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It’s Friday!

It’s finally Friday! Well if you are like me that just means it’s time to get down to business. I have so much planned this weekend and Sunday is the day that my family should be here. Oh and my teen has her roller derby pictures Sunday. And did I mention that Easter is only a week away now?

Sometimes it feels like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, but that is what we have to do. So far on my to do list I need to

  1. make around 10 shark/fish purses that can double as cute, custom Easter baskets
  2. finish up a custom sea turtle plush for an order
  3. work up as many egg cozies as I can (I’m aiming for around 30 as they work up quickly)
  4. Finish up my set of diamond beanies inspired by a new movie (based on a hit 90s tv show)

And that is just the tip of the ice berg. There are so many things to do if you want to participate in craft fair season and I am aiming for having my first table in June. It doesn’t help that June is an odd month for crafts. The closest holidays are Father’s Day and 4th of July, but I am going to do my best. I plan on having a selection of kitchen and bath items available (like swifter covers and wash cloths) as well as some farm items (have you seen those adorable egg aprons going around?). And I would make up some graduation items but where I live school gets out in May. I also want to work on some more custom graphs for geeky purses.

Is there something you would like to see from a vendor if you were at these shows? What types of items draw your eyes the most? Let me know! I love to hear from people, you can drop your suggestions or even your horror stories down in the comments or shoot me an email!

 

Have a Great Weekend!!!

Fresh Tomato Day?

So in an effort to post more often I decided to look up if today had a weird holiday associated with it. And guess what? It does, but not just one there are several. SO in an effort to enlighten and entertain you here are some of the holidays listed on www.checkiday.com:

  1. Army Day – Today is a day to remember those men and women, and the blood they spilled, who fought to keep our country free (for those of you in America). Take a minute today to pay your respects to a veteran or someone in active duty.
  2. Fresh Tomato Day –  Ok this one is my jam. I LOVE tomatoes. It doesn’t how you serve them. Sliced, diced, or boiled with bread and sugar, I can eat them all day long. In an effort to support this holiday I will be working up a tomato themed plushie later tonight. Keep an eye out this weekend for some pictures and updates.
  3.  National Hostess Twinkie Day – Who else like twinkies? My favorite is a chocolate covered one that I used to get in California, only back then we called them chocodilles. (get it) They recently started selling these treasures again, but they are now just plain old chocolate twinkies. I think I might need to find me some later.

So do you have any special things going on in your life today?

Besides these little known treasures I am also working on my stock for an upcoming art walk. (Send good vibes that I can get a table!!!) And I am on the waiting list for our local farmer’s market. The 4th Saturday of this month will also be my second craft group/crochet class. I am extremely excited for all of the steps that I have taken to start my business and I thank you all for your continued support.

Oh and before I go, did you know that April is Camp NaNoWriMo? Are you a writer? Did you participate in NaNoWriMo in November and want to edit that story? Or are you just curious what this is all about? Well check out http://www.campnanowrimo.org or http://www.nanowrimo.org for more info.

As a side note I am not being paid in anyway to mention the above websites, these are just things that I found on my own and wanted to share with you. Nothing in these posts is meant to be used as health or legal advice.

Getting ready for Easter

Easter is quickly approaching and I am in a mad rush to get things done. I have been planning out some small quick to make items to sell when I can set up a small road side stand and of course we have family coming into town that week so that makes things even more hectic.

So my plans for this holiday are pretty simple. I am working on some bags in various styles, including fish, mermaids, and sharks (I love sharks), for kids to use in place of baskets (who needs a single use item when you can get multiple uses out of it). I also have some bookmarks coming up and a set of topsy turvey dolls (two dolls in one). I might also work up some egg cozies for those parents that just don’t want to deal with dying eggs this year.

As far as my own Easter plans, I don’t really have any. My child is getting older and it just doesn’t have the draw for her anymore. With family being here there is no telling what we will actually end up doing, but I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated as much as possible.

 

Getting Ready for Game Night

0314171525The third Friday of every month our library system does a game night. People from the community of all ages get together to enjoy each other’s company while playing cards, or board games. Some also enjoy putting puzzles together. The highlight of this night, however, is the very end when we all play Bingo for Bad Prizes.

The name is a misnomer though because most of the prizes, while small, are not bad. People have won mini flashlights, t-shirts, or even candy. This Friday is going to be special for me though. I have decided to donate a mini Leprechaun to donate as a prize to some lucky person.

So in honor of St Patrick’s Day and Game Night, allow me to introduce Paddy the Mini Leprechaun. So come on out tonight to the Russellville branch of the Pope County Library system and try your hand at winning Paddy and giving him his new forever home.

 

Crafty Collective

What a neat name! I am excited to announce that on March 24th I will be facilitating (in part at least) a crafting get together/beginners crochet class. I am hoping for a big enough turn out that we can do these at least once a month.

My goal for this is two fold:

  1. I want to meet other like minded crafters in my local area. Not just people who crochet or knit, but people who do any type of craft and want to share it with the community.
  2. I want to get my name out in the world. I am not charging for this class (it’s a library event so totally free) but I am hoping it gets more people to know who I am and the quality of work that I put out there. Especially as I am going to do my first booth in June (space permitting of course).

So if you live in or around Pope County Arkansas and want to learn a new craft or just meet some new people, please join us March 24th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. If you want to learn to crochet I just ask that you bring with you a small skein (ball) of cotton yarn (can be found at Walmart for around $1.50 and a size H hook) so that you can make your own dishcloth. As people get more familiar with the techniques I am hoping to start a crochet-along of one of my own graphs (All things going right up to that point and I can get the graph and pattern perfected)

So I hope to see some of you there, and if you can’t join us I am going to take tons of pictures and maybe a video or two to share with everyone.

Happy Crafting!

First Friday

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Tonight is my little town’s art walk. Once every three months on the first Friday of the month downtown is filled with local artists of every make and style. The shops are open and usually host musicians or display different types of local handmade items. (Not to mention the ones that like to offer food and/or wine for those that want to have a little refreshment). I have met so many amazing people just by walking around and taking in the atmosphere.

Tonight several of our local authors are going to be displaying their books (and some even dabble in some other crafts that will be available to purchase as well). We will probably see one or more local bands performing out in the depot and there will be plenty of interesting sights to see.

My daughter usually comes with me but this time she is at a concert with friends so I will be on my own and have decided to try something different. I am not going to have a booth this time (though I am aiming for having one at the next art walk in June) but I will be sitting out in public with my hook and some yarn so I can people watch and just get to know the community a little better.

One of the most important parts of customer service is in fact the customer. If you know the types of things that customers are drawn to, either because they are pretty or practical, you are more likely to reach a larger audience. I will have a few finished items available with me but my goal is not to try to make sales, but rather to make friends and loyal customers for future purchases. I strive to be a better crafter and the only way to do that is to reach out and find out where I need to branch my craft tree.

If you are in the local area I hope you will seek me out, if not take the time to find out if your area has something similar. Reach out to local artists, remember when you buy something from a small artist you are not supporting just a business. You are helping that person learn, grow, and support their family in a small way.

Happy Friday everyone!

 

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Exciting News

So I haven’t been posting like I should (or even as much as I wanted to), but I am doing my best to change that. So here is a quick update on things in my little corner of the craft world.

1. I moved (again)! This time is going to be permanent. We are purchasing this home and it is great for my family and my crafting. We have tons more space and as we get things settled I am going to branch out into having some fiber animals so I can spin my own yarns. Yay super excited.

2. I am working with my favorite librarian to start offering a monthly (maybe more often if there is interest) craft group/workshop. How much more fun is it to craft with other people? And I will have the opportunity to share my knowledge with others a win win in my book.

3. I recently acquired an embroidery machine and I’m working on expanding into some more sewn items, especially for dolls.

That’s about it for now. Keep an eye out over the next couple of days and I’ll have some new pictures to post.