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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Song Lyrics that really speak to me

I know it's been a while. Life has been really crazy lately. Anyway, I happened to come across this song and the lyrics really spoke to me on several levels. I wanted to share it. It's a really great song, enjoy.

Ths song is One Day ft. Akon by Matisyahu

Sometimes I lay under the moon
And I thank God I'm breathing
Then I pray don't take me soon
Cause I am here for a reason

Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know someday it'll all turn around because

All my life I been waiting for
I been prayin forFor the people to say
That we don't want to fight no more
They'll be no more wars
And our children will play

One day

It's not about win or lose cause we all lose when they feed on the souls of the innocent blood drenched pavement keep on moving though the waters stay raging and in this life you may lose your way, it might drive you crazy but don't let it phase you no way

Sometimes I lay under the moon
And I thank God I'm breathing
Then I pray don't take me soon
Cause I am here for a reason

Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know someday it'll all turn around because

All my life I been waiting for
I been prayin forFor the people to say
That we don't want to fight no more
They'll be no more wars
And our children will play

One day

One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence down with the hate one day we'll all be free and proud to be under the same sun singing songs of freedom like...

Monday, March 1, 2010

Featured Artist - Bunga Brand

I usually put up photos of the artisan's work but for whatever reason artfire isn't letting me look at individual artisan items. I will try again later.

- What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Elizabeth and I currently reside in Ohio.

-What is your shop name and what does it mean to you?
My shop name is Bunga Brand. It has a special meaning to me as my youngest son, Micah, inspired it. As a baby he would say "Bunga Bunga" all the time and it always brought a smile to my face. I wanted a shop name that would reflect who I am as well as be memorable to others.

- What websites do you sell on how did you decide on which ones?
Currently I sell the majority of my items on Artfire. I have a smaller shop on Etsy.

- How long have you been crafting?
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, my mother was a talented woman who I grew up watching and emulating.

-Tell me any interesting things about you that you would like to share.
My Christianity and family are the most important thing to me. I get all my strength and encouragement from them. My sons love to ask me what I am making and even help me on some items. We are a close knit family and always lean on each other. We have 2 German Shepherds that we adore and that are part of our family. I love to garden as well and always try to reflect who I am in pieces.

-What do you sell in your shop?
A variety of things, all mostly hand made by me. I sell Reversible Purses that come in some fun and unique prints, Regular and Eco Friendly Laundry Products, of which the ECO side I am using my own recipe that has been tweaked and tested for years and is more then proven in it's track record. I will not use a recipe I have not myself made and I work until the best possible outcome is achieved for all my laundry products. and I think that is what sets me apart from others. I also make unique and fun Pin Cushions that range from Micro to Decorative. I also sell some supplies like envelopes of all sizes and business card sheet paper and other paper products in that general area. You can also find, at times, some heirloom seeds as well as seeds from my very own rare and unique plants.

- Tell us about your crafting space.
My crafting space is a small room with a few tables set up and a work desk. I have my sewing machine section, laundry products section and a misc section and general work space.

-Do you belong to any guilds, teams or other indie craft organizations?
Not as of yet, but I am hoping to become verified on Artfire soon and will be joining many guilds. (Author note: Elizabeth is now a verified/pro artisan on Artfire)

-Where do you find inspiration?
From a little bit of everything. My children have inspired several of my items and the prints I use (Rice bags and Laundry Products). I want to give them the best. My husband inspires me because he is 100% supportive in all of my ventures and will do everything and anything to make sure I have the supplies and means to see my ideas come to life. I also get inspiration from nature and try to have many floral patterns as I think it makes the soul feel good.

-Tell me a bit about your creative process.
Sometimes it just comes to me. I see something and BOOM I know what I need to do to make something work or start a new project (Like my Glass Based Pin Cushions) When I try to force creativity, I fail, so I work in sprints and when I can perform at my best, to ensure everything I do is of high quality.

- Where have you learned to do what you do?
I am mostly self taught, but do remember a few things from my Mom and my childhood. Everything I make is something I have taught myself to do or have been doing for quite some time now.

-What is your favorite item in your shop right now?
I love the Glass Based Pin Cushions, as they are just the right weight to not move when I am placing or removing pins....and right up there are my dryer sheets which I have been making for years and have developed my own unique and proven recipe for. I am not the type to see a recipe on the Internet or hear about something and try it and sell it right away. I want to make sure anything and everything I sell is at it's best and always make sure I try everything out many times before I list it.

-Why is it your favorite?
Pin Cushion
Dryer Sheet

- What is your favorite part of your craft?
When the final product is ready to be photographed. I love when I have accomplished what it is I set out to do.

- What is your least favorite part?
Some parts of what I do are very time consuming..which sometimes bugs me, but in the long run worth it.

-How did you get started with your craft?
Dove right into it one day. I watched my Mom as a child and when I became of the age to begin learning, I did :)

-If you sell on more than one site which is your favorite and why?
I sell on Artfire and Etsy. Artfire is by FAR my favorite because of the difference in sales, the wonderful staff here and the close knit friends I have made.

-What makes your shop unique?
My creativity and low prices. I think my shop is unique and is something most people will like. It is a fun and happy shop that welcomes everyone. I also love to trade for items I am wanting or need.

-What advice do you have for other independent crafters just starting out?
Do what you know. Practice and keep your eyes ahead and always believe in yourself.

-Where else can we find you on the web?

Friday, February 26, 2010

New Artist Association

So, last night I went to a meeting for a new artist association, the North Gwinnett Arts Association. They happened to find me on Twitter and I figured that I'd check them out and see what was up. I did what any sane person would do and google them, not much came up. I did find them on Facebook and became a fan.

Long story short, they are a brand spanking new artist guild/forum/group whatever. The meeting last night seemed really cool. They want to do lots of really cool stuff. I'm about 95% positive that I want to be a member (actually who am I kidding I WANT to be a member). Ponying up $40 annually isn't such a big deal. Especially if I can participate in craft fairs/show for free (included in the membership fee). They just have to get the web payments up and running (Naomi, if you are reading this the website is starting to look good!)

I met some cool people last night and handed out a few business cards (actually remembered them, rather proud of myself). One girl (can't remember your name, it's early we talked about the 5:30am thing, but I remember that you WERE the loudest in the room) was very interested in the fact that I make jewelry. She loves art but can't do it. I was wearing my snowflake obsidian necklace that I made. One of my favorites and I did find the beads locally. That bead shop is now closed but they do still have a website and sell out of the home. ( if you are interested)

If you are a artist (any medium) and live in the North Gwinnett/metro Atlanta area we'd love to have you. Just contact me for more info or you can click on the post title and it will bring you to the website and you can sign up for more info yourself.

Very exciting that I'll have a way to be promoted locally with little to no effort on my part.

Come back tomorrow for another featured artisan interview!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Teaching myself something new....

Let me first apologize to all my readers. It's literally been forever and a day since I've posted but I've been so damn busy with life and my full time job lately.

Shortly after my last post, October 28th I found out that I passed my last architecture licensing exam which means that I am now a registered architect and can put R.A. after my name. Pretty cool when all is said and done. As for my full time job it doesn't really mean all that big of a change for the time being. But in the end, it's nice to be done with all that.

I also have some artisan interviews that I need to get to posting and I promise that I will get back on that soon.

For whatever reason I've wanted to teach myself how to knit for the longest time. Well, one day going through the craft section at Walmart I happened to see a teach yourself how to knit book. It was cheap (something in the $4 range) and came with a pair of knitting needles so I figured why not. I grabbed the book and a thing of yarn and made my way to the checkout line.

Back at home looking through the book I noticed that it has a section for those of us who are left-handed. Being left-handed I really appreciate this. I started trying to cast on with one needle. That's something that still eludes me for whatever reason, I just can't get the hang of it. When I tried the 2 needle method this went much smoother. I only know how to knit so far. I haven't tried my hand at purling yet but we'll see how that goes.

Long story short I'm now the owner of 2 sets of knitting needles and 2 partially finished scarves. I will take a picture of the scarf that I've decided to finish first and post it here this weekend.

I'm seeing a lot of scarf presents being given out by me in the future. I just got to work on making sure everything is even!