We are all about 2017 being our year of endless good vibes. We want to be connected to our spirit to fulfill our goals, we want to feel empowered, and we want to have positivity radiating from our pores! Our Austin location is giving us the perfect occasion to get started down the path of harmony and balance by throwing a crystal party!
On January 28th, TGW Austin is having a party with Spark of Change Jewelry. Spark of Change Jewelry designs handmade crystal prescriptions for your daily well-being. Their focus is to bring positive energy to all who wear their creations. Each piece of jewelry or "prescription" is made up of crystals that are known to provide healing energy. Their energies are amplified when they are paired with intention. Each piece serves as a daily reminder that living with intention-sparks' change.
Crystals share with us a little bit of magic and wonder that Mother Earth consistently provides and we are excited to share that energy with you. Whether you are crystal newbie or a seasoned user, this event is not to be missed! Below is our interview with Spark of Change designer, Lisa Slusher.
Where did the idea for Spark of Change come from?
Initially it started with setting intentions for myself with quartz. After being told by friends and co-workers that they really feed off the positive energy that I bring. The more research I did the more I learned about the healing powers of crystals and the more I talked about it with friends I realized that I could do “prescriptions” for people depending on their needs!
Where do you draw inspiration?
Music, conversation and books. A lot of the names from the line come from lyrics and quotes from rap songs and books!
What is your creative process like?
I am either approached with a need from a friend or I have an idea of what I would like to help a person with. I then come up the best combination of crystals and Milagros that would make sense together to accomplish the intention.
Which sparks to you find yourself drawn to the most?
Currently Let It Go, Killin It, and Spark Scapula.
How do you go about making custom sparks?
I am no longer doing custom orders but I love feedback and suggestions! If I end up making a piece based on a suggestion I always love to give the first one away to the person who suggested it! It's always fun to collaborate with people!
Who is your biggest style icon?
My great Aunt Ruby was one of the biggest influences for me. She loved the "more is more is more is more" approach and was always eccentric and ready to impress!
What intentions are you setting for 2017?
To let go of the past and be more in the present.
Along with Spark of Change, our pal Melissa will have her vintage-trailer-photobooth set up right outside The Wagon. PhotowagonTX always guarantees to spread smiles to all who enter her booth. Learn a little bit about her growing fleet below.
What inspired you to create your fleet of vintage trailer photo wagons?
My dad passed away unexpectedly 6 years ago. He was only 56 and quite possibly the coolest person I've ever met. He painted hot rods. Everyone knew his name, knew his work, knew his smile. In the months after he passed I needed to do something to memorialize him. Something that made me feel like I was doing something cool... for other people! I bought my first trailer and started a vintage resale shop in it. I had always collected vintage stuff so that seemed appropriate. After one year of doing that I realized people really just wanted to take pictures in the trailer! Pictures of it, in front of it, inside it... lots of pictures! I have always loved photo booths so I looked into what I needed to start a photo booth business. It seemed doable so I sold all of the vintage goods (ahem, I kept lots of it) and turned the trailer into a photo booth. In 3 1/2 years, one Photo Wagon turned into 4! I am still blown away by the success of it.
What is the most fun thing about what you do?
The most fun thing is meeting interesting people. We have met so many great musicians and made so many great connections in the last few years. Including Gypsy Wagon!!! AND in a round about way, Photo Wagon is how I met my fiancé, Evan. I was working an event with the photo booth and he was there. We had a couple of mutual friends but if I hadn't have been there with Photo Wagon that connection may have never happened!!
What has surprised you the most along your wagon journey?
Well, people surprise me! Just interacting with so many different personalities has been interesting. I can't tell you how many times people stand in front of the trailer and say "What is this?".... um, I feel like the PHOTO sign on top should tip you off just a bit! It's funny. But in general, I'm pretty surprised at how much everyone enjoys pictures of themselves!!! I mean, I get it! I love them too! I just didn't realize so many other people did.
Where do you see your fleet going in the future?
I've had offers to franchise to other cities and states but I think I want to keep Photo Wagon at a manageable size for me. I want to continue to do all of the great things we are already doing. I have 7 amazing employees that help me when they can and an amazing fiancé that fixes all of the trailers and drags us across state lines. We are able to donate our services to different charities, make events special for other small businesses and make memories for happy couples on their big day. I am open to more growth as long as Photo Wagon continues to feel like a personal experience to each and every client we meet.