Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Dynamic Duo...You can do it!

With layoffs running rampant throughout the country and economy in it's current state.  There are alot of people lost in the sea of faces feeling worried and anxious about what will be the next step, where their next pay check will come from, or looking for that next job.  Sometimes these events can be a blessing in disguise, and an opportunity to do something you wish you had the time to dedicate to when you were on that 9 to 5 race.  

Now is the time to stop and smell the roses, look within, and try that thing you always wanted to try.  Take that knitting class, beading class, or t-shirt course from the Annex Magazine you saw one day on your bus ride through the city.  I feel a wave of a huge indie movement right now and I personally know alot of friends who have started doing thier own little side projects while holding down their day jobs.  Its exciting and I am soo happy to see people doing what they love and manifesting their dreams.  It makes life sooo much more fullfilling and less mundane.  Now that's living!

We are all creators and have the ability to take our dreams, visions, ideas, and make them a reality.  Even if its doesn't turn out exactly as you planned, you can always know your tried... and not be left with the "what ifs".  

So now is the time people!!! Become a gardener and travel the world like my friends Felipe and Leija are currently doing, become a photographer like long time friend Erik Motta,  a party planner and crafter like my high school Class President Angie Tomala, collaborate with your kids interests and start your own skateboard company like our friends at Bump Skateboards.  The opportunities are there you just have to open your eyes and pursue your dreams.  

I am proud to be collaborating with my husband and friend of 17 years on a new design venture.  We just opened up a new shop by the name of 2sleeves1collar and this will be an on going collaboration of projects and creativity.  After his many pushes for me to do my jewelry, now this is something we can work on together.  Here are some photos of our first t-shirts.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Pink and Candylicious in Brooklyn...

So I had my first showing in Brooklyn's Artist's and Fleas  on Saturday.  It was cool, but I felt soo out of my element.  I tend to be very timid and quiet, and you would never guess that from my wardrobe and accessories, lol.  So as you can imagine this was a very new experience for me, not just because it was my first showing, but because I put myself out there in a way I have never done before.  I needed my Dysfunctional Party Tshirt ala Twillypop , lol.

I am soo used to doing my thing online via my Etsy Shop, so this was a very interesting experience and have no regrets doing it, although at moments I felt very awkward.   Luckily I had my hubby with me and my new friend CandyBella  showing with me as well.  But still there would be moments when the awkwardness would creep in from time to time.  Like when a person would approach the table, I'd freeze up and be at a loss of words.  I guess this will take some getting used to and don't regret doing this, but wow this was soo different for me.   I will have to do it a few more times and get comfortable with it.

Cool and quiet is what you get from me at first, but I really am sweet and soft.  I am much more open and can communicate myself more freely through my work and writting.  So this was the first time and won't be the last that you will see of AthinaLaBella at a table with her candiliscious treasures.  Be sure to pass by the next, stay tuned. :)  Enjoy the few glispes of Saturday's most beautiful and colorful table ever!!! lol. ;)