Thursday, December 4, 2008
I put one each of my eyeglass holders, cat head bracelets, and cat pins on display and put out photos of the rest. These are the items I have the most of, so I can take orders for existing items rather than making new ones to order. Sadly, what with two jobs, holiday preparation, and the kitchen remodeling which has reduced the house to a construction zone, I don't have the time to take on any more orders and turn them around before Christmas.
Speaking of special orders, I have almost finished the custom eyeglass holder I wrote about in my last post. If I do say so myself, it is turning out well! I'll post a photo when it's done...and after it's been given to its recipient at Christmas. You never know who might read your blog, and I would hate to spoil a surprise!
Friday, November 28, 2008
The eyeglass holders got a lot of comments, which I'm happy about because I consider them my "signature" item.
The pins got a lot of comments, too... ...especially the kitty holding the mouse, which even got a smile from an older gentleman who had quite obviously been dragged to the show by his wife!
I did sell one figurine, the one I called "Groucho Kitty":
Mary sold a lot of her signature item, her catnip mice. Her knit hand-warmers were also a hit... ...and came in handy for her, as well, on a cold, blustery day!
That's it for shows this season. I have a couple special orders to fill, including a custom eyeglass holder that the buyer wants me to model after this: "Nurse Kitty" was a gift for a friend who graduated from nursing school last May--it was made to be a holder for her name badge. I will try to recreate the style as closely as possible for my custom eyeglass order...minus the nurse hat and syringe.
Well, enjoy the hustle and bustle of Black Friday--get out there and shop, shop, SHOP! Help keep our economy moving!
And if you need me, I'll be in my studio, as far away from the madness as I can get!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I came up with two pair of post earrings from some scrap clay and pieces of canes in autumn shades I still had laying around...
...and I finally got around to making bracelets with the cat head beads I made awhile ago:
Many of the complementary beads on the bracelets are polymer beads I created to match the colors in the heads. Others are a variety of glass beads, crystals and stone chips. Hopefully I'll get a few more of these strung before the show--which is the Cheerful Holidays Showcase and Sale at Holt High School this Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mary and I will both be there, each with our own booth this time (Mary has been knitting like a madwoman to finish more catnip mice and more of her wonderful hand and wrist warmers!). Admission to the show is free, and there will be many crafters and vendors from which to select your holiday gifts. Our show is also stop #5 on the circuit of the Holt Village Sampler .
So grab your shopping lists, dust off your holiday cheer and I'll see you Saturday!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
As for the Holidays In Haslett show, I don't think it was as busy as last year, but it was (A)a gorgeous day to be outside doing fall cleanup and (B)a home football game for MSU. And I'm sure I don't even need to mention the state of the economy. Still, a steady stream of shoppers came through, and sales were not bad at all. I sold 4 eyeglass holders, which is very encouraging since they are a design I'm proud of.
Mary sold a lot of her wonderful catnip mice and several of her knit hand warmers, among other things. We both got lots of positive feedback on our work, which is always nice to hear! Thank you to everyone who supported our crafty endeavors and purchased something from us!
The next Meridian Township Crafters' Market is this coming Sunday, October 28. Once again it will be in the Central Park pavilion from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. I THINK I will be participating, but I'm not absolutely certain. Mary is a season pass holder and will be there for sure, but I have been signing up on a month-by-month basis. If the weather is decent I will attend...but if the weather is crummy I'll probably wait for the next indoor show. I know, I know...wimp! But I can't imagine too many people will want to shop the show, either, if it's too wet or cold.
Speaking of the next show, it will be sometime in mid-November. I haven't signed up for anything yet, but I am considering a couple that still have openings--so when I decide for sure I will post here.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Just a reminder to visit Mary and I at the Holidays In Haslett show this Saturday, October 18th. Haslett High School (on Marsh Rd. north of the Meridian Mall and south of Haslett Rd. is the venue; the show runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There are supposed to be 150+ artists and crafters this year...so it's a great place to start your holiday shopping! Look for Cat's Cradle Creations and Clawdia's Creations, booth #123. We'll have gifts and accessories for you, your home and your feline friends, too!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
We'll have a variety of wonderful holiday gift items for ailurophiles (that's Latin for "cat lover"), like Mary's "Glamour Cats"...
...and my kitty cat earrings and pins We'll even have some items that aren't cat-themed, for the "normal" people on your gift list!
Mary's husband Jim creates stunning one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls and containers, and she will have some of them at the show as well:
So mark your calendars and come on out to Haslett High School on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It promises to be a busy, fun day!
Monday, September 29, 2008
In addition to the figurines, I've turned the cats into beads, earrings, pins, magnets, and the most functional item so far, eyeglass holders.If you're like me and have trouble keeping track of your glasses, these little guys can come in very handy!
These pins were made by mixing colors and pressing the clay into a cat-shaped candy mold.
I added the facial features individually. The eyes and collar embellishments are either glass beads, rhinestones, or Swarovski Crystals. It varies from cat to cat.
Lest you think I'm a one-trick pony and make only cat-themed items, here are a few examples of non-cat-related items I've done:
There's even a D-O-G!
See...NOT just a Crazy Cat Lady!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
And keep checking back here. I'll post more when life is a little less crazy.