Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Everything is Just on Hold

It's time to be honest with you, dear readers, and with myself:  I'm not able to make this work while I'm in transition to my new home and my new life.  Everything is just on hold right now.  I don't know how long it will be.  I just know I have a lot to do before I can re-commit to a studio schedule.  This does not make me happy, but this is my reality right now.

Chiefly, I am still trying to get rid of all of the stuff left behind by my parents.  A lot is gone, but there is still a lot to go through and get rid of.  (I'm not keeping much--hardly anything.)  It takes a lot of time and energy, and frankly, that does not leave me much time or energy for my art.  I'm always thinking of it and coming up with ideas.  I just can't manifest them right now.  It breaks my heart.

In terms of the business, I am not closing it.  I will be slightly changing the name, and I will be transferring the business to the state of WV, where I now live.  In the meantime, it is still active in the state of MD.  I will also be adding at least one DBA in order to keep my comedy and vintage arms separate from the art arm. It's just less confusing that way.

Aside from the Great Cleanout, I'm having to focus on making a living.  I currently work as a virtual assistant and writer/editor.  In the past, I've done that work under JLP; however, in light of the events over the past couple of years, it has become my primary and sole source or personal income, and I like it that way.  The corporate world is not for me, and I don't take money out of JLP to live on.  JLP's money goes back into JLP. (Maybe one day!)

This may be a little TMI, but I have a good number of followers on Facebook, so I felt the need to say something, since I hope to make this little venture active again soon!  Hang in there, folks!  I'll be back!

Thursday, April 14, 2016 Do You Make Any Money Writing?

I thought this was great!

Do You Make Any Money Writing?:

If you haven't been asked this question, you will. Family, especially, are noted for asking if the time you invest in your work is worth the money derived from it...

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Early Spring

Here it is, just about Spring.  So much has changed in the past few months!  I'm gearing up for my first show of the year, to take place on May 8 in Takoma Park, MD.  This will be for my vintage.  Stay tuned for the details.

My mother is no longer with us, sadly, and I am still not fully settled into my studio.  I'm finding I need shelving.  LOTS of shelving. It's also possible, however, that after the estate sale, I'll be able to do some rearranging and find a better setup than I have.  Right now, my stuff is all organized, but all shoved into one corner of my new studio space. I can get to things, but the motivation has not been there, as you an imagine. 

I DO have a couple of projects in progress on my work table.  I get in an hour or so here and there, around appointments and housework and my two jobs.  I expect to be posting something new soon.

I've been making sales pretty steadily, at least among my vintage and antiques, so I have those items where I can easily access them.  I think things will calm down by summer.

I have found that I'm being called very strongly to get back into oil painting.  I've been on the hunt for a good easel, and I'll be buying the materials I need soon--after I'm more settled in.  I also want to get back into doing watercolor.  I don't know when or if I will sell those pieces.  That's all a ways off.  My interest for my oil painting, in particular, is skyscapes!

I hope that the new year has been good to everyone.  Hopefully, I'll have some photos to share soon!  Meanwhile, you can follow me on Instagram! I share a little of everything--food, my pets, artsy shots.  There are even a few photos of the car I just bought myself (needed, not something I bought on a whim.)

Happy Spring!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Late Autumn Update

This is where I live now!

So, here it is, 6 months since my last update.  We've been adjusting to this massive life change, overseeing renovations at my mom's house, and moving into the renovated space.  At the same time, I've been managing my mom's doctor appointments and coordinating with the nursing home for the things she needs.  As of now, it appears we'll be bringing her home in a few weeks!  I'm just waiting on communication from her speech therapist.  I have a lot of phone calls to make between now and our goal date!

The house sits on about five rural acres.  The neighbors on three sides of us are farmers, and our fourth neighbor is a very nice couple who befriended Mom and Pop while Pop was still around and remain family friends.  (They can't wait for Mom to get home!)  My own house has been rented out to friends of ours, which is a blessing. As for our cats, we renovated the space in Mom's house so that we could move them in with us.  The basement was finished and turned into an apartment (no separate entrance, no kitchen) so that we could all live in the same house but not be tripping over each other.  (This also means that the cats still won't have access to my studio.)

I've been working for two clients, meanwhile, one for administrative work, and one for writing work.  Once Mom is home, I'll be able to advertise more widely and hopefully drum up new business!  I did try temping, but I've found that with my erratic schedule (due to Mom's appointments and such,) I was not able to commit to the few assignments that came my way.  I'm happier on my own, anyway.

The show I did back in May (it was in my last update) was very successful!  Unfortunately, it was the only show I've been able to do this year, for art or for my vintage.  I do have an event possibly coming up in December.  Waiting for the hostess to finalize her plans and announce the venue, etc.  At last count, she was not going to charge vendors for space.  I'm very excited, because this is a new group of potential clients, and it's within a demographic that I've found seems to be my audience!  Fingers crossed!

This will be my studio space.

Along with the renovations and moving our regular furniture into the house, I've been preparing and setting what will be my studio space.  Mom will be living on the first floor of the house, due to mobility issues, so she has graciously allowed me to take over the master bedroom.  The room is large enough that I will have my studio space, but it will also be able to remain a bedroom.  It will be a guest room.  You can get a small taste of my view from my art table via the photo. The view is of "the back forty." There are also two recessed lights directly above, which will provide perfect lighting.  Best of all, the space is big enough that I will be able to leave my supplies out in the room, where they will be accessible to me at all times.  The very best part is I no longer have to share studio space with my musician partner!  Don't get me wrong--I love him to pieces, but as he is an electronic musician, his gear takes up  a lot of space!  He now has his own fancy-schmancy, acoustically outfitted studio in our apartment downstairs.

I'm also making changes to my business.  I have moved most of my stuff--art and vintage--back to Etsy and am in the process of shutting down my Artfire shop.  The Etsy vintage shop is curated, so some of the stuff from Artfire will be moved to eCrater.  (That shop isn't set up yet, but I will provide a widget once it is.)  I'm also no longer an LLC and have changed my business' name to JenniferLynn Productions East. I've been trying to keep my shops fresh, but as you can imagine, there has not been a lot of time to create.  Now that things are calming down, I can focus on getting the studio set up, and I will be getting back to creating again soon!  

As for my  comedy, performing is on hold for now, and I am trying to focus more on the blog.  I may perform in a couple of weeks, but it will depend on Mom's schedule.  I should know sometime this week, and then I will contact a promoter I know and ask him if he has space in a particular showcase.  I'm out of practice, but I find it's not too hard to get back on the horse. The hardest part is being so far from DC.  Once we're better settled here in WV, I will look for local venues.  I know that Frederick, MD has a couple of venues, and I imagine there must be something around Martinsburg or Winchester. I still have mixed feelings about performing, but not about stand up in general.

I hope that the year has treated you well, dear fans, followers, and friends, and i look forward to sharing my new projects with you!  I am now on Instagram as "from.jens.pen."  Feel free to give me a follow!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Holy Mother of Pearl! How Time Flies!

I can't believe I have not made an update since February!  Goodness!  My personal life remains a bit "churny", so I have not had a lot of time to create.  The good news is that my first craft show of the year will take place this Saturday, May 9, in Gaithersburg, MD.  Hopefully, that will get things kick started for the year.

I have been making things, here and there, and I have been working on my online shops. I regularly devote time to those.  It seems to be a constant need.  The most recent development there is that I have opened a Zazzle shop!  There are only about four designs (but about 75 products) available at this time, but I will be adding more.  Some of my items are customizable, too!  I have also recently completed some new decorated boxes and a painting and have a small purse in progress.  I will keep you all posted on any further developments.

It is true that I have scaled my corporate work back to part time.  Unfortunately, I have two part time jobs, and when I'm not working, I look after my mother and her house out of state.  Studio time is limited, so I'm stuck working on portable projects, so my scope is limited.

I am still performing stand up comedy.  Unfortunately, video of my last couple of shows is not available.  You can follow my comedy blog for updates on that.  I don't know how I feel about performing, even now.  It's fun, and when you hear the audience laughing, it can make your night, but I find that, in between and leading up to shows, I have very mixed feelings.  I don't have career aspirations with stand up at this time, but if it leads to other opportunities, that will be great!  I do love writing comedy!

My photography, I'm sorry to say, has dropped off.  I admit I have not devoted as much time to it. I am hoping that, as things settle down over the summer, I can start to get back to that.  It is hard for a photographer at my level to find steady work, to be completely honest.  I am not yet established, do not have a cohesive portfolio, and have not quite found my niche.  I stand by my product and my work ethic, but I'm just not there yet.  No worries!  I still love it, and I still get high praise for my work.  When you are juggling many things, not everything can receive the same attention.

I hope that all of you who are following my adventures are doing well!  I'm looking forward to an exciting and prosperous summer!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Quickie: My Comedy

I performed stand up comedy for my third time last night, and while I experience a mix of emotions, I usually feel good afterward.

Last night's set didn't go as well as I'd hoped.  I will be writing about this more in depth on my comedy blog, but I wanted to share here, as well.

The bottom line is that everything takes practice before we become masters or even good at it!

As for my shops, I hope to get some new listings up soon. I have listed my most recent bag here.  I hope you like it!

Stay warm!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

From the Tower (c) 2015 Jennifer L. Moore.  Do not duplicate