Friday, November 30, 2012

And Not Just Production

Production in an everyday occurrence.
I had expected to have enough items left after the last show to take me to the end of the year, but (lucky me) I sold out of some things. I have been back at production this week and I am also planning on moving to a new studio space. I will try to post pictures of the empty studio this week end. That will become my shared studio space over the next month.

Update - Some of these eyeglass pins are now available on Etsy, Check the sunflower and ladybug and others.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Officially the Season

The whistle tree
It is now less than a month before Christmas. The Out Off Hand Show in Victoria was great fun and well worth crossing the water for. Thanks to all the people who dropped into my booth and a special thanks to Barb for being a great help and host.

I have a dozen things to do before end of the day but I have been waiting to post this picture of my whistle tree. Some of these whistle sold on the week end but I will post some on Etsy before Christmas shopping is at an end. Up and attum!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hitting the Road Again

Gunnera manicata
Tomorrow morning I am off to Victoria to the Out Of Hand Show. I may not be able to post for a few days but I will take my lap top and see what I can do.

I can not post without a picture so here is one I took yesterday of a plant a couple of doors away. It is dormant now but when it wakes it looks like it might bit.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Technicolor Crab

Edelchen's crab
Eva Hartman sent me a picture of her golden fish a few days ago and then followed it up with Edelchen’s crab. Their group in Germany made the fish and crab together at their last clay meeting. The crab was made with polymer clay and coloured with pen.

Here is the link to Edelchen's photostream if you would like to see more.

I always enjoy how others use the stamps I have created. The crab can be make using part of a larger stamp with the a fish and crab or a collection of smaller stamps the include the fish and crab.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tools #1 – Gasket Removal Tool

Gasket removal tool without the hooked end.
I have decided that my blog was getting really boring. This show, that show – who really cares. I am going to start sharing information about my favourite tools. I will try to do this once a week. The tool that I am sharing today is my favourite pointy thing. It is a gasket removal tool that I found in a store that carries automotive tools. It had a hooked end which my husband took it of with a grinder. It is thick enough ( 1/8 inch – 3.5 mm) to use as a tool to roll out little imperfections with its side, the point is great to make holes and draw lines and the handle makes a great cross hatch pattern in the clay. I have other pointed tools but this is the best for the work that I do. I recommend taking a look for one if you are in an automotive shop.

Now - back to work setting my living room straight. The Culture Crawl was a success in spite of the rain. We had 950 visitor instead of the 1800 last year. It was busy enough, I don’t miss the great crowds. Now the goal is to tidy up and get ready for the Out Off  Hand show in Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city.     

Friday, November 16, 2012

Put a Bug on It

Bugs at the ready
In all the rushing to get ready for the Culture Crawl this evening, some thing was bugging me. Or at least ladybugging me. I had made the decision to leave the ladybug off a few items that would normally have them. The logic behind this was that there are some people who don’t like ladybugs. What happened was people pointed out that the ladybug was missing on some of the items and then bought the one with the ladybug on it. So this morning – actually the middle of the night, like 2:00AM, I felt the need to put bugs on a bunch of finishes pieces. Now I just have to cook and polish them again. Sun is up I think that I will go and do that.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

From a Sow’s Ear

Stitch markers were more popular that expected.
After a little rest in the form of more production, I am trying to make my living room / studio into a space to receive visitor’s to the Culture Crawl this weekend. Last year we had an astounding 1,800 visitors. This year there is rain forecasted so there will be far fewer visitors. Because my studio is in my home and not in a bigger building the attendance is really at the mercy of the weather
For my rest I am working on renewing my stock of stitch markers. I am not one who thinks that a sea cruse is a vacation but there are days that staying in bed and reading a book looks pretty good. Naw – that only lasts a few minutes. Back to work! Tidying where I have not tidied for a year. I may not be finished by Thursday but I will have tamed the room a little.

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Golden Fish

Eva Hartmann sent me a picture of the fish that she made using my Fish and Crab stamp with ink, gold foil and mica powder. She has changes the lower fins and totally made the fish her own. I like to be an aid to others creativity. It’s a lovely fish, Eva, you must be proud.

What is done
Circle Craft is over for another year. It was great! It exceeded my expectations in every way. The last day when it was not busy Adrianna, my helper at the event, and I brainstormed for ideas to redesigned my booth for next year. I learned a lot from this show and enjoyed every minute of it.

What is Next
Next comes the Eastside Culture Crawl. Officially it opens this Friday the 16th but I have decided to open from noon to 6:00 on the 15th for;  friends, family, neighbours and followers of my work. You can contact me throught my website if you are interested in dropping by.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Friday, November 9, 2012

The Changes are Made

Here is now part of my display worked out.

Were are in the swing on things at Circle Craft. Today and two more to go and then on to the Culture Crawl. Lots to do before I start today.

Here is what Circle Craft looks like now.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Off to a Great Start

Nancy holding the fort – thanks Nancy
We were off to a great busy start. At one point in the afternoon there was a rumor that the sun had come out and that everyone had run outside to take a look, but then everyone seemed to flood back when the sun went down. So the evening was busier. The weekend is suppose to be sunny and cold. It will be interesting to seem what kind on crowd it brings out. More tomorrow, or - if you are in Vancouver drop by and see me.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#249 not $2.49

A short post before I dash off to finish setting up for tomorrow. I apologize to all the customers that asked me to email them and remind them of Circle Craft. It just didn’t happen. This year again it is a run to the finish line. I just hope that some of my regulars will make it to the big show. Booth #249 is where you will find me. I am looking forward to visiting with my friends that have volunteered to help and to meet lots on people that I haven’t seen for a year, both customers and other artists.

The bare bones.

The small houses are one of taking fruits of inventory. I had forgot all about them. I make them years ago and they were hiding in one of my back boxes.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Friday, November 2, 2012

A Plan of Attack – Large Venue Events

At the risk of using to many military analogies, I present the following suggestions for attending large craft or trade shows.
1. Come equipped: A good pair of walking shoes, a water bottle ( large venues are often full of dry conditioned air), a map of the venue and a notebook (making a note often saves time trying to find a desired item again after lunch) and a cell phone (especially if you are visiting with a friend).
2. Start in the middle. If you come early when the gates open, consider starting in the middle or the back of the venue. There is always a crowd in the first aisle or two but it can take and hour or more for that crowd to reach the back row of stalls. If you go for that back or middle, you get the pick of the litter and a appreciative crafters who will not be busy yet.
3. Get a re-entry pass shortly after you arrive.  Many large markets that charge an entry fee will have a reentry pass the you might have to line up for if you decide that you would like to return later or the next day. If you want to avoid a wait, get this pass early before other make that decision at the end of the day .
4. Have a plan B. Some times the cell phone reception in  a large concrete building is poor so don’t rely on them. Agree upon a comfortable place to meet in the event that you are separated from your friends or just want to relax while the other scout out treasures.

That’s it. That is the list that my helpers and I came up with last year when we had slow times at a big craft fair. If there is a hint that should be added speak up.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Craft Fair Warriors

Whistle and box star
As goblins came to the door last night, I was upstairs checking inventory, my ammunition for the coming assault of craft fairs. As my husband pacified the sugar stoked mop, I counted whistles and updated my “get it done if you can” list. Next Monday I will begin setting up for my biggest craft fair of the year, just a little nervous.

Tomorrow I hope to list strategies for craft fair goes to make their time at the big craft fairs enjoyable.