Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IN PROGRESS

I've always really liked seeing the photos people take while they're making something, and I really like taking those photos, too. So I thought this would be a fun little series to do every once in awhile. These don't show the best progression since a big storm came through the day I was making these, and it was so dark I couldn't take photos. So these are more before and after shots, the fabric cut out then made into bags. But they're still fun anyway. These little coin pouches are currently on their way to Tin Top Art and Handmade in Winchester, VA - one of the shops I began selling at earlier this year.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

RECENTLY THRIFTED: TOBACCO FACTORY BINS


These bins are the only thing I got at the Porstmouth Flea last weekend. The woman selling them told me they were old bins from a tobacco factory. The primary colors are what got me, but I also really love the metal detail on the edges. I don't know what I'm going to put in them yet, but I'm hoping I'll work them into my show display sometime.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PORTSMOUTH FLEA AND FARMERS MARKET

This past weekend I went to Portsmouth for the flea market held on the first Saturday of every month. It was the first time I had been in a while. There's a good mix of stuff there - a lot of people know they have valuable stuff and definitely mark things up. But a lot of people are really there to just get rid of things and make money. I've gotten some pretty good deals the handful of times I've gone.

I also stopped by the farmers market. It was really nice. The only think I got though was some handmade vanilla mint rose lip balm. Going to farmers markets makes me really excited for Douglas to get home so I can cook for him again. I really miss that. Has anyone been going to farmers markets so far this summer? There's a bigger one in Virginia Beach I want to get out to soon.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

PLANTS

I've always loved the idea of having plants around the house but didn't want to bring something home and kill it. I bought some succulents (in the first and sixth photo) at a plant sale here in Norfolk last year and kept them alive for a whole year and counting. And they actually grow and look happy. So I wanted some more for windowsills and on the balcony and have ended up with these. I'm really enjoying learning about them and watching them grow. They have been a nice distraction to keep up with lately.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ARTFULLY YOURS WILLIAMSBURG

Artfully Yours is a beautiful shop in the Art District of Williamsburg, Virginia. They opened a little bit earlier this year, and I was so excited when the asked me if I would be interested in selling anykind there. They have all kinds of accessories, jewelry, art, prints, kids stuff and more - all created and handmade in Virginia. The shop is in a gorgeous old house with so much space and light - they also have a big upstairs where they have craft classes and events.

I took these photos when I visited earlier in May. I just went back to take some more things this past weekend, and they had already gotten so much more neat stuff and rearranged a few things. I'm really happy to be included in the awesome variety of handmade things this shop has. I also love how my things look with how the old house and how they've decorated. So that's an added bonus.

Monday, June 30, 2014

WHAT'S HAPPENED

When I said "hope to see you around next year" in my last post, I didn't really think it would take me half of the year to show up again. I knew things were winding down here for a little bit though. Douglas left for deployment at the beginning of the year, and it's just been an odd time. It's weird when something you've been dreading for years happens, and it's completely different than you thought it would be. Also, it's kind of relieving. It's better to be getting through something than it is to be sitting around waiting for it.
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It's really just good days and bad days, good weeks and bad weeks. I miss Douglas every day, but some days it hangs over me more than others, and it feels endless. Other days I'm just really proud of him and of us, that we're getting through this. It will be so amazing to be together again. I try to think about that most days.
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I've kept busy, and for the most part, it's been kind of a cool year. I got anykind into three new stores around Virginia. I've done some fun shows so far and have been working on a website to get everything in one place (still working). I've made some new friends and have become closer with some really awesome people here. I took a terrarium class. I went to Amsterdam and Paris with my dad and spent a week at home in Georgia, and it was all amazing. I road tripped back to Norfolk with my best friend and got to have her in Norfolk for a week. I've gotten to know where I live a little bit better. I've had some really good days where nothing really happened. I got a new sewing machine that's really old, but that deserves its own post.
That's what's been going on with me. In the past couple of weeks I've felt the urge to pick up posting again because I miss sharing stuff, and I really miss taking so many photos. I started with a small redesign of some things on the page, and I changed the name to anykind so things are more cohesive with everything else. I haven't changed the web address yet, so Well It's Okay will still be around for a while. If you're still here reading, thanks. See you soon.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

THE LAST BIT OF 2013

This is what a few of our last days in 2013 looked like. We had cloudy, rainy weather. We went to the top floor (the 25th) of the tallest building in Hampton Roads. I went to a yard sale at a huge, old house up the street. I left this fawn behind but filled my passenger seat with armfuls of old fabric. We listened to the new Britney Spears song "Perfume" about fifty times. We had some much needed normal days at home together. Douglas's holiday break started today and we're getting ready to go home to Athens, Georgia. I'm excited but it's a little surreal because he hasn't been home in about two years. I just want it to be a really good trip. 
This is a weird time. Usually I get really excited at the end of the year because you can make plans for next year and think about how much better everything will be. But right now we're looking towards Douglas's deployment early in 2014. He will be gone most of the year. And it's hard to make plans or think about any of it too much, really. I hope next year is a good year. I hope Douglas's experience is safe and that he learns a lot and gets to see a little bit of the world. I hope I can keep it together and do somethings I have been wanting to do. I know we'll make it, but I hope we do more than that. 
Happy New Year to all of you. I hope to see you around next year.