Exciting News!

I am excited to announce that my blog has now moved to its own domain! You can now find me over at www.kdclayandmore.com! I hope you will come over and say “hi” at the blog’s new home! 


Fail, for crying out loud!

Have you ever thought about doing something or maybe even started it, but then convinced yourself you couldn’t do it? I have so been there.

How many of those times do I sit and regret my decision to not try something? Almost every time. Let’s say 99.9% of the time.

Why then, do I, and why do you not do that thing you are scared of?

Is there a logical reason for you to be afraid. Are you going to lose your arm if you try it? Are you going to die? Is your reputation at risk? These are probably good reasons to be freaked out… but chances are, you don’t want to do it because you are afraid of failure.

Well, that is crap. I’m sorry. Don’t put yourself there.

If you have taken the step to start your own business, or if you are considering whether it is worth the risk; there is one little thing you should know. Successful business people take risks all the time. Yes, sometimes they are educated risks–but honestly!

Think of one successful business person you admire. Anyone!! Seriously, do it!

Did the person you think of get where they are by sitting on their couch and twiddling their thumbs? Did they come to their success by doing the same thing everyone else does?
Have they decided to take risks?

I challenge you to find one person who is considered a successful business person who didn’t at some point have to make a decision that could have skyrocketed them to success or face-planted them with failure…

YOU stand out by doing something different from all the rest. We all know that. But with different comes unknown, uncharted territory.

I challenge you, and myself really, to stop being afraid of failure and take that step of faith. If you fail once or twice or three thousand times, pick yourself up off the ground and try again. Tweak ideas and get better.

It’s worth the risk.

Yoohoo!!! Calling all personalities!

Where’d your personality go!? I know you have one!!!

Why do you throw your personality out the window when it comes to representing your creative business? It is YOUR creative business after all! If you are to stand out from the massive crowd of creatives, you must have that something that infuses your business with originality.

And what do you have that no one else has…??? Your very own personality!

Your personality may be the reason you connect with that potential customer. The one that would normally visit your listing, see nothing special or convincing, and bounce right on out of there…

So next time  you send an email to represent your business or buy business cards (and yes, you should! check out moo.com) or write a blog post, don’t forget the most important element…YOU!

Here’s a to-do for your list: Write a new blog post featuring your very own personality and post a link in the comments below! Can’t wait to read them!!!

P.S. If you decide to by those business cards, use this code, 2RB2CK, to get 15% off your first order at moo.com!

P.P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!! ❤

HELP ME: I’m not all here!!!

Maybe you’ve heard the quote by Jim Elliot? “Wherever you are, be all there.”

I grew up with these words constantly falling upon my ears.

It’s not easy, though the words are simple enough.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about a parallel idea that can be applied to everything. Simply stated it is this: Whatever you do, do it 100%. It just forces you to be just slightly introspective. 😉 My thoughts right now: “Ahhhh, no!! I’m too stinkin’ comfortable! I don’t want too!!!!! >:(” But why should I take an idea that could catapult my creative business and throw it out the window?! So I’m choosing to not ignore it.

What will happen if we really apply this idea to our lives?

It means no more mediocrity. No more mediocre descriptions. No more mediocre pictures. No more mediocre blog posts. 😐 No more mediocre products in my online shop. No more mediocre goals!

Will you join me in this new way of thinking??? Let’s leave laziness and blah-ness behind! Let’s do this! Starting now!

This means if we don’t know how, we will learn how together.

Share your thoughts here! What is one thing you need to improve this year to better your creative business?

A Cure for Blindness

Descriptions. They are tricky little animals.

Are you guilty of that one-line? Maybe something like this…

“This is a pair of leaf earrings. They are gold and made of polymer clay.”

I’ve been guilty of it too. And I’m by no means perfect now either. But I think it’s something we should stop and consider for a moment. If you came across something new on the web {anywhere really} and the description sounded like this, would you consider buying it? Would those considered the very best in sales be able to get away with the same?

Chances are you would move on rather quickly. Why? Well, here are a few possible reasons…

  1. You don’t know enough about it.
  2. You can’t interact with the item or service.
  3. It seems unprofessional.
  4. You make no connection with the seller.
  5. It doesn’t set the seller apart from all the rest.

If you’re one of the offenders, don’t worry. First, almost all of us have been there at some point. Second, you can most definitely take steps leaps of progress.

Here are a few little tips to get you headed in the right direction!

  • Thoroughly explain the item as if you were describing it to someone who couldn’t see.
  • Use words that you have used to tag your items {if you sell on a platform such as etsy} in your item description.
  • Tell a story that relates to the item, how it should be used, or how it makes you feel.
  • Consider your target market. What will grab them?
  • Don’t be drab. Find your own voice, and use it. Original style stands out–even in something as small as an item description.

If you need to, go work on it now!!! It isn’t easy at first, but it becomes much easier with practice; so keep at it!

If you have any awesome tips or special tricks, feel free to share them with all of us!

Comment away!!!


My Newest Creation

I’ve been working on getting this little number done for quite some time, so I finally bit the bullet and listed it today. I’m not the kind of person who likes to mindlessly plug my own products, but this is something I’m proud of. Consider it a window into what exactly I do. Check it … Continue reading

Gleaning Knowledge

Okay, so I have to admit I have been absolutely terrible at updating my blog, creating, and adding new items to my website lately. I guess you could say that I lost my motivation. That’s something that is easy for me to do. Good habits are difficult to create.

Because I know that I personally struggle with finding creative inspiration and internet marketing knowledge in a place that is easy to understand and easy to access, I wanted to share a few of my new favorite websites. I hope that you, my few–but faithful–followers, will find them helpful too.

Alright, here they are!

  • Check out Blacksburg Belle at www.blacksburgbelle.com for some amazing tips from a fellow creative. She helps you figure out how to price, how to stay inspired, shares excellent resources–and she’s a great example of an excellent blogger and someone who has started her own online business from the ground up.
  • Visit www.marieforleo.com and sign up for B-school. She has some amazing tips on how to take the next step for your creative online business. She’s crazy fun and easy to listen to. It’ll make you love learning about marketing.

I know that when I have actually taken the tips and tools they’ve had to offer, my itsy bitsy business has done better. So stop being scared, and do something. That’s my goal!

Branching Out

I’ve had an Etsy shop for a while now– since March, to be exact. My first listed item was my polymer clay mockingjay pin. I posted it a few weeks before the premiere of the first Hunger Games movie. My success at the time felt immediate with every fabulous fan searching for items to complete their premiere outfits. I made about 20 sales in my first few months. That’s pretty good for a small Etsy shop. Since then it has been slow and difficult to get my shop off the ground. I am having to learn that it’s okay to market myself–something I desperately hate. It’s crazy and it’s a slow process. I’ve ventured on to twitter (you can follow me @kdclayandmore), google+, Facebook, and blogging. Needless to say, this process has already grown and stretched me. It’s scary, but it’s fun. Anyone who sells on Etsy has been where I am now, and there is comfort in that. I’m really excited to see where this adventure will lead, and I hope you’ll join me on the journey.