Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Delightful Lovelies

As the weather warms up and the forest around my house comes to life, it can be hard to find a balance between work and play. There are days (and weeks) where I don't want to do anything in my house. But that's the beauty of running my own business... When the weather is glorious, I can take a break and head for the garden. This has been one of those weeks that the outdoors is calling me. My Love is leaving for a summer tour in a few days so I've been taking every opportunity to go and frolic outside with him. We've gotten a little gardening work done, gone for some hikes, and yesterday we dipped into an icy cold mountain stream. On Monday, I snapped a few pictures of the delightful lovelies that are growing in our yard, while my Love pruned wild blueberries. Here's a few of my favorite shots...Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Great Start to the Season...

Vendors get prepared for the weekend. Photo by Lou Leelyn.

Last weekend, I headed east to Boston to sell my work at the South End Open Market with my friend Lou of Lou's Upcycles. It was a long weekend and a lot of work but totally worth all the effort. My Saturday morning started at 4:00am and I arrived home at 9:30 Sunday night. It's a lot of work to set-up and break-down a mini storefront each day! Luckily, we stayed with a friend of mine in Cambridge on Saturday night. Despite the long days, I had a lot of fun chatting with customers and fellow vendors, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect or picturesque! There was a strong turnout and I happened to bump into old friends from high school and college. The new location for the market is great. It's easier to find, on a major road (Albany St), and visible from I-93. Plus, the new spot is just one block away from the Medieval Manor, a theater-restaurant that my family owns and operates. We'll have to head there for some good laughs, feast, n' flagon after one of the upcoming markets!
Part of the Moon & Sundries display.

Moon & Sundries' Pressed Leaf Earrings. Photo by Lou Leelyn.

In other news, I just found out that I will be selling my work in the Community Marketplace at the Garlic & Arts Festival this year! I'm jumping out of my seat I'm so excited! This is one of my very favorite cultural events and I'm so honored and excited to be a part of it for the first time this year. Mark your calendars for October 2 & 3... you don't want to miss it!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Craft Show Craziness Begins

The time has finally come... after a quiet start to the year, the craft show season is upon us. I have already participated in 4 shows thus far in 2010, but now I'm getting into the thick of things (You can see my complete 2010 show schedule down the right hand side of this blog).

Last weekend I was part of a lovely little show in Florence MA called the Annual Mother's Day Craft Fair and Plant Sale. It was lots of fun to do, as there were many Artisans of Western MA in attendance. I love that I've made pals with so many other local vendors through this group. Shows seem to fly by in a flash when you've got some friends there with you.

Up next is Opening Weekend at Boston's South End Open Market (also referred to as SoWa Market), this Saturday and Sunday. So far, it looks like we're going to have fantastic weather (knock on wood)... 70's and partly cloudy. It should be a grand ole time- a farmer's market, lots of crafty folks, and an antique market- It all adds up to an awesomely unique outdoor shopping experience. I'll be sharing my booth with the lovely Lou Leelyn of Lou's Upcycles. Also at the market will be our good friend from AWM, Betsy Archer, selling her photo t-shirts and such. I'll have lots of new work with me this weekend, things that have not yet debuted in my Etsy shop. You won't want to miss this celebratory event that's kicking off the South End Open Market's 2010 season. Visit their website for more info:

Hope to see you out at a show sometime this summer! ~Cheers~