Book Trailer with Special Voice Artist Feature

Awakened Seed book trailer screen shot

Haylee is ready to entertain and entice you with her book trailer video!

A special feature is Voice Artist Meghan Kelly speaking as Haylee.

Meghan is currently working on producing an audio book for Awakened Seed. It will be distributed on Audible this fall.

Check out Meghan’s website and stay tuned for more about her beautiful voice work.

Sounds of Meghan Kelly website

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Psychic Web Marketing – Katrina Thompson

Born with psychic abilities, Katrina Thompson vividly remembers moments (when she was about nine) laying awake and seeing a series of kind faces…people she didn’t know. They didn’t frighten her; they were just there.  Eventually she would think, that was interesting – then she’d go to sleep.08 kat 3

Years later, as an adult, Katrina had an experience that led her to the realization that mediumship could function as a form of healing. While doing a tarot reading,  she was asked a question that the cards could not possibly answer…yet the answers came quite clearly. Following their direction Katrina, connected with a loving person in spirit who gave personal information and solace to her client.

One bereaved widow comments, “When I first lost my husband, it felt like a physical wound. Katrina helped stop the bleeding.”

Although her life and work were not devoted to using psychic abilities, Katrina always maintained close ties with the Spiritualist Community, participating in training and community giving activities. A pivotal moment in her career came when she attended her first mediumship development workshop in Canada in 2007.

With her abilities fine tuned, her children mostly all grown, and a business concept in place, Katrina set out to market her psychic development workshops and her personal psychic reading services.

Although, her husband and sons helped establish her initial online presence, with Adobe products, Katrina found it challenging to rely on them (with their own busy schedules) to keep her website updated with current information.

She has the skills to learn those programs but her time is a limiting factor. She needed a framework to work within that would allow her to ’hit the ground running’ while cultivating the relationships that would grow her business.

To accomplish this, we set up a WordPress site for Katrina. Using many of the images already created by her son, katrina 1I added artistic treatments, created a color pallet and color palletproduced a series of web videos.

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After only one WordPress training session, Katrina was off and running with her own website and blog.

The fact that I can have this much power over my own website is AWESOME!”  she says  enthusiastically.

The combination of Katrina’s warm personality, good writing skills, an easy-to-use website with quality imagery and cohesive design elements is working; she has quickly gained numerous online followers. Her site has become a powerful ancillary tool in her business development activities where adding posts and information about upcoming events has become second nature. Katrina can now focus on what is really important…connecting with people and facilitating healing.

To learn more about Katrina and her mediumship services, visit her website at http://www.ultravimedium.com/

Vintage Pet Beds – Hand Crafted in Nevada City

The Cattani’s background in gift item design, pet products, building and furniture crafting make Pet Beds a natural outgrowth of their style and ingenuity.  They have amassed a stock of headboards and chair backs that they design into special and unique pet beds. They also offer a specialty service where they craft a custom Pet Bed made out of your own furniture.

“The Pet Beds we design are about love and comfort for our pets,” says Becky Cattani.

In her career, Becky traveled extensively in the orient and designing highly successful gift items for an import company. She also spent most of a decade researching the history of a 1900’s fishing lodge in Oregon and restoring it to it’s historical splendor. Prior to 2006, the Cattani’s lived in Santa Cruz County where Becky owned a pet deli & boutique in the little village.

These experiences began her love of period furniture, antique restoration and product design.

Matt enjoys working with all kinds of people. He has a quick smile and is perpetually cheerful – even when he faces challenges. His skills in building maintenance have carried him far in life. He’s managed and maintained apartment complexes, vacation rentals and a historic hotel. His workshop would make any woodworker envious. It is a gabled building painted cheery bright red and replete with a lighthouse style light at the top that shines brightly every evening.

In 2011 the Cattanis hired me to create professional product images for brochures, upcoming festivals and for a website. During the course of our photo session, we discussed their business goals, objectives, target market issues, and technical skills. We concluded that a website, that they maintain themselves, is not practical for the Cattanis at this time. Their goal is to work with pet suppliers, interior decorators, catalog companies and to connect with people one-on-one at craft fairs to generate custom orders.

For the immediate short term, they plan to list their contact information in key online locations so that they have a web presence and focus their business building efforts through connections that  they develop at festivals. To this end, they work cooperatively with artist Monique Hanson, who specializes in animal painting, to share booth space at artisans festivals throughout northern California and Nevada.

Comments they always hear when people see their Pet Beds, “Oh! Those are so darling!”

“When we first started showing the beds, people would ask if their dogs could sit on them. We thought that would be alright…until we realized that the dogs wanted to mark their territory!”  laughs Matt.

Matt and Becky are enjoying life in Nevada County,  their continual quest for unique furniture and always, always the joy and exuberance of their furry companions.

Moondoggies / Luna Kitties
(530) 470-0347
Moon Doggies Motel
13050 Discovery Way
Nevada City, CA 95959

Fall Colors Open Studio Tour

This weekend the Redfern Studio will be participating in the Fall Colors Open Studio Tour in Western Nevada County.  67 artists will be showing their work at 30 studios scattered through out the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Saturday, Oct. 6th & Sunday, Oct. 7th 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Showing at the studio will be Annika Hemminge, another artist who enjoys creating art pieces with bright colors!

Getting ready for the tour was a tiring – but wonderful – process. EVERY corner has been cleaned and straightened – including the back work room area. Wow!

Peggy and I both had strange feelings to see the front sales room stripped bare and awaiting Annika’s work. But when she arrived and started to hang her pieces – the space was electrified. It was exciting to feel the different energy that she brought into the space.

We are looking forward a fun weekend filled with connections and making new friends.

Creative Commons – Open Source & Freebies

I wanted to find music that was REALLY OK to use- legally – when I started making web videos for my small business customers. Coming from an industry where copyright infringement is about as common as eating, it makes one ultra sensitive to NOT perpetuating that behavior on others.

While on my musical quest, I discovered the Creative Commons movement. Open sourcing, in the technology sector, also got me to thinking…. Both of these groups are organizations and individuals that donate time, talents, knowledge and resources to further enhance the creative community and future generations of thinkers, artists and inventors. Creative Commons makes the legal jargon of licensing understandable (and easy to use) and open sourcing is design specifications, for physical things, that is freely available for others to modify or use to invent new things.

The geek in me so admires the technology folks…

Massimo Banzi & Arduino – 0pen source microconroller

I finally hit musical ‘pay dirt’ when I found danosongs.com. At first it was almost impossible to believe that Dan O’Connor would allow people to use his music – for commercial use – royalty free. I was so grateful and thankful for his generosity. (Once I had produced the first few test videos and decided to ‘have a go’ at that business model, I went back to his website and sent him a donation.)

*also check out soundcloud.com

I’ve begun making my own contributions to the Creative Commons movement – and will continue to do so.

Graphics & Imagery – Royalty free and OK for commercial uses
http://www.flickr.com/photos/redfernstudio

Sound Clips – Public Domain

The energy that we absorb from others when we work together cooperatively leads us to build, invent and discover new things that would have been unimaginable to our great-great grandparents. I’d like to see this spirit of sharing continue to expand!

Redfern Studio Video

A relatively new Redfern Studio product / service – web video.

Web Videos are a powerful, interactive way to tell the story of your business, profession, product, event or service by combining art, music, and voice with video capture and still imagery created by yours truly.

With my business and marketing background & my art and and portrait expertise, I begin mentally composing the visual elements of your presentation as soon as I first hear about your project.

I think everyone who works with people and who has a website needs to have (at least) one web video. Frequent, fresh web content is a MUST in today’s fast paced world.

As I have been working on creating a number of these to promote other local businesses, I realized that I needed to make one that promotes MY own!

Business Development Video

Using music from local musicians Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald http://www.kammmac.com/ and Redfern Transformative Art for background elements, we designed this professional development video for Bereavement Counselor, Heather Certik. Within moments of making it public on YouTube, she came up in the top four on Google, MSN and AOL search engines. From having no web presence (at the time of video publishing) to top placement on popular search engines, we are looking forward to hearing how her web video helps Heather find new clients and build her business.