Creative Crush // Allison Lehman

Ciera  introduced me to Allison Lehman and I’m so excited to have her here today sharing her story! Also a HUGE congrats to Ciera for having the week of her life last week, she spoke at alt summit AND she got engaged, FOR THE WIN! 

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : I love building my day and choosing when/how I work with clients or on specific projects. I can sit outside, work in our studio or support a favorite, local coffee shop!

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT :  Really expensive cheese.

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND : I just watched Frozen (I know, I’m late to the party) and am obsessed. Specifically with Olaf the snowman.

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR COMPANY : I grew up painting and drawing my whole life and decided to go study design in college. Photography has always been a hobby and am just now getting to the point where I make a significant amount of my income from shoots. I love all things visual so it’s such a fun field.

WHY DO YOU BLOG : To meet and feel close to people who are like me!

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS : Find processes within your work, batch your tasks and work with people who share your worldview and vision in life.

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW : Breanna Rose or Vanessa Gonzales

Get to know Allison  // Site // Instagram // Twitter // Blog
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Creative Crush // Interstellar Love Craft

I’ve met Marisa a couple times at local shows, and I was so excited when Dorene tagged Marisa as her creative crush!     

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : ​ I am deeply passionate about running my business, as I think most all small business owners are, especially when it involves something creative and close to the heart and spirit. It has helped me really get to know myself, which is both rewarding and challenging. I love all aspects of it, the creation process, juggling wholesale/retail/personal client relationships, and sharing my work independently in a show setting. Being the face of the business really allows me the opportunity to get to know my customer, who over time, starts to feel like a friend. Its really wonderful.

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT :  ​ Hmm, this definitely changes with the seasons, these days, abbotts chocolate almond frozen custard. In a waffle cone. With sprinkles. Deeply satifying but not overwhelming. I’ve only had that once this summer so far. That needs to change.

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND :  ​ This sounds super nerdy, but I recently discovered a tool supplier on-line called FDJ tool. In preparation for my upcoming studio move, (to The Yards at Rochesters Public Market, for those of you are are familiar) I’ve needed to pick up a number of quality specialty tools. They have a vast selection ranging from beginner economy tools all the way to professional grade. Their customer service is exceptional, rates competitive and the owner seems like a pretty upstanding, transparent guy. They even send a free T-shirt when you spend over $150. I might be wearing mine right now.

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR COMPANY :  I got my start in jewelry in the same way I have done most major things in my life. I put myself out there, at the right time, to the right person and things connected and took off. Fast. I met local silversmith Sharon Jeter five years ago this August. I was selling some of my art work at the time on a brief (or so I thought) visit back to Rochester (I am a native), looking to move back down to Ashville, NC where I felt like things were really connecting for me creatively. Long story short, Sharon and I got to talking and I asked if she would ever be interested in having studio assistant. She suggested I connect with her the following February which I did, picking up a part time job locally in the meantime. Helping Sharon with her needs 8 hours a week really helped me get to know the tools and materials. Meanwhile, I was applying to the small crop of craft shows springing up around town, and started to come into the studio a little extra to try and make work to show and sell at these shows. By July 2010, the part time job I held was no longer an option, so I just jumped in head first. It was through Sharons generosity and trust that this path opened up and became possible, and through my leap of faith that the dream became real. I see so many makers tettering between both worlds, of being employed by and outside source and trying to hussle their wares, struggling and frustrated in both. I really believe that this is not how we are intended to live. By making that jump, you will be amazed by the flow of life you have now allowed in, becoming one with it and allowing its currents to carry you. It’s how life should be and only through resistance do we suffer.  Its also important to remember, the world doesn’t owe you anything, and only through handwork, discipline, and taking care each other do we achieve our goals.  You’re not going to come out of the shoot landing your dream job, you have to earn it and show the world how bad you want it.

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS : ​ Network, take every opportunity you can to be out there (especially early on), be a kind, compassionate, understanding human being, and DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY. Also, reading the 4 Agreements by Miguel Ruiz is a must. Treat everyone like you would your best friend/client ever. Be your awesome, genuine self. No one else will do and everyone can see through the alternative.

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW :  ​ Oh jeeze, my Rochester pride is going to pour out here… I hope I can name a few because these ladies are all on the level. Starting with the paintings and illustrations by Sarah C. Rutherford and Lea Rizzo. These ladies are beautiful, selfless people and their work empowering and enchanting. They are the founders of the Yards Collaborative Art Space which serves as a hub of creativity and community involvement in the arts here in Rochester. Through the Yards so much has become possible for area artists and makers. Shawnee Hill is another Yards member and favorite painter/illustrater of mine. She is apart of the Wall Therapy project this year, which works to beautify neighborhoods and inspire communities through public murals. Her line work is breathtaking. For the sake of keeping this list short because I could go on in Rochester alone for a good while (and that’s just Rochester). I have to include Ashley Jean Landon, better known as The Knotty Owl. This girl. So many levels of awesome. She is my rock in the jewelry world, an inspiring, supportive powerhouse whom I have developed a close friendship with over the past few years. She is best known by her fans for her colorful geometric wood jewelry. I just love her. We are currently involved in a most exciting new project together, a collaborative brand we are calling TRINE Adornment with another amazingly talented jewelry friend of ours Amber Dutcher. We are set to launch Park Ave Fest weekend sharing a tent space with three other ladies who have running a collaborative business down, Devil May Care and Kiley Kouture.

If you want to catch Marisa in person, check her out at these shows:
Park Ave Fest: August 2nd + 3rd, Rochester, NY
Clothesline Arts Festival: Sept 6th + 7th, Rochester, NY
Crafty Bastards: September 27th + 28th, Washington, DC (sharing a space w/TKO)

Get to know Marisa! // Instagram // Facebook
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Wed Wednesday // Bridal Shower

I finally know why it’s called a bridal shower. I left my bridal shower, quite literally, feeling showered with love. I was really hesitant to have a bridal shower, but I’m glad I gave in, and let a few amazing women make me and Gregg) feel really special. The weekend started with a surprise visitor (our officiant, and my babysitter from long ago) and I cannot believe the amount of ridiculous faces I make when I’m about to cry of happiness, I cannot bear to show you the hundred pictures I now have in my archives, of ridiculous faces. I’ve never been so excited about hangers, Tupperware, and cleaning supplies.

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HUGE thank you to Scratch Bake Shop for (as always) putting that something extra special on their dessert table. Everything was delicious!  Sugar and Type Bridal Shower Sugar and Type Bridal Shower Sugar and Type Bridal Shower Pam Bernstein Llama
My dear friend Pam, made the picture above with pastels! You can see more of her amazing work in her etsy shop.
And yes – that IS a llama puppet, wearing a veil. PERFECTION.

Thank you so much to everyone that came, that helped, and for all the beautiful pictures and memories!  Sugar and Type Bridal Shower

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Creative Crush // Sogoal of Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop

Farmgrl Flowers introduced me to Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop, and I’m so glad they did! And yes, french fries are delicious.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : I like the responsibility; it’s like a non-stop, really heavy learning experience. All. The. Time. And I’ve grown to really relish in my failures and successes–keeps your brain and soul churning!

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT :  Gummy peach rings. OR French fries…does that count as a treat. French fries are my best friend.

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND : Eating pineapple with kosher salt. PRIME.

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR COMPANY : I started off in pastry years ago, interning for a baking company in San Diego. I worked my way up from cutting breakfast breads to cake decorator. A good friend and co-worker turned me on to painting on cookies, which I kept up as a very active hobby. I made the jump to New York in 2012, and after juggling corporate America during the day with all-too-consistent cookie orders keeping me up through the night, I quit my 9 to 5 earlier this spring. I’ve hit the ground running as a one-woman-cookie-painting-show!

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS : Stay positive. And learn to step back and look at the big picture. Many of us, though always hustling, have food on the table and some semblance of a roof over our heads at night. The mere opportunity of entrepreneurship is in and of itself, a gift.

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW : The amazing sister team Jen and Jes of Matsumoto Studio — their work is on point and an aesthetic dream :) CHECK EM OUT!

Get to know Sogoal  // Site // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook
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DIY // Get Well Basket

Danielle (my sister, best friend, and business partner) had major knee surgery a couple weeks ago, and had to spend a lot of time sitting on the couch, asking for help (which was really hard for her). The week of her surgery, a friend and I raided every bulk food section you can imagine, as well as the magazine aisles.  Sugar and Type Get Well Basket
Sometimes I feel like a fraud, calling these DIY’s because they’re just so easy! I first raided the bulk food section, and then I just made little “RX” labels for each candy that I put into cello sleeves. I think the whole process took an hour and a half (shopping took about an hour), but the hardest part was not eating all the open candy.
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Danielle is on the mend, and cannot wait to run again! Got a friend who needs a basket like this? Just head to target, or a candy store, and fill up a cute bag or basket! The cello sleeves were perfect for the bulk candy, and the labels were just printed on Avery sticker paper (easy peasy right?!)

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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