15 December 2017

Life of Art SitRep #409 More Shower Curtains

For the first time in almost 2 months, I shot 81 photographs & 6 videos. Culled 34 photos. I have been distracted lately.

Created some more Shower Curtains:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Sherpa Blankets at Rocklawn Arts!

Did some work on my photography archive and some other behind-the-scenes store maintenance.

How was your week?

10 years ago on TTaT: 46

13 December 2017

Winter Walk

Yesterday, I went for a walk in the snow while it was snowing.

Peaceful, quiet.

Also wet as the snowflakes accumulated and melted on my jacket, fortunately waterproof.

12 years ago on TTaT: The truth I can't deny

10 December 2017

How to Sit

How to Sit (Mindfulness Essentials, #1)48. How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A slim pocket sized volume about the basics of meditation. I thoroughly enjoy Thich Nhat Hanh's straightforward writing style.

I found reading it to be meditative and calming as well.

10 years ago on TTaT: A bit of business from last year... (Aptly a list of books I read.)

03 December 2017

The Artist's Way

The Artist's Way47. The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Though Cameron makes a point of saying you don't have to believe in God to benefit from the book (true), I suspect you'll get more out of it if you do believe in a higher power of some sort. You'll have more buy in for some of the affirmation language and exercises strewn throughout.

I checked it out from the library and was trying to plow through it in 6 weeks. I don't recommend this. I got up to week 9 of the book but then needed a break from it for a good while before checking it out again and finishing it.

If you suffer from low grade depression, there are a lot of questions in the book that will highlight it. Actually I recommend the book to mental health providers as many of Cameron's questions are better screeners for depression than the typical ones they always show on prescription drug ads.

This is definitely a what you put into it is what you'll get out of it sort of book. I have been good about writing in the morning (though not 3 pages worth) but I am not that great about doing the artist dates. I'm working on it which is apt/ironic since my mindset is more workaholic than I'd realized.

10 years ago on TTaT: Here's what's in it for you

01 December 2017

Life of Art SitRep #407 Cyber Week

Hmm, not too much to report this week. Mostly I've been promoting my designs and Cyber Week sales @RocklawnArts on Twitter.

Rocklawn Arts blogged Cool New OtterBox iPhone X Cases at Rocklawn Arts! and Cool New Speck Presidio iPhone 8 Plus Cases at Rocklawn Arts!

Also started a bit of research which will hopefully set me on the most useful track.

Created a Feminist ornament:

How was your week?

12 years ago on TTaT: This is a job for energy-conserving Claire!

25 November 2017

The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life

The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life46. The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life by Meir H. Kryger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It contains a lot of good information, but the presentation bummed me out*, so my rating averages out to a three.

I'd recommend reading it out of order. Use the contents and index to find what matters to you and then skip to chapters 18-20 for some helpful info.

*In which case I mean how often he repeats that women are affected more by sleep disorders than men, are more likely to be misdiagnosed, and often suffer the consequences more when a male sleep partner is actually the one with the disorder.

There's nothing inaccurate in that assessment, but I didn't leave the book feeling more optimistic than before I started it.

8 years ago on TTaT: Thanksgiving haiku: Back to the Future

24 November 2017

Life of Art SitRep #406 Black Friday

It has been a busy week as I try to prepare for Black Friday.

Looking for sale info? Stop by Zazzle's Black Friday page* to see current sales and the countdown to Black Friday sales.

I shifted gears from reorganization to adding new products, creating collections, and revising tags on Metal Prints and Acrylic Wall Art after doing some research. Many things on my to do lists remain unfinished, but I made some decent headway.

I created several new Women's Plus Size Shirts with protest designs:

Added designs to and created a new collection of Cool OtterBox iPhone X Cases:

Also started adding designs to new faux fur Sherpa blankets. See the Cozy Classic Sherpa Blankets collection:

Finally, I started adding designs and photographs to new Speck Presidio iPhone 8 Plus cases. I love these because they fit all the iPhone Plus models between iPhone 8 Plus to 6 Plus: 8/7s/7/6s/6 Plus. See the Cool Speck Presidio iPhone 8 Plus Cases collection:

Stop by Zazzle's Black Friday page* to see sale info when it goes live!

*Affiliate link through which I may receive a commission from Zazzle if you purchase something. I would be most grateful if you left/enabled your browser's cookies.

10 years ago on TTaT: Stoked

17 November 2017

Life of Art SitRep #405 The Overhaul Continues

Less is more? Probably. Something I should keep in mind as I reorganize Rocklawn Arts from grouped by design to grouped by product. That is, I probably shouldn't move everything for all product categories as I've been doing thus far.

May be time for a pause in this venture in any case since there is a lag between moving products and them being visible to the public in their new locations. You can take a look to see how my shop is evolving.

All of the mobile device cases, laptop & tablet sleeves, flash drives, and electronic accessories are now in the Cases category.

The Home category is shaping up with subsections for pillows, plates, and fleece blankets so far.

I created an iPhone X wood case with a Black and White Gingham Pattern:

Moved Ornaments to a subsection of Holiday Designs.

Created some new folder images for the new categories. In some cases, it was more time consuming than it should have been. Photoshop's continued revamps of their selection tools are most irksome! Very frustrating when you know something should be dead simple and yet it is not.

How was your week?

12 years ago on TTaT: It's just my nature

10 November 2017

Life of Art SitRep #404 Overhaul

This week may not look like much, but I made a critical mental shift wherein I've started changing my approach including a major overhaul of my store's layout. Rocklawn Arts still contains all the products it did before though there are less categories visible on the home page.

On the Products Page, you can see all the product types under the Department drop down menu and all the categories under the Category drop down menu. When you choose a Department, new subdivisions will appear in the drop down menu.

Basically I'm transitioning from categories grouped by design established over years with thousands of products to categories grouped by product type. It will be an ongoing process. Right now I'm working out what my top level categories should be.

Last week this seemed utterly daunting, but this week I began with smaller steps. I rearranged the categories some, made all but 6 invisible to improve the appearance on mobile devices.

I added subcategories to the Calendars folder and used product images for the category images.

Also redid the Fabrics folder some, reorganizing and adding a few invisible subcategories available in the drop down menu.

Made several subcategories in Winter Photos invisible though their products still appear.

Moved red & green designs to Holiday Designs category. It's still subdivided by design rather than products for now.

Created an iPhone X case with a Prussian Blue Watercolor Scale Pattern:

Made Striking Case-Mate iPhone X Cases collection:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Striking Case-Mate iPhone X Cases collection.

Spent some time soaking in some business education and doing a bit of research.

Also made monthly backups.

How was your week? Have you backed up lately?

10 years ago on TTaT: In case you didn't know, I support the WGA

26 October 2017

Supergirl, Volume 1: Reign Of The Cyborg Supermen

Supergirl, Volume 1: Reign Of The Cyborg Supermen45. Supergirl, Volume 1: Reign Of The Cyborg Supermen by Steve Orlando

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this and look forward to seeing how it continues.

While it has similarities to the tv show currently airing, this picks up earlier in Kara's life on Earth. She has not been here that long, is only 16, and the Danvers' are DEO agents who have been assigned to be her parents and help Kara learn about humans. She's enrolled in high school and does not fit in.

Cat Grant is starting her media empire in National City. I love her character in this.

Good fun!

10 years ago on TTaT: A smirk of recognition

25 October 2017

More Subconscious Earping

I dreamt I was at another Earper meetup (having been to my first actual one this past weekend). It was much smaller and a different venue, about 5 people seated around a large round table at something like a diner. One of the five was Wynonna Earp* showrunner Emily Andras.

She was asking Wynonna Earp trivia questions which started with question 2.

"You skipped question one," someone at the table pointed out.

"Nope," Emily said, "Question 2 is the first question."

OK, I shrugged.

The next question was 11. Made enough sense to me.

My glass was empty so I got up to get some more water. "May I have some water please?" I asked the guy behind the counter.

"Sure," he said, pouring me a small glass. "That'll be 57 cents."

"For tap water? Could you at least pour me a bigger glass?" I asked as I fished out a dollar to pay him.

"You should really talk to Linda," he said leading me into the back. Oddly it was not a kitchen but a sizable room with a wall to the side with a cutout window in it which made me think of the DMV. Linda was sitting behind it.

Apparently there was some paperwork I could fill out to get tap water for free, but Linda was about to leave for lunch and couldn't find it.

"What information do you need? Could I just write it out for you?" I asked, trying to move things along. I was missing the trivia game with Emily freaking Andras and did not care that much about the water.

Alas I woke up before I got back to the meetup, my brain deciding my subconscious was just jerking me around.

Still, it's always fun when people you admire turn up in your dreams.

*Why are you not watching Wynonna Earp yet?! It's coming back for season 3 in 2018, so you have time to catch up on the first two seasons.

11 years ago on TTaT: Yacht Rock

24 October 2017

Adventures in Shaving

When I picked up my razor, I somehow managed to knock the double-bladed cartridge head loose. Naturally it fell into the tub.


I set the handle back down and went to pick up the cartridge head when I saw it slip down the drain.


For a moment, I debated my next course of action. Skip shaving? It really didn't matter, but my leg was already lathered up, so I felt committed to following through.

I set the water flow as low as I could on the shower head and stepped out of the tub to get my last razor cartridge, trying to constrain my dripping to the bathmat.

Not that I really believe in such things, but I took it as a sign from the universe to shave with a fresh blade. No nicks, so I'll take it.

After I got out of the shower, I tried to retrieve the fallen cartridge. It had advanced beyond the part of the drain I could reach, but was later retrieved with a strong magnet at the end of an extending rod, huzzah!

10 years ago on TTaT: The Off-Season Vacation (part 2)

21 October 2017

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People44. Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full disclosure: I won a copy of this book, but it's one I would have gotten around to reading anyway. Also, I'm really happy to own it as I will be revisiting sections.

The chapters are broken into various people hacks for making connections with people in the first five minutes, first hours, and first five days. Lots of doable tips.

Much of the material was familiar to me because I follow her scienceofpeople.com blog and have watched her classes on Creative Live, but I enjoyed the format and further details included in the book.

I look forward to checking out the bonus features for the book online.

11 years ago on TTaT: Better and better

20 October 2017

Life of Art SitRep #401 Ninja Art Visits, More Custom Notebooks

Had errands a couple of times this past week that took me further afield but put me in the neighborhood of a cool art museum. It's huge but I used my limited time to do some strategic viewing of certain exhibits. Good for the soul.

Shot 179 photographs, culled 48, rated rest.

Played my guitar for the first time in ages.

Added more select designs to new Spiral Notebooks with customizable inner pages (wide ruled, college ruled, graph paper, sketch, recipe, practice, sketch/practice, and sketch/wide ruled):

How was your week?

10 years ago on TTaT: Misunderstood once