Tuesday, December 16

Akron Art Museum


Connections: You never know where a connection may lead you. Check out the story about how I got in the biggest show to date of my career.

My wife and I lived in Grand Rapids Michigan for 8 years... this is where I built my metal business. We decided to move back home to Ohio near our families. This was all made possible due to the fact that my online business (etsy) was doing so well. So we packed up our life and moved home! After we settled in, I was hanging out with my father-in-law. We went to this Market place with shops and hundreds of vendors. I looked into opening a store in the market place... it sounded great.. so i went for it! The summer was so successful.. selling loads of metal and handing out thousands of business cards. One day in late August a woman walked up to my store... it turns out she owns a salon in Akron Ohio..(here is the full story on that). She loved my work and, now is carrying my line of jewelry and some furniture in the salon... Well.. down the street is the Akron Art Museum , and the lady who runs the Museum store gets her hair cut at this salon... She noticed my work and e-mailed me and asked if i wanted to be in the Museum's Holiday Mart... They also want to carry my line of jewelry permanently in the store...
Here are some pics of the amazing Akron Art Musem and the post card that went out to loads of people.



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32 comments:

JustJaynes said...

Hello from West Michigan! Congrats on all your successes!

~Cathy, justjaynes.etsy.com

beadinbabe said...

Wow!! That is SO awesome Tim! I'm very happy for you and your wife, that's a great accomplishment! :-)

timothy said...

to michiganders in the first 2 comments!! thanks...btw!

Brandye said...

That's fantastic! You're on your way and you deserve it. So cool!

Chris said...

That's fabulous! Congrats!

A. Nieman said...

Very cool! Yeah for Akron! Thats very exciting!

The Test Of Time said...

Congrats! That is awesome!

The Test Of Time said...

Congrats! That is awesome!

christina said...

I'm so proud of you, and excited to see what comes from having your line carried in the museum store!

Anonymous said...

It just goes to show that you never know who knows who. Congrats. The museum looks soo cooollll!

Jennifer
Wearable By Design

Nancy Schorr said...

Beautiful blog!

D.C. Metal Designs said...

Congrats!
Yours in Akron and mine in New York City. COOL!
Darryl

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Major Congrats Timothy! I love to hear stories of Etsy sellers hitting it big :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That is wonderful, congrats!

On a much smaller scale, something similar happened to me...I decided to take a painting class (unrelated to anything I planned to sell on Etsy-just for me)& the instructer hooked me up with her neighbor who runs a craft boutique in her home each holiday season. I've participated for the past 2 years and have had many sales!

Sedie said...

Congrats! I want to be just like you one day! ;)

Deb DiSalvo said...

Tim-
That is so awesome - congrats! Will you still be my friend when you're walking down the red carpet?!?!
Cheers!

Contrariwise said...

Timothy,

Tag. Your it!

We need to learn even more about you. Could you please do a post on 7 random facts about yourself. The instructions are on my blog here:
http://akacontrariwise.blogspot.com/2008/12/ack-ive-been-tagged-seven-random-and.html

Little Pods Clothing said...

I cannot get enough of your blog.

helan said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Barbara

http://www.ipodepot.info

Gifted Designs said...

That's FANTASTIC! Congratulations to you!

I'm going to be looking into getting my work put on display in some stores around here...we'll see what happens!

Sew Bettie said...

that is great! congrats! the museum is a really cool space -- my cousin was married there in september.

Amy Lilley Designs said...

So exciting Tim...and so well deserved for one who gives and gives and gives, how perfect for you to RECEIVE such an honor...

blessings,
Amy

Melissa said...

I'm from Michigan. Moved to Oregon a few years ago. Congrats on your success! You have a great blog with wonderful tips.

april said...

Wow Tim!!! This is so wonderful!!!
Congratulations!!!!!

Uneekdolldesigns said...

Congratulations on the success of your work! :)

ThreadBeaur said...

The twists and turns that life brings is amazing! That is great that you now have your work in some high traffic places! And it all started with your etsy shop, what a great success story!

AmyMayDesign said...

Wow what a great chain of events!
That is fantastic, congrats indeed:)

D said...

Congratulations Timothy! One opportunity leads to another. I wish you continued success!

~D

Mandi said...

Congratulations! My friend Jera was telling me about her plans for tomorrow night (at the museum), and started telling me about your metalwork... she didn't know that I know Christina, and I said, wait a minute! I want to go too! :) I think your work is fabulous. I'll be there to check it out tomorrow!

palleikodesigns said...

Congratulations! My parents still live in the area and are about 20 minutes from Akron. I forwarded them the invitation.

sherry said...

It's funny where life takes us, continued success to you.

MaruMaru said...

Aloha! We definitely don't have museums like that here in Hawaii, I would love to visit yours one day! :)

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