Hello, Again! This time I’m all alone…

So, this is awkward.  It’s been four years since I wrote a blog post about my own work.  More like five years, with months on either side of running a little ole retail store called Makers Connect.  (for anyone with burning curiosity, it was located at 10242 E. NW Highway).  For reasons I can’t explain but probably having a lot to do with vanity and whistfulness, I have continued to pay for the upkeep on the Makers Connect shop and the facebook pages, so feel free to go take a look.  We had lots of neat local folks’ work and some really fun times!  If nothing else, the photos are bright and colorful and should amuse your small kids if you have any.   Mom and I worked together most days, and my husband Steve and good friends Lisle, Pamela, Kim and others helped along the way.

It was a great four years, and I don’t regret one minute.  Now that we’re moving on, I am back to my roots; jewelry design.

Since February 2018, I’ve been hunkering down and getting *serious* about improving skills, acquiring mo’ better tools, and just generally ramping up my production of wearable products.  When it came time to decide what to call this endeavor, I decided to go with my old email address, which was also the title of this old blog, Truly Unruhly.  It’s a play on words with my last name, for anyone who didn’t know, and ensures the proper pronounciation thereof  (surprisingly an issue…. I know!)

This post is kind of a test to see if it even makes sense to continue to use this particular site.  I feel there was a pretty good following but all of you have probably wandered off  in the last four years.  Can’t say I blame you.

But stick with me now if you enjoy seeing what fun, funky jewelry I get up to making – along with shares of information and musings about other local artists, many of whom I enjoyed the pleasure of meeting at Makers Connect (and others who Steve and I have known for years.)

Just for fun, here are some images of new stuff!  Please chime in with comments if you have some helpful criticism or advice; and if you prefer the more modern media, feel free to follow along on instagram and facebook! Truly Unr FB bus header 4 part Clearer

 

 

 

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Makers Connect is the place to find us now!

Hello lovely readers;

We so appreciate you giving us your time and energy.  We wanted to let you know that we’ve opened a brick and mortar store to continue the journey of creative discovery in east Dallas!  As such, we’ve created a new blog site that will be our new home going forward.  We hope you’ll follow us there.

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We are currently recruiting fresh talent to join us in this adventure; keywords being handmade, local, modern in sensibility, and earthkind.

We have met many artistans and feel a kindred spirit to the toil and love that you put into your work.  We want to help nurture and support your efforts by offering a lovely, clean, climate-controlled place to show your work.  We offer a standard 60/40 consignment arrangement and will be conscientious in tracking your inventory and paying on a monthly basis.

Please see our Vendor Page for more information and sign up.

 

 

2013 in review! This is fun to know.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Thank you, WordPress Stat Monkeys!    Here’s to a great year for all you crafty, sly, ingenious peoples of the world.  Lets make and connect!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Two More Shows between now and Christmas!

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Dear reader: yes, you, who are the avid follower of my blog.  You know who you are.

Here is the important news update you’ve been waiting for.  Since we don’t presume to believe we are garnering too much following, we sometimes fail to make it clear what’s going on in our world.  And then we feel horrible when someone who really did want to buy something says, “Oh, man, I missed that show because I didn’t see anything about it.”  I understand, and I thank you for your concern.

Saturday, Nov 9 – White Rock Local Market at GREENSPOT Location on Buckner in Greenspot / Golds Gym parking lot

Saturday Dec 7 – White Rock Local Market at LAKESIDE Location:  Garland road in Lakeside Baptist parking lot

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Christmas is coming up fast (like mildew in the bathtub..one minute it’s clean and suddenly, weird orange stuff growing on your nice white calking!) so let’s just face facts.

Our concrete pots make really nice gifts for those hard to please, have it all, or just plain ‘not sure what to get them’ kind of folks on your list.  You know… the aunt who has everything but really loves to garden, the teacher who was so nice to your kid all year and still doesn’t get paid enough, the housekeeper who has done such a nice job making sure your house looks awesome during the holidays.  This one’s for them.

All Barry Manilow references aside.. we look forward to seeing you and helping you locate the perfect gift for someone special… or yourself.  Cheers!  Chris and Steve

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The Pots come home: Rick Van Dyke

I have been holding off making much mention of this potter, because I wanted to feel like the only one in Dallas to know about him. According to his website, he’s not selling here yet. But just one look at his talent tells me that could change in a heartbeat. Have you ever seen blue and green glazes this intense, while still being kind of subtle? Must be the lack of clear overglaze. Ya know, he was able to tell me exactly what the chemicals were that caused those colors. I might be wrong, but maybe there was strontium and barium involved? Next time I will take notes. And photos.

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I had stumbled upon his work online right before our last trip to Austin, and was super lucky to find him showing a *ton* of his work at the Cactus & Succulent Society show at Zilker park botanical gardens. Why didn’t I get photos?? Because I was too busy trying to snatch my fave pots before the other throngs got hold of them. Very mature, I know. Once we’d made choices and calmed down somewhat, we got to chatting with Rick. He told us that the way he got into pottery was not straight-forward. As befits a great Austin story, it all had to do with a girl. She was into pottery so to get into her good graces, he too took it up. I asked if she was still doing it, and he said, “Nope. But I’m glad I am!” We are glad too, my friend.

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We were then even more impressed by his super calm, laid back personality. Ah, Austin! Where true creativiy dwells around every corner, and doesn’t shout for attention.

Here’s a few of Rick’s pots that found their way into our home. We love love love them! Thank you, Rick. If/when I get my store open, will you please do me the honor of showing your work?

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VanDyke pots, Chris and Steve

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