Friday, November 19, 2010

Meet our Stallholders- My Pretty Earrings

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in Nashville, work at the Children's Hospital, and have 2 grown up boys. I started beading some 2 years ago and this has become a wonderful passion. 

Have you always loved to create? 

Not really. I rather loved reading books or listening to music. But I had a black dress for which I wanted "dangling red earrings" and could not find the ideal ones I was looking for. I though may be I could make them. I took beading classes and make my ideal earrings! Since then I always wear earrings that match my outfit. I also have make lots of earrings for friends and colleagues as birthday, Christmas or wedding gifts. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to say: "I made this" and even more gratifying to tell a loved one: "I made this JUST FOR YOU!"

What is the creative process like for you?
When I find beads or stones that I think are beautiful, I just buy them and take them home, even if I have no idea of what to do with them. Later I look at them and hold them in my hands to see if they are ready. The first step is to decide if they will go best with silver, gold or copper. I put them next to other beads to find the colors, shapes and textures they may match with. I then try the pattern with plain metal findings, and if it looks pretty, I make it with the final materials. If I do not get any ideas it is OK, ust playing with stones is a great way to unwind after a long day! 

Where can we currently buy your creations?

On my website

I will also be listing on Etsy and Zibbet

What is the story behind your business name?

When I wore the first pair I made (the red ones!) I was of course very proud. I put them on and asked a friend: "Do you like my pretty earrings?" She did and I made her a pair as well. The word got around and other friends and colleagues would ask me: "Can I also have a pair of your pretty earrings, or can you make me a pair of pretty earrings to match a dress I have?" So it seemed quite the natural thing to call my creations "My Pretty Earrings". I always say that name with a smile and lot of affection. Plus it is easy to remember!

Where do you get inspiration from?

Craft books sometimes, but mostly from looking at the beads or stones, holding them, putting them next to others and trying to figure out what they want to be. At other times I may be sitting in a cafe or a restaurant and notice a woman at the next table wearing a pretty hairdo or an interesting outfit and I imagine a pair of earrings that would match her colors and outfit. I carry in my bag a small sketchbook and a box of colored pencils to draw the ideas I get, and later I try to give them a reality.

What is your favorite blog?

Currently the blog of my beautiful niece Joanna on healthy eating

and just for fun, what is your favorite picture book?
I love children's books, I think they are small works of art (and so easy to collect!). My favorite one? You may not find it in stores, it is called "My Pet Fish" and was written and drawn by my son Andrew when he was 6 years old. It is a funny and tragic story with a not very happy ending. Another of my favorites is "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman.

Meet our Stallholders- KariBeth

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! My name is KariBeth and I'm a jewelry designer. I was born and raised in Nashville, and I ventured off to college in Detroit where I was a Craft major and studied metal smithing, glass blowing, and fibers. Upon moving back to Nashville, I blended my love of vintage with jewelry making... and I've been obsessed ever since!

Have you always loved to create? 
Indeed! I've been creating since I can remember. My first dabble with jewelry began with straight pins and my dad's pliers when I was in elementary school. I can't imagine not being able to create! 

What is the creative process like for you?
I scour flea markets, estate sales, and antique stores in search of  unique and unusual treasures that have been well loved, yet "lost" throughout the years. Each one of my jewelry pieces has been "found" again and is assembled into a one-of-a-kind creation that has been curated with passion, often combining era's, therefore, creating a new story by overlapping and blending the years of history. Pieces can take hours, or even days to complete... and, and I love every minute of it!

Where can we currently buy your creations?
Currently, you can find my jewelry at the following locations:
Serenity Maison in Leiper's Fork
Art & Invention Gallery in East Nashville
Roses and Rustics in Nolensville
Venus & Mars - The Showroom
Shimia at the Loveless Cafe

What is the story behind your business name?
Well, my business name is my name: KariBeth. Perhaps, it's not that creative, but the thought of picking one business name can be daunting! So, I chose my own name...  

where do you get inspiration from?
I'm inspired by all things vintage... My favorite color combinations will often come from an antique needlepoint or paint by number that I've come across. I'm intrigued by daguerreotypes and their mysterious photos. And, dance compacts make me question who their original owners were. Each heirloom piece that I come across is truly an inspiration, and I feel that it's my challenge to create a jewelry piece to showcase it proudly. 
What is your favorite blog?
Oh, such a tough question! There are SO MANY, but I think my winning vote goes to "Hello Mr. Fox".

and just for fun, what is your favorite picture book?
As a child, my favorite picture book was "Panda's Paint Box"... which, my mom still has on her library book shelf! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Meet our Stallholders- Gayla Edwards Pottery

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
    I grew up in the sunny state of Florida but have called Tennessee home since 1991, where I've raised 3 children.   My husband and I now have a home on a hilltop in Bell Buckle.  My education is in Interior Design but since 1997 have been enjoying working with clay - wheel throwing and handbuilding.  Since then I've been learning photography and welding.

Have you always loved to create? 
   Yes, I have.  Although I don't remember drawing them, my mother has drawings from when I was 3 of cartoon characters.  What I really remember is melting crayon shavings in between waxed paper.  I loved seeing them melt and swirl.  And this is going to date me but I remember when the Spirograph was really popular and I could be entertained with that for hours.  
   I had a great childhood also in that I got to spend summers with my two grandmothers that sewed, crocheted, knitted, cooked and gardened.  You just don't get much better that!

What is the creative process like for you?
    For my clay projects, I like to work with sketches first.  I work better if I have a direction to work in when I start a project  with the clay.  It may evolve into something different as I move along with a particular design but it helps me to have ideas to work from.  

Where can we currently buy your creations?
    I'm currently working to set up an online store.  Currently, I work with special orders.

What is the story behind your business name?
    This is also in the works, but for now it's Gayla Edwards. 

where do you get inspiration from?
    I'm inspired sometimes by the craziest things! (or so it may seem to others)  I love textures, patterns, detail, parts of wholes, and juxtapositions of old and new, nature and manmade.  One of my favorite places right now is the local recycling center, such visual greatness to be had there.  It is the inspiration for my photography and my metal sculptures.  

What is your favorite blog?
   I am a blog junkie!  I love reading and seeing what other people are doing in their corner of the world.  
   I frequent:  please sir, K.I.D. Collective (I enjoy her mixed tapes), TED Ideas Worth Spreading, and lizzywherever (my daughter's blog)

and just for fun, what is your favorite picture book?
    Mo Willems'  Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! just can't get enough of that cute little guy!

Vendor List for Nashville Handmade November 2010

The following vendors are appearing this Sunday at Nashville Handmade:
Owl really vintage
Portray Photo
Simon and Ruby
Brentahaven Church Creative Ministries
Lisa Michaels
Lilac Fox
Tiki D Clocks
Sew Cute Bowtique
Hannah's modern mosaics
Spiritual Bamboo flutes and jewelery
Sally Burgess Celebrity knits
Hootie hoops
Tosha's Crochet accessories
Gaelic Creations
Flowers that rock
O Gallery
K.Erin Designs
Just Dandy
Kirsty Emery Design
Flights of Fancy
Katie Lynne Vance
Embroidery by Irene
Me2U Gallery
Cicada Creek Studio
Made by MsJ
Adrienne’s Kreations
The lullaby loft
Gayla Edwards Pottery
My pretty Earrings
Green Glow Candles
Baby Carrot Designs
On a whim
Tiny little squares
Vintage Obscura

Come on Sunday and support local artists/craftists! 

Meet our Stallholders- Sew Cute Bowtique

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
We are a group of 3 women who go to church together and share a love of crafting and Christ.

Have you always loved to create? 

What is the creative process like for you? 
We get together periodically to share ideas and try new crafting techniques.

Where can we currently buy your creations? 
Online and Sew Cute on Facebook

What is the story behind your business name? 
We wanted something that expressed our creativity. Since we sew many of our items and also make hair bows, it seemed the perfect name for us.

Where do you get inspiration from? 
current trends, friends' suggestions, browsing online

What is your favorite blog? 
I don't know that we could come up with one favorite because there are so many that we love and inspire us.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Meet our Stallholders- Sally's Celebrity Knits


I come from Australia/New Zealand and have been living in Nashville,
TN for 16 years.  I have been knitting since the age of 6 years.
Although I do a number of other crafty things, knitting is my
favorite.  I never use acrylic yarn on adult sweaters.  I have a
talented friend in Franklin, TN who has sheep and rabbits and spins
their fiber into the most fabulous yarn - which I knit.  See picture.
I also knit mohair yarn which I buy from New Zealand, Australia or
England.  I have a lovely, long-suffering husband, two fabulous
children - one here in Nahville and the other in New Zealand. I have
three grandsons - Jaedon and Lincoln in New Zealand and Niko here in
Nashville, via Korea.

Yes always.  My aunt and mother were both crafty and I think it just
runs in the genes.

I buy up yarn that I personally like and as soon as I have completed
one sweater, I can't wait to get onto the next.

I usually sell at craft shows or by word of mouth. I also knit to
order when I have the yarn to do so.I also have a number of my sweater
pics on my photo album on Facebook

"Sally's celebrity knits"
I am a singer and the name just came to me. I imagine that I am a
celebrity and that hopefully those around me will want to have one my
creations and be 'celebrities' too. Ha!

I look at the yarn and decide how it will best look knitted up.  My
inspiration sometimes comes from seeing shop bought sweaters or
patterns.  What drives my inspiration most is knowing what people will
actually buy!!!

Not sure if it is a blog as such but there is a great website called
""  It has some great resources and free patterns.

Not sure about that but my favorite movies are "Funny Girl" and
"Seabiscuit"  My favorite singers are Reba McEntire, Crystal Gayle,
Ricky Van Shelton, Josh Groben and Mario Lanza.  My all time hero is
Lance Armstrong.

Our Latest Giveaway winner!!- Ashley Goins

Congrats Ashley!

You have won a $25 gift voucher for Kirsty Emery Designs.

Visit the booth on the day to pick out your prize!