Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Alvin Ailey

Every December my grandmother and I go to City Center to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and it's always a highlight of my year. If you don't know Alvin Ailey, you need to get yourself to a performance as soon as you can. Here's a clip of one of the pieces we saw on Sunday, Hymn. I think Alvin is probably worthy of an entire post, but until then, enjoy this clip.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Champagne & Cookies

I'll admit it, the kitchen is not the room in the house where I find inspiration. (Thankfully, D does, so it works out). Still, I do like to bake occasionally and Christmas cookies are a favorite. My number one fave (which I'm having for breakfast as I type this) is what my family refers to as wreath cookies. Made up of little more than butter, cream cheese, flour and sugar, these are always a hit and remembered fondly by anyone who has ever had one.

Yesterday I didn't have to be at Craftland, and didn't allow myself in the studio. Instead, I did normal life stuff, like shop for a few presents, and bake cookies. I made the famous wreath cookies, along with sesame seed cookies and a classic, oatmeal raisin. I used the oatmeal raisin recipe from the Joy of Cooking and it turned out great.

Cookies were paired with some delicious bubbly, chilled down in honor of exceeding my seasonal sales goals. Woo-hoo!!! I hope all my crafty friends had an awesome selling season and get to enjoy some normal life stuff too.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow Day

Late Saturday night some snow moved up along the east coast and didn't stop until half way through Sunday. It was the first big snow storm of the year, and I actually enjoyed it. Last week was super busy and I was feeling exhausted. It felt so good to have a day that I couldn't leave the house. While I will admit to sewing a few books, and even making a quick last minute custom order, I also did some regular life stuff like watch a movie (Frost Nixon, awesome) and sew on that button that fell off weeks ago. Felt good. As grateful as I am for having had a great holiday selling season, I'll admit to being ready for the quiet that follows. (Quiet follows, right?)

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Cozies

In case you missed the photos on the Craftland Facebook page, here are the photos of the parking meter cozies. They made a big splash that first day that Craftland kicked off!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Item, Mini Note Cards

Listed this new item in my shop yesterday. I made these tiny envelopes from maps and cut down card stock to make a tiny flat note. I think these would be so cute to use for a little sweet note to slip into someone's suitcase, or leave behind on someone's pillow. I packaged them in sets of 10. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Craftland Show - Part 2

I couldn't fit all the fun photos I had in one blog posting, so here are a few more photos of some of the great product at Craftland!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Craftland Show Opens

Craftland had a major renovation last week and reopened Friday with the launch of the month long Craftland Show with 170 artists. It's literally bursting at its seams with amazing handmade products. The opening party was so fun and so busy that I have no photos, but during the day I went around and snapped a ton of photos of some of the awesome product. Of course, I didn't write down any info as I was snapping away, so I'll try to do that and will update this post later with some of the artist information. For now, enjoy the photos and come on down to Craftland and see it all in person.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Craftland Opening Party!

Come on down tonight and join us! It'll be super fun, and trust me when I tell you that there's some super cool product to be found. The goodie bags are also full of some great surprises and the parking meters on our block will be outfitted in handknit cozies. Don't miss it! We're at 235 Westminster Street, that's across the street from Tazza, on the corner of Union Street. In Rhode Island speak: where Lupo's used to be. See you there!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Arts in Rhode Island

Arts in Rhode Island is an Etsy street team that I joined a little over a year ago. We're a juried group of Etsy sellers that like to hang out, talk shop and inspire each other. During the holiday season we have an Etsy shop dedicated to our product. Click here and check it out. You'll find all kinds of awesomeness. Glass, handbags, mosaics, fine art, stationery and lots more. (PS: Use the code: KristinBlog20 when you make a purchase, and get 20% off. It'll be refunded to you after you make your purchase.)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday

Happy Cyber Monday, all my fellow online sellers. Today is the day that everyone goes back to work after a long weekend, spends the morning making a list of what they need to buy, and spends their lunchtime shopping online. Not to be left out, I've been offering a sale this weekend. Free shipping on all orders over $40. This is the perfect time to stock up on journals for everyone on your list. I've been making books like crazy these past few weeks and will be adding books to my shop all day long.
This is also the last week that I'll be accepting custom orders, so if you want your own special book, made just for you, please let me know before December 5.
OK, shameless advertising done. Have a good week!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Print Finally Hanging

You may remember that in August we got a super cool housewarming present from my good friend Kara, a Kilauea print from JHill Design. D & I both love her work, and have 2 prints hanging in the kitchen already. After a few missteps getting a frame for this one, it's finally hanging up!
I broke out the camera to take a photo to send to Kara and there happened to be a show on TV about Kilauea. Couldn't resist taking this photo. See the real Kilauea smoking on the TV?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Saturday's Show

Saturday's show in Beverly turned out to be a good one for me. Not only did I get to hang out with my good friend, but I also sold a fair amount of books. I was also told by an old man that I was "enterprising" when he saw me sewing them individually.
I loved getting to spend time with my good friend, Charlotte, and see what she's making these days. She had a spread including baby books, cute baby blankets and hats, and some great looking (and smelling) bath salts. Since I forgot to buy a bath salt before I left, I think she should open an Etsy shop so I can buy one.
She was set up next to her good friend Beth who designs sweet stationery based on her watercolors.
That's the end of craft shows for me this year. Until the spring, I'm done for awhile.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Beverly Mothers Club Holiday Boutique

Saturday I'll be in Beverly, Massachusetts with my good friend Charlotte (who I've known since we were 5!) at the Beverly Mothers Club Holiday Boutique. I'll be there with lots of handmade books and cards. It takes place at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club from 9am - 1pm. Admission is free and it looks like a fun assortment of vendors. If you're in the area, come on out and get started on all that holiday shopping you need to do. For more info and directions, check out their website.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Breakin' up is hard to do.

Sunday I took the plunge and finally bought myself a mail scale. I've been thinking about this for a few weeks. I know that come December I won't feel like making the time for the daily post office run (I'm thinking positively that I'll have orders to mail every day), nor will I feel like lengthening my walk to work once it turns bitter cold.

I was dragging my feet a little though because I really like going to the post office. This made me wonder, has anyone else who bought a mail scale had the feeling that they were breaking up with their postal worker? Last week when I was there, I felt like telling him "It's not you, it's me. It's nothing you've done, I just outgrew our relationship. I hope we can still be friends. I'll still stop in every now and then for stamps."

And, like all break ups, today when I weighed my first package, printed out the label and shipped out that first package, I had the feeling that I should have done this months ago.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Custom Journal

Just listed a custom order this morning that I especially enjoyed making. It was a journal with the Isle of Man on the front. Located between Ireland and Scotland, the Isle of Man was where the ancestors of my customer came from. She had been there twice and both times kept a journal of her travels, but "used a very cheap notebook and the pages are falling out." She wanted a handmade journal to transcribe her previous journals into, and with space to add some photos. Most importantly, she wants it to last. It's fun for me to hear stories like this and to have them in mind as I'm making a special journal for someone. I think it's also important to have a journal with you as special as the trip you're taking.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Message in a Bottle

I've had The Police stuck in my head for a few days now. On Sunday, D & I went for a hike on Napatree Point, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. (It's another of the hikes from this book and was perfect to do this time of year.) While walking along I spotted a green bottle, with a message inside! My head immediately filled with all kinds of cool and romantic ideas of where it came from and who had sent it out.
Come to find out, it was thrown into the water as part of a study done by the Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, to learn more about the surface currents off of Long Island Sound. We found bottle #33 and had to go online, here, when we got home to log where and when we found it. We were extra geeky and figured out the lat/long for the spot where we were. Turns out our bottle hadn't traveled very far, but it was still fun to find and feel like we were part of someone's science project.