This past summer my friend Amanda and I were out for a drive on a business errand. On the way back, a little under an hour from being back home, I noticed a sign on the highway for a spot I had seen a picture of and had saved as something to check out at a later date. Iâ€™m a sucker for a long . . .
One of my favorite things to do is to explore without purpose and see where the day takes me. Recently, I happened upon Dear Hearts, an uber hip shop located on Foster Street in the DIY District of Durham where I snapped these photos on my iphone. Awash with vintage clothing, antlers, . . .
Some instagrams of some products for sale at my shop Gather, in downtown Cary. All these products are made by local North Carolina makers. These bath products made in North Carolina are phthalate free and smell amazing. This shirt is super soft and I love the message on it "Free to Be . . .
I really love storytelling across a variety of mediums. I enjoy learning about other people and how and why they've chosen to pursue the path that they have. Since I'm immersed in the maker entrepreneur community andÂ photography is a passion too, oftentimes I find myself with a camera . . .
Once a week I try to make it a habit to go out exploring with no agenda and my camera in hand. This is a solitary, meditative pursuit and really inspires me for the rest of the week when I am at home behind my computer. I remember what it was like to work full time for someone else with a less . . .
One thing my husband and I quickly discovered on a quick roadtrip to Greensboro, NC a few weekends ago is that it has a strange little quirk: many, many of the shops on the main drag downtown seem to be a hoarder's paradise with mounds of stuff everywhere. This observation was punctuated by a . . .
While in Greensboro a few weekends ago for the neon party I stopped by my friends Linsday of Suite One Studio & her partner Kim's home/studio. I first *met* Lindsay through a blog post I wrote about her for SavorNC that highlighted her beautiful pottery. I then met her (and her partner . . .
I'm excited to say I've come on board as Creative Director for a new non-profit boutique called kindred that is coming to downtown Raleigh. The shop will incubate emerging designers through mentorship and a boutique. It is a collaboration between myself and Entredot, a group of business owners who . . .
And last but not least, a few of the designers from North Carolina that were represented at the National Stationery Show: I've posted about my friends Joel & Ashley of This Paper Ship before. They are talented illustrators who decided to take the leap into exhibiting at the show this . . .
This week has really kicked my butt. Too many (exciting & consuming) projects on the horizon to think about, a lot of home tasks, and the beginning of summer break for my preschooler. I will return next week with the rest of my highlights from Surtex and NSS. Until then, I'll leave you . . .
Some studies show that people with names like "Fern" tend to work in you guessed it, gardening industries. The same applies for other names and trades also. Well, here is an example of that concept put into action. This gorgeous wooden bangle crafted from the branch of a Mulberry tree was made by . . .
The Cookery is a rentable kitchen and food artisan incubator in downtown Durham, NC. The Cookery's kitchen resides in the back part of what used to be the Durham Food Co-op building. I've been a fan of the idea for awhile and think Raleigh needs one too. Some notable local food producers . . .