Let's Shop Locals Artisan of the Week - Just A Tish Designs!

Monday, April 21, 2014

I was thrilled when Anne of Let's Shop Local asked me to be the next artisan of the week. Here is the newsletter!

 Artisan of the Week

We are very happy to introduce you to our
'Artisan of the Week' Just A Tish.
Tish McDermott, owner, sells her unique items online
through her Etsy shop, in locally owned boutiques, and
through local craft shows.
We have been very honored to have her participation
in all of our 'Let's Shop Local' events, and will welcome her again to our event this May!


 Where did you get the inspiration for your business name?
Just A Tish was all my daughters fault.
When I first started making jewelry, she was
and still is my biggest fan. She would wear my
designs every day to work or school. When someone asked her what
was she wearing, or where did she get it, she would answer, This?
This is just a Tish Design :)

 What do you create/make?
 I make jewelry, one of a kinds. I don't like to duplicate.
I want each piece to be it's only little piece of art, that you can wear.
I make jewelry using the metaphysical properties of the stones,
to convey a healing and peace to the buyer/wearer of the piece.
A little bit of love goes into each creation.

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 What is your favorite item to make?
Bracelets, the wire wrapped bangle bracelets. They are so tactile, intricate and colorful

Why is buying local important to you?
The internet, allows local to become global,
which is mind blowing. Local on a global scale, is different than say,
a franchise, which is still a local business,
but it has lost it's hands on, personal touch.
So, I think what local does is give a sense of pride and
community, and a bit of elitism. When someone asks me where I bought something
I have or i am wearing, it feels so good to tell them it is local,
like I am in on the best kept secret of what all the cool kids are doing.

What are your business goals for 2014?
I am working this year for more exposure and with Let's Shop Local, I have done it :).
I have taken a few years off due to work load, and this year,
I am making time for me and for my craft. There is a whole world out there that
needs to see my creations and I am going to show it to them :)

Just A Tish

As always, we ask that you forward this
to all your local friends & family to help
us spread the word about our local artisans here
in North Carolina!

We invite you to 'follow' us socially.
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Thank you for your support of our event and
for supporting our local artisans as we build
this event in the Triangle.

Best regards - Let's Shop Local
Locally Handmade. Local Artisans.
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Re Purposed Earring Fun!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Re purposing is fun! Heheh sounds like a Saturday morning psa from the 70's :)

I have a tub of pieces parts that are left over from a previous project, or are one offs, or are from other jewelry or items that will be re purposed into new jewelry. Pretty much what all these components are!

The rings are from a bracelet I found at the Good Will, they are sterling. The wood disks came in a little box I picked up at a yard sale, the faceted glass and flat disks are from the same bracelet I got at the Good Will, and the sliver tone balls are from a bracelet that was given to me by a friend that broke, and I lost most of the pieces :( Now if I could just get a handle on how to use that pesky camera

Giving new life to old jewelry is fun :)

Finding Treasures

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I love going away for a few days, it recharges me, and gives me an appreciation for the uniqueness of where I am visiting and re kindles the love affair of where I live. I love to go, but I am always very happy to come home :)

This past weekend, my husband and I went for a little trip to visit family. First stop was with my daughter and son in law. We puttered all around her cute little town, taking in the sites and stopping by little stores. Good food, fun stores, and better yet, great friends to share it all with.

Next stop my parents. It isn't much different there, with the exception that I grew up there. I know my way around. It is always fun to take my husband around and tell him stories of growing up in that area, and throwin in a bit of history.

Whether at my daughters or my parents, one of our favorite things to do is to hit up thrift stores and flea markets. Never know what you may find. I always have my eye out for that perfect trinket, antique necklace or just flat out good deal that I can't pass up to add to my home or to my inventory. This trip offered that :)

At the flea market, I found a little table with these awesome skull bracelets. She wanted $1 each....

*blink* *blink*

I will take them all thank you :) I couldn't pass it up. Let's break it down. Even online where I shop, I can find some good deals, but to find these little beauties for .11 each, I can't. Makes perfect sense.

Now there is this beauty. I have been looking for this for quite a while now. I could have bought it online, but what is the fun in that :) I wanted a quest, a quest for the amethyst chicken :) It is a candy dish, but I am going to use it as a butter dish. The colors go great in my kitchen. I remember my grandmother having one, but in 'amber' or what ever the brown color is. Is this considered carnival glass?


While walking thru the flea market, I nearly fell over when I saw this little treasure on a table. I quickly grabbed it up and held it over my head in victory, and proclaimed to all around me - I HAVE WON THE CHICKEN!!!! Made for a great moment, and made people laugh.

Next on my list - Jadeite coffee mugs.

What are your adventures?

Host a Jewelry Party - Get Free Jewelry - Even Online!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

So yeah, you heard me right!

Do you love jewelry, or love collecting tumbled stones and crystal formations? Do you love it when it is free? I thought so :)

You can host a jewelry/crystal party, even if you don't live in the area. It is super easy. Create an event on Facebook, and invite all of your friends. The event can last a maximum of 3 weeks. Post links from my Etsy store and some back to my Facebook page and let the shopping begin! I will issue you a special comment code for your friends to used when placing an order on Etsy. That way I know the sales came from your party.

You and your friends have ample time to shop, and chat about items, even message me or comment on my fan page about custom orders you would like to have. Remember, all items are one of a kind, I don't intentionally duplicate pieces, If there is a  piece you are looking, don't wait too long, when it is gone, it is gone. Orders ship to the buyer immediately, no need to wait til all orders are in! When the event is over, I will tally up all of the sales, and 10% of the sales, goes back to the hostess/host of the event in free jewelry/crystals!!!!!

$1000 in sales, $100 worth of free jewelry/crystals*!!!!

And it doesn't stop there!

If the event does $2000 or more in sales, the hostess/host of the event gets a LIFETIME 30% off coupon code to use in my shop anytime.

What is stopping you!!! Create your shopping event today and message me for your comment code!

Happy shopping!!!!

*Due to the weight of some crystals, there is shipping costs that will have to be added to the order for any tumbled stones/crystals that are purchased.

It's Purple Day! What would you wear?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's Purple Day! What would you wear to celebrate? Would you wear purple clothes and accent with a different color jewelry, or just go all out and wear all purple!!!!! Let me know - better yet, post pictures!!!!!

Local Artist Spotlight - Meg Smither

Monday, March 24, 2014

This blog entry about local artist, Meg Smither. Local to Raleigh, and owner and inspiration behind 'Out There Studio.'

How Did Your Create Your Business Name?

 Well funny you would ask that first question:
1. Out There Studio came about - because when we were building our house 6 years ago and we were building my Studio in the back yard (pictured with Meg Smither above)
 I would always refer to it as "out there" and my friend said that I needed to call my Studio "OUT THERE STUDIO". So that is how that came about.

2. What do you create/make?
Wow that's an interesting question. Well I make a lot of scarves (Textiles) and I build the frames and then I just start thinking of different techniques of applying dyes and using resists and just different chemicals and I create the scarves. I read a lot to understand the different types of techniques as well. So I am always learning new and better ways to make the scarves more beautiful. Then on top of all of that I also do Batiks whether it be on Fabric or on Paper.

3. What is your favorite item you've created thus far?
Well I just created the above BATIK called "Harbor Trio"  and I love it.

As well as the next BATIK and it is call "Maid in the Shade"

4. Why is buying locally important to you?
Because it keeps it in the "neighborhood" if you will. It's like buying local produce in your markets. It is
supporting our local artists and that is so important. Yea you can go to New York and other places and buy pieces (and don't get me wrong I'd love for my work to be in New York :0) - but it's just so important to keep it here at home and know that we have some amazing talent just right in our own backyard. Pardon the pun... didn't mean to... truly.
5. What are your business goals for 2014?
are just to get more visibility so that folks know I'm here and are interested in what I'm doing.
It has been a long road to get to just this point --- but slowly it is happening and I couldn't be more thankful
and more blessed. It comes from above I know that for sure....

 You can visit Meg Smither's Studio Online at :website: www.megsmither.com
or her newest site:square market: https://squareup.com/market/meg-smither

Let's Shop Local Event, Raleigh, NC - March 23, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Let's Shop Local is having there second shopping event 3/23/14 at the Raleigh, NC Fairgrounds in the Holshouser Building, and I am excited to be there!

I will be setting up with over 30 more locals artist, all there to have fun, and show off our most recent creations. But it isn't just a shopping event, no, it is way more!

Let's Shop Local, is more than just a shopping event, it is an awareness event. One of the great things about the event is showcasing local artists, giving you a chance to meet the artist, and browse their work, and get the story behind the creation, giving it more meaning and more value to you as a consumer. You can't find that in a mall. Several of the artist only offer one of a kind items, meaning, when you purchase it, it is yours and yours alone. You will not run into anyone wearing that same piece, it is your own personal work of art :)

Awesome right?! 

How else is Let's Shop Local events better than any other? They offer you live entertainment!!

Raleigh Little Theater will be there and performing as well! This is the schedule.
 11:00-12:10 : Andrew Kasab, Harp Guitar
  12:30 - 1:00 : Raleigh Little Theatre, Songs
  2:00 - 5:00 : Kristi Dixon, Guitar & Songs

 Put us on your list tomorrow while you are out an about enjoying the beautiful weather in Raleigh. 

 When: Sunday, March 23rd. 
  Where: Holshouser Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. 
  Time : 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  Admission: $3 adults, children 12 and under free

Your admission ticket purchase will also support our local
theatre, as $1 of every admission ticket will be donated to the
Raleigh Little Theatre's Youth Scholarship Program

Stop by and see me!!!!!

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