necessary create a Resolution to Chill.

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

Take Care – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

I'm going to give you some well-learned advice that will probably sound like your mom or your granny talking. But you know what? Their shouts of 'Don't forget your sweater' saved you many a miserable cold. So listen up! Sometimes we all need a little reminder.royalty-free-granny-clipart-illustration-215342

During the Holiday Season Rush:

  • * Make sure to eat a good meal at work, no matter how busy you are.
  • * Keep water by your elbow and tip it back often all day.
  • * Take a break at least once an hour and stretch and breathe.
  • * Admire your own handiwork and appreciate the artwork you're sending out.
  • * Take full pleasure in the emotion your clients feel about those special gifts you're helping them create. Share with them.
  • * Put your feet up every chance you get.
  • * Clean and organize your work area at least once a day, especially if you're too ¬†tired. Avoid accidents.
  • * Remember it's the holidays and find every possible moment of good cheer!

A special holiday wish of happiness and love to you from me!  -Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

Mind-mapping Your Business – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

While approaching NaNoWriMo, I learned a new technique as a writer and saw an immediate application to improve the process of Business Planning for those of us who are more visual or artistic in nature.

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An outline is important to the success of a story, and a Business Plan is important to your success story as a Picture Framing Shop or Gallery owner. The traditional approach can put us off from the process of planning, leading to haphazard decisions, plot lines that go nowhere...Our business will wander without direction to oblivion.

But here's a technique that's fun and brings the plan forward in an intuitive manner. Mind-mapping! Use colored pencils or markers and choose a color to represent your center. Write the first word that occurs to you. This can be your endpoint, or where you are now. Begin adding colors, words, images if you'd like, that build out from this center in all directions. Some may circle back and most will interconnect to other ideas you've represented.

The point is to be free and express whatever associations you find as you represent your path to success. You may be surprised what shows up on this map from your mind and how many great points you'll find to work on with a purpose.

Enjoy the process of creating and discovering all those goals and ideas for getting where you want to go, and enjoy following your map to a stronger business and more directed workdays.

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

You Don’t Know Everything – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

Did this article title make you feel defensive? Even just a little? Whether we're well experienced or new to our craft, it can be hard to take criticism. I often recall a scenario from my early days as a framing gallery owner in downtown Seattle. My clientele was well-educated and art savvy. They kept me on my toes.

I also had world-class competition with a framing shop known for its museum level expertise nearby. My edge was pricing, and I fancied myself enough of an expert after seven years in framing to hold up in all but the most complex jobs.

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I was challenged with an original 3-D paper piece with images that came very close to the edge of the background paper. I framed it with a foam board lift under the mat and apologized to my client that the paper was buckled because I couldn't hold it down with the foam since it needed to be recessed to not show.

She came back two weeks later and showed me the, now obvious, solution she received from my competitor--to bring the foam all the way in to the window edge and line it with the same mat board just below the bevel.

Here's the key point. I was defensive and ungracious to my client that returned. She was excited and went out of her way to share the great solution so I'd know what to do next time for this trendy artist's work. She told me she'd still come to me first and trusted my skill, and she understood I just hadn't encountered that situation yet. And while I heard her, my pride was stung, and I had it written all over my face. What was an excellent learning experience and a noble sharing by my client became awkward and perhaps hurt the relationship.

That moment has stayed with me--one of tiny regret that always gnawed at me. I hold it as a reminder that when I'm confronted with I Don't Know Everything, I'm in a moment of the spectacular chance to grow.

Here's a belated Thank You! to that generous client, and a nudge for you to embrace those I Don't Know This Yet moments.

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

Anybody Home? – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

 

There are many folks who've started business Facebook pages or blogs and Doorspent money on a website saying how little traffic they have. They wonder if it's worthwhile. Then there are those few who look at them cross-eyed and say, 'Of course it's worth it. I have tons of people interacting on my pages. I just had a guy come into the shop who...'

So why are some of us finding cold empty pages and others welcoming friends and clients into theirs daily? Perhaps the key word is Welcoming. Would you return to a door  you knocked on several times with no answer? Would you try one more time if you saw a vase of fresh flowers and a well-kept porch?

It's great to start your Home page, but you need to make sure someone's Home. Take a few minutes today and sweep the porch, put out a welcome mat tomorrow. By the end of the week, add a vase of fresh flowers, and don't forget to pick some new ones to replace them every few days. Answer the door when guests come knocking. You'll have that buzzing Home page in no time. Oh, and don't forget to tell them your address!

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

Finish it! – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

Feeling stretched? Too much to do or lacking inspiration? Choose one of your big goals--you know, that one you keep wishing for and thinking you should be working on--and finish it. Set aside your excuses. Work extra hours. Burn the candle at both ends and get it done.

Like magic, the energy produced on the high satisfaction of accomplishment will have you bursting with creativity and productivity. You might just finish ten more things....or start a whole new company like I just did.Starburst

After way too long, I finally published that novel that I just couldn't seem to say 'done' to. When I pushed the final button to release it, I thought I would drop dead with exhaustion. Instead, I found myself in a whirlwind of new creation, logos and branding, giving my energy to help other authors sell their work, and looking to future possibilities in a way I haven't looked up in years.

Do it for yourself and feel energized!

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

The World on the Head of a Pin – Editor’s Scraps

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

Since you're reading this on a blog, you may be internet savvy and try all the latest trends. But there's one I'll encourage you not to miss, or to look at it in a different way.

Pinterest is a fountain of inspiration. It took me all of a minute to sign up and gain easy access to more images than this collage artist could have dreamed of. Whether you stop in for Design ideas, A much needed Laugh, For a momentary Get-Away or Ideas for Picture Framing, it is well worth the visit.

When you sign in, images are presented to you by interests you choose. There's an efficient search by keyword. When you pin something it tells you another place it's pinned, and you can go there for more related images. It's fast and easy to see fabulous things.

The world can indeed fit on the head of a pin! For momentary eye candy when you need a break or to create project bulletin boards for serious design inspiration...Give yourself a whirlwind of artwork directed by you!

Here are some samples of fun things I've Pinned:      Enjoy!              -Sheri J. Kennedy

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A GOOD LAUGH & CREATIVE IDEA

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A BREATHTAKING TRIP TO CHINA IN AN INSTANT

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A FUN AND INSPIRING FRAMING PROJECT

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Blog is Not a Dirty Word

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There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. In the same way small bits of knowledge I have gleaned from being a past framer/shop owner and by being part of the EPFG or small facts I come upon are often valuable to share. Here's something I've learned:

Blogs are not scary or strange. They are like Facebook pages with more capability for sharing information. They're like websites that are accessible for comments and much more dynamic and fun.

I have been blogging as a writer and artist for over a year. What does that have to do with your framing business? I have over 100 followers and, more importantly, I've met and talked with many people who are interested in what I do and what I'm interested in. We share ideas. Learn from each other. Encourage each other.

I have also been publishing on this blog for about a year. That's right. You're reading a blog right now. Not so bad, huh? But there hasn't been much interaction here. It's a great resource that you're missing.

I'm encouraging you not to be scared to sign up and sign in. You won't be spammed.  You will get replies to your comments. You will probably learn stuff, be encouraged, and even have fun!

Sign up, Sign in and Join the Conversation!

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor