This October will be a year since we decided to take our wares on the road. We knew things wouldn’t be always easy… we knew things would get tough. And, we knew we were going to have the time of our lives…. We’ve gone thru all these emotions in the last year, easily. We have had some absolute high moments and low moments that clouded our dreams. High moments consist of finishing out pieces and feeling pumped and excited with the way they turned out, making a sale, and/or receiving an email proclaiming love for what we do! I can remember sitting at my desk at a firm in San Antonio, wishing I was creating art and designing with Ben. Looking back, I believe my desire was so strong that it manifested itself. And, here we are working together, hand in hand. I’ve realized that your thoughts, however wonderful or gloomy, make you who you are. If we convert our negative thoughts into positive ones and are truly thankful for what we have, then positive people, experiences, and things will come our way. I’m blogging today not just to come clean, but to empower and give hope to those who may be in a rut creatively, professionally, or mentally… heck, at times, we’ve been in all three. We believe God is faithful to His word! “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7: 7-8 I’m asking for peace, love, and patience! That peace be in my heart and mind daily. That I love and show gratitude for all the things we have. And, that I demonstrate patience in exploring this dream.
So, we’ve taken an oath to refrain from negative thoughts and to stir clear of doubt. And, focus on uplifting thoughts and actions! Praise GOD!
Our world would be so much better if we focused on the good, the happy, and the blessed! You only live once? False. You live everyday. So make it great!
art & soul,
Allie & Ben
Ben & I are gearing up for our debut show at Marburger Farm Antique Show. This show is very special to us… attending this show as a patron last fall started it all. After taking several day trips to Round Top, Texas, during the acclaimed Texas Antique Fair, we knew right away that we wanted to try this lifestyle… a lifestyle of working hard on our wares and traveling to shows where our art, furniture, and accessories could be seen by the masses. So, very quickly, we got our game plan together… which included selling our home and most of our belongings to embark on this new chapter… This fall marks one year since we made the decision to really give our talents and our dream a go! It’s gone by fast, but we remain focused as ever on creating our brand and living out our dream. We were accepted into the Artisan Tent at Marbuger Farm… meaning we can bring our new creations, our art furniture and our original art. We feel beyond excited and down right stoked about it! Please make plans to be at Marburger Farm Antique Show this fall. Dates are October 1st– October 5th. It is an amazing experience all should have! And, you might just happen to run into a celebrity or two, so we hear! for details about Marburger Farm Antique Show visit their website at http://www.roundtop-marburger.com art and soul, xa
That is the question?
For us, the last year has been a crazy ride…. A year ago our lives were pretty ordinary, really. Ben worked full-time, I was knee deep into having our gallery in New Braunfels, we had a home! Well, that’s changed now… for the better, of course! We’ve sacrificed so much to get to where we are. We sold our home and uprooted our dogs for Pete’s sake… lol! We’ve worked hard trying to brand our business and create a unique and inspiring aesthetic. We feel we are headed somewhere great! Lord willing!
We have a storage unit full of finished pieces! Awesome finished pieces! In fact, we have enough products to fill a shop and we keep producing… What to do! Our dream is to have a really cool hip wine bar/art gallery somewhere, but the overhead and finding the right location is daunting.
We have tossed the idea around about finding representation, you know consignment somewhere or selling wholesale . But, then we hestitate. Here’s our reasoning… please feel free to tell us that we are crazy or if you have any ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Losing our brand and identity
- Someone else watering down our unique aesthetic
- Giving the majority of our profit away
No one has ever accused us of being drab, that’s for sure! We dream in saturated color…everything from our palette choices to the faux finishes will knock you back a step or two. Or three if everything in your house is tan/cream/beige.
Our work isn’t for everyone and not for the faint of heart. But if you are interested in bringing a much welcomed pop of color into your abode…we’ve got the hook-up. Who wants to look like every page of every mass produced home décor magazine? Not us. Plus, we dig things that are made in the beautiful U.S of A.
We’ve been dreaming of zebras, stripes, chevron, ikat and faux bois. What are YOU dreaming of?
We are as excited as ants at a picnic for our upcoming shows at Roundtop and Zapp in Warrenton. We’ll have tons of our art furniture, original wall art, and selected curated vintage accessories. We hope you see you there, too!
Have wagon. Will travel.