There’s just something about the mottled Smoky Mountain autumn leaves that I just love. It is so cool to me to see that unique blotchiness of color in a single leaf. Is it green? Is it red? Is it yellow? Is it orange? All of the above! The colors are amazing! See the beautiful Frame Me! leaf greeting card to the right that I made from one of the unusual red maple leaves.
I was inspired this past week during the annual Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Wilderness Wildlife Week. I attended a number of FREE workshops on a variety of topics, such as: harvesting and cooking plants and flowers, native plants and animals important to the Cherokee of the area, beautiful nature photography, hilarious storytelling about our local Appalachian dialect and so much more. I enjoyed crafters’ displays and talked to many interesting people.
In fact, I was so inspired, I am going to look into being a demonstrator and exhibitor at WWW in 2014 at the new LeConte Center here in town. I’m very excited about the possibilities that this will open for Smoky Mountain Leaf Works. I’ll be sure to keep readers posted about this exciting new venture.
I am updating the new website every day, adding things, taking things out, learning about the best way to market my Smoky Mountain wares. I am also making new items every day. It gives me so much joy to look over a leaf – back and front – and think of a fun and different way to create leaf art from it.
Another goal I am working to accomplish is to wholesale my artwork to a local store. I believe my leaf creations will really appeal to the millions of visitors we have here in the Smoky Mountains each year. What better souvenir than an actual autumn leaf?
I know I will also be inspired when attending a book signing event led by Chris Guillebeau of The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future next week in Nashville, Tennessee. I can’t wait!