welcome

Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Memories of family and friends? Handmade creations like original jewelry or soft crochet scarfs? Then you'll love it here, where we explore all of this plus much more. So grab a cup of your favorite brew, relax, and join me in my journey.

Monday, February 1, 2016

YBC Artist Feature - Jennifer Avallone from JGA Creations

I love when older art forms make a  comeback...and quilling is a beautiful craft dating back to the Renaissance, when nuns and monks used tightly rolled strips of paper to decorate book covers and religions items.  Today we are visiting a quilling artist from Scott's Marketplace
Jennifer Avallone from JGA Creations.
Cinderella Slipper

I am a shoe fanatic...so I had to start the "show" with this 5x7 piece of loveliness.

What is the story behind your shop name?
It's my initials :)

Where, when, how did you learn your craft?
4 years ago I saw a woman doing a demo and no one knows or knew what quilling was. I looked it up on YouTube when I got home and taught myself. 

What has been your biggest obstacle, or challenge, to finding and achieving success?
I also run craft fairs weekly (spring - fall) so finding the time to have inventory and custom orders done is very hard for me. My pieces take a while to complete. 





War Memorial



Tell us a little about your family life...married, kids, pets, etc.
My boyfriend and I started jga creations officially 3 years ago and I have made it my full time career since then. Couldn't do my fairs and get everything done with out him. My cat is no help lol. He steals and eats my paper strips.

Tell us a little bit about where you live....city, farm, suburb.
I live on Long Island in New York. It's an hour from Manhattan. 

Share a story / memory of your childhood.
I've always been artsy and also have been a musician since I'm about 3. 
My father is a painter so I remember watching him when I was a kid. 





framed Lion


Tell us something about you that no-one else might know
Only people who really know me know that I sing. My life's dream was to be a singer but stage fright when I was younger kept me away. Now I'm not so scared lol. Don't mind a karaoke stage from time to time. 

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why?
A fairy so I can fly 

Share your social media links and where we can find you on the internet.








A Nightmare Before Christmas

Pick a favorite item from your shop, and why is it your favorite.
Not only is it my best seller but it's also one of my favorites to make. 

What advise would you give a new artist just starting out?
It takes time. You have to love what you do. We aren't in this to be millionaires just love it and it will love you back. It takes hard work. Promote and don't be afraid to hear the word no. 

Do you have any special coupon codes?
I have a coupon on etsy until Valentine's Day. Hearts10.






And that's it for our visit with Jennifer....I love her artwork, and so will you.  Plus you NEED to visit her shop to see absolutely EVERYTHING...she not only quills, she's an amazing photographer.  Just click on any item/shop link above, and don't forget to like and follower her on FB and Instagram.  I just did.  :0)
Till next time...

Be blessed,
Debbi

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Storewide Sale

As I shared before...The Yankee Burrow Co. is heading in a new direction this year with more emphasis on home decor and original artwork.  So I am having a sale...
50% off everything in my shop with the coupon code CLEANHOUSE50.
Another reason for this sale is....
WE ARE MOVING!
Not just into a new house, but a new "old" state.
We are moving back to New York sometime this summer/year to be closer to family,
and while I'm excited, I'm also kind of bummed.  I'm gonna miss NC...the mountains, the sunsets (and sunrises), the HEAT!!! lol
I am also feeling overwhelmed.  While our home is just under 1000 square feet, which is tight for a family of 4, we also have 3 outbuildings...one of them is my art studio...which is full of STUFF.
So please, help me clean my inventory so I don't have to pack it and move it 5 states!
Just a quick click to share this post would help me tremendously!
Here's a few more items you can get...cheap...
Chunky Crochet Square Cowl
A cowl is a great fashion accessory for every season, and the tweed colors of this cowl are warm and beautiful.  This cowl is squared, but we also have a tapered cowl of the same yarn for a tighter fit.
Lilac Beaded Purse
Speaking of fashion accessories...you can never have too many handbags...and this lilac beaded bag is a roomy 12.5" by 10.5" and is lined so no worries about your comb or keys poking through the gorgeous shell pattern of the purse.
There is also much more available...so check out my shop...and don't forget to use the coupon code CLEANHOUSE50 to save you money!

Be blessed,
Debbi

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wonderfully Weird Wednesday

How is your sense of humor? Just slightly left of center?  Or are you like me, the weirder, the better?
I laugh at anything, and everything.  And at what some may consider socially unacceptable situations.
But hey....if you can't laugh, then you cry.  And who wants that?
When I'm looking for something unusual, there is no better place than Pinterest.
Am I right, or am I right?
So I did a search for weird home decor...and up popped this...

now I grew up in the 70's and while we had the avocado green appliances and shag rugs, luckily my Mom missed this!  There are some other great 70's decor on this site, Apartment Therapy.

How about a handshake doorknob?  Or a coat rack made from doll parts? hahaha

ok...while this looks comfy, how the heck do you gracefully get out of it?

How about some seating?
Ewwwww, no thank you.

hahaha....I love weird, how about you?

Be blessed,
Debbi

Monday, January 25, 2016

YBC Artist Feature - Jackie Gallagher from Kurbaga Artisans

Are you a Lego's fan?  Is someone you love love Lego's?  Then have I found something you NEED!

Lego Boy Cuff Links

It's Emmett!!!  And these lego boy cufflinks are the creation of this weeks artist feature...
Jackie Gallagher from

Jackie kindly answered a few of my crazy questions...so here we go...

What is the story behind your shop name?
The story behind my shop name is an interesting one, My shop name is Kurbaga Artisans, and Kurbaga is Turkish for frogs, and the reason for this is that I love frogs, they are happy little creatures that are always singing a song.  So when I needed a shop name my son decided to research the word frog in different languages, as he had done this as a young child when we had him research the word 'spot' in foreign languages as we had a litter of Dalmatian puppies and we were naming all the puppies Spot in a foreign language.

Where, when, how did you learn your craft?
 I have always been on the creative side for as longs I can remember in one form or another, so when I decided that I wanted to make jewelry more of a career I started taking classes anywhere and everywhere so that I could refine my skills.

What has been your biggest obstacle, or challenge, to finding and achieving success?
 My biggest obstacle/challenge is finding time to do everything, like website, marketing, design & build, networking etc., it always seems that something gets left out.

Kate

Tell us a little about your family life...married, kids, pets, etc.
Tell us a little bit about where you live....city, farm, suburb.
 I am married for 30 years and we have one son and 3 fur babies (a 13 yr old Australian Shepard, a 9 yr old Chocolate Lab, and a 6 yr old Shih Tzu)
We live in Crofton, Md. so we are really close to beautiful city of Annapolis, but can quickly reach Washington DC and Baltimore, Md, so we have a little bit of everything near us.

Share a story / memory of your childhood.
Being able to go to the river to and spend the day sailing, catching Md Blue Crabs and then coming home with them for my mom to cook.

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why?
Tinkerbell, because she flies all around the place

Lily Pad Lounge Frog Necklace

Share your social media links and where we can find you on the internet.
 twitter - @kurbagaartisans

Pick a favorite item from your shop, and why is it your favorite.
 Favorite item from my shop - would be my Lilypad Lounging Pendant or my Tree of Life pendant, my Lilypad Lounging because it has a frog on lilypad and most lilypads are beautiful to look at, and the Tree of Life because the Tree is the foundation of strength  & family, I usually wear the 2 together and receive lots of complements

What advise would you give a new artist just starting out?
hone in on one particular area and become really good at it, and always have people who will rally around you for support.

Do you have any special coupon codes for our readers?
 Debbi15, use it at checkout for 15% off





I love meeting new people, and getting to know the creative soul behind the creations, don't you?
Click on any links to visit Jackie's shop to see what else she has to offer, you'll enjoy the trip.

Be blessed,
Debbi