Tuesday, May 31, 2011

art talk with Abbey of Aesthetic Outburst

Name, age, hometown, blog/website

Abbey Hendrickson
Owego, New York

When did you first discover your creative talents?

My parents are both very creative and have always encouraged my creative pursuits. As a child, I also had a babysitter who let us draw all over her basement walls. We still keep in touch with her and when I went to visit a few years ago, all of the drawings that I had made when I was four or five-years-old were still there. It was kind of magical to see walls absolutely covered in marks that I made thirty years ago! That creative freedom had a tremendous impact on me.

What inspires you and keeps you motivated to create?

It sounds so cliché, but inspiration is everywhere. I thought it would be more difficult to find inspiration when we moved to my rural hometown, but our move has had the opposite effect. There just aren’t as many distractions here and, after taking some time to settle into life here again, it’s great!
As far as motivation goes, two very young children keep me on task on a daily basis. Having interests and a career are important to me and I’m trying to set an example for our kids. My husband and I are always working on some kind of project and try to get our kids involved whenever possible.

How would you describe your style?

The best way to describe my style is ‘organized eclectic’. That description applies to my artwork, the way our house looks, and the way I dress.

Who are some people that have inspired your work?

My husband, Phil Hendrickson- http://www.philliphendrickson.com/, is my biggest source of inspiration. We’re also extraordinarily lucky to have a group of smart, creative, and interesting friends. Also, as I mentioned, my parents are really creative and are never afraid to tackle a DIY project.

What is something funny that's happened to you recently?

Our three-year-old and one-year-old do something funny every single day. I can’t think of a specific moment, but laughter is definitely a priority at our house.

How do you bridge the gap between creating and running a business?

Hmmmm…I don’t have a good answer to this question. The simple answer is that I don’t. Finding balance is not something that comes to me very naturally, so I’m constantly trying to figure out ways to bridge that gap.

Describe yourself in 5 words.


Any advice for aspiring artists/designers?

Be authentic and keep your chin up. It isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it.

Thank you, Abbey!  I love love love your work!  If you'd like to see more of Abbey's work and beautiful projects, check out her flickr page.

Also, today is the last day to enter Kayla's headband give away...click here to enter!

xx, Dawn

Thursday, May 26, 2011

a vintage wedding bouquet

A few months ago a friend approached me about making the flowers for her wedding.  I was a little nervous, since the only other time I've done this was for my sister's wedding last year... with a group.  I was totally honored that Hope would ask me to do such a big job for her special day, and of course said yes.  

Well, with her wedding a month away, I decided somebody better get busy!  So that's what I did this afternoon.  Hope supplied tons of vintage fabrics and lace doilies, and can I just say that I'm in LOVE with how it's coming together :)

I can't wait to make more!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Art Talk with Kayla Gates...and a giveaway!

I am thrilled to have Kayla doing our interview today!  I have recently gotten to know her better, and she is an absolute precious girl...not to mention how creative and talented she is!  She is one half of Anchor & Sparrow with Gabby being the other half :)
Name, age, hometown, blog/website
Hi readers of Hello Dearie! I love this weekly post that Dawn does and I'm so honored to be a part of it! My name is Kayla Gates, I am 19 years old and I was born and raised in the sweet, quaint town of Laurel, Mississippi. I talk about my little town and what inspires me quite often on my blog, Yellow Bird. (http://happyyellowbird.blogspot.com/)

When did you first discover your creative talents?
Growing up I always loved when my Aunt Paula would come from her home in Texas and visit for the summer. She was an art teacher and I would always beg her to do arts and crafts with me. I loved doing it so much! She taught me how to crochet, paint and pretty much everything else that I know that is related to art. I've always loved to do things that were considered "crafty" or "creative", but not until around three years ago did I really consider what I did a "talent".

What inspires you and keeps you motivated to create?
My friends always keep me motivated. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by positive and supportive people. I also seem to be inspired by people that I see are doing exactly what they want to do in life and succeed. Being a college student, the choice of what career path to take is something that I'm still confused about. I love seeing artist that pursued their dream wholeheartedly and are completely happy with their decision! I think that inspires me and motivates me the most to continue to do what I do.

How would you describe your style?
I wear what I love! I love modern twist on vintage styles. I believe that dresses are a lot more comfortable than jeans (and way cuter!), I wear tights a little too much, and Forever21 is my closet. My favorite thing to do, fashion wise, is to layer. I love the layered look and it enables me to make a million different outfits without breaking my budget. One of my fashion goals is to make some of my own clothes! Dawn is helping me with that :)

Who are some people that have inspired your work?
As I've said before, some of my biggest inspirations come from seeing other independent artist succeed. I think one of my absolute biggest inspirations is Elsie Flanagan (now Elsie Larson!) of Red Velvet. She is living my absolute dream! Seeing her succeed and blossom is so inspiring to me!
What is something funny that's happened to you recently?
Last week our air conditioner wasn't working at my house. When the man came to fix it, I was the only one at home so I let him in. Knowing absolutely nothing about the air conditioner, I showed him the hot water heater instead of our air conditioner unit. He chuckled and told me that what he needed to see would be outside, I was immediately embarrassed because realized what I had done! I will never forget that!

How do you bridge the gap between creating and running a business?
Since Anchor & Sparrow isn't in a store (yet!) that gap isn't too big. Most of what I do thus far is custom orders online, so that makes it rather easy to constantly being in the "creating" mindset. I've definitely had to sacrifice a lot of free time to create because I'm a full time student and I have a part time job, but it is completely worth it. I absolutely love making things for people.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Happy. Kind. Peaceful. Goofy. Loving.
*all photos taken by Blackbird Photography*
Any advice for aspiring artists/designers?
Whatever you do, give it 100%. Don't be afraid of failure. Do what you love. Surround yourself with positive people and don't let anyone tell you you can't reach your goal! And always believe in yourself!

Thank you, Kayla for doing this interview! It was so fun to get a peek into your creative world.

Kayla has also agreed to giveaway one of her crocheted flower headbands for one lucky reader!  I bought one for Anne a few weeks ago, and we just love it!

To enter:
*leave a comment on this post telling me something that you're looking forward to.
For extra entries:
1. Follow Kayla's blog here, and leave a comment on this post telling me.
2. Follow this blog with Google friend connect (at the bottom of this screen), and leave a comment.
Also, please include an email or contact info for the giveaway!

That's up to 3 entries (also 3 comments on this post!)  
Thanks folks!


Monday, May 23, 2011

weekend photos

This weekend included the first Farmer's Market, birthday festivities, homemade lasagna, and tons of family time!

Hope you're all having a happy Monday!  We're off to a BBQ tonight with friends :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

weekend list on Saturday

Between the Art walk and the first Farmer's Market, it was quite a busy week.  Fun, but busy.
This weekend is hopefully going to be a little less busy but still fun :)
Here's what on the agenda:

*maybe a little shopping
*a birthday party or two
*dinner with family
*playing with my new program...CS5!!!
*working on an ad for work

I hope you all have a happy weekend!  I've already got some fun pictures to include in the weekend photos post Monday, which is becoming my favorite post of the week!
Love you guys!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

just a swingin'

There's not much better than swinging on a beautiful spring day. :)


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New tags and pillow covers

 I am so so so excited that these little guys finally came in!  I feel like we are official now!  These folks were great to work with and I definitely recommend them if you're in the market for woven tags.

We are also offering pillow covers now in the etsy shop!  I have several more to list when I get a chance to take photos...that could very possible be the weekend.  This is such a busy week!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Project ReStyle: Tshirt Dress

A few months ago I purchased this pattern from Ashley over at Lil Blue Boo, and I finally had the opportunity to make one this week.  I am super happy with the way it turned out.  It was really easy, and most of all, it didn't cost me anything!  I will definitely be making a few more for summer!


Monday, May 16, 2011

weekend photos: road trip

This weekend we had a mini road trip that included seeing Adam's new sailboat, an impromptu beach trip, lots of yummy seafood, loud music with the windows down, and time with our wonderful family.  I love weekends like this :)