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“Creativeness often consists of merely turning up what is already there.
~ Bernice Fitz-Gibbon”

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MFNC 2012

Here's your sign…. everybody gets one.

Well it’s over now, and I survived!  As usual Maker Faire NC was very frenetic. I was there presenting a booth on the basics of fused glass. Answering many, many questions, and even getting a few people involved in cutting glass or grinding an edge groove into a small […]

Fun at Maker Faire NC

This past weekend, I went down to Raleigh, NC for Maker Faire NC on June 18th. It was my second time there and lots of fun. People who make all sorts of things were there of course. Among them were several clubs from all over the Raleigh-Durham area. There were electronics, robotics, science […]

Big Dreams of Trains to Nowhere and Everywhere

My inspiration of the month….

With thanks to Craig who sent me the following link:

http://weburbanist.com/2009/10/29/all-aboard-clever-recycled-train-car-homes-offices-hotels/

It involves the clever reuse of train cars. Now what I find so inspiring about this … well in college my friends and I found a couple of old wooden cabooses…sitting on abandoned tracks a short walk from our dorms. […]

Small bit of fun

I was browsing Digg and ran across the following picture that someone took of some random street art in NYC.

http://flickr.com/photos/nickgray/2434200018/

I find it inspiring to find people who can be this creative, but equally refreshing that someone else can recognize it enough to want to photograph it.

On the subject of change

I’ve been contemplating change a bit recently – well okay – a lot.

“Change is BAD, I hate change – I’m not good with change, I don’t like change – BUT it IS important.” – Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson – The Closer – 3rd season premier – Episode – Homewrecker.

I rather agree with this quote […]

A Letter to Denneal

Lady Denneal –

I only kinda knew you before the last TCEP at the Days Inn. That was the year that Craig and I ended up stuck in the con suite most of the time. You offered to take over when we needed a break, you sat and watched silly movies with me as you put […]

Amanda Fisher

Found the following jewelry artist while lurking on the jewelry makers LJ community:

http://afmetalsmith.livejournal.com/

I’ve added her to my links list and I look forward to reading her blog more in depth.
She does some very beautiful work, and has some nifty scent lockets.

Her online store:

http://www.afmetalsmith.com/index.html

I really like her site design as well. The layout is completely different […]

What is freedom?

I often hear people talk about our freedom…. and feel most strongly that fear and the need to “conform” in as many ways as possible eats at that very freedom.

I was reading a post by Lelia Thomas about freedom. And while the ideas are not new, they are well worth the re-telling. She writes […]

Fran F.

Your skills at leather decoration and other crafting left me certain I’d never be as good – but gave me the courage to work on my own talents.

Betsy M. D.

Master costumer & jewelry crafter. I heard about you long before I met you, and then I was dazzled by your costumes and later your jewelry. I’m sorry you don’t have time to do as much of it as you used to. But hey- these days you do theater too!