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I went to a craft show called Handmade Holiday Bazaar in St. Petersburg last weekend and bought this pin cushion from Create It Cottage. She was a vendor at the first craft show I did, and I fell in love with the pin cushions back then. So when I saw her in St. Pete and still wanted a pin cushion as badly as the first time, I decided it was time to treat myself to one.
She puts a lot of work into these. The hand stitching is perfect.
I love going to local craft shows. Most of the vendors are fellow Etsians whose work I greatly appreciate and admire, and I actually know some of them since I’ve done a couple of shows myself. It’s also so much fun to be around people who I can talk to about crafts and sewing and art and my love of ricrac. I had an entire conversation with one girl about aprons. It was fantastic.
Thirty-one days until Atomic, and I’m working hard and getting a decent amount of sewing done.
Sometimes I swear I’m the slowest seamstress in the world. It takes me all evening to finish one bag or apron. Each item I make is a detailed, lengthy process…but does it have to be? Or is it just me?
I’ve been trying to figure out how to streamline and speed up my sewing process, and the only thing I can think of is to cut three, four or even five bags at once, and then sew them all, rather than cut one, sew one, cut one, sew one.
I’m starting to feel like I’ll never be able to get enough stuff made for Atomic. But I’m trying.
Here’s a tote I completed the other day.
I have four and a half more bags cut and ready to be sewn, and I’ve set aside this Saturday as a sewing day. All day. So don’t call me!
And in wedding news, we set the date for March 28, and we booked an eastern Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon! Neither of us has ever been on a cruise, and it sounds just wonderful. Our wedding is going to be very small and very simple. It’s more important to us to celebrate our special day with our closest friends and family than to spend tons of money or worry about centerpieces. I love other people’s big weddings, but that’s just not us.
I, dear readers, have suffered greatly for my art. And by art, I mean sewing and stuff.
I’ve mentioned before that Alex and I live in a tiny….err, I mean cozy apartment, and my craft show display racks are pretty much just hanging out right in the middle of everything. There’s really no place to put them, and I don’t want to break them down because I need a place to store my purses and aprons until Atomic Holiday Bazaar. (I’m hoping to sell so much stuff at Atomic that I won’t need my display units once we get home. Good plan, no?)
Yesterday, before I’d had my coffee, I failed to deftly maneuver around my grid rack, and I stepped with stockinged feet right on the corner of the thin metal base that holds the whole thing up. (Please refer to the giant red arrow.)
And let me tell you, it HURT! It hurt all day, and since I’m such a big baby with an incredibly low tolerance for pain, I bitched and whined about it. But I never took my sock off to actually see the damage, so when I finally did, I was surprised to find a huge bruise. On the bottom of my foot. That just seems weird to me. And a little gross.
So “I suffer for my art” really translates to “we have a small apartment and I have too much stuff and I’m not the most graceful creature in the world so I got a big bruise.” Yep. Suffer.
Amidst all this suffering and complaining, I’ve managed to make a couple of new bags.
I’m digging this poodle applique. I sold my only poodle apron at Craft Roots, but I plan to make a new one to replace it.
So far, the three star market totes I’ve made have sold quickly, so I figured I’d make another one.
The corduroy is this sort of soft plum color. It’s unusual and, I think, really pretty.
As with my other star market totes, I included a small star on the strap.
Saturday’s craft show was a blast.
There was a decent crowd (although we would have preferred a larger crowd), the weather was beautiful, and we had a really nice group of vendors. I sold the perfect number of items — any more sales, and I’d be concerned about not having enough for Atomic Holiday Bazaar.
I was happy with how my booth turned out, and especially thrilled with the rack I bought at Puckett’s Store Fixtures. It was super easy to take apart and put together. Alex helped me, but I probably could have done it myself.
Overall, Craft Roots was a lot of fun. And it made me more confident about Atomic Holiday Bazaar — which is in 48 days!!!!!
Two more days until Craft Roots, the fabulous little craft show that I’ve helped organize in Ybor City (Tampa). We’ve secured some awesome vendors, so if you live in the Tampa/St. Pete/Sarasota area, please come out, introduce yourself to me, support our vendors, and SUPPORT HANDMADE!!!!!
Hope to see you there!