Friday, February 5, 2010

Haiti Relief

In an effort to give back and help Haiti, Aly Dahl Designs will donate $25 from the sale of each fingerprint charm to the Red Cross in the month of February.

I was so personally saddened with each day I read, watched or heard about the earthquake and the devistation that happened to Haiti.   I have been connected spiritually to Haiti for years.  A family friend was an RCMP officer who was posted in Port au Prince 10 years ago,  he would show us pictures and tell stories of one orphanage in particular.  My family and friends have raised funds many years to help support that Orphanage, one year we raised enough money so it would have a roof, another year it was a floor.   With each time he returned so did bags of clothing, school supplies and life supplies.  I am not sure of the outcome of the Orphanage,  I am scared to ask him.

This is why I have chosen to donate my profits to helping people in Haiti. 

My heart goes out to everyone who lives or has loved ones in Haiti.

No matter how little I have, they have less and need it more. 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Procrastination at work

I am finding myself in a procrastinating mood...
You see I love to create, that is what I do, and love to do. On my creative days I get totally swept away into another land. My brain is working in a way that I don't get to use on a day to day basis (and for that matter most of my adult life it was turned off). So when it gets turned on, I have an incredibly hard time turning it off and going back to business.  Today is one of those days,  last Wednesday I picked up some fantastic new stones. (A piece of turquoise that is simply stunning, I have never seen a nicer piece). I came home Wednesday afternoon and have had a hard time stopping the creative process.  I love working with my hands, drawing, sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, torching.. oh it has been bliss. I love it. 
Here it is Monday, I have spent the last 4 days creating and now...I need to do financials, bookkeeping, paybills, planning, sourcing suppliers, and ...wait for it.. get up the nerve to call businesses I would love to sell my fingerprint jewellery in.  My dream would to be in Blue Ruby, they have great jewellery and I think my fingerprint line would be a great fit in their store.  I love going in the Robson st location in Vancouver, everytime I am in there I can visualize my display on the counter. I would also like to call a few childrens botiques I would love to sell my line in, one being Hugs N Huddy in Langford. 

Next is festivals and trade shows, which are the good ones, which ones I can afford, and which ones have people who spend money?  I spent 10 years in the Comox Valley and each year they have the Filberg Festival on the August long weekend, I go back that weekend as often as possible as I simply love it.
I just received the the application form to be in it (it is a jurried process as they get so many Canadian artists wanting to be in the show).  It costs money to apply, and the cost to be in the show is $700-$1500 for 3 days. Ouch.  I need to apply next week if I want to go in it. It is so hard to decide..

I find myself procrastinating all of these things.  I went to my facebook page, checked things out, now I find myself on blogger writing this.. when in reality I should be doing my financials, etc...

So back to my problem.. how do I get myself back in "business" mode?... I guess I will go pick my daughter up from school and then try to figure that out...  I'll let you know if I came up with anything!