on work and rest.
To say there’s been a lot going on lately would be an understatement, but lots of work means there’s a lot to be excited about.
First, The 2014 Makers Summit site launched this week, momentous not only because of the fabulous new lineup of speakers this year, but also because of how it was made. Andrew has spent the last three months learning to code at The Iron Yard Academy. This website was the first real-life project that he has not only designed, but also developed. I’m so proud of his endless curiosity and his desire to learn.
Check out the finished site here and be sure to notice the amazing sponsors and speakers who will be part of the event on March 1. If you’re a creative business owner, this day is for you!
Also coming up very soon is the Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair! I still find it hard to believe we’re already shopping for Christmas gifts and making wreaths. But somehow, Thanksgiving is this week!
While the Indie Craft Parade world has been full of events and fun things, my day job has also been a non-stop whirlwind. Professionally, this year has been challenging, simply due to the sheer volume of work needing to be accomplished. I’m happy to be part of a team who knows how to make things happen. I’m also incredibly blessed to work for a company who realizes that life should not equal work.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how busy we are. Andrew and I have intentionally cut things from our lives in order to make more space to live, and yet it seems that we immediately fill that space up again.
When I do rest, it’s hard not to feel guilty or to make excuses for spending time reading a book. When did that happen?
"Productivity is not the only measure of time well spent."
— Nikaela Marie Peters, Kinfolk Volume 9
It’s been important for me to realize how much these feelings are self-imposed. Getting things done is wonderful. But stopping to enjoy life is necessary.
I’m starting by reclaiming my weekends. Last Saturday, I spent time sitting on my front porch with friends. Doing…nothing. Just sitting, talking, and drinking hot chocolate.
And today was another lovely restful weekend day. Nothing planned beyond a morning spent sharing breakfast with friends. We had an impromptu afternoon of errands and now, I’m spending some time on the computer getting a few things done before I do some reading. Without feeling guilty.
Here’s to more weekends and holidays that are truly restful.
rest and recovery.
This year, I’ve had several rounds of major dental work. The last couple days have been spent recovering from the most recent surgery.
In spite of how sad I look, yesterday was a good day.
I was reminded just how blessed I am. Friends and coworkers checking in via text message, delivering milkshakes and applesauce and making dinner for us. My mom insisting on coming over to do my dishes so I wouldn’t worry about it. Having a live-in nurse(ing student) to help me figure out the medications I’m supposed to be taking and when.
I am so grateful for this community that surrounds me. And for the opportunity to learn how to accept the help — and rest — that’s being offered to me.
What am I making?
As a constant promoter of makers and their handmade goods, I often get asked what it is that I make. Surprisingly, it’s a question that I don’t have an answer for, and haven’t had for a while now.
If I think about it too long, it makes me sad because I’ve always made things: as a kid it was friendship bracelets and clothes for my stuffed bunny, and more recently there was sewing, paper goods, felt food and gifts for friends.
But all that was before Indie Craft Parade.
Since beginning this venture several years ago, my creativity has been channeled and stretched in many different directions. Very few of which feel like ‘making’.
Lately I’ve been trying to reconcile the desire to create something tangible with what I actually spend my evenings doing — supporting and connecting others who make. To be fair, I don’t know if there’s anything more energizing than seeing a creative person succeed doing what they’re gifted to do. But sometimes, not having something that I make — a thing — makes me feel like an impostor of sorts.
This has been on my mind a lot lately, and my conclusion at the moment is that if I want to live a balanced life, I need to be okay with the more abstract things I’m making: connections, opportunities, relationships on behalf of others.
The reality is that I’m incredibly blessed by what I get to do as a part of Indie Craft Parade and at my full-time job. So I guess for the past four years I have been making something, it’s just not something you can buy or sell. And it’s not an easy answer to the question “What do you make?”.
"You can do anything — but not everything"
It seems that I will spend my entire life learning and re-learning this fact.
No posts lately, but it’s for a good reason. It’s Indie Craft Parade season! We’ve got a new website, some fantastic new sponsors, and a new video coming soon!
Had the opportunity to do a fun guest post and project over at the Spoonflower blog yesterday. Click on the image below to check it out!diy, spoonflower handmade,
Being reminded on multiple fronts that life and decisions shouldn’t be made out of fear.
"Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter."
—Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
— 2 Timothy 1:7
a tour of new york.
Per usual, the past few weeks have been a blur of Indie Craft Parade applications, jurying and email writing. But in the middle of it all, I took a super fun trip with these two.
We planned a girl’s weekend to New York, centered around visiting the mothership of modern craft: Renegade Craft Fair. You can see a full recap at the Indie Craft Parade blog, but here are a few of my personal favorites from the trip.
The shops we visited were particularly inspiring. I’ve always been a fan of businesses who do one thing well, and I saw that in NY like I’ve never seen it before. We found a giant store full of just zippers and buttons. Several selling ribbons and trims. A restaurant that only serves pie. We visited Best Made, Tattly, Etsy and Purl Soho, all companies I have long admired.
Pie for breakfast is the right thing to do when on vacation.
The zipper shop was truly unbelievable.
We purchased a few fabrics at Mood to make things with.
The best noodles I’ve ever tasted, at Momofuku.
Best Made Axes, just a tiny part of their beautiful product line.
Purl SoHo, maybe the most impactful stop of my trip. I left this place ready to make things.
We took a detour across town for these waffles, and it was most definitely worth it.
The main event.
Artist tents as far as the eye could see, and then some.
Met the lovely folks at Kollabora who helped us make a few things on the spot.
Had a little photobooth fun.
The purpose of the trip was inspiration, specifically from Renegade Craft and how it applies to our own Indie Craft Parade, but the inspiration I took home came from so many places. I found the restaurants and the food, the shops and The Highline all so inspiring. It was a fantastic trip!
Finding some quiet on The Highline, a project I first heard about when it was just a concept.
A few weeks ago I attended my second Greenville Grok. This is a local tech conference hosted by friends at The Iron Yard.
all photos by Jivan Dave
During those three days, I met people, talked with (relative) strangers, asked questions and got some great advice. It was an exhausting, but awesome time of learning and sharing ideas — with a little bit of kickball fun thrown in.
all photos by Jivan Dave
If you’re like me and a bit intimidated by crowds of strangers (especially super talented ones), the best piece of advice I can give you: seek out opportunities to volunteer. I was one of several volunteers that helped at Greenville Grok. It gave me a job to do and let me stay behind the scenes at times, both things I prefer. But it also forced me out of my comfort zone, answering questions and interacting with other attendees.
all photos by Jivan Dave
Aside from the volunteering duties, it would have been way too easy to sit in the corner and just watch everything going on around me. I will definitely be looking for ways to get involved in more events on a volunteer basis. As a part-time event organizer, I know that volunteers are crucial to the success of an event, plus, it’s fun to be behind the scenes, making things happen.
The biggest idea I took away from Grok was from Bryan Martin's keynote. His advice to “Celebrate and Savor Checkpoints.” has come to mind so many times since I first heard it.
It applies to life, to work, and to everything in between. Pausing long enough to recognize and then savor the milestones that make up life is an important ability to develop. It breaks up impossible tasks into bite sized chunks and reminds you that progress is happening, no matter how much more has to be done.
Bryan Martin, by Jivan Dave
More words of wisdom from Bryan.
"If you can’t fix everything, just do a part and inspire others to do the same."
"Problems are inevitable and temporary."
"It’s all pretty ugly until it’s done."
Bryan’s talk was incredibly inspiring, both in its delivery and sincerity. I’ve known Bryan for a few years now and honestly had no idea the extent of his talent. We all witnessed firsthand what it looks like to be passionate and humble at the same time.
Watch this video for just a glimpse of what I mean.greenville, business, life, grok2013,