Watch out! The shop formerly known as Makers Connect will actually be popping back up, like Brigadoon, for a short time on Thursday, November 7!
Eleven talented artisans, mostly harking back from the glory days of our brick-and-mortar location, will be showing up at Times Ten Cellars from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
This show is free to the public, and will feature an edited group including:
Patti Haskins Critter Central – Lovingly hand cut, sewn and painted pillows and cat-toys, featuring images of cats, dogs, squirrels, opossums, and more.
Cimarrona Hats and Scarves – Leslie Kregel’s collection of fun-loving upcycled hats!
Hartline Interiors – Traci Hutton and her partner Jim create solid frames using upcycled wood from surrounding neighborhoods, as well as Traci’s primitive dolls and whimsies.
Tom Sale – Local agent provocateur and enfant terrible “Pinky Diablo” will paint you and your besties in full Dancing Skeleton mode! He’ll also have his one of a kind Skull Spoons.
Robin Ayres – Incredible jewelry fashioned from plastic and resin tiny toys of the past, along with old buttons and game pieces.
By Barnhart – Reid Barnhart’s one of a kind hats and jackets, mixing the textures and colors of many old blankets, table clothes, and home dec fabrics in winning ways.
Eliza Epstein – Soulful and smooth jewelry creations, including jaw-dropping gemstone pendants set in silver and expertly strung beaded necklaces.
Tracy Lynn Tucker – Simple, lovely jewelry with heart and soul built right in.
Chris Unruh – Truly Unruhly Studio Jewelry. Modern, graphic, and sometimes none of the above. But always something to wear, admire, adore, and give to a loved one.
Andrea Smith – Retro-inspired tiny gemstone trees mounted on semi-precious stones are delightfully reminiscent, while taking on a modern bonsai feel.
Kelley Cheek – Take it Easy Designs. Amazing printer, bookbinder, and stamper who regularly leaves her work behind to create joy and pass the love forward in the world.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a bit of a tree hugger…. and was really crushed by the loss of trees in our area during the microburst/freaky storm from hell that blew in out of nowhere on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9.
We had been out of town for a wedding, and were in the process of driving back when the text messages started pinging our phones: the first one from our next door neighbor, the next from a family member, and still more from other neighbors – telling us that they had trees down, we had trees down, and oh, by the way…. now the electricity is out!
Thankfully it was only a few days (blessedly cool ones at that) in which we endured the loss of electricity; but the many giant trees and limbs that were lost will not come back to us so quickly.
When I think about what I am grateful for, especially during the summer, I think about shade and respite from the heat. Trees make SUCH a difference. I want to make a difference for them. The city of Dallas parks department estimated more than 600 trees have been lost, and it’s going to take more than the budget allows to get them replaced, watered, cared for, etc. My plan is to continue with these donations at least through the end of the year. Every purchase you make from Truly Unruhly starting today will go toward that effort.
In my search for ways to make lighter, brigher earrings – it occurred to me that aluminum might be another fun avenue to explore. And so I ordered some. While I was waiting for that to arrive, I found the white limestone rocks during a trip to my local library. The green ceramic buttons came from a recent trip to Taos, New Mexico. Am I loopy or just having too much fun? I’ll let you be the judge.
So, this is awkward. It’s been four years since I wrote a blog post about my own work. More like five years, with months on either side of running a little ole retail store called Makers Connect. (for anyone with burning curiosity, it was located at 10242 E. NW Highway). For reasons I can’t explain but probably having a lot to do with vanity and whistfulness, I have continued to pay for the upkeep on the Makers Connect shop and the facebook pages, so feel free to go take a look. We had lots of neat local folks’ work and some really fun times! If nothing else, the photos are bright and colorful and should amuse your small kids if you have any. Mom and I worked together most days, and my husband Steve and good friends Lisle, Pamela, Kim and others helped along the way.
It was a great four years, and I don’t regret one minute. Now that we’re moving on, I am back to my roots; jewelry design.
Since February 2018, I’ve been hunkering down and getting *serious* about improving skills, acquiring mo’ better tools, and just generally ramping up my production of wearable products. When it came time to decide what to call this endeavor, I decided to go with my old email address, which was also the title of this old blog, Truly Unruhly. It’s a play on words with my last name, for anyone who didn’t know, and ensures the proper pronounciation thereof (surprisingly an issue…. I know!)
This post is kind of a test to see if it even makes sense to continue to use this particular site. I feel there was a pretty good following but all of you have probably wandered off in the last four years. Can’t say I blame you.
But stick with me now if you enjoy seeing what fun, funky jewelry I get up to making – along with shares of information and musings about other local artists, many of whom I enjoyed the pleasure of meeting at Makers Connect (and others who Steve and I have known for years.)
Just for fun, here are some images of new stuff! Please chime in with comments if you have some helpful criticism or advice; and if you prefer the more modern media, feel free to follow along on instagram and facebook!