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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.

Craftstravaganza!

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:

Craftstravaganza


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!

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