The World Needs Your Creativity, These Ladies Can Help!

Good Afternoon!

First off, 

I gotta say there is so much to be grateful for...

like my perfectly brewed cup of English breakfast tea... 

applied with just the right amount of milk and honey! 

But besides my tea obsession...

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I have two fantastic reasons why I woke up this morning with a literal pep in my step...

really, I ahh...

skipped... to the kitchen...lol

OK, here we go! 


1. ) I started working with the all fabulous, touching book called...

"The Artist Way", by Julia Cameron.

Talk about moving! Every page brings me to an awareness about myself that I knew deep down inside but forgot.

Julia gently guides you by peeling back the layers of clutter in your mind. Addressing misguided and outdated stereotypes about being a creative individual; she helps you to resolve the unhealthy blocks in your life that keep you feeling guilty about a career in the arts and so much more!

You can find her book at any Barnes and Noble and trust me you'll be glad you did! 

Already read the book? I'd love to hear what you thought about it in the comments below :) 


And the other reason I'm smiling...


2.) I happened upon the most detailed, inspiring, and

fuss free website about how to sell your creative works via wholesale!

The goddess behind this magical site is non other than... 

Clare Yuille of Indie Retail Academy

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Image courtesy of Indie Retail Academy https://www.indieretailacademy.com/contact/

Clare is both business savvy and incredibly kind hearted! She makes the idea of selling your wares an exciting and totally possible reality for anyone who's interested in putting their work on the market.

What I love most about her articles is that they are funny, relatable, and she doesn't make you feel guilty for not knowing something. She lets you feel whatever fears you are feeling, and then like a good friend, guides you towards your breakthrough! How many people can do that so eloquently? 

This woman can!  

I highly recommend her site! If you are just slightly thinking about starting/ taking your business to the next level and selling to shops or you've got some hang-ups that you need to work through, read her articles, they never disappoint! 

So to my readers wherever you are,

The world literally NEEDS your creativity!

I mean it!

Someone was creative enough to start Squarespace, and instagram, and so on,

so you see, creativity is totally necessary for our society. Never let anyone tell you other wise. 

And remember, you deserve to let your creative juices flow and enjoy your life!! You were beautifully made and no one is a better you than you! (I think Dr. Seuss said this lol) It's your duty to share that MARVELOUS- NESS that is you, with the entire community! 

So I hope you decide to have a lovely day; that the light of inspiration and confidence shines on you and fills you with energy and perseverance! Taking the first step is the hardest part, but it's also really exhilarating too! so don't be afraid :)

You're awesome and you should always remember that! 

Now go have an incredible day! 

Much Love and Happiness to you,

-Mandisa

JOY

I Sincerely hope wherever you are, you're feeling inspired, hopeful...

and most importantly, JOYOUS!

I went to visit my very close friend and her husband this weekend and had the time of my life in Washington, DC! 

When I came back home, I had this feeling in the pit of my stomach. A feeling I know all too well. "You need to make some changes in your life so you can experience more joy, because we need this more often!" It was a voice I heard, repeating over and over until I couldn't ignore it anymore! 

JOY...

...that seems so unimportant when money, success, and responsibility loom over our heads constantly! Joy is for children and those who've "made it" and the rest of us, well, we still have a lot of "work to do!"  

But you see, I was blessed this weekend with a wonderful vacation and experienced so much joy that all my goals and "to do lists" faded in the background because I was so present and in a state of true happiness. 

I really didn't want it to end. In fact, this morning I was left feeling sad, that this "joyous" weekend would get further and further away from me. That I would slip into an "all work and no play mode" for God knows how long. And it really scared me!

I'm sure many of you can relate, and I think the 20's is plagued with this feeling of needing to accomplish our goals ASAP and be somewhere better FAST! We often favor this over enjoying the whole process from start to finish and God forbid, allowing for us to have have fun and relax in the midst of it all! And don't get me started on...

perfection...

we will be here forever! Perfection is this annoying creature that ties your hands behind you back; while it rears it's mean face at you and tells you all of the ways in which you need to be better than you are. 

It's obsessive, inflexible, hates critiques, and never accepts failures to be an option. 

Most importantly it takes life way too seriously! Perfection tricks you into thinking there is only one RIGHT way to do things, and makes you feel like crap when things don't go as planned. 

You see, we can't progress with perfection as our goal because we're too afraid to make mistakes!  (I won't even begin to tell you how many times I've re-read this post before I pushed the "publish" button) 

But I mention all of that to say... that we don't have to live the way in which we can only be happy unless all the "hard work is done" and our "ducks are in a row".  


"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."
-Greg Anderson

So even if we have a lot of work to do, we still deserve to take a moment to have fun and raise those positive vibes! And by abandoning perfection and embracing possibilities of failure, which is really just under the larger umbrella called "Learning", we grow tremendously and learn without the anxiety of being "not good enough". And this my friends, is the basis for all good things!  It keeps us happy, inquisitive, creative, hopeful, and healthy! 

JOY should be experienced no matter what stage of life we are at.

I learned through my joyous weekend, that having FUN and sharing good times with great people had far more lasting effects on my wellbeing and purpose in life then I was aware of. Because of this joyous time, I was able to look at my everyday life and say "we need to make some changes". That wouldn't have happened if I didn't take this much needed vacation. I'm beginning to find that joy helps us and guides us to breakthroughs! 

Thanks for reading my blog post! My sincerest hope is that it allows you to get to know me a little better and perhaps offer some healing or insight on your own life!

If your mind begins to churn on some interesting notions, leave a comment. Or if you've enjoyed what you've read, feel free to like it and spread the love! 

P.S...

If you decide to, I hope you all are out there today making your vote count! You voice is always important. After all, its one beautiful drop in the ocean of humanity!

Much Love,

-Mandisa

Makin' it at Makers Faire

Wow!

I gotta say this weekend was by far...

the BEST weekend ever! 

Maker Faire ATL was a huge success! I was nervous, it's been quite a while since I've been in the public eye since closing the physical shop in my hometown. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the solitude of my studio. I love blasting music and putting in long hours of illustrating, but after a while, you need to break OUT and see folks ya know! lol

And then there's the whole... re-branding aspect...

...Yep

Since I've re-vamped what we do here at The Hummingbird Mill, I wasn't sure how the community would view my new work (Greeting Cards, Prints, and Gifts).  Would my passions that I've been laboring over with such love and dedication be welcomed?

The answer was YES! 

 

I'm so thrilled to have had such a turn out, so much so that we nearly sold out of all of our 5" x 7" Greeting Cards! What a wonderful surprise. My incredible family helped me out assisting me in sales and offering their playful and loving demeanor that always brightens my day! Lots of laughs and loads of fun. I made fantastic connections with wonderful people and enjoyed seeing old friends in the process!

And to top it off I won "Best Quality Craft"!

I'm truly blessed and know that I'm being led in the direction that's best for me and there is no greater feeling! It wasn't easy at first though. I had to make some really hard decisions and take some risks that I wasn't %100 sure would turn out as I planned...

and guess what...

...They didn't lol

But to my surprise it was OK, in fact, it was better than OK because better things took place instead! Intuition has a wonderful way of leading you towards your hearts desires and If you let it lead you...in the words of one of my favorite authors/ illustrators,

"Oh the Places you will go!" - Dr. Seuss

 

So to all of you out there contemplating whether or not to take a leap of faith just, take it and trust that your intuition will guide you along the way! It's all good!

Cheers to good vibes and good people at the Maker Faire!

Have a lovely week everyone!

Sincerely,

Mandisa

Give it a Try

 Photo Credit: Linkedin Article by Melissa Roberts KC Startup Community Feeder, Public Affairs innovator

Photo Credit: Linkedin Article by Melissa Roberts KC Startup Community Feeder, Public Affairs innovator

Afternoon everyone! 

I think a great way to connect with you all and serve you as much as I can is through catering my blogs based on themes! You get a gist of what the topic is beforehand and hopefully it serves you in whatever place you are in your life! 

 The theme for this week is...

"Give it a Try"

Give life a try! Be open to new experiences and watch life unfold beautifully around you! Trying something new can be scary and that feeling is felt differently among us all. Maybe you get butterflies, stomach aches, head aches, sweaty hands, dizziness... the list goes on! Our body's respond very quickly to our thoughts and create these feelings in an instant. We don't like how this feels so we make the decision, "nah, I'll pass". But we only feel like this because of our thoughts.

"What if it doesn't work, what if I mess up, what if people don't think I'm qualified." This constant stream of thinking is what gives you the stomach pains and  dizziness!  I deal with this all of the time, trust me! But one thing I know for sure is that when I tell myself "You know what, success to me is trying. It's saying yes to things that make me nervous; It's saying yes to new positions I may not be "ready" for; and it's loving myself where I am right now! "

Life is here to support us, so if there is something you're interested in trying...there is a reason you're being drawn to it. That could result in your next break, or you might meet someone who changes your life, or discover a new talent you never knew you had.  And that's far more important then being embarrassed for a few moments!  

I encourage you all to go out there and give life a try! You'll be proud of yourself for doing so!

Here are a few new things I tried this weekend...butterflies and all ;) 

 

THE BARNES AND NOBLE MINI MAKER'S FAIRE was last Saturday and Sunday. I spoke about my early adventures with art as a young child and the journey that led me to start " The Hummingbird Mill". I gotta be honest, I was so nervous, but once I got out there and started talking I found that the wonderful audience was really intrigued and engaged with what I had to say.  It was a blessing and quite a fun experience! 

Later, the kids participated in an icebreaker activity that I do with my art students called "Blind Drawing". I was so impressed by how well they did! Pros on the first try! Participation was great and I actually had a dad who wanted to join in on the activity! lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now on to Gardening...

Collecting your own seeds is quite rewarding and I invite anyone who's interested in gardening to give it a try. Once you collect the seeds simply place them in an envelope to dry out. You can then leave them in the envelope or store them in a nice dry jar over the winter. Seeds usually store for about 1 - 2 years. By early spring, you will have a collection of seeds to create a brand new garden! I love this process for my favorite annuals that won't be returning in the spring. Overall, it's so relaxing and rewarding to take part in the natural gardening process! 

I initially got really inspired by some of my British Gardening Heroes...Monty Don, Alys Fowler and Carol Klein. Their shows air on BBC 2 and you can watch clips on youtube! Great stuff guys! This video really warms my heart and hope it does for you as well. 

Have any gardening tips you'd like to share or did you try something new this week? Leave me a comment. I look forward to hearing what you have to say! 

Blessing and Much Love! 

Exciting Things are on the Way!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

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I hope you've all been having a great week. The weather in Georgia seems to be a bit of a drag these past few days, but I see the sun is trying to making a come back right now as I type this! 

I've been deep in thought for the past month or so about my personal and professional  goals and it has become quite apparent that what really gets me out of the bed in the morning is when I'm working on a product that really touches my soul.

You know that feeling when you reach for your favorite coffee cup...every time you look at it it makes you smile because there's a funny illustration on it or perhaps an encouraging word is engraved in it!

That's my intention with all the products designed and created at The Hummingbird Mill. My sincerest hope is that the products you purchase from the Mill add value and joy to your life!

With that being said, I am excitedly creating a new collection of pieces (jewelry, books, cards, wall art, ect...) that inspire you to your greatest potential, make you giggle, awaken your soul, and bring a smile to your face. I look forward to sharing it with you all! 

Speaking of sharing, I will be sharing my experiences and design process along with an interactive activity for the little ones  at the Barnes and Noble Mini Makers Faire in Edgewood (Atlanta) Saturday November 7 at 7pm and Sunday November 8th at 5pm.

I was so blessed to be asked by Mr. Chuck Barfield to attend this upcoming event after participating in the Atlanta Makers Faire (Oct. 3-4). So if you are in the area, stop by! There will be a lot of other fantastic speakers!

I would like to leave you with a quote by one of my favorite spiritual leaders. May it bring you peace and joy for the day!

Blessings to you all! 

Sincerely,

Mandisa



A Friendly Introduction

Good afternoon Everyone!


I'm so excited to be sharing with you a little more about who I am and what's bouncing around in my head! It's something I've always wanted to do and often say "I don't have enough time to do it"...nonsense! We make time for things we care about right?! 

Here's me in one awkwardly long phrase...

"I'm a nature lovin', garden growin', picture paintin', star gazin', dancin', bakin', music fanatic, DIY fiend!

Hahahaha (and a total goof ball!) 

I'm gonna keep this post short and sweet and share with you a little of what I've been listening to and noticing around me these days :)

First off, we gotta start with music!

..."hum, what should I listen to?"

This is literally the first thing I think about before I begin the production aspect of my work. (Classical, Indie/ Folk, Neo-Soul, Jazz,World...the choices are endless) And P.s., when you come into the store you will certainly get a snippet of my eclectic taste! ;)   

Kimbra is a singer/ musician who I greatly admire! I consider her creative in every sense of the word!  I've had her Album "Golden Echo" on repeat for quite some time now. HUGE Kimbra fan here!! I can't get enough of her sound! This Youtube video is so inspiring.

Check out how music and art come together for quite a powerful punch! 

Here's another thing I've noticed lately. My backyard has seemed to emerge again transforming into something new. I absolutely love nature and am inspired by it everyday, especially when I take my three beautiful dogs out for a walk!

Who knew a rotten old tree stump could be so beautiful! Perhaps this is the perfect inspiration for a new painting or earrings? Any ideas guys?

Well, it's been great sharing. More to come next time! I always love to hear from you so feel free to comment or ask me any questions :)

Decide to have a beautiful day today everyone and keep those smiles coming! 

With Love,

Mandisa