Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Christmas is coming like a rocket!

Does anyone else feel like the holiday season just ambushed you? I can't believe we're just weeks away from Christmas. Well, it's all good, but I've got to get moving.

So, my next big show is the Urban Street Bazaar @the Farmers Market. Check out the NEWS page on my site for more info. It's going to be a big one, with lots of great vendors and Christmas Trees and an Ornament charity event etc. I really hope that you can come out to see me and see what I've got to offer this time around.

I had placed a survey on my MySpace page asking if people could tell me what kind of chain they prefer for my necklaces. Well, the most popular answer was a silver chain with clasp. That's great! So, I'm going to be ordering some and adding them to the necklaces. I'd love to know what you think.

These next two weeks are all about production and planning, so wish me luck.

See you at the Bazaar!!!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Creative Christmas Show

Ok, so there is only one more show before Christmas!!! I was so glad to do the Creative Chic's Christmas on Friday. We had a great time and the house was really packed for most of the day and night. Thanks to anyone that came out to see me. This time my custom ornaments were super popular and I'll be cutting and painting like crazy for the next 2 weeks. A few of you snagged t-shirts too and I hope that you'll wear them with pride. :)

What will you see at the Christmas Urban Bazaar??

New t-shirts in black, chocolate and red.
Tons of necklaces and I'm working on some all-new wooden/ceramic pendants.
Of course my wrist cuffs in all the winter colors.
I'm also working on more belts and possibly a neck wrap that I have an idea for.
Lots of fun signs and wall hangings as well as Christmas ornaments.
OH, and this time I have a 10x10 booth, so it's going to be roomy.

I promise there will be some great crafters at this event and you will be able to do so much of your holiday shopping. Plus, you can score a Christmas tree and food for week while you shop.

Monday, November 13, 2006

My own Austin Chronicle

This weekend we took some time to escape to Austin. We went to see the much talked about Stitch show and support a few friends that were a part of it. Stitch was quite the spectacle!! We knew it was a big deal when we arrived to find a line of over a hundred people at the door. We waited 30 minutes to get in (even though we purchased tickets in advance) and wow was it crowded. It's so refreshing to see that kind of support for handmade/crafty artists! I wish we had that kind of vibe in Dallas, but I really think it just doesn't exist. I saw all ages in attendance but mostly it was people under 30. I think having UT in their town makes it the perfect haven for alternative goods and artists.

The upside of Stitch: I loved the atmosphere. Lively music, moody lighting, colorfully clothed shoppers and of course seeing all the handcrafted goodies. The fashion show was amazing and so well orchestrated. I found myself wishing I had my own collection of 4 outfits strutting down the runway. Truly it was well done. OH and my "goodie bag" was packed with coupons, pins, magnets, paint, glue and other fun stuff. Score.

The downside of Stitch: I saw lots of people looking and not as many buying. I also thought the selection was a little redundant. Mostly when it came to screenprinted shirts, purses/bags and vinyl goods. At one point I said to my husband "Didn't we see these at another booth?", thinking maybe a few vendors had more than one booth (but they didn't). I would have liked to see a little more variety, but it was still enough of a selection to go home with some great stuff.

One more note about Austin... Don't eat at Nueva Ondas. We got a recommendation for this place and it had been voted Best Migas in Austin in the Austin Chronicle. It was really terrible! We both ordered Migas and were shocked by the lack of flavor and authentic ingredients. Let's just say soggy tortillas, tomato sauce, strangely bland chorizo and cheddar cheese do not make a good plate of migas. The service was nice and the atmosphere was nice too, but the food is a bummer. Still haven't found a favorite place to get Mexican in Austin. Curras is okay, but not AMAZING. Ah, someday...

Today I'm painting like a mad woman. Yes, I'm getting ready for the show on Friday. So, I may not have time to post much else before then. If you are interested in attending and would like more info take a look at the NEWS page or send me an email with your email address and I'll fill you in.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A chill in the air.

Hi again and thanks for coming back. :)

So, today I went to scope out the new location for the Creative Chic's Christmas show. This year we've moved a few streets down to a great location. I just love this house! It's warm and welcoming with big rooms and lots of red. I'll be in the front room, so if you stop by the show you won't be able to miss me. Tonight I'm loading the kiln with lots of goodies and as usual crossing my fingers that it all comes out okay. Just last week I had a major explosion, which is really rare and it was just before the Farmers Market show. No worries though, I can always make more!

Friday we're heading for Austin and the big Stitch show. Yes, it's true. I didn't make this years line-up, but I'm fully prepared to try again next year. So, this time it's all about shopping and checking out the competition. We're staying at the oh so darling Austin Motel in the heart of South Austin. It's quirky place that feels just like home. We plan to see friends, eat at Magnolia's at least twice and try some new places too. Hope to see you at the Stitch show!

Til next time