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How to Use Attention and Intention to Generate Art Progress

A commitment to learn, explore and grow requires both attention and intention. This kind of pledge activates engagement and a zest for progress in one’s life.  In his book, “The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive” Brendon Burchard suggests we have a “greater sense of play when taking on new …

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Studio Practice System

In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear makes this powerful case for building intentionality in order to create a life of purpose.  “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Your goal is your desired outcome. Your system is the collection of daily habits that …

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Trunk Show Ramblings

Inventory. Pricing. Signage.  Show specials. Display. Even though these details command my attention (in all caps, in my mind), the muse can’t be denied. My hand, tidying the workbench, happens upon a tiny bag of wooden beads. Spontaneous necklace. Then, another slightly more colorful. Graceful earrings of oxidized sterling seem to form themsleves. The trunk …

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Amethyst—The Joyful Key

“What three words describe your project?” Karen Van Cleve, author, coach and dedicated public speaker barely hesitated. She had given much thought to her intentions.  Her book, “End Overwhelm Now” addresses the chaos of too much everything with simple, practical exercises. As a part of my custom design, I asked the question ready for any …

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Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque poses questions to facilitate easy & playful marketing.

Easy & Playful Marketing

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. – Fred Rogers What if your work were play? From the playful perspective, I tell people that I made a career in the selling air, when really …

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Your strategic mindset begins with picking the main thing according to Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

Strategic Mindset 80% of Your Marketing Success

Metalsmith Kristin Diener, MFA, almost glows when she talks about grouping objects into her piece. A staggering amount (literally hours upon hours) of work goes into crafting handmade metal chain links. Building Kristin’s incredible art requires layering color, forming bezel cups, prepping and cutting the back pieces, not to mention the sanding, polishing and finishing. …

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This dramatic amber necklace by Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque reminds you to reframe marketing.

Reframe boldly with an artful lens

Marketing art is like hand-crafting a stunning necklace. How? Let’s discuss three criteria: Cohesiveness Customization Clarity Like this necklace, your marketing plan is a one-of-a-kind story opportunity to communicate your company, its dominant personality and offering to the public. How has that been working for you? Is it time to reframe your story? Here’s the …

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