come to the design hive on sunday

If you’re in the Cambridge area this Sunday be sure to stop by the Design Hive Market to explore one-of-a-kind creations from local emerging designers and artists. It’s from 10 am to 5 pm at the Maria Baldwin School at 28 Sacramento Street (at corner of Oxford Street off Mass Avenue) between Harvard and Porter Squares.

I’ll be there with my handmade greeting cards along with a few of my crafty friends (click on the photo above for details). Believe it or not, there will only be 82 days until Christmas by this Sunday – what a great way to get a head start on your holiday shopping and gift giving needs! Hope to see you there!


a very busy saturday

Whew! Saturday was a seriously jam packed day for me. It all kind of started on Friday with preparation for the blizzard that was due to hit our area around 1:00 pm. After the disaster that happened last year where people didn’t get released from work until after the snow began to fall, I think a lot of businesses released employees way in advance just in case. So after we got the okay to go home at noon, I sped home to get things ready for Saturday’s Design Hive show because it was happening regardless of the snow! I snapped a photo of our car on my walk to work that morning, and then took another one of Tony brushing off the car before we left on Saturday morning.

The Design Hive turned out to be a great success by the end of the day. It was pretty quiet early in the morning – probably when people were at home digging themselves out of the snow – but then it got really busy around 1:30/2:00 when people got stir crazy being cooped up in their homes. A special thank you to my friends that managed to weather the icy cold (it was like 20 degrees outside all day!) to come see me: Luisa, Liz, Lorena, Laura, Chris and Lynn, Teeru, Kate, Stephanie M., and Stefanie!! It was so good to see familiar faces there – I can’t thank you all enough!

Here are photos from the show. The first one is (like the one above) of my wonderful husband waking up early with me to take me there; my booth complete with a wrinkled sign and tablecloth; Rebecca‘s table; Knitz for Kidz‘s booth with the cute little knit animal hats; Stephanie‘s table; Andrea’s table; one of the young kids that went around selling holiday baked goods and coffee throughout the day; and Joe Fox (Val’s husband) buying some cookies from another little boy. The kids were incredibly cute and polite! I wish I didn’t have these stupid food allergies so that I could’ve eaten their yummy looking cookies and homemade empanadas!

And then right after the show we went home, ate a quick dinner, and then drove out to Harvard Square to park the car. Then we hopped on the red line to downtown Boston to meet up with Jim and Marcie to watch the Harry Connick Jr. concert at the Colonial Theatre. It was quite an amazing show!! I like how it wasn’t completely just Christmas songs. They did a lot of cool, New Orleans-based songs too. Here’s a little bit of the encore they performed:

He is such a talented artist and entertainer. Plus he’s so darn handsome. Yum! 🙂 Afterwards, we went around the corner to Rock Bottom for food and drinks before facing the cold weather home.

Needless to say, I slept in today. I love Sundays. 🙂

the show must go on!

So despite the snowstorm that dumped quite a bit of the white stuff on us today, the Design Hive will definitely still happen tomorrow! I’ve been super busy creating new card designs for tomorrow – the last day of the event! Here’s a peek at some of the new ones:

One design I made consisted of a funny owl stamp that cracks me up each time I look at it. The look on their faces makes me imagine a “did you fart?” conversation for some reason. Can ya see what I mean?

Anyhoo (lol), I’m crossing my fingers that it isn’t too bad out there tomorrow and that we get a good turn out at the event. And then, it’s off to see Harry Connick Jr. at the Colonial Theatre afterwards!

P.S. The new designs will be posted in my Etsy shop on Sunday!

design hive wrap up

Today was a pretty good day at the Design Hive. Okay, let’s be honest folks. It was a rather slow day in terms of foot traffic, and that’s probably because most of you are out of town and/or were in line at the mall cashing in on holiday deals. A special thanks goes out to Amy, Kathy, Erin, Drew, Jill, Elissa, Pete, Jane, Emily, Lynn and Hetchen for coming out to see me today. Thanks so much for your support everyone! And most importantly, the biggest thank you goes out to my awesome husband for having the patience to help me tow everything there, set up my table, bring me lunch, and tow my ass home afterwards. I couldn’t do anything without you!

I did a slightly different set up for my table today and went without Renee’s nifty bookshelves. Instead, I offloaded stuff in our bathroom closet and in my craft room to free up two expandable shelves and used them to create another level on the table for my cards. I think I liked this set up better because I could still be seen above them whenever I stood up. LOL To my left was Vonica Designs with her cute little coin purses, eye glass holders, makeup bags, and totes. To my right was Grace Napoleon with her unique, recycled garments and accessories. Across from me was my friend, Andrea of Alessandra Designs, and her beautiful pieces (I just love how she uses branches for her displays). And then to her right, I met Janice of Jandue Designs, who was there for her very first show.

I bought a pair of earrings from Lisa of Apples & Oranges, but I can’t show a photo of them here because they are a Christmas gift! I also bought a screenprint t-shirt from Dave of Viva Ortegacy, but again, another gift!

I’ll be back at the Design Hive on December 20th with [hopefully!] a load of new designs with a love theme in time for you early bird Valentine-givers (that’s a phrase I just made up, thank you very much – hee). All of my Christmas/winter holiday themed cards will be buy one get one free that day so please stop by and help me deplete my stash!

Tomorrow: the Nutcracker.

the buzz for 11/29

Check it out! One of my cards was featured in the little newsletter about this Saturday’s show!

craftiness all around

Tony, Renee, and I cruised around between Cambridge and Somerville yesterday to check out a couple of the local craft shows. It’s amazing to see how many wonderful local artists there are in our area. It truly creates this sense of culture that I think we would really miss if we ever moved out of this area. A friend of mine (Jenne) calls the area “Camberville” – too funny!

Anyway, we began the morning with coffee and pastries at Bloc 11 in Union Square as usual. (Must look into getting stock in this place – seriously!) Had my usual egg sandwich and large latte – yum! Then we drove over to the Design Hive Market to see our friends Libby and Bren. Libby (Whistling Sparrow Designs) is a very talented sewer (is that a word?) and makes the neatest things like aprons, dresses, and cute little brooches. Check out this pineapple apron she made, complete with a recipe for pineapple upside tucked in the pocket!

Renee commissioned this tomato painting from Bren Bataclan. Isn’t it cute?! Our friend, Kristen, bought an eggplant from him a couple of weeks ago so we told him that he should do a whole line of veggies. Tony and I are thinking that it would be so cool to have Bren come paint our baby’s room in the future.

We also saw Saya of Saya Studio and her beautiful bags. She is going to do a custom order for me because the bag that I photographed here was a little too big for someone my size, and she didn’t have her across-the-torso sling style in the green, blue, and brown color theme that I like. Isn’t it gorgeous, though?

Then we drove across town over to the Joy Street Open Studios in Somerville to see our friend, Rebecca of Jewels Fabulous and her studio mate, Lydia of Quiet Jewelry. I ended up buying myself 2 necklaces and 1 pair of earrings from this excursion – check them out:

One of the pieces that I got was a “chubby bird” necklace from Kelly of Tulips to Kiss. It’s so fricken cute! She has a whole series of various animals with little bits of food carved out of their bellies called the “Ate” series — get it? The food is what they ate – too clever!

The Joy Street studio houses so many talented artist. Here’s a little shot of Rebecca and Lydia’s space where they make such gorgeous pieces of jewelry:

We walked around to check out the other artists and came across this interesting piece of art on a wall. It appears to be eyeballs made out of ping pong balls.

Anyway, it was a fun day checking out various artists and their wares. A cold day, for sure! But definitely worth it!

a successful day at the design hive – thank you!

Yesterday was my first of three dates at the Design Hive Market and I have to say that it was a pretty successful one. First, I want to send a shout out to all of my friends who took the time to come out to Cambridge despite the rainy weather. Thank you all for stopping by! It is a HUGE compliment when friends that are as crafty as me buy my cards – it’s just indescribable and I can’t thank you all enough!

Here are some photos I snapped yesterday … the first one is of the pile of stuff in our apartment lined up next to the door, ready to be loaded into the trunk by the two of us running in the rain. The rest are of my booth’s set up, which would not have been possible without the help of Tony (my wonderfully patient husband) and Renee (my equally patient and supportive friend)!! We got there a little after 8:30 am and it took the whole hour and a half to set up shop – crazy!

I sat between two great vendors: Clay Accents (Cheryl) and Seaglass Things (Marla). Cheryl and her good friend (a.k.a. show helper), Pam, were extremely nice and didn’t mind while our niece, Rachel, played with some of her pottery (she was cooking and mixing things). Cheryl’s pottery is beautiful – the glazes and techniques (like firing and melting marbles in the bottom of bowls!) are amazing. She’ll be back at the Design Hive on December 13th, so if you stop by be sure to tell her I sent ya!

Marla has been making beautiful jewelry with seaglass for over 13 years. Her pieces are gorgeous and there is so much attention to detail. She has an Etsy shop, so be sure to check it out when you’re looking for a unique gift for someone special. I totally fell in love with this bracelet that had seaglass that matched the shirt I was wearing that day. (P.S. Christmas is coming, honey! LOL)

There were so many cool vendors at the show on Saturday, and the cafteria was packed! I saw a customer that I met at my old job, Arielle, there with her beautiful pottery pieces. Beth Gaertner was also there with her amazing flameworked glass jewelry. My friend, Amy, bought a beautiful necklace from The Pebble Collection where a portion of the sales went to a charitable fund.

Bren Bataclan had his fun paintings on display there, too. (Be sure to check out Bren’s website and read about “Project Smile”!) One of my friends bought a painting similar to this one for her friends’ two little boys. They’ve moved from Boston to Colorado so it’ll be a nice reminder for them of the East Coast!

All of my cards are back online in my Etsy shop, so if you saw one you liked at my booth during the show, you can probably order it there! I’ll be back at the Design Hive on 11/29 and 12/20. Hope to see you at one of the dates!

design hive featured on fox 25 news

Check it out! Val Fox, the founder of the Design Hive, was on Fox 25 News with Kim Carrigan on Tuesday morning.

I’ll be there tomorrow (11/15) selling my cards — hope to see you there!

mentioned in the weekly dig

I just got a totally cool email from Val Fox, the woman who came up with the Design Hive Market concept. I’m mentioned in a Weekly Dig article about the market (which begins tomorrow by the way!) after Val found me through Check it out!

(You can read the article by either clicking here or on the photo below.)

Thanks, Val!

keeping busy

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m going to be selling my cards and stuff at the Design Hive Market in Cambridge.

(Psssst … click on the photo and it’ll open in another window so you can view it full size. Print it out and forward to your friends!)

I’ll be there on the following Saturdays from 10 am to 5pm: November 15th, November 29th, and December 20th. So far, I know my friend Rebecca of Jewels Fabulous will also be there on December 20th. And my friend Andrea of Alessandra Designs will be there with me on November 29th. Come check it out!

In preparation, this weekend has been filled with card making. Can I get an amen?! Most of you know that I have been in a creative rut lately. Well, I’m happy to say that I think I’ve seen the return of some of my creative mojo – thank God! And just in time since I only have a month to prep for what will be my first craft show this year.

So far it has been mostly holiday/winter and baby cards, as you can see. Check out my Etsy shop between now and then to get a sneak peek at what I’ll be selling.

Now let’s just hope the Red Sox win this thing tonight.