Hi guys! This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend the first Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Let’s Shop Local is a triangle North Carolina organization devoted to showcasing local artists. Their shows are a great way to show some local love! Saturday’s event was a lovely show filled with all kinds of local artists. I really enjoyed meeting everyone! I was able to snap a few pics to share with you guys of all the amazing items there for sale. Here are some of my favorites:
Aren’t they cool! If you’d like to see more from these cool artists here are links to their online sites:
If you were a vendor at the show and you don’t see your name on your photo or in my list, I somehow missed your business card. Please feel free to contact me with your shop link and I will be sure to add it.
The next Let’s Shop Local Show will be held on March 23rd. You can check out the organization’s website Here for more information. Be sure to check out their site as well as all the artist links above!
Hi guys! Today I wanted to share something with my local North Carolinians. Let’s Shop Local, a lovely new website dedicated to supporting local artists, is putting on it’s first “local love” show in Raleigh on February 1st! The event will be held at the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds and will feature over thirty handmade artists and crafters. So if you are in the area come on out Saturday February 1st and join in the Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree!
Here’s a little taste of what you can expect to find at the show:
Here are all the detail’s from Let’s Shop Local’s press release:
You are invited to join us at the North Carolina Fairgrounds’ Holshouser Building on Saturday, February 1st from 11 – 6 for our first ‘Let’s Shop Local!’ shopping spree!
Featuring artists, crafters, and other creative businesses from or near Raleigh, this is an event you don’t want to miss out on! You’ll find affordably priced jewelry, hand-painted scarves, soaps, lotions, unique crochet items, pottery, art and so much more!
Come out and find the perfect gift for that special someone this Valentine’s Day, and feel good about the purchase, knowing your money is going right back to your local community! All of our vendors live within 30 miles of Raleigh! Don’t forget, when you buy local your money stays in your local community!
Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite business display! The vendor whose display receives the most votes will get their display featured on our Facebook page AND receive a complimentary spot at our next ‘Let’s Shop Local’ event!
Admission to ‘Let’s Shop Local’ is just $3.00 with children under 12 free! Representatives from Teddslist.com, an online directory for local businesses, are scheduled to be on site, too, handing out freebie bags stuffed with coupons and goodies from nearby local businesses!
‘Let’s Shop Local’ is an event like no other in Raleigh! Conveniently located at the North Carolina Fairgrounds, ‘Let’s Shop Local’ is certain to become a Raleigh favorite!
So bring all your friends and head out for our first ‘Let’s Shop Local!’ A Southern Shopping Spree, and help support small, local businesses!
I hope to see some of you guys there! In the meantime be sure to check out the Let’s Shop Local website Here for a current list of all the artists who will be in attendance. You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter too!
Hi everybody! I wanted to share some of the pics from Friday night at the Shop Local Raleigh Boutique Blowout! My mom and I both had such a blast! It was great meeting so many local shop owners and discovering shops we weren’t familiar with. Let me tell you there are some fantastic boutiques in the area! Check out the fun pictures my mom (of Kim Crenshaw Photography) took of the event!
It was soooo much fun! If you are local to the area definitely check out Shop Local Raleigh’s website to see all the wonderful local shops, restaurants and businesses our area has to offer! If you missed the sale, don’t worry, you can still check out the boutiques around town and on the web! Here are their websites:
Hey guys! I just got in a little while ago from a fantastic shopping trip to Shop Local Raleigh’s Boutique Blowout Sale VIP night. This is a great sale, and it is for a great cause, supporting our local boutiques! I snagged a few awesome items including a pair of boots from Spain, and a fantastic North Carolina Pillow from my friend Meghan at the Go Girl Shoppe. My favorite thing about the evening though wasn’t the swag I snagged, but meeting so many lovely gals and guys and discovering shops and businesses that I wasn’t familiar with. It was awesome! I will be posting more pictures from the even tomorrow, but I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite Instagrams from this evening. Check em’ out:
· The Art of Style
And there is a WHOLE LOT more fun finds there too! Awesome right! And the best thing is that you still have time to shop! The Boutique Blowout will be open today, Saturday July 20th starting at 10a.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. You can find the Boutique Blowout at the Hampton Inn Crabtree at 3920 Arrow Drive, Raleigh. This sale is not to be missed! Hope you all have a lovely Saturday!
Hey everybody! Today I have something I am really excited to share with all of my local followers and friends. Shop Local Raleigh is hosting a Boutique Blowout sale this Friday and Saturday! Raleigh is growing, and so is its local scene. There are so many awesome local businesses in the triangle and I am all for shopping local! It strengthens our ties as a community and our wallets by sharing in this local love! Some of you all know by now that I love style and fashion, even if most of my days are spent in jeans and a tee. And I am happy to say that we have some really awesome local boutiques and artists here in the Raleigh area!
Shop Local Raleigh is a non-profit organization that is all about supporting local businesses here in Raleigh. Their website has a great directory of local businesses from farms and food trucks, to boutiques and restaurants, furniture stores, cleaners, you name it…. They even have fun events! You can check out the Shop Local Raleigh Website Here.
So, if you are in the area, join Shop Local Raleigh at the Hampton Inn Crabtree this Friday and Saturday(July 19th and 20th) for their Boutique Blowout Sale! It’s going to be so much fun! Here are all the details:
Admission and Location: Friday is VIP night and the sale runs from 5-8p.m. Tickets are $10 and you get first dibs on the sale. VIP members will also receive goody bags from sponsors filled with special deals. The sale opens up at 10a.m. Saturday morning to everyone. Tickets for Saturday are $5. You can buy your tickets at the door, or advance online Here. The Boutique Blowout will be held att he Hampton Inn at Crabtree Valley(3920 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27612)
I will be attending tomorrow evening with my mom, the only gal I know who can out-shop me! I hope to see you there!
Today I have something really special I want to share with you, one of my favorite local finds, The Go Girl Shoppe. The Go Girl Shoppe is the most fabulous travelling shop around town! Meghan Wagner, the shoppe owner who is just as sweet as her darling wares, sets up shop in a vintage 1976 Shasta travel trailer. Her camper is really adorable, and is the perfect backdrop for the amazing products she sells. There is a little bit of everything from jewelry and tea towels, to frames, garden accessories, and some amazing home decor items. Everything has a vintage or repurposed feel to it. It is just so flippin’ fantastic, like eye candy! I just want to buy everything!
Meghan’s travelling shoppe frequents the Raleigh Flea Market, which is where I first saw her. I was really excited when she agreed to do a little interview! Here’s what she had to say:
1- What is the story behind your fabulous camper? I always wanted to start and own my own business. I come from a family of business owners, so it’s in my blood. I wanted to open something fun and different. Being in a mall gets boring day in and day out, but when your shop is always on the move, you get to be in a different location at all times, and meet new people. We are bringing our items to our customers.
2-What is your favorite item in your shop that you make or sell? I honestly have to say everything in the shop is my favorite. I pick items that I know that I would love, therefore I own my self. I get so much joy seeing other people’s faces that I once expressed when they find that unique treasure.
3-If you could have a shop anywhere in the world, where would it be? Mmm you stumped me. Haha. This is tough. I don’t know about the world but I would love to have a little shop in Blowing Rock, NC. I know it sounds crazy, but I went to school there (Appalachian). There is something about the culture/atmosphere. It is clam and relaxing but at the same time has that small college town vibe. The community is wonderful and supports it’s local businesses.
4-You obviously love vintage, do you have a favorite era or decade? I think all decades contribute something to our society today. What was once popular in the past may fade out and become a fad however most of the time it usually will come back in style just in a different era. I can’t really pin point one decade I really like better than the other. I love all things vintage. Right now I really love finding vintage charms from the 20’s. There so romantic and chic.
5-What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working on your lovely shop? When I am not working in the shop, I love to go to flea markets. They are so much fun. There is something about digging through a pile of stuff, and uncovering something wonderful. It is like finding buried treasure. I love the thrill of the hunt. I love all things vintage and quirky.
6- Do you have any advice for up and coming artists who want to start a business? Follow your dreams. It is hard work but if you really want something bad enough you just have to go for it. There are always going to be people telling you, that you can’t do it and sometimes the biggest obstacle is yourself however in the end, it pays off. My reward is seeing other people who get excited about the shop as much as I am seeing their faces when we are out in the public.
Luckily you do not have to live in NC to get something awesome from The Go Girl, you can visit The Go Girl Shoppe on Etsy Here for all kinds of fantastic goodies! Also be sure to visit the Go Girl Blog Here, and you can keep up with shop news and where you can find this travelling wonder next on Facebook Here as well. Today is Meghan’s birthday,so stop by and wish her a happy one! And if you are in NC you can see the Go Girl Shoppe next at the New Bern Mum Festival this weekend October 13th and 14th. Be sure to check it out, you’ll be glad you did!
One of the things I love the most about living so close to Raleigh is that we have an excellent Flea Market that’s open pretty much all year! There are always lots of wonderful things to see, but my favorite vendor at the market is From the Heart Antiques, owned by Molly Walker. Her booth is inside the commercial building, and it is the best! Everything she has is just precious! I get most of my hankies from her. Miss Molly’s booth is packed full with all kinds of amazing things. She always has the greatest vintage glasses, some of them still with the carriers, like the feather tumbler set I couldn’t resist. She has a fantastic selection of sour cream glasses too! I love the selection of little ceramic animals, salt and pepper shakers, and vintage knick knacks. There is also a great collection of Hardy Boy’s books, hats, a purse or two, vintage tin trays and canisters, glass pictures, kitchen gadgets, and sewing ephemera. And occasionally she gets some fantastic linens and tablecloths. I love that there is always something new to see!
In my family we have a little flea market routine just about every weekend. We go for the hubby to get boiled peanuts, for Beau to get some socialization, and for me to go see Miss Molly’s booth. It’s our little flea market ritual. So, if you are ever in Raleigh be sure to stop by the Flea Market and visit Miss Molly’s booth in the commercial building. She’s there from 9am to 6pm Saturdays and Sundays. It’s not to be missed, one of my absolute favorite things here in Raleigh! You can get directions and flea market happenings at their website here. Miss Molly also has a booth in the Antiques at Gresham Lake, an antique mall on the other side of Raleigh. You can visit their website here.
Local Gems is a new feature to my blog where I am planning to showcase some of my favorite places around the Raleigh, Durham, triangle of NC. So, I think it is only fitting that my first “Local Gems” post will be highlighting my mom’s business, Kim Crenshaw Photography, as she is such an amazing photographer, and I have her to thank for nurturing my creative side.
My mom and dad divorced when I was a baby, and she started attending an Memphis College of Art and never looked back. She has been a professional portrait photographer since I was five years old, and i’ve been able to grow up watching her create this amazing business. She’s tought me that if you have talent and you work really hard, your dreams really can come true.
I had the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing her the other day over some awesome frozen yogurt. So here you go, a little insight from a super lovely photographer. Enjoy!
Question 1: Where did you study?
Kim: I was incredibly fortunate to be able to attend Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. It only had 220 students when I went there and the classes were really small, which was great! Our professors became more than just “teachers” , they were our mentors, friends, and biggest cheerleaders. It was such a great atmosphere to learn in, and I loved every minute of it.
Question 2: What made you choose a career in photography?
Kim: I always wanted to be an artist, really ever since I was in third grade. Originally I wanted to be a cartoonist since I loved Peanuts comics and Disney, but I didn’t feel that I had that natural talent to draw or paint. Later on I found photography and fell in love with it. I felt that photography was a great way to express myself, and to capture what my eye could see, but in a way that meant I did not need the talent to draw or paint, I could make art with film and light . The other compelling factor for me later on as well was having a young daughter that I wanted to “freeze in time” and great photos can do that.
Question 3: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
Kim: Always, always, always people, but especially kids. Six year olds are the best, best age bar none, they are quite the little conversationalist.
Question 4: Who is your favorite photographer of all time?
Kim: I can’t choose just one! Henri Cartier Bresson for his ability to hit that shutter at the “decisive moment.” Annie Lebowitz early work, her portraits are amazing, and also Sally Mann because she took the most amazing portraits of her kids.
Question 5: What is your favorite medium to work with other than photography?
Kim: I used to LOVE to sew! I even thought about starting a line of children’s clothing when Ashlee was young. Now I love any chance to craft, whatever the medium, and especially if my daughters are crafting with me!
Question 6: Do you prefer film or digital, and why?
Kim: I would still be shooting film if Kodak hadn’t done away with all of their emulsions and papers for printing from negatives. Film has an organic quality that digital just doesn’t.It also has a three dimensional quality that digital does not, and it reproduces exactly what it sees color, light, etc, with proper exposures of course.
Question 7: What makes photography an art?
Kim: The person behind the lens. Buying expensive equipment or using fancy filters and tricks that are trendy doesn’t really make you an artist. Having an artists eye is something that can be trained, refined, and honed. But like a good singers voice, you have to have that ability in you to really be a fantastic artist.
Question 8: Did you have a favorite teacher or class?
Kim: Of course, my photography professor, Murray Riss, whom I am still in touch with. Also my history teacher Cynthia Pickock. She made history totally come alive, but more than that, she is a person I owe a world of thanks to. She gave me the push to start my own business right out of college when I did not have that confidence in myself. She saw the talent that I was not so sure of and convinced me to try and set out on my own. That was twenty five years ago, and I never looked back. I still LOVE what I do- so Thank You-Cynthia!
Question 9: If you could be a photographer anywhere in the world where would it be?
Kim: I think the home, studios, and gardens here in North Carolina are pretty perfect. I will say that I really love to travel, so anywhere in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, would be amazing. I know we plan to start a new photo business in St. Marteen in the next few years, so we will be looking forward to working a lot there!
Question 10: Any advice for young people who are interested in this line of work?
Kim: Yes, learn the process. Study photography as an art form, and create your own vision. Do not fall into the trap to pick up a camera, put it on auto, and copy the trendy works of everyone else. To do anything really well, it takes a lot of work, and a passion to express your own vision.
So there you have it, words of wisdom from a veteran portrait photographer, crafter, and mom.
Hi! I'm Ashlee, and I love to create all kinds of lovely things! I spend my days creating and thrifting with my amazing hubby, three crazy cats, one very spoiled dog, and eight adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.