Thursday, October 29, 2009

In the thick of things

I can't believe October is almost gone--I'm still trying to figure out what happened to September! Saturday is Halloween already, and Sunday brings three notable things in my world: (1)That extra hour of sleep I look forward to every year when we lose Daylight Savings Time; (2)My 12th wedding anniversary; and (3)the next Old Town Underground Artists' Market. To my loving husband: Happy Anniversary get to help me schlep tables and boxes to the show!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Mary and I at Holidays In Haslett. It's such a fun show! I wish it was held about a month later, though, since it always seems to coincide with Michigan State football--and this year it was homecoming. That may have cut into our crowd a little, but it was still a happenin' place. Here's Mary hard at work on her lovely hats and hand warmers...

...and here's my table, and--what the hell? Who's the gray-haired old woman standing there? When this busy time is over, I think Mother Nature and I need to have a serious talk...

Anyhow...I put together a bunch of bead strands in time for the show.

I separated them into three price-points, but haven't yet come up with a great way to display them.

Hopefully people will be willing to paw through baskets until I have my brainstorm.

I also put out some new rings:

Of course, as a Crazy Cat Lady, I couldn't resist doing this one:

I've been going through a bunch of scrap clay, old canes, and odds and ends lately, and making more beads to use stuff up. I'll have those at Old Town, as well as more rings and earrings. I've been trying my hand at some buttons also, and I may have a few of those done in time. At the very least I'll post some pictures here as soon as they are finished being sanded and polished.

Well, back to my work table--Sunday will be here before I know it!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Busy time...and big show ahead!

It's time once again for the annual Holidays In Haslett Craft Show. This is easily the biggest show I do, with over 150 crafters participating. Once again it will be held at Haslett High School from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. this coming Saturday, October 17, and is a fund raiser for the Haslett Band Boosters. Mary and I will share a booth again, and will have a wide array of items perfect for giving to your cat-loving and not-so-cat-loving friends and family.

My new items include loose beads and the rings I teased in my last post. I've been having fun with a variety of ring blanks, including some in .925 hand-hammered Sterling that I purchased from an animal-lover on Etsy.
Thank you Pointy Paws for the wonderful bases for my creations! Pointy Paws donates 100% of profits from their shop to animal rescue, so I'll buy from them any time!

By the way, the Old Town Underground was a lot of fun! It's a wonderful community of artists and crafters who are very warm and welcoming, and very supportive of each other. Unfortunately I didn't get good photos...but trust me, we had fun! Mary and I both plan to do it again in November.

Well...gotta get back to it if I'm going to be ready for Saturday! Please come out and see Mary and I in booth #163 and support the Haslett Band Boosters and all the crafters who will be there. And start your shopping--Christmas will be here before you know it!


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Update to previous post

Due to inclement weather, my weekend just got less busy. I will NOT be at the Meridian Heritage Festival today--unlike the diehards at Spartan Stadium, I just don't have the intestinal fortitude to sit in the rain and cold all day!

Hmmm, maybe if I tailgate while setting up my booth and get a belly full of beer...?

No, not even then. I'm just a wimp.

But I WILL be in Oldtown tomorrow, sitting comfortably INDOORS, so come visit me there!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Busy weekend ahead!

The Meridian Township Crafters' Markets are done for the year, and ended on a high note. Lots of vendors came out for the final day, and the weather cooperated nicely. October is starting out busy for me with not one but TWO shows this coming weekend.

The Saturday show is in Meridian Township again. This time we move out of the pavilion and next door to the Meridian Historical Village as a part of the Meridian Heritage Festival. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mary and I are sharing booth space for this one.

Sunday Mary and I are entering new territory by taking part in the Old Town Underground Artists' Market in Oldtown. This is a show I found out about last month when I read an article about it in the Lansing State Journal. It is held on the first Sunday of each month from noon until 5 p.m. in the Devon Self-Storage facility at 708 E. Grand River Ave., where Kat Lusch, the market's originator, has her studio. You can read more about the market and Kat here. Hours are 12 noon until 5 p.m. Curious? So am I! Come Sunday and see what it's all about!

Meanwhile, I've been learning a new clay technique and trying it out on something new--RINGS! The first batch is in the oven curing as I write this, hopefully to be done in time for this weekend's shows. My next post will have more about the technique, plus pictures of the rings...and a full report about the weekend!

Hope to see you all at the Heritage Fest and in Oldtown--it will be fun!