Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Thinking about pink. And other major life decisions.

The Chloe Pink Studio interior design project has begun. Last weekend, I came across an old french desk and chair at Alley's Attic. And hired someone to "shabby chic" it. That was easy. Now, the real work begins: finding the right shade of pink to paint CP's studio walls. With so many pinks from corals to candies to hot and french pinks, it's not as easy as you think. I want a room that makes a design statement, but it needs to be a conducive work space as well. I want "pink" to motivate, not distract me from bringing Pete & Chloe to life! Underlying this whole decision is, well, my problem in making decisions. I think it's partly a female characteristic to aim for perfectionism and overthink things. Often, that makes for a good outcome. But other times, it's kept me from moving forward in life. Sometimes the details become all too important and I can lose focus of the big picture. Does that ever happen to you. Have you ever waited too long to make a decision when you could've been making progress towards a goal? How many trips to the paint store would you make to get just the right pink? I've made 3 so far.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Follow Your Dreams, Girls

For our inaugural cartoon, Chloe wanted to make a statement on behalf of women and girls. Her line in the first frame is a direct quote from Barack Obama on March 11, 2009 at the signing ceremony for the White House Council on Women and Girls. The new Council's goal is that every agency of government thinks about the impact of its policies on women and girls. He added, "When any of our citizens can't fulfill their potential, that says something about the state of our democracy." Chloe and her friend, Pete couldn't agree more.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Chloe Pink Re"Coming-Out" Party

Hi. My name is Sharna Fulton and I'm a cartoonist. In 2007, I finally pursued my lifelong dream of creating Chloe Pink, a 32 piece greeting card line for the National Stationery Show in New York City. (Chloe Pink is also the name of the main cartoon woman/girl character who deals with the daily pitfalls of life with her dog, Pete.)

With just enough interest from the head comedy writer at a major greeting card company to get my hopes up, but zero sales, I tried the next thing that came to mind. Thanks to help from a talented wordsmith and Cause Marketing professional, Joe Waters, I tried to find a nonprofit who could use Chloe as a spokesgirl for their cause. I tried for a few months, but got no bites and so I stopped trying. (Definitely not something Chloe would ever do!)

So, I put Pete and Chloe in a drawer and walked away from my dreams. A year later, enters Carol. She and I met at a party in my neighborhood and we became friends instantly. She's a retired school teacher, mother, grandmother and one of the strongest, most independent women I've ever met. Carol now sings for her livelihood and believes in following one's heart.

Thanks to Carol, Pete and Chloe are back in my life. Tomorrow, Carol's throwing a coming out party for the three of us and inviting her family and friends. Actually, it's really a celebration of being a girl or a woman. That's what Chloe Pink is all about. Which reminds me...What are YOUR dreams? What makes YOU happy? I'm opening up the conversation right now. Chloe, Pete, Carol and I want to know.

Chloe Pink Copyright Sharna Fulton 2009. All rights reserved.

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