After much pulling of hair and loss of hours and hours of sleep, www.rockcandystudios.com was launched at 11:59 last night.
Here's a little background:
Roxi Phillips and I met through rubber stamping. We were both Stampin'Up!® demos. When Eclectica Scrapbooks and stamps opened in Memphis, TN, we both began teaching there. Our styles are similar, so although Roxi taught book arts and technique classes and I taught cards, scrapbooking and 3D art, people began to confuse us. I can't tell you how many people - even people who knew us both very well, called her "Candice" and me "Roxi." Now we're RockCandy.
When we went to the Craft and Hobby convention in Chicago last summer, people started asking if we were sisters. One vendor even thought we were twins. We thought maybe we had been spending too much time together...you know: like people who begin to look like their dogs.
When we began team-teaching and wanted to use lots of funky materials in our classes, they were hard to find. We got to thinking that if we were looking for this stuff, other artists must be as well. We began to collect odds and ends and then added merchandise from a few vendors whose products we love. Now our space is overflowing so we're sharing.
I hope you'll stop by our website and check us out!
On other matters: It's hot as a July firecracker here in the South. That was one of my Granny's favorite sayings. The heat index has been 108° to 110° for the last week. When I think back to my childhood, I can't remember a day when I wasn't out playing or sitting under our Chinaberry trees reading or drawing, or even worse, playing softball or riding my bike for endless hours. I don't think I could stand it now. I can look out the window and just drip at the sight summer. I have an August birthday and can only imagine my mother carrying an 8 lb. 9 oz. baby in this heat with no air conditioning - at home or at work either one.
I went into an antique shop yesterday in Memphis that had no air conditioning. The owner must pay the man who runs it some mega-bucks to suffer that heat. If the merchandise hadn't been so good, I would have turned and walked out. Instead I bought stuff. The heat was a blessing, because if there had been air conditioning, I would probably have emptied my bank account in there. I saw one thing that I couldn't justify purchasing and wanted so badly. I was an ornate back plate and dooknob made from copper. The owner had buffed it just a bit so you could see the potential it had. If I can figure out a good use for it, I'll spend the $75 they're asking and bring it home with me. Do you think posting a pic on here could justify the purchase? Somehow I don't think Larry would see the value.
I'm off to Roxi's house. Go make something and stay cool!