A Bog Inspired By Community
Part 3 of 3
Can't get enough of that OML Swag!
My final installment of this three part series is about community, which in my opinion is the best way to recap my experience from OML 2018 because if you were there, you know that’s what it truly was all about! I honestly don’t know where to begin and cannot articulate or sum up my feelings about our beautiful maker community and how the event changed me as a maker and a person.
I’ve mentioned it before but I was completely taken aback by the buzz of our community when I went to the event. I’m not sure if it’s from being burned by so many friends, or confidence issues (more likely a combination of both) but I was leary and had no idea this event would be filled with so much joy and support. I hope my perspective touches you as a maker. To grow, to reach out, connect, love and share. We are all in this together and couldn’t do it alone!
The foundation of my journey began with the wonderful Shannon of @channoncreates_ and Darian of @knittingbydarian sharing an air b&b the night before. I talked to them via insta but had no idea what to expect when meeting them, and when Darian came down to greet me, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit to my own. Darian is such a hard worker, she’s funny as hell, empathetic and just has such great vibes. Shannon is a 5” force to be reckoned with! She is fearless and so talented, I can’t wait to see where each of their journeys take them and I’ so grateful to have made new friendships through this experience.
My gratitude toward them cannot be fully expressed, me being so nervous. To be real I have idolized certain people in our community on social media. I idolized, wondered why I wasn’t getting any recognition and was feeling like a failure. My comparison was eating my alive and I was doing it all to myself. I walked in to the event with these feelings and left a different person.
Using more luxury yarn:
Diving more into patterns:
Tested for @shannoncreates, @woodsandwoolpatternnext and @the.hook.nook goals for the spring
This is a three part series inspired by my experience at OML 2018 (Our Maker Life). A maker movement, and annual meet up of makers, primarily fiber artists. My inspiration came from the people around me. It was a beautiful and overwhelming experience all in one. I am so grateful to everyone that made this event and attended and I can’t wait for 2019!
Crocheting by the Pool
This photo took so much courage for me to post, I love it so much and I'm proud I was brave to put just who I am out there to the world!
From Jessica's Latest blog...
I think most, if not all where feeling the emotions during her talk! I was so choked up and to look around the room and see everyone drying their eyes was beautiful.
From Jessica's Blog...
I was so nervous to meet these huge makers and they made it so much fun! Even though I wasn't able to fully open up I will treasure this photo forever!
From Jessica's Blog...
So inspiring to be, and do you! I am so guilty of thinking I can't have anything I make or don't have time. We all have time to treat ourselves and feel special so don't forget that!
The Photo I posted from Chicago!
This felt crazy to post but it was the creative idea I had and I'm so crazy I took the chance. This really feels like me and inspired so much photography I explored during my Florida vacation!
My Notes From Jessica's Talk
Before I started choking up and could actually write
(yeah you know the notes are pink color coded to match her hair!)
For Reference, Jessica's blog is:
My response from the giveaway:)
Thank you for my friends Laura and Samantha for helping with this shoot!
New cozies design for the tattoo convention, I'm so proud of these and can't wait to share them in public!
From the "Our Maker Life" Blog, can't wait to meet so many amazing makers in less than 2 weeks!
I may not be posting as much, but I will be over here scaring the crap out of myself and taking risks I'm terrified of!
Biggest News, Biggest Show, and the Biggest Smile on My Face!!
I am proud to announce I am officially registered to vend at the First Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo in August this year!! Keep reading about this journey and how truly excited I am for this opportunity.
When getting accepted to this show, I quite frankly thought it was a long shot to get in. It’s quite possible I cried!
It all started about 6 years ago when I went to my first tattoo convention. I was traveling around, as a tattoo collector and visiting a few conventions that season. I remember to going to one in particular thinking, “Man, I want to spend some money on some stuff!”. Nothing was really available and that thought stayed in the back of my mind. I wanted things that fit my alternative lifestyle and fulfilled me a little bit, even if I couldn’t afford a tattoo that day.
My second thought was, “What a dream it would be if I could sell at a venue like this”. People of like minds, appreciation for art, unique items, small business’ and the hustle that goes along with all of those things. I had that thought hidden in the depths of my mind, and there it stayed for years.
Fast forward seasons later and I am developing my own small business... Two years ago I moved back to Michigan and I knew it was my time to stop being afraid, have confidence in myself and just hit the ground running with my creative impulses- and I haven’t stopped since.
I recently just accepted a more demanding 9-5 job, which on the upside has mandatory breaks and a predictable schedule so I am often working on my business during those down times at work.
I was anxious about taking on this responsibility, what it would mean for my lifestyle and my small business I’m trying to grow. But I'm really enjoying the structure, the challenge and the new skills I'm learning (eghem, see the awesome flyer I made at the top of this page.)
I heard of the convention when getting tattooed at the show in March from my buddies and thought maybe I could do the March show next year. Again, just writing it off as a maybe one day option.
One day I just knew I had to do it and thought, “Why the hell not?!”. I had no idea what it would cost or the work involved, but I had to just contact them and ask if I could apply. Even though I knew I’ve never really seen any hand makers at the show vending. About a week later I was accepted and was on a high for a while. I crunched the numbers, set goals and now have an inventory and booth plan for the next 15 weeks to prepare for the show!!
I have so many exciting things planned, a photo shoot for my line, new Items to offer for the fall (which some still have to be designed- :) and other new shows I’ve been looking at for a while.
I am challenged with advice that it's too much work. That it may compromise the quality of my life. But I say fuck that. I can do it, I can do anything I put my mind to so in free time I'm reading books like "Girl Boss" where I'm continually inspired and encouraged. I can take this task on, and you know what? I'm shooting to succeed!
This is my opportunity to create what I visualize my business to become. I am determined to not let anything hold me back, but enjoy the ride and have fun doing it! It's 3 day long show with a new booth set up, better advertising, product development, give-aways, and a site redesign. My two hands have their fingers crossed so hard it hurts.
Reality is I may not sell a damn thing, or close to it. But this is a dream, an opportunity and something I am so proud of just for having the courage to try. I am so grateful for this opportunity and hope I have the time, energy and focus to post the process- the good and the bad.
If you are reading this, I appreciate it as this is such an amazingly huge step for me. I am pulling out of a retail space I haven’t been fond of and after all the mental work and planning for my business the beginning of this year, I’m in awe of how this fits right into my plan, It’s the most work I’ve had to take on, four times more expensive to get into any show I’ve done and technically out of season for my business and I’ve never been so ready for anything in my life!!
Let the carpal tunnel begin...
Check out my new Photo Shop Skills!!
I think this will be showing up a bit in the next few months.
Sites of the Ren, home of the convention.
Becoming a #GIRLBOSS. Fell in love with the Netflix series, and loving the book! It's given my great energy and inspiration when I need it