Mixing A Little Pleasure With Business: We Attended The SEWE, Shared A Carriage Ride In Charleston, And Enjoyed Some Lowcountry CuisineRead Now
I find that it is very hard to spend time together nurturing our marriage when we are working in a business together. We try to plan one activity each month that mixes business with some fun. It helps us reconnect and keep our relationship strong and at the same time raise a healthy business.
On Valentines weekend; we visited Charleston, South Carolina and attended the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE). We also enjoyed a Carriage Ride and some Lowcountry Seafood together.
The Palmetto Carriage Works tour was recommended in a Southern Living article and we were not disappointed. We have been on several carriage rides when we visited Charleston and each one is unique.
Carriage tours are highly regulated and the route is chosen through a lottery system at the beginning of the tour. We never know which part of Charleston we will see and what we will learn on the tour.
It was a gray cool misty day so we cuddled up together with a blanket provided by our guide and had a relaxing ride in the horse drawn carriage. We learned a little about the architecture and history of Charleston and the Old South before heading over to the SEWE exhibits.
If you have been following my blog or our monthly newsletter you know that Jerry carves and collects decoys. We also have customers that are decoy carvers and sculptors so we like to go to shows where we might find them exhibiting their creations.
Jerry enjoyed the exhibit of the antique decoys and examined several of the Guyette and Deeter Decoys on display for the auction. In the photo above he is examining a Mallard Decoy by Caine from Georgetown, South Carolina. He thinks the eyes are nails or tacks covered with paint.
Jerry was also impressed with the J. Purdey and Sons Guns on display and for sale in the Marriott. The one in the photo above was his favorite because it had some incredible sculpted detail and wood work.
We were very happy to see Tim Kuca from Fredricksburg, Virginia. We first met him at the Easton Waterfowl Festival last fall where he demonstrated decoy carving.
He was located in the carpeted exhibit hall in the Marriott for this show so carving demonstrations were out of the question. Unfortunately, he was mostly surrounded with buy, sell, and trade exhibitors. In fact, while this Expo is much larger than the Easton Waterfowl Festival; we were unable to find many carvers exhibiting at the show. To learn more about our visit to the Easton Waterfowl Festival-Click Here
We headed over to the Gaillard Center where we met with Norm, a decoy carver from Saint Helena Island. It's a small world and although we were located down the road from him; we had not met each other before so Jerry chatted with him about carving and we now have a new friend. We also met Wildlife Painters and Sculptors, and saw Wood Carved Furniture, Sports Clothing and Jewelry for sale at the center.
It was a full day and we were getting hungry. We enjoyed some Lowcountry seafood together at the Charleston Crab House on James Island. On the drive home; we talked about the highlights of the day and had a brainstorm session about our business. We both felt like we had a nice break from the day to day business and mixed it up with some fun and relaxation.
If you have some thoughts about being married to your business partner or what you like to do to nurture each other we'd love to read about it. You can share your thoughts and comments below.
In the past year, I have been wanting to do two very different things. I want to learn how to sew. I also want to collaborate on a business project.
I'd like to learn to sew and make some cute soft toys for fun and to nurture my creativity. Learning to sew is for me a personal goal.
One of my business goals for 2016 is to collaborate with someone on a business project. I was envisioning making a product that includes a pattern, instructions, and everything needed for a Do It Yourself Craft Project.
Little did I know that learning how to sew might morph into a collaboration to make a product.
Over the holidays, I met briefly with Rhonda Jordan at Tabby Fabric And Studio to discuss starting sewing lessons after the holidays.
Her shop is on the Marina and has a breathtaking view of the Beaufort River. It is full of natural light and gorgeous fabric and thread of every color you can imagine.
During the initial visit, she showed me a roach she had made of fabric for her son for Christmas. I don't see bugs made of fabric often so I was intrigued. We talked about safety eyes and our businesses. We connected immediately and made plans to meet for coffee and talk more after the New Year.
I met recently with Rhonda at Common Ground, a local coffee house located in Beaufort Waterfront Park. We talked over coffee about our life, our families, and our businesses of course.
One thing we have in common is that we are both Nurses. Rhonda worked mostly in Labor and Delivery and Pediatrics. I worked in Critical Care, Medical Surgical nursing and Public Health.
Rhonda took a break from nursing a few years ago and studied textiles at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She learned weaving on a loom and started making quilts. According to Rhonda this led to her "hardcore fabric addiction". She loves Japanese textiles and collects vintage Japanese fabric.
Rhonda studied Japanese culture in college. The Photos above are of a few of the vintage Japanese fabrics that Rhonda has in her collection. I could not believe the colors, patterns, depth and detail in the fabric. According to Rhonda, the fabric was originally used to make Kimonos. She is repurposing the fabric for projects and plans to sell some of this vintage fabric online in the future.
We talked about the ups and downs and ins and outs of being a small business owner. I told her about my desire to collaborate on a business project.
Gradually through a couple of meetings, we were becoming energized and inspired to work together on a project.
Rhonda will be teaching me how to sew and I'm hoping to test a pattern that will become part of a limited edition DIY sewing project this year.
Are you thinking about learning a new craft?
Do you have experience collaborating to make a product that you can share?
Have you seen any cool bugs made with unusual fabric or patterns recently?
We'd love to read about it! Please share in the comments below.