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Craft is Back…

[Featured photo: gorgeous entomology/taxidermy work by Jennifer Blundon]

I am so very excited to announce that after a two year hiatus, Craftacular will be coming back in September 2018!

Craftacular is a little show I started back in 2012; we did it once a year, usually in the fall.  There was no show in 2016 or 2017 due to so much going on those years (well, truthfully, 2017 was more about taking a break from being previously overwhelmed…)  However, this September, it’s happening again and I am thrilled.

There are still a lot of details to be decided, but the time, date, and location are set.

It’s a privilege that means so much to me, to be able to organize such an event; from the beginning, the show has been about craft and art: making, dreaming, connecting.  I am so grateful to each person who has participated in the show and hope to see lots of  familiar faces, and new ones, on September 29.

As more details fall into place, I’ll be posting on the Craftacular facebook page.  I’ll also post the vendor application to this site as soon as it’s available.  (If you think you might be interested in being a vendor, let me know and I’ll email it to you directly as soon as I can!)

Zine Love

God willing, 2018 will be the year of more ART.

Often times, I am torn between my desire to create and my desire to sit on my backside and stare at books (…or the internet…a lot of times, the internet, if I’m being honest…)

Anyway.  I mean to work on that.  I want to paint and just make more cool stuff.  If you know me, you know I have an obsession with zines.  I’ve only made a couple myself.  But there is something so indescribably attractive to me about these little books.  Maybe it’s all the possibility for freedom and expression in these often minuscule volumes.  Who knows.

A fabulous box of books…

As I’m scanning online sources (ironic, eh?!) for inspiration, I’m coming across some interesting-looking zines and other handmade books.  What about you?  Have you ever created one, or would you like to?  Do you have a favorite zine?

Filmage: A 35mm Photo Zine
Double zine pack with extras
Sketchbook by Molly Egan
Matchbox zine by Caelli Jo Brooker
A map of leaves
Zine Mermaids by Nina Schindlinger
Sketchbook by Molly Egan
How to Knit
Poetry zine

Is #moreart on your list of goals for 2018?  I’d love to see what you’ve been working on!

The White Peacock: Interview with Tayla Mace, Owner & Artist

 

Today I am trilled to bring you an interview with Tayla Mace, artist, entrepreneur, and owner of The White Peacock Tea and Coffee Company in the lovely town of Lindsborg, KS.  I’ve been a fan of Tayla’s work for years and am truly excited about her latest venture.  Read more here, then visit for yourself!

M&R: Can you tell us a bit about your background and previous work?
Tayla:  Oh goodness, I have quite the varied background!  But when I think about it, I would say it has all focused around creative work and customer service.  I went to school for Web Design with the Art Institutes and fell in love with online branding and design.  My “big girl jobs” were mainly in retail management and marketing before I took the plunge and started my own business, WildFire Studio – where I made jewelry, in 2012.  It wasn’t until 2016 that I decided it was time to move on.

What made you decide to purchase a coffee shop? 
In May of 2016, I could feel WildFire winding down and wanted to move on to something else.  I knew I didn’t want the typical 9-5 but had no idea what direction I was headed.  So, I was lucky enough to pick up a part-time position at one of my favorite stops in Lindsborg, The White Peacock.  I had been using The Peacock as a mobile office for close to a year already so it was an easy decision to try and Fill the Gaps between projects there.  I became friends with the owner and found out the shop was for sale.  The rest was history!  I purchased the Peacock that July.

I know you have handmade items for sale; what kind of things do you currently carry?
We do have some handmade items!  I carry the penny jewelry I made during my WildFire days at the shop, along with some felt succulents that I’ve been playing around with.  We also carry embroidered tea towels, hand-dyed scarves, illustrated coffee mugs, and more!  The shop has a quirky, creative vibe, so we have a quirky and creative selection of handmade goods. 🙂  Each month, we also have a featured artist who often has their art work for sale.  From February 10th-March 9th, we’ll have our community sourced Heart Art up!  20+ artists have contributed so far.

What’s are your favorite drink and food offerings?
My personal favorite drink at the moment is our “Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mocha.”  It is amazing!  We’re always coming up with new drink recipes though, and I’m always picking out new favorites.  We also offer breakfast and lunch, but I’ve always been partial to our cinnamon rolls that are made right down the street at The Courtyard Bakery.

What seems to be most popular with customers?
Hands down, the Black Forest Mocha.  Once you have it, you’ll never go back. ​

​What is the most satisfying part of running the shop?
I’m probably what you would call a serial entrepreneur.  I get excited about the big picture when it comes to organizing, managing, and promoting a business.  But if I were to pick one thing, it’s that The White Peacock attracts such an interesting and creative crowd.  I get to share my projects with my customers and they share theirs with me.  It’s this constant flow of creative energy in here that I love the most.

 What do you find the most challenging?
MONEY!  Oh, my…  I think that is a pretty typical answer, but managing our budget is the most challenging for me.  With WildFire, I was a one person show, meaning that if we were short one month, there was only myself to blame and myself to face the consequences.  Now I have employees and customers and we’ve got to stay stocked all the time…  I’m feeling much more comfortable compared to when I purchased the business in July, but I think it will always be the most challenging aspect.

I hope that The White Peacock provides a space where you can come in, get yourself a delicious treat (that you can feel good purchasing – we’re all fair trade and organic and we use local Hildebrand milk!), and become inspired to do whatever it is you love to do.  I try to keep the atmosphere bright and ever-changing and the community involved with small projects happening all the time.

How does your local community influence you?
I may be a little biased, but Lindsborg is the best small town out there.  The community is full of people who really care about their town and the people in it.  Each week, I get together with a group of business owners and residents to discuss what’s happening, how we can promote each other, and how we can provide a better experience to our visitors.  Everyone is so inclusive and helpful.

The White Peacock is located at 124 S Main Street in Lindsborg, KS.  You can follow them on Instagram and Facebook, and visit their website at whitepeacockcoffee.com  

Giving Tuesday…and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday…

I’m taking a break from the gift guides for a bit, to shift the focus from commerce to kindness.  After the initial holiday shopping rush comes #GivingTuesday.  While it’s a shame that this day of Giving comes after the shopping days and not before, you and I know that giving is truly something you can do all year round.  Here are just a few ways to help out this holiday season (and every day…)

http://www.ICTSOS.org
ICT SOS is a Wichita-based human trafficking organization. They act as a liaison between specific local professional organizations who work with trafficked youth and the Wichita volunteers who seek to find solutions! By connecting local agencies with volunteers and resources, ICT SOS helps facilitate their missions of fighting sex trafficking.  Help out by becoming a volunteer or at events like their upcoming gift wrapping party, where participants will wrap gifts donated for the youth served by their service partners.

http://urmwichita.org/
The Union Rescue Mission is the largest emergency shelter and life-change center for men in the state of Kansas. The Mission’s 28,000-square foot facility in Wichita provides overnight housing and meals for homeless men and hosts a 12-month addiction recovery program.  They also distribute food, diapers and infant formula to families and single mothers in need.  Donate cash, much needed items, or check out their numerous opportunities for volunteering your time and talents.

http://rmhcwichita.org
Ronald McDonald House Charities are such a comfort and help to so many families; when parents have to travel to receive specialized medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured children, Ronald McDonald Houses are a home away from home.  They provide rooms, meals, and support in a scary and stressful time.  Even dropping your spare change into one of their collection boxes can be a huge help, but you can visit their website for more info on contributing.

https://wels.net/serving-others/christian-aid-relief/
Christian Aid & Relief is an organization that provides disaster relief and humanitarian aid to people around the world who have been devastated by natural disasters and other tragedies.  They also drill wells so that people have access to clean water, in addition to helping individuals with catastrophic medical and personal needs. You can donate here.

You can help someone stay warm by donating new (or sometimes gently used) coats, hats, mittens, etc.  There are lots of places where you can drop off these items, including all Wichita YMCAs,  Wichita or Sedgwick County Fire Departments,  or places like Inter-Faith Ministries.  (Before bringing your items, please be sure to check what each place is accepting; depending on the organization, some will only take new items, some only coats, etc.)

A few other places to check in with are Open Door, a food pantry and shelter and The Lord’s Diner, where volunteers can serve hot meals to those in hunger.  Both of these places have a need for volunteers and monetary gifts.

These are just a few ideas; there’s definitely no shortage of opportunities to give or help.  How do you like to give?  I’d love to know!  Click here to shoot me an email, or message me on facebook.