Something New for a Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

This just may be the year to try something new.

For instance, if cleaning clutter and starting with fresh palette in your home is an objective, then find ways to use old things, like using old catalogs to make decorative Christmas trees that you can give as gifts for next year. Check off list early — Christmas gifts for next year are already done and catalogs gone. Cheers!

Christmas catalog tree on Art Is EverywhereYou can also recycle using Freecycle, where one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Post what you don’t want, leave it outside your house and chances are, someone will answer the call and pick up as theirs to claim.

Being Introspective

The New Year usually brings about a lot of introspection for people, so I thought I’d post three interesting and introspective business articles that can easily pertain to the arts, keeping on track and gearing up for 2010.

1) If you’re thinking of starting your own business or even already have your own company I thought this gave some basic, helpful tips and offered positive reassurance for those already into entrepreneurship,  How to be your own boss, by Laura Cohn, Washington Post:

I particularly like the accompanying illustration of the butterfly emerging from its cocoon. This of course reminded me of casart coverings and the concept of our transforming butterfly.

Illustration by Tim Grajek For The Washington Post

2) Finding the right balance between work and being creative can be difficult as Insider Music Business discusses in Resolving Art versus Business

3) Finally, if you’ve hit a stumbling block or want to try something new, this will get you started, 55 Ways How to Find Your Hidden Talent from the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.

All this introspection and creative thinking got me rethinking about how I can add an interactive feature to casart coverings so customers can envision our designs in their own personal room settings and voila, I think we found something new to try. This certainly has inspired my own creative business thinking. Hope it does yours.