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2017 Reflections

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2017 Reflections

As I reflect on 2017, I feel proud of my accomplishments, many instigated by the loss of my mother in February. Her legacy inspires me to transform the grief of her passing into the energy I need to focus my efforts to improve my life every day.  Her health had deteriorated quickly and her passing was not unexpected, I felt relief at the news, a memorial would be planned for May. Though I claimed to be dealing with the loss, my life was clearly unmanageable and a week after she passed I voluntarily entered rehabilitation treatment for substance abuse at...

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How My Signature Line Grows

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How My Signature Line Grows

Inspiration for my signature line of notebook paper fabric zip bags comes to me from many different places. Current events in my life lend themselves to new words or phrases that become new products, relatable to folks with similar experiences. My retail customers are excited to see my products at events and make suggestions that they know would be popular with their friends or family members. I jot these ideas down on the spot and add them to the on-going list I keep near my work table. I consult this list when developing new collections and always appreciate the insightful suggestions from...

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Upcoming in June - Le Petit Night Market and Montclair Sidewalk Sale

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Upcoming in June - Le Petit Night Market and Montclair Sidewalk Sale

June is shaping up to be a trio of celebrations right in my own neighborhood and I couldn't be happier about that! The vibrant Montclair downtown where I live is a destination for so many looking for a night out, indie movies, eclectic fare, live music, contemporary performances, world class art exhibits, and local shopping.  Le Petit Night Market, located on the south side of Glenridge Avenue at Bloomfield Avenue, promises to be an intimate gathering of local vendors and music, right in the center of the downtown action. Running 3 consecutive Friday nights in June, I will be participating in...

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Women In My Neighborhood - Azie from Verdigreen Home

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Women In My Neighborhood - Azie from Verdigreen Home

In this new feature, Women In My Neighborhood, I recognize women in downtown Montclair, where I live and work, who inspire, educate, or work here as well. This first installment features Azie from Verdigreen Home, a family-owned and operated shop located at 182 Glenridge Avenue. It's home to local artisans and upcycled vintage décor, complimented by a do-it-yourself workshop where they stock Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and other related products, so fun! I asked Azie a few questions about what inspires her when she's consulting and designing. For more information about Verdigreen Home be sure to check out their...

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Activism Through Craft = Craftivism

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Activism Through Craft = Craftivism

As we move forward, many people who are feeling uncertain of the future are seeking ways to make change happen. Daily actions like making phone calls, attending rallies, or sending emails are having positive results, and no doubt this focus will stay energized. More and more creative people are thoughtfully fundraising for a variety of important causes by developing beautiful products and donating a portion of the proceeds. These actions of activism through craft are mini peaceful protests, giving new meaning to objects we will use proudly, continuing our important conversations, and supporting the organizations that do righteous work for...

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