Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Market and Swap-and- Shop

Some days I feel like my life is spinning out of control. I want to come here and document all that is going on, but then I don't know where all of the time goes! The highlights of the last week have been:

Opening day of Kent Farmers' Market: This is my second full year selling jewelry, and it is such a different scene than last year. The Kent Lions, who are in charge of the Market, have done a fantastic job of organizing the Market this year and an even better job of communicating with the vendors about everything that is going on. It was a cold, yucky day, but some of our good friends from last year were there, and some amazing new vendors came. I had a good day, selling several pairs of earrings, and I am looking forward to next week.

The first EtsyRain Swap-and-Shop: This happened on the Sunday following Market, and was an absolute blast. I really appreciate the support I get from my EtsyRain buddies and I just absolutely enjoy spending time hanging out with all of them. Not to mention the fact that I scored some beautiful bookmarks for my dad and father-in-law from NORIK, some destash beads, and a great recycled t-shirt dress from Kayce at WorldofWhimm (from her OnaWhimm shop). Even better, I got to pay for the dress in fabric.

I'm going to try to post more regularly, hopefully my life will calm down. Until then, I'll keep reading everyone else's blogs and enjoying hearing about your lives.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Uh, Oh, Where'd She Go?

It has been a very long time since I have been able to post here. Life has certainly gotten in the way. I had a great time at the show in Edmonds on May 10th. I sold lots of earrings and keychains, and even a bracelet – yeah! I saw so many of my great PSIA/EtsyRain friends, and lots of other people stopped by to see me as well, including my super-crafty mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law and her husband (who ended up putting my stuff away for me and taking it home when I ran away to Disneyland for Mother’s Day with my daughter, my mom, my sister and my niece).

That was actually the next big thing that I did in my blog hiatus, Disneyland and Southern California in two quick days. We had an absolute blast! I miss my sister and niece so much, and it was great to spend some time with them, plus this was a big chance for my mom and I to spend some much needed time together. Happy Mother’s Day to me!

I keep creating new, fun stuff for my Kent Farmer’s Market Booth (Opening Day is June 7th – Woo Hoo) and for my Etsy Store. I like creating. I just don’t like taking the pictures and posting quite so much. Hopefully, I ‘ll be able to get better at it really soon!

Finally, I have just been taking a little break from all things blog (at least the posting side). Family life has taken over, and that will continue to take priority as long as it needs to. I love to read blogs and comment, and I will post more when things calm down.

Take care,


Friday, May 9, 2008

New Stuff

I don't have a ton of new stuff for the PSIA sh0w, but I seem to have more than I have ever had in one spot before. I also think I have done a better job of organizing and displaying my work than I ever have before, especially for taking the totality of my inventory (which normally fills a 10' by 10' booth) and scrunching it down onto a 6 foot by 2 foot table (which is a much larger table than I have used in the past, BTW). I have shutters to display the earrings, and risers to put under my table coverings to give my display some height. I'll try to get pictures, but they always seem to come out yucky when I take them at shows. We'll see.

So...the new stuff. Also posted as my "Sun Challenge" entry. The Sun and Moon Pendants. I really like these.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Getting Ready!

My first big show of the season, the PSIA/EtsyRain Edmonds Show on May 10th (see my previous post for details) is coming up in exactly one week. I got the nicest write up in anticipation of the show from Kayce at World of Whimm on her blog (thanks Kayce). I am frantically getting ready. Creating, packing, redesigning my display, deciding on whether or not to scramble and order a banner, its enough to exaust even someone who doesn't have a full time job and a family!

To top it all off, those who know me well will tell you that to call me organizationally challenged would be extremely generous. My work is scattered hither and yon, and it has been a major undertaking to unearth all of the its and bits I need for a show that haven't seen the light of day since the pre-Christmas Season. All day long it was "have you seen the bracelet stands?" or "where in the heck did I put the marbles for the martini glasses?" Hopefully we have found most everything now, and all that is left is to finish the last bit of packing during the week.

I even tried to take some pictures of my work area with its glorious dissaray of earrings and bracelets before they all got bagged, tagged, carded and packed. Unfortunately none of them turned out.

On a better note I have gotten some great ideas from our EtsyRain group about displays and I just took a great class from Marlo M. of IMakeCuteStuff on selling at craft shows, so I feel better prepared than I ever have before.

I'm very excited about the show, just in case you haven't figured it out already. I just wish all the tedious, mundane details would be done with, and the fun part could begin!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Show, A Show

On May 10th, I am going to be participating in a great show in Edmonds, WA. There will be 25 EtsyRain/PSIA (Puget Sound Indie Artists) participating, showcasing everything from jewelry to fine arts to dress-up clothes for kids to fabulous textiles. I'm getting very excited.

I think the best part is the Gift Bags that will be given away to the first 50 people to come to the show, and to one lucky show-goer every hour. Most of the vendors at the show and several other PSIA artists contributed. These are not your typical, filled with flyers, magnets and business cards gift bags, but will hand-made bags (some by yours truly) stuffed full of goodies lovingly created by true artisans. I made something totally new for me, and don't worry, there will be some for sale at my table for those who aren't lucky enough to get a gift bag.

I only hope that I have enough time to do everything I need to do in order to get ready for this show. Luckily I have a wonderful husband who will help me.

I hope to see a lot of you there!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Crafting with Friends

Today I had a chance to get together with my really good friend Elli, and spent most of the day crafting. It was absolutely wonderful. We took pictures, bounced ideas off of one another, laughed so hard my tummy hurt, and worked so hard my hands are still sore. Elli makes the most fantastic semi-precious stone jewelry. It was wonderful. I'll post pictures of what I made as soon as I unpack everything from my outing. I can't wait to do this again!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sushi, Sushi Everywhere, but not a Roll to Eat!

My crafty mother-in-law, Kristine, struck gold again last weekend. When we went over on Sunday morning, there was a small pile of strips of felt, and I was intrigued. She gleefully informed me that the strips were to become felt sushi! Even better, she had stopped by Fusion beads and we had "roe" to add to the top of some of the rolls.

While I worked on the earrings I had to finish, Kristine and my daughter worked on cutting strips of felt, rolling them into tight rolls, and stitching the rolls closed. There was red for tuna, orange for salmon, yellow for yellowtail or radish, green for wasabi and avocado, white for rice, and black for nori. They stayed busy for hours.

The whipped cream and cherry on this whole project was the roe that Kristine sewed to the top of two of the sushi pieces. It was a wonderful project. The inspiration came from an article printed in The Seattle Times on Monday, April 7th.