Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's Ice

This morning, I got to curate my second ever Treasury on Etsy. I put one together that's titled 'It's Ice'. For all you crazy hippies out there, you may understand the reference (am I revealing too much of myself here?). For the rest of you, 'It's Ice' is the title of a Phish song off of the 1993 album Rift. The art on the album's cover is iconic; it was created by David Welker. This Treasury that I put together uses the icy blue colors of the album art to create a cool collection of handmade treasures.

All of the work that was selected for this Treasury was created right here in western Massachussetts. Almost exactly one year ago, this area was hit with a major ice storm. Today, the damage is still evident from the snapped and bent trees in many communities. I dedicate this treasury to all my friendly local artisans who survived the big storm with me. Oh yeah, and to creative, original music. Cheers!

PS- Be sure to go over and check the Treasury out while it's live on Etsy. It expires at noon on Tuesday... I'll post a picture of it here after it expires.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday Night Craft Party

On Friday night, my friend Ben hosted a party/craft show in his home. Four of us set up our handmade goods around the house. There was a fire in the fireplace and tasty food in the kitchen. Acapella filled the air as friends gathered for some last minute holiday shopping and drinks. The atmosphere was festive and a good time was had by all. It was the perfect ending to a crazy and hectic craft show season. I hope you're enjoying your friends and family throughout the holidays. Keep warm and cozy...
Cheers to you!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chestnuts Roasting

Hello! Sorry for being so absent from this here blog... you know how life gets during the holidays though. (I promise to bring back Karen's Picks in January!)

I wanted to quickly share with you a treasury that my work was selected for. It's expired now, but have no fear, I snapped a picture of it. This one features the work of Western MA Etsians. We're currently in the process of jump-starting a new campaign to Buy Local and Buy Handmade here in this beautiful region. We just launched a new web site and there are plans in the works to go BIG in 2010! Check out our new site, www.artisansofwmass.com and follow us on Facebook, facebook.com/artisansofwmass! Without further ado, here is "Chestnuts Roasting" by KnittyVet...Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Craft Show Mania

Woah. What a crazy few weeks. I survived hosting my fourth annual craft show, The Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar. It took place this past Saturday and then I followed it up with another craft show in Worcester on Sunday (stART At The Station). All in all, it was a successful weekend, but I'm glad it's over... I can sleep again! But I can't slip into full winter hibernation quite yet; I have another craft show coming up this Sunday- The Stars & Skulls Crafty Craft Fair. You don't want to miss this event. It's put on by the valley's very own roller derby team! There will be 25 alternative indie vendors, a dj, and girls with pink hair zooming around on roller skates. Be there!