Thursday, December 19, 2013

Carry your beer in style!

I'm out enjoying a lovely lunch at my local byob. I brought a selection of my favorite holiday beers in one of my six pack totes.  I'll have these and other goodies at my next show this Saturday at the Crane Arts building.  Oh, and in addition to amazing crafters there will be bands, belly dancers and free beer. Noon to 7pm.  Come on out.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Top Ten Reasons To Think Outside the Big Box

As a kid, I was a huuuuuge fan of David Letterman.  I watched "Late Night" religiously, then followed him over to the "Late Show".  Then I got old and incapable of staying up past ten o'clock.  Phoo.  But I still love the top ten lists.  Anyway, I've been thinking about how to convince your average Black Friday warrior to hit up a craft fair or small business instead of the usual madness.  So here's my Top Ten reasons to Think Outside the Big Box this Black Friday:

10.  No one's ever been trampled to death at a craft fair.
9.   No hordes of crazy people fighting over the latest "it" toy, gadget, etc....
8.  Some craft fairs have yummy treats!  Cupcakes, artisanal chocolate, jam, hot sauce, etc..Try   finding a tasty baked good at Best Buy.
7. All the cool kids are doing it.
6. Everyone is going to want to know where you got all that cool stuff.  Anyone can wait hours on end in a freezing parking lot to save a few bucks on a flatscreen, but craftspeople and local shops have cool stuff you've never heard of.  Be a trendsetter, and one-up that relative that buys everyone boring gift cards.
5.  However, if you are truly, totally stumped as to what your giftee might like, many small businesses and Etsy offer a gift card option.
4.  Do you make cool stuff?  Some crafty folks are open to barter.  I know I am.  By the way, I can't crochet or knit to save my life, but love scarves and those little figures.
3.  Big box stores treat their employees like shit.  I can vouch for this one.  Especially now that Black Friday has bled into Thanksgiving Day.  Do you REALLY need to deprive someone else of a holiday to save a few bucks on some crap?  Think of your karma!
2. Craftspeople and small businesses do not expect you to get up at zero dark thirty to shop.  Sleep in, have a leftover turkey omelet and join us at a DECENT hour!!

And the number one reason......

1.  Money spent at local businesses and with local craftspeople stays in the community!  Money spent at Walmart will probably just buy one of the Waltons another ivory butt-scratcher for the private jet.  However, if you buy something from me or another craftsperson/artist/small business owner, you're helping keep the lights on, paying for dance lessons, putting a turkey on the table, maybe an extra gift under the tree for the kids. 

So think small, think local this holiday season.  We appreciate it more than a billionaire appreciates another ivory butt scratcher.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market

Going on now until 4 this afternoon.  It's full of awesome.  Think outside the big box this year and give gifts that rock.  I have a new item today-six pack totes.  Carry your brew with class!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Growler bags

So I've been spending time in my sewing cave, getting ready for the holiday season.  It's shaping up to be a busy one.  I just hope I can keep up!

Raw materials and inspiration I have in spades thanks to some very kind people.  I've been blessed with some great stuff:  upholstery samples, malt bags, all manner of fashion fabric, etc...THANK YOU!!!!
I've put a few of those items to good use in my newest creation, growler bags.  For those who don't know, a growler is a glass container, usually around a half gallon, for taking draft beer home from a brewpub or a bar.  I made these bags out of denim or canvas with a batting layer to help keep the beer cold.  These also work well with 2 liter soda bottles.

I'll be bringing these and other good stuff to my next show date, Saturday, October 26 at East Passyunk Avenue's fall fest.  Looking forward to it!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Rookie mistakes

So, I didn't make it to my show today.  I was concerned about the bad weather ruining the merchandise I worked so hard on, so I canceled.  Then this morning, the sun came out.  D'OH!!  I feel like a complete idiot, but the day has not been totally lost.  I took some time to look over my schedule, and I'm in danger of over-booking myself.  I need to backtrack a bit and make sure I've got that whole work/life balance thing going on.  I love sewing, and I love it when people enjoy my things, but I need to spend time with my little guy, my big guy, my pit bull, and make sure everyone has clean clothes and there's more than mustard and beer in the fridge.

This is my first year on the craft show circuit, and I've learned so much in the past few months.  But sometimes days like today remind me there's still more to learn.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Show Date

I've been accepted to another show, sponsored by the St. Albans Place Garden Club.  I love St. Albans Place.  In my opinion it is one of the most beautiful streets in Philadelphia:
It's paved with brick and the center of the street is the most lovely garden enclosed by a wrought iron fence.  Back in my salad days when I was a dog walker I'd wander down this street in between assignments just in awe of how gorgeous it was.  I'm excited to be vending there on Saturday, October 12.  More details are in the flyer below.