Spring Craft Boutique

Most Prized Possession

Bill gave this photo to me for my birthday.  I love it, and I’m impressed that he was actually able to get them to all sit still together for more than 2 seconds…

 

PHILLY PRIDE!!

WAY TO GO PHILLIES- 2008 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!!  The whole town is doing a happy dance.  I was in such a state of anticipation last night, I almost threw up.  It was a weird & wacky ride, but thank goodness they won, I don’t think I could’ve waited through another game!

On another note, I have officially put all of my handbags left from the shows in the shop this morning.  I’m also putting the baby stuff in there slowly, but since it’s harder to photograph, AND I’m still in the midst of finishing Halloween costumes, it could take a few more days.  The monkey onesie is there, though.

That’s all for today- tomorrow is a very big day in this house- I can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on…

Toodles 🙂

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…

Ah, Fall…

I had this post sitting in my drafts folder yesterday, I guess it would’ve made more sense to publish it then, being it was the first day of Autumn, & all….

Anyway, what is it about this time of the year that re-energizes me?  When everything is supposedly dying, I’m feeling renewed.  When I was little, it was all about summer… I guess having no school had something to do with it, but nowadays, I’m all about fall.  Maybe now it’s more about getting the kidlets back to school that energizes me!  🙂

 

Despite the big ol’ belly, I’m finally feeling up to getting more work done around the house, we’re actually getting to some much needed landscaping done in the front yard, and I am overflowing with crafty ideas for both my upcoming shows, the shop, Halloween, and my own personal gift-giving.  The boys are also bouncing off the walls with new found energy, but it’s all good. 

I’m so looking forward to going pumpkin picking, baking some seasonal yummies, and taking the boys on hayrides.  And Halloween is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays.  I sort of made up this family rule last year that they boys can always be whatever they want (within reason) for Halloween, as long as it’s something that we ( aka, I ) can make.  Last year, Max wanted to be a dinosaur, and Wyatt, by default, was a goblin:

 

This year, Max asked to be a robot.  At this point, I have no idea where to start with this.  I’d like to avoid the typical cardboard box idea, but I’m open to using all kinds of materials.  Any ideas?  For the moment, I’m keeping Wyatt’s costume under wraps. 

And as far as seasonal harvest goes, we were lucky enough to get a half of one week’s share of a CSA last week, and among other things, went home with some yellow beets.  Last night, I finally got around to making them, and despite an EXTREMELY hesitant family, they were a big hit ( well, not with Wyatt, but if it’s not coated in sugar or spaghetti, he generally won’t eat it anyway).  Max actually cleaned his plate.  I even sauteed the beet greens with some onions & garlic, and I think they were even more delicious than the roasted beets.  There was only enough of the greens for me & Bill, but I think Max was ok with that 🙂 .  It was a nice change of pace from our usual broccoli, cauliflower, peas, and carrot repertoire.  If you’re interested, I used this recipe.

For the wee ones…

Here’s part of a baby gift I’ve been working on, and also a little preview of what’s to come for the  babypotami once the shop updates (I promise I’ll have better photos):

 

 

I used Tracy Porter fabric for the applique, & hope to get more so I can make a matching set of pants.  I hope little JP likes it!