Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dear Blog, I think of you often, really I do...

I go through phases sometimes where blogging is always on my mind, but somehow never reaches the keyboard...

I'm finally getting the hang of Twitter, and might even be enjoying it. I used to think Twitter was just a weird creepy way of talking to myself with other people reading my thoughts... but I'm getting over that. Some people DO want to read my thoughts, after all, and I'm learning not to mind so much! I find that it's easier than keeping up the blog (sorry) because every tweet is short and sweet. It's not such a time commitment, etc. So, if you are on Twitter, give me a follow!

What am I doing right now? Baking a homemade carrot cake for my husband. He is super dad and he deserves his favorite cake on Father's Day!

In the studio, I have a new room air conditioner, which will hopefully increase productivity. Our central air just doesn't adequately cool this room, and I'm one of those people who is ALWAYS hot and negatively affected by humidity..... Definitely worth the money to keep me cool and happy. (Maybe that's why I'm finally updating the blog?)

Kids had a week of camp last week, and another coming up. It's just day camp (no overnight camp just yet), but they are loving it. I would love it even more if a bus came and picked them up and brought them home...

Etsy has been a bit slow, so thank goodness I still have eBay to pay the bills! I've been listing like mad over there, offloading some gorgeous antique millinery flowers and velvet feathers. Many auctions are ending tonight, and I plan to put up a whole new batch this week, so keep an eye out!

I can hear the pitter-patter of little feet running on our sidewalk outside my window. Oh, and there is a knock at the glass. Hello little one! Yes, I'll be outside in a moment. :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Berkley Art Bash 2009

It's craft show season, and I was lucky to score this table in front of The Berkley Chop Shop in downtown Berkley (Michigan) on Saturday. I decided not to show I Spy Bags at this fair because a good wholesale customer of mine, Catching Fireflies, is across the street and I didn't want to step on her territory! I joined forces with a friend of mine, Leah, who has sewn for The Handwork Group and hopes to start her own Etsy shop soon. We were a great pair, and I thought the table looked lovely. Rain threatened all day, but we were able to stay dry, and temperatures were cool. Overall it was a great day of socializing and spending time with friends!

You can see in the top left corner of the picture, my little experimental narwhal! I didn't get any pictures of it except this one... It sold rather quickly and I was a little sad because I quite liked it and had imagined a fantastic photo shoot with it. Perhaps I'll make another...

Also, you'll notice some absolutely FABULOUS crowns that my mom made. I'm excited to be photographing a few to list on Etsy. Watch out, these are TDF! (to die for) You'll be lucky to get one (if I can pry it out of my kids' hands).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Name that Indiana Wildflower

This unique wildflower grows at my grandmother's house in Northern Indiana. We visited there over Memorial Day weekend, and can't find it in any books. Do you know what it is? The color is very pale lilac, and the "bells" are a little larger than your standard Indiana lily-of-the-valley. Can you shed some light?