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Crazy Is As Crazy Does

15 May

Say “hello” to my newest creation, the world’s smallest journal! Or tiny journal or microscopic journal or a journal that’s slightly smaller than a finger nail. Either way, its my new favorite thing to make! Which could be a sign that I’m losing my mind or that I’m a genius… but that’s not what’s important. What is important is that I do have a plan for these little buggers and that is to make earrings out of them. I’ve already made a few pairs and I think I’m in love. Hopefully there are some fellow book nerds left in the world because lets face it, an e-reader would not look nearly as awesome hanging from your ear.


Recaps and The Spring Soiree

4 May

Mini Journals.
I love them.
I also hate them.

This past Saturday was the Craftstravagnza. The weather was absolutely horrible. At one point I was crossing the street with an inverted umbrella, carrying crutches and being drowned in a down pour of freezing cold rain. Not to mention my dreads had fallen out of their pony tail and were attacking my face quite mercilessly. A young man saw me and simply laughed. That’s about all you can do sometimes.
However, I have to say that this was by far the funnest show I had ever participated in. The people there were amazing! My mom comes along to shows to help me out and we sometimes get looks from disapproving neighbors and shoppers with our sarcastic humor and loud laughing but not at this show. People joined in on the fun and you would never have known that the weather was trying to kill us all.
I also had the two most wonderful and talented neighbors next to me.
Green Cricket Salvage and Zoss Design were on either side of me and we spent the day laughing and talking between the rushes of shoppers.
I already cannot wait for next year!

Oh, so why do I both love and hate mini journals? Well, I love them because out the 50 items I sold at Craftstravaganza, over half of them were mini journals. Not to mention, they always seem to bring a smile to people’s faces when finding something so small yet completely functional. Why do I hate them? Because they take longer to make than anything else I create. If I don’t get some crippling hand disease it will be a miracle. Oh well, every artist must suffer a little bit, right? 😉

This weekend is the Spring Soiree put on by Design Vertigo in North St. Paul. It will be a chance for you to go out and enjoy the (hopefully) nice spring weather while supporting local shops and artists. Not to mention that The Historical Society will be having their annual plant sale! If you’re looking for something to do then definitely check this event out! I’ll be there selling my work in the Design Vertigo parking lot with other local artists.

That’s pretty much it here on the home front. Since this blog is severely lacking in photo department, I’ll leave you with this…

I think I’m going to do a contest in the near future where I’ll shove a bunch of mini journals in a jar and whoever guesses the correct amount wins a regular sized journal.


27 Apr

I think its impossible to say that word without the least bit of excitement, even if you have no idea what the Craftravaganza is.
If you don’t know what it is then check this out:


The funny thing is, the other day I realized that I had attended this show about five years ago with my friend Kate. There was a booth there where you could make your own buttons out of old books and newspaper clippings. I was looking through a dictionary/thesaurus trying to find another word for “traveling” or “wandering” and a few minutes later I was wearing a button with the definition for “wayfaring”. If you had told me that five years from then I would be selling my work at the very same show under the name Wayfaring Art I probably would have laughed and called you crazy.

This week has been going surprisingly smooth considering Craftstravaganza is my first show of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I have a to-do list a mile long but the fact that I am not having one mental break down after another is a modern day miracle. Today I have the always interesting task of buying clothes. For those of you that don’t know, clothes and I don’t mix. I have no fashion sense and don’t really care to have any. The problem with this is that if I showed up to art shows in what I wear on a normal day, I might be mistaken for a homeless person. While it would be fairly correct to assume such things about me, I am making a valiant effort towards dressing fun and quirky for my shows this year.

Here is a glimpse of what I have so far…

Its a skirt I got years and years ago from the vintage section at Ragstock when they still had the warehouse in downtown Minneapolis. I’ve never worn it in public before but have always kept it because I knew someday there would a good use for it. My mom informed that its a handmade skirt from the early 1970’s. It scares me to wear something with such bright colors and patterns but I’m excited to go with something other than my usual black and brown combo. So anyways, today’s goal is to find something… anything… that goes with that. Its times like this I wish I had someone to dress me because goodness knows I don’t care enough to do it well on my own.

Oh, I also wanted to remind people to watch the Fox 9 Morning News tomorrow because the lovely MA Rosko will be doing a feature on Craftstravaganza. I believe she will be talking to some fellow artists selling at the show.

I guess that’s it for now. I know its the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend as well but if you can pull yourself away for a little bit on Saturday, I highly recommend coming out to the Craftstravaganza and checking out all of the wonderful arts and crafts work being sold there! I’ll be there in booth #24 selling my journals and other little items. So come on out and support handmade!

Diversify…Diversify and then when you’re sick of that… Diversify some more

18 Apr

As I noted in my last entry, business has been rather poor. I’m sure its not very professional of me to say that but lets face it, when it comes to business, some months you sell a lot.  Some months you sell nothing.

So in an attempt to put a stop to the pity party I’ve been throwing myself lately, I’ve decided to feature some of my creations that aren’t journals (well, for the most part they aren’t).

When I originally got into the arts and crafts world all I wanted to do was make and sell jewelry because when it comes to jewelry I’m, well… obsessed.  So to let that side of me show more in my work, I put up a few pairs of earrings including this one:

Northshore Waves

This pair was inspired by the color and movement of the waves of Lake Superior as a warm summer sun dances across them. They are made of 18 gauge bronze wire that I’ve hand pounded and molded. I just really love working with wire and metal and being able to pound it into whatever form you want… its a fabulous stress reliever!

Another thing I just put in the shop are my bookmarks made from my handmade paper. Due to my refusal to throw away any scraps leftover from book making I literally have a closet full of paper scraps. And aside from using them in my guinea pig and rat cages or as eco-friendly (ugh, I swear I’m not always so cliche) packaging materials, about the only thing you can do with paper scraps is form them into new sheets of paper. Right now I’m making cinnamon, tea and pine needle bookmarks…

Handmade Paper Bookmarks

Last but certainly not least, I’ve put some more of my Wayfaring Stranger Series journals in my Etsy shop. I love these little journals. They are rough and rugged and 100% me. They are made from my rustic leather scraps and each one has a 1930’s hobo symbol burned into the front cover.

Wayfaring Stranger - "Safe Camp"

In other news, today I went to a silent auction. I originally went to win a couple tattoo shop gift certificates but came home with a local coffee shop gift card, a fascinating African piece of art and a gift certificate towards a class at a local art center. What more could a girl hope for? I’ve been checking out the classes offered at the art center and I really want to take the sculpture class because I would learn all about welding and large scale metal work and get to make my own outdoor metal sculpture (for the record, I decided long ago that if bookmaking fails me, I’m definitely entering the world of sculpture)… Unfortunately the class is a bit out of my price range. So I’ll probably take the ceramics class… I’ve been meaning to take on the wheel again after it thoroughly kicked my butt in high school ceramics…

“Well I tried to wake it.
I tried to break it.
I tried to lay it down by the river
Even the river wondered…
Which side are you on?”

-Breathe Owl Breathe

Revamping the blog for the holiday season!

10 Oct

Hello to the few, the proud, the dedicated… my wonderful readers!

The holiday season is fast upon us. Despite my inner protests to having anything Christmas related up before the day after Thanksgiving, I found myself wandering through the Christmas section at Kohl’s today and it actually did get me in the creative spirit. Which is good considering I have two craft shows the week before Thanksgiving and business in Etsy land is steadily picking up.

I recently became a member of the HandmadeMN team on Etsy which has been a huge source of encouragement and info related to living and working in the handmade world.

I guess that’s it for now. Just wanted to get a post up so people know that I didn’t die and I plan to keep you all much more updated with what is going on with Wayfaring Art. I’ll leave you with a photo of my current favorite journal:

Roadsinger came to town, long cape and hat,
People stood and stared then closed their doors, as he passed,
He strolled the empty street, kids banged on tin cans,
Then the panting dogs began to bark, as the Roadsinger sang

-Yusef Islam

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