Monday, February 28, 2011

Tutti Frutti

A little something to brighten up these winter days!  I crocheted this round cushion with some yarn I purchased last year.  The initial plan was to make centerpieces for our wedding guests' tables involving Mason jars and hundreds of bright pom poms.  Since it takes my about 10 minutes to make a pom pom, multiply that by several hundred and you get the idea.  Instead we went with a simpler method; flowers and pin favors.  I'm glad to have worked through some of my stash, however there is always more!

We had a great local photographer shoot the event! Check her out!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

First Craft Show

This weekend I had my first craft show!  It was great fun meeting the other vendors and chatting with the customers who came out.  This wasn't really my target market, but I still learned a lot about my business, customer and set-up.  Now I'm ready to do more!  I'll keep you posted on future events.

One thing I used a bit was this really great credit card swiper from Square.  You get the swiper used on your smartphone for free, and they only take 2.75% per sale.  One downfall is your amounts are slowly inputted into your checking, but other than that it's a great thing to have if you're doing shows.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Longing for Spring

With 6 more weeks of snow, and another estimated 18 inches of snowfall today, I am optimistically reminded of the future months to come.  I'm excited to get out on nature walks and hopefully participate in some urban gardening this spring.

Below are a few photos from our trip to Mackinac Island on lake Huron this past summer.  This town is the ultimate in simple living.  With no cars or modern architecture, it feels as though you've stepped back into the Victorian era.  For those who live there in the winter, food is often airlifted and delivered.  Perhaps a nice place to live as a hermit during the winter months, though 12 inches of snowfall can do that for you even in one of the largest cites in the Midwest.  We hope to travel back to Mackinac soon.

Friday, February 11, 2011


Lately, I've been in love with the somewhat macabre but utterly delightful storytelling and illustration of Mr. Edward Gorey.  Here are several of my favorite pages from Amphigorey.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hard at Work

Lately I've been hard at work prepping for my first craft show.  Painting, printing, crocheting and sewing fill my days.  Here are some hand painted text banners in progress!

My drawing table is my companion through these days.  Last year, we drove out to the sticks  to purchase and pick up this gem from a sweet little old woman.  It was such a find.  Below are some super great finds in case I ever have to part with my wobbly-legged, cracked surface love.

Hollywood at Home

Lisa's RetroStyle