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Discovering the meaning of rest (#3)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER THREE: Discover the meaning of rest. My 6th grade teacher gave me the nickname “Perpetual Motion.” I love motion. But I’ve been trying to drop “perpetual” for years now and learn the real meaning of the word “rest.” Creatives never stop working. Inspiration doesn’t have set hours and it’s difficult to set boundaries. Sometimes I’m even still working and creating in my dreams.  I recently realized its only when exercising that my mind slows down - hence the addiction to CrossFit. :) The path to rest has been about discovering the deeper meaning of “simplicity” and “slowing down.” Simplicity is not just having less or doing fewer things. And slowing down...

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Don’t make decisions out of fear (#2)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER TWO: Don't make decisions out of fear. Obviously. But we ALL DO IT! Owning your own company is full of extreme highs and lows. Fear comes from the need to control, but deep down we all know we’re not in control anyway. This might sound shocking but “ANSWERS” can actually be the problem. When we try to have all the answers before moving forward with a decision, we are attempting to control and living out of fear. There was a particular season when fear ran my life. I was having a particularly low sales quarter, I was exhausted because I wasn’t setting any boundaries with work, I was overcome...

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10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur (#1)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER ONE: Hire people better than you.   Don’t be intimidated or threatened, rather CELEBRATE their giftedness! Help them follow their dreams as they help you follow yours! Early on, when I was defining what success meant to me, a desire that frequently bubbled to the surface was creating a JOYFUL work environment where my team can bring their whole selves (the good, the bad, the ugly) and be KNOWN fully, LOVED unconditionally, and CELEBRATED uniquely. My team has helped this dream become a reality.  I’ve had several really amazing teams over my 10 years in business and am grateful for each season and each unique soul who shared studio space...

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The Dora Mae Decree

MY MAGICAL MEANING MANIFESTO... By the power vested in me by the magical vintage fairies I, Ansley Schrimsher, hereby decree:   Dora Mae is not about selling jewelry! I seriously would shrivel up and creatively die if that was our dried up business plan. Instead, we are inviting you into the process of restoring life and beauty into your family heirlooms! No heirlooms to recreate? No problem! That brings us to our next declaration. Dora Mae is about discovering what “one of a kind” means to you. Celebrating unique style and perspective is our jam and we do a big happy dance when people break out of the mold of mass produced trends. If you walk out our studio doors and...

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Putting the Air back in Heirlooms

Evelyn Ruth, beloved grandmother of our customer Amy Rich, was born in 1914 and lived through the worst of the great depression. Evelyn was always ready for a party, although money was scarce. She strategically wore a simple wardrobe of black yet added flair and personality through costume jewelry. Her favorite spots were the jazz clubs her grandfather played in throughout the 1930's. Amy brought in Evelyn's 1920's rhinestone necklace, 1930's shoe clips and 1930's cocktail ring for us to transform these precious heirlooms into pieces she'd wear everyday.  We always love to see your heirlooms and hear the stories behind what makes them precious to you! This way we can translate the heart of your pieces into your everyday style....

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Dora Mae is EXTRA in every way!  If you describe yourself as "understated" then Dora Mae Jewelry probably isn't your thing! (Although we've converted a few minimalistic fashionistas over to the "extra" side!) Not only is Ansley's design aesthetic "extra," it also takes a lot of "extra" to own and run your own creative business. Makers need extra magic, extra grit, and extra caffeine to make things work. They also end up being a little extra MESSY and WILD! A snapshot of Ansley's creative inspiration board for the photoshoot Ansley gathered some of her favorite local creatives to communicate all things EXTRA! At the end of the month, Lucy MacLeish will be capturing both the style and the energy that embodies...

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On the meaning of Her Name

Addicted to busyness, productivity, achievement, approval? Always in a hurry? You are not alone.  The following is both a prayer and birthday poem for my daughter on the meaning of her name... Haven   A solace of still in the storms of hurry A shelter for the spirit to sigh A prayer of peace in the woes of worry A glimpse of more than meets the eye   A symphony of silence, mist and calm A power that's breaking Busy's vow A Sabbath rest, a healing balm A here-ness that hugs the holy Now   A hideaway held in wide open spaces A hidden, secret self laid bare A slowness of soul while everyone races A breathless song, a wordless...

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The Beauty Interviews

As a creative in the fashion industry, I find myself in many conversations about true beauty. I sat down with Susannah from freedomgraceandfitness.com and answered from the heart.    Susannah: You obviously love designing beautiful things. What role would you say beauty has played in your life? Ansley: In many ways Beauty has been my song – often times sung with dissonance and lies. But other times with ever-increasing harmony and freedom to belt out Beauty in her many unchained melodies. Beauty has woven herself across my wide array of interests and roles. I have not only longed personally to BE beautiful, I’ve longed to CREATE beauty, to share her, to uncover her where she’s been hidden, and multiply her...

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The Colors of Summer

School is out for the summer which means, for my 9-year-old Haven, if she's not in camp or on a play date, she's in the studio with me! This week Haven decided she wanted to try her hand at photography. We came up with a plan inspired by the colors of summer and the colored walls of downtown Orlando. Haven styled the shot, told me how to pose, made me laugh and act silly and even tried her hand at editing! BEST "Take your daughter to work" week EVER! Hope you enjoy... Inspired by sunny summer days...before the thunderstorms roll in that is.  Inspired by the fireworks of July and motivated by "show your sunshine nails, mama!" Inspired by summer...

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