I’ve been meaning to get out and see the Bruce Munro installation at Cheekwood since May. My brain was having sort of a bad day yesterday so I decided to go ahead and get that done in the hopes that it would cheer me up. It worked. The little spheres of light cover the grass and undulate, passing their colors around in waves. At times you get the feeling like you’re looking at a huge, fiber-optic tulip field in Holland, and at other times it’s like something out of Fern Gully, where the plants glow with life.
You can view the whole set here or watch this lovely slideshow. But photos don’t really do it justice. You just sort of have to go see it and find a good bench on which to sit in the cool autumn air and take it in.
Jason and Alana gave Holden Bob Logan’s “Rocket Town” for Christmas last year. We’ve read it a hundred times and I never get tired of looking at the beautiful illustrations. Each page is art that I would happily frame.
If you have a young ‘un and are on the lookout for cool board books that have simple story lines and incredible illustrations, or need a nice shower/birthday/holiday gift, you can’t go wrong with Logan.
Acccck! Where is the time going? I am so behind on posting! I meant to post about this a while back and never have really had the chance.
Sunday is the third-annual East Buntyn ArtWalk. I will be there with a tent and some tables and a baby and some family members (the specific composition of family yet to be determined) and lots of photos and artwork and crafty stuff for sale. Come say hello, come buy stuff, come make my baby laugh, come drink the free wine that will be available at some of the booths.
Here’s a listing of some of the things I will have available at the booth. I’ve been working for more than a month and a half now getting stuff together. It has been intense, working full time, taking care of the baby, and doing this on top of all that. But it’s been fun, too.
Edited to add: Um, derp. I could tell you where I’ll be, couldn’t I? I will be stationed near the southeast corner of Reese and Midland, just a couple of houses down from Midland. Event organizers encourage everyone to start their walk at the St. James Church at 461 South Prescott, where there will be a silent auction as well as a map of the festivities and printed ads (like the one above) so you’ll know what goods are available where. So do stop by there. But then come visit me! I’m super close to the church. Follow me on Twitter for updates!
Saturday morning at 6, I will rise out of bed like a very large, potentially grumpy phoenix and make my way to Cooper-Young to set up my booth for Cooper-Young Festival. I’ll be in C7, which is over by Cafe Ole on Cooper.
I’ll be selling the same sorts of things that are available in my Etsy shop: photo prints (framed and unframed), quirky art prints, crafty things, note cards, recipe cards, posters, magnets, and opportunities to sign up for custom work. I’ve never sold any of my stuff in person before, nor have I ever manned a craft-fair booth, so this should be all sorts of learning experiences rolled into one. I honestly have no idea what to expect, so I am going to keep the bar nice and low and not expect too much. Just some networking and socializing and people-watching, and hoping people like my stuff at least enough to stop by and take a card. I keep reading online that people don’t buy photos at craft fairs. Uh, or at all, really. But I figure I have to put myself out there and at least try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that.
Later this week once I get everything organized, I’ll post a preview of what will be for sale. There will be several things not available in the Etsy shop.
I have such an addiction to the jewelry Angie makes. I already have a ring I bought from her a couple of years ago, and I have relied on her for more than a few birthday and Christmas gifts for friends. I have lusted after those earrings for months and months now, and then when I saw the yellow butterfly necklace, EVERYTHING GOT BLURRY and before I knew it, I was clicking buttons with wild abandon, and getting this awesome stuff in the mail. PayPal is a dangerous thing.
I was so excited to start making and selling magnets made from my photos, until I did a couple of test batches and realized that the glass marbles I bought have lots of bubbles in them. I’m thinking people will see the finished product and think the bubbles are something I neglected to fix when gluing.
So now it’s back to square one. I bought some larger marbles that are a nice, substantial size, but the magnets I am using are just strong enough to hold them to a surface decoratively. There is no way they would be able to hold up anything heavier than a sheet of paper.
So I need some less bubbly marbles and some stronger magnets. I’m having lots of fun doing this stuff but it’s kind of ridiculous for me to be spending all this money when the goal is to make money and pad the ol’ income.
Finally, after wanting to do so for a long time and just never really being able to pull the trigger on it, I’ve opened an Etsy shop. Right now there are photo prints available as well as one framed collage-type item, but I’m busting ass to add more things that, hopefully, people will want to buy. Eventually I want to add customizable stationery designs, but that’s going to take some time since the few designs I had started prototyping disappeared in the Great Hard Drive Crash of Aught Ten (Back Up Your Files, Please). Still, I’m excited about the possibilities and having fun figuring out how to set up the shop and price and market stuff (and reading about self-employment taxes, whee!). I’ve got lots of little creative projects kicking around in my head lately and it feels good to be working on things again after a museless (but still really awesome) summer.
So please mosey on over to the shop and have a look. You tried and true Etsy buyers and sellers may have tips for me. I’m all ears. And forehead. But ears too.