Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Artie Goes to Canada

Hello, everybody! I'm off to Calgary for the CODA Conference. CODA stands for Craft Organization Development Association (http://www.codacraft.org/). It is a gathering for people who help promote craft and its makers to the world. Mrs. Hartley is letting me go because I have been such a big help to her in my capacity as sock monkey advocate.

I will be in Canada for ten days because I also am going to have a vacation in Banff. I wonder if I will see other sock monkeys on the trip.

If you are going to CODA too, I hope to see you there!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Artie Reflects

Hello! I'm sorry that I haven't blogged for a while. I was very sad that there were people who were saying bad things about Tamarack. They seemed to be missing the point that Tamarack creates a positive image for the state of West Virginia, provides jobs and brings money into the state from tourism. And it isn't only sock monkeys that benefit, people do too!

Mrs. Hartley, Tamarack's general manager, said that I need to leave my blues behind me. She told me that there will always be people who want to tear things down instead of build them up. She also reminded me that I have always been proud of my association with Tamarack. I remain inspired by all the creative hands that are part of Tamarack.