Full Name: carmen m. dyar
Business Name: minglewood studios
Description of Business: hand painted clocks and objets d’ art
website: minglewoodstudios.com or etsy.com/shop/minglewoodstudiosemail: firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook Minglewood Studios
A little into your biz:
how long have you been living your dream? I started out with a design/commercial sign studio in 1996 and produced my first clock in 2001.
is this your full-time job? During show season it’s practically 24/7.
what would you do if you weren’t doing what you do now? Knee deep in an Airstream adventure pen, paper and martini in hand.
best thing about your job? Working together with wonderful creative clients to create a personal and hopefully, heirloom, timepiece.
worst thing about your job? Being home based, it’s difficult to get away from it, but that said I’m always so grateful to be home from traveling shows.
favorite place you’ve ever displayed your work? Without a doubt, within homes throughout the region.
what inspires you? Tradition with a twist.
where would you like to be in 10 years? Finally off on that Airstream adventure following some yellow brick road.
motto in business? (and in life!) No rest for the wicked (let’s not look at the last year of my life too closely, eh?)
tell us a little bit about yourself (nicknames, age, hobbies, likes, dislikes) I’m a “country mouse” and no domestic goddess, it’s creative chaos around here. I tend to be tunnel visioned when I get into my production mode, yet ideas never stop spinning, a creative soul’s blessing and bane. I hate to speculate what nicknames I might not be aware of, other than “clock girl” (yawn). Likes and dislikes? That list is long I’m sure. I’m peeved by pretension and a “keeping up with Jones mentality” so I truly appreciate encountering people brave enough to color outside the lines in expressing their original style and sensibility and and in turn enhancing their lives, ideas and homes in that spirit.
tell us about your family (kids, husband, pets, etc) I reside with Pete, my collaborator, companion, clock-cutter, and chef extraordinaire husband of nineteen years, a delightful butterball Yorkie, sometimes sweet, sometimes snarky Miss Olivia and the grand dame, Prudence (Prudy), our 20-year old Siamese who is always, always a kitten at heart.
what was the last movie you watched at home? We channel surfed into Rob Roy not so long ago.
i would be speechless if I met? Ooh, how many people would be grateful to see me without words? Hmmm. If I were to meet my heros of literature or art I’d have so many questions. As cliche as it may be, I can only imagine being rendered speechless by the beauty of nature or an act of gracious humanity (can we see more of that in the news please?).
one celebrity i’d like to punch in the face? I’m no fan of any of the social climbers of reality television
what is the last thing you spent money on? Vitamin D supplements. It’s been a long winter.
what makes your heart happy? My truest friends, they yank me through, prop me up, cheerlead, sympathize, inspire, advise and believe.
biggest fears? Rejection on a personal level; and the hatred and indifference threatening humankind.
scariest thing that ever happened to you? I’ve been lucky in many ways, my scariest moments have come from dealing with personal demons.
pick anywhere to go on vacation, where would you go? Listen, give me a couple of days at the history filled family cabin on Lake Superior’s North Shore and I’m able to cure woes, wars and wistfulness. This place fills my heart and I’m sure I leave a little heart there when homeward bound.
a perfect way to spend a saturday afternoon? Sipping an extra dirty vodka martini in either of the Airstreams (we’re nutty and have two) anywhere, any time and you’re all invited!
i love…and imagine, and hope, and dream, and see, hear, taste, touch, smell and could go on and on…
books: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (Milan Kundera), The World According to Garp (John Irving), The Year of Pleasures (Elizabeth Berg), The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams), The Joy of Cooking-7th Edition (Irma Rombauer).
things on your bucket list: to clean out my closets–literally and figuratively; to be more grateful and forgive more readily; to read a fair share of the “classics”; to write a classic; to learn to love the skin I’m in
things you would want to be remembered for: originality, generosity, grace, wit, good intentions
t.v. shows: Oh, this will be sad, our television is always on but I generally escape with a book, so here goes… Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement, The Daily Show, Everybody Loves Raymond (it’s so spot on!), GMA (see, I’m digging here…),
what i would love to scream to the world: Oh be nice and don’t run with scissors.
how you share peace and love: Honestly? I try to embrace and live within The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. A principal not easily forgotten but a struggle to maintain in modern times with modern standards, distractions and rhetoric. In remembering my blessings I try to pass them on.
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Here’s the question one more time:
What does beauty mean to you? (I have my tissues ready….and go…)