Alita Marie Designs, llc

Recent Posts

Well, Here I Go Again

Here I go again.  It is the new year and I am trying to start fresh.  Applied to 3 big jurried shows.  Scared.  Excited.  Am reviewing my calendar from last year to start deciding which shows I want to do again, and which I am going to drop.  With Eli gone (Yes, he chose to go to Germany for ... Read more

Living and Happiness

Living and Happiness Went to a meeting for a group of women entrepreneurs today. Interesting group, to say the least. But some of the final questions, questions designed to spur thought and bring about enlightenment, were indeed thought provoking. And a couple stood out: The difference between li... Read more


  Passages...Isn't it funny how quickly things can change? Friends drift away, loves the same. There with one breath, gone with the next.  Poof! I truly believe that people are placed in your life for a reason, and you in theirs. I am sad to think that my raison d'etre has changed so dra... Read more

What Place Music?

What place, music?  In my life it’s right up there with the things I can’t live without, like air, water, and food.  My soul was made for music.  My body cannot help but move, even in the car.  And my voice—out loud, singing loud and strong.  Make a joyful noise! When I was a little gi... Read more


Fear.    I think potential customers can smell fear.  Any weakness makes your product less viable, and so it may not sell as well. My advice?  Put your game face on and get out there!!!  Smile.  Engage people in small talk.  Find something to genuinely compliment someone on--their hair, dr... Read more

Dating at 62

Dating. Even the word scares me a little.  I am, at 62, attempting to get out there and find someone.  It's not that I mind being alone, it's that I DO NOT want to be lonely for the rest of my life.  So... I attempted to get out there.  Gentleman #1...not working out because he has too muc... Read more

Cardinal Rule

    The Cardinal Rule:   a substantial rule that is in place in a certain situation or organization. And it must not be broken at anytime. Today I worked a show—a first year show—and was SO sorry I broke my ‘No first year shows’ cardinal rule.  Not only was I stuck in a ... Read more

On Being 62 and Running a Business While Caring for My Mom

On Being 62 and Running a Business While Caring for My Mom The photo is of my mom just before the accident which took her independence.  We went to the Chihuily  Glass Exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Today is my birthday…62nd to be exact.  Man!  How did I get here?  No…really, ... Read more

The Rocky Road to Success: Choosing what shows to work

The Road to Success:  Choosing what shows to work.   Today I am sitting at my computer with my last year’s calendar trying to decide which shows I should do.  It’s a hard decision.  I want my shows to be a success. I love the shows for charities, and never mind donating one of m... Read more

The Rocky Road to Success: Shows

One Of the Major Steps to Success:  Shows As insight for customers to see what we artists go through just to be present at a show, and for new--or seasoned--vendors trying to make a living. Into each artist’s life, a few shows must fall.  For me, art shows, and craft shows, are my bread an... Read more

Success: It's a Rocky Road

I am walking that Rocky Road to Success, and would like to take you with me.  Hopefully, I can share some insights and help others along the way. Define success: the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.  Well, I'm certainly not achieving monetary wealth or fame, but the respec... Read more

Keeping Silver Clean

What causes tarnish: Humidity and chemicals in the air cause silver to tarnish.  The most common cause for jewelry is the oily residue from our hands and fingers. Preventing tarnish and storing your silver: Tarnish can be minimized during storage. Place individual pieces of silver inside a polye... Read more

Gemstones and Their Meanings

Gemstones have been part of our lives since the beginning of time. Some, like Peridot, are mentioned in the Bible. The Egyptians and Persians believed Lapis Lazuli helped them stay out of danger. Native Americans called Lapis the ‘father’ stone, and Malachite the ‘mother’ stone for their var... Read more