We are thrilled to be one of the 40 vendors involved with the Hopscotch Makers Market! I have loved working with Squarespace on some behind the scenes work. We will also have a freebie in association with Squarespace with any purchase from our table on the 12th. Hope to see everyone out there!!
This upcoming Saturday, April 4th, will be my second time at the Durham Patchwork mini-market! A couple dozen vendors including Bullpin Apparel as well as Urbane Terrain will be set up at Fullsteam with their handcrafted products and wares. If you around for Easter weekend, grab a cup of delicious coffee from Cocoa Cinnamon and come visit our table! There will be lots of hip additions for your Easter baskets!
Last New Years Day I spent the day at Duke Chapel for a morning of silence, reflection, and prayer. That day has continued to stand out in my calendar year of 2014 because it was so different from the others. A day of silence seemed so radical amidst all of my days of busy and noise. I realized after this day, there was something inside me that was nourished and satiated. By simply being still, listening to God, and trusting that He would reveal to me what I needed to hear, I was giving up my constant feeling of wanting to be in control of my time and my life. Even though a day of silence can't be in the books everyday, I am learning that the posture in which I live; one of openness and trust in a loving a good God, can align my heart and mind where I can freely live as who I was created to be.
Of course, now that the temperatures have dropped, I'm itching to explore the outdoors. This might just call for some mitten warmers and a toboggan. After flipping through the new Chapel Hill Magazine Visitor's Guide I found numerous places I have yet to explore:
- "17: Hike the Occoneechee trails"
- "19: Go for a nature walk at the NC Botanical Garden"
- "21: Have a picnic in the Arboretum"
- "24: Go for a walk on Bolin Creek Trail, one of our many beautiful greenways"
- "27: Stroll along the scenic Riverwalk, an urban greenway in Hillsborough"
Here's to still being outdoors during sweater weather! Another outdoor option is a hayride with Santa. Now that might be at the top of my list….
This upcoming Saturday, September 13th from 9am-1pm I will have a table set up with my wares at Sola's Pop-Up Market. I'm excited to be a part of this market and be amongst other local designers. Sola Coffee has a strong vision to serve fresh coffee and support counter culture coffee bean production while bringing together the local community. I love this place! Check out this video to learn more about their vision. Hope you stop by for a brew and a look-see.
August is almost here, which means that it has been a full year since I opened my doors for my first open studio for the First Friday Art Walk! I feel incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful community who supports me fully in my pursuit of opening my studio. This past year has been a beautiful picture to me of God's undeserved grace, unwavering support of family and friends, and new creative vision with fellow downtowners of Raleigh. Here's to looking back and being grateful and looking forward with a heart wide open...
This past weekend, to celebrate both my birthday and America's birthday, my family and friends threw a party on our pier at Pages Creek! After that night on the pier, I learned that there's not a lot you need for a successful outdoor party:
1) twinkly lights or a string of outdoor lanterns
2) some good tunes (I recommend the Avett Brothers station on Pandora)
3) great company, a fired up grill (and hopefully a grill master), and a beautiful view
The only thing missing that I would highly recommend is a monstrous citronella candle. However, with some Off! spray and a couple of fans, we lasted until the fireworks ended and the half moon shone through the smokey atmosphere.
After traveling to Bali at the beginning of June with some of my friends from NYC, I came back home inspired to the brim. Sifting through the throngs of pictures I accumulated throughout my travels, I find myself hovering over the ones from the green landscapes outside Ubud, where we stayed towards the middle part of the trip. Through the lens of a hovering mist were views of steep ravines, endless rice paddies, swinging hanging vines, and enormous palm fronds. Maybe it's because it's proven that green is calming to our senses, but I find myself revisiting these green places in my daydreaming. As I go back into my studio to paint, it's pretty clear to me where I should begin...
Welcome to Emily Brooks Designs! A few years back I started a blog as a platform to share my interests in fashion, fair trade, and life in the Big Apple. I've been inspired to start back up again as a way to share inspirations from my studio, in my travels, and around Raleigh. Unexpectedly, my sleepy hometown is being redefined as an up and coming entrepreneurial hub. I'm excited to be a part of the creative energy that now runs through the veins of downtown. Here's to rediscovery and revival!