Friday, November 19, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

shows and shows

So, last week I participated in the Ryan High craft show. It was well run and since they have been doing it for 24 years I think they've worked out most of the kinks. There was a pretty good amount of foot traffic through the building which was hosting over 100 vendors.

Doing ths show so soon after the Etsy Denton Barn Sale really gave me an opportunity to try out some new display ideas. You can see some of those changes in the picture.

I would like to thank Leslie Kregel of Cimarrona designs who helped to work out some thoughts I had been having and for offering me new ideas to try. Please check out some of her work which is made from reclaimed wool . She makes beautiful hats from wool sweaters that she felts and lines with fleece. Some of her designs have hand stitched flowers on them, ears, or are cut so that you can wear a baseball cap under them.

I also did a show today for Guyer HIgh School and although there wasn't so many folks out there, I had a good time anyway. They had a car show happening at the same time and it was neat to walk aeound with Ian and look at all of the old mustangs and corvettes and gto's etc...

I must say though that three weeks in a row in a lot for me. I should definitely stick to my belief about only doing shows every other week. There are still one or more opportunities for me here to put in before the end of hte year but I'm not so sure I want to.

Honestly, I'm missing Athens right now. I'm missing the excitement I felt last year when I knew I headed out tot he RXRAD holiday show and the Indie Craftstravaganza, and the Flicker holiday market. Those were venues in which I had a great time, sold and traded a lot of stuff and got the chance to be with other artisans and crafters. While the Etsy Denton barn sale was like that, Denton seems to have a lot of craft shows with a fair amount of merchandise and not necessarily hand made items. Maybe I need to help get that going here.

Anyway, that's it for now. Until next week. New pictures coming of finished commisions.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Cooling down

Well, it's beginning to cool down here in northern Texas and that, along with the passing of Halloween seems to signal the official beginning of the holiday shopping season. Tuth be told, I'm no uber-capitalist, but I LOVE a good craft show as much as anyone. Well, actually since I'm being truthful, probably more. I simply enjoy walking through aisles of vendors showcasing their crafts, giving demonstrations, offering free samples. It is inspiring to me as a crafter to see what others are doing especially when they are excited about it.

Last weekend I participated in the first Etsy Denton Barn sale. Thanks to the Christener's for the use of their wonderful barn and land. The event was a great success. I think there were about 20 local Etsy artists in attendance, some musicians from UNT who entertained us and some High Schoolers who volunteered their time to paint kids' faces. We had a great turnout and I think all of us who were there had a great time. I sure know that Ian and I had a lovely day.

I had planned to take a week or so off before my next show, but those of you who know me know how caught up in the excitement of the show I can get. So, I was asked numerous times if I would be at the Ryan High School Show and I had to keep answering no. I just wasn't able to let that go and as of Wednesday I will now be participating in the Ryan High School Show which is coming up, tomorrow.

So, If you are looking for a craft show to spend some time and money at, come on out tomorrow and check it out. Since I haven't done this show before I really don't know what to expect but everything I keep hearing leads me to believe that it is a really good one.

Also, I have just been having a good time coming up with new designs and sculptural pieces, I;ve really been digging creating headbands with all different sorts of flowers and beads and I have been busily adding in more seasonal pieces like poinsettias and red/gold/green/silver items. My last little thing for today is to introduce you to my newest team member. Please say hello to Valerie, my assistant. Take a moment and familiarize yourself with her becasue I am betting that she will become a recognizable face here on this page. She's just great. She is very helpful, never complains and will pretty much just do whatever I need her to without too much sweet talking. And, my favorite thing about her is that she will let me put her hair into any style that I want. I just can't beat that.
Have a great weekend, come see me at Ryan High, check back for info about future events and projects.

Monday, November 1, 2010