First of all, Happy (belated) Easter!! 🐰 🌷 🐥
It is the first day of April, which also means that Easter is on April Fool's Day. 😳 So be careful out there during your Easter egg hunts, there could be some tricksters a foot!
Since it is the first of the month, it also means that the month long March Meet the Maker challenge on Instagram by Joanne Hawker has just come to an end. 😢 It is sad, but I coping by making a blog post about it!
I did this challenge last year on Insta and I loved it so much that I knew I had to do it again this year. I is a great challenge for not only opening up and sharing more with your audience, but for also getting to know more about yourself as a maker.
You can see my #marchmeetthemaker journey on my Instagram page, @riaartworld or you can stay right here because I'm about to go through each of the prompts with you right now! 💖
Day 1: You
Day 2: Where
I’m workin’ in my little home studio everyday in San Francisco!🌉 My mascots, Arty Heart and Mr. Orange are proudly presenting the scene. 😉 💗 🍊
To be honest, I’m not really sure how I started!🤔 I’ve always wanted to be a working artist since I was big enough to color!🌈 ✍️Ok, so maybe it didn’t start when I was a baby! 👶 🙈 BUT I’m still making art in some way or another today, tomorrow, always! Just like when I was a little girl ❤️
Day 4: Favorite to make
Even though this always changes, my favorite right now are these little 2” crochet animals. I started making them about 2 yrs ago now & I have gotten into a good groove with them, so I always look forward to making these!💙
Day 5: Photography
This is an important one because without a camera, I would not be able to share all the artsy and crafty things I’m up to. I go back & forth between my camera & my iPhone 😃 📸
Day 6: Workspace
Well let’s face it, there ain’t nothin’ pretty about my workspace! 🙈 It's an absolute disaster but somehow cute & pretty things come from it! My drawing area is the neatest so I can have a clear space to focus, but the rest is on its own! 🤗 ❤️
Day 7: Routine
While my days always vary, they start off the same-A morning business meeting with some very important critters over coffee in my favorite mug to discuss the To-Do list, which dictates the rest of the day!✅ ❤️ 🍊 🐷 🐙
Day: 8 Flatlay
Before this challenge, I did not realize that there was an actual term for this kind of image! Regardless, it’s the perfect excuse to take a super cute pic of all the adorable studio accessories I’m constantly surrounded by. I have so many snoobobs, so it’s nice to see them laid out all pretty instead of strewn about!❤️💛💚💙💜
Day 9: How it's made
For this prompt, I included two videos in order to provide a little behind the scenes for both my drawing and crochet! So follow the link below to see them play.
Day 10: Time to relax
After a long week, I really like to unwind with some wine & some tasty snacks 😋 🍷 🧀 🍰 I still find myself crocheting even when I am relaxing though 😅 I like to have my hands busy I guess! 🤗
Day 11: Branding
I gotta say that my little branding mascots have not changed since 2015! Mr. Orange is my business voice of reason 🍊 💼 & Arty Heart is all about the feels ❤️ ✨ They’ve been doing me proud ever since, so I’m sticking to it!
Day 12: Postage & packaging
So my packaging for my art prints are pretty boring-my critter packaging is waaayy cuter! Little candy cups for my tiny critters & a handmade drawstring bag for my little plushies. Oh and of course, washi tape & stamps for making the shipping extra special for my customers❤️
Day13: Work clothes
Even if I don’t leave my home studio I still like to play dress-up, it’s helps me feel more put together cause I could very easily stay in pjs all day!😅 You can also see how I like to take reference for a lot of my drawings!
Day 14: Dreams & Plans
My dream has always been what I’m doing now: to be able to support myself as an artist/maker-but as my business grows, I have dreams of having more balanced days and plan on working towards managing my time as efficiently as possible🕰 ❤️
Day 15: Boomerang
This is among my fav prompts. The critters and I are sending all of you lovely people some love today! Can you spot them all?😘 🐵 🐷 🐥 🐙 🍊
Boomerangs are best seen on Instagram, so head on over and see it or yourself!
Day 16: Helper
“High-five Munkey!” I said to my little helper. 🙊 👋
I’m usually on my own workin’ away in the studio, but I’d like to think of my little helpers as my critters, silently muttering words of encouragement as I create the day away!
Day 17: Customers & Feedback
You read some wonderful feedback more clearly at my Etsy shop, so don't be shy, see what everyone is saying!
Day 18: Inspiration
There are so many things that bring me inspiration! I’m certainly not someone who can work in a stark white pristine environment, I like to have all my cute clutter around me for inspiration. 🤗 ❤️
Day 19: Can't live without
Soooo let’s be real here, I CANNOT live without coffee!!☕️ 🙈 My day consists of me constantly juggling...well juggling everything! There are many hats you have to wear throughout the day while trying to manage your own business and coffee is my sweet elixir of life! What can you not live without?
Day 20: Tools & materials
I seriously have no self control when it comes to arts and crafts supplies-this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg here😅I just went with a primary color theme❤️ 💛 💙 I also included a few pineapples🍍 can you find all of them?
Day 21: Stories- a day in the life
This prompt was all about utilizing the story feature on Instagram and since they only last 24 hours, I don't have any videos to share! I wish I could say my days are super magical, but they’re actually pretty low key😁
I start with gym time, then I evaluate my to-do lists and get to it! The things on my list vary depending on the deadline, it could be drawing, crochet or both.
Day 22: Sketchbook & lists
I have my agenda here, it’s kinda like my own version of a bullet journal 🤔 I could never have my calendar on my phone, I like paper 😍 I mainly use it to stay on top of my To-Do’s and I use the right side to make myself write creatively about anything (unless it’s a calendar page😁 ) I’m almost out of pages, so I’m transitioning to the flower notebook that you can see below. You can also see my sketchbook❤️
In this video, you can see me prepping for Wondercon! Wondercon was taking place over the weekend at the March Meet the Maker challenge was happening, so I thought it would be an appropriate video, so any customers could see their prints getting cut!
Day 24: Achievements
#marchmeetthemaker especially since around this time last year, I was at about 1,000😳
Day 25: Being a maker means...
For now, I feel it means that I’m always learning and growing-it certainly is never a static career path!
Day 26: Books, blogs and podcasts
Day 27: Recommend a maker
Day 28: Organized
I am obsessed with peg boards! 💖 They are the perfect organization tool in the studio, one day I hope to have a whole wall that is a peg board for all of my goodies. 😍
Day 29: Community
Day 30: Top tip/advice
I’ve said it before so I’ll say it again! Keep going! No matter what, stick with it! Even if it can feel like you’re the turtle in a race against rabbits, you will make it if you keep going! 🐰 🐢 🏆
Day 31: Creative Friends
It was quite a month! I learned quite a lot about myself along the way too-like how much I really love emojis! 😅
If you went along on the adventure yourself, I'm glad we could be part of the experience together and I'll catch ya on Instagram!