Meet Ann, The Creatologist!
Today I want to take a few moments so all my new readers can get to know me a bit better & how I started my journey on becoming an artist. Hi! I’m Ann. So happy to have you join me today for my Meet Ann The Creatologist – Introduction Tuesday Blog!
Things you should know about me: 1. I’m a dog mom. 2. I’m totally fun with a touch of crazy (big touch). 3. I’m the definition of a Netflix addict and I don’t want help. 4. You can pretty much always find me liking pics on Instagram. 5. I wear chucks everyday of my life (I have 10 pairs or so, I even wore them on my wedding day) & 6. I LOVE ART!
First off I want to thank you all for following along with me. It’s people like you who help small businesses with big dreams to come true. Truthfully when it comes to myself, I’m not that big of a sharer. I keep pretty quite except when talking about my passion ART.
Ever since I was a little girl I had an uncontrollable love for making things. I was always thinking about fun quirky things I could craft. On Sunday’s after church my sister Bess & I would go to our favorite craft store (the only craft store in our little town) JoAnn Fabric’s and meticulously stroll through every aisle. Being the amazing sister that she is, she would always be sweet enough to buy me beads or paint or practically any craft supply I wanted (I also had a thing for fabrics). We would take our finds home and immediately start crafting away. It was always fun but not always pretty, haha.
When it was time for me to go to college I knew I wanted to be an Interior Designer but studied culinary arts till we found the right school. My parents were really supportive of that dream and I ended up getting my design certificate from an online school and I’m now a licensed designer. As the years went by the intensity to create things grew stronger. We come from a very small town in Southern West Virginia (Beckley) that has a very cool gallery featuring handmade goods from West Virginian artisans, Tamarack – The Best of West Virginia. My best friend Ginny, who you may know from me always talking about her, suggested I get a job there. It seemed like the perfect spot for me to broaden my crafting dreams. I got the job as a retail specialist and man was I in love. I was completely surrounded by some of the most talented artists I had ever met & I was completely devoted to selling their wares.
Let’s fast forward 4 years (working, moving to Colorado, moving to North Carolina). I had just moved to Charlotte NC and didn’t have a job, my wonderful parents were gracious enough to let me live in their vacation home in Davidson. Thankfully my sister Bess lived right down the road and we were together everyday. Even though I was job less I had one HUGE thing going for me, I lived in a community of mostly retired couples, which means I lived next to lovely older women who had nothing but time on their hands. We would go to the community pool just about everyday, let me be perfectly clear, when I say, “community” I really mean about 20 small families and we would literally hang out with this group of retirees. Well one day a group of ladies were just so taken by the earrings I was wearing and asked where I bought them. Bought them? Oh no, no, no I said, “I made them”. About 20 minutes later they were all in my house going through a small inventory of earrings & necklaces I had made. What really blew my mind was the fact that they wanted to buy my things! Of course then I had no idea how to price something like that or even know my value, but regardless I ended that day $40 richer.
Later that summer my dad suggested that I be seller in our home town’s craft festival in August. It took me maybe 4 seconds to be like, “Heck Yeah”! and signed up. I was really lucky to get a spot since signups had already closed. After running to Michaels and stocking up on supplies, I spent the next 2 weeks busting my butt making jewelry, pricing & figuring out how in the world I was going to pull this off successfully. With the help of my family and my other sister Katie plus big excitement, Ginny & her husband just so happened to be visiting from Germany at the time as well and they were such a big help setting up, taking down and being my very own cheerleaders. By the end of my very first 3 day festival I was absolutely sure that making jewelry was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I sold so many things, met so many new people and walked away with so much knowledge that my life had permanently changed.
Another year went by and I found myself going to boutique after boutique to sell my jewelry on commission. One in particular didn’t work out so great, the store had about $200 worth of my pieces and the next thing I know they were closed and took my stuff with them. Lesson learned. On the other hand another boutique worked out so well that not only was I selling my pieces, but I was teaching jewelry classes & parties to groups of women and girls and I eventually became co-owner of that adorable shop.
Then as fate would have it, I fell in love. I met a crazy incredible guy at Ginny’s wedding. The wedding festivities were a week long and on the very last day I had the chance to really get to know him. Bags all packed and ready to head home I kept thinking to myself how can I let this man go. Surprise! I didn’t! Hendrik, my now husband, was one of the guys Ginny’s husband Thomas had invited to their wedding all the way from Germany. Little had a realized Hendrik had been trying to get my attention during the whole week while we were celebrating their wedding and I unknowingly was ignoring him. Fate is a funny unexpected thing and now here I sit in our home smack dab in the middle of Berlin!
Guess what? I’m right where I thought I’d never be, married to such an unbelievable man, living such an unbelievable life. Now many of you might not know this but Ginny lives in Germany as well. Not here in Berlin but in Munich. It’s crazy to think that she and I have been friends for over 20 years, we have been roommates, maids of honor in each others weddings, business partners & most definitely sisters from another mister. Another part of my creative life is dedicated to writing love stories. I’m the creative director for Ginny’s business The Wedding Concierge. Every week we bring our readers tales of love from all over the world. Without her my life wouldn’t be possible. She is the force in my life constantly letting me know that I am talented and that I should share it with the world.
Last October I told her I wanted to start a new venture, something where I would create color boards to inspire other designers. I wanted to start focusing more on what I love doing the most. Being the amazing woman & friend that she is she told me to go for it and that she would be there to support my every decision. Thus became The Creatologist!
When Ginny & I are not writing wedding blogs, we are exploring Europe, traveling to new exciting places and truly loving life. Over here at The Creatologist I’m doing what my heart desires, designing jewelry, painting pretty things & creating color inspirations. I am first and foremost an artist. I have my own Etsy shop showcasing my jewelry & watercolor paints and quotes. I believe it’s beyond important to support people who are brave enough to say goodbye to their hum drum, back breaking jobs and pursue their real love of creating. I never per say have a day off, but when I want to relax I enjoy riding my bike through Berlin taking photos & meandering through the Sunday flea market. You guys have been the best audience! Thanks for Meeting Ann The Creatologist.