An Ode to Sir David Attenborough on His 93rd Birthday

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An Ode to Sir David Attenborough on His 93rd Birthday

If you’re like me, you have watched Life, Planet Earth (1&2), Blue Planet (1&2), and now Our Planet more times than you can count. The voice of Sir David Attenborough has lulled me to sleep many times. We all know him as the narrator on hundreds of nature and science documentaries, but how did that happen? Where did David Attenborough come from, and how long has he been involved in documentary film? The answer might surprise you!

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Beltane Post: Eggs in Witchcraft and Folklore

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Beltane Post: Eggs in Witchcraft and Folklore

For this year’s Beltane and May Day, I decided to write a little blog post about one of my favorite subjects: eggs in witchcraft and folklore!

Humans have consumed eggs since the beginning of our species, and it’s no wonder many superstitions and folkloric traditions have sprung up (Beltane pun!) around them. We have long been fascinated by an egg’s ability to sustain and birth life independent of its mother’s body, and as a result, eggs have come to symbolize fertility, abundance, rebirth, etc. Before the advent of artificial light, most egg-laying creatures took a winter break, so it’s no surprise that eggs come into play in folklore mostly during the springtime, when the flowers are peeking out after the last snow has melted and the chickens have started laying again. The timing of eggs appearing at winter’s end and the bright yellow yolk in the center has also solidified eggs’ connection with the sun and various sun gods from different cultures.

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Meet Your Maker Monday: Kaila Lewis of Lee Lewis Designs

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Meet Your Maker Monday: Kaila Lewis of Lee Lewis Designs

Today's featured maker holds a special place in my heart, because I watched her launch and grow her business within the walls of the now-defunct Houston Makerspace. Kaila has an amazing eye for design, as well as a great personal sense of style, and this comes through in her minimalist statement jewelry and vintage kimonos. For the purposes of this blog, we'll mostly be talking about the jewelry Kaila makes today. Be sure to stop by the Lee Lewis Designs booth at Black Hole Coffee Shop this Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm for the GOT Vintage market!

The basics: what is your name, company name (if applicable), website URL, and social media links?

Kaila Lewis

Lee Lewis Designs 

Leelewisdesigns.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leelewisdesigns/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leelewisdesigns/

What do you make/create?

I am a metalsmith. I make jewelry using brass, silver, copper and natural stones. My work is Modernist, worldly Jewelry. 

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Meet Your Maker Monday: Anne Marie D'Arcy of Anne Marie D'Arcy Photography

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Meet Your Maker Monday: Anne Marie D'Arcy of Anne Marie D'Arcy Photography

This week's Meet Your Maker Monday finds us speaking with a photographer who has really unlocked the dream: waking up when she feels like it and spending her days immersed in creativity! Anne Marie is a truly talented photographer who is a joy to spend time with and has some great advice for aspiring photographers as well as anyone who's goal is to turn their creative side hustle into a full time gig. Read on to find out how she got where she is today!

The basics: what is your name, company name (if applicable), website URL, and social media links?

Anne Marie D’Arcy

Anne Marie D’Arcy Photography

Amdarcyphotography.com

Facebook: Anne Marie D’Arcy Photography

What do you make/create?

I make photographs, more specifically I retell the story of events though photography, whether it be a wedding, or a charity’s fundraiser event, or a company's client appreciation event, a trade show, or even a music festival or concert.  I also do portraits, head shots, and architecture.  I teach photography at the Houston Center for Photography.

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Meet Your Maker Monday: Jade Young of Jadeolantern

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Meet Your Maker Monday: Jade Young of Jadeolantern

Welcome to the inaugural post of Meet Your Maker Monday on macleansmyth.com! One of the biggest questions I get when I mentor artists and makers is "How do other people make it look so easy?!" and "Can I really pay my bills with this creative hobby?". This blog series is an attempt to answer those questions by looking into the live of other makers. How are they structuring their days? How are they paying their bills? How did they even start out?

This week's feature is a young woman who has figured out how to balance a creative day job with an impressive offering of unique illustrations. I really appreciate Jade's candor in this interview and hope you'll follow her on IG and check out her solo show on December 9th at El Bambi!

The basics: what is your name, company name (if applicable), website URL, and social media links?

My name is Jade Young, my website is jadeolantern.com, but I only update my Instagram (IG: jadeolantern)

What do you make/create?

I make drawings, mostly ink illustrations, and mostly in my sketchbook.

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Welcoming Meet Your Maker Monday, Workshop Wednesday, and Field Trip Friday to MacleanSmyth.com

Back in 2013, I created three regular blog series for the now defunct Houston Makerspace blog, and frankly, I miss them. Starting next Monday, you'll be able to find them here! Here's a breakdown:

Meet Your Maker Monday - There are a TON of cool people making cool things. For those of you looking for a window into other's creative hustle, look no further! From time to time on Mondays, I'll post an interview with a different maker asking how they're making their making work for them. Upcoming features include Jadeolantern, AMD Photography, Wizard of Barge, Lee Lewis Designs, and more.

Workshop Wednesday - How-to addicts rejoice! From time to time on Wednesdays, I'll post a crafty tutorial that would make Martha herself proud!

Field Trip Friday - Hey, you gotta step away from the computer/phone screen every once in a while right? If you're gonna leave your house, you might as well spend your time and money shopping at locally-owned businesses, taking in some art, or basking in the beauty of nature. From time to time on Fridays, I'll feature independent businesses, events, museums/galleries, gardens, parks, travel, etc.

If I can find them, I’ll try to archive all past MYMM, WW, and FTF posts from the Houston Makerspace blog - there are some great articles by some amazing volunteers that should live on in some form. Shout out to former HMS bloggers Chelsea Shannon, Samantha Roberts, Marisa Brodie, Alex Barber, Liz Young, Cecelia White, and Briana Crepinsek. I hope you'll look them up and let them know you admire their work if you see them around!

Stay tuned for the next Meet Your Maker Monday on November 20th at 11 am!

 

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