Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall/Winter Craft Show Schedule



Fall is in full swing and before we know it the holiday season will be upon us! Come check me out this October/November at these fabulous markets I am signed up for (also to be found in that handy "shop" tab at the top of my blog):

Oct 22nd (9-4pm) The Red Barn Artisan Market - 4409 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna BC. Free Admission and lots of fun!

Oct 29th (10-2pm) The Shores Retirement Craft Bazaar - 870 Westminster Ave. Kamloops BC. free admission, coffee, tea, and treats throughout the day!

Nov 6th (10-4pm) RIH Craft-A-Fair - Sandman Centre 300 Lorne St. Kamloops BC  $2 Admission going to the Royal Inland Hospital Evening Auxiliary to buy new hospital equipment.  I will be in spot 131 on the main concourse level (halfway up to the left of the entrance)

Nov 19th (10-3pm) Kamloops School of the Arts Huge Craft Fair - 1390 9th Ave. Kamloops BC. Admission by donation, concession, draws, bake sale, kids craft corner & more!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Leslie Sale

Hello happy readers!  I am planning a little trip up to visit my sister in the north-to-me wonders of B.C - and as per Leslie's request will be bringing a few goodies up with me to peddle while I am there.  That being said - my entire crafty set up takes up pretty much the entire truck and that won't be doable for this trip,  so with limited space comes this lovely post!  We will now take a little tour of my current crafty set up thanks to the wonders of the internet and anyone interested can request which items I should haul with me.  Ready? Ok! Here we are - my typical set up:


How charming! Let's start in that left hand corner there.

1. Magic Wands ($10)



These beauties come in three shapes (star, heart, and flower), are lovingly hand-stitched using felt, ribbons and dowel, and are fully loaded with as much magic as your imagination can handle.

2. Brass Stud Earrings (Small $12, Large $14)




Like all my earring creations, the backings are gold, white gold, or silver and free of any nickel or cadmium for those of us (like me) with ridiculously sensitive skin.  There is quite the variety of shapes with these babies ranging from geometric shapes (triangles, circles, hexagons, diamonds) to some nature themed darlings (bees, cats, owls, birds, acorns, clover, leaves, lady bugs, whales). Oh my!

3. Brass Dangle Earrings (Small $14, Large $16)




These lovelies vary just as much as their stud counterparts and have loads of designs including shapes and more nature themed beauties.  I differentiate between the "small" and "large" sizes by using two different sizes of card to hold them on and the prices differ accordingly.  Most popular of these earrings tend to me the leaves, bees, hexagons, and little pinecones.  Leslie has a pinecone pair she apparently wears often.

4. Candy Dot Earrings ($5)



Bright and cheerful these little dots of resin come in a rainbow of fun bright colours.

5. Glass Tile Earrings (Small 8cm $12, Large 12cm $14)





These studs are made from sterling silver and come in a variety of designs.  I've made some of these using vintage images (canadian mammals, vintage kitties and other animals, and pyrex inspired designs), some using different graphic designs and patterns I've purchased, as well as some using my own drawings.  Jean is particularly taken by the unicorn pair although she is yet to have her ears pierced.

6. Vintage Silver Necklaces ($18 + $1 for rolo chain upgrade)





I must say these are one of my favourite items I wear on a regular basis and despite my attempt to make an easier to view set up, they don't get the love they deserve at craft shows.  They're made of sterling silver, show off a variety of vintage images including Canadian mammals, kitties, pyrex designs, vintage sheets, and a few pulp sci-fi.  They come with a 30" silver ball chain (which I can easily adjust to me smaller if need be) of you can add a dollar and upgrade to the thicker (also silver) rolo chain.  Oh, it's adjustable too.

7. Illustrated Art Postcards ($8 for set of 3 cards)





Featuring some of my heartfelt and lovingly illustrated drawings by yours truly, these art postcards are super high quality glossy printed and perfect for framing or sending.  They're 5.5' x 7" in size and come in the sets shown above.  I also have a studio ghibli set (including totoro, soot sprites, and calicfer) which isn't shown as well as a few limited solo cards (like thumbs up yeti) that I sell for $3 each.

8. Embroidery Hoop Wall Art (Prices range from $14-$43 and are based on how many hours I've spent sewing them)









I have made quite the selection of embroidery hoop art pieces over the last year and despite them taking ages (I mean ages) to lovingly hand stitch, I am a sucker for making more!  I decide what saying/creature/embellishment I want to go with, find the right fabric to make it from (mostly vintage prints and high end cottons), and then (sometimes) cut out letters or pieces from wool felt and get stitching! I'm very open to doing custom orders if you have a saying in mind and can often recreate a hoop depending if I have the fabric kicking around.  I love their mix of classy granny-chic embroidery with updated sass to make the perfect combination art piece to go in pretty much any home.  Ok, I'm a little obsessed in how much I love these...lots of other hoops I've made can be found on my instagram account since I seem to share loads there when creativity strikes.  As stated above I price these based on how long they take me to make and although they are a true labor of love, I do not sell my hoops in consignment shops since I don't really make any money off them to begin with. 

9. Adjustable Rings ($8)




I can think of quite a few little girls who love spending time trying on pretty much every single ring on this stand!  There is quite the assortment of rings available including cast resin flowers and glass tile rings (which have my illustrations, washi tape patterns, and vintage images on them).  I can adjust the size of these beauties to fit extra wee to mammoth sized fingers and come in a whole rainbow of colours to match your mood.

10. Plush Microbes ($9)


These darling stuffed germs are pretty much how I started my science crafty ways after making a few for friends during uni! They are (according to many child critics) the cutest little bean shaped dudes ever and come in a nice rainbow of colours and species.  Each colour coordinates to a different species of germ as the sign above states and each little pal comes with his own fact card so you can learn about your new infectious friend! Great for someone you like...or don't like...these guys remain a staple to my craft show display and get a LOT of weird looks and questions.  Yes. That is stuffed chalymdia. No. They aren't actually contagious - and you can do whatever you want with them. They're a great desk pal.

11. Pinback Buttons ($2 each, $3 for BFF sets of 2, or $4 for illustrated sets of 3)




 Hooray! I have always been a sucker for buttons and over the years have grown my 1" button making like crazy.  There are all sorts of buttony designs to chose from including a bunch of wide-set eye smiling cuties I've drawn, a few sassy saying, patterns, pyrex, and all sorts of vintage images (including Canadian mammals, all sorts of kitties, animals, sheets, and pulp sci-fi). Not sure what you'd do with a button? You also have the power to upgrade your pin into a magnet (add $1), zipper pull (add $1), or keychain (add $1.50).  Bulk buyers get a deal too. 

12. Pocket Mirrors ($6)


If you're someone who continuously gets something stuck right in between your front teeth like I do, this is the item for you!  These surprisingly durable mirrors measure 2.25" in diameter, feature a darling illustrated design by yours truly, and come with a handy little felt pouch so keep them in so they don't get scratched up.  If you bulk buy these lovelies (like most of my items actually) you get a discount and these mirrors make amazing little gifts and stocking stuffers.  Now to chose which one you like best...

13. Bottle Opener Keychains ($8)


I finally got my hands on bottle opener parts to use in my 2.25" button making machine just around the time I was diagnosed with liver disease making them completely useless for me as I can't drink alcohol or loads of refined sugar (boo) - but perfect for you! As you can see above, you can get a super manly vintage mammal design (ie. moose/elk), a sassy saying or two, or dive into cuteness with one of my illustrated designs.  They're very durable and handy and I've been told are especially useful if you hang it on the side of your beer fridge.  Looking for a specific design? Let me know now and I can make you one of whatever design you'd like.

14. Felt Flower Brooch ($10)




I'm a huge brooch fan and love to wear my mustard gold handstitched brooch on my cardigan in the fall!   These beauties are hand sewn with love and add a great pop of colour and texture to your coat's lapel.

15. Felt Flower Hairbands and Clips (small hairband $19, large hairband $22, clips $8)


What a perfect accessory for your hair!  These flowers are all carefully hand cut and stitched from wool felt and come in a rainbow of colours to suit your needs.  The hairbands are made on quite stretchy elastic that easily go on babies' heads to massive noggins like mine.

16. Fabric Button Earrings ($10/pair) 


I pretty much love searching for fabric so any tiny prints I find I turn into earrings! These come in all sorts of patterns and colours and you're sure to find a pair that suits your needs.  Backings are all hypoallergenic white gold, gold, or silver and are nickel and cadmium free.  These make awesome presents for anyone with pierced ears and I you can get them 3 pairs for $25 to encourage you to get all the patterns if you have problems deciding. There are also some nice painted wooden studs scattered in here too in domed and flat shapes too. 

17. Cast Resin Flower Studs ($10/pair)


Rainbows of flowery fun in all sorts of flower shapes and sizes!  These studs are made from cast resin of vintage flower cabochons to come up with some classy flower earrings great with practically any outfit! They have hypoallergenic backings like all my earrings and come 3 pairs for $25 if you're interested in buying bulk. 

18. Illustrated Glass Tile Necklaces ($15 each, BFF sets $24)



Another option for someone who isn't into plain buttons, these necklaces features my illustrated designs on a 1" glass tile bezel necklace that comes with a 18" ball chain.  I can easily modify these to be shorter if needed too.

19. Clay and Wood Necklaces ($32)


One of my favourite accessories, these necklaces are made with hand sculpted polymer clay and wooden beads I've painted with custom mixed colours and combinations.  They're hung on adjustable organic waved cotton string and make a stunning simple statement piece to complete your outfit.

20. Wooden Necklaces (Acorns $16, Mushrooms $17, Double-sided Circles $20)


I custom mix all the paints for these necklaces to create pieces that are muted and jewel toned.  They come on organic waxed cotton cord that is adjustable to suit your necklace needs.


So there we have it - a virtual picture tour of my craft booth! Perhaps not quite as satisfying as actually being able to touch things - but it does the job I hope! Please note that the pricing on this post is based on my current craft fair price guide and is not guaranteed to stay this way for the foreseeable future.  Many of my items are available for consignment sales (in which pricing may change slightly depending on the market).  I'm also happy to give discounts on most items if you're buying in bulk and most items are given a "buy 2 + get the 3rd for 1/2 price" deal.  Well I hope that is clear enough but feel free to throw any questions my way and I will help how I can! Yay!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

I'm expecting

It has been quite the rough summer with a whole lot more vomit than what is typical for my (usually pretty sick) self.  One plus of the whole thing? Turns out this ridiculous throwing up is for a good reason.  I'm growing a tiny human.
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So far pregnancy is FAR from sunshine and kittens as I am into my second trimester now and still throwing up a good dozen times a day.  I hope to not become one of those mothers who have their entire life change to only be interested in "mom" things and start thinking my (actually lacklustre) child is a hilarious genius child who can do no wrong.  You know what? If I do start being one of those people (and referring to my 3 year old as a "36 month old") I expect you to call me out on it please. Thanks.  

Oh and baby is due February 11, 2017.  We won't be finding out gender either so unisex baby it is for now!  Hooray! 

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.

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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?