Spring Craft Boutique

Show Schedule

 

I’m in full craft show mode right now, and the next couple of weeks are going to be so busy!  To anyone who stopped by my booth at Mt. Carmel last weekend, thank you! 

Sorry for the late notice, but tomorrow (11/14/09) I’ll be showing at the Reserve at Gwynedd’s Fine Art & Craft Show.  Proceeds benefit Laurel House, a women’s and children’s shelter.

 

Next, Ladies Shopping Night at Immaculate Conception Church in Jenkintown, PA on Friday, November 20th, from 7:30-10.  This show is a lot of fun, because not only is it free to come in & shop, but they give you free food and wine, too!  What’s not to love?

 

Finally, on December 5th, I’ll be at the Abington Friends School 3Rd Annual Holiday Craft Show.  I did this one last year, and really enjoyed it- what a beautiful campus!

Of course, my Etsy Shop still exists, although I’m really not good about updating it!  Please contact me if you see something that you would like to purchase, chances are, it’s available, or I can make one like it. 

Gigglepotamus now officially has a fan page on Facebook!  Stop by and join to stay updated on shows, announcements, and special deals (or to just make me feel good 🙂 )

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Doylestown Art Festival

One of the reasons I’ve been so absent from the blog this summer is that every spare moment of my time has been spent preparing for the Doylestown Art Festival.  I did some smaller craft shows last season, but it’s been a while since I’ve done  an exhibit of this magnitude. 

Unfortunately, Saturday got rained out, but Sunday’s weather was fantastic, and the crowds did not disappoint.  It’s funny, over the years I had forgotten what it’s like to do an outdoor craft show: the set up, working through my outdoor display issues, hearing other vendors work through their outdoor display issues, cursing about outdoor display issues, trying to maneuver a van through a sea of artisans setting up, port-a-johns, booth sitting, live music, sore feet, funnel cake and general camraderie. 

A shot of my booth:

 

 

 

Thanks to all of the friends/family/neighbors that came out to show your support, and of course, to everyone who bought something.  I can’t possibly describe it, but it’s such an amazing feeling to make something, and someone out there appreciates it enough to spend their hard-earned money on it… I’m so grateful and blessed, really.

Some new items that I debuted this year were my pillows, of which I only sold two, but one of them was my all time favorite, would’ve totally kept it for myself, and of course I didn’t take a picture of it, bunny pillow.  If you look closely, you can see it in the picture, it’s the blue one with the white/orange polka dot fabric on the side.  You can’t see the bunny, but it’s in the lower left corner.

Anyway, some other new things I’ve been working on are these little wooden tiles shaped like houses:

 

 

 

You can hang them on your wall, or set them on a ledge.  People seemed to like them.  They are a combination of recycled wood, paint, fabric, vintage storybooks, paper, and reproductions of my own artwork.  Each one is one of a kind and tells its own story.  So here I am, back to painting and wood working.  I guess it’s in my DNA somewhere.  I’ve found that collage really works for me, because I have such A.D.D. when it comes to art/craft.  And the small format has always called to me, it’s so much more intimate somehow, like you have to get up close to it to really appreciate it.   I’ll be listing these in the Etsy Shop starting tomorrow.

And hey, now that some of the kidlets are back to school, I might even find the time to post to my blog again this week!  Shocker!

Cyber Monday / On my Desk

Well, not to shamelessly plug my Etsy Shop, but it’s freshly stocked and ready for orders.  I’ll be adding more items over the course of the week.  If anyone happens to see something in my flickr photostream that’s not in the shop, feel free to email me or leave a comment to see if it’s available– I just haven’t been able to get it all online yet.

Here are my WIP’s that are on deck to be finished & added (hopefully) this week, and for an upcoming craft show at Abington Friends School:

 

Lots of headless animals are floating around my very messy studio right now.  I’m trying to focus a little more of soft toy making, something that has been itching at me for a while now. 

Sorry for the shoddy photos, Photoshop has not been wanting to open for me lately, so my editing was quite limited.

I’m hoping to make some pop-up puppets and more cone ornaments like this little bunny in the future:

 

 

Why do I love bunnies so?  I dunno…. As you can see, I’ve also jumped on the mushroom & soft tree bandwagon, I just couldn’t help myself…

Have a great Cyber Monday everyone!!

 

🙂

I’ve done it again…

I took the plunge and signed up for another craft show.  Tomorrow, I’m dropping off work for Crafts in the Barn, an annual local show that I’ve been wanting to participate in for quite a while now. It all happened so last minute… It’s kinda why I haven’t listed much else in my etsy shop this week, since I need inventory for this show. An old barn on a private property is converted into a shopping showcase of handcrafted items for 4 days– and the best thing? They sell my stuff for me! I don’t have to be there. Which is why I also signed up for an overlapping craft show on the 25th. Do I know how to say no at this point?

Of course, I don’t have nearly the amount of work I would like to have at this point, but I’m hoping people gobble these up for the upcoming chilly months:

They come down far enough to cover the ears with a double layer of fleece, and can be folded up, too.  Right now I think the panda is my favorite.  Or wait…. maybe the bunny?

They’re not in the shop yet, but they can be ordered in sizes newborn to adult!

Craft Show or the ER?

After weeks of sewing my derriére off, neglecting my housework to the point of having dust bunnies that are now able to pull up a chair & join us for dinner, and relying on my husband and mother for almost all forms of childcare, this was the decision I was faced with while setting up yesterday.

Things were going smoothly. I was actually on time. Despite feeling a little nervous about the amount of work I would have to fill out a table, I ended up having plenty. It was a beautiful day. My table was placed next to a good friend of mine, and another good friend was just at the other end of the aisle. My display, despite almost no planning, was looking decent. It was a very small show, but a good way to get my feet wet. I had everything mostly set up when I decided to grab the hand truck & head back up to the car for some mums & other small items I brought for decorations.

I decided to just put the hand truck in the car for the moment, but had to pull out the handle to collapse it to fit. It was stuck. I pulled harder. It was still stuck. I pulled again and…. F@!#%**!!! THAT REALLY HURT!! I shook my hand in pain, expecting the pinched feeling to subside in a moment or two when I noticed splatters all over the parking lot. I looked at my finger and the constant stream of blood dotting the ground below. It didn’t look good. I had caught my pinky finger on the release pin (a very BLUNT pin) and sliced it from the base of the fingernail to the tip, on an angle, and under the nail. I grabbed a friend & headed toward the bathroom to rinse it off & have a better look. Definitely not good. Friends & various Library employees kept telling me I needed to go to the hospital. My friend’s husband was trying to wrap it for me at the kitchen sink (yeah, the library had a kitchen!) when I felt the darkness come over me. It was unmistakable what was happening. My legs started to give out & a wave of nausea hit like a tsunami.

“I’m going to pass out”, I said, and everyone scrambled to get a chair before the pregnant lady hit the floor. My first craft show in 7 years, and I couldn’t believe this had happened- I kept thinking, Who’s going to watch my stuff? How am I going to pack all this up? All these preparations, and I’m going to end up missing everything?

I never really fully lost consciousness, but I definitely couldn’t see or stand for a while. Weird. I don’t get freaked out by blood or injuries of this level. I didn’t feel particularly squeamish, and I’ve only ever passed out once before in my life.  My friend’s husband, a boy scout leader, informed me that the ER Doctors probably wouldn’t be able to stitch it, since the cut was right next to, and underneath the fingernail.  Since we had cleaned it pretty well, I decided to stick it out for a while & see how things went.  I felt better.  I did need to change the dressing a few times, but the spewing had stopped, and the pain subsided.  Today I’m going to call the doctor & try to have it looked at & possibly get a tetanus shot, since I’m pretty certain I’m overdue.

Anyway, despite the rocky start, it ended up being a nice day.  Not a stellar show, but it was small & I wasn’t really expecting much.  It was nice to get out in the sun & fresh air, especially since I’ve been closed up in my little mole hole for the past couple of weeks.  I did make a few sales, but still have a lot of inventory which will be added to the shop over the next couple of days, starting with the bags, since I’ve already taken photos of them.

While I didn’t break any sales records, I certainly did leave my mark at the Jenkintown Library:

 

While all of my display items did not end up making their way out of the car, I think for the type of small-time show that it was, it still looked ok:

 

 

I am still planning on adding a few shows to my schedule over the next couple of months, but for now, I’ve never been so happy to be able to clean my house!  It should be done in about a week or two…