I have been a wee bit busy lately so I have neglected you. Sorry about that. Today’s post is short but I hope you will dig it. It is a recent collection I made on ETSY. If you like what you see just click the image and it should take you right to the Etsy site. Hope you enjoy. I also think that the Wonder Woman Costume must have sold…
One of my favorite times of the year. I hope you will visit the shops of some of these wonderfully creative people.
Treasury tool supported by the dog house
I have been scratching my head trying to figure out what I would like to include in my blog. I want people to come back and I want you to be INTERESTED. My ramblings are not going to be enough for that. Well, not all the time. I can be quite entertaining at times. 😀
My thoughts are that I will probably do Wordless Wednesday because it is AWESOME. If you have never checked it out you should. All sorts of fun stuff. Just click HERE to see what I mean.
I also think I will be sending out a brief questionnaire to artists that I really admire so I can show them off. I mean, how do you know how cool I am if you don’t know how cool the company I keep is? If you are an artist and would like to appear here just send an email to email@example.com with a link to your stuff. Obviously those I have known and loved forever will get first dibs but I am always open to new artists.
I will also chat a bit about BOTH Etsy817 and my new group 919 Creates. Etsy817 has some wonderful artists that I will be sharing with you. As for 919 Creates, I hope you will be interested in how we start this group from the ground up or even if it ever DOES get off the ground.
Of course, I will also share what I’m doing, what I’m reading, what’s bugging me, upcoming shows, things I find on Funky Finds (which is also very cool and you should check out by clicking HERE), awesomeness from Pinterest and Etsy… Wow, I should have plenty to write about.
If there’s anything I missed that you would like to read about let me know and I will see what I can come up with. As always your comments, opinions and ideas are what keep me going so don’t forget to let me know you’re reading!
It’s been a year. I’ve missed my blog. I have another blog. It’s focused on my photography. It’s a bit to narrow for me. I’ve decided that I will come back here and combine both my love of photography with my love of artsy fartsy.
I’m hoping you will start coming back and checking on my journey to find my inner artiste here in the Durham area. I will be letting you know about upcoming events and how I am (or how I am putting OFF) preparing for them. I’m also hoping to feature other artists here in the area as well as some of my old artsy friends from the Arlington, TX area.
I have also been working on starting a group for Durham area artists to get together and bounce ideas off of, chat with, encourage and inspire one another. It is called 919 Creates. I will tell you more about that another day.
I’m out to find myself. I’m open for suggestions. I love your comments and feedback. I’ve missed you!!!!
One of the things I have been concentrating on since moving here to Durham just over a year ago is my photography. You may remember that I received my first camera when I was 7. I have had one ever since. No one is safe from my lens. Bwahahahhahha. 😉
Would love your feedback. I will be sharing more of what I have been doing as time goes on.
So… Sometime ago I watched a Youtube video featuring artist Katie Kendrick. She gave a tutorial on doing backgrounds for mixed-media art pieces. It looked like fun so I decided to give it a try. I just played. I used water color paper and water color crayons. I used old dress patterns. I used paint. I just kept playing and adding layers. I had a blast. And then IT happened. I hit a block and put it away for the summer.
Not long ago ANOTHER artist that I had met on-line shared some pieces that I was inspired by. Alicia Caudel does some amazing altered art pieces but recently painted some portraits. These made me think of my little blue haired girl packed away in a box. I pulled her out and my daughter INSISTED I start working on her again. So I did!
I let the piece lead me. It turned out like nothing I had really done before. I started to see things in it that had more meaning than I had realized before. Hidden things that only made sense to me. She took on a life of her own. I posted a couple of pictures while I was working on it and then a picture of the finished product. It wasn’t a ready for etsy type picture or anything but in a matter of minutes she had found a new home and a friend commissioned to be sent along with her.
I need to learn how to do this more. Just let the moment take me. I need more practice at starting out with absolutely NO idea of where I’m headed. Unlike my directional sense in a car my artsy sense can’t really get me so lost I have to call some one to figure out how to get home.
Enjoy your day and make sure to check out BOTH Katie Kendrick’s Blog: Joyously Becoming and Alicia Caudel’s Website: Altered Bits by simply clicking on the italicized names.
I have been slacking on the blog… Please forgive me. I am trying to prepare for my first show with Etsy817. If you haven’t heard me mention it before you haven’t been listening. I am excited to be a part of this event. We should have 25 artists plus some of the Farmer’s Markets regular vendors. This means that not only can you buy tons of great handmade items but you can also purchase some delicious baked goods and produce.
The event will be bike friendly, dog friendly, kid friendly, elderly friendly, hipster-dufus friendly… You get the picture. We want EVERYONE to come out and have a good time. There will even be a musical performance or two. Tell your friends. You will find the market on 215 E. Front Street, Arlington, Texas.
Here is a sneak peek of what you may see on Saturday:
This is by NO means everyone that will be there. Stay tuned for more vendors to be listed within the next day or so.
Hope to see ya Saturday!
No secret… I LOVE attending craft shows. Meeting the artists, seeing what they have to offer, chatting with other shoppers… I love it all. The Cowtown Indie Bazaar was no exception. What a fun place to be on a Saturday morning. I took my kiddos to this one. Clyde had been dying for a tooth pillow from REGAL COTTAGE for over a year now. He was so excited and it was one of the first booths we saw. There were about 10 artists there that I had seen at the Spring Fling the week before but a ton of different ones as well.
I remembered some of the vendors from the last Cowtown I attended. I am always impressed that they have created such a brand for themselves that they stick with me from time to time. Even though I had the kids I was still able to walk the aisles for a couple of hours. The kids were impressed with the music and the make and take which was sponsored by Flowerbedhead. They also enjoyed the free photo booth that was sponsored by Captures by Erin I liked that it was a bit more interactive. I’m not 100% sure how I felt about the flow. I kept feeling like I was missing some booths. I guess I’m just disorganized enough that I LIKE being made to go in straight rows without the option of turning half way through. That’s just me though…
If you recognize yourself or were involved with this event please feel free to promote yourself in the comments. I’m all for supporting our local artisans!
Sorry I wasn’t more of a busy blogger last week. Son and hubby both had Spring Break. It was a little more chaotic than usual.
I was super excited to be able to go to yet another fabulous Craft Show featuring Texas artists. The Cowtown Indie Bazaar was held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center on Saturday, March 19. Yet again Etsy817 was represented. Here are those members. Click on their picture to get to their shop. You shall not be disappointed!
I do have to mention that they were ALSO at Funky Finds and I didn’t get a photo. The same is true for my next artist…
Weeds & Wildflowers
As you can see we were, yet again, well represented. I’m always impressed with the talent we have. I will have a longer write up about this show sometime this week. For now please visit the above artists and remember to buy handmade.
What large Craft/Art shows have you attended and what did you like or dislike about them?