Friday, November 20, 2009

Curating My First Treasury!

Woohoo! I snagged my very first Treasury on Etsy! Basically you've got to time it just right to 'win' the chance to curate one. I'm so excited about this opportunity! I decided to promote my fellow teammates from Artisans of Western MA. We're a new group that's trying to jumpstart the 'Buy Local, Buy Handmade' campaign in the area. Check out my Treasury live on Etsy right now! http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=95482

You can find more beautiful creations from Western MA by searching 'wmass team' on Etsy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Karen's Picks :: Vol. 16 :: Snowflake Bazaar

After a brief two week hiatus, Karen's Picks is back in action! It's been a busy few weeks (as I'm sure it has been for all in crafty business land) but I'm happy to say that things are running smoothly and I'm getting really excited about my upcoming holiday show run. Which brings me to this week's theme: Snowflake Bazaar. All of the items listed below are made by local artisans who will be participating in this year's Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar (the annual craft show that I host). I'm quite pleased with this year's line-up of vendors, it's shaping up to be a great day! Without further ado...

Treat the seamstress in your life to a unique and fresh smelling pin cushion. Made with balsam for a nice crisp scent. (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: cloth dolls, place mats, cloth napkins, baby blankets, ornaments). By SewSoft, $13.This necklace would be a great gift for the songbird in your life. Sweet and simple. (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: collage jewelry, steampunk jewelry, watch part jewelry, vintage inspired jewelry). By valleyofthedoll (aka Rusty Pomegranate), $7.
These wine glass charms would be great for your holiday hosting. None of your guests will ever need to wonder which glass is their own again! (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: jewelry, bath products, gift tags, magnets). By SunMoonStars, $6.50.I love the look of these hammered Copper Squiggle Earrings. Sure to be a unique gift! (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: lamp pulls, book marks, beaded jewelry). By ATBcreations, $14.I've had the pleasure of seeing this wall quilt up-close and in person. It's exquisite! (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: Christmas stockings, ornaments, pins & brooches, cards, art quilts). By SylvanQuilts, $155.This bag is made with colorful handwoven fabric and would make a really special and unique gift for your mom, sister, bff, etc. (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: bags, aprons, touch cases). By StargazerStudios, $48.
Butterfly wing jewelry would be quite a treat for the nature lover in your world. These are made with real butterfly wings... how special! (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: pressed leaf jewelry, glitter pop rings, fused glass jewelry). By PoPkO, $43.At this point in Karen's Picks, you may be thinking: ok, all this stuff is great and beautiful, but what about the men on my shopping list? Have no fear; bottle openers are here! This one happens to be made from an old railroad spike... pretty nifty if you ask me. (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: lamps, utensils, jewelry displays, and lots more unique bottle openers). By hammeronsteel (aka BMW Ironworks), $40.You could run a pretty fancy bar with all the treats to be aquired at the Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar. I like the elegant simplicity of this Tree Bottle Stopper. (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: glass ornaments, glass beads, glass jewelry, more bottle stopppers, vessels, metal sculptures). By katierayart, $32.Keep your head warm this winter with a hand-crocheted hat! It's always important to buy yourself a little something during the holidays! (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor: crocheted hats, mittens, bags and more). By bigcheesecrafts, $15.And now I'm going to toot my own horn for a moment...
Keep your cash stowed away, safely within the fence... err, wallet. Sure to be a unique gift for the urbanite it your life. (Things you may also find at the Bazaar by this vendor (me): wallets for him and her, pressed leaf jewelry, bead stitched jewelry, bags and purses, 1 inch pin-back buttons, pressed leaf notecards, ornaments). By moonandsundries, $23.

There will be one other vendor joining us, BakedEarthBoutique, who works in clay to make bowls, masks, wall hangings, etc. Her Etsy shop does not currently have anything listed in it, so I don't have anything to show you now, but trust me, her work is great!

We will also be selling raffle tickets at the Bazaar to give away some wonderful handmade gifts that were crafted by our vendors as well as some other area artisans. All proceeds will help jumpstart our new group Artisans of Western MA. We seek to spread the good word: Buy Local, Buy Handmade.

And on top of all the greatness you see above in this blog post, The Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar welcomes back local folk-rock all-stars Rusty Belle for a live performance at 2pm. We also welcome newcomers to the Bazaar stage The Fine & Dandy Trio. They're sloted to play at noon. Here's the skinny on the rest of the event details:

4th Annual Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar
Saturday, December 5, 2009
9am - 4pm
The Unitarian Meetinghouse
121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst MA
Free Admission!

Visit us online at: snowflakebazaar.googlepages.com
Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/SnowflakeBazaar

Hope to see you at the show!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Formatting Sobered Up

OK! We're back in action! After some frustrating hours of tinkering around this morning, the website for The Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar is starting to look normal again. It's not quite where it was before the formatting fiasco, but at least now there isn't any text or photos overlapping. Sometimes I really wish I knew more about html, Photoshop, Illustrator, web design, and computers in general. I seem to get around ok, but I am so dependent on other people to help me. It's really frustrating to have a vision of exactly what you want in your head but not be able to format it in computer land. I'm hoping to take some classes in the future... I'd like to start with some lessons in Photoshop and Illustrator. I know I would use them so much if I only knew how!

Here's hoping your day goes smooth and kink-free! Cheers!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Drunken Formatting

Aaaahhh! So much to do and so little time! The shrinking amount of daylight seems to exaggerate this. I've been quite busy. Things are moving along quite well with Snowflake Bazaar planning, although today I noticed that the formatting on the website is all out of whack suddenly. I use Google Pages for the site because I don't know the first thing about making a webpage. In the past, it's been a great tool! But it was still in beta form and Google has been talking about switching over to Google Sites (which is an updated version of Google Pages) for awhile now. Well, just after I got my page all squared away for this year's Bazaar, they decided to switch my site over. Now the formatting looks like it got drunk. I know I'll be able to fix it... but I have a feeling it's gonna take me some time.

Meanwhile, I've been trying to get some serious production going so that I'm fully prepared for the three holiday shows that I have coming up. There is a huge batch of Leaf Jewelry that's almost done and tonight I'll be cutting fabric for wallets.

I also changed my shop avatar today. This is my business logo but for some reason it's been missing from my shop banner and avatar. It's time to get serious about building the Moon & Sundries brand!
I hope to get a Karen's Picks out this week. Be patient with me, and stay tuned!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Holiday Craft Shows

I am quite pleased to announce that in addition to my own holiday bazaar, I will also be participating in 'stART At The Station' on December 6, in Worcester, MA, and 'The Stars & Skulls Crafty Craft Fair' on December 13, in Hadley, MA. I've done both of these shows before and I am really looking forward to this year's events. The show in Worcester is put on by the same people who organize the amazing 'stART On The Street' but this event takes place in the beautifully renovated train station of Worcester. The Stars & Skulls Fair is a quirky, indie-punk show that benefits the local roller derby team... I couldn't think of a better way to round out my holiday show line-up! And I'm in love with their logo... so classy in a punk-rock DIY sort of way :)Hope to see you at all these awesome shows in December!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Snowflake Bazaar Mania

Life's been a little hectic for me lately. I've been trying to juggle steady production of goods with planning and organizing for the annual craft show that I host, The Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to spend as much time as I would like to on photographing and listing items in my Etsy shop. I just need to stick to a solid schedule for the next few weeks and I'll get everything done that I need to. Although I missed posting Karen's Picks on time this week, I did get the Bazaar's webpage updated and also was able to start a Facebook Fan Page for the event. Now people can follow my progress as I sticth together the 4th Annual Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar. It's shaping up to be a great one! We have a dozen very talented craftsfolk as well as live music from Rusty Belle... It's a gathering not to be missed!