Artist Interview: Carol Dunne

One of our new artists this month is Carol, who makes wonderful clay incense burners. For those of you that appreciate the hand-made element and also enjoy your incense, you don’t want to miss this one! Her interview is below so read through and get to know her a little, then stop by the shop and check her out!

ALBH: How did you get into making incense burners? We don’t see a lot of that other than from certain suppliers.

CD: I began pottery 4 years ago through classes held at the Brambleton Center. It wasn’t hard to learn – just something that required a lot of practice.

ALBH: Your pieces are all so different – I’m sure no two are ever the same?

CD: Yes! And custom orders are my favorite – it keeps the work all unique.

ALBH: What’s your favorite and least favorite part of your work?

CD: Getting messy with the earth’s clay but then having to clean it up.

ALBH: What does the word “hippie” mean to you?

CD: Being spontaneous, loving & caring; a relaxed frame of mind.

ALBH: Finally, why is your art such a great fit for our customers?

CD: Lots of folks enjoy incense – my burners make an excellent addition to them!

Jewelry Class

Come on in and learn to make a pair of earrings using either silver peace signs or grateful dead dancing bears. Bring your basic pliers if you’ve got ‘em, otherwise we’ll share among the table.

Artist Interview: Sherry of ‘Novel Notions by Sherry’

Name:  Sherry Blythe

Age Group (under 15 is Pussy Willow; over 15 is Cherry Blossom):  Cherry Blossom (but feel free to add old cherry seed as an age group lol)

Business Name:  Novel Notions by Sherry

Website:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/novelnotionsbysherry

Art Medium:  polymer clay

 ALBH: How did you get into working with clay and making jewelry out of it?

SB: Jewelry making I’ve done for years as a hobby but one day my son brought me several packages of polymer clay he had and told me he thought since I was “artsy” I may find them fun.  I purchased a book and from the day I opened the first package I was hooked!  I have been self-taught through books and the internet, trial and error.

ALBH: Was the medium hard to learn?

SB: Some of the faux techniques are difficult and getting things just the way I want them took practice, practice, practice (and still causes me to discard some of what I make). The basics, however, are not hard and it’s a really fun medium even for hobbyists.

ALBH: How long have you been at this?

SB: Jewelry…about 6 years, polymer clay specifically….about 3 years

ALBH: As a buyer, how would I care for one of your pieces?

SB: Polymer clay is very light weight but extremely durable.  Once cured it is resistant to breaking and water, but I recommend no continual or prolonged water exposure.  Cleaning is as easy as a damp cloth.  For silver plate wire or silver wire, you can use expensive silver polish, but a really easy method is to use a little toothpaste on a soft bristled brush to gently scrub, rinse, then dry thoroughly.  Do not use gritty brands such as those containing baking soda as it can cause pitting and scratching. The same method can be used for copper unless you love the verdigris patina of old copper in which case…little to no cleaning.

ALBH: What does the word “Hippie” mean to you?

SB: A hippie to me is someone who not only can think outside the box, they refuse to be put IN a box, and actually are more likely to go around taking everyone’s box and recycling them!

ALBH: What advice do you have to offer other artists?

SB: Express yourself no matter what…even on the darkest, gloomiest days when you think no one cares and no one appreciates your efforts.  Even on those days YOU do, and an artistic personality must not be stifled.  And pump up the volume to whatever music makes your soul sing!

ALBH: How long does a typical piece take you to make?

SB: A new creation that I want to be able to duplicate can take several days because first I have to create the sketch, transfer it to clay, etch it in, bake then create a mold and bake that.  Some of my molds such as the paw prints are extremely intricate.  Once a mold or a process has been perfected, I can create a completed piece within a few hours, taking into account baking and cooling time.

ALBH: What do you do for fun, outside of your art?

SB: We love to spend time at playgrounds and parks, also swimming, the beach, anything going on in the community that is interesting.  I would love to do more traveling and take every opportunity that presents itself.  Reading….constantly.

ALBH: Why do you think your art is a good fit for A Little Bit Hippy?  To me, A Little Bit Hippy is eclectic and “earthy”, fun with a kick of “making a statement”; I like to think that defines my art as well.

 

Body Glitter – Guess where else it goes?

I’m not a high-maintenance girl. Never have been. I love playing dress up and getting fancy once in a while, but the daily routine is BEYOND boring to me by the second day. The one exception I used to make was pedicures. I have some pretty janked-up feet and I love getting them prettied up. But even after I had my son I let that go. Other things to do, you know?

Well, recently, I enrolled in a program with Les Cheveux to get my braider’s license so I’m around 4 or 5 other cosmetology students all over varying levels of their program for 2 days a week. They all want to practice something and who am I to deny them the opportunity? So I’ve had all my hair cut off (I was growing it to donate it) and I’ve volunteered my fingernails more than a few times for manicures.

One of the girls watched some video where they used glitter in the manicure and I thought, “Hey . . . we sell body glitter, wonder if I can pop off the roller cap?” Guess what? I could. So she bought a bottle and the whole class rocked out glitter manicures for a couple weeks. With 12 different colors of glitter, the opportunities are darn near endless!

Want to learn how to do it? Come see me – I’ll give you the run-down. And then you can visit the school and ask for a student to practice on you (they need the practice and if you’re willing to let them, they give you a break on the cost of the service). If you do come in, ask for Heather. She’s the gal that did mine.

Artist Interview: Chad Trent

Name: Chad Trent

Age Group (under 15 is Pussy Willow; over 15 is Cherry Blossom): I’m more like a petrified redwood

Business Name: Cosmo Glassworks

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmo-Glassworks/130655036948602#

Website: www.cosmoglassworks.com

Art Medium: Glass

ALBH: How did you get into your specific art?

CT: My wife and I started making jewelry, and we started buying glass beads. I got more and more interested in how they were made, and we went to a bead show in Philadelphia that was offering an introductory glass blowing class. We took the class and were hooked.

ALBH: Was your medium hard to learn?

CT: It’s pretty simple to get the basics down. I have taught many beginner’s classes. It’s nearly impossible to master. Every time I work I learn something else.

ALBH: What materials do you use?

CT: Glass mainly, but also use fine silver and 22k gold a lot. Occasionally opals, although they are getting harder and harder to find.

ALBH: How long have you been at this?

CT: I think about 8 years now.

ALBH: As a buyer, how would I care for one of your pieces?

CT: My pieces are glass, but that doesn’t necessarily make them fragile. As long as you treat them like you would any other piece of jewelry, you’ll be fine.

ALBH: Do you make a variety of items?

CT: Yes. Jewelry (pendants, beads, etc.), marbles, paperweights, vases, sculpture, functional pieces, etc.

ALBH: What’s your long-term goal as an artist?

CT: I haven’t decided. Right now to just learn as much as I can about the medium. If I can make a few bucks along the way, that’s good too, but honestly I really only sell my work to be able to buy more glass to work with.

ALBH: What does the word “Hippie” mean to you?

CT: I don’t like labels, unless it’s on a jar of salsa so I don’t accidentally buy the hot stuff again.

ALBH: What advice do you have to offer other artists?

CT: Do what you love. If you don’t love it, it’s just a job.

ALBH: What’s your favorite part of your craft?

CT: I have a couple. The first is going to a show and having someone pick up a piece and wonder about how it’s made. I like explaining the process to them. It gives them a better understanding for the craft and also helps them to realize why pieces cost what they do. I also love the people I’ve met during my time working with glass. Yes, I’ve met some people I wish I didn’t know, but I’ve also made a lot of life-long friends in the process.

ALBH: What’s your least favorite part of your craft?

CT: The business side – selling, shipping, paying taxes, etc. I wish I could afford to pay someone to do it for me.

ALBH: Would you be willing to teach others?

CT: Absolutely. I have been teaching classes for 4 or 5 years. I teach private classes and group classes. I have also written three books on the subject and am working on an online class.

ALBH: How long does a typical piece take you to make?

CT: With glass, there is no “typical”. Some pieces take 30 minutes. Some take several hours. The main challenge is that once you start working on a piece, you need to keep on working until it’s finished. Glass doesn’t like to be heated and cooled repeatedly. Once it’s hot, you need to keep working on it and keep it hot until you’re done.

ALBH: What’s your inspiration?

CT: The ocean and space. Many of my pieces are inspired by ocean life. Many also look like things you may see in space or on other worlds.

ALBH: What is your typical day like?

CT: Typical? What’s that? I wish I had a typical day. I’m famous for spreading myself too thinly. Right now I’m working part-time, doing freelance graphic and web design work, going to school full-time, raising kids, and trying to be the best husband I can be. I also try to ride my bike and go running when I can. Somehow I find time for glass among all that.

ALBH: What do you do for fun, outside of your art?

CT: I ride my bike, I run, I spend as much time as I can with my wife, I play the guitar, and I have a huge Lego collection. Yes, you heard me. Legos.

ALBH: What is your draw to your specific craft?

CT: I guess like a lot of boys growing up I was always drawn to fire. This is just a natural extension of that. Plus, I love the challenge that glass provides. One of the most famous glass blowers once said “The secret is not in telling the glass what to do. If you try to control the glass, you will fail. It’s letting the glass tell you what it will do, and you learning to adapt to that.”

ALBH: Why do you think your art is a good fit for A Little Bit Hippy?

CT: The glass culture as a whole is one of friendship, sharing, and caring. The people that I know that shop and work at A Little Bit Hippy share those same qualities. It is my hope that the love and passion I put into my work will be appreciated by those very same people.

Artist Interview: Katie with Kat’s Treasures

Our featured Artist this month is Katie. She’s got great color combinations and inspired designs that you won’t find anywhere else. There’s this one multi-strand piece that’s made of BEAUTIFUL green and bronze tones – definitely my favorite. Come check her out before her feature is up!

Business Name:  Kat’s Treasures

Facebook Page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kats-Treasures/231971050216125

Art Medium: Jewelry- I specialize in working with natural stones but also work with other mediums as well!

ALBH: How did you get into making jewelry?

Katie: When I was younger I spent a lot of my free time doing arts and crafts.  As I got older I took a particular interest in all the different types of beautiful beads in the craft stores.  I would stand in awe at the rows and rows of sparkling bead strands.  I took a jewelry class in my pre-teens that sealed my fate as a jewelry designer.  From then on I loved making jewelry.  Within the last year I have taken a particular liking to learning about natural stones and their healing powers.

ALBH: What materials do you use?

Katie: I specialize in natural stones and the healing properties they exude.  However, I also work with all different types of beads as well such as glass and ceramic in some of my pieces.  I also love sterling silver and Swarovski crystals too!

ALBH: As a buyer, how would I care for one of your pieces?

Katie: My pieces are for everyday wear.  However I recommend that you do not shower, bathe or swim wearing any of my pieces.  Almost all of my jewelry is natural stone and chemicals may harm or inhibit the make-up and the property of them.  If for some reason your piece breaks or gets damaged please e-mail me at kats_treasures@hotmail.com and I would be more than willing to discuss fixing the piece.

ALBH: What’s your long-term goal as an artist?

Katie: I hope to someday have my own store selling my jewelry and possibly teach classes.  I hope to inspire other young people like I was when I was younger.

ALBH: What does the word “Hippie” mean to you?

Katie: I feel that the word “Hippie” means someone that is looking to be free minded, free spirited.  I believe they are someone who looks to enjoy life cosmically as a whole and enjoy being themselves.

ALBH: What’s your inspiration?

Katie: My inspiration is the colors within the natural stones themselves and how they occur in nature.  I also love to read and learn about the healing properties of each stone and how each one is mined.  It’s an extensive learning process but I really enjoy it.  As for the pieces that are not made of natural stone, I get my inspiration by having fun mixing and matching different colors and textures.

ALBH: Why do you think your art is a good fit for A Little Bit Hippy?

Katie: Almost all of my jewelry is made out of natural stone and stranded together per the healing properties.

Artist Interview: Daniel Silverman

Our new Artist being featured in the shop currently is a gentleman by the name of Daniel Silverman. It was actually my accountant that introduced me to him. Just further proof that gals that are hardcore into numbers are far more awesome than you think.

I tried so very hard to edit down his interview to a manageable length but I just can’t do it. It wouldn’t be right. His sarcasm and personality really shine through here and for me to NOT share that with you would be wrong. Just plain wrong.

Daniel is among the Cherry Blossom age group for our features and his medium preference includes Pencil, Ink, and both 2 & 3D Digital work. His pieces really speak for themselves when it comes down to talent and his personality is just as bright as his talent. Currently you can find his work displayed at CUPS in Grandin, too.  Take a read through his interview and then come check out his work in person – my photography skills definitely do not do them justice.

 

Business Name:             Enupnion

Facebook Page:             https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enupnion/132432476846367

Website:                        http://www.enupnion.com

ALBH: How did you get started in your art?

DS: I’ve drawn all my life. My earliest memories aren’t of me with mommy or daddy, but of drawing. I drew what I could see and also the strange things that appeared in my head. My parents should have wondered about my sanity after seeing the things I was putting down on paper.

ALBH: Was your medium hard to learn?
DS: That depends on which medium we’re talking about here. When it comes to pencil drawing, I took to it quite naturally. However, I am still learning my craft. I think that art is a lifelong pursuit. Digital art, on the other hand, is certainly a newer form for me (even though I have been doing it for over a decade). When I was growing up we didn’t have personal computers. And when they were just starting to creep their way into people’s homes, we only had two colors to work with (black and white or black and amber). I remember getting excited when my dad bought me an Apple II+ that had a full 16 colors on it! I was in love! Now we have more colors than the eye can see, can draw by hand using a tablet and, of course, do wonderful and creative things with 3D computer graphics. I love combining traditional and digital media, too.

ALBH: What materials do you use? Do you use different materials when working with different mediums?
DS: I’m a bit different when it comes to my pencil drawings. Many pencil artists seem to like to have a variety of pencils and various high quality papers. Me? I like a standard #2 pencil for the most part. And, in many case, copy paper works wonderfully well. For inks, though, I like a nice Rapidograph pen. Having various sized tips is essential to proper inking.

Now, my computer is my baby when it comes to digital work. I’m addicted to the thing! Come between me and my machine and we’ve got issues! I use a variety of tools for creating digital work. These include Photoshop for 2D and a program called modo for 3D work. There are a variety of other tools that I use as well. Oh! Yeah, I use a PC, not a MAC. Not against MACs at all, but when I first started doing digital artwork a lot of the software I needed was not available on the MAC. So I ended up, by default, using a PC. I know, I know. It’s not very “Hippy” of me to be using a PC instead of a MAC.

ALBH: I can’t even draw stick figures so asking for my own sake is pointless – but how long have you been at this?
DS: All my life. But professionally? About a decade.

ALBH: As a buyer, how would I care for one of your pieces?
DS: Framed pieces just need to be kept clean. Direct sunlight can fade the prints. Unframed pieces need to be protected, too. So getting them a nice frame home would make the unframed pieces very happy. And sacrifice a hamster from time to time. This keeps the demons in them from coming out and disturbing the neighbors.

ALBH: Do you make a variety of items or do you stick with your mediums when the creation bug bites?
DS: Yes. I like to work in many styles from comic book (especially superhero comic styles) to ultra-realistic. I work in traditional pencil and inks and also digitally (and there, both 2D and 3D). But I also like to get my hands dirty every once in a while and do something different in order to learn and, more importantly, have fun. For example, I am getting ready to make a custom bobble head from Sculpey, a type of specialty modeling clay. I rarely get to work on actual, physical 3D stuff, so this is going to be loads of fun for me.

 

ALBH: What’s your long-term goal as an artist?
DS: To become famous, rich and rule the world! No. Not really. My goal, actually, is to continue to improve myself. Artists tend to see all their mistakes in all of their work and never seem to be satisfied with what they have created. Leonardo Da Vinci  said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” This is so true. There comes a time when the artist just needs to stop trying to “fix” a piece and leave it alone. I also want to experiment with some different mediums to expand my artistic horizons. And I want to challenge myself by doing things like creating a graphic novel, creating the artwork for an pencil and paper RPG (Role Playing Game) and other endeavors that I have not embarked on before. I’ll be frank. Thinking of creating something like a graphic novel is very scary to me. And that is exactly why I want to do it. I like to face my fears.

ALBH: What does the word “Hippie” mean to you?
DS: Hmmm. What does it mean to you? It seems that each of us has their own definition. I suppose what is important is that we embrace what we believe and act on that. Wait? Does that sound like a cop out? It’s not. That’s my definition of a “Hippy.” Which is someone who has a belief and acts upon it. So many people seem to not know what they really believe and just stumble through life.

ALBH: What advice do you have to offer other artists?
DS: Run for the hills!

Art is about passion. But it is also about fear. Artists never seem to get down on paper or canvas what they see in their heads and they often view this as failure. This produces fear in the mind of the artist: fear that their work is not good, fear that people will see the flaws and reject their work (which the artist believes is a rejection of themselves, etc). One advice I have for artists is to go and buy the book, Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. This is a must-have book for artists and it will help them to change their perspective on their art and themselves.

Artists should also practice, practice, practice. And artists should try new things as often as they can. Artists should also look at other artists’ work and talk to other artists. We can all learn from each other.

ALBH: What’s your favorite part of your craft?
DS: Bringing an idea to life. And, sometimes, being surprised as that idea takes on a life of its own as it’s in the process of being created.

ALBH: What’s your least favorite part of your craft?
DS: Failing. I hate when I have a really cool idea and, for whatever reason, I cannot get it out of my head and onto whatever medium I am working in. Ugh!

ALBH: Have you ever or would you be willing to teach others?
DS: Sure. By teaching, I learn. So I get to help others and, in the process, help myself. That sounded pretty “Hippy,” didn’t it?

ALBH: What is your typical day like?
DS: Get up (and wish I didn’t have to), drink coffee (because its good and because my brain cells refuse to fire without some good coffee), sit down and plan out the day. What I do depends a lot on my clients’ needs. However, I try to divide my day into four parts: 1) personal work and goals, 2) client work, 3) training, and 4) play. Personal work is about working on things that I want to accomplish for myself (like the graphic novel I want to create one day). Client work is just that: working on things that my clients are paying me for. Training is vitally important. I use this part of my day to refresh my current skills as well as learn new ones. And training can be really fun. It’s not just sketching and things like that. For example, I might fire up a video game and play it for the purpose of learning how it was made. Play is also vitally important, too. I use play as a reward for getting the other three things finished.

ALBH: What do you do for fun, outside of your art?
DS: Fun? Art is fun! But you know that. I play video games, read a lot of books, write (I’ve written a sci-fi/fantasy novel that is due to be published early this year), kick the local outdoor cats … wait … I don’t do that (I like cats), play WII with my girlfriend, watch TV and movies. I find a lot of ideas and inspiration in TV and movies. I used to play role playing games like Dungeon and Dragons a long time ago. I’ve been thinking of getting back into that, too. In fact, I’m in the process of creating my own game.

ALBH: What is your draw to your specific craft?
DS: My pencil. Get it. “Draw.” Okay. That was bad. I just love ideas and I love to create. And drawing allows me to get those ideas out of my head and into a place where others can see them, too. Nothing like being able to share my twisted, demented ideas visually with others, you know.

Shop Local Holiday Contest

Every month we do something fabulous to our front window and while I’d love to take all the credit for it, I can’t. Actually, I can’t take much of the credit at all. My girls are WONDERFUL at coming up with ideas for spotlights and we have Billie who can paint like it’s nobody’s business.

With the window being such a group effort every month and with a bigger and bigger push towards supporting small local businesses every year, I wanted to do something stellar for our Holiday window. And what gets folks more involved in a window than a contest?

In addition to our tree and the gifts underneath, pay attention to the snowflakes that are hanging. Each one has a different logo for a local business in Roanoke. Some of the logos have the name of the business incorporated into the logo and some do not. Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to identify each and every logo that is displayed in our window along with the business owner. Write them all down in order (the snowflakes are numbered) and hand it in to one of us. If you have all of the answers correct, we’ll put you in the drawing for a $15 Gift Card to our shop.

Want more than $15 on your Gift Card? How about $100? This one is going to be a lot more involved though! In addition to naming each of the businesses and business owners featured within our snowflakes, you also need to provide a dated receipt from at least 10 of them showing you visited between December 1 and December 20th. They can be any 10 you choose. For this submission, please include everything in an envelope with your name and phone number on the outside and make sure you hand it to one of us. If all of your answers are correct and all of the receipts are included, you’ll be entered into the random drawing for a $100 gift card!

All entries need to be submitted by Wednesday, December 21st. The drawing for the winners will be held on Friday, December 23rd.

Artist Interview: Kristen of Peaceful Treasures

It’s time to introduce you to an artist that I think is a pretty big deal. Not only does she have a great eye for color, a great knack for quality workmanship in her assembly, but she’s also got a very bright spirit and even bigger heart. Kristen has actually had her stuff for sale over at Urban Gypsy for a little while and I remember talking with Ashley about her. So when Kristen approached me about her work, not only was I already familiar, but I was already a fan. Being an even bigger fan of Urban Gypsy, however, I didn’t want to have the same work in my shop. Unnecessary competition isn’t what cool people do. Kristen not only understood but took it upon herself to talk with Ashley about it and created a very large collection just for us!

I can talk for pages about Kristen and her work and her awesome drive, but I want you to get a chance to meet her. So read her interview below and then swing by the shop and check out her work. She’s one of our best selling artists so far and we haven’t even given her the official “plug” yet . . . so you know she’s gotta be good!

Name:  Kristen Reimer

Age Group:  Cherry Blossom

Business Name:  Peaceful Treasures (Jewelry)

Facebook Page Facebook.com/Peaceful-Treasures

WebsitePeacefulTreasures.Etsy.com

ALBH: What got you started making jewelry?

KR: After falling in love with another artist’s jewelry at a farmer’s market, I decided I could make my own.

ALBH: Would you consider the art of jewelry making hard to learn?

KR: Not yet.  It has come naturally so far.

ALBH: ‘Jewelry’ is a pretty broad hobby and can be made from just about anything. What materials do you enjoy using most?

KR: I love silver, particularly sterling.  I would use all sterling if it was affordable for my hobby.  I use recycled paper beads made by women in Uganda who are struggling to get out of poverty.  The non-profit fair trade organization I buy from is called Beadforlife.  I also like glass and semiprecious stones.  I enjoy making my own fabric beads in various different shapes.  Lastly, I like to edit digital images to fit certain pieces of jewelry, like bracelets and earrings.

ALBH: You’ve got quite a collection – how long have you been at this?

KR: I have been creating jewelry for about a year.  I have had my ETSY shop since February 2011.

ALBH: Does your jewelry require any special care?

KR: I wear my jewelry and keep it with my other pieces.   I have tested the recycled paper beads by submersing them in water for a period of time.  They did not distort, but I don’t recommend wearing any of my jewelry while bathing or swimming.

ALBH: What’s your long-term goal as an artist?

KR: My long term goal is to be happy and to bring happiness to others.  I want the women in Uganda who are often HIV positive and war refugees to be educated to make better lives for themselves and their families.   I want to be able to donate my pieces to various organizations to help others.  I want people to be inspired by my jewelry and my company.

ALBH: I always have to ask – what does the word “Hippie” mean to you?

KR: Love, peace, unity, tolerance, and good music!  While I don’t condone all of the activities of the actual hippie movement from the 60’s and 70’s, I tend to be a mainstream contemporary hippie/bohemian at heart.

ALBH: As a bench jeweler myself, I’m always interested in similar artists’ approach. How long would you say a typical piece take you to make?

KR: It depends on the piece and my creative energy.  Earrings typically take the shortest amount of time unless they involve my fabric beads or if I have to find paper beads that somewhat match.  Each bead is unique, so that can be difficult.

ALBH: What is your typical day like?

KR: I am a full time Mom.  My son and I like to wake up late, between 8 and 10am.  We have breakfast:  coffee for me and whatever he will eat for him.  When we stay at home, we play, clean, read, do crafts, snuggle and play with our dog and two cats.  When my son entertains himself and/or naps, I make jewelry.  In the evenings after my husband gets home, we hang out as a family.  I make jewelry whenever I can and whenever I have an idea.  I am constantly thinking of new designs and ideas.   I am very fortunate and know it!

ALBH: It sounds like your days are already pretty full, but I always like to ask – what do you do for fun, outside of your art?

KR: I love to garden, cook, entertain and read.  I enjoy a good glass of wine.  I love hanging out with good friends and my family, extended included.

 

I can easily to speak to Kristen’s sense of charity and giving. For the silent auction that was just held for SARA, Inc, Kristen didn’t donate 1 piece of her jewelry. She donated 5 individual pieces. It’s refreshing to meet someone that is passionate about others and her community and willing to help . . . a true “Hippie!”

Minnetonka, Baby!

It has been said once or twice that I have a shoe problem. This may in fact be true, I do have an entire section of my overflowing closet dedicated to all things “sole” ful.  While the sheer truth is I would rather go barefoot- it isn’t quite socially acceptable in most cases. Therefore, when I must wear shoes- I wear really awesome shoes. I am not a sneaker girl, I hike in flip flops and spend the majority of my spare time in steel-toed boots – running EMS. My soft spot is for boots, ankle length, knee hi, cowboy cut, furry, suede, leather… I love them all. So when Heidi said we had some customer interest in carrying Minnetonka Moccasins I decided to do some investigating. What I found was simply amazing.

Minnetonka is a company that has been around for quite a while, since 1946 in fact. They have perfected the moccasin and in my humble opinion are spot on with their boots as well. From soft deerskin to supple moosehide to fantastic suede, their materials are top of the line and the products well crafted. I fell in love with the suede front lace hardsole knee hi boot- this shoe screams adventure! Many of the styles offered are unisex, and Minnetonka carries a wide variety of women’s, men’s and children’s shoes. There are also a couple of killer handbags- yes I am just as addicted to handbags as well. (They have a Hobo Fringe Bag that is screaming my name.)

Have no fear, we are not turning into a shoe store. One of the reasons we choose Minnetonka is because we can carry a small amount of their merchandise in the store and are able to order anything a customer wants from their catalogue. It’s a no-brainer! Come on in and check out your next favorite pair of shoes since it’s official . . . THEY ARE HERE