“A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.”

Etsy Craft Fair Fun!! July 14, 2011

Filed under: A little bit crazy,Fun with friends,Jennifer,Jenuine Memories,Style — memorykeepersisters @ 6:05 pm

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!]

Our Brother Jamie and his wife Brandi came to visit!

So did the delightful Mrs. Rachael Swaty!

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.


Indie Arts & Music Festival! July 5, 2011

Filed under: A little bit crazy,Jenuine Memories,Style — memorykeepersisters @ 6:05 pm

Yep, you read that right! The Etsy Little Rock group is presenting the Indie Arts & Music Festival this upcoming Saturday, July 9th at the Town Pump here in Little Rock.

Vendor booths will be open from 3:00p.m. to midnight and bands will be performing from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.

Of course, Jenuinememories will be a vendor and will have lots of goodies available to purchase. She is also running a special that day, buy two cards get one free.

Check out the flyer below!

We hope to see you there!!!

-Jo and Jen


Trend Alert! May 31, 2011

Filed under: A little bit crazy,Jennifer,Jenuine Memories,Style — memorykeepersisters @ 6:41 pm

Now, I am not saying that I am wearing big glasses and wearing bell bottoms, but…I am not very trendy. But for a time there, I was very cutting edge. And that time, was by pure accident. You see it was the 1990’s and a new wave of fashion was sweeping the nation. It was born in the cold wet of Seattle and slowly it made its way to Arkansas. It was “Grunge”.  And I was great at grunge.

I was never good at teasing my hair up into the Aqua net crimps of the latest 80’s styles or wearing hot pink make up and painting my fingernails. But crawling out of bed, and throwing on a flannel shirt and a tee, that was my style.  I am not about to lay claim to being the first grunge person in Hope, Arkansas. But I have to admit, I was pretty good at it. I perfected the look by wearing floppy old shoes, knock off Converses, blue jeans that were a little baggy, and t-shirts that really showed my  “I don’t care” attitude. Boys clothes had more room for my bulging body.  Apathy and a total disregard for anyone authority or otherwise, you can place a big check mark on that too.

But one trend I think I did start, maybe not, but people sure started copying me, was carrying around old toys as a fashion statement. I bought myself a Thomas the Tank portfolio as a joke (portfolio meaning something one might keep in a Trapper Keeper, yes I am THAT old) and I carried it around with me. I then started carrying around an old lunch box to keep my pencils in and to double as a purse. I also used little kid pencils and erasers, wore little kids socks, and pretty soon, other people started doing that. By the time I got to college in 93, people were dressing like little kids, carrying around toy back packs, and being just plain weird.  It was a great time for me. For once I was in style.

Then everything started to change and I couldn’t keep up anymore. I had to get a “real” job, I had to start resembling an adult. Now, I dress for comfort. I try not to look too old, but honestly if I do, I don’t care. That is one of the great things about sliding head first out of your 30s and into your 40s. You don’t have to be trendy unless you want to.  Personally I can’t stand women who try to dress like their daughters, its just silly. I feel so sorry for the daughters in that situation too. It’s just weird.

When it comes to my “art” I try to be myself and experiment. But I recently read a trend report that said the two hottest colors in paper crafts were gray and yellow, and the new hottest motif was bicycles. So I thought I would make a card using those colors and just see what people thought of it. If it was cool or hip, so be it.  Here’s a look at it: