One of my favorite things to do is photograph makers and learn more about their work and what inspires them. One of the very best parts of owning a retail store focused on carrying the work of emerging makers is getting to know them, helping them refine their goods and brand and for me as a . . .
I get asked the following question a lot. Instead of just answering all the emails individually, I thought Iâ€™d wise up and post my thoughts here for more people to see. â€œI was wondering if I could pick your brain about the collaborative space you had at the old Cary shop. Myself and a few . . .
It's January, my routine has changed, I'm easing into my new daily schedule and I'm bundled up to stay warm. For the past few years I have been so busy running a shop (then moving it and changing it) that I haven't had any time to pause and reflect here on this blog. I'd like that to change so just . . .
Iâ€™ve probably talked about this on here before, but itâ€™s on my mind now so Iâ€™ll ramble on some more. I am equal parts analytical and creative, equally ambitious and driven with the other half of me seeking balance in all endeavors. As a result, I am constantly reevaluating and shifting and . . .
What do you think of the law of attraction? I believe that when you put your ideas, thoughts and visions out there in a place where others can see them, more connections begin to naturally happen with those things that you are inclined towards. As one of my Gather coworkers mentioned, itâ€™s as . . .
It is really fun to watch my daughter think and create and see how she expresses herself creatively. One day when I was working at Gather making some flower arrangements for an upcoming event she began taking the cuttings and assembling them into her own piece. She called it her "butterfly . . .
I am naturally reflective, perhaps to a fault. If there is a big decision to be made I need to think about it quite a bit and come to the most honest conclusion before feeling comfortable in moving forward. I have a tendency to linger on the intricacies of the day and each encounter for far longer . . .
The weather was crazy warm this past weekend so we did what we are always doing in the Spring & Fall and headed to the park. ** Photography by Michelle Smith . . .
I work from home and typically that suits me but sometimes in the winter months itâ€™s harder for me to find the motivation to keep at it. I donâ€™t know about you, but this year Iâ€™m really feeling the January blues. Maybe it is because the holiday vacation was a little longer and knocked away my . . .
For my birthday last week I was gifted a transplant of a rabbit foot fern. Its name comes from those little hairy leg like things poking out of the soil, though to me they look a little more like tarantula legs. I use indoor plants as a litmus to gauge how balanced I am. If I am doing alright, the . . .
One of the jobs I had after getting my driverâ€™s license was a newspaper delivery route that took me into the rural parts of my county in Virginia. Every Wednesday I would pick up my bundle from the newspaper's downtown offices and get in my car and drop off papers to small, old-time grocery stores . . .
On the plane ride back from my trip to Alt Summit I couldnâ€™t help but take note of the following passage from the book, Netherland, that I was reading: â€œThe business world is densely margined by dreamers, men, almost invariably, whose longing selves willingly submit to the enchantment of . . .