one more for 2013

One more craft show, that is!  I know I know, I said the last one would be my last one for the year but this one came up and I couldn’t resist the urge to join in, especially because it is at Gather Here!   So mark your calendar for Sunday, December 8th and stop by to say hello if you’re in the neighborhood.  I’ll be there along with Zooguu, Made in Lowell, Kim O’Brien, and the Orange Owl from 12 to 7 pm.

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Of course with it taking place at a yarn and fabric store, I’ll have some new crafty themed card designs available along with the Christmas-y and holiday-y ones.  Hope to see you there!

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holiday craft market 2013

I’m excited to be participating in this year’s Holiday Craft Market up in Beverly, Massachusetts this Saturday!  I haven’t been able to participate in the past couple of years because we’re usually traveling on the weekend that they do this craft show, but I lucked out this year.  I hope you’ll be able to come on up to the north shore to pop in and check out what some of the local artists have to offer.  There’s a fabulous array of crafters this year, definitely offering ways to cross off gifts to buy from your holiday lists!

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I’ve been working on some new holiday designs lately and this is one of them, along with a birthday card that will be debuting at the show this Saturday.

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I’ll have these cards plus many other holiday and specific occasion cards, felt pins, felt hair clips and some hand embroidered hoops for decorations at my booth.  Hope to see you there!

crafting lately

I have two reasons to be crafting lately: an upcoming show + a need to dwindle down my stash.  And one reason why that’s easier said than done: an adventurous toddler that can reach very high onto my work space.  Sigh.

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But I’m happy to say that I have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Somerville Open Studios event taking place the weekend of May 4+5.  SOS has always been my most favorite show to do because *so* many people come out to support local artists that weekend.  I’ll be at the Armory building on Highland Avenue this year with a ton of other great artists.  It’s from 12 to 6 pm each day that weekend, and there’s a parking lot behind the building.  It’s location #62 on the map, and it’s also a trolley stop (how convenient!).

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greeting cards :: 4 new designs

I’ll be at the Arlington Open Studios event this Sunday (10/14) so I’ve been busy trying to come up with new greeting card designs.  Here are just four that I’ve created over the past month or so, and I couldn’t have done it without my dear husband’s help and support!  I am lucky to have him at home watching our little one and allowing me time to get away to be creative.

I hope you can stop by to check them out at the show — they always looks much better in person!  🙂

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SOS 2012 :: day 2

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to check out some part of this year’s Somerville Open Studios event and to support local independent artists!  A special thanks again to everyone who came out to see me and my friend Rebecca of Jewelsfabulous at the Joy Street Studios this weekend.  It is always great to see old friends and to make new ones at these events!

I received an email from a friend showing me how her son immediately put the two magnets he picked out from my table onto his toy refrigerator at home – too cute!

Looking forward to doing more craft shows this year.  And I’m so glad to be back into a crafting groove after so long.  New card designs to come soon, and the shelves at Davis Squared will hopefully be replenished soon too!  Stay tuned folks!

SOS 2012 :: day 1

There was a point about a year ago now where I fell into quite a crafting funk.  I mean, I just couldn’t put two and two together to create a card to save my life.  I don’t really know why that happened but after conversing with some of my artsy friends, it seems to happen to everyone now and then.  Luckily for me, the best thing about doing a craft show has been gaining the motivation back to create new and fun card designs.  Alas, with a newborn it can get tricky.  You know, with this whole lack of time to oneself and all.  (I laugh as I type this and I’m sure anyone with a baby/kid will understand my sarcastic tone here.)  So before I show you some of the newest card designs I thought I’d show you what my work space looked like one evening when I did have a few quiet minutes to myself, complete with the baby monitor in full view.

I am really loving these new “celebrate” cards!  I made some for ‘mom’, ‘dad’, ‘you’, and ‘us’ for SOS and they have been a big hit so far after day one.  And yes, those squares are all individually cut with a paper trimmer.  And yes, those letters are all individually hand stamped by moi.  I’ll admit, it’s one of the most time consuming designs I’ve made in a long time but I think the overall design and how the message just pops out made it all worth it.

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save the date :: somerville open studios 2012

That’s right, my first craft show event since last July when I was about 4 months pregnant; it’s time to get back into the crafty part of my life!  I’m lucky to be able to set up a table in my friend Rebecca‘s studio at Joy Street in Somerville for this year’s SOS event taking place the first weekend of May on the 5th and 6th from 12 to 6 pm each day.

I hope you’ll be able to join us that weekend.  Joy Street Studios is #97 on the map and it’s one of the designated trolley stops which makes it super accessible.  There is a parking lot there if you decide to drive too.  Rebecca designs beautiful jewelry pieces (she made my wedding jewelry!) and I’ll have my handmade greeting cards on display.  We’ll also have some wine and snacks for our visitors!

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friday finds 11.05.10

(from top to bottom, left to right on each row: autumn chai loose leaf tea by BeesKneesTeas; necklace by Teeru Bihani of Blue Helix;  dipping bowls by Chrissy Ann Ceramics; knitting needle case and organizer by mlmxoxo; tweet ring cuff by Idawho; monogrammed notes by Paper Doll Boston; chocolate fingerless gloves by Postroad; petal earrings with wirewrapped crystals by Ripegoods; one of a kind handbag by sac A main; chocolates by vianne chocolat; recycled felted wool periwinkle fuzzy arm sweater by Studio Workshop Designs; lemon cupcake with raspberry buttercream cupcake by Whisky Business)

It’s been a long time since I did a “Friday Finds” post so I thought I’d showcase some of the goodies that will be available at the upcoming Snow Mall holiday craft show at the Armory on December 4th and 5th (yes, that was a shameless plug for a show that I will be participating in too).  There will be nearly 50 different artists featuring a huge variety of goods from jewelry to chocolates to body products to textiles to paintings to paper goods and more.  It’ll be a perfect time to get your holiday shopping needs taken care of (hint, hint) and a great way to support local artists.  Hope to see you there!

TGIF!

it’s a small, small world …

I received an email this evening that totally reminded me how it really is a small, small world that we live in. You can click on the photo to enlarge it and read the email, but to sum it up: a couple of years ago, a fire broke out in the red line T station in Downtown Boston. Tony and everyone else in the Park Street area had to evacuate and then try to get home via buses, cabs, etc. but you can only imagine how crowded it was since it was right after work. He ended up calling me to pick him up and when I got to wherever it was we met, a woman was with him* woman asked for help and he asked me if we could drop her off somewhere in Harvard Square since we were heading that way home. Of course, it was cold outside (I think) and she seemed really nice so we didn’t think twice and she hopped into our car.

Fast forward a couple of years and to the fact that we ran into each other a little while ago at one of the Design Hive craft shows. And now to this email.


I can’t get over how cool this is!!

It just goes to prove that a) you should always be nice to people because you never know if and when your paths might cross again. And b) everything happens for a reason.

So fricken cool.

Okay, I just had to share this with all of you in hopes that I am not the only geek that thought this was pretty neat. 🙂

(* ETA: sorry, did not mean to make him sound like Tiger Woods! LOL)