Friday, November 28, 2008

Tough times for crafters

Happy belated Thanksgiving, and happy Black Friday, too! Shoppers may be out in droves today, but they weren't at the Cheerful Holidays Showcase in Holt last Saturday. It was my first time doing the show and I did not sell much. I was told by other vendors that it was very slow compared to previous years. I guess the economy is taking a toll on everyone. On the upside, a lot of the people who did come through looked at my items and commented positively. That always feels good!

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

New stuff...and a new show

I finally have some new things ready to go, just in time for another show! This colorful set is made from a yellow, blue and red cane, extruded lengths of red clay, and beads in primary colors: I also made some earrings to go with this necklace: It got some attention at the Holidays In Haslett show, but the people who looked at it expressed an interest in earrings to match. you go!
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!