Rod and Huck met in the middle of a blizzard which should have been the first indication that this couple could weather (pun completely intended) anything together.
“I was an otr driver at the time,” Rod begins. “I drove from MI to the East Coast every week. My normal run was from Saturday to Tuesday. I got back in and my boss asked me to do an extra turn that week. So, I left and hit a blizzard in NY. We had a set fuel stop where we bought fuel. As I was approaching the exit, a NY State Trooper informed me that the Thruway was shutdown and not to get back on. The fuel stop was full service so as the guys were fueling up the truck I went inside to call my boss and pay. Now, we had a fuel card that had an advance on it. I threw my card up on the counter, said what truck it was for and that I wanted an advance off it. The girl behind the counter said, "Can I have it?" I replied, "I'm not married to you." Some day's I wonder if I should have just given her the money.......just kidding,” Rod laughs. “If it wasn't for taking that extra turn that week and the blizzard we would have never met. I was usually only at that fuel stop on Sundays which was Huck's set day off.”
These two have come a long way from when they first met. Today, both Rod and Huck are working hard to build their artistic dreams while raising a family together.
Huck doesn’t simply focus on the craft end of things she also helps her husband Rod in building his radio station. Rod, a self-proclaimed “b.u.g.g. or big ugly goofy guy”, a description that makes him laugh out loud, owns, manages, and hosts an Internet radio station that features live music 24/7 from independent musicans and some great shows for Artisans.
Rod's Radio Station Workspace
I've always been a tech geek. My first personal computer was a Timex,” Rod laughs. “I like making people laugh and helping them succeed.” As Rod works to take the station to a place where he can produce 35 shows a week on topics such as being an artisan, family, music, and life, he promotes his Huck’s business as well as the businesses of many artisans both on the air and off with continual plugs for their shops and/or blogs and an awesome Artisan Challenge, a weekly challenge for artists.
Although they work on different crafts, there is no end to the way Rod and Huck support one another; it is a team effort that extends beyond the professional and well into the personal. With six beautiful children, both parents have created a life with flexible schedules that allows them to always have time for their first priority, their children.
“I literally look at each day as it comes,” says Huck. “It’s hard to schedule and each time I try it just doesn't work out. So, I just go with the flow. If I am creating that day, great, if I want to go out be outside with the kids I go, and if I need to help I help. It just makes life easier that way :).”
Huck and Rod not only make time for their children, they make sure their lives are enriched with art.
“As soon as they can hold a crayon I have it in their hand,” says Huck. “There is no better release then to create something even a simple stick figure. It builds confidence and creates wonderful imagination. I couldn't imagine raising children without some part of art, and letting them discover what they love. You can never give a child a better gift than the gift of confidence, imagination, creativity and love.”
Rod has the same mindset. “Art is very important to kids,” he says. “It helps them build their imagination. Who else is going to invent the future?”
Rod and Huck are true believers in the idea that your dreams are possible if you are willing to work for them and they try to instill that in the children as well.
“If you work hard you can achieve anything, even with its ups and downs, you are given something to learn from and move forward with,” says Huck. “And of course there is no better thing to give than help - help for yourself as well as help for others.
With the heart, passion and dedication these two have for their family and their professions there is no doubt that they will succeed in making their dreams come true.
When asked what those dreams are, Rod laughs.
“I hope to retire rich and good looking,” he says and then on a more serious note, “I hope to build up a station that helps people as much as it entertains them.”
While Huck’s dream is simply to continue to do what she is doing. “I hope the inspiration is always there,” she says.
When asked to pass along a little advice to younger artists, these two, incredible individuals share similar philosophies.
“Don't give up,” says Rod. “Listen to your heart and not what the critics have to say.”
“And never let anyone tell you that something you created isn't great,” says Huck. “If you took the time to create something and it is something you love and you enjoy, then keep moving forward. Never try to do something you don't enjoy, even if it is expected of you.”
Now tell me, don’t you want to be a part of that family? Well, you can! Become a member of the Blockhead Radio family. Warning: the talk, laughter and music are completely addictive. Once you start listening you may not be able to stop. AND become a loving stalker of Huckleberry Arts original creations and custom graphics. She has an Etsy shop but will be making the big jump to her own website, http://huckleberryarts.com/, in April so stay tuned into both these incredible artists.
Finally, Blockhead Rod and Huckleberry Arts would like to invite you to join the Artisan Challenge.
Make a note of this date:March 23rd
Formerly known as the Etsy Challenge (the name was change to protect the innocent...) and then renamed as the Artisan's Challenge because there are soooo many great venues out there for selling handmade.... and then the whole shebang came crumbling down. It was feared that the challenge would never be heard from again.
Yes, the Artisan's Challenge is being dug up from the depths of the internet graveyard!
For those who may have never heard of the Artisan's Challenge, let me tell you what it's all about. There are 12 different categories with 60 different artisans every week (5 submissions in each category). The winner's of the categories from the previous week then face off in a weekly challenge!
So head on over, read the rules and enter your submissions now! You'll be notified when it's your week in the challenge. Then its up to you to tell your friends... your family... your neighbors... the people in the checkout line at the grocery store... to go vote for you in theArtisan's Challenge!
What's in it for you? Besides lots of people seeing your item when they vote?? Besides FREE publicity for your shop??? Besides all the fun????It just so happens that the winner of the weekly challenge will now win a audio commercial with a banner to play the entire following week on Blockhead Radio! That's even MORE FREE publicity for your shop!
Remember, it's ANY selling venue! Entries are being accepted now so hurry and get your submission in. Another incentive... blog about it. Last date to enter will be March 22nd. Winner will be selected by a random number generator. One entry per blog.
Get your entries in now:http://blockheadradiolive.com/artisanschallenge