Thursday, May 26, 2016

One down - many to go!

I may be slow on posting - but my first market was a huge hit!  I was feeling a wee bit skeptical of how things would do on a weekday late morning by the library, but I was pleasantly surprised with lots of visitors, a few sales, and zero rain (which was the forecast)! Hooray! Here's a peek at my set up:


I'm trying to purge out some of my less popular items since I have such limited table space (and SO SO much stuff to sell) and there is still some tweaking left to do before it is perfect. Heck, let's be honest. It will never be "perfect."  Perfect would be an enormous brick and mortar shop with lots of traffic and zero rent. Alas. One day....As for my market goings - I am about to do my first farmer's market this Saturday so here's hoping the weather stays reasonable for me and I have boatloads of sales! Yay! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

off to market!

Looks like market season is upon us and ready or not, I'm signed up and starting markets this week!  Oh my! 

There are two craft markets happening this year in my hometown so I will be seasonally vending at the Kamloops Regional Farmer's Market (link) on Saturdays (8-12) as well as casually vending at the Kamloops Artisan Market (link) on Thursdays (10-2)! As usual my crafty/"likes to be way over prepared" self is hustling my buns trying to get ready in time for my first markets but hey, at least I have an enormous inventory of crafty goods to sell! So if you're around - come pop by for a visit! Heck, mention this post and you may even get a free button if you're nice.  Wish me luck! 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

taco eclipse

Blog honesty time - my life has been pretty much falling apart over the last four years.


Okay - perhaps I'm being a bit melodramatic but I certainly haven't been able to keep my life together and even more so haven't been able to keep up with blogging (or, you know, mental health for that matter). I feel like loads of people on the internet try to show the shiny lovely sides of their lives and tuck away that "I'm a complete mess" part away.  I certainly like to try to stay positive but sometimes things just don't go how we'd like and you deal with it the best you can.  I'm dealing.  There are still lots of wonderfully kitten-y good things I'm surrounded with (heck yes to my awesome supportive hubs and first world living), but I have been bogged down with snowballing chronic disease making it extraordinarily difficult for me to function.  My autoimmune health problems have split off into some serious chronic pain and fatigue disorders and my mental health has taken an enormous hit as I lose my mom to Alzheimer's. As always, things could be a lot worse so as part of my attempt to pull my life back to a good place I'm hoping to share some fun crafty and geeky things on my blog again and work in some extra self-acceptance and self-love while I'm at it. I'm a work in progress so I doubt I will be to daily blog posts in the near future but it's a start.  The social media and blogging community can be one heck of an amazing place sometimes so I'm going to dip my toe back into that sea and go from there.  Readers and comments are just the icing on the blogging cake so the fact that you (yes you) are here is pretty special and who doesn't like extra sprinkles on their dessert? 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: Hand Lettering for Everyone: a creative workbook

I've always been a sucker for a good creative book and this lovely piece by Cristina Vanko is no exception. Behold - Hand-lettering for Everyone!:

Heck - even the cover art has me sold. Could you imagine being able to make your own beautiful letters and sayings with your own two hands (well more likely with one hand since very few of us are ambidextrous)? I certainly have high pen pal aspirations for myself and although the extent of my hand lettering at the moment is attempting to print legibly I have been dabbling with more exaggerated handwriting that I stitch up with my embroidery hoops and it is all sorts of fun.  Why not take that lettering to a new level and take a peek at a whole publication dedicated to helping you hone your own pen written style?    

I really like how the pages in this book flow and (as you may know about me and my themed book reviews) I do enjoy a creative workbook.  Cristina starts off this book with the basics and moves over to more sketchbook journal type exercises - all with interesting fonts and images to draw you in, just look at that contents page:

I really enjoy the contrast and use of black and white that helps the beautiful hand written text pop and stand out for its form.  How gorgeous does this round and loop-y page look?

I may be bias for that tea reference - but you can decide what you think for yourself.

Throughout my self-taught designing years I have picked up quite a bit about the history and fundamentals of print and font but it's nice to see it all spelled out for you without being too dry or repetitive. 

I especially enjoy how the author takes each element of lettering styles and shows you how to change up little details to make your own personal font style - like she does here with the serif's:

She even throws in loads of examples and interesting facts to keep you going:

According to this I am an open, visionary, relaxed and artistic type! Oh my! Flattery clearly makes me like this book even more. Haha.

Throw all the information together and in no time you'll be lettering like the best of them!

I totally want to start using these creative techniques and inspirations in my embroidery work and will be sure to keep you posted if I come up with anything amazing (here's hoping anyways).

So my verdict? This book rocks.  It covers enough background and factual information to give you a good design basis and leads you through loads of exercises to stretch your creative bones. Good on you Cristina Vanko! 

So what about you? Do you have your own hand-lettering style? Ready to dabble into more creative font making? 

Monday, November 9, 2015

16mm glass tile love

For the first time in what seems like decades - I got bored.  How is it remotely possible that someone who is usually bursting with creativity and aspirations lands up with boredom? Illness - that's how.  I'm not sure why my immune system decided to give up on me but for the last week and a bit I came down with one heck of a cold/flu/infection which left me completely useless.  All I seemed to be able to manage was laying in bed (but not actually sleeping) and feeling beyond frustrated with my inability to do anything remotely productive.  I spent all my time focusing on being able to breathe and searching for tissues. Ugh.

Well I am finally beginning to see the light at the end of the sickness tunnel and although the stomach virus seems to be still tormenting me with being super nauseated with some nice spouts of laying on my bathroom floor - I can almost breathe from my nose now which I call major progress! Aha! I'm also furiously daydreaming up crafty ideas to work on once I am useful again and decided I should write a blog post and share! What a concept! I think is also what is known as "procrastination" since instead of actually doing something - I am writing about doing something instead. Masterful I know. 

As you may recall (if you follow me on social media) - I've been having loads of fun dabbling in the world of glass tile jewelry.  I expended my glass tile necklace selection to include new sterling silver vintage images of mammals (and kittens and pulp science fiction) as well as came up with a bunch of 8mm and 12mm glass tile earrings! Such fun!  I even recently made 200 new 16mm glass tile rings to take to my last craft show and loved all the patterns, colours and images I got to use. Take a peek:

So what is next on my glass tile obsession? Why magnets and wine charms of course!  Just what the doctor ordered! So I hit the internet to order up some more supplies (probably one of my favourite seemingly productive (but not really) things to do) and am not stocked with materials to make my crafty dreams come true! Now come in your help (pretty please)! What sort of sets do you think I should make? If you were to pick put a magnet or wine charm set what would you want it to look like? Washi tape patterns? Vintage kittens? Anthropomorphic kate drawings? Sure a giant selection is great for an actual craft booth but it doesn't transfer to online sales very easily and since I'd love these to be added to my Etsy inventory I need a little direction. What do you think? 

Friday, October 9, 2015

crochet amanitas!

With fall in full swing and winter around the corner (ack!) I've caught a wicked crochet bug and even though I am attempting to prep up for my next craft show (eep! less than 3 weeks away!), I really want to get my hook out and make up some cute things - like these (link):

Oh man - add a little wide eyed smile on these and I'm sold.  Maybe I will get ahead on my crafty prep and me able to whip up some happy little amigurimi pals to sell at my booth too! What a thought! Have you ever knit/crochet for profit? Is it ever actually worth it (other than fun of course)?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

More crafty preparation begins!

Lovely news craft friends! Despite incredibly unlikely odds - I managed to get into this year's RIH xmas craft show! Hooray!


According to my vendor cohorts from the farmer's market this is the big event to participate in for the holiday season and pretty much everyone from Kamloops attends in hopes to find loads of crafty xmas presents. Sounds perfect! The show is Sunday November 1st and runs from 10am to 4pm at Riverside Coliseum (apparently now called Sandman Centre).  So looks like I am back to the craft preparation as I restock my goods for this show! Now what to make...