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Ideas seek me out and knock at the door of my brain; usually I am glad I answered and gave them a voice through my hands!

Makers Connect is the place for Craft Classes!

lighed sign

New classes have been added!  Please check the Classes tab to find out all about the details. Oh yes, my friends, it’s all happening at the fine little funky boutique that’s easy for everyone in Dallas to find (so centrally located!) known as Makers Connect.

We are the makers of connections; we are the glue of our own universe.  The glitter of the stars ends up in our projects (and in our hair) and we are glad.  Brandishing our scepters (or glue guns) to the heavens, we add here, edit there, and ending in a giant flourish of VOILA! 

Okay, so where did that weird poetry come from?  Is it freaky Friday or the fumes from the yummy food coming in the walls from Quesa-d-ya’s?  Either way, it’s all good.

New Classes:

Lightbulb Brilliance! – Incandescent lightbulbs find new life as beautiful vases, hanging root starters, and fascinating tiny terrariums.

bulb flower vase bulb rooting multi

Nailed it! – String art at its most sophisticated and pretty.  Inspiration?  Initials, state of Texas, hearts, stars, moons and clovers!

nail letter nail texas

Frida Kahlo’s (Birthday) Flower Circlet – Flowered head wreaths are a beautiful new trend that’s actually quite old.  This technique can be re-purposed to create gorgeous wedding headdresses. Frida’s birthday is July 7, by the way.

frida flowers bright flower hairpiece etsymom flower hat 10.25.13

Here, Tilly Tilly! – Exploring a couple of incredibly cute ways to display tillandsias, also known as air plants.  They are truly mindblowing in their beauty, strangeness, diversity, and ‘lifestyles’ which allow us to insert them into any sculptural hanging or table display as long as are able to remove them for weekly waterings.

tilly copper pipe boardtilly modern round jartilly white branch

 

 

 

 

 

Summer classes!

east dallas necklace by sam

Does anyone need an excuse to learn a neat new skill or just have a fun afternoon with friends and family making cool stuff?  Well if you do, I have just the thing for you.

Here are a few images from our latest class, which involved pounding letters and shapes into metal.  Fun, easy – and everyone walked away with a few pieces of jewelry to keep and give as gifts.  For more info on classes please go to the Classes tab!

stamping heart necks

cynthia happy classsam's making neat stuff

katie working sugar necklace by sam

 

Yes, it’s here!

spring words

OMG today it’s really Spring!  Don’t you feel the energy to get moving on a new project?Let’s get it together folks and get this party started!  Just go over to the “Classes” tab and check out the offerings.  There is new stuff added each week!  First class starts this coming Saturday.

Spring Classes are filling up quickly!  Sign up now using Paypal* or come by the store to sign up in person.  *NOTE: you don’t have to have a Paypal account or even log into their service in order to pay for classes.  There is a pass-through option to use any credit card as a ‘guest.’

Right now you might feel like a grasshopper… or a tiny bud… but in time you will be a giant of crafting, a crafting GENIOUS with new projects to conquer, and materials to lord over!  Yes, it’s time to go to there!

seedling

 

One Kitten Journeys forth… into the bold new world of handmade Craft!

We love crafts.  We love local.  We love crafty local cats.  So we figured, who better to showcase our amazing new wares than our newest kitten, Ozzy!  He of the black fur and slightly malevolent attitude.

Let him be your guide through some of the wares.  If he looks a little bewildered, it’s probably because there are so many new artists… or because he’s a little bit hungry.

ozzy likes to read

Call me Black Bart!  Carved books by Letter Lounge

ozzy in the window

Through a window darkly… the only way a black cat can…window by Kim and Russ Aman

me eat plants now

Oh yes, I was right… he was getting hungry.  Plants in concrete pots by Concrete Notions.  Also pick-n-pot option; find an empty pot and a plant that you like.  We’ll pot it with the gravel of your choice.

ozzy likes girly things bags

What?  No, Ozzy, there is NO food in those gorgeous leather handbags by Luna and the Cowboy!

got my snake

Patty Haskins catnip snakes are Ozzy’s favorite.  Too bad the video didn’t take because he was having a BLAST!  Had to buy this one for him.

ozzy finds out something in a book

“Um, I just read that you guys are going to do something to my kitty bits?!”

Sorry, but the truth is sometimes painful.  I guess the “V” was the clue….

See you all soon!  Saturday April 5… here:

10242 E. Northwest Highway

Dallas, TX  75238

 

 

 

Opening Date: It’s Official

…drum roll please….

Saturday April 5!

We’re working hard to get spruced, fluffed, and sleeked before then.

We still have room for more local talent, so if you’re an artist, craftsperson, or

make cool things that make people go ‘hmmmm,’ then let’s talk!  Vendor sign up

is located right here.  Or if you know someone who is all that… do them a favor and

pass the word.

And if you just love shopping for unique, one of a kind, handmade items – please come

check us out.  We’re all that an a bag of chips.  Location?  We’re at 10242 E. Northwest

Highway, next to Quesa-d-ya’s, with the bright green and teal sign!

In the Garden of your Mind….

So the store is really looking swell and I’m sitting at the wonderful heavy wood desk (“Norden” in Ikea-speak) working on a metal mesh handbag and thinking about the nature of creativity.

Anyone older than Pop Rocks will remember that Mr. Rogers was pretty interested in that subject too.  He spent a lot of time talking to artists of all crafts; from fine art to music, and a fair number of crafters (remember the visit to the violin shop?)  I think the message he was always repeating is that

1.  We’re all creative 2.  Creativity is what makes humans special in the animal kingdom  3.  We should really give in to our creative urges, no matter how they pop up in our lives (unless you’re a psychopath…) 4. We should uphold and celebrate creativity in others 5.  and we should really make time in our lives to allow ourselves to be creative, even (especially) if that means making messes, making mistakes, or making it different ways until we find a way we like best!

Then I thought about my own creative urges – how they are almost never anything to do with what is considered ‘Fine Art’, even though both of my parents came from that world and one of them has enjoyed a darn good career based on making art.  I thought about what makes me smile and when I get that inner sensation that can best be described as feeling ‘tickled’ (just like my aunt used to say).  Looking to recent events, I can say that having the frosted plexi lightbox up and working in the shop is one of those moments of feeling like ‘wow, that was a really cool idea and it WORKED!’  Actually I have Steve, my wonderful husband, to thank for most of the labor (and Regal Plastics)… but we definitely created something cool out of nothing – seriously, nothing more than a slender idea of this thing that we talked about for hours during car trips to Houston and Austin.  It was having all the parts fit together; from the c-channel to the light strips; and then having the back panel work out so well; this type of stuff really tickles me!  I guess that’s design instead of art; they are both offshoots of the same creative urge.

That might explain why I love making assemblage jewelry; making something interesting out of ‘pieces/parts’ that bore no immediate relationship to one another until put together.  I have an equal amount of respect for other artists who surprise me with their amazing assemblage sculptures and jewelry.  Recently I found a shop in Houston where the owner, Judy Masliyah, not only encourages but often buys jewelry parts for her lucky employees, who eagerly arrive at work to find their drawers containing some amazing new piece for them to work into their pieces.  Each employee has a slightly different perspective, so after spending some time in the shop, I was able to tell who had made what.  It was quite a cool way to spend the afternoon.  And Judy’s own vintage-inspired clothing was also to die for.

I got off topic; back to creativity.  It’s like Bob Ross said, “It’ll bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.”   Who can’t use more happiness?  “There are no limits here… start off by believing.  It’s your world.   You’re the creator.”

…go make some happy little clouds!

It’s almost there….

lighed sign

You know it’s real with they get the sign put up and lighted!  (that was a whole other thing, but it got worked out….)

We didn’t take any photos before the paint, but at least you can see the old carpet.  The new carpet is also gray but with many less year’s worth of grime and unidentifiable stuff.  Seriously wondered what went on in here….and am glad to be rid of that filth.

Compare old carpet:

ugly floor

And New!  I know, it’s also gray – but hey, it’s really pretty and has a great texture.

new carpet

In fact, it’s SO clean, we can do this!

peace

Certificate of Occupancy has been Granted!

I wasn’t going to make a big deal out of it, but I suppose we do kind of need to take a moment to celebrate.  After all, this has been quite the uphill learning curve for folks who’ve never opened a store before… or created an LLC… or negotiated the world of commercial electricity/brokers/water/carpet/paint/security/insurance…blardy blardy blarg!  The list is seemingly endless.

I’ve already filled up 20 sections of my 20 section expandable file..and it appears I might need a new one already, after two weeks.

Suffice to say, we’re pleased and scared as all get out!   We know it’s all going to come together and be fabulous, but there is still quite a lot to do before we are there.

If you are an artist with wonderful quality handcrafts, do please go and fill out our vendor form.  We’re getting a handle on the goods right now!

Can’t wait to meet and greet and get this thing going in the real word.

Steve and Chris

(in the meantime – as if I have any me-time, lol, I have accepted yet another sale on Etsy… so the making of concrete statuary and pots continues in between the business of opening a store!)

althea

 

 

 

Welcome to Makers Connect!

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Hello fellow makers,

We are so pleased and proud to invite you to a new venture.  It is based on the feeling that there was a gap that begged to be addressed.  We see so many great local artists making the most amazing things week after week and hauling them around to the local area outdoor shows.  We know because we’re usually right there alongside you.  We all feel the exhaustion of the effort, the incredibly unrelenting Texas heat (and chill!), and we all have yearned for a place we can put down some roots and let our items sing.

So we’re making it happen.

We are starting with a few tangible ‘luxuries’ such as selling your beautiful handmade wares in a climate controlled with shop with good lighting and helpful friendly sales staff (that knows you!) which remains open during most days of the week (not just one Saturday a month).  To that we add teaching and learning through human-to-human classes and workshops;  creating hype and activity with trunk shows, parties, openings, gatherings, ‘flash mob’ events, and cross-promotions with fellow area stores and schools;  and most of all, making new friends and connections with fellow artists, local neighbors, and the greater Dallas community using the old fashioned method of face to face greetings in a modern, clean place with cool décor, great music, and complimentary beverages!

We are so inspired by the people we have met at the local shows; from White Rock Local Market to Deep Ellum, the Design District Market, the Dallas Flea; and the holiday school shows as well, notably Hexter, Sanger, Jesuit, and others.  So many true friendships have been forged, so many connections made.  It’s in this cooperative spirit of giving and supporting that we have entered into this concept.  We truly hope we are able to be the great support to them that we’ve been looking for in East Dallas  – a place that truly exists for the purpose of local, handmade, and dare I say it – keeping it funky.

So it’s with gleeful heart that I invite you to become a part of this thing we’re doing.  It’s not a store, it’s not a studio, it’s an adventure.

Let’s Connect.

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