Friday, December 10, 2010

Tomorrow: Last show of the season!

Tomorrow I'll be up in Beverly, Massachusetts for my last holiday show of the season. Woo-hoo! If you're in Boston, or north of Boston, please stop by and say hi, admission is free! The show is hosted by the Beverly Mothers Club and runs from 9-3. There will be a wide range of products from 50 different vendors, and is worth checking out to get some holiday shopping done. Check out their Facebook page for details on some of the other vendors. The sale is located at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club, get directions here.

Ok, off to sew more books!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Craftland Show 2010!!!

The official kickoff party for Craftland Show 2010 is happening tonight from 5pm - 9pm and will be the glitter-filled crafty spectacular that you've all grown to love. There will be plenty of food, including a cheese log and some snackage from Julian's, and of course some wine. There are goodie bags filled with awesome freebies for the first 300 purchases.

The most exciting part, the store is looking amazing!! Every year I say that it's the best Craftland yet, and this year I'm saying it again. The jewelry is incredible, the print wall is staggering and the quality of work from new artists and long time faves are all inspiring. To get an idea of the artists we're carrying, you can see a list of them here.

This holiday season, support your local economy and the local artists who make this city the creative hub that it is. Buy handmade!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Levi's, Part 2

Hopefully you will all remember the awesome traveling journal project I worked on for Levi's this past summer. (If not, you can read about it here.) This fall, I was lucky enough to get to do a second part for this project. Myself and one other bookbinder (Rhonda, of My Handbound Books) were asked to make 5 books each, to be sold at the TEDWomen Conference that's happening in Washington DC next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The books I made were similar in style to the ones that I regularly make, I just used different paper on the inside, and included some of the branding that they sent me, specific for this project.
If any of you are lucky enough to be attending this incredible conference, please check out the Urban Zen Store at the TEDWomen Conference to see my books in person. (And feel free to send me some photos!) All proceeds from their sale will be donated to the Global Fund for Women.

Once again, I'm so excited that I got to continue to be a part of this incredible project!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Make Shop & Studio, Dallas

Last week I spent the holiday with D's family in Dallas, Texas. The highlights naturally included hanging out with family and eating way too much food. (I know Thanksgiving is supposed to be about turkey, but look at these homemade Vietnamese spring rolls, or chả giò, my favorite!)

While there I got to visit Make Shop & Studio, the newest store to be carrying my books.
I first met Julie, the owner of Make, about a year ago when she was visiting Providence and came shopping in Craftland. She's also the designer behind 2Enju, whose bags we carry at Craftland. I was so excited to get to see Make in person. It's part store specializing in handmade goodness, (with an incredible collection of garments) and it's part studio where they have classes.
Located in the Bishop Arts District, in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, this part of town felt nothing like what I expected Dallas to feel like. It was small and intimate, with a great collection of independent stores and restaurants and an almost small city feel.

That section of town also contains Indiegenius, a micro boutique marketplace.
Basically, local artists set up a booth for their products, and then there's a main check out area, so everyone doesn't have to be there all the time.
If you're in the area, be sure to check out both places!

PS: Absolutely loved this sign at Make.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Weekend Craftacular: The Recap

The fact that I'm blogging today in my pajamas, with a cold and sipping hot tea, gives you an idea of just how crazy the last couple of weeks were as I prepared for this past weekend. Today my body forced me to slow day, and focus on things like chicken pho for lunch, and relaxing (while also doing paperwork, laundry, and blogging).
The cold is worth it though, I had an awesome weekend. First, I spent Friday and Saturday in Northampton, MA at an awesome show, Twist. Super well organized and well curated, it is a small show, chock full of amazing talent. Added bonus is getting to meet some of the artists whose work I sell at Craftland, but I've never met in person. My new tablecloth, made especially for me by my mom, made its debut and looked awesome! I got lots of compliments, and lots of people asking if she takes orders!
Sunday was Craftopia in Pawtucket. This is the second Craftopia show, and the holiday version proved to be just as awesome as the one in the spring. Again, super well curated and organized, with the added bonus of the Chez Pascal truck there for lunch!
No time to rest for long. Now starts my heavy push on my Etsy shop, restocking for the big Craftland holiday show, as well as restocking at Swish and at Make in Dallas. Plus, I have one more indoor show in December. I guess I'll rest in January, hopefully on a beach somewhere while holding a drink with an umbrella in it.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Weekend Craftacular!

My lack of blog postings recently can be contributed to one thing, this weekend! It's been a frenzy of crafting as I get ready for three days in a row of craft shows. If you're in New England, and looking for some stuff to do, I highly recommend checking out one or both of these awesome shows.
Twist Craft Fair
Tonight and all day tomorrow is Twist in Northampton, MA. I did Twist for the first time in the spring, and it was one of my favorite shows. I was so excited to be accepted in this juried show for the holidays. Check out the Twist site for directions and times.
Then on Sunday, I'll be at Craftopia: The Holiday Edition in Pawtucket, RI. The first Craftopia ever was back in April, and was a lot of fun. Based on the list of vendors, I'm guessing the holiday edition will be just as great. Check out the Rhody Craft site for details, and be sure to come by. (As if the crafters were reason enough to come, the ridiculously amazing Chez Pascal truck will also be there.)

This holiday season, help your local economy and the many thriving microbusinesses of talented entrepreneurs. Buy handmade and feel good about where you're spending your money.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Favorite Bag

I forgot to blog about about my new favorite handbag. When I saw Endless Hats making cute bags from vintage souvenir tea towels this summer, I knew I needed a Hawaii one. I found this vintage linen towel on Ebay, and mailed it to Emily at Endless Hats and got back this super cute, awesome bag. I love me some Hawaiiana, and am so excited about this!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Outdoor Craft Show Season: Done!

Woo-hoo! Tent weights, tent, cinder blocks, shelves are all back in the basement. Another outdoor craft show season done. Yay! Now to get my act together for holiday shows. The big ones are coming up in November, Twist, Craftopia, then the holiday version of Craftland. Busy, busy busy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Arts in Rhode Island at SOWA

Tomorrow I'll be at SOWA for my last outdoor show of the season. Woo-hoo!!! (I'm so excited to empty my car of craft show stuff, you have no idea.) Please come on down and say hi and help make this last one a success. Fellow members of the Arts in Rhode Island team will be there too, so be sure to visit us. I'm excited! See you tomorrow.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Warren Mill Project

A couple of weeks ago I went over to Warren, RI to view The Warren Mill Project. I've heard about this project for awhile now, as my good friend, Deborah Baronas, is the artist whose paintings accompany the project, but I still was surprised and blown away by this installation. I'm not really sure how much to say about it, besides GO SEE IT!
An exhibition exploring Warren's mill history and culture from the 1800s, I saw it installed at one of the old mill buildings in Warren, but it is currently on view at the Imago Gallery in Warren until October 10.
From their accompanying booklet, "The Warren Mill Project is an aesthetic blending of art and history aimed at raising knowledge and awareness within the community of Warren's rich mill history. The project presents the evocative artwork of Deborah Baronas and research by Doug Hinman to commemorate their formative period and the girls, boys, women and men who worked in Warren's mills."
Part art installation, part display of historic pieces and ephemera, part history lesson, this show is such a unique experience that I've put off blogging about it because it was just so good. It's also an interesting reflection on an industry that did so much to grow this region, but is now essentially gone. It is not to be missed.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Homemade Yogurt Success!

I've always been a yogurt lover and eat it nearly every day. A few weeks ago, my mom gave me an electric yogurt maker which I finally tried, successfully. Since a few of you were asking about the process, I (of course) took some photos along the way to blog about it.

Step 1 was to gather the ingredients. I bought a quart of Rhody Fresh whole milk, and for a starter yogurt, for the live cultures, I picked up some Narragansett Creamery yogurt at the Farmers Market. (A delicious yogurt itself.)
The yogurt maker makes it pretty foolproof. First you heat up the milk until it gives off some steam and starts to bubble around the edges, then you let it cool until the handy temperature hits the point that says "add starter."
When it hits that point, you mix some of the hot milk with 1-2 spoonfuls of your starter yogurt, then add that to the milk and stir it all together. Then you simply fill the cups, and put the lid on the yogurt maker and set the timer. It recommended 10 hours for the first batch, which I did.
After the correct amount of time, you pop them into the fridge for at least 3-4 hours. The first batch was a little thinner than I prefer, so I think the next batch I'll adjust my time to make it a little thicker. Still, the flavor was delicious, I'm sure mostly because the ingredients I started with were so delicious. (As a milk drinker, I can attest to Rhody Fresh being the most delicious milk available in my local stores. It's so full of flavor!)
I love to mix up my yogurt with some of my favorite homemade granola that my good friend Kara makes. (I blogged about our barter before. I send her books or stationery, and she sends me granola! If only I could send her yogurt through the mail.)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monthly Post

Just did my monthly post on journal keeping on the Bookbinding Team blog. This one is about a favorite wee tool of mine. Go read about it here!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Swish in Warren, RI

This summer my books and cards started selling at Swish, a new store in Warren, Rhode Island. Swish is owned by Thea Katon of the Oh So Cute Coaster Co. This week I delivered a supply of cards and books and got to see the store and take some photos. Swish is located close to the water, and is full of handmade goodness, the majority of which is from local artists. Check it out in person and read the Swish blog to keep up on new artists and info.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Providence Open Market: The Recap

Saturday was a fun day at the Providence Open Market. The weather was absolutely perfect, and there was a bustle in the air. The overlap with the Farmers Market was a good thing for those of us selling non-edible handmade goodness. It was great to see friends both selling and buying.
Suzanne from Tanner Glass was next to me. Nice to see her there selling after a rough spring and summer. First, studio destroyed in the flood (remember?) and then broken foot all summer!
Lunch, as predicted, came from the incredible Hewtin's Dogs Mobile, the truck of porky goodness from Chez Pascal. These sandwiches are incredible and have become a highlight of the my day when I'm selling there. (It's so bad that I actually prefer to be located in the part of the park nearest them, so I can see when they're open!)
See you all there again next weekend! Two more outdoor shows for me, then I can get those tent weights out of the trunk of my car! I can't wait!