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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Joining the Real World of Blogging!

Hi Blogger/Blogspot readers! Welcome to our corner of the blogging world. We want to share with you our experiences as we venture out to reach our dream of living our art. In 2009, our goals are to become successful Etsy sellers, move into our loft becoming urban dwellers, open our studio and gallery in Downtown Kingsport, and work together on our business full time.

"We" are Michael and Talina. We are a blended family and have four beautiful boys ages 10 months through 17 years. Our real jobs currently are: Michael works in a gallery as chief woodworker designing and building custom furniture; Talina is a registered nurse with a background in NICU, Pediatrics, PICU, and OB, but is currently doing telephone nursing. Michael has two BFAs from ECU School of Art in ceramics and wood design. Talina has her BSN from ETSU, but is also a creative spirit, like Michael, and enjoys photography, crocheting, graphic designing, and more. Talina is quite the techie and will venture out to teach herself whatever application she is interested in at the moment. As a family we enjoy spending lots of quality time together, preferably outdoors, but also watching movies, playing PS3, and bowling.

Well, that's a bit about us. Talina always has her iPhone in hand and Michael his Blackberry Storm, so feel free to comment, we'd love to hear from you! Mark us as a favorite, for we plan to post daily. Have a great day!


Jennifer Otero January 13, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

A great start to your blog.
I also love your shop '_'

cabin + cub January 13, 2009 at 11:36 AM  

Congrats on your new blog!
Great esty shop too!

Renee toeNja January 13, 2009 at 11:38 AM  

You are some busy people! Good luck with your 2009 goals.

SleightGirl January 13, 2009 at 11:44 AM  

Welcome to the blogging world!

picciolo January 13, 2009 at 11:53 AM  

hi, thanks for your kind comment on my blog! Good luck with yours and your etsy shop, I think you are off to a great start
: )

Rose January 13, 2009 at 12:06 PM  

Warm wishes for a prosperous shop! It is so sweet that you are working as a team :).

Itsy Bitsy Bracelets January 13, 2009 at 2:13 PM  

Your family is so cute! And Yes they are all boys lol j/k this is aliciarose22 by the way.

knitsational January 14, 2009 at 12:19 AM  

Welcome to blogland! You have a great shop.

Maria Elena January 14, 2009 at 5:45 AM  

Welcome to the world of blogging! Best wishes for reaching all of your 2009 goals! :o)

Benettor January 14, 2009 at 6:46 AM  

interesting post:)
i follow you

UniqueNurseGranny January 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM  

Welcomr to the world of blogging.In my other life I taught at ECU School Of Nursing..small world.I love Etsy hope you are happy there also.

Nicole January 15, 2009 at 11:47 AM  

Welcome to Blogland!! I have been blogging now for a couple of years and just love it. I will add you to my sidebar tonight so hopefully it will promote your business!! :)

The Basics

Michael and Talina Ripper met online and when they met in person, they knew they had found something special, a once in a lifetime love. Michael obtained BFAs in both Wood Design and Ceramics from ECU. Talina has always been a creative/artistic spirit, but has her BSN from ETSU and still works as an RN. Talina has three sons, Seth (17), Aaron (8), and Jacob (7). Michael and Talina have a son together, Quinn, who is 17 months. They are getting settled in their downtown loft just around the corner from Michael's studio and the gallery. Their dream of living their art is coming true!


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