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Archive for December, 2013

Contest Winner Announcement

It proved to be, curiously, more difficult than I thought to engage people with my drawing at the Splendorcraft holiday sale to win a free, custom designed felt pendant. So it’s taken a little while to track down a winner who wanted to claim the prize. (you would think free and awesome would be a big draw for most folks.. Maybe we have it too good here in Stumptown?!)

But! A winner was identified: Lesley A. Burke of Portland. She sounds excited to get an extra holiday gift. Congratulations Lesley!

Astoria Winter Market-trip report

The Significant Other and I had a good time this weekend visiting with friends up in northern Oregon/southern Washington, and vending for a day at the Astoria Winter Market.
Everyone we spent time around was super friendly. I got practical advice and enthusiasm from the other vendors. Plus we found the locals to be quite friendly too. I only sold a couple items, traffic was slow at the Market, but I did roughly break even. The whole area has been even more economically depressed than Portland, as we heard it. But the atmosphere- magic wands, essential oils, chain mail jewelry, hand felted hats, etc. Felt right at home for me.
Coming back from Astoria at night was challenging… The extreme dark coupled with fog and blowing rain made visibility hard. We also to wait on Hwy. 30 for over an hour for them to clear a rock slide that had happened just a few cars ahead. We were grateful that no one got hurt, and that we were rock-free. An eye opener of a Winter Solstice present…!

My booth at Astoria Winter Market

We made it to Astoria this weekend for their annual holiday market. This year it is at the Astoria Event Center from 11-4. I am just here for the day. It’s a beautiful space, mellow atmosphere, live guitar carols, beer and wine from local sellers, and of course lots of awesome handmade crafts. It’s gonna be a fun day 🙂

This Weekend: Astoria Winter Market

Astoria Winter Market Postcard_Front

Hey folks! I will be at this event THIS SATURDAY, 11am-4pm. I am planning on one day only. I will have prints and cards of my artwork, new and overstock jewelry, and hopefully some hoodie scarves if I have time to finish them. This is the last weekend of the Market, so I’d love to see you come pay a visit if you’re in the area!

Splendorporium wrap up

Despite the unusually cold weather this past week, the Splendorcraft sale saw at least a moderate turnout. People were really excited to bring their pets and have their pictures taken on the awesome Santa red velvet chair with the pin up ladies and pugs from Pug Rescue. It was a fun event to be part of, and folks were super friendly and helpful. I didn’t make a lot of sales, but the ones I did were good value- mostly copper and silver wire crocheted/knitted pieces I had on overstock. Sadly, production development for newer felt pieces has been more involved than I thought, so a number of them weren’t ready in time for the show. Got plenty of compliments though, and I am encouraged to branch out more… We will see where it goes.

Keeping the holiday spirit

It’s been a quiet weekend so far at the Splendorporium Splendorcraft holiday sale… We blame the unusually cold weather for scaring Portlanders into huddling inside. That said, it’s been really nice to connect with other vendors and shoppers who appreciate quality handmade goods and personal connections. There’s so much awesome stuff to see here! Been well fed and watered with homemade chili, wine and hot cocoa. We had the Portland Lesbian Choir visit this afternoon and sing songs. I’ve still managed to sell enough to break even, so now I am just enjoying my time doing networking and showing off my handiwork to passersby. Still room for more entries in my custom necklace contest… Also waiting for the pugs to arrive soon. If you’re brave, come check it out this evening 🙂

Gearing up for Splendorcraft!

wristicuff rainbow spread

I’m a busy little elf these days- I’m having fun deepening my skills with free hand machine embroidery and playing with so many vibrant colors and beads and fun felt shapes. I hope to have all my new goodies done in time to show off the full inventory to y’all this weekend at the Splendorcraft Holiday Sale. But wait! There’s more:

In addition to the already awesome Splendorporium event, which is going to feature pictures with your favorite pin up girl and your pet, and pugs from Pug Rescue- not to mention their already awesome gallery and children’s art exhibit space- I will be hosting a THIS-WEEKEND-ONLY drawing to win a FREE custom designed felt pendant. Winner to be announced here on my blog by next week. You heard correct- I will make you a custom piece, you get to choose the design and the color, in my current style format for free. The catch? You have to show up and visit my table to enter. Hope to see you all there!