Last weekend was Centerfest in Durham. It was fantastic to see the downtown streets filled with people, art, and music (and fair food). I was there both days, talking to artisans, enjoying bluegrass, and working in the Smoffice.
I’m having trouble getting up and at ‘em this morning. Anyone else feeling the mid-week blues?
Here is a little something silly to brighten up your Wednesday- a kiss on the head!
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Sweet tea anyone? Or perhaps you’d prefer a glass of your favorite locally-brewed beer?
It’s time for giveaway round two! This week some lucky guy or gal will be the recipient of two Put A Bird On It pint glasses which were hand sand-blasted at Etchville‘s glass studio in Asheville, NC, and normally sell for $25.
The glasses are dishwasher safe and are stamped with the Etchville logo on the bottom.
This giveaway will run from today, Wednesday the 18th, through Tuesday the 24th. In order to enter, subscribe to this blog, like us on facebook, and follow us on twitter. You need to do at least two of those three things to be eligible to win!
We sisters at The Makery are so very excited to have reached our funding goal on Kickstarter last week. So how are we going to celebrate our fundraising success? By giving you presents, of course!
This week we’ll be giving away a set of two super cool hand screen printed Tea Towels by tinypeepers out of Raleigh, NC. The towels are printed with retro eyeglass frames in black ink on white, 100% cotton fabric, and normally sell for $28.
In order to enter the giveaway, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook, and subscribe to this blog (we know you want to anyway). If you do 2 of these 3 things by this Tuesday night (April 10), you will automatically be entered to win these crisp, absorbent darlings.
The sun is shining!
The forsythia is in bloom here, so inspired by their bright color I found some beautiful yellow finds on Etsy.
1) Lacey Elephant Kisses- Chapel Hill 2) TLG Pottery- Raleigh 3) Seed and Sky- Asheville 4) Modern Radar- Durham 5) Quill and Arrow Press- Asheville 6) Tony’s Tees- Mars Hill 7) East Coast Soap- Charlotte
This morning I am feeling blue — but in the best way possible. I am continually amazed at the talent and creativity in our great state! It’s rainy in my little neck of NC this morning and I thought it fitting to take a look at the color blue.
Happy Friday from the Makery!
Since The Makery is very new on the scene, we sisters were very excited to discover another local burgeoning creative endeavor. Twin Stripe is an online magazine created by Katie Williamson and Alison Harshbarger, graduate students in Elon University’s Interactive Media masters program. When they met at school, the ladies discovered that they both shared backgrounds in studio art as well as passions for design, styling, parties, and décor. They became fast friends and joined creative forces – thus Twin Stripe was born!
Katie and Alison have incorporated their interactive media skills into Twin Stripe, and the result is a fun, modern, and participatory magazine experience. The styling for their photo shoots is lovely, and instructions and recipes for the diy and food projects are just a click away. Along with the magazine, there is also a fabulous Twin Stripe blog.The Makery loves the blog’s Weekend Review posts and the recent craft projects with neon colors(!)
Click the logo above and take a few minutes to peruse the first (Winter 2011) issue of Twin Stripe to see what Katie and Alison are all about. We can’t wait to see the spring issue (early April) which, we are told, will feature a brand new look!
With the weather warming-up, flowers beginning to bloom, and color starting to creep back into the world, I thought I’d begin a mini series inspired by color. It seems to be a hot trend right now- bold colors have been making appearances everywhere from the runway to the red carpet and from Target to IKEA.
Here is a great collection of colorful spring inspired ETSY finds from right here in North Carolina!
In honor of the long history of textile production in North Carolina, I’ve collected some beautiful weaving and sewing-related images for your viewing enjoyment.
P.S. Have you ever heard of Raleigh Denim Workshop? They use antique sewing machines to make handcrafted limited runs of artisan jeans. Pretty cool, right? After learning about them, the Sister Team is ready to start our Christmas list.
Spring is still a little ways off, but today I’m dreaming of lazy summer weekends in NC and wondering when I’ll ever get to stow my boots and wear sandals again. To enhance my fantasies, I’m listening to The Tender Fruit (aka Christy Smith, from Raleigh), who I saw play the Local 506 in Chapel Hill last summer. Check out her song “The Crysanthemums” and have a nice cold glass of sweet tea.
I put together a great collection of NC artists on Etsy. What a talented state we live in! There are even some great Valentines Day gift ideas. Enjoy!