Monday, September 28, 2015

Like Mother Effin' Phoenix

Well hey. How are ya? If anyone is still checking or reading this.....

I have returned to the interwebs for creative output, inspiration, venting, and all those good things that I have missed. I started this blog right before I moved to Boston because I was broke, trying to earn income via Etsy, and survive while my boyfriend (now husband) conquered law school. Once we returned to Florida and I invested in a paint your pottery studio along with a business partner. It seemed like my need for a creative pursuit as my main source of income had been met. I achieved my dream job and thus gave up on most other creative pursuits. Well, some time has passed and now I'm starting to feel a little differently about things. It's funny...I own a creative based business and people love to say things like "I would love to work here and paint all day!" That is not at all what I do. My job is paying bills, marketing, cleaning, scheduling, responding to e-mails. My job owning an art studio allows me the opportunity to create very little art. I've been okay with that because the studio is designed to help the Non Artist have a great experience. Forty-somethings who nervously laugh and say "oh I can't even draw a stick figure" can come to my store, have a great time, and take home a little memento from the whole thing. I love that. I really, really love that. BUT it has officially stopped being enough for the creative part of my brain to try and live vicariously through my customers. Don't get me wrong! I still absolutely have the best job ever, but I've been doing some thinking. Analyzing my life. My priorities. Trying to figure out what direction to take. In some ways, so much of my life is already figured out. I'm happily married, I have a business that I'm passionate about, I have a supportive family, I have an amazing hobby of being a roller derby official that has brought wonderful people into my life. Things are pretty sweet overall. But then there's the little things. Creative projects, how I spend my free time, the space that I live in. In the grand scheme of life and the universe and all that crap, something like sewing place mats and decorating your apartment is bullshit. However, as trivial as it may be, those little creative pursuits fill the gaps and make me happy. So, I've decided to return to MAKING. Drawing more. Painting more. Sewing more. Decorating more. Writing more. Blogging more. Doing more of the things that I miss and I love.

So I'm back. Here's the shortest summary ever of the last 2 years of my life.

I got married. Also, this is the best wedding photo ever.
My business partner and I purchased Go van Gogh and rebranded it. The new store is called Craft Haus! It's beautiful and I love it so much! Check it out 
My sweet little baby big is nice, big hog now.
Oh yeah! And we moved to Austin, TX. I don't know how often I will end up posting, but I'm excited. I'm excited to make and to share.

See you in a bit!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A New Swap!

For those of you that have been reading for a while, you may be familiar with the craft swaps that Lizette and I have done in the past with Bee Creative Swaps. This time, my friend Nicole from Kitsch Empire and I are going to host one!

The Details
It's like a crafty secret santa! To start you'll just fill out a simple survey (your name, email, favorite color, etc.). Next we'll secretly pair up the participants and you'll get an email with a your buddy's information. Then, you make a small present for your swap partner and ship it out before the deadline.  In return you get an awesome hand made gift just for you!

Interested? Great! 
 Just sign up by clicking here! Sign ups end Friday, November 28th (Black Friday) and the swap begins Monday, December 1st. We ask that all gifts are in the mail by Thursday, December 18th. That will give you plenty of time to get crafty!

Here's a few photos the Ornament Swap we did two years ago

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tiny Gifts for Tiny People

This holiday season, I'm making it my goal to hand-make all of my gifts. That is usually my goal every year, but at some point the "OH CRAP! Christmas is!" moment kicks in and I ended up trying to figure out what I can purchase to save time. To kick off the crafting spree, I've been working on some things for some friends that just had the teeniest (and cutest!) baby. Appliqu├ęs are a great way to use up some fabric and do a quick gift and I've been adding designs to pre-made onsies. I say "quick," except I'm making like a bajillion so quick has turned into taking-a-little-while. There not really for Christmas, but it feels nice to be making things again and to get started on new projects. I'm really bad about taking the time to be creative for myself, but I'll stay up all night making things for other people. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!


It has been a long time since I have posted and I hope today will be the first of many posts to come in the future. I threw together a last minute Halloween costume as a Cactus and I made a little strawberry outfit for my co-worker. 

I also made my little sister's Bride of Frankenstein dress! I can't take credit for her uh-mazing hair-do, though. I have been dying for her to be the Bride since she was a baby because she has the perfect hair for it! It's my first "real" costume that I've done and I think I officially love making Halloween costumes! 

Hope everyone has a spooky good weekend!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Handmade Gifts

It seems like pretty much everyone I know has a birthday in the fall plus we've got a few weddings coming up so lately I've been trying to crank out a few gifts. Although, I don't like posting them around until I've given them incase in spoils the surprise.

Hopefully, I can start sewing more regularly because I think almost everyone I know is sick of ceramic gifts!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

So Long Sweet Summer

This summer has been absolute insanity to say the least. As an art instructor, the summertime is the busiest time of the year since kids are out of school and lots of parents are looking to sign their kids up for camps and classes. The relationship with our kids is a love/hate one for me. They are so intelligent and hilarious and give me so much hope and inspiration, but they can also be downright little jerks at times as well. Plus, summer camp is a strange environment because you want the kids to focus and work on their art, but it's also not school and you don't want them to be bored. Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh at their antics or reprimand them to stop goofing off and get to painting. Either way, my studio has been running at 110% for the last 3 months and yesterday it finally ended with our last day of summer camp. I've spent the last 24 hours drinking wine, snuggling with piglet, and doing a whole lot of precious sleeping. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Delayed is an Understatement

At the beginning of the year, Lizette and I hosted the most recent Bee Creative Craft Swap. Unfortunately, my lovely item was shipped during the midst of my move and it wasn't until I was unpacked and settled in during the end of May (!!!) that I finally got to check out and enjoy what I had received. 

Amy made me a giraffe bag (my favorite animal!) and including lots of extra goodies like needles, a handmade pin cushion, extra thread, etc. It was such an AWESOME swap item and I'm so glad Amy and I were matched with one another!

Or check out some of the other swap items on the Bee Creative Facebook page here.