Category Archives: Thoughts

Inktober – Finding the Passion to Practice

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Several years ago, I made the decision to put away miniature war games and focus on art. The idea was that the artists who I admired didn’t just get good at it. One day, they made an actual, active choice to be a better artist. They intentionally decided to begin doing the work of being an artist. I realize that… Read more »

Why We Make Things

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I wrote this article a couple of months ago on my Craft Monster show blog. Being a part of a community has always been a big deal to me, and Craft Monster has allowed me to meet and hear the stories of so many of my local makers. Being a Craft Monster, I know quite a few creative people from… Read more »

Just Do The Work

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Something I find myself thinking more often than I really want to admit is “I wish I’d learned this earlier”…often while having to remind myself that I may have not been listening. I was out of college for four years before I really began to take the idea of making a living from doing art seriously again, and I had… Read more »

Starting in the Middle

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Having a blog has been a huge part of my websites since I began working professionally for myself nearly twelve years ago. The blog is a great place to talk about current projects, and upcoming shows. It’s been a welcome break from production and opportunity to download my thoughts about work, art, and about my community. Writing about my artwork,… Read more »

Talking About a Resolution

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The holidays are a natural time to think about what we’ve done over the course of the year and about our plans for next year. New Years is when a lot of us do it. We see a need in our life and want to make a change for the better. Is New Years really the only time we can… Read more »

Thankful Like Mark Watney

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I always think about pretty specific themes around the holidays. Thankfulness, giving, and resolutions to make changes in our lives in the new year. I love seeing people’s thankful posts on facebook and twitter, and it’s a great tradition to spend a minute each day thinking about the ways in which we’re blessed. Usually these posts show us at our… Read more »

Sharing is Caring

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Back towards the beginning of February, my artist friend Gary Bedell posted this on Facebook: A challenge to all my artist buddies (i.e. visual, music, etc.). Share a fellow artist page or a piece of theirs (that you KNOW) everyday for a month. Share more than one a day if you like. Who will accept? On the face of it,… Read more »

That Perfect Booth Set-Up

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It seems like among other things we’re striving for as professional crafters, we’re all looking for the holy grail that is the perfect booth set-up. Not only has to match your aesthetic, but it also has to be practical and portable. To make things even more complicated though, not every space or situation is the same, so you also have… Read more »

Happy Holidays from Handmade Family!

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Goodness, it’s been a busy holiday season! There’s been a lot going on around here as we’ve been doing shows, working at Fusion and the Foundrie, and making, making, making additions to our handmade wonderland. We hope that you had a wonderful holiday, and are looking forward to chatting about changes around here and plans for 2015. It’s going to… Read more »

Penny Loves Dinosaurs: Brachiosaurus

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You can find more information on the Brachiosaurus at your local library, or on Wikipedia. Stay tuned next week for some exciting announcements. Penny and I have some ideas for dinosaur hunter badges and activities at future shows. 😀