Saturday, June 14, 2008


I can tell I am up too early when....

I have an instant headache as soon as exiting the bed.

When the only TV shows on, are about animals or infomercials.

I woke at 5, Jasper came in very excited and hungry as usual. Now we're watching an animal show together- he's pretty much mesmerized with his little kitty eyes glued to the tube.

After a day of packing, Zach & I drove to the new place to see if it might be opened so we could look at the progress. When we got there around 8:50pm, the lights were on and there was a stove on the grass. Apparently- the contractor is still working on it.

They did have 2 weeks?! However, when we looked at the place we saw one that was empty (but rented- or we would have taken it) with the same floor plan and the actual apartment that had the previous owner's belongings EVERYWHERE and not to mention a cat the size of a St. Bernard. It was a little distracting to try and capture a mental picture. I keep thinking the big, fat cat will be left behind for us and we already have one fatty to care for.
This little cuff is available in my shop. I really enjoyed making these as well as the pincushions.

My shop has evolved into such a different place from when we first started. I remember around this time a couple of years back- creating inventory for our first show- The Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn. I was making so many tote bags, clutches and just embellishing all different types of vintage items. The first night on our way home we stopped to get a huge iced coffee- aware that we'd be up ALL NIGHT, since we had pretty much sold our table down to nothing the first day.
I was up till about 3 or 4ish sewing furiously in our first apartment in the Big Old Victorian House. That was their first year in Brooklyn &
McCarren Park.

The following year we went and were getting married the weekend after. Everyone thought we were crazy. But our wedding was pretty simple & smallish- so there wasn't a whole lot to worry about. Again, we did really well and this time had a tent ( no sunburn)! We sold a lot of Cuddletron 5000s ,Snuggle Bunnies, totes and appliqued goodies.

Last year we did apply and felt pretty good- like maybe we were a shoe-in since the last 2 years- but we didn't get in. I was pretty upset, I have to admit. It was awkward b/c our friends and family all knew about it and they were accustomed to visiting us at the big, old park in Brooklyn.

This year, I didn't even think about applying. Not because of rejection- but we're sort of taking it easy this year- with the baby and all. But I do plan to apply next year- baby in tow. Our shop has changed. I'm not making totes as much. I use to love to- but I have sort of lost steam. There are so many bag makers out there and so many wonderful pieces. To me it is important to keep it fresh and do something you love. I'm grateful to be able to do this for my living (thank you Zach) so I want to spend that time doing what I love. For now and the forseeable future coffee cuffs, Scraparellas, aprons, onesies, pincushions and screenprinting is my love! But of course I get inspired and create one-of-a-kind pieces that I just can't help. But as long as it doesn't feel stale.

Well with my rant and the historical Renegade Craft Fair post I am off to nap.
Happy Saturday
Be Well-


Rosebud Collection said...

Sometimes these craft shows get "high and mighty"..I remember when they first started, they would grab you off the street, just to get you in there..Now, even here, they are getting very picky..So I don't do them. Your work is lovely and just keep going with Etsy..and enjoy your little will do well..

AprilDawn said...

First of all, I LOVE that coffee cup, I want it!

Second, ditto what Rosebud said, they really are getting to be funny about who they choose.

Hope its a great weekend for yoU!

LazyTcrochet said...

Yes, I love the coffee cuff too. Cute fabric! I'm taking time off from some shows too. So far, I only have plans to do one in November. I may change my mind, but it can get overwhelming to try and do too much. Relax and have fun with your little one!

Marilyn P. Sushi said...

Maybe it's good that you didn't set up shop at Renegade, the rain was CRAY-ZAY!

Anonymous said...

That is SOOOOO cute!