..Creativity and Fame (and the right reason?!)

Lola thinks about..

Today I want to talk about a topic that has been close to my heart for some while now, and even though I’ve been looking at it from different perspectives I am still confused. 

I have been active and inactive on Instagram and my follower count shows that.

So since I have decided to give all of this a second try, I looked more into the accounts of people of my community who have thousands of followers. 

Now let me say. The ones that have the biggest follower count are the most active and also the most hard working. Some of them put all of their heart and time into making their business grow. And some of them managed doing that in a really short amount of time. 

I can just assume how much money and where they spent that money to get enough recognition, but that is not really important for me. 

I am mostly wondering about people who have 2-4K Followers. 

For me that is a giant number. For you it might not be, but those people make good business with their account. 

Most of them are still in high school, and can use the money they make for their future, so what they’re gaining isn’t really a monthly income, more like big pocket money. 

But as some of them are still in high school, they’re still developing their skills, which can sometimes be underwhelming. So why do they have this follower count, when there are many people out there working harder and having more skills? People who decided to make polymer clay their job. And who don’t have the recognition they deserve.

NOTE: For me it’s still a hobby.

Personally I just want to make a enough money to live independently from my parents, which have to give me money even though I will have a job by next month and even though I am living in a student apartment, which are cheaper than normal apartments. 

So making a few extra bugs each month would really help me out, so for that I started looking into online shops again. 

If you’re thinking this is a shallow reason to start doing this again I must assume you’re still to young to live on your own. 

I have been going to fairs/shows to sell my jewelry for two years now, and had the most fun doing this, even though I rarely got the rent (for standing there) back. 

Displaying my Creations on the internet was more of a burden though. So I didn’t do that often. 

But now that I’ve given myself a purpose with this internet thing, and an actual schedule making me treat this hobby more like a job I am enjoying this ‚job‘ quite a lot. 

My ideas which had been buried under self-consciousness the past year have come back, as I am thinking what can I do to pop out between all the other talented people. 

Coming up with new ideas every week gives me extreme creativity flows which haven’t turned into rivers, but who knows that might happen. 

Sometimes doing things just for the fun of it doesn’t get you were you want to be. 

But sometimes doing it to stand on your own feet, or to stand out from the crowd, or to be famous can give you enough purpose to actually find the (long lost) fun (again). 

I am happy with my decision and willing to keep going until I am where I want to be. I want to inspire and I want to live happy with my work. 

And I am onto the second point already.

And even though I still don’t understand what makes people more famous than others that might be even better, I will work on myself and do what I can to reach my goals instead of envying others. 

Creativity and the life of Artists is full of rivalry and sadly not romantic at all. Doing things for ‚good‘ reasons might not satisfy you and that is totally o-k-a-y! Give yourself a reason that gets you going and start. And if that is to ‚become crazy internet-famous‘ as the lovely Ben Cook says, than do so. But please don’t forget to be kind to people on your journey because you can’t make it on your own. Sometimes everybody needs help. 

If this text-post helped you in any way ( i hope) please let me know and share my work with friends ! It would really really really lik-e help me!

And if you have had doubts about your reasons to begin with something, fucking start doing what you want to get where you want to be ! 

Lots of love !

∼Lola Who

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…on a sunny week in April…

Lola looks back...

..in which she did all things in a new way.

This week I created quite a few things, and I made an effort to properly take care of all my social media accounts that are associated with Lola Who/ LolaWhoCharms.

My journey to success and great content will be a long one, but I am working on new ideas !

So far I’ve decided to post on this blog three times a week, under the categories : Lola thinks..; Tutorials and Lola looks back..

In the first one I will talk about my thought on techniques, products or new news in the polymer clay community.

In the second one I will show a simple tutorial.

And in the last one ( which is this one right now) I a, going to look back on something.

If you have ideas or tips for any of these topics please let me know ! I would love to hear your thoughts !

But for today we will look back on my past week:

I went home this weekend and created some new Tea-Bag-Buddies for the shop in Berlin  where you can find some of my creations! If you ever have the chance to stay in Berlin please check it out !

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Those are my friends of the week, I made a few more, but I didn’t have time to take pictures on till now.

Also in this week I started doing more decoden again !

I actually started last week, but this week was big for me !

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I made four boxes that will appear on my etsy by next week !

So stay tuned if you are interested ! This orange beauty is already available !

Next on I made some phone accessories which where waiting so long to be finally finished !

I hope you like these ! I enjoy them a lot !

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The colors are all lilac, but if you are interested in other ones please contact me ! You can finde these one here !

Before that I finished those accessories that can also be put on your phone !

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I made quite a few ! You can finde more here !

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Here is another friendly face of a TBB ! I think I will also put them on etsy, to see how they will do !

I also finally got around to use this book mark which I had saved for soo long !

I like how it turned out. 

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I chose the colours to match the bronze look. You can find it here if you’re interested !

I hope you enjoyed this look back on my week, and stay tuned for my upcoming projects !

∼Lola Who

That’s tutorially Bananas

Tutorials

G’day fellow crafters !

Today I will show you how to make super cute Banana-Splits!

DISCLAIMER: NOT FROM SCRATCH 

If you don’t have the parts to do this, you can either buy those online, or you can make them yourself with clay.

I might do a tutorial on making everything from scratch in the future.

You will need :

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Tiny Pipe and plastic bag

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Some sort of cream. I use this, as it is really good.

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Some sort of plate, either buy one or make it.

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Bananas and ice-cream.

 

I understand that this might be diffcult to make if you’re a beginner so here is youtube-tutorial so you can see how to make the Ice-cream scoop. The banana on the other hand is quite simple, just try to make the shape, and then texture it by making some slight cuts into the clay with a tool.

 

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Begin by inserting the pipe in the bag. Make sure to cut a hole into one edge of the bag before.

 

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Secure with scotch tape !

 

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Role the end of the bag like this so nothing can run out !
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Here is another close up of the bananas.

 

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Pipe the cream onto the plate in the little ‚cream dots‘

 

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Like this !

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Then put the Bananas on there ! When the Cream dries everything will be super strong !

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 Now add some cream to a side you prefer to put the ice cream scoops on.

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Choose a colour combination you like !

 

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Here you can see that I chose to do different designs.

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Then add more Cream, if you’d like.

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You can add sprinkles to your creation.

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To put on the sprinkles I wet the end of a paint brush.

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And then I dipped it into the micro pearls.

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The you can easily place it onto the cream without making a huge mess!

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FINISHED!  You can leave it like this  and use it for miniature doll houses

f.e. or you can glue a ring on the bottom when its all dried out.

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I choose to put a head-pin into it to make those Banana-Splits into necklaces.

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All done !

If you enjoyed this please let me know!

If you’re interested in buying those, I have listed them on my etsy !

∼ Lola Who 

Life of Pie

Creations

Pies !! Also I am aware that the title is extremely original…..  …… …… I took some bottle-caps with me at the last party I went to and decided to make some pies.

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It took me more than a week to finally get around to making these, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I had some blue TSL-Clay mix leftover (I still have) from a project I totally messed up, so I made some blueberry pie. The color is kind of off, but whatever. Also the blueberry bits disappeared during the baking, so the filling doesn’t have a lot of structure which is a shame. All in all it was quite a messy project. TSL is sticky as hell.

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The dough color is hand mixed, and also kind of off. You can say I really didn’t have a hand for colors that day… Those pies were more or less an experiment. As you can see in the first picture I also tried different thicknesses of the ‚dough‘ . I prefer the thicker on has the pie seems more vivid. Which pie do you prefer?

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The cake-pieces that you can see in the pictures will appear really soon on this blog. I hope. My posting schedule has been a bit off lately as well ( everything is off OMG) but as I am mostly writing for myself..I don’t think anyone really notices.

∼Lola

Waffly Studs

Creations

More Waffles!
OMG.

But they would go perfectly with the waffles rings I posted last. *wink*wink*

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I basically did the same thing with these waffles. Just add fruits and everything will look spring and summer ready.

So I will just let you enjoy these pictures.

 

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Woop isn’t this nice. Nothing to read.

 

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∼ Lola

Cupcakes and the Lazy Person

Creations

If you have ever met me at any fair (what I highly doubt) you will have noticed that I have a lot of Cupcake-earrings. They are my favorite thing to look at. They look incredible cute and put me in a good mood.

But they’re kind of…. a bit of a hassle.. to make. You have to be really precise to make both look even.

But Cupcake-Charms are a bliss. They’re still incredibly cute, but so easy to make. Most of the times I make them at the end of the day. I use a but of scrap-clay for the base, and bake them. And when I have time I put frosting on them after I’ve baked them. They don’t have to look the same or even have the same size. Its incredibly convenient.

 

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Also. In this case I rolled out the pieces of clay I had left , cut the in little bits and used it as sprinkles later. That makes all the Cupcakes in this match look like they belong together, which is also lovely.

 

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Over all are those my favorite charms to make. (Also they sell kind of nice.)

∼Lola

Frozen Yogurt

Creations

My last blog entry was a bit warm, wasn’t it? Now to something colder! and healthier…

 

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Frozen Yogurt is the best thing ever, I definatly like it more than Ice cream. I think it’s alot more refreshing and much healthier as well. But I guess we could discuss about this, sooooo

But why does it have to be so freaking expensive! It’s ridiculous.
I’ve already tried making it on my own, but I failed. Not extremly, it tasted still pretty could, but it wasn’t frozen yogurt^^ ..

 

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This ones look atleast like frozen yogurt..

But I’m so bad at making little bowls, thats why they look wonky and different.

 

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Have a cool day, with cool fruits, and cool..smarties…and cool oreos..and cool stuff.

~Lola

Cheeseburger in the summer heat

Creations

So.. first of all I need to say that summer is a freaking weird word. It sounds nice and all, but it looks wrongly spelled in my eyes.

And now, onto the important topic. I made this hamburger a couple of month ago, actually now that I think about it, it may have been a year this I made this. O god, where did all the time go??, well, I thought that it would be a good idea to start making more proper food, and not just sweets, although I very much enjoy looking at pink sweets. I really can’t explain the joy I feel when I get my stuff out of the oven and look at all these lovely colours.

On another topic, it’s definetly better to eat warm food when it is warm outside rather than cold ice or someting. Our bodies need more engery to warm the cold food up to our body temperature. Which basically means you get tired even faster. As if the summer heat doesn’t reduce our productivity enough already…psht…-.-

 

have a nice day, and maybe you’ll find krabby patties.

O what I’d give to taste those burgers.

~Lola

WAFFLES!!!! (summer fruit edition)

Creations

I LOVE MAKING WAFFLES, these ones AND real ones.
Waffles are definitely a comfort food.

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I made crêpes for my mom on motherday. They turned out great. I combined them with a simple caramel sauce. Which wasn’t that simple to be honest since it was the first timer ever that I made caramel, and I had to make it into a sauce aswell, and you know.. caramel is apparently not so easy to handle. But it turned out delicious! Quite proud of myself.
But I didn’t flip the crêpes in the air.. soo minus points for crêpe-making like a pro.

 

 

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I’ll end my food stories here.

~Lola

Strawberry Macarons! (not macaroons though!)

Creations

I love making these! Sadly, I can’t figure out how to make them for real. I`ve tried a few recipes already, but so far, none really worked. They did come out quite yummy, but the colour changed and their appearence aswell. Maybe the colour ruins the mix. Idk. However, I’ve not given up yet, I just found another recipe and will try it out soon. We’ll see. Fingers crossed :).

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The ‚cream‚ is a mixture of airdry clay and normal glue. I added some acrylic paint for the colour. It takes a while to dry, but besides that it’s a great alternative to the fuwa fuwa decocream.
It doesn’t look as nice ( in my opinion) and it also feels differently (of course) but I think it is a great, cheaper alternative!

 

When making this cream, you want to get a quite stiff consistency, but you still have to be able to push it through an icing bag, so it shouldn’t be too stiff! If you mess up just add a little bit more of what is missing, so if it is too runny add more clay, and if it’s too stiff just add more glue. Also don’t get impatient or nervous. It takes ages to mix the two. At least for me, and I am using a spatula. A spoon or something with a flat side might also work. It is also quite clever to use a smaller bowl, or else the mixture will stick anywhere,and its harder to get it off again. And we don’t really want to waste anything, right?

 

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Oh and good luck when trying out making macarons! Both fake or real ones! 😀

~Lola