I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday, no matter what holiday it is you celebrate!
I’m excited to start this year off with a big push in productivity!!
I’m thrilled and honored to be in some amazing boutiques in Raleigh!!
First, I’ve been part of NoFo for a few years now. I love that place… it’s a go-to stop for me for fun, unique gifts for birthdays and baby showers, and just a wonderful place to escape with my imagination. PLUS they have a flipping amazing restaurant/cafe downstairs!!
Next up is new for me since the fall!! Galatea Boutique in Seaboard Station, across from Logan’s Trading! THIS shop is a landmark, in my opinion. I remember going there when I was in college, with my Mom, checking out the super groovy clothing and accessories they have!! The ladies who own and run the shop there, too, are lovely, unique women!
Finally, one of the newer shops in the area, but absolutely one with a following already, and a simply marvelous, energetic owner and staff… Nora & Nicky’s in downtown Raleigh. I’m tickled to be part of their shop and their enthusiasm. Plus, they’re now part of the Redress Raleigh community!!
So, be sure to check them all out. Beyond the fact that every one of my scarves is individually created, I’m designing so each boutique is carrying a somewhat different color story or style than the other.
Have a photo of a Leopold Designs piece to share? I’d love to see you!! Please feel free to share it or email it to me to post!
Saturday, come to the ArtsCenter in Carrboro for the 8th Annual Elf Fair! I love Carrboro and the people that frequent the ArtsCenter. It’s always full of true creativity and warm smiles!
On Sunday, at the Boylan Heights ArtWalk, come find me set up on the porch of 410 S Boylan Street. This historic ArtWalk is in its 22nd year!! It’s a tremendous event, with exceptional artists lining the streets and porches of charming and scenic Boylan Heights.
Definitely a show NOT to miss!!
Yes, I will want a nap all day on Monday… but this will be so worth it. These are two of the best shows (aside from The Handmade Market!!) I do, and I am SO fortunate to be part of each year!
Shop The Handmade Market in Raleigh, NC for hip, handcrafted goods from more than 50 of the best and brightest independent artists, designers, and crafters from North Carolina and beyond.
This one day, indoor designer craft market features fine art, apparel, jewelry, accessories, housewares, paper goods, and more. Find unique, handmade gifts or treat yourself to something special. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for (and more!) at The Handmade Market.
General admission to The Handmade Market (11am-5pm) is free, but every show we choose a local charity to support by way of a raffle at the entrance. Shoppers can buy raffle tickets in lieu of entry fee, and 100% of the raffle ticket sales goes to the chosen charity. The raffle prizes are always comprised of great products from local designers and businesses.
I was nominated by a good friend as an Honoree for this year’s Top of the Triangle program. I’ve accepted this nomination, and in that, have committed to raising at least$2500 for the CF Foundation.
I’m pleased to say that 90% of their funds go directly to research, education, and support for patients!
I actually didn’t know much about CF prior to early-September. My friend who nominated me has CF in her extended family, which was motivation enough for me. Then I met this cutie pie, Maddie, and the rest of the Paige family. Maddie is 4 1/2, and has CF. When I met her, I think we kind of “clicked”… I gave her paper so she could draw. She also showed me how she can write her and her big brother’s (Macklin) name. Now I want to raise the funds on behalf of Maddie.
Some different and creative ways YOU can help me…
You can go to my Triangle’s Finest page and make an online donation, be a sponsor, and/or buy tickets for the Finale event. More detailed information on sponsorship can be found HERE. The Finale event is at the American Institute of Architects, on November 20th.
I am thrilled an honored to be designing two looks — one Couture, and one Ready-to-Wear — for Couture for a Cause this year.
Each designer has a nonprofit they get inspiration from, and then create two looks to represent that nonprofit. The pieces are auctioned off to the highest bidder, and go home with that person right away! The money raised goes to Activate Good, who serves the community by gathering volunteers to work with various nonprofit organizations in the Triangle area.
This year, I will be highlighting Triangle Family Services. They have been around for 77 years; originally established after wartime to help soldiers get home to their families. Currently, TFS serves people of the Triangle area find financial security, emergency housing, counseling of all sorts, and safety for themselves or their family. Please read up on their website.
I visited their office today, and have an immense amount of respect for them.
You can support this event by purchasing tickets for the live auction, and also participating in the silent auction! Our designs will be judged by three people on a panel that night. ALSO, there’s an audience/people’s choice award; so I’d love it if you attended and voted for me!! The prize is having an online portfolio designed and hosted for a year. I’d really love that!! BUY TICKETS HERE!!!
Okee… 1: Intro to Batik class!!HURRY… this one is coming up SOON!!
It’s finally back on the calendar!!! It is super fun!!
Go to the link to register!!! This one is held at Ornamentea near downtown Raleigh, October 11, from 2:30-5:30. CLICK TO REGISTER 2: Shibori with Indigo dye!!
I know lots of people will have fun with this one… I’ll go over some basic Shibori (Japanese Tie-dye, basically) techniques, and I’ll prepare an Indigo dye vat for you to use.
This one is held at beautiful Gather in downtown Cary, November 15, 10:30-1:30. CLICK TO REGISTER