…sometimes we fly…

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


A few months ago, I signed up for a little e-course called “Flying Lessons” put on by the wonderful multimedia artist Kellie Rae Roberts. It was a bit of a leap, a bit of a stretch, I didn’t really have the money and I wasn’t sure how I was going to come up with it but a little voice said, “Just go for it. You can do it.” so I did. And lo and behold, a few sales came through that week and covered my tuition exactly.

It was an amazing 5 week course about all the aspects of running a creative business, of making a living in a DIY culture, with your art as the product. What made it really special, in my opinion, wasn’t the information about social networking, online and offline marketplaces and marketing. No. It was the pages and pages about facing your fears, investigating what you really wanted to do, what was authentic and real for you, and how to make that GO. That was priceless. That and the amazing community of creative artists and women that I’ve found myself as a part of ever since the class ended. I really cherish the connections I’ve made in that group of folks.


What made it priceless was the courage it gave me to spread my wings and try new things. Take chances. Risks. Find my direction.

Because of Flying Lessons, I applied to a huge national craft fair and oh boy, I was soundly rejected. Because of Flying Lessons, I applied to a huge, local, 3 venue craft fair, and ouch! I was rejected. Again! But because of Flying Lessons, I knew that this was just something that happens. I knew that you can’t take it personally. Because of the work that I did in Kellie’s class, I knew that you MUST keep trying and that I was not alone in what I was experiencing, so I took another risk… I applied to a marvelous, large new local artisan and craft marketplace that will be opening in 2012 at the Port of LA.


I was accepted!


I have no idea what changes this is going to bring to Honey&Ollie, but I do know that when CRAFTED at the Port of LA opens next summer (2012) you will find me there, along with many other gifted local artists and shining stars. LA is finally getting a permanent, indoor fine art and craft market. It’s brilliant, and if you’ve ever been to something like Portland’s Saturday Market, you know how much fun it can be to go spend the day. It’s just very exciting!

Sometimes you just catch that updraft, and you soar!

So my Flying Lessons gals and I, we’re having a little blog hop! And if you like Honey&Ollie, if you ever find yourself inspired or delighted by what you read here, you might like some of these women as well. Check ’em out!

Amaranthine Violet: http://magic-gypsy.blogspot.com/

Amy Hillenbrand: http://amyhillenbrand.blogspot.com

Beatriz Peñas B.: http://beatrizbepe.blogspot.com/

Beth Cougler Blom: http://sobliss.wordpress.com/

Carmen Patti: http://carmenpattistudio.com/wordpress/

Carol Bray: http://theredpaintedcottage.blogspot.com

Christina Fajardo: http://christinafajardo.blogspot.com/

Cindy Jones Lantier: http://www.lantier.org

Connie Rawlins : http://www.dabblinginlife.blogspot.com/

Dana Brock: http://www.dzynbydana.blogspot.com

Deborah Velásquez : http://deborahvelasquez.blogspot.com

Elissa Brown: http://thefreckledarmy.blogspot.com

Hillary Courson: http://www.hillarycourson.com

Jacquie Williamson: http://www.jacquiewilliamson.blogspot.com/

Jane Paynting: http://inkspiredwings.wordpress.com

Janet Forrest: http://tatterednworn.wordpress.com/

Jennifer DeVille: http://jenniferdeville.com/blog/

Jill Lambert : http://www.jill-lambert.blogspot.com/

Julie Hamilton: http://spaark.wordpress.com

Kanchan Mahon: http://Kanchan-Mahon.blogspot.com/

Karen Claverie: http://giddyupletsride.blogspot.com

Kari DeSaulnier: http://karidesi.blogspot.com/

Kathleen Conard : http://newfromoldcreations.blogspot.com/

Kathleen McKinnon: http://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog.html

Kathy May: http://kathymaydesigns.org

Kelley Miller: http://www.kelleymillerartworks.blogspot.com/

Kelly Corso: http://birdinatreecreations.blogspot.com/

Kelly Hoernig: http://www.kellyhoernig.blogspot.com/

Kim Hyer: http://www.apaperaddict.com/

Kris Lanae Binsfeld: http://cherishdesigns.wordpress.com

Lenore Angela: http://www.lenoreangela.blogspot.com/

Linda Barutha: http://lindabaruthadesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa Michele Products:

Liza Zeni Baker: http://lizazeni.wordpress.com/

Lynn Richards: http://alittlebluesky.blogspot.com

Lori Leissner: http://leissnerart.blogspot.com

Lori Moon: http://lorimoonstudio.blogspot.com

Mary Cottingham: http://www.barnbugstudio.blogspot.com/

Mary Sterk: http://justmarydesigns.wordpress.com

Megan Schmitt: http://www.schmittenwithwords.blogspot.com/

Melanie Douthit: http://www.douthitgallery.blogspot.com

Michelle Dwyer: http://www.magnetisedbylife.com/

Michelle Reynolds: http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com/

Rachél Payne (Rae): http://collectingyourself.wordpress.com/

Rain Hannah: http://honeyandollie.com/

Rhiannon Connelly: http://www.starrybluesky.wordpress.com

Ruth-Mary Smith: http://patchworkfamilieshub.blogspot.com

Sherry Richert Belul:

Shirley Ann: http://leonardarenaissancewoman.blogspot.com/

Stacey Chadwick
Brown: http://staceybrownarts.blogspot.com/

Susan M. Walls-Beverly:

Teresa Cash-Czech: http://www.asmilemaker.com/

Tina Carlborg: http://www.tinachicky.blogspot.com/

Tonya Love: http://passport2creativity.com/

Ursula Smith: http://www.EasyScraps.com/blog

Zulma Cadena: http://edustory.wordpress.com/

Mary Cottingham http://www.barnbugstudio.blogspot.com

For more info on classes by Kelly Rae Roberts visit http://www.kellyraeroberts.com or check out her new Hello Soul. Hello Business. http://kellyraeroberts.com/hello-soul-hello-business.

About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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27 Responses to …sometimes we fly…

  1. Denise says:

    Congratulations! That’s great news!

  2. CambriaW says:

    I’m so happy for you 🙂

  3. Hopping by to say hello. Congratulations!
    Thank you for never giving up. You are an inspiration!
    Love your jewelry!

  4. Kathleen says:

    I love your creations and your up-beat style – would love to follow your blog, but didn’t see a way to do that – please let me know how . I have a friend that lives in LA and I am sending your blog link to her right now!

  5. Kathleen says:

    Never mind – I just saw how to follow you and I did!

  6. Rain, Your work is beautiful and your photography is amazing. I am so excited for you for the new journey in LA! I so wish I could go! Congratulations on your determination, and not giving up. You have a gift and I am so excited that you will be sharing it with thousands of people! Congrats!! Thanks for flying with us! 🙂 Kris

  7. Anne says:

    FANtastic! That’s great news. Good for you – on so many levels.

    🙂 Anne

  8. tinachicky says:

    YAY!!! That’s awesome news!!

  9. Lori says:

    Congratulations, Rain! I’m so happy for you and so excited to witness the huge leap you are taking!


  10. Carol says:

    Congratulations on finally hanging in there and not giving up!

  11. Excellent! Good for you!

  12. TheLabRat says:

    OMG! SQUEEE! How wonderfully supercalafragalistically exciting! What days will the marketplace be open? What’s the address? I’m so excited for you (and the other craftspeople, too)! I’m going to have to save another pile of pennies and nickles out of my future job’s paycheck so I can come admire the pretties in person. (and buy some 😉 I really really want to!)

  13. Ursula says:

    Great post, Rain!! and Congratulations on being in the marketplace!! Looking forward to hearing about more of that adventure!!

  14. Linda says:

    You are so brave! Congratulations in picking yourself up after every rejection, dusting off and jumping back in there! You are going to be so successful! Keep flying;D

  15. C M Rawlins says:

    Your jewelry is beautiful. Sounds like you have spread your wings! Thank you for being a part of this wonderful group.

  16. Mary says:

    Love your jewelry! Congratulations on getting into the marketplace! That’s fantastic news!

  17. Woohoo!!!! Love your easy writing style and the energy that LEAPS off your page. Am so very happy for you about the LA artisan show. Looking forward to following your creative journey as it unfolds even more … Cheers!

  18. Megan says:

    Blog hopping! Love your work & congrats on getting into the Port of LA. So happy to be flying alongside you!

  19. teresacash says:

    I’m so happy to have the opportunity to hop over and read your blog. Truly and inspiration. Isn’t it fun to see what happens when we have faith enough extend ourselves. Is is said the Universe will step in. You’ve experienced that several times!

  20. Rae says:

    Wow, that is great news. Really pays off to put ourselves out there. Thanks for sharing your success story!. I loved hopping around your site. Nice layout…and I dig your art!

  21. Jane Paynting says:

    Hi Rain Thanks for sharing your journey good luck next year with the new local artisan and craft marketplace.Fly high~

  22. Hi Just popping in from “flyers”. So great to read of your acceptance into the marketplace, I wish you all the best.

  23. Melanie D says:

    Love your blog post and I LOVE the pendants in your newer post. I hope you have an etsy store!! 🙂

  24. Jill says:

    Congrats and yay for all your hard work! It’s nice to hear that you keep trying for the art shows—great things happen when you don’t give up!


  25. Try, try try again – you personify that! Great job!

  26. Elissa Brown says:

    Rain… I have really enjoyed following you through this journey and am so thankful to you for having the courage to share it all with us! I dont know what is cuter to me- you or your blog! SO GREAT and loving your necklaces. I have always been fascinated by fairy tale interpretations. Thanks for all you do!

  27. Chelle says:

    thats wonderful news, congratulations & Happy Flying!

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