Archive for June, 2009

I had this dream…

…that I used to have this blog…

Mon dieu! I DO have a blog!

Sorry folks, that whole kidney transplant thing really threw a wrench into my business, blog, etc.  It was a good wrench, though.  What a gift to be able to help out and spend a few days with mom, dad and brother, and meet some amazing nurses and doctors.  The whole experience has been truly awesome – in the big sense of the word.

Check out these organ donor dolls that I got for dad and chris! I just love these little kidney action figures made by David Foox.  I got the regular kidney donor doll and the sort of creepy but still cute black market kidney donor doll.

I’ll try to get back on track from here…

thoughts for tonight

1. I need to make more cool hangtags for Saturday’s show.

2. Kids are at camp so I’ll have to do this alone. When?

3. I should also probably make some inventory to hang those tags on.  I was going to do that tonight, but instead read Harry Potter (the 3rd one) to Declan (those chapters are, like, super long), then talked to my Mom for a good hour on the phone.

4. But, this was time well spent since…

5. Tomorrow is the day where my dad gives one of his kidney’s to my brother.

6. Number 5 is very hard for me to wrap my head around.  It has been this vague idea for so long I’m kind of surprised it is actually happening.

7. So, a long talk with mom was good for both of us, and the dresses can wait.

8.  But I have to hang something on the rack this saturday.

9.  Guess I’ll do that tomorrow.

10.  It’ll be hard to concentrate tomorrow.

the best breakfast ever

Really, it was so so so good.  Kids were at camp, Jeff and I played hooky and went out to breakfast.  What a treat! Next time you find yourself in Asheville, go eat at Sunny Point Cafe.  Would you believe they have gluten free pancakes on their regular menu? So here is what I got: orange scented cornmeal waffles with blackberry butter and real maple syrup with local free range sausage on the side, and loads of black coffee.  I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day! and we got to sit outside in the sun.

I love summer.

Oh, and on top of the pancakes, right next to this perfect scoop of blackberry butter, was a pink pansy! edible flowers are the best things ever.  I’m going to go to the nursery tomorrow and buy more seeds. I really wish I had my camera with me – it was almost too pretty to eat – almost.

When can I go again?!

Simple set up

I thought in anticipation of the next Howard Street Handmade, on June 20th, here in Asheville, I’d show you a couple of snapshots my booth from last time.  I had to set up and take down all by myself last time, so nothing fancy, just lots of color!

a wooden garment rack bought from a department store that went out of business (sanded off the old logo and repainted it), a borrowed card table (thanks, Moni!) and a donated chair (I forgot mine).

a wooden garment rack bought from a department store that went out of business (I sanded off the old logo and repainted it), a borrowed card table (thanks, Moni!) and a donated chair (I forgot mine - thanks, Ellen!).

a close up of my cluttered card table. I always get lots of great feedback on the fabric leaves - someone last week said I should start selling them - maybe I'll just give them away on Saturday as a buying incentive!

a close up of my cluttered card table. I always get lots of great feedback on the fabric leaves - someone last week said I should start selling them - maybe I'll just give them away on Saturday as a buying incentive!

These shows are always so much better when lots of people come, so don’t forget to show up on Saturday from 11-5 and see lots of great art and chat with lots of cool artist-type people!

Lexington Bazaar

If you are around Asheville, NC tomorrow, and the weather is good, come on down to Lexington Avenue! There’s an art/craft/music/food kind of shindig in the little outside couryard called the Lexington Bazaar, and I’ll be vending there, along with lots of other excellent and cool local artists.  I haven’t done this one yet, but I hear it’s lovely.  I’ll let you know!  Don’t forget to click the above link for more info…

Making Hangtags

I always have trouble the day before a show with hangtag quandaries.  Part of me wants to invest in fancy professionally printed beauties, and the other part of me loves the handmade look.  I keep hearing that you have to spend money to make money, and a high quality hangtag will make your garment sell for more money, but in the end, handmade always wins out for me.

So, today, on the kids first official day of summer vacation (!), we set up an assembly line of hangtag making and killed two birds with one stone.  This was a pretty good way to get business done, have a fun craft project, and kill some time.

Here’s our process:

1. cut up manilla file folders into smallish rectangles – no measuring required.

2.

Ryland was in charge of cutting the black satin ribbon into equal lengths.

Ryland was in charge of cutting the black satin ribbon into equal lengths.

3.

Declan punched the hole in the top of each tag.

Declan punched the hole in the top of each tag.

4.

Holt puched these sweet old stickers out and pasted them down to each tag.  These stickers, by the way, came from my grandfather's attic, and are probably 50 years old.  He used to work in the factory that made this sort of paper product.  I'll be so sad when the run out.  The price tag on the front says the whole book of stamps cost 15 cents.

Holt punched these sweet old stickers out and pasted them down to each tag. These stickers, by the way, came from my grandfather's attic, and are probably 60 years old. He used to work in the factory that made this sort of paper product. I'll be so sad when they run out. The price tag on the front says the whole book of stamps cost 15 cents.

5.

I used these cool letter stamps that Jeff gave me for christmas to stamp out HA (hazel anne).  And yes, I do know that the initials spell "ha!", but I thought it would be too much to stamp out "hazel anne" 50 times.  I don't know...

I used these cool letter stamps that Jeff gave me for christmas to stamp out HA (hazel anne). And yes, I do know that the initials spell "ha!", but I thought it would be too much to stamp out "hazel anne" 50 times. I don't know...

and here they are all done:

6.

Simple, but sweet.  I know it's just a hangtag to tell you how much stuff costs, but I really like how these turned out!

Simple, but sweet. I know it's just a hangtag to tell you how much stuff costs, but I really like how these turned out!

And here’s what I did last night:

A few weeks ago I spent hours sanding down the top of this garment rack to get the old logo off of it, then I painted it apple green, and last night I drew the outline of my logo (after enlarging it on the copy machine and tracing it), onto the rack, and going over it with a paint pen.

A few weeks ago I spent hours sanding down the top of this garment rack to get the old logo off of it, then I painted it apple green, and last night I drew the outline of my logo (after enlarging it on the copy machine and tracing it), onto the rack, and going over it with a paint pen.

So, now check out my next post to see where all this fun stuff will debut!