i seriously love ny. the constant humming of the city. the endless options of seriously yummy food. the yummy food in conjunction with crazy-cool atmosphere. and on this trip the weather has been spectacular.
IF ONLY... we didn't have to spend 9 hours a day inside the javits convention center!
(boy do they take their bike locking seriously here!)
it's been fun being here for a week, trying new restaurants and seeing friends. but i'm totally ready to get back home to my family and my studio!
many people, for some good reasons, have very ill feelings against china. i understand... kinda. BUT, they are people too! they need jobs to provide for their needs. same as any other country. they have corruption... WE have corruption... all that being said... i LOVE my development team and the people i work with! i feel so extremely blessed to know this group of people. they are kind, hardworking and honest. the same things i value in people in this country.
i don't try to cheat them on pricing. or work them down so that they are forced to underpay their workers, or take short cuts on materials. we do a good honest business together, which benefits them and their employees and myself, my employees and the independent stores we sell to - that are out there fighting to survive.
just another perspective on doing business in china.
my friend april owns 3 shops in the detroit area and i love cute, fun stuff. so the natural thing for us to do while in MN for the creative connection was to visit local cute shops. patina, digs studio and my FAVE... i like you. the pictures below depict just how awesomely killer, this all handmade artisan shop in MN just is.
chocked full of lovely art, cheeky quotes, gorgeous jewelry... and a SWING to boot!
even the outside is fun!
and the displays... out of this world! this one is definitely on my DIY to make list. i'm scheming of all the crazy items i can hold hostage in an upside down glass!
and let's not forget the absolutely adorable one and only...co-owner sarah sweet! who makes this magic happen.
hi and welcome!!! i'm so glad you're here! my name is michelle. i'm blessed to be a wife (to gary) of 18 years and a mom of two girls; alexis(16) & jess(11). i've been a full time artist for 15 years. i made my start at Portland Sat. Mkt. and art fairs around the country, and then headed into wholesale shows when our oldest began school. i love ART-ing, art journaling, running, cycling and downing junk food!