Welcome to my new digs. A new domain, that is!
It’s high time for the “Pokey’s Ponderings” blog to retire, and I am moving things over to this domain (pokeybolton.com), which will be an easier way for people to find me and frankly, Google likes a lot more! (If you were an email follower to the Pokey’s Pondering blog, your email subscription was automatically redirected here.)
As this website migration took place and I was blog-silent for a while, I have received a lot of emails, some several times over, so I thought while I initially settle in, I would host a quick Q & A.
The most popular question:
When are you having retreats in your art barn?
The first retreats will be taking place in tandem with Craft Napa, January 12-15, 2017. During that time both Leslie Jenison and Melanie Testa will each have their own workshops here in the art barn. (All of the info for Craft Napa can be found here and registration is still open!)
After Craft Napa, there will be some smaller retreats that I will be announcing shortly. I am thrilled with the talent that is scheduled to come, and I am collaborating with some fantastic, forward-thinking people in the quilting, art, and textile industries to bring them here. I should note, that these retreats will be small so they can be immersive, and we can enjoy the valley.
Do you rent out your art barn?
No, I do not. This is my own working studio and space, too, so the retreats are very controlled, small, and sparsely scheduled.
How do I submit a proposal if I’d like to teach?
If you would like to pitch an idea, email me! This is an informal process to see what might work for both of us. There is a more formal proposal process for Craft Napa; the next round of proposals will go out February 2017 and be available on my business site: craftingalifellc.com.
So…did you vote for Clinton or did you vote for Trump?
OK, no one actually asked me that question but I want to clarify the direction of this blog. The only politics you will find here are about our industry (and there is plenty of controversy and points of discussion in our industry right now). The focus of this blog is fourfold: 1) about art, mostly textiles, 2) my thoughts about our industry, 3) enterprising ventures, 4) and techniques and projects I am working on.
You moved to Napa…are you going to grow any grapes?
Nope. Living in the Mt. Veeder part of Napa (which is closest to Sonoma too), I am surrounded by expert vintners who know what they are doing. I do, however, have a lot of mature fruit trees here: lemon, orange, apple, walnut, olive, fig, pear, plum, and persimmon (blackberry bushes too). I am hoping that we have another wonderfully wet winter so they get nice and plump, not just for eating but for fabric printing and eco-dyeing!
And speaking of printing…
The first book that we are publishing, Playful Fabric Printing with Carol Soderlund and Melanie Testa will make its debut in January 2017. This book is 144 pages chock-full of inspiration and everything you need to know to dye fabric, print, and create your own fabric collection. This book is just about ready for press, minus the cover. (We had about 20 options for covers and we have winnowed it down to three.) I’d love your opinion on the cover, so that post will be forthcoming this Friday, which is Black Friday, and while most business will be selling, selling, selling, I will be giving away 5 copies (when it’s printed) that are randomly selected from the comments section when you make your cover choice.
In the meantime, I am so happy to have you here, and on this Thanksgiving week, I thank you sincerely for visiting me.
Congrats on the new domain and blog, looks great!
A new domain to go along with the new barn. That’s terrific.
So glad to hear from you at your new domain! Looking forward to reading all about the creativity going on in your art barn.
Love reading your blogs…Always lift me up when I need it most…Beautiful area in Napa…Best of luck to you in your new venture…Your talent will shine through.
So nice to have you back! I am so excited for you. I am also over the moon excited for Melly and Carol’s book. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Souvenirs de gloussements et de sÃ©ances de spiritisme au clair de lune, pyj’ party version glamour et paillettes, je vote OUI ! J’adorerais y Ãªtre Merci et… au 9, j’espÃ¨re !Bon week-end xx
HAHA!!! Love it. All under your own name. It looks clean, and is easy to use. Nice!!
That’s the peefcrt insight in a thread like this.
Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative. Iâ€™m going to watch out for brussels. Iâ€™ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!
dit :Merci Patrick pour ce petit mot d’encouragement. Mon regard sur le nuclÃ©aire a complÃ¨tement basculÃ© depuis lors. Je lis tout ce que je trouve sur le sujet et j’y trouve le terreau des catastrophes ukrainienne et japonaise … fallait que Ã§a arrive.
Congratulations on the new site Pokey! Happy Thanksgiving!
Domain looks great Pokey so easy to read, congrats on everything. PS You look really good too, must be the Napa air !
Looks great!!! I especially love the large, clear type. I did have trouble seeing the very pale gray boxes here in the comment section and had to use Tab to find them. Maybe they could be darker or shaded? Love that beautiful balloon photo! Hope I get a chance to come out for a class some day. 🙂
Well done! Looking forward to the new venue.
Congratulations Pokey. Wishing you all the very best in your new venture. I’m sure all of your hard work will pay off!
Is it possible to make it so I can enlarge the message?
Congratulations! The blog looks fabulous and the new domain is perfect. I am really looking forward to Melly and Carol’s book too!
Great new look. Excitement ahead! The new book.sounds scrumptious. Congrats to Melly and Carol and of course, you for starting a new adventure!
Crisp and clean design. Just like you – elegant and approachable
A beautiful, clean look, Pokey! love it!
Ahhhh like a breath of fresh air…look forward to the future writings
Hooray for you! Love this new “sweet spot”
Welcome back to the blogosphere!
Welcome back to the blogosphere!
The new domain looks fantastic. It’s sharp, on-point approach is very appealing. Congratulations on being back in the print media business. The first book looks like a definite winner. Way to go Melanie and Carol!
I’d like to try your playful approach to fabric painting. Thanks!
you are beautiful! you’re site is beautiful! love seeing all the blossoming adventures! xoxo
Very nice!! Glad I’m taking Melly’s class in your Art Barn. Can’t wait!
So very happy to see this, missed your blogs. Looking forward to reading more in the future. You are always so inspiring
So happy and excited for you Pokey! I’ve been following along with you since the first issue of Quilting Arts and am looking forward to seeing where this next adventure takes you.