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I feel like I haven’t posted forever! A few highlights from the last few weeks: a trip to visit the lovely land of Lincoln (which was very cold), setting up our Christmas tree (a lovely douglas fir this year!), and getting ready for TWO ART EVENTS THIS WEEKEND!
Come see me at the following events! Several new journals, sketchbooks, cards and lovely new Christmas ornaments will be available for purchase at both events.
Tonight is AAF Greenville’s 6th Annual Art Show & Silent Auction. Admission is free, but a donation of either canned food or $2 at the door in support of Harvest Hope Food Bank is appreciated. The art show starts at 6 pm. and is at 802 August Street in Greenville.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 5, I’ll be in downtown Greenville for the Winter Art Market. The artists for Art Crossing at Riverplace (by Reedy River & High Cotton for you locals), are hosting their second annual art market sale & celebration! Enjoy handmade artwork, meet the artists, and cross some Christmas shopping off your list!
Times are as follows: Friday 5 pm – 9 pm :: Saturday 10 am – 5 pm :: Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm
Thanks to the amazing and wonderful Jeanne for providing us with a lovely guest post on Indie Craft Parade – make sure you stop by her blog, Drive-Thru Monologue.
The Indie Craft Parade was an ice cream sundae—all sorts of your favorite delicious treats poured or sprinkled or squirted on MORE of your favorite delicious treats. It really was the nicest evening of friends, family, food and love all in the name of handmade expression, colors, textures and mediums.
Before I delve into my experience, let me give you some background. I’m not an art show junkie, crafter, musician or designer. I’m fairly mainstream (as much as I’d like to think I’m not). I rarely create with anything other than words or pasta and tomato sauce. At times I have tried to discuss art, but my ears almost melted off my head in embarrassment for how dumb I sounded. Basically, I’m a consumer. All that to say, the event was NOT exclusive. It really was for everyone—connoisseurs and consumers alike. I believe the ICP accomplished its mission of presenting crafts to and interacting with the local community (community being a general term to emphasize the universal appeal of the ICP to all types of people, young and old).
Now onto the good stuff (picture my arms flailing and my mouth and eyes getting really excitable—this is how I’d look if I was verbally relating my story).
(Read more of the 411 and view pictures of ICP goodness after the jump!)
I just got back from setting up at Indie Craft Parade! It’s going to be one STELLAR event! I can’t wait for tonight—I hope to see you there! If you come Friday night, you might win a handmade journal of mine in the giveaways!
I’ll leave you for the weekend with a few sneak peeks of ICP!
I suppose it would be more correct to say “Hard Working Crafter” than to suggest that the weekend itself worked hard. The only hard work the weekend did was to seemingly go by so quickly that before I knew it, Saturday was close to over and my accomplishments were fewer in number than I had hoped. C’est la vie!
I did manage to create quite a bundle of collage cards for the upcoming Indie Craft Parade. So looking forward to this and each one of you should stop by and say, “Hello!” on Sept. 10 or 11. Check out a these two lovelies that I pasted up this afternoon – I even was able to utilize the calligraphy that I’ve been learning from Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Craft. So glad to be able to put a new skill to use in a fun way.
I have been fortunate enough to create a line of journals for TheTravelingJournal.com—a fabulous online company that allows you and your friends the opportunity to keep in touch in a really unique and wonderful way. A while back I wrote a post on the concept journals that I first presented to TTJ. Since I had these beautiful tomes just sitting around, I decided to take the advice of the Traveling Journal’s founders and start a traveling journal for my sister and I. I wrote a note inside and pasted in some silly (and not so silly) pics of the Sis and I. I also did a little custom graphic on the front using cameo-like silhouettes of both of us. Then I sent it off in the mail—super easy and fun! I can’t wait until she mails it back filled with her totally artistic and creative scribblings.
I’d encourage all of you to head over to TheTravelingJournal.com and purchase a journal and all the unique accessories and goodies they have to coordinate! Start creating and sharing some memories with those you love.
(sorry that last pic’s a little blurry!)
I received my Sketchbook several weeks ago. . . actually, I had it before our trip to Illinois. It came in the mail fast! But alas, it is still in it’s mailer and buried beneath craft supplies and projects for Indie Craft Parade. BUT NOW, it is time to start thinking about how to fill this precious volume. I’ve got some great ideas, but need some input from you all.
What makes you happy? If you were to think of a wonderful thought, which thought would allow you (with the help of some pixie dust) to take flight? Leave a comment and let me know!
I snapped a few photos of my workspace after I was busy making a few new letter books last week. I also tried out my new Martha Stewart Craft Stamp of a bird that I got on sale – yay! It’s always a “good thing,” as Martha may say, to get a whimsical thing on sale. The punch was tested on every scrap of paper I had on the desk.