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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 now that I am getting settled I figured I should start checking out the local craft scene. I happened upon a little shop called Bull City Crafts Arts Boutique & Craft Lounge while on-line. It’s pretty unassuming on the outside but the inside is open and bright. The back half of the shop is a room with tables and even a couch to take part in your own crafty endeavors.
I took Claudia, who is 3 1/2 there today for their 11am Preschool Playcraft. It was $5 and perfect for the younger set. It was low key and free-wheeling. Jessica, the owner, spread out paper on a table and squirted globs of paint on it so the kiddos could finger paint and, yes, she provides aprons! She also put out play dough and had a table with little blank books, markers, kid-sized crayons and colored pencils. There was no pressure. The kids went from one thing to the next at their pace… which was often times quite speedy!
They also offer a Playcraft 2.0 for kids 6 and up. That one is also $5. Another offering is the BYOB series. It’s a workshop for adults. You provide your own beverage and, for $12 Bull City Crafts provides light snacks and a project. I can’t wait to try that one out. There are more offerings available. You can click HERE for their calendar.
I am excited to have found Bull City Crafts and can’t wait to get in there and utilize more of what they have to offer. If you’re ever in Bull City (that’s Durham for those of you not in the loop) stop by and say hi! 2501 University Dr., Durham, NC
If, like me, you grew up in the mid-west this title may conjure up memories of summers waiting in traffic jams or praying you didn’t run into the orange barrels OR the cement wall that ran on either side of you all through the warmer months on the highways. Welp, this summer I have also been Under Construction. A lot of things have been changing.
First: We packed up the family and, moved from Arlington, TX to Durham, NC. It’s a good thing. My husband applied for a job at UNC that he just couldn’t ignore and, no real surprise to me, he got it. I loved Arlington and all my friends. My crafty self is seriously going to miss my friends at Etsy 817 and all that they have going on this year.
And B) I’m trying to change up my branding a bit. I’ve always been all over the place. I did what I thought was fun. Put together papers that I loved and created my decoupage items. I didn’t really have a ‘look’ I could claim as mine.
I’m trying to change that. It’s in the works and I will be sharing a lot more soon. Here is a sneak peek:
In order to facilitate my new crafty-self I have joined a new Etsy group, NC Street Team on Etsy.com. I have also applied for a local craft show that I was invited to The Howliday Shop 2011. I will keep you posted as to my status with that one.
I really am excited about all these changes and I hope to meet some more crafty friends here in the area… Although my etsy817 buds have set the bar pretty high… I hope you will stick with me as I try to figure all this out in a brand new place. I will be reviewing local craft stores, craft shows and artists. I will also be checking in with etsy817 from time to time as they prepare for their first big show Handmade Holidays. And yes… I am VERY jealous that I’m going to miss that one.
It’s good to be back. Stay tuned!