Thursday, September 26, 2013
First off, when I started this blog I really wanted to talk about my experiences starting my business. Over time, I've refocused my goals and would really enjoy writing more of a personal blog, among other things. So I guess this is for the sake of a proper re-branding.
Another reason for this change is that I've re-evaluated my business goals, renamed my business, and focused on what I'm really awesome at and enjoy making, 'cause that's what life's really all about. And having a blog named after a business I'm no longer working on is WAY irrelevant...
Finally, in changing the name of my business, I've had to make a new Gmail account, which gives me some trouble in linking with my Blogger and Google+ accounts. So this is really going to make things easier for me, since I'm changing names anyway.
Anywho, if you'd like to check out my new business, you can find my amazing handmade greeting cards at Curative Creations on Etsy!
As for my new blog, I'll update here with another post once I've got everything I need together, but first I've got to deal with the important things. Thanks for reading!
Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Welcome back, arts-and-craftsters! March may already be underway, but there are still plenty of crafty events (and an antiques show!) taking place right here in Northeastern PA that are sure to be filled to the brim with local artisans hawking their handmade creations! Come on out and show your support!
3/06 - 3/10 Craft Show @ Steamtown Mall, Scranton
3/09 Spring Craft Show @ Line Mountain JR/SR High School, Herndon
3/09 - 3/10 Antiques Show @ Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg
3/10 Spring Craft & Vendor Show @ Sunbury Eagles, Sunbury
3/16 Craft Fair @ North Pocono High School, Covington Twp.
3/17 Spring Craft Show @ Dallas Middle School, Dallas
3/20 - 3/24 Craft Show @ Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre
3/23 Spring Craft & Vendor Fair @ Aquashicola Fire Co., Palmerton
3/23 Spring Craft Show @ Lake Lehman JR/SR High School, Lehman
Daily - NEPA Crafters Unite @ Laurel Mall, Hazleton
Wed - Sat Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
My laptop died. A new adapter is on its way, but it could be arriving anytime between the 5th and the 19th of the month, which is a pretty huge gap to be pondering the arrival of a purchase. Editing blog posts with my partially broken phone is painfully slow, so in the meantime I will have to accept this as a sign that I need to take a step back from technology and try to get some real work done. Thanks for reading. I hope to be back very soon.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
This winter has been a cold one, but it's one I'm thankful for. The ticks and spiders were huge and terrible the past year, so we needed this harsh season to help fend them off. I've been spending most of my time indoors writing, preparing for my business launch, and making over my studio, when it's warm enough for a person to inhabit it. Okay, there's also been plenty of sledding and video games.
A few times I found it warm enough to venture outside and capture some photos of the property while everything was blanketed with snow. Behind the house, it looks like a deer wandered out onto the frozen pond.
As the ice melts from the edges of the pond, it cracks inward like little tree branches, begging to sprout leaves again.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Welcome, locals of Northeastern Pennsylvania and those who may be traveling through! If you're a lover of all things vintage and handmade, then you've come to the right place! Whether you're looking to find some awesome antiques or the perfect handmade Valentine's gift for your hipster honey, February is the month to get out there and show some love! If you know of a local arts & crafts event or flea market that's not featured on this list, feel free to let me know at ShubetteHandmade[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks for reading!
2/01 First Friday Scranton @ various locations, Scranton
2/01 - 2/13 Groundhog Craft & Gift Show @ Sunbury Market House, Sunbury
2/02 Souper Saturday @ Shoppes at Meck Knitting Mill, Schuylkill Haven
2/09 Art After Dark @ various locations, Milford
2/09 Be My Valentine Craft Show @ Harding Municipal Bldg., Harding
2/09 Flea Market @ Mountain Grange Hall, Carverton
2/14 - 2/18 Festival of Ice @ Downtown Clarks Summit
2/16 - 2/17 Winterfest @ Downtown Jim Thorpe
2/22 - 2/24 CSBA Home Show @ Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg
On-going Events:Daily: Art Show @ Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, Wellsboro
Daily: Merchant's Village Indoor Market @ 1201 Oak St., Pittston
Wed - Sun: Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg
Fri - Mon: Weekend Bargains Flea Market @ 51 N Third St., Stroudsburg
Sat - Sun: Marshall's Creek Flea Market @ 5163 Milford Rd., E Stroudsburg
Sat - Sun: Pocono Bazaar Marketplace @ 1 Municipal Dr., E Stroudsburg
Sat - Sun: Sixth Street Vendors Flea Market @ 231 W Sixth St., W Wyoming
Monday, January 21, 2013
And yet... some people just aren't kitty-friendly. But what's not to like about cats? Before you try to answer a question that's entirely rhetorical, here's 10 things I love about them:
- Cats are furry and warm, and therefore cuddly.
- They're like cute little babies that can feed and bathe themselves.
- They create white noise that can lull you to sleep.
- Did I mention they're adorable?
- Cats take care of house pests.
- They bring you presents, however, those are often body parts of aforementioned pests.
- Kitties sleep in the cutest (and often hilarious) positions.
- They're easy to house-train, because they want to cover their own poo.
- They're fairly introverted pets, which I can totally relate with.
- Cats are great at communicating their feelings.
Friday, January 18, 2013
I'm so very much in love with these buttons made by Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus! If I ever get the tools to do this, I'll be making wooden buttons nonstop:
This beautiful porch swing by Sheryl of Sheryl Salisbury Photography was created from an old pallet. She also includes a FAQ section, in case this project gives you a bit of trouble!
This craft organizer shelf made from a reclaimed pallet is just perfect! Johnnie of Saved By Love Creations shows how to attach hooks, shelves, and compartments to store all of your tools in one place. This would be so helpful in a teeny tiny craft space!
Perhaps you're looking to get organized, but are living in an apartment or rental property and don't have the opportunity to go around hanging shelves and whatnot. This kitchen organizer made by Jamie of C.R.A.F.T. utilizes an old door to maximize vertical storage without damaging any walls!
If you're looking for even more amazing reclaimed wood and pallet projects, check out this huge compilation of links over on Funky Junk Interiors! Donna features so many lovely reclaimed wood projects that she's made herself, but at the bottom of the post you'll find three link-up parties, one of which is chock-full of even more reclaimed wood & pallet projects.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
- Took a picture of my shirt while I was supposed to be working
- Had a good hair day
- Caught a beautiful sunrise (which of course dulled by the time I got a photo)
- Prepared for inspiration to strike during all hours of the night
- Made Lefty jealous
- Made Lefty warm
- Had a rainy day
- Got attacked by a 4 year old with a foam sword
Friday, January 11, 2013
At the end of each year, Pantone uses its secret trend-forecasting powers to choose a color that will inspire creators and creative-types in all industries of design. It's sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy, really. For 2013, the Color of the Year is a vibrant jewel-tone: emerald! Emeralds are symbolic of hope, love, healing, and harmony.
Above is an outfit inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year! Click the thumbnails below it to view the source of each item. Thanks for reading!
Monday, January 7, 2013
Hey, folks! In the beginning of a new year, we often find ourselves reflecting, restarting, and resolving. Naturally, one of the things I've really been reflecting on is my blog and the direction in which I'd like it to move. I've been researching ways to improve this space of mine for a little while now, and have come up with 10 things that I'd like to change, add, or improve to make my blogging better by the end of the year!
1. Get organized and integrate a plannerThis has been something I've already been working on throughout the month and have been making considerable progress on. I'm not really sure how to go about organizing my thoughts sometimes, and I'm one of those forgetful types who can never seem to remember to regularly check a planner. I've discovered that the important thing is to just go ahead and try it; I'm learning what works and what doesn't along the way.
2. Redesign my blogI've always had a vague idea of how I wanted my blog to look, but I feel as though the overall appearance is still very rough around the edges. However, I've come to a bit of a design-block, so I think it's time to start from a blank slate and look at things from a new perspective entirely.
3. Add an "About Me" blurbI suppose this is something that will come along with the new blog design, but I think it's an important element to have all on its own. When I read a new blog, I like to be able to see the face behind the disembodied text. It helps me to connect with that person and adds the "human element" that separates the blogging community from the rest of the interwebz.
4.More frequent postingThis is another item that I've been working on, and it seems that getting organized and planning ahead is helping immensely. It also seems that just buckling down and getting to writing helps to inspire me to come up with fresh, new content, and ideas I may not have thought of if I wasn't already working on something creative.
5. Incorporate style postsIf you were here on Friday, then you probably noticed that I've been working on this, too. Since my school days and long past, I have always been a fashion nightmare. At the time, I called it "alternative fashion." Over the past year or so I've come to make some improvements, discover what works better with my body type, and just try to express myself without lookin' a fool. I'd like this to be a part of my blog!
6. Edit & update pagesHonestly, I haven't checked to see what the other pages on my blog look like in quite some time. Is anyone else guilty of this? I should probably read them over, see how they're lacking, and add more information, as necessary.
7. Create a Press/Media kitDid you know that I'm available for hire? Neither does anyone else. To make myself available as a designer, I need to put together a resumé. As a blogger, that's where a press kit comes into play.
8. Integrate a more professional email addressI'll admit it - my inbox is in shambles. I tend to miss important messages in all the newsletters and coupons that flood my Gmail account. Worse yet, this account is linked with my Blogger and Google+ accounts, so when I'm logged into my new, more professional-sounding email, I can't even edit my blog! Any ideas on making this transition a little easier?
9. Reach out and socialize with other bloggersThis is something I've been struggling with. I'm ridiculously shy, and it takes a lot of mental preparation to leave a comment, send an email, or even to say hello to someone I've met before. I thought that in blogging I would surpass some of these personal boundaries, and I hope that I will be able to make more progress on this and other awkward social situations this year.
10. Monetize!In all honesty, I'm jobless. I initially started blogging to share the trials of building my creative business, but blogging has become its own business, and with the time and effort I'm putting into it, why shouldn't I get paid for it? So this year, I'd like to make a little money blogging, if possible. I'd also like to get my posts written ahead of schedule, so that I have more time on my hands to put into launching my shop.
These are the things that I intend to accomplish in the blogging world this year! I've been throwing around some other ideas here and there, so you may even see some additional changes taking place. What goals do you project to accomplish in blog-land in the near future?
Friday, January 4, 2013
Necklace: family heirloom
Shirt & Vest: gifted
Coat: Old Navy
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I've spent an awful lot of time in craft stores in the past few months, what with card-making and gift-wrapping, and all the crafty little things that come along with Christmastime. I even did a whole lot of drooling over supplies that I could stock my studio with, and it was a little hard to not go crazy buying things for myself when I was supposed to be finding gifts for other people. Now it seems I'll get to have my crafty shopping spree after all, as I got a butt-load of crafty gift cards this Christmas! Yay!
Of course, I did get a few craft supplies for my stash! My stocking was stuffed with some pretty green, white, and red buttons, and I got quite a few more packs of buttons to fill my big ol' pickle jar with. Actually, I now have more buttons than will fit in there, so I'm gonna have to start collecting more jars to divide my collection into. I'm not complaining though! I also got some pretty rhinestones that I'll probably be using to decorate everything I can get my hands on. 2013 is going to be sparkly!
One thing that I'm pretty ecstatic about is my brand new Fiskar's paper cutter! This whole time I've been card-making and paper-crafting I've been making all of my cuts with a ruler and an Exacto-knife, and I haven't always been happy with the results. This cutter does the job way quicker and easier, and cuts a million times straighter! Now that this tool has been in my life, I'm not going to be able to live without it again!
From my very handsome and thoughtful boyfriend, I got a pretty set of drawers that I can wheel around my studio. I just haven't decided what exactly to put in them yet...
Last, but certainly not least, Brad's parents got us a Playstation 3! Brad already had one of his own that we would occasionally play games together on, but in recent years there have been less and less games with local-multiplayer capabilities. Now we can play just about any game together, assuming we have two copies or we're playing a game with data that is stored entirely on the system. Either way, I couldn't ask for a better gift than some quality time killing zombies and fighting crime with my handsome man. It's been a real blast!
I'm really thankful for how wonderful the holiday season has treated me. What I've enjoyed most has been the peaceful times I've spent with my family; it's not often that everyone manages to get along with each other, so it makes me incredibly happy to see that we can put our differences aside and find joy in the company of one another. How has your holiday been?