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.)