Bio: Jan Avellana is a mixed-media artist with a passion for art making, books, deep conversations, and seaside adventures with her three favorite men (ages 5, 8 and 42). Jan spent the better part of her adult life trying very hard to be a grown-up with a traditional job. The birth of her two sons released her to follow her heart and reclaim the artist she has always been. In 2007, Jan created a line of silver hand stamped jewelry under the Hazelnut Cottage brand. Today, she revels in mixed-media messes, making heartfelt connections with others through art and words. In print, you can find jan in “The Pulse of Mixed Media”, “Inside the Creative Studio”, “Artful Blogging, Winter 2011” and “ClothPaperScissors Studios”. In life, you can find her immersed in the studio or at the beach (with paint in her hair).
The hardest part at year 2 of your business is….
…wearing all of the hats. I had great difficulty juggling it all; motherhood, wife, artist, bookkeeper, blogger, social media and marketing guru…at this point in the life of Hazelnut Cottage (my hand stamped jewelry line), I was barely getting any sleep at all and working much of the time. This was especially hard since my babies were little; just 2 and 4 at the time.
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