New Retail Location Added: Mosees in Cape Cod, MA!

I’m thrilled to announce that OpenHandCreations will now be available locally in Cape Cod, MA!

MOSEES is chock full of handmade, many local, items from clothing to home decor… jewelry to skin care items… It’s a one stop shop for gifts for everyone on your list and yourself!

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Mosees Homemade Fashions and Gifts

3261 Main Street

Barnstable Village, MA 02630

508-362-2232

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 Thank you Maura for adding my mixed media items to your shop… !

If you live in the Cape or your travels take you that way, be sure to stop in~  You won’t leave empty handed!

May I Introduce To You…. New Wall Art (coming soon…) !

I’ve counted.. it’s been almost 3 weeks since I last logged in here. Yikes!

Over the past month we went on our long awaited family vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii (yes, Hurricane Iselle hit on our second day there – our rental house was heavily damaged and the area where we were, South Hilo and Pune, was pretty devastated.

Luckily we were able to move to the Kona side of the island where there was not even a drop of rain… we got lucky!)

It turned out to be a wonderful vacation for our family of 4. We snorkeled with the amazing fish, climbed through some amazing lava tubes, visited the remote green sands beach (only one of 2 in the world!) and watched the sunset from Mauna Kea.  The volcano put on a nice glow show under the supermoon and no visit to Kona is complete without a trip to a genuine organic Kona Coffee farm (Mountain Thunder was impressive!)

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One thing that really inspired me was the coffee farm. All Kona Farms are “small businesses”… basically family type farms with a small number of employees . I was taken back by their roasting room and packaging room. All hand done and in no more of a space than I have here in my studio! And yet they ship their heirloom coffee all over the world! What an inspiration to me. I may be a small one woman run show, but I am mighty – I can grow infinitely!!

So with that in mind, I am introducing a new product to my mixed media line!

Starting this fall I will be selling my wall art. Most are mixed media on wood panels and are ready to hang or stand! all different themes and I will welcome custom orders (at least for now). These are some I started… a few shown here are not going to be for sale , but I wanted to share a photo of my worktable with some examples of what you might see!

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I’m excited to start this new addition to my shop. I will keep you updated on when these will start to appear on my etsy shop and around town.

Hope you are all having a creative month… I hope to get back on track here and start posting regularly again!

Taking a Couple Weeks Off!!

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August has arrived (already!) and I am ready for a family vacation!

to prepare for my trip I have been spending the past couple days working on my new set of clay mini houses. I take these with me hiking and other special places and leave them behind for others to find. This time these will travel with me to the Big Island of Hawaii! Each house has a special saying or word and I hope that it brings a smile to their new owners.

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Therefore… I will be not be blogging or posting new items for the next two weeks. Although my shop (www.openhandcreations.com) will be open for purchases, I will not be shipping between August 4 and 14th. All purchases made between those dates will be shipped on August 15th 🙂

** If you have your eye on something and you want it shipped asap, I will ship all purchases made until 8am EST on Monday 8/4 by noon that day.**

When I return I will have something new to share with you regarding a new product line in my shop….

Until then…

Wishing you all a fantastic two weeks and start to August! See you back soon!

 

Available Soon (this Friday!) at the Arsenal Center for the Arts!

The Arsenal Center for the Arts has been through an outdoor facelift! If you are in the area, stop by for a visit! Beautiful grassy area, benches to relax and listen to music,  have your iced coffee from Panera and shop at several wooden outdoor shop structures set up for selling local art! I will add a photo after my visit on Friday 🙂

This set of 11 pouches and 5 journals will be dropped off at the Shop at the Arsenal Center for the Arts this Friday July 25! I believe the sheds will be open for business in the beginning of August.  Until then you might visit the shop inside the mail building 🙂

 

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The New Journals feature 50 pages each of acid free, unlined paper perfect for journaling and doodling. Each is hand collaged and painted, one of a kind original pieces. These would make a great back to school gift or travel journal!

Hope you will check it out!

Exciting Addition to the OpenHandCreations Lineup – One of a Kind Journals!!

So far I have only sold mixed media pouches and Collage Canvases (at select local shops)… but today I am adding Mixed Media Original Art Journals!

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These journals (like my pouches) are all original art and one of a kind. That means I paint and collage each one by hand.Once each cover is painted and then punched… along with the acid free paper pages, it is wire-bound by hand. As of today there are 4 journals for sale at UNI-T at the Natck mall in Natick, MA and next week they will be available online at OPENHANDCREATIONS.COM and hopefully at the Shop at the Arsenal Center for the Arts before the end of this month!

 

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These journals are 40pages of acid free, unlined paper.  They are perfect for that collage bound student, that new teacher or a friend who likes to travel.

They will be available in 2 sizes 6″ x 8″ and 4″ x 6″ and will be priced approx $18 and $22 respectively.

I hope you will check them out :)!

 

 

 

 

Many Thanks to SEA THROUGH ME for this ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ Award!

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A few days ago I was notified that I was nominated for this VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER award… from SEA THROUGH ME: a beautiful Photo Blog that captures some incredible photos from the viewpoint of a teenage girl. (I’m also proud to say that the artist is my daughter!)  I watch her taking thousands of pictures through the lens of her Nikon DSLR and sift and examine them closely after each of her outings. I am amazed that she is able to capture bits and pieces that I would never have thought twice to photograph. If you like photography, take a look at what she is offering on her blog: SEA THROUGH ME. Thank you Emily for this nomination… I’m flattered that you think my blog is inspiring.  I am constantly inspired by your work and also how intensely you feel about taking that perfect picture.

so the rules of this award is

#1 to thank the person who nominated you: SEA THROUGH ME by Emily

#2 Display the award and list the rules for the next nominee

#3 state 7 things about yourself

#4 nominate 3 other bloggers for this award and contact them

 

Here are 7 things about myself:

– One thing I love to do besides paint is work out at the gym and go hiking, bouldering/climbing. I try to go to the gym every other morning… although the summer schedule can really throw a monkey wrench in the mix and we try to go hiking or climbing every weekend. Every time we go out to a new location I am amazed by the beauty of this earth. My health is very important to me… I want to be here for as long as I can with my children and husband.

-So that leads to what I eat. I am not a vegetarian… nor do I follow any specific diet. The only thing I try to stick with is NO GMOs. I try to buy organic whenever possible… and support farmers wherever I am. My family owns an organic egg and produce farm and I see first hand how difficult it is for private farms to survive. Luckily I think we are entering into a new wave of thinking and understanding and I hope that awareness over GMO foods continues to grow and there is more and more change in this country.

– I am a Korean drama addict. I don’t know if it’s hereditary (my mom watches her share as well) or if it’s that I am always curious about where I came from and what advancements Korea is making.  50 years ago Korea was a third world country… it was literally built in a day and is always changing quickly. Now  Korea ranks among and sometimes surpasses many developed countries in technology, art and entertainment, education  and other standards.  It also suffers similar pains as the other countries. There are serious infrastructure issues, growing obesity issues, and workplace stress. Many are portrayed in the Korean dramas I watch.

– I want to grow as a business. OpenHandCreations started as a seed when my kids were very young, I was a stay at home mom and needed an outlet for my creativity.  I also am amazed that I can make something with my bare hands and raw materials. These things combined have pushed me on to evolve. But I want to expand and that takes a lot of courage. I feel like I am ready for another growth spurt.

– Originally I was a paper crafts artist. I made greeting cards and other paper items.  My style was very straight, exact, ‘restoration hardware- like… I specialized in wedding invitations, baby announcements and greeting cards for those occasions. All blacks and whites, blues, pinks, silver… you get it.  One day I started to paint… with my hands… and realized that I no longer liked the exactness and unforgiving nature of that work. I felt free when a drop of paint fell somewhere unintended and liked how I didn’t quite know how something would turn out. I liked the feeling of paint coating my hands and sometimes smudged on my face (yes it can get wild in here!) and loved the new vibrant colors! Talk about evolution.

– I moved to Boston after 14 years in Maryland. What a huge change. I miss my friends constantly still, but am trying hard to adapt to my life here. I discovered I love city-ish living. I actually live in Newton which is within a 1/2 mile outside of Boston so there is still the public transit and other amenities of city living. I also discovered I love biking everywhere. Besides have to get groceries, I try to bike whenever possible. I think I drive my car about 50- 100 miles a month where as I used to drive it 2500 miles a month! It’s not all from biking… it because everything is so close by and you can take the bus everywhere else 🙂

– Lastly… We are going on a family vacation this year! hallelujah! We are going to trek it to the Big Island of Hawaii! I am so excited I can hardy breathe. There is so much I want to see and experience. I’m afraid that the time will go too fast… just like it is right now.  I used to be a creature of habit. I hated change; had trouble being flexible mentally. I always liked knowing what to expect. You can imagine it would take me 4 days to get comfortable on a week long trip… so that was a bummer. But now I embrace change. I love discovering things as I go along. I love how there’s always something new. So this trip is really special to me. I can not wait to see what awaits us there on the Big Island. After that trip I’d love to go to another country… I have always had a passport, but not a single stamp… yet!

 

Well that’s 7 things you may or may not have known about me.  I hope I didn’t bore you to death 🙂

Now to nominate 3 other bloggers:

#1 My very dear friend and fellow art journey woman: Stacie Spencer of STACIEJEWELRY. Apart from her inspirational jewelry creations, every Monday she posts a Make A Difference post where she shares ideas on how to brighten someone’s day. I hope to add something like that on my blog.  She also features various artists every month that inspires her.

#2 Haley of IF YOU GIVE A BLOND A KITCHEN. This blog is full of yummy (mostly sweet) treats. Everything I have made from her site has turned out delicious. For anyone who needs baking inspiration… this is where you can find it. (and don’t forget… if you are interested… there are usually non-GMO/organic substitutes for most ingredients).

#3 Rita Summers of GONERUSTIC.  Talk about earth art eye candy.  Rita’s creations are just organic and beautiful. The really uses resources from all around and turns them into magical pieces.

 

Well that’s what I’ve got!  I hope you will check out the nominees above. Each is unique and has so much to offer.

I am working on something entirely new to add to my shop – (perfect for back to school). It is turning out just perfectly and I will be unveiling it on Monday next week. So please check back then for some exciting OpenHandCreations news!

 

Be Brave, Dream Big

I just finished up this new collection of pouches… featuring a whole new set of saying!

Among them:

Be Brave, Dream Big

Everything you want is on the other side of fear

Not all who wander are lost

Dream as if you’ll live forever

Reality has limits, imagination is boundless

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These will be for sale soon on my etsy shop, at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown and at Uni-T in Natick Mall very soon!

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