Friday, February 26, 2010

Nose to the Grindstone

There's so much going on in my little crafting corner of the world! Production is steady. Some of the new displays that I ordered have arrived. I used a coupon to score a new pop-up tent for a great price (I'm switching from the EZ-Up brand to Caravan... I will keep you posted on my thoughts regarding the two). I met with a very nice gal from a local non-profit about spaces to have craft shows in. And now, the countdown is on... I have 2 weeks to finish preparing for the Old Deerfield Spring Sampler. There's lots to do between now and then but I think I've got it well outlined... production, Production, PRODUCTION, print some more business cards, redo tags for products, make new table signs, practice setting up my display, pack and then quadruple check my pack to make sure I'm not missing anything, and then cram in whatever other production that I have time for. *sigh* I'll have to treat myself to a little something special when this is all over :)

Happy Friday!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Birthday Break

Hello! I was absent from my blog this past week... Wednesday was my birthday and I've had so much going on lately that it's been challenging to keep up with things here. I have cranked production up into high gear because I found out that I have been accepted as a vendor at the Old Deerfield Craft Fairs. There are 4 of these shows throughout the year: The Spring Sampler, The Summer Fair, The Fall Fair, and The Christmas Sampler. I'll be vending at all of them except the Fall Fair (unfortunately, the Fall Fair falls on the same weekend as stART On The Street and that's my very favorite show, so I can't skip it). These are by far the biggest and most professional shows that I have been accepted to thus far in my crafting career! I have been accepted as part of the Artisans of Western MA group application... I'm really excited that our group will be represented at these shows. We will all be set-up together in one area, which is nice because I will know my neighbors and we'll be able to support each other throughout the events. We will also be working to spread the good word about buying locally and handmade right in western Massachusetts as well as handing out additional info about our group. The Spring Sampler is just around the corner- only 3 weeks away! Gadzooks, I have a lot to do!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Karen's Picks :: Vol. 18 :: All you need is LOVE

Happy Valentines Day... almost! This week's 'Karen's Picks' pays tribute to the holiday of love, handmade style. After you see these sweet treats, you'll never want to step foot in a hallmark again. Enjoy!

Let Mr. and Mrs. Pacman share their magnetizing love with you from your refrigerator all year round. By Livethislife777, $11.50.This t-shirt is perfect for tandem lovers! One of my teachers from high school retired from teaching and rode a tandem across the country with his wife... this tee reminds me of them. By darkcycleclothing, $18.Be mine. Be my belt. By BareTree, $15.
If you occasionally suffer from 'trucker talk', like myself, this Valentine is the perfect exclamation for your lover. By Glademade, $4.50. I love these two little lovebugs. So sweet and simple. By alinahayes, $17.I love coffee, a lot. If you love it as much as I do, you would go to great lengths to drink it while it's hot... So show off your love for coffee with this love smitten cozy. By KnittyVet, $8.50.
These colorful crayons would be a playful way to share your love with your little buddies. By GaddyNipperCrayons, $5.95.This little red bird wants to sing love songs to you all day long. By NewMoonStudio, $15.Sweet and simple earrings for the lovely lady in your life. By phoebestreasure, $12.An iconic quote and one of life's ultimate truths... By Tessyla, $12.50.
Spread LOVE. ~Cheers~

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Craft Show Saturday!

This Saturday, February 6, I will be participating in my first craft show of 2010. The Stitches, Needles, N' Guns Alternative Craft Fair will be taking place on the 4th floor of the Printers Building, 44 Portland Street, Worcester MA. The show goes from 10am - 3pm and is being sponsored by Central Mass Roller Derby. I can't wait! This will also be the first show that Moon & Sundries will be accepting credit and debit cards. I'm looking forward to seeing how this will impact my sales. I've been opposed to taking cards for a long time and for a variety of reasons, but in the end, fellow crafters have convinced me that it's worth the fees, time, and hassle. We shall see.

Here's the event poster. It makes me want to improve upon my illustration skills. I think the Snowflake Bazaar poster needs a little help this year...I'm also really looking forward to checking out the space that this event is being held in. The event coordinators sent out two photos to give the vendors a preview... I'm sharing my sneak peek with you here... They aren't top quality shots, but they give you an idea.
I love all the graffiti and big windows. It looks like the perfect setting for an alternative craft fair. I hope to see you and yours at the event this Saturday... Because what else are you going to do on a freezing cold winter's day?