No More Tired Excuses

When we were talking about torque wrenches in plumbing class today, I must have had a blank look on my face that betrayed my total lack of familiarity with the topic, because something prompted our instructor to ask if I had ever changed a tire. I had to confess that I had not. And with … Continue reading No More Tired Excuses


Feast Your Eyes on this Visionary Business Plan

I've been meaning to get my eyes checked, but I keep delaying because I know as soon as I book an appointment—which will invariably be weeks in the future—some last-minute conflict will force me to cancel, inconveniencing the eye doc and leaving me in my squinty purgatory of middle-aged presbyopia. Speaking of far-sightedness, my optometrist … Continue reading Feast Your Eyes on this Visionary Business Plan

Popclectic Spotlight: 1220 Bloom Street

Julie Brown can’t imagine her life without designing and sewing. "Thanks to my mother, I have been drawing, painting, cross-stitching and creating since I could hold a crayon," says the founder of 1220 Bloom Street, who describes herself as administrative assistant by day, seamstress by night, and artist all day long. Since discovering her passion … Continue reading Popclectic Spotlight: 1220 Bloom Street

Let’s Get Ready to BuildMeUpBattle!

The Internet calls the traditional wooden game Kubb, a.k.a. Viking Chess or Sticky Sticks, "the best lawn game ever." After watching my kids play BuildMeUpBattle, our handmade version of the game, I'm inclined to agree. This family-friendly backyard competition is a hoot. Described as a combination of horseshoes and bowling, Kubb (pronounced like tube) also … Continue reading Let’s Get Ready to BuildMeUpBattle!

Popclectic Spotlight: Marisa Ray

"I enjoy exploring whimsical, idealized worlds where positive themes such as friendship, love and innocence prevail," says Marisa Ray, who will bring original paintings, fine art prints and paper goods to Popclectic artisan market on Saturday of Artclectic at University School of Nashville. A self-taught artist inspired by her artist grandfather, Marisa says she paints … Continue reading Popclectic Spotlight: Marisa Ray

Popclectic Spotlight: Anita’s Animal Alphabet

What’s in a name? If you're Anita Schmid, your name contains an Alligator, Newt, Ibis, Tiger and Anteater. It's a code that's easy to crack but not easy to copy, as Anita's Animal Alphabet is hand-drawn and -colored—and developed over decades. Anita began designing her zoological letters and working them into into baby presents, birthday gifts and … Continue reading Popclectic Spotlight: Anita’s Animal Alphabet