Category: Interview

Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video Coming Soon

Angela Flicker Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video

I was interviewed by Craft Lake City today, for the “Celebration of the Hand” Kickstarter video.  The Salt Lake City Film Festival is generously donating their time to make this video, in order to help Craft Lake City raise awareness and funds for the “Celebration of the Hand” Temporary Museum of Permanent Change exhibit opening in July.  I’m nervous to see myself on tape, as I was a bit of an anxious mess.  I’m much better at these sort of things when I am in my natural habitat.  Yet at the same time, I am so thankful, excited and honored to be a part of what Craft Lake City is doing.

Thanks you Craft Lake City, The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, and Salt Lake City Film Festival!!  Thank you!

Wearing Lots of Hats

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What hats are you wearing today?  I recently talked to Candy Glendening, of Candied Fabrics.  Candy had some excellent insight as to the multiple roles the modern day creative entrepreneur must assume.  Sometimes we find ourselves playing the part of a designer, other times authors, and still yet, artists, bloggers, crafters, teachers, seamstresses, etc. etc. etc. and often along with all this we are mothers and wives.

Why do we do this, Candy and I joked?

It seems that maybe we have to.  It’s something that is within us.  It’s in our blood –we must create.  Candy and I both feel strongly about this.  She would even go so far as to say we should “make things just for the sake of making –that’s how our work grows and evolves”.

Candy Glendening Mod House OrnamentsAfter I got off the phone with Candy, I remembered feeling assured that what I was doing with The Artists’ House was the right thing to do.  You see, I feel people should keep their dreams as the solid foundation of their lives, but often you do need to learn to wear each of those hats to be able to build upon those dreams Candy reminded me.  Candy says, “Although I have many goals in my life, one of my main goals is to continue to grow, develop and evolve as an artist.”  I find that with the busyness of life, we often start to loose our dreams, and I believe that if you are not focused, the chaos of life can obscure what it is you were looking for.

Candy Glendening Messenger BagSo, in conclusion, have your goals in mind, and always be working towards them, but do realize that there are often other roles that you will have to take on to be able to reach those goals.  Don’t let those other hats you must wear sidetrack you, but rather use them to your advantage.  Let those parts of your life connect you to your work and help make it better.  Find how to connect all parts of your everyday life into your goals.  It’s not easy, but if you can do this, I believe you can find success in what you do.

Thanks Candy, for helping me come to this conclusion.

Do you know Candy?  If you don’t, you should.  Candy as a person is amazing, as is her art and her blog.  You can find Candy online through her website Candied Fabrics, facebook page, and on twitter.  Along with that, Candy does a great “Ask Candy” column on A La Mode Stuff.  Also, recently Candy did a great guest post on Scoutie Girl titled “One little house at a time: finding your art, getting published, and going live!” Check it out!

Making This Home

I’m pleased to introduce you to Katie from Making This Home.  Katie is someone I have had the pleasure of meeting through “A Crafty Holiday”.  Her story is both intriguing and sweet.  Go ahead, read on…
Briefly tell us who you are, where you are, and what your blog is about.

I’m American; my husband is German.  We split our time between a 480 square foot apartment in Berlin, Germany and – get this – a house made out of hundreds of recycled tires in the Rocky Mountains.  We ride our bikes just about anywhere we can, eat our vegetables, fly airplanes, and have an enormous passion for seizing life.

Katie from Making This Home

My journals have always documented our adventures.  But we just couldn’t keep it all to ourselves.  (The love of fun journals, I mean.  NOT the jetlag.  You really don’t want that!)

Katie from Making This Home

My blog, Making This Home, is about creating a handmade and simple (and often expat!) home.  Also, you can visit my shop called Gadanke here.

When you hear “making a house a home”, what does that mean to you?

Living abroad has completely changed that definition for me.  Before you can make a house your home, you have to make your community become your home.  You have to love where you live.

eating-in-berlin Katie from Making This Home

I’ve met some really amazing expats in Germany – some are other Americans, some don’t even speak English.  We struggle through German lessons and conversations together.

You don’t have to be fluent in the local language to call a place home.  You don’t have to completely understand the culture around you to love it.  You just have to be open.

At the same time, I have been meeting expats who just ache to get back to where they came from.  They hold on so tightly to the world where they came from – to the place where everything was comfortable.  I come home feeling drained.

Somehow, I’d love to give them passion for this fabulous place where we get to live.  It’s all about your attitude and the way you look at everyday life and the choices you get to make.  No one can alter that for you – no matter where you live or have lived.

So what is home?

If you’re not there right now, what do you suppose could change that?  Is it physically moving to a new place?  Or is it moving your heart?

Tell me some ways that you have made your living space in Germany a home?

We make a handmade home.  I sew and cook and journal our story.  But even deeper than that, we designed and built the kitchen all by ourselves.  My husband would be at the table saw with a sheet of wood we were turning into a cabinet door; I’d be hanging out the window to balance the fresh cut.  We’d be varnishing and sanding.

Katie from Making This HomeKatie from Making This Home

Germans actually refer to our open kitchen as “an American kitchen”.  That space is all my own (even if its only 36 square feet) to create American food or figure out German ingredients.

What advice can you give to other people who are “making home”.

Love Where You Live!  I think that phrase says it all.  It’s also the title of the home minibook I sell at my shop.  So much of our stories of who we are and who we are becoming happens at home.  Sometimes sitting down to write about it truly makes you realize how much beauty there is where you are.

Katie from Making This Home

Check out Katie’s great journal and memory keeping shop called Gadanke. You can also find her on twitter and facebook.
Thanks Katie, for letting us take a peak into your world.
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