Local Handmade Sellers – Austin, Texas

Local Handmade Sellers – Austin, Texas

What is it about living in Austin, TX?

I am a native Texan.  I have lived in Austin, since the late 1980s.  It is a beautiful place to live, music, poets, and lots of makers.  There are many fairs and selling spots for the handmade seller.  There are many universities and of course The University of Texas~I happen to be a graduate of Saint Edward’s University. Austin is the State Capital of Texas and very photographic.  One of my favorite pictures is that of my daughter and her now husband.

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Downtown Austin, Texas by Tiffany Campbell Photography

Normally I focus on Etsy Sellers for my Blogging here on WordPress.  Today, I am focusing on a few things that are happening in the Local Central Texas Area.  We locals are very proud of our City and readying for the Holiday Season!

The Pecan Street Festival  is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts, crafts and music festivals in the nation presented by The Pecan Street Association (which is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization). The festival has been produced by Special Events Live since 2006. The Pecan Steet Festival runs this year September 24th (11AM – 10PM) & September 25th (11AM – 8PM). The Festival is located between East 7th Street and East 6th Street in Downtown Austin, TX.  You will see many vendors on East 6th Street and the Music areas spill over to 7th Street.  (Please note: I tried a number of the links on the Pecan Street Festival page and they are broken or take you to a site that is not the local artist).  If you want to see an artist’s work, I suggest looking them up in a Google Search.  

A friend of mine Jennie M. Bennett is a beautiful jewelry artist who will have a booth at the festival will be Booth number 99 if looking at the Pecan Street Festival Webpage or walking the Festival she will be located on the North side of 6th Street between Trinity and Nueces.  Be sure to look Jennie up, as she is an amazing artist!  She handcrafts her Sterling Silver jewelry here in Austin, using jewelry tools for her art! She is a fantastic human, artist and is very down to earth. I really enjoy knowing her. Jennie gives a nod to the South Congress Bridge with her Sterling Silver Bat Jewelry.  She also makes jewelry she can customize just for you. Do check her out at the Pecan Street Festival, or on the 23rd Artists’ Market  and on online at Etsy   Examples of Jennie’s work below. Click the image and go to her Etsy Shop!

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One of my favorite people in the world is Brenda Armistead, she is not only an imaginative artist, human being and a really great friend of mine.  She not only works in clay, she paints, sews and does machine embroidery. She is very creative and makes a variety of art. Her Etsy Shop is called Grannygoodfish.  Below are a couple of examples of Brenda’s work:

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A number of Artists or Makers create Bat items as Austin has a bridge where bats live during the summer,  it is a great outing to see the bats emerge on South Congress, in downtown Austin.

Brenda Armistead’s smooth, hand-thrown porcelain yarn bowls will be featured during the Hill Country Yarn Crawl at A Sheep at the Wheel Yarn Company, stop #12 on the Yarn Crawl Map.  A Sheep at the Wheel is full of beautiful, top quality fiber and supplies, and is located at 3010 Williams Dr. Ste 162 in Georgetown, Texas.  Store hours during the event dates of October 7 –15 are 8am – 6pm, and 8am – 5pm October 16.  I will be adding more about A Sheep at the Wheel Yarn Company later in the Blog~

I had Brenda give me a write up on on why she loves working in the Austin, Area. She told me that she was never that kid parked in front of the Television, she was outside playing in the dirt under the home’s porch in the dirt. Now, she is a studio potter and a proud grandmother of 4 “brilliant grandkids.” She told me that she loves making and selling in the Austin area as it is a highly creative, rich market scene, and the great variety support for the arts. Brenda states, “the breadth of the Austin market allows me to reach, artistically, in any direction I want. I make a lot of functional wheel-thrown porcelain ware, but I also love sculpture, sewing, and machine embroidery.” To hone Brenda’s skills she attends classes and workshops as time permits her and she funds her continued education through participation in local pop-up market sales and online at her market online. Brenda will be a part of the 2016 Hill Country Yarn Crawl and she has her Yarn Bowls at a Brick and Mortar Store in Georgetown, TX called A Sheep At the Wheel.

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A Sheep at the Wheel is a brick and mortar store in Georgetown, Texas about 30-40 minutes North of Austin. It is a great town and has a lot of markets for the handmade seller to sell at.

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Susan Moses is the owner of the establishment, she states that Central Texas is such a wonderfully creative area, it has a long history of talented artisans. I asked Susan to answer why they love owning a yarn store? She said that having so many beautiful colors and textures around unleashes the creative spirit. The residents in Central Texas love to create, and Sheep at the Wheel enjoy helping creatives in accomplishing artful activities. Susan’s family has lived in Georgetown for over 20 years. Opening the store helped her fulfill her dreams. Susan states that their customers are fabulous. Plus they enjoy meeting and socializing with other fiber enthusiasts.  Sheep at the Wheel features locally thrown yarn bowls from Austin’s Brenda Armistead of Granny Goodfish, hand dyed yarn from Arelene Ottoviano of Bronotta also from Austin.  The shop also has their own lines of hand dyed yarns dyed by Georgetown’s own Suzanne Correira of Fireant Ranch and they have other makers for dyed yarns too. The shop carries a wide range of domestic and international brands that made using fair trade.The shop will be joining in the Hill Country Yarn Crawl that runs from October 7 – 16th.  

Shop Address & Hours 3010 Williams Drive #162,  Georgetown, Texas 78628. Regular store hours:  Mon -Sat 10 am – 5 pm & Knit night Wednesday’s 7-9 pm

Yarn Crawl Hours:

Oct. 7-15 8 am – 6 pm
Oct. 16     8 am – 5 pm

Cara Morgan of Spoiled Cats Crochet

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My third and final person to blog today is  Cara Morgan  of Spoiled Cats Crochet. Cara Morgan states that crafting and peddling my wares are in my blood as both her parents are artisans.  She can remember when she was young her parents packing everything up to go to a market to sell their wares so she comes from good artisan stock! While she remembers seeing crochet hooks and yarn being around the house, “I didn’t really start crocheting until after college. It was actually a good friend who knits that got me interested in fiber arts.” Cara stated. “Once I got a good grasp on reading patterns and LOTS of practice, crochet became a way to not only create, but also relax and relieve stress.” She is a gal after my own heart as I use creating to relax too.

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Cara has a shop on StoreEnvy, she is crocheting such sweet things for the Fall holidays! Spoiled Cats Crochet creates small to mid-sized fiber art for every day or the current season. Each item is handmade in a home studio in Austin, Texas. Cara likes to make fun/silly crochet…”weird things.” Crochet is so much more than tea cozies, doilies, and afghans. She states that her top seller is my 100% cotton Cat Butt Coaster. She is currently working on a pepperoni pizza scarf. Austin appreciates “weird things.” This is one of the main reasons why she loves selling in Austin. The city takes pride in local craftsmanship. Whether it be beer, music, arts, or food, more people in Austin appreciate local handmade goods. Becoming part of the craft community has been such an amazing experience. Cara states that “I’ve met so many other great artists that I admire.” Cara opened a shop to help keep up with her hobby and bring herself more joy learning harder and harder patterns.

Let me know if you have any stories or Craft Fairs you would like me to share!  You can reach me at Objectsandoddities on Facebook or http://www.Objectsandoddities.com.  I would be happy to write about your Local show~

 

Peace

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Aka~musingsilence~© 2016

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Artistic Creatives Getting Ready for the Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Season – Part II

Artistic Creatives Getting Ready for the Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Season – Part II

I have been writing about Sellers on Etsy.com which is teaming with Creative people who make items with their own hands and their own designs! I have the unique experience collaboration with so many of these sellers by being a member of the Joyful Entrepreneur and Flourish. I am able to see so many other artists and creative  business owners. I am honored to be among all these talented people!

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Vintage Postcard

I have been interviewing Creative Artists about how they get ready for the Autumn Season in preparation for Fall, Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving (and really, the Christmas Season). There is a lot of work that goes into getting ready for the Holidays when you own your own business. Creative Artists usually are a “one person  show,” designing and making the creations for you.

Amanda Hollis shop SewBlondeStudio and her tagline is “Handmade things with a farmhouse style!” She loves making handmade farmhouse chic items that have a classy sophisticated, and modern rustic feel! She is living in Historic Tennessee. Amanda says “I am getting ready for the fall season, especially Thanksgiving, by thinking about what I love most about that holiday and time of year in general – family, togetherness, beautiful colors, and, of course, food!” Amanda finds getting together with family and the holiday season really assists her in designing and her inspiration for the Fall Signs she has in her shop. Personal tradition for her and family is to have a Traditional Family dinner at her parent’s home. When dinner is finished, she and her sisters scour the sales ads for any “must have sales.”  sting-pumpkin-by-amanda-2

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Amanda Hollis’ Art Work

Carlin Donart lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Carlin’s shop LoveAcrossTheMiles. She is the owner and sole creative for her shop. Carlin Donart’s tagline for her shop is “Making long distance [relationships] happier, one step at a time. With all the news about the flooding in Louisiana, we wish her well as well as all the Louisianians well and really good positive thoughts for the safety of people affected by the flooding.

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Carlin is not only a Creative but she is also an Engineer (immediately my social work “hat” goes on… Carlin is able to use the right and left sides of her brain… Oh my, she has really balanced brain function, I have a little brain envy [not in a negative way] as I know she is much more organized than my spazzy creative brain).  

Carlin’s shop is geared toward persons who are involved in long distance relationships. You are able to tell Carlin has thought hard about “long distance relationships.” She notes that the definition for her in long distance is best friends who attend different colleges or universities or best friends who graduate college and go off to first jobs that are across the country, to our nation’s military, one deployed and the other in the US or young couples separated by a distance in miles only for the time being. Carlin has been able to make the leap  and connection that many businesses do not make early on, that you need to make an experience between yourself (the creative) and your buyer or customer. Carlin has tapped into that notion very well.

Carlin believes in having her seasonal items up early in the year for her shop. She had her significant other (boyfriend) in mind when she made some of her items. “The fall-themed wooden sign is my favorite piece of decor I have, and I can’t wait for the weather to cool down to hang it up!” Currently, Carlin is working on a Thanksgiving sign and a Halloween sign, so she is focusing on the general season coming up. Carlin enjoys Fall for football season, time with her family and friends, NFL games and her younger siblings. Carlin’s younger siblings will often paint with her while she visits home.  

Marybeth Mullen of Beastiebabies is Ready for Pumpkin Seasons — just look at this Baby Bib with Pumpkins all over it!  It gives Joy just looking at it!

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Marybeth Mullen lives in a historic town Oregon, Ohio and the town is near Lake Erie. Marybeth says that her favorite time of year is the fall. Marybeth says that her items are “unique and made with plenty of love.” She actually begins to get ready for Fall in July (like many of the supply stores will begin to show Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving even Christmas items in July)!  As buyers, many of us want to be ready for the “best Season of the year so it is great these sellers are ready for you!  She says “hooray,” for Fall!” Marybeth will have items available for you for the upcoming season and she welcomes custom items. 

Marybeth says that she loves picking out all the fabrics for Fall and loves making bibs for babies and little girl skirts. She designs new bibs for Halloween, Fall Harvest and a designs a new Thanksgivings skirt each year. Marybeth has customers who return each year to purchase the “new annual designed skirt,” for their girls. Marybeth will also complete custom children’s clothing. Do go to her shop and send her an Etsy Conversation.

Fall is also the time of year when Marybeth has her traditional vacation “up north.” She meets with good friends, goes shopping, eats good food and enjoys plenty of fun kayaking on the river. Marybeth also enjoys fishing with friends. She says that the fall colors are the best this time of year and is her favorite. Fall colors are her favorites and she leaves the colors up year round. It does not matter to Marybeth that they are pumpkins and leaves. She loves them! Marybeth also loves to get new fabrics! I

It was wonderful to get know to each of these sellers more personally. We all are in a group together and I love knowing them better than before.

Coming Soon to the Blog-Autumn

I have more Etsy Sellers and other handmade / handcrafted sellers coming up. I do hope you will share with your friends and let me know if you would like a feature!

You will see next Nadine Lorgeoux Jalem  who lives in FloridaKim Ringenbach who lives in Alabama and  Marilu O’Malley of CountryCuteBagDolls.  I am also waiting on a couple others to get back with me answering my questions~  I really hope you will join us. If you are an Etsy Seller and would like a showcase –please write me and we can figure it out~

Nike Bottalico
Objectsandoddities.etsy.com

aka~musingsilence~© 2016

 

 

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Creatives Getting Ready for the Autumn Season

Creatives Getting Ready for the Autumn Season

What are you doing to get ready for Fall?  Have your children all gone back to school? Do you have specific ways you prepare for the Holiday Season that is just coming around the corner?  I have contacted and curated a number of different Etsy Sellers that I will feature together in the Blog so you see some beautiful Fall, Autumn and Halloween.

As it nears to Christmas, and time goes ticking by, I will be preparing several different blogs leading up to the Christmas Season.  Some if this is a nod to how we all feel when we go into Michael’s right after July 4th and see OHMYgoodness…. Have you been to Michaels recently? They have Halloween out –right??!!

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Halloween Pumpkin

Well, I am going to blog about some wonderful creatives who are able to make you gifts that are handcrafted for the Holiday Season! Well, you can shop in your jammies and get it delivered no fuss, no muss! What better way to support small business and handcrafted or handmade (whatever you call it) items and give a gift made by a person who really cares about their customers.

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The Creative Commons

As a blogger, it is my intention is to show you worthwhile information and to entertain you a bit. I am a Mom, a grandmother, a small business owner and creative maker, and most of all I am deep down I have an old artist soul. Also, I care about what I create and what I share with you on the blog.

Becca Valenti of CustomCraftCorner16  makes many forms of crafts including glass etching, hair bows, headbands, tutus, vinyl, and more! She loves to create and makes many types of handmade items! Fall to Becca Valenti, means the changing seasons, beautiful colors, upcoming holidays and fun with her family. She stated that “Tis’ the season for pumpkin spice and therefore my favorite season!” Becca believes the season is a time to give thanks for everything. She and her family have been given a lot in life to be thankful for. I have featured  a really cute Fall, or Halloween baby item, perfect for a gift or a baby shower!

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                Cutest Little Pumpkin in the Patch

 

My next Creative Ashley Kajewski of OLilMissSparklesO   and she has another item that is great for a dress-up party or perfect for Halloween. This item is based off of the Grimms Fairytale “Rapunzel” that was first published in 1812. A lot of little girls would love this costume (or any in her shop). I remember when my daughter was young she wanted to live in her tutus or dress-up clothes for everyday wear. Let Ashley be your creative director for your child’s fall dress up wear, Halloween or even a Renaissance Faire. The Texas Renaissance Festival runs from October 8, 2016- November 27, 2016. Costumes from Etsy Sellers will be perfect for you and for you family! This is Ashley’s Handmade Crocheted and sewn Rapunzel Tutu Dress.-1

                                                                                                                       

My next handcrafted designer is Ashley Roberts of AshleyRCreations. She lives in Oklahoma with her family. Ashley creates custom reclaimed wood home decor & nursery decor.woodland-closet-hanger

                                                                                

Ashley gets ready for the Fall holidays by buying everything pumpkin! She gets in the “Fall frame of mind” by getting Pumpkins~Here we are “in mid-August and she has already baked pumpkin bread and cookies with her oldest son.” She also loves the aromas of pumpkins or Fall scented candles while she is creating her products. Ashley believes the aromas help her productivity and keeps her Joyful while she works. 

Ashley gets ready for the Fall holidays by buying everything pumpkin She states “it gets me in the fall frame of mind.” Here we are in mid-August and she has baked pumpkin bread and cookies with her oldest son. She also loves the aromas of pumpkins or Fall scented candles while she is creating her products. Ashley believes the aromas help her productivity and keep her mood up.

Ashley and her family have traditions for trick or treating and they all dress up. Ashley starts planing costumes in advance as she makes them herself for she, hubby and the two children. The first year they dressed up as characters from the Flintstones, Barney Rubble and Betty Rubble and Bam-Bam. Now. there is another baby the family is  dressing up as the Ninja Turtles. Like most creatives Ashley has been creating most of her life.

For Thanksgiving the family is going on a family vacation to a new city. They really like to go to cities to take part and see all the AZA Zoos they can visit.  That is a family Tradition the family is building.  What are your Traditions around the Holidays?  

 

Well, what is coming up next?

I will go into what I do for the Holidays and any of my Traditions. I do go visit my grandsons while they Trick of Treat and I love it so!  Holiday times change as you are older as I want to celebrate with family-time with my adult kids as they are very grown up adults (which is great). I want them to have memories in their own homes with their families so I visit there. I will talk more soon. I have 3 or 4 more Creatives to celebrate in my blog very soon.  Please share the blog to others who may be interested.  Thanks ~thumbnail(3)

 

For my Blog Series,  have reiterated the agreement I have already obtained prior to writing about the Creatives I feature for a blog, that they will share the blog post to all their own social media and that they will Comment & Like with the star icon  or Heart with the Heart Icon at the top of the blog.  

I have learned from a couple of people that commenting portion for the Blog may have been difficult to find. If you find it difficult please click what looks like a piece of paper to open up the blog or click on the Blog title — if they are unable to do this that they contact me in a private message and I will assist with more detailed instructions. I will see if this works or maybe I need to change the Template my blog…. I also want to note I also obtained each person’s permission to use their photographs in my blog and they understand that the blog could be shared in the blogosphere. 

I have used a couple of pictures from  Creative Commons & from Canva and I will note on every blog when I use internet photographs to give credit.

Nike Bottalico

Objectsandoddities

aka~musingsilence~© 2016

Post Script ~Oh and I always want to give a shout out to Sarah Sewell of The Joyful Entrepreneur  who made a lot of this possible for me  as I am able to focus on being joyful in my own work. I also know the gift of my own creative spirit, and to have a positive mindset! She is a fabulous Creative Coach. All my years of having an online presence she has been the best Creative, & business coach for me to have.  Join the facebook group!

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The Joyful Series – Staying Joyful In the Handmade Industry Part IV

The Joyful Series – Staying Joyful In the Handmade Industry Part IV

Being Joyful While You Work

Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.  Don Miguel Ruiz

Why do I support Etsy Sellers so MUCHWell, I love the handmade seller. I am a handmade  seller and want to support my cohorts (and I am an affiliate blogger, but still  — eh). I used to be a Team Captain for an Etsy Team (loved it, had to give it up due to health issues). I also love the mantra or basic belief of supporting small businesses. There is just something to me, having something that is made by a someone. I know,  I am helping a family directly, and for the most part I am helping a woman owned business (not always but for the most part).  

Edi's Lamps on Etsy
Edi’s Lamps on Etsy

I am showcasing Edis Lamps  on Etsy. Panagiotis and Despina own Edi’s Lamps and are a husband and wife team who work from their home. As with many creative businesses who work from home there is a difficulty not working 24-7 and carving out that time that is work versus home life.  

Despina answered the same questions posed to the participants of the last for the last 3 blogs.

Panagiotis and Despina, spend their lives and loves as a couple “in life and creation.” We run our Etsy shop together and we love it! I learned from the couple that running their business is really challenging as working from home draws a really “thin line” between your personal and working time.

The first thing they do in the morning is enjoy their breakfast! When they  worked outside the home there was not enough time to take part in eating breakfast together so they have started a new family ritual. After breakfast, Despina sits in front of the computer to check e-mails, social media accounts and to update their Etsy shop. Panagiotis is responsible shipping, buying supplies, printings etc. After the nitty-gritty of the business tasks are complete, the design process comes into play. They sit together and  discuss about new designs and products.

Being a Joyful Entrepreneur for Panagiotis and Despina is being able to do things they were not able to do before like “taking a five-minute break to just look at the sea view from our balcony…” (they live in Athens, Greece) listening to music they love and sing while working. (Oh me, oh my,  I have hit my perfect interpretation of being Joyful!) Panagiotis and Despina are able to breathe and enjoy.  It is not that they do not have busy times, they do!  But they love everything they do!

Despina and Panagiotis are excited when creating new products that meet the goals of their shops and find ways to celebrate every little milestone they reach. The key to success for them is being open and ready to learn new things that they will develop through time.

The couple tries to stop everything at 8 p.m. at the latest and make plans to do something fun like a walk, see friends, family, or watch a movie.

Panagiotis and Despina’s daily schedule is about to change dramatically as in November of this year as they are expecting their first baby! While this could be an upcoming challenge for the couple they are staying positive. The couple is “fairly sure” that things work out in the best possible way!  (So am I and I am excited for them!).

I appreciate all the participants for this short series. I will have new topics and other Etsy sellers/shop owners to showcase. I do that you give some love, check out, visit and buy from all the Creatives shop owners that I featured in the past Blog entries. Also,  I hope you visit Panagiotis and Despina’s Shop named Edi’s Lamps and give them some love, plus purchase a fantastic light!  I know that I am ordering one!

Oh and please be sure to visit Sarah Sewell at the Joyful Entrepreneur  whose Coaching has inspired me to be Positive and to Seek in my journey!

http://www.thejoyfulentrepreneur.co/
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Lots of love & hugs

nike ~❤

p.s. I love this couple as my name is Nike the Greek Goddess of the Samorace (for reals!)

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Staying Joyful while Busy!

Staying Joyful while Busy!

I really wanted to showcase a number of creative artists for this blog as they really inspire me!  I asked four artists to tell me how they go about their days,from waking up, to what they do the first thing in the morning, to how they schedule in their work time, to getting ready for bed and do they have any nightly rituals. I will be able blog my “internal quota” once I hear back from these busy creatives!

You know how I love the Gulf of Mexico,on South Padre Island.

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Travel Lodge at South Padre Sand Castle

 

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You know my love of flowers so you will always get a few pictures from my garden or my pond.

Since the women I am interviewing are are all creatives, (I am owner of Objectsandoddities) I want to know how they fit their work into their days. I can say from personal experience that we creatives tend to be creating in their minds all the time. I also asked another question what (many of them SAHM IE: Stay at home moms) the experience is running a small Etsy business, raising small children, not losing their sanity, most times being so busy running a one person shop all the while staying positive.

I am always so curious as to how my fellow creatives stay Joyful when having a growing small business. It is a goal for me to stay Joyful & Positive. I want to internalize this in my soul. I want to note that many of the blogs from today on, (until I tell you otherwise) will be Etsy sellers who belong (as well as myself) to The Joyful Entrepreneur.  We learn from Sarah Sewell’s who is a “Business Coach for Creatives” and her mantra is to “Stay Positive” and experience Joy!” Sarah is a huge help and support for the handmade seller. I do not know how she does what she does. I am so happy to be a part of her wonderful group. Please check her site out or ask questions, I will steer you to her group!

My first creative I spoke with online is Catherine Norris, who owns the MemoryThreadCo. She really inspired me! She was the first to answer all my questions I posed to her. I really appreciate her getting with me, answering so honestly and quickly!  I love her handmade art!  This beautiful picture is out of her shop and I have her permission to use the picture.

Children's Drawing Embroidered handkerchief
Children’s Drawing Embroidered handkerchief

I chose this beautiful item as it gave me joy to look at it!  It is a child’s drawing carefully stitched to a handkerchief. What a treasure to have!

Catherine lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and their daughter in a very typical 3 bed semi (I needed to clarify what a 3 bed semi was, all you who read from other places get to laugh at me!!).  I learned a 3 bed semi is a like a 3 Bedroom home in the United States. Catherine stated that she lives in a common area for young families. Catherine’s hubby gets up early in the morning for work. The first thing in the morning Catherine hears is her little girl’s voice calling “SUN’S UP!!!!” (who could not get Joy from that!). Catherine is not a morning person (I am not either… another similarity for a creative). Catherine must eat a good breakfast and have a “cuppa” to have a great day. I had to ask again what it was and it is a cuppa learning that telling me that her “cuppa” is tea and is essential!

Catherine walks her daughter to school, after she has about 6 hours for work. Typically, she responds to any Etsy enquiries, then she sews. Her “studio is in the is in the “box room,” and she has shelves up to the ceiling for her fabric.” Another ritual she has is listening to “BBC radio while she works and she loves a programme called Woman’s hour.”  Catherine has a small garden and likes to cook wholesome food.

As with any small business owner, Catherine feels “quite rushed because I have this deadline of 3pm to get out of the house for the school run.” Once she returns home she spends times with her daughter, grabs her a “biscuit” (cookie is US), a glass of milk and they read a book together. Her daughter is 5 and “her reading is coming on so well.” She has dinner to cook, a child to get to bed and all the normal things one needs to do before bed.

Catherine told me that she is always positive as she loves what she does.  This is a drawing below is that of a work in progress. It is a very romantic piece, with handwritten notes stitched on  linen napkins for a wedding present to his bride. “There was one where he’d sketched a portrait of her, and one of them was her something blue. I loved making those. How can you not be positive with so much love around you.

Catherine says “That’s the thing, my work is all about love really.”  Do give Catherine’s shop some love!

Work in Progress by Catherine Norris @ MemoryThreadCo
Work in Progress by Catherine Norris @ MemoryThreadCo

Next time I will showcase more Etsy sellers and some of my own work too!  I need to wrap this up and make some jewelry!

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lots of joy, love and peace.

XOXOXO

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Here it is nearing the end of June and we are coming up on July…. I have a few things up my sleeve on my Website and I would love it if you would keep reading my blogs — a lot is going to be happening!  I am really working on Bridal Jewelry and Bridal Crowns will be coming this fall!  What fun!

I am continuing to evolve and grow my small handmade business on Etsy and beyond!

Many Hearts and gratitude to you for following me here and there.

 

XOXOX

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