(this was written yesterday after work...) I'm home now. Today was a really good day.  We had one big reorder from an awesome store in Buffalo, NY and a new order from a longtime favorite designer who recently opened up a flagship shop in Ashland, OR (I cannot even tell you how excited I am by this).  Brand new designs are well underway, lots of new spring-inspired pieces to sell at the big Crafty Wonderland sale on Saturday, really really editing the current shop to make way for new designs, and the day-to-day customers who make our days.  PLUS...a few new top secret things that I can't tell you yet, but that (if they happen) will be stupid good and ridiculous cool. But still...I found myself in the studio at the end of the day, staring at website after website, stores, designers, etc...wondering why I couldn't be that good. pitiful. nasty.  NASTY. I don't even know how I got there.  I was so excited about the new account in Ashland, so how did I get there?  And why was I looking at this amazing stuff wondering why I'm not that good?  Why can't I look at it and think---simply----that is so inspiringly amazing.   It was a wormhole of self demise, while it could have been a wormhole of burgeoning inspiration, blossoming ideas, colors bursting, celebrating others, YAH! POW! BANG!  So, in an effort to alleviate myself of this ridiculous waste of energy and time, I'm spending this post looking for things that I simply find---unstoppable.  It's an exercise in kindness.  to you and to myself. Here is what I found.  Please click the pictures to see more of their beautiful work: Just a tiny glimpse into the things and people and moments that inspire me.  There is so much more where that came from. Let's take Thursday and be good to ourselves, no? xo~betsy ***Song of the Moment:  To Be Still, by Alela Diane***

6 thoughts on Inspired: sometimes I get nasty.

Sweet Ronit:

Thank you for these inspiring images! I love Lauren Manoogian’s work, and I’m a sucker for jumpsuits too!

Jena and I were just talking yesterday about you and your business and how inspiring you are. Just yesterday – Thursday! I empathize with your feelings though – wormhole of demise is so perfectly put. But you inspire even with a post such as this one and taking those feelings and turning them around. Kudos!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM


Ditto to what Laura said. I’ve been following along with your cross country travels, reading about all of the great boutiques that your gorgeous designs are in, seeing how hot you are in your OsOTD (and you are looking hot, my dear). Most days, my thoughts are, “I’m so stinking happy for Betsy. I’m in awe of where she’s taken her business.” One day out of thirty, though, my thoughts are, “Why the heck can’t I do that? What’s wrong with me?” And all I can do on those days is turn off the computer and ride out the nasty (sometimes a beer helps the ride… sometimes a run helps, too, but usually a beer does just fine). I hope you worked yourself out of the nasties on Thursday. And I hope you’re bracing yourself for a ridiculous dinner next week. It’s on. And I can’t wait to see you.

P.S. Thanks for that sweet mention up there. I feel honored to be included in the post.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM


Newsflash…Missy…you ARE that good and MORE! :) Keep the brilliance running!
In writing and artistic designs!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM


I think the term “the nasties” is sticking around. When I start going down the wormhole- that’s what I call it- I am now going to say, “You gotta case of the nasties. Snap outta it, girl!” Yup, that is exactly what I am going to say.

Just remember the internet just lets everyone show the best snippets. The nasties are conveniently edited out… thanks for including them.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Laura long:

we as humans are constantly beating ourselves up. I have that day frequently where i spend hours looking at others websites and blogs and think " Why can’t I look like that, have my S$&!# together and be as amazing as they are?" And you know what is funny about that? Is that YOU my dear are always in that group that I aspire to be like.
so I am glad you are not gong to let it get you down. We all have those days.
Just remember that unless you are NOT moving forward, you are on the right track.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM


Laura, thank you so much for your comment. I’m so flattered by what you say. Isn’t it funny how we do that to ourselves!? Moving forward…you are absolutely right.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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