Julie Maida


Month: May, 2012

Fancy Schmancy

Okay, not really. But I can say I’m totally like a real live responsible grown up today! If I had a responsible achievement meter or chart, I would get a waaayyy better meter rating, or even a gold star, for sure. I have finished everything that I needed to finish for the upcoming gallery/boutique exhibit. Yay! Not only am I on time with my deadline, but I am EARLY! Someone throw confetti! I have created everything with care and consideration (paying attention to the finest of details), and made it to last for a long time. I have been careful to make food related items, well, food safe, I have ordered much cooler business cards with fancy rounded corners, AND I even have a networking group tomorrow morning. In fact, I am going to get to my camping weekend later than I would like because I opted for working some more! I feel good about this. 🙂

I have such a sense of accomplishment and anticipation about this whole scenario, but a little part of me is sad. It occurred to me that people will actually purchase the items at the gallery (or least I hope they do), and that means I have to part with them. I put so much work and thought and attention into creating things and then it is hard to let it go because it is kind of a part of me. I am sure I will get over that though when I get paid because then I can buy more art supplies. 😀 Hobby Lobby, I will see you in the near future. (PS…If you have never been to a Hobby Lobby, it is like Home Goods meets Michaels. It is so many levels of awesome. I highly recommend it).

I took some pictures of said inventory because I like looking at all the stuff at once. All that work in one place. This includes 4 original paintings, 10 sets of coasters(40 total), 5 trivets, 10 sets of wine charms (40 total), and 10 wooden bowls. 

ImageThat’s right. It’s in a wine box. 🙂


Wine Charms in little bags (don’t you just love anything that comes in a little bag?…Image

Painted wooden bowls…Image

Trivets (for those of you who don’t know what a trivet is (since someone had to explain to me what it was when I heard the word, they are those things that you set hot dishes onto at Thanksgiving so you don’t burn the table. They are made to match the coasters).

ImageFinally, the four paintings ( I made art art tower)…Image


So what did I learn from this experience? Mostly I learned never ever to agree to sell stuff at a gallery and then also plan a camping trip during the same weekend that they are due. Never ever do this. Bad idea. I learned to make a list when I go to Hobby Lobby so I don’t have to go back to the store 3 consecutive times. I learned that it always takes forever to make something new until you get a good process down. Finally, I learned that just because you love your 4 pets does not mean they should ever join you in your art studio because they get hair on everything and you have to start over. All very important lessons. 

I am getting better at doing this being an artist thing. I think I will keep doing it. 🙂

The Ponshop

Not, pawns, but Pons. (As in the last name of the people who own the shop/gallery where my stuff will soon be). Since I think this place is awesome, I am going to write about it.

This studio in downtown Fredericksburg (which you can view here) http://www.ponshopstudio.com, is owned by husband and wife team Gabriel and Scarlett Pons. (Seriously? Could their names get any artsy-er?) These former architects, exchanged their busy New York city lives for their own little business and the ability to really create what they love most. Scarlett creates beautiful pottery and ceramics and Gabriel focuses more on painting and graphic art. (He makes the coolest skateboards I have ever seen!) I don’t have any good photos of their stuff, but you can find them here. http://www.ponshopstudio.com/artists. 

My favorite part of this place is that it is practically a playground of color! It’s contemporary and fun and features over 30 different artists in addition to the owners. You can find everything from handmade wine toes to jewelry. Christmas shopping will be easy for me this year! if you are visiting the area, you should definitely check this place out!