Calling all Fans of the Sock Monkey! July 19, 2011
Etsy Craft Fair Fun!! July 14, 2011
I meant to write this sooner, but, I have been extremely lazy. That is the story of my life.
I had an awesome time at the Etsy Little Rock Indie Arts and Music Fesitval. It was so much fun. I had heard about the event in the planning stages, in May and I just knew I wanted to be a part of it. I was extremely nervous in the weeks leading up to it. I kept making cards at my normal pace and I worried that people would not be receptive to my cards, or would worse, think I was insane. But as the weeks went by, I became more comfortable with the thought of sharing my work in person. Truth be told, its easy to share work on the internet. The person doesn’t have to look at me, also they don’t get the chance to judge me and my artwork at the same time. I am 36 years old, I look like a little old lady school teacher, but inside I feel 20ish and I am an artist making art, not a crafter making crafts. And I know that my work is not the same as the other “artists” there. But to me it is art, so I worried that people would look at me, see old lady school teacher and wouldn’t see artist. But I did get more comfortable with everyone, I didn’t feel that the Etsy Little Rock group were as judgmental as I was being to myself. Especially since I was receiving updating emails,I felt like I knew the people I would be around, so I got less fearful. I over prepared, and got everything ready in my home. Almost the same way I prepare at work. I had each scenario planned for and ready to go (or so I thought). By Saturday, I was in a calm space and was ready to share my art.
Little did I know that I passed all my worry on to Jo. She was more nervous than me! Sure enough as I was meeting the people that I only saw online, I realized that they were very kind and very sweet. I am used to being in the public selling cakes and raising money so talking to strangers is not as scary as talking to other artists, but I felt that I did okay. I was seated next to Tea Party Whimsy and across from Little Anu and The Autumn Rose. I was very surprised at the level of artistry of their products and how much they respected their work. It was a great experience.
As people came in I was able to tell them about the adventures of my Sock Monkeys and show them my robot and owl cards. A lot of interest was shown to my French cards and I plan on making more of those in different styles and putting them online. I was surprised at how many people actually bought my cards and I hope that they are able to mail them off to their family and friends. I am willing to sell in public again, but I am going to wait until the weather is cooler!]
I could write an entire blog post about the heat and how much I sweated on that day. I truly believe I lost about 10lbs of sweat and I took a long shower when I got back to Jodie’s but I since I felt wet all day, it was just water onto water! It was so gross.
But let me tell you, I could not have done any of this without my sister. She supported me mentally in the weeks leading up to the event. She drove me by the Town Pump so I could get an idea of the space. She loaded up her car with all my stuff. She helped me set it out and sat with me in the heat. She was a great cheerleader and without her I would not have been able to do any of my art or sell it out there. I am so blessed to have her as my sister and my friend.
Music for the Soul! June 28, 2011
Well! This has been one heck of a musical weekend!!
On Thursday, the friends and I, went to White Water Tavern to see $wingin’ Utter$. They put on a great show, I even had the urge to jump in the mosh pit but Rachand I refrained and watched the boys jump around.
On Saturday, the girls and I loaded up and headed to Houston, TX to see NKOTBSB (New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys). It was fantastic! Jordin Sparks opened for the guys and she killed it! NOTHING compared the NKOTBSB! They boys still got it! Jordan can still hit all those high notes and the boys, er uh, I mean MEN, rocked the house! Of course, I’m a devoted fan of Donnie Wahlbergs and heavens-to-betsy, he is STILL the man! Of course, the Backstreet Boys were amazing as well. It was definitely an awesome and unforgettable night! One of the coolest things that happened is when Joey McIntyre said a few words about how awesome it was to have two generations under one roof. It was so true, there were women in their thirties and forties and women in their early twenties both enjoying the show, it was neat. “N-K-O-T-B-S-B!!!”
Do YOU have any concert plans this summer?
Summer is here! June 14, 2011
When it comes to seasons, usually i’m a fall girl. I love cardigan weather and I own about 15 pairs of ballet flats. Fall means college football and the smell of burning leaves, which is my #2 favorite smell (#1 being gasoline, it’s weird don’t judge me!)
Maybe i’m suffering from some heat related illness but I have to admit, i’m loving the summer right now! There is something to be said about enjoying a nice glass of peach iced tea and laying out in the sun (Which is what I plan to do every weekend between now until fall). One thing I love doing is taking my daily walks on the trail by my apartment, it’s tranquil and it give my head time to unwind from the day, oh and its beautiful!
Summer is going to be great, lucky me has every Friday off and me and the big sister are making plans! Jenuinememories will have a booth at the etsy Little Rock Indie Arts & Music Festival July 9th at the Town Pump in Little Rock! You should come out!
So that’s my plans for the summer, what are yours?
Ode to Bubba June 6, 2011
Some children are born into families and can’t recall a time of ever being truly alone. Older brothers and sisters were a routine pest and a necessary bane to existence. Some born so close together they scarce can remember the days of solitude or life without their kindred souls. Not for me though, I was almost seven before my baby brother entered my life. And life hasn’t been the same ever and I am truly grateful for that.
Now at 6, I was blessed to not know the mechanics of how my brother got into my mother’s belly. But I knew enough to know that it was a magical time. In October of 1981, we went to Shreveport’s Red River Revel, an annual arts and crafts fair and in a pharmacy there my mother purchased a pregnancy kit. The November before a couple in my church and close friends of my parents (Bryon and Janice Mann) had a baby boy. And my dad told my mother in church that he wanted one of those. So just like any other toy or thing that I wanted I assumed my parents went and got him for me. So I announced to the entire first grade the Monday after that weekend that my parents went to Shreveport and got me a baby brother.
I think I must have tormented my poor first grade teacher and looking back I now realize why she kept telling me not to declare that I was having a brother, that it easily could be a sister. And that my brother would be born in the summer and NOT anytime soon. Although I was insistent from October on that it would be just any day now and I would not be an only child. And that no matter what anyone said, I was having a brother. At my mother’s shower I recall telling people that we would have no need for anything pink. “Just throw it in the trash mama! You are having a boy!”
Jamie’s due date was June 4. His name was Jamie, you would think short for James, but nope! He was named after Jamie Frame, a very handsome character from the soap opera Another World. From the end of May until June 3, I watched Jamie Frame and mother’s swollen belly hoping soon that at least one Jamie would be in my house. And on June 3 we ate Mexican food and drove over every railroad track in town. After all we were hoping that he would arrive on time.
Sure enough I can remember this as plain as if it were yesterday and not 29 years ago. The next day Mama was straightening the bed in the bedroom and I was getting ready to ride with Ms. Dena to go to Vacation Bible school. Mama told me that today was the day I would be getting a baby brother and sure enough I did. He was one of the best presents my parents ever gave me. After that day I was never alone. I had someone out there to be my little brother. Someone for me to love, protect and care for. He grew up to be one of the few people that I can honestly trust. He’s not my baby anymore, he’s got his own life and wife now. But secretly I am hoping soon that maybe they will head to Shreveport, and get me a niece or nephew. Come on, I am not getting any younger!
Being the youngest of three children, I can truly say I was blessed with two siblings that I could look up to. Most of my childhood was spent acting like a tough little tomboy because I wanted to be just like my big brother. I spent hours on my bike riding around with Jamie and his friends and I loved every minute of it. Even as we grew older, I still found myself emulating my older brother; he’s funny and smart and genuinely one of the nicest people i’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. On Saturday we had a birthday cookout at his house and looking around the table seeing his friends and family and his beautiful home and wife, I couldn’t be more proud of him. Love you bubba! Happy Birthday!
Oh! The places you will go! (on a Saturday!) May 15, 2011
Big Sister came up on Friday night and we decided to go out on the town early Saturday morning. We started out early Saturday morning by going to the Argenta Farmers Market. It was also the Arkansas Food Bloggers Bake Sale so we got delicious Arkansas grown fruits and vegetables but we also got some sweet treats from this blogger.
After the farmers market we went to the Old Mill to goof off and take some pictures. It felt so great outside, it was nice to get out and enjoy it. I love the Old Mill and hopefully I will do a “real” shoot there soon!
After the Old Mill we went to the Painted Pig in the Heights and met up with Tim to do some pottery painting. I love doing this, I painted a plate in 2005 and I still use it every time I make myself a “fancy” meal, and it still looks great. Big sister painted a sock monkey, Tim painted an owl, and I painted a surprise for a good friends upcoming birthday! It was fun and really affordable I recommend going to the Painted Pig to have some fun!
After the Painted Pig we went to the Clinton Library and Museum to go to the Hidden Art of Dr. Suess exhibit, but first we were starving so we ate at “Forty Two”. It was so good, and affordable! I had fantastic grilled cheese and smoked applewood bacon panini and house made chips, it was fantastic. The Dr. Suess exhibit was pretty neat and showed some of his earlier advertising work. Also, there was an exhibit titled “Revolution and Rebellion: Wars, Words, and Figures”. It was interesting because this exhibit were figurines of historical people. It was neat but they were eerily accurate and I don’t know exactly how I feel about that.
After that, it was time for a nap! Even as I write, I have red stained hand from chopping up fresh strawberries and I’m watching big sister sleep on my couch, which is a pretty good way to wind up a Saturday.
Did you do anything exciting?
Here are more photos from our exciting day:
Just call me Joprah, I made a list of my favorite things!
1. Discussing Arkansas Politics over a glass of red wine with good friends.
2. Going outside and exploring Arkansas in the springtime.
3. Watching Rachael make butter. Yes, she made butter. Also, she let me make my own flavored butter. I added nutmeg, chocolate flakes, brown sugar and cocoa powder. It seemed a bit odd at first but I was like a kid in a candy store and it actually turned out to be pretty delicious!
4. 50% off candles at Hobby Lobby. I found one that I loved; it smells like old lady perfume and funeral homes. It’s completely fine if you are freaked out by that last statement but there is no other way to describe the smell and I LOVE it. Also, it’s called “Springtime inParis”. Hey-a girl can pretend!
5. Spending time with family and friends. That’s something I love all the time, but its nice to be reminded that you have people who love and care for you in the world. It’s the bees knees.
6. YOU! Big sister and I started this whole blog thing on a whim and we really do appreciate getting to share things with others, feel free to share with us and let us know how we are doing!
p.s. I know you aren’t supposed to give yourself a nickname but I’m digging the whole “Joprah” thing, this NEEDS to catch on!