Now through Cyber Monday, get 10% off everything in my Artfire shop, plus free shipping within the U.S.! My leather masks and polymer clay sculptures would make great unique gifts for people who love art and handmade crafts.
You know which 20-year-old women I kinda’ envy? I’ll give you a hint. It’s NOT the ones who are cute and sexy, with perfect hair and tight abs. No; those abs might be tight for only another 10 years, and only if they work really hard at it. And for what? To impress a guy that likes them for their body and not their brains and talents and personality? No thanks.
No; I envy the 20-year-olds who have their heads together and are developing some mad artistic skills. They are discovering their passions and honing their gifts, because those are the things that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. They are the young people who know that media lies to them about how they should look and what is important and what they need in order to be happy.
I had a flat tummy in high school. You know how much good it did me? Zero. Zero good. I also had artistic talent, but back then I lacked the confidence and the drive to develop it beyond high-school level. There was a guy in one of my art classes who was REALLY good, and I looked at his work and thought, “There’s no way I can compete with that. I’ll just do art for fun occasionally, but I could never be THAT good.” You know what? I was wrong. I COULD be that good. I was just a coward about it. Besides, at the time I thought that boys were more important, so I was too busy trying to be cute.
HA. Girls, listen up: Most guys are not even worth looking at until college and beyond. Their brains are too addled by hormones. There are exceptions, but they are fewer than you think. (Okay, maybe some are worth LOOKING at, and talking to, but not wasting time on as boyfriends.) 😉
I was also too busy trying to be a “good girl” and get A’s in my classes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I was missing the point of education. Many American schools seem to be about memorizing facts and being obedient and coloring within the lines. That, to me, is not education. It does not teach creativity and critical thinking. It seems that young people have to be self-starters and take hold of these things themselves, in spite of the school system. For example, in history class, don’t just memorize dates and events for the next test; get to the heart of WHY things happened and how they could happen again. Annoy your teachers, not because you’re a brat in class, but because you’re asking probing questions about the subject matter that make them think harder than they want to. Some of them will even love you for it.
I wish that, when I was younger, I had paid attention to what I was good at, and worked at making it great. That’s what I’m doing now, at 35. But I could be SO much farther along, so much better at my skills, had I not bought into stupid lies as a teen and 20-something — lies aimed at surface beauty and “cool” trends, which distract from things that matter, things that endure.
Discover what you’re good at. Follow your passion. Ask tough questions. Let nothing hold you back. Now, THAT is attractive, don’t you think?
Eirewolf Creations will be displaying sculptures and leather masks at the BayCon 2011 art show! Visit the BayCon 2011 website for more information about this fun sci-fi and fantasy convention.
I am offering a special deal to my blog readers (this WordPress blog as well as my blog on Artfire), simply because you all have such good taste. 😉 For the foreseeable future (or until this blog entry gets deleted, which might be never), I am offering 5% off your first purchase in my Artfire shop. This includes sculptures and leather masks (which will be coming soon) — really, any item that happens to show up in my shop.
The coupon code for this offer is “EIREWOLFBLOG”. Use the coupon code during checkout. (One use per buyer.)
A wonderful new species of fairy dragon has been discovered in my studio! The Bat-Eared Sap Dragon, sometimes called Dryad’s Familiar, has never before been seen by human eyes. It is a reclusive creature that lives in the forests of the Faerie realm and drinks the sap of trees.
I have decided to run a Christmas sale in my Artfire and Etsy shops — 15% off everything, now through January 15th!
If you’ve been wanting something from me, now’s a good time…. I don’t do sales very often, and my sculptures are all one-of-a-kind, so get them before they’re gone! I will probably close the shops for vacation sometime around December 17, so don’t wait too long. (They will reopen after Christmas to allow people to spend their Christmas cash!)
Yesterday I opened a new Eirewolf Creations shop on ArtFire for my fantasy and animal sculptures. I already have a shop on Etsy, and the same items show up in the Artfire shop. (All my sculptures are one-of-a-kind, so I don’t usually have a large number of items to split between shops.) Both venues are great, but the cool thing about ArtFire for a potential buyer is that you don’t have to sign up for an account on ArtFire in order to purchase something! I did a test run and bought something from another artisan on ArtFire today, and it is super easy.
I’m still tweaking things here and there aesthetically, but the shop is ready for the legions of buyers! ^_^ (Remember, Christmas is fast approaching!)