Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Do You ShopLatitude? Young Artisan Interview

I'm happy to welcome my guest today, Mahika, a young artisan who has a keen perception of beauty and design. Be sure to visit her Etsy shop, Shoplatitude, and browse her unique jewelry listings.

Mahika, what are you doing when you’re not creating? 
I love singing, playing the piano, and playing the guitar. I also love volunteering to help out my community!

Do you have long-term professional goals? 
I'm looking into careers in psychology and human rights, although that's a long way down the road, as I am currently in high school! I would love a career that gives back. 

Do you travel for inspiration?
Yes, I do travel, since my business is grounded in inspiration from my travels. I sell travel-inspired jewelry, and the culture I soak up from the places I visit all around the world helps me get inspired

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?
I have got to have at least two pairs of pliers, a hot glue gun, an assortment of jump rings and chain, and whatever beads I happen to be working with.

When do you feel the most creative?
Creativity for me comes in sudden bursts of inspiration. However, I will admit I am a night owl and definitely not a morning person. 

Why do you think people should continue to make things by hand?
Handmade items are unique and made with love! So often people find poorly constructed mass manufactured items in stores and buy them just for the brand name! Buying handmade means buying something that comes from the heart, that's made just for you, and that will support the artisans creativity and possibly their family. 

Why are you in this type of business?
I have always been interested in fashion and design. I've naturally always been creatively inclined and so jewelry making was very interesting and enjoyable for me.

Was your business planned, or did it naturally evolve?
Two years ago I set up a handmade jewelry and hair accessory stand to raise money for autistic children in San Francisco. That was the beginning of my mission to form a link between fashion and philanthropy.

How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted on how you conduct business?
Technology has helped me immensely. I've been able to meet and interact with so many amazing people through Etsy teams and social media. I love the Etsy community!

Can you describe your target audience? 
My target audience includes wanderlust souls and avid travelers, as well as women and girls on the search for stylish jewelry that gives back!

Are you willing do do interviews, collaborative projects, product or travel location reviews?

I would love to do collabs or interviews!

Mahika Halepete
Latitude Design Studio

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Interview with Fine Art Photographer Georgia Fowler of GCFPhotography

My guest today is Fine Art Photographer Georgia Fowler. Georgia is the Artisan who showcases her work at GCFPhotography on Etsy, and on her website at GCFPhotography

I was personally drawn to Georgia's work. She captures images that compel me to sit and ponder their essence. It's not just their beauty, clarity, composition, or the perfect blending of light and shadow, they seem to have something they want to say...so I listen very carefully.

Georgia, please introduce yourself and let's start your interview. I'm eager to hear about your photographic adventures.

Good Morning, Lynda. I'm happy to be your guest today and excited about sharing some of my work and adventures with your readers here at Between The Pages.

...Hi, I’m Georgia Fowler. I’m a fine art photographer spending most of my time between two gorgeous countries, France and Thailand, and I’ve been photographing the beauty of Europe and Asia for more than 20 years.

I love spectacular pictures of architecture, cities, seascapes, textured vintage items, and tantalizing glimpses of European, Asian and American life and beaches.

I use professional Canon DSLR’s with a full range of lenses. I enjoy working in my ‘digital darkroom’ using Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop to reproduce what I felt and saw when the capture was made.

I try to see the small details that are often missed and create art for you to enjoy.

You can visit Georgia at Twitter and Facebook

Georgia, what are you doing when you’re not creating?

I pretty much live and breathe photography 24/7 but when I'm not I love to read. I love thrillers but also read a lot of inspirational books and books on health and natural living.

When I'm in France I love to cook and BBQ and of course eats lots of cheese and drink wine.
I love travel and seeing new places. I try to visit at least two new countries each year. This year I went to Vietnam for the first time and later on this year I am visiting Australia (although that will be for photography too!).

What is your dream project?

I have two actually!

The first one is because I have spent quite a while in Cambodia and I would love to use my photography to raise money for some of the orphanages there. There are some that are not so good, that exploit the children, but there are also ones that are totally genuine that I would love to help. I just haven't figured out how yet.

The second one is purely selfish! I would LOVE to spend a month or two travelling around the two islands of New Zealand in a camper van taking a zillion photos along the way.

Do you work alone?

I prefer to. I like to get lost in what I'm doing and that's difficult if I'm with other people. Sometimes we combine a family vacation with somewhere I want to photograph but I'm always conscious of everyone else and that I'm holding them up or want to wander down streets that hold no interest for anyone else.

I'm a bit of a loner anyway, so it usually suits me to work alone.

What else should we know about you and your work?

My fine art photography is my first love but I'm also an interior design photographer for luxury hotels and real estate. One of my favorite recent projects was photographing an 11th century castle in central France where apparently Joan of Arc stayed! It has been beautifully restored so was a pleasure to photograph.

What qualities do you think are most important when creating art?

Passion for what you do whether you make money at it or not.
Obsession with your art.

Constantly learning, never thinking you know enough.

Was your business planned, or did it naturally evolve?

It evolved really from a hobby and obsession with taking photos. At the time I was a stay at home homeschooling mum but wanted to make a bit of extra money and my sister had an Etsy shop so I thought I would try it out. I didn't have great equipment, just an entry level DSLR with a kit lens. We had recently been on a 4 month trip to Asia and I had lots of interesting pictures. I listed a few and sold a few and so it began!

Where do you see your business in the next year?

In the next year I would like to see my Etsy shop have more regular sales, daily sales is the ultimate goal. Although I opened it in 2014 I only started working on it in January of this year. I also plan on expanding with more Etsy shops for home furnishings like cushions, duvet covers, bags etc, maybe a separate shop for my colour photography as well.

For the other site I sell on, Fine Art America, I have almost 4000 images and plan on making that 5000 in the next year.

For my interior design business I would like more regular clients. I'm currently in negotiations with a large hotel group in the UK and am looking forward to working in Asia and Australia later this year.


Why not tell us what you love to photograph. Are you a hobbyist or Professional? We'd love to hear your thoughts. ~ Lynda

Monday, August 29, 2016


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For those who blog, or are thinking of starting their own blog, here are a few points you might find useful.

  • Use lists or bullet points.
  • Good – relevant photos (ALWAYS use photos.) 60 %  or more of readers linger longer on blogs that include a generous scattering of photos.
  • Use bold and italics with your font to highlight important points. 
  • Use subheadings
  • Short paragraphs (This is essential to insure that you have enough white space. Use of white space between paragraphs and in the margins increases comprehension by 20%) 
  • Along with the white space fact, is the relevant subject of using colored pages and fonts in our blogs. While some bloggers prefer color, the fact is, it creates problems for their readers. (Readers spend less time on blogs that are written in colored fonts or heavily colored pages.)
  • Use this link to check the reading level of your post  -  Readability Test Tool  (The average reading ability equates to 6-7th grade level. (This page has a reading score of 6 which means a 10-12 year-old will be able to understand the content.) And since most people are scanners, it's best to make your content easy to read to catch and hold their attention.
  • Include hyperlinks to relevant resources. Readers like having additional research or examples that are easily accessible. It's also a great way to add bonus information like recipes, quotes, or other useful material. 
  • Longer articles are better broken up into shorter ones. However, Your blog post should always contain more than 300 words, otherwise it will have too few words to insure that it will rank in search engines. 
  • Vary the length of your blog posts. Try these word count options throughout each month. 300 – 600 - 1200 (If you have a subject that requires more content, don't be afraid to write that lengthier article. (This post has 1095 words) Some of us actually like longer blog posts. *Who Knew...smiles precociously.
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  • Be careful of thin content! Thin content is full of keywords, CEO phrasing, remixed content from other sites, and low in quality or original material.

Make your blog fun to read. This is easier said than done because it requires revealing more of your personality than you might at first be comfortable doing. Here are a few ways to make this happen.
  1. Do a little storytelling. Incorporate personal experiences, quotes, embarrassing episodes, funny encounters, etc. that would illustrate your content and at the same time add a measure of humor.
  2. Use your introduction to draw out an emotional response from your reader. Consider introducing your topic in an empathetic or humorous way. Be fun and creative.
  3. Use an informal, friendly tone. Don't bore your readers with your best college professor persona!
Of course, it's not easy to incorporate all good blogging elements in every blog we write. But the more often we practice good writing, the easier it will become.

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Blogging is a specialized niche and therefore requires a specialized approach. It's not difficult! The key is to think less about ourselves and more about the kind of person who will read our blogs. What do they like, enjoy, need, require, etc. Then adapt your writing to accommodate your readers, when you can. Of course, some of our more avid readers may be beyond our scope of understanding, as the photo on the left indicates.

Have any blogging tips? Drop them in the comment box. We'd love to read them.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Artisan Interview with Katie Scalmato at THE BUTTON BIRD Etsy Shop

My Guest today is Katie Scalmato, the Artisan who designs and creates the lovely items at The Button Bird Shop on Etsy.

Katie, can you start by giving us a short description of your Shop?

...Good Morning, Lynda. Thanks for hosting me today at Between The Pages.

The Button Bird shop on Etsy features vintage inspired jewelry made by Katie Scalmato. Items are created using salvaged vintage materials and semi precious gemstones. 

What else should we know about you and your work?
There is beauty in our everyday lives and even the most mundane items hold our stories, secrets, dreams… Every button, bead and photograph has traveled far to find me and I can only guess at where they’ve been, and to whom they once belonged. My collection of jewelry celebrates the past, while adding to these stories.

I love the simplicity of buttons and have always been attracted to small, shiny objects and their histories. My shop name is a play on words based on the bowerbird,
which also loves to collect pretty things and arrange them in artful ways. My office is a hodge-podge of beautiful, highly organized chaos. I keep everything neatly labeled in clear plastic containers and cases, but it’s easy to get out of control once the sorting and building process begins. There are so many options with such inspiring materials!

I began creating art and jewelry with button details as a teenager, after coming across a beautiful glass jar filled to the brim in an antique store. Every button was almost hypnotically beautiful, with
Victorian picture glass, or carved celluloid details. If only I had known then what I know now- buttons that are vintage or antique can be extremely valuable. It’s best to research before using an item for jewelry or art. I respect the integrity of vintage jewelry and never alter valuable, signed or rare pieces. Most often I use broken or salvaged jewelry parts for my assemblages.

Was this business planned or did it naturally evolve?
My jewelry has evolved over time to a much more sophisticated level. When I was starting out, all I had was a hot glue gun and a vintage window frame. I spent hours gluing button after button to that frame. I intended to illustrate a scene inside each pane of glass, but never found enough buttons at the time to finish. In my mid 20’s I learned the basics of jewelry making, and using buttons was a natural progression from there.

Today I offer a variety of items in my shop- handmade earrings, rings, hair pins, bracelets, as well as
vintage items, supplies and antique photographs. My shop is ever evolving and I hope to add more Victorian era button jewelry within the next 6 months. In five years I’ll likely have even more types of jewelry in my store, as I am always discovering new ways to use my materials.

Have you taken any art classes?
I was classically trained in the arts and received a BFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and. Outside of my Etsy store, I teach weekly children’s art classes through my program Scribble Kids at the Brecksville Center for the Arts. I also worked in the field of illustration for 10 years creating children’s educational artwork for textbooks and self published authors. Due to a recent spinal surgery this career had to be put on hold and I am now in the process of rebranding and building a new portfolio and website for my illustration.

Are you an artist full-time or part-time?
I am currently a part-time artist and educator. Outside of my Etsy store, I teach weekly children’s art classes through my program Scribble Kids at the Brecksville Center for the Arts. I also worked in the field of illustration for 10 years creating children’s educational artwork for textbooks and picture books. Due to a recent spinal surgery this career had to be put on hold and I am now in the process of rebranding and building a new portfolio and website for my illustrations.

Do you have long-term professional goals?
My shop is ever evolving and I hope to add more Victorian era button jewelry within the next 6 months. In five years I’ll likely have even more types of jewelry in my store, as I am always discovering new ways to use my materials. My greatest challenge has been internet marketing and social media- so if you have a moment, please stop by my Etsy store or Facebook page

You can learn more about Katie and her work at these locations:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebuttonbird
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/scribblekid/
Children’s Art Classes: www.scribblekids.org
Coming Soon: www.katiescalmato.com

So what fascinates you about buttons? Do you have a button collection? Do you pay attention to buttons when shopping for clothing or accessories?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Etsy + Blogging Can be Like Running a Vertical Marathon

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I recently found an article on a Vertical Marathon challenge that was very interesting and reminded me of how I feel on some of my days as an Etsy Shop Owner, not to mention being the sole designer, production crew, shipping department, marketing team, and Chief Financial Officer.

Speed, endurance, and goal orientation are disciplines that both an athlete and business owner need. I can't imagine physically running up 2, 041 stairs in 10 minutes, but, when I contemplate my design, production, and site management goals for the day, the climb is definitely straight up.

Having stated this, the question now arises, WHY add blogging to all those labor intensive pursuits? Truth is, I was a blogger long before I opened my Etsy shop and, after doing both for a few months, I began to see how beautifully they compliment each other. But to accomplish both I've found that time management is the illusive key. I say illusive because mine keep slipping out the back door...

Tablet Cover or Stylish Clutch - New at Icky Chic Designs
Time is precious and it's a commodity we could all use more of. So scheduling and prioritizing are the only tools I've found that help me conserve this resource. A fair division of labor between my two pursuits is also necessary. As a blogger, I think consistency makes it easier to focus on the goal and not the individual steps it takes to get there.

The upside to running an Etsy business, Icky Chic Designs, and blogging is that they are great soulmates. They compliment each other, offering support and meaningful content. Blogging not only allows me to showcase my own work, but It gives me a stage on which I can spotlight other talented artisans and innovators as well.

How do you manage multiple pursuits?

Check out these new blogs from two of my fellow Etsy friends:

My Six Years of Experience As An Etsy Team Captain
Etsy Shop - Markets of Sunshine

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Zebras and Zucchinis with Author Luanna Stewart

My guest today is Author Luanna Stewart.

Luanna has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother's stash of romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna now lives in Maine with her dear husband, two college boys, and two cats. When she's not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.

Writing under the pen name Grace Hood, she has two novellas published with The Wild Rose Press. She is excited to have a book published under her own name with Entangled Publishing.

Zebras and Zucchinis – a match made in heaven.
~Luanna Stewart~


So, what do zebras and zucchinis have in common? I searched and searched and the only thing I could come up with was they both start with the letter zed. (I’m Canadian.) There are many interesting facts about zebras, like under all those stripes their skin is black, and no two stripe patterns are the same (just like fingerprints in humans). They have one toe on each foot, and cannot see the colour orange. (The poor things would be at a disadvantage when encountering road construction.)

The zucchini, on the other hand, seems to be best known for growing into behemoths that could potentially be hollowed out and used as canoes. But if gotten when they are young, they make some good eating. (Not sure how tasty zebras are, nor am I interested in finding out.) [Actually, there are a few items of note about the zucchini. For instance, the flowers are edible and make tasty vehicles for stuffing. The zucchini contains more potassium than a banana, but has far fewer calories than a baked potato, 25 as compared to 130. Definitely a worthy vegetable.]

Here is a recipe I’m making at least once a week this time of year.

Zucchini Patties

2 cups grated zucchini (approximately, a bit more won’t hurt)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (preferably freshly grated)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter (you could use oil, but the butter gives the patties a nice flavour)

In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini, eggs, onion, flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Heat a tablespoon of butter in a non-stick (or seasoned cast iron) skillet over medium-high heat. Drop zucchini mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook until golden, a few minutes per side.

Serve hot, warm, or room temperature – yummy any way.

(Recipe slightly adapted from Allrecipes)

Visit Luanna at these locations:
Luanna Stewart Facebook Twitter Pinterest Amazon Author Page

Luanna's Newest Book

Portrait of a Girl blurb:

When her wealthy art dealer father died, Heather James was expecting a fortune. Instead, his bank account was empty and Heather’s working in a bakery, wondering exactly what happened to her father's millions...until someone tries to kill her.

Tony Simons is on the trail of an art theft cold case that's practically giving him frostbite. He's hoping that by sticking close to Heather—the daughter of his deceased prime suspect—he'll find the answers he needs. Instead, he's finding himself distracted by a gorgeous woman who drives him crazy in every way imaginable…

Now Tony's in serious trouble. Even if Heather can't—or won't—tell him where the stolen paintings and money are, she may well have stolen his heart.

And now someone wants her dead…

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Overview: Margaret Truman's DEADLY MEDICINE (Donald Bain)

Instead of the traditional review, I strive to provide a few simple factors about the book that I hope prospective readers will find interesting and informative. I won't be giving a rating, as I think those are very misleading in general. So read over the SYNOPSIS, FACTORS OF INTEREST, and, if you want, use the Amazon link to find traditional book reviews. Then make your own assumption as to whether this book is for you or not. ~Lynda~

  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books 
  • ASIN: B0182BW4VQ

Story Synopsis:

If someone in the pharmaceutical industry came upon a cheaper, non-addictive, and more effective painkiller, would he kill for it?

Washington D.C. private detective Robert "Don't call me Bobby" Brixton, along with his mentors, attorneys Mac and Annabel Smith, discover that the answer is a resounding "Yes," as they try to help Jayla King, a medical researcher at a small D.C. pharmaceutical firm, carry on the work of her father. His experiments in the jungles of Papua New Guinea in search of such a breakthrough product led to his brutal murder and the theft of his papers.

Did Jayla's father's lab assistant kill the doctor and steal his research? Is this shadowy figure prepared to kill again to keep Jayla from profiting from her father's work? Does her recent paramour's romantic interest reflect his true feelings―or will he sell her out and reap the rewards for himself? And to what lengths would Big Pharma's leading lobbyist go to cover up his involvement, and to protect a leading champion of the pharmaceutical industry―a Georgia senator with a shady past?

As Mac, Annabel, and Brixton soon realize, no pill can ease the pain that the answers to these questions inflict on everyone in this tale of greed, betrayal―and murder.

  • You will definitely learn more about the Capital than you probably knew existed and get an up-close view of the city's law enforcement, lawyers, high-powered politicians, pharmaceutical decision makers, and a few quirky characters that people this story.
  • This book falls easily under the Mystery Genre.
  • What is the ultimate price of a cheaper, non-additive pain reliever in terms of money, desire, greed, and integrity?
  • Medicine and new research should help people, right? Then why are corruption and murder in close pursuit?
  • Multiple story threads keep the plot moving in this suspenseful book.
  • Latest story in the Capital Crimes Series. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Five Ways to Regenerate Your Creative Spark

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Could it be that your mind didn't suddenly GO blank, but rather, it was already empty? Don’t get offended, I’m not saying that you’re lacking in brain cells or creative genius. Maybe the problem goes deeper. Every creative person, when they stop and analyze the process, realizes that there is a force or catalyst that drives their pattern of thought along a creative path. It's mysterious, invisible, and sometimes takes on a life of its own, much as when a writer credits their muses for much of their fictional endeavors. When that force weakens, for whatever reason, the spark of ingenuity fades with it, leaving us feeling empty and tired. We cease to produce anything new, in fact, we cease to even have the WILL TO BEGIN a new project.

It's not surprising that this should happen when you think about how hard you've worked for months, even years. As an artisan or innovator, you've transformed ideas into beautiful products or concepts day after day. You've researched, imagined, and auditioned a myriad of materials, designs, functional uses, audiences,  and the list is never ending. Using that mysterious force that actuates your mind, you've poured every bit of  your imagination into your work. You do this every day as if that force were a perpetual resource.

GET REAL! You can’t drink a glass of wine out of the same bottle every day and it not end up empty. What’s the solution? Get another bottle or refill the one you have.

Now some of you may think you’re blessed with more than one functioning brain, or, that a brain transplant is possible, but a little more research will convince you otherwise. The only remedy is to refill the bottle. That means, gently tickling our imaginations until the spark begins to grow again with new ideas, visions, and fantasies.

I heard that groan... And you’re right, you do have to get off the couch. So quit procrastinating and try at least one of these activities. I call them Mind Sparklers because when one of them works, you'll feel a burst of creative energy, in fact, new ideas will explode from synapses to synapses. You won't be able to stop the excitement!

1.     This one is easy. Think about something or somewhere in your locality that offers you an entirely new experience. Reach high, HIGHER! Get out of your comfort zone – A little further, a little further, a little further... Now you're getting the idea.  Some Examples: Rock climbing, volunteering, cooking class, small engine repair class, learn a new language, etc.

2.     Read a new book that is totally out of your preferred genre. Example: Dictionary, Astrophysics, The care of Exotic Animals, Build a Tree House, etc. Look for ideas, colors, shapes, alternative uses and adaptable concepts. Ask yourself questions like WHY? Why do tree houses fascinate us? Why are we drawn to exotic animals? Why do we want to know HOW the universe works? When we begin to comprehend the WHYS, we get to know people better, their needs, desires, and wants. As artisans and innovators, aren't people the very ones we want to connect to our product or idea?

3.     This next one is one of my favorites: Take a trip to your local mall, hardware store, farmer's market, hobby store, pawn shop, etc. NO, don’t buy anything! What I want you to do is feel everything that catches your eye. Note the texture, shape, color, and weight. Then determine how you feel about that object in an emotional way. Are you apathetic, desirous, envious, happier, confused, etc?

Evaluating our human capacity to relate to objects and ideas on an emotional level will unlock a treasure house of understanding. What kind of understanding? Well, have you ever wondered why some colors sell better than others. Everything we can see, feel, and touch registers a response in our brains. We don't just assimilate the obvious, we relate memories, fantasies, desires, people, places, events, and so on.

Example: Let's say you see a beautifully patterned beach towel. Instead of just giving it a glance and passing on, pick it up! Measure it's weight, try to name every shade and hue of color. Envision the artist as they created the fabric design, what were they feeling? Now, try to bring up in your mind a memory that involved a beach towel. YES, that one. You're in Destin, Florida with your husband and three kids. You remember the dark clouds forming on the far horizon and wondered if the storm was going to come ashore and ruin the joy of the day. Then, you remember the absolute beauty of the scene. The dark grey clouds in the background, the dark cobalt blue of the water beneath them. But close to shore, the sunlight still filtered through gloriously clear aquamarine waves that rushed onto unblemished white sand. The kids played in the surf without a thought of the darkness that laid outside their focus. What a contrast!!!

Now ask yourself, could you try to capture that scene, contrast, feeling, in whatever medium you work in? OOPS! You've just lit a Sparkler!

4.     Are you ready for lunch? I know I’m starving. Let’s go to a completely new eatery. There is only one rule, you can’t take anyone but me along, of course, I’m an imaginary friend, so you’ll be the only one at the table. Don’t be shy. Eating alone in a public place is a wonderful opportunity to watch people, enjoy some great food, and muse about the menu.

Musing over the menu is the real reason for this trip. Food generates memories. 
NO KIDDING! While you eat, and it would really be nice if you’d order something you've never tried before, study the entrees listed on the menu. Conjure up the last memory you have of that food. Where did you eat it and with whom? Is it something you prepare? Do you serve it to your guests? Had any bad experiences with this food? What textures do you prefer. How does color affect your appetite? In other words, analyze your emotional response to an everyday occurrence. Don't just be satisfied with the thought, I love Chicken Fried Steak. Ask yourself, why you LOVE that dish. You're going to end up with an answer that has an emotional foundation. The lesson here is, if you react this way, so do other people. It's that emotional response that will, in the end, sell a product or idea.

5.     This one is easy because there are so many to choose from. Think of a problem, any problem. It might be the price of beef, violence in schools, single parenting, religious disunity, etc. Now that you have your problem, think about your own beliefs, reactions, perceptions to this problem. Here comes the hard part. Change your point-of-view three times and try to consider how your beliefs, reactions, and perceptions would change. Example: Say your problem is the price of beef, think of it from your standpoint as a consumer first. Then you might consider the problem from the viewpoint of the rancher who raises the beef cattle, the USDA responsible for the safety of our food chain,  or a person who lives in poverty and rarely eats meat.

When you've got the knack of this, apply it to your product or ideas. WOW! Amazing! Now, you can put yourself into the shoes of your perspective clients. You can see your creative ideas from their perspective and adapt accordingly, if you so desire.

If you follow through, doing one or all of these things, you’ll start to form new memories, new viewpoints, new perceptions, and new emotional responses.  And guess where all of these things are stored for later use. YOU GOT IT! They are now fueling the force that actuates your mind and ready to go to work.. 

The simple fact is that for any of us to create or innovate on a regular basis, we must constantly replenish our unique, exclusive, and personal  life experiences. It doesn't need to be hard, expensive, or complicated. It just needs to be new in some vital way.

When you go to your closet, do you put the same clothes on every time in exactly the same manner? Of course you don’t. You mix and match, creating new ensembles. In the same manner, little changes in routine, preference, and perception create new ideas that will sometimes boggle your mind. And in my opinion, a boggled mind is a creative mind...

OKAY, IT'S YOUR TURN: Share with us some of the ways you regenerate that spark of creativity/