UPDATE: Congrats to Arelis Cintron for Winning! Please email me your mailing address and I’ll be sure they get in the mail! TheBusyNothingsATGmail.com
One of my favorite phrases that continues to define different aspects on my life has been “beauty from ashes”. As I watched local artist Hank Kaminisky pouring molten bronze into hand crafted forms- fire and smoke filling the air dramatically- and later sweeping off the ashy sand from the still smoldering heap, I felt that I saw my phrase acted out from start to finish.
I drew closer and read the inscription still smoky with flames… “you are standing on sacred ground” and felt shivers. There was an ancient feeling to watching the molten bronze being poured and I felt privileged to be standing there.
Art has always been important to me. I always made decent grades in school but I was never smart without trying really, really hard. I felt like school was never natural and although I excelled in the writing parts of English and fell into History books like a romance, my art class is where I felt alive. I still remember the first moment I realized I was good, when an art teacher hovering at my elbow snatched up my pencil sketched cassette tape (remember what those were?!) and held it up to the class, explaining this is how it should be done. I glowed. I had faced a lot of peer rejection that and the previous year after transferring to a small town, cliquish school. This was a good day.
Since that time, art has had a special place in my soul. Getting invited to see behind the scenes a type of art I am unfamiliar with such as bronze pouring, was as exciting for me as a football fan getting to see their team play in a a championship game or getting backstage tickets to your favorite band. I was giddy. I was able to see the bronze in a liquid state, transferred very carefully a short ways to the mold, then see it poured. We waited a short while and toured the studio, then watched the fiery unveiling of the latest piece.
I heard about Hank’s life. I heard his passions and got to see inside of a brilliant person in a way that is rare. I saw his tools, other finished projects and discarded ones. I saw years of his work collected together and I got to meet the man behind some of my favorite sculptures around the Northwest Arkansas area. He is revered in these parts. I loved hearing his story- read more about him here. My favorite sculpture of his is a huge bronze globe that can be turned like a prayer wheel located at the Fayetteville Town Center.
I learned something else that night, however. He isn’t just a sculptor, he also makes wearable art; pieces of sculpted jewelry, each with a meaningful story.
and guess what? Today I get to share some art with you, the kind you can wear proudly. I am giving away the below pair of earrings! Hank Kaminsky’s Cave Dreams. Good Luck!
Congrats to Jacqueline Presley for winning the giveaway!!!! WOW! Jacqueline is going to start to write for this blog starting soon so I almost picked someone else to be “fair” but since she isn’t writing for me yet, not picking her would be even MORE unfair. I’m so happy that she won, for everyone else, thanks for entering and hope to see you this weekend!
I absolutely love this time of year. I love layers, bulky sweaters and tall riding boots and I heartily cheer on the season that ushers them in! I feel that September and October are the pre-party with football games and Halloween, with Thanksgiving being the fall highlight and Christmas as the grand finale. The whole season is about community with others, giving, sharing and everyone seems like they are in a festive mood, or perhaps it’s just my overly abundant excitement that filters every interaction…
Whatever the case, I am super excited to offer this awesome, awesomesauce giveaway to you:
1. A pair of VIP tickets to the NWA Botique Show with a SWAG BAG where you will enjoy live music, sample amazing food from some of the best restaurants in NWA and be entered to win amazing door prizes! - a $40 value!! (Friday, November 9th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.) Follow on Twitter & Facebook for more details on the event!
**For more information on this event and to purchase tickets for yourself, please visit their website NWABotiqueShow.
2. A hand-made hat from Kingdom Crafts in Nepal, from the Global Shoppe inside Mama Carman’s! The VIP winner can choose which style of hat that they would like, from adult sizes or these cute animal hats in children’s sizes!
“Kingdom Crafts Nepal is a business of Kingdom Investments Nepal (KIN), a non-governmental organization that prevents and rescues girls from becoming sex slaves in India and abroad. Because of your purchase, both “at risk” village girls and rescued girls living in safe houses can become independent through the means of sewing and professional tailoring. Once they graduate from the program, they not only have a way of making a life for themselves, but are also liberated from the cycle of poverty.”
3. Bliss cupcakes, one for the VIP winner AND their guest to munch on while shopping! I LOVE their cupcakes! The regular cupcakes are divine and I love the fact that I can order cupcakes for my kids’ birthday parties that are gluten-free and taste amazing. They have 2 store locations in Fayetteville, one by the square downtown and the other across from Walmart on Joyce. Their gormet cupcakes are perfect for weddings and birthday celebrations! Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for updates and specials!
Tickets, a present and delicious dessert: if you live in Northwest Arkansas this is one amazing giveaway!
I was so thrilled when Julie approached me about being a part of the promotion! For me, the boutique show is perfectly timed. It’s usually right after my Fall Craft Fever when I start making adorable, Pinterest-inspired crafts for all my friends and family… and then have most of them not look at all like the Pinterest inspiration so I have to scramble to give fun and unique gifts. When they open their gift and exclaim, “OH, did you MAKE THIS?!” I just cough and spill my apple cider to change the subject. Actually, I’m kidding here, anyone who knows me knows that I’m not that crafty these days, which is why I’m even more excited about the NWA Boutique Show so I can give
better gifts than everyone else awesomesauce gifts made by someone else’s loving hands.
On a personal note, the main reason I am writing this blog is because the proceeds from the sale of tickets go to support:
*The Junior League- They have made a strong commitment to help educate and assist women in domestic violent situations. I had the good fortune to meet a lady helping out at a Champions for Kids event and was impressed by her passion! I know that the Junior League helps out with a lot of other foundations, but the lady really cared about the NWA Women’s Shelter and since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I feel I need to give a shout out to them.
*The Miller Foundation- I can’t hardly talk about this without tearing up. I followed along on the blog during their journey and was amazed at their strength. They have set up a foundation whose goal is to “raise awareness, fund research and offer to support to other families who are faced with the challenges of SMA”. SMA is “Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the number one genetic killer of children under the age of two, is a group of inherited and often fatal diseases that destroy the nerves controlling voluntary muscle movement, which affects crawling, walking, head and neck control and even swallowing.” It is a heartbreaking thing for a parent to loose a child and the fact they are helping others even in their grief is beautiful.
HOW TO ENTER? (LOCAL, NW Arkansas residents only- you can’t pick up your cupcake if you live in Portland, OR!)
I will be selecting a winner on November 8, 2012 at 12pm CST! Be sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you!
Simple, just leave a comment telling me either why you NEED these tickets -OR- share your most embarrassing Pinterest craft FAIL. Hey, misery loves company!!! This is an amazing and fun event you will enjoy!
For additional entries, NOT NECESSARY, but helpful! Follow on Twitter and Facebook (all links posted above) and leave a comment saying you did:
*The Busy Nothings
*the NWA Boutique Store
*The Global Shoppe