August 5, 2011 Follow Tonya    Like Tonya    Like WLW

In this issue

  Personal Note From Tonya
Creativity is a Habit!

New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

  Raving Fan

Ray Cooper
"I recommend WLW to all my students as my favorite metal clay source, and many of them have related their satisfaction with WLW to me."

  Feature Article

Do You C+C+C with Other Artists?

Personal Note From Tonya

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Anything you do is easier with practice!

I used to dread writing these articles. I could barely get one out every month..or two. Now I write four a week, plus Facebook posts, tweets, etc. How is that even possible?

I guess junior year in high school is filled with essays plus all those papers. So I was explaining to my sophomore that if he would just set aside time to write for 20-30 minutes a day, on anything that comes to mind, it would be so much easier to write essays, papers, etc. So why not "practice" this habit of creating now?

It's just like anything in our lives that we'd like to make a habit. It requires 25 straight days (no breaks) of practicing that habit in order for it to form and take hold.

Do you experience a block when you sit down to create, write, exercise, etc? It's not really a block. It's just that your muscles can't remember what to do. There is no habit there or muscle memory.

So take time to experience consistency with your creativity, writing, exercising, etc. Do it at least every other day, if not every day, once it becomes a habit.

Same goes for breaking up with those bad habits. Go 25 days without doing them...and you'll probably kick it to the curb! Creativity is a mindset combined with muscle memory. Change that mindset!

Creative Blessings,

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New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

Bead Buddy Crimper 8MM Raw Brass Jump Rings .40"/18g (2dozen)
Hadar's Pearl Grey Steel XT 25gms Hadar's Pearl Grey Steel XT 50gms
Hadar's Pearl Grey Steel 50gms Hadar's Quick Fire White Bronze 50gms
Hadar's Quick Fire Bronze 50gms Hadar's Quick Fire Copper 50gms
Hadar's Quick Fire Rose Bronze 50gms Hadar's Quick Fire Rose Bronze 100gms
Patina Basics DVD 24g Copper 3/4 Solid Gear (6)
24g Copper 3/4 Open Gear (6) 24g Copper 1 3/8" x 1 1/4" butterfly w/ ring (6)
24g Copper 1"x1/2" horiz oval w/ 2 rings (6) 24g Copper 27x18mm Leaf w/ Ring (6)
24g Copper 22x18mm Framed Circle w/ Ring (6) Nylon Jaw Deep Bending Plier
Nylon Jaw Ring Bending Plier Ferido 50g Epoxy Clay Jet
Ferido 50g Epoxy Clay Crystal 7" 4.0mm Blk Leather Magnetic Caprice Bracelet

Raving Fan

Ray Cooper

I am a certified metal clay instructor who teaches all over the Northeast US.

WLW is where I get the majority of my supplies for my classes.

I like the prompt service (and the jelly beans), good prices, and the fact that when I ask for 12 of something like a pin tool, you have it.

I recommend WLW to all my students as my favorite metal clay source, and many of them have related their satisfaction with WLW to me.

Keep up the good work!

- Ray Cooper

Feature Article

Do You C+C+C with Other Artists?

The theme for me this year seemed to be all about Connecting + Collaborating + Creating™. I guess "C" is my letter for the year!

You probably know that nearly everything in life is a marketing problem. When you are a baby you are marketing the idea of being fed, changed, and left to sleep. As you grow up you market for different things including electronics, spending money and time to be lazy or again to be left to sleep. At least that's what I get at my house with a 15 year old!

Then we get busy selling ourselves to get the attention of someone special, to get into college or get that first job. Work our way up the ladder and make something of ourselves and achieve our dreams. We market hard to get that significant other, that home, that recognition for a job well done, etc.

Marketing is all about connecting. It's about getting people to know, trust and like you!

In April I wrote an ezine, Where Do You Go To Collaborate and Connect?

It was all about having this vision for a place that my fellow artists could come and hang out to Connect + Collaborate + Create™. To share like the masters did of Cafe Guerbois because so many of us work in isolation.

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