I’m starting an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to get our workshop up and going and we need your help!
Our campaign will go live in early January after the holidays and will be live for 45 days ONLY! So, be sure and sign up for the email on the pre-launch page to get notified when our campaign launches.(more…)
I really just wanted to publish the site and slowly start posting items as they were made. As of right now, I’m going to focus on earrings and digital prints. The prints are made from scanned physical pieces and someday soon the physical pieces will be available.
In the future, we will begin making soap and I can’t wait. I’ve been excited about making soap for a long time but, unfortunately, we just don’t have the space free from animals or space for our tools, which is not a lot, but it is when you have no space.
Our focus right now is slowly getting earrings made and posted for sale and saving money for our tiny house/shop. I have a part-time job and my wife works full-time, so we don’t have much time for working on things. Things are coming together very slowly, but that was the plan the whole time; take things slow and don’t rush into anything.
We have huge plans for Daugherty’s Homemade including a physical shop on the property where we will sell soap, artwork, and some baked goods. But, that’s a distant plan; a dream plan. We’ll have to see how it goes.
If you become a member, you will receive free shipping on all orders as well an undetermined discount (most likely 25% off all orders). You will also get first dibs on all new items dropped into the online shop. More benefits will be added as we grow, which will extend to our physical shop as well.
Like I said, we’re taking things super slow. So, many things won’t take affect until we begin to grow our revenue and inventory, including the benefits. So be aware that if you become a member now you won’t get much until we begin growing and adding to our site.
So as weird as it makes me feel, we’re asking for your help. If you can’t help monetarily then we’re asking for your help in sharing our site, blog posts, Facebook posts, etc. Help us get the word out. As of right now we’re just asking for small donations from anyone that can help us grow our supplies and help us save to build our workshop.
In time, my wife and I will be able to quit our jobs and work full-time making and creating artwork, soap, and whatever comes to mind. We have many ideas for our shop.
This is something I’ve been dreaming of and working on for a long time. I won’t stop until it happens. Your donations and/or memberships won’t go unnoticed or unrewarded. We’re asking you to grow with us.
I’m super excited to start this new venture. Though the ideas haven’t changed much from my last online shop, I’m going into it with a totally different mindset; take things slow.
I hope you will stick around and grow with us.
Niyâwe! Thank you!
Woodsmoke permeates the air.
Hushed sounds of campers talking.
Bugs singing their midnight songs.
Crunching sound of spirits walking.
Dirt paths and valley hills.
The slight echo of Hank Williams soul.
Merle Haggard, George Jones,
and maybe some David Allen Coe.
The pitter padder of the little people.
Things going missing from the table.
The sound of the fresh flowing spring;
Fresh enough to sip from a ladle.
Those days have long passed me by now
That I’m grown and don’t see those places.
I no longer feel the ancestors beside me
and I no longer remember their faces.
I hope my children can feel those feelings
as they watch the flickering of campfire light.
That comfort of the ancestors holding your hands
as you walk the powwow grounds at night.
Looking back on my younger days, I remember powwows being a large part of my youth. There’s so many memories of powwows that they all kind of blend together into one large powwow memory. But those memories were filled with mystery, spirits, and country music. The little people lived up in the hills behind the camps. Running down the dirt paths, you saw someone running beside you and when you looked over, no one was there. Deer woman lived across the bridge. That’s the kind of memories I have of powwows from my youth. I miss them…
Niyâwe! Thank you!
Will I be podcasting again?
Yes, maybe…at some point.
I’m actually setting up a podcast with Anchor by Spotify. It’s free!
I loved using Podbean, but I just don’t have the money right now to pay for the upgrade needed for distribution.(more…)
Since Shawnee Rising Studios became my blog site, it’s been difficult keeping up with the blogs I put out.
I’m going to do my best to keep everyone who’s interested up to date on my new online shop Daugherty’s Homemade as well as random life stuff.
As of right now, the new shop is still in the design/editing phase. Getting all the back-end stuff situated and connected to their proper services.
Nothing has really changed as to what I will put in the shop. Paintings, earrings, little jewelry pieces. We hope to start making some soap at some point, but we just can’t seem to find the right time to start. We just don’t have a good spot to do it in. We really need a workshop.
As I said in the last blog, I’m taking things a lot slower this time instead of just jumping in and opening things up without a real plan. Not saying Shawnee Rising Studios did bad, but it was very rushed.
Not this time…
This time I will check and double check everything. I’m in no rush to open up. But I did give out a link for donations to help with paying for services and saving for supplies. If you wish to donate, we would be forever grateful. Anything helps and any amount will be appreciated.
Since we’re on the subject of stories, I think I’m finally going to start working on more children’s books, as well as the novel I’ve put aside for the last six months or so.
I have to keep reminding myself that stories and storytellers are an important part of any culture. Not just Native culture, but all cultures. It’s how we spread our knowledge to the next generation.
Stories are an important part of survival. Without sharing the stories that were passed down to us, they die. When the stories die, so do the teachings.
It’s those teachings that remind us who we are and who we’ll be going forward.
That’s why it’s time to start writing again on a more consistent schedule. I have ideas and stories galore living rent-free in my head and I think it’s time to start getting them down on paper–or computer.
I’ve read my children’s books to children and even given hundreds away at a powwow. I may not be a famous person, but those events can make a person feel known, or at least appreciated in a small way.
I think those are what’s been igniting this fire to once again to start writing.
If you would like to purchase my children’s books, you can find the links in the Books tab in the menu, or you can head to my Lulu spotlight page using the button below.
It’s time to start telling stories…
Niyâwe! Thank you!
I’m heading back to chapter one…again.
My Shawnee Rising Studios online shop was an amazing first try at becoming a full-time artist. It really showed me what it takes to run an online shop and to sell artwork. Not only to sell, but to market myself. There’s a constant need for social media posts and I almost burnt myself out. I almost gave up Instagram for good!(more…)
Things are not going to plan, but I’m still planning on opening the shop in the future. It won’t be soon…just someday. 😁
I’ve stopped trying to plan so much and just take it day by day. I know what I need to do and I just need to take it slow. The problem is that I want it done now, today, and I get disappointed when things don’t go my way.(more…)
I want to talk about my new NFT spaces and shedding some light on Shawnee Rising Studios.
But first, I want to talk about why I closed down my online shop in the first place.
I was broke.
Honestly, that’s pretty much it. I thought I would be able to make enough money and help out around the house and pay some bills, but I just wasn’t making enough money from my shop. We got behind on bills and I had no choice but to shut things down and end my subscriptions to my website in order to save some money.(more…)
I have made the extremely hard decision to close my Online Studio for an undetermined amount of time.
I want to thank everyone for the amazing support, encouragement, and motivation to chase a dream that I’ve had for so, so long.
At this time, there are no plans to continue making earrings, paintings, or podcasts as I focus entirely on work and my financial responsibilities at home.
I don’t know when I will continue this venture of being a full-time Shawnee artist, but as of right now it’s not financially viable.
For the month of January, enjoy 50% OFF on what’s left in my Online Studio as I get ready to close on this amazing journey!
For those who are patrons on my Patreon, I will send the notification out before I shut things down and give you an official date. Your support has meant everything to me and, hopefully, I can pick things up again in the future and gain your support again and come back stronger than before. But I don’t know when that will be.
I’ll talk more about everything in another post as to why I came to this decision.
Until then, have a happy New Year!
NIYÂWE, CÂKIWIYÊFA! (Thank you, everyone!)