Capulin Contemplations

The Calm Before The Mayhem (The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year)

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The Calm Before The Mayhem (The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year)

There are times I want to leave this state, pack up and find a new adventure somewhere else. But then autumn trundles around, and I’m reminded why I always hesitate to leave New Mexico.

There will always be somewhere “better” than here, somewhere that seems to offer greater promise. But this is why I’m so reluctant to leave New Mexico, this peaceful—even pensive—portion of the year.

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Quintessential New Mexico: The Southwest At Its Finest

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Quintessential New Mexico: The Southwest At Its Finest

The end of summer. The beginning of autumn. The best time of year in New Mexico.

Every October, the hometown of Capulin Creations—Albuquerque, New Mexico—hosts the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Along with it rolls out the art shows, the craft and music festivals, the amazing food, and the even more amazing people.

This is quintessential New Mexico, the Southwest at its finest.

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A land of contrasts – and a land of enchantment

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A land of contrasts – and a land of enchantment

I wasn’t born in New Mexico, but I got here as soon as I could. (My parents may have had something to do with that, since I was only a year and half when we moved here. 😆) It’s such a wildly beautiful place, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. New Mexico is a study in dichotomy, a land of contrasts. Maybe that’s why I love contrasts so much, contrasts in light and dark, colors, words, textures. Monumental mountains sweep down into verdant valleys, open into deep deserts. The sun will bake you in the summer, the snow will freeze...

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Is The Grass Really That Much Greener? Finding Inspiration Where You Are

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Is The Grass Really That Much Greener? Finding Inspiration Where You Are

Use what you’ve got. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Love the one you’re with. How many more clichés can I stick in here? A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush? The grass is always greener on the other side? Sometimes I feel I have to look outside of my house or my city or my life to find the good stuff, the truly inspiring stuff, as though what I have around and in front of and inside me isn’t good enough. But the mundane scraps of life can be the most inspiring. Sometimes I simply need to...

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Showin’ Off the Goods: Lessons From a Craft Show

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Showin’ Off the Goods: Lessons From a Craft Show

I attended a small show recently featuring maybe ten artists, quite a few of them jewelers, hoping to get ideas about their setups. What I got instead was a valuable lesson in what not to do.

Most of these artists made a mistake so large it likely cost sales. A mistake I’m sure I could have and would have made myself.

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