Friday, October 31, 2008

More Hoots!

The final two hoots have been completed before the show. Again sorry for the glare in the picture, but I think you can still see.
I am working on the free standing hoot as well...see? Not where I want to be right now but getting closer :)

Don't forget I'll be at McGavock High School here in Nashville tomorrow from 9-4!
Handbags, aprons, kids art books, tweets, peeps and hoots will all be there too!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

HOOT of a time!

Here is a quick post...just so you can see the hoots. The owls are filled fabric, the branch is from my neighborhood (no trees were harmed, fallen branches), paper background with paper flowers.
The orange one you have seen before but this is a somewhat better picture and I added some new flowers (I may be pushing the limit here). The blue one is a new addition, I am working on 2 more today. Boy are these hard to get a decent picture with the glass glare. Last event I only brought one back home, so hope this new hoots will find homes this weekend. I know I said I would post them in the shop but I am concerned about mailing them. Next trip to the post office I'll take one and see what type of shipping options we have. If you are interested in a hoot just email me and we'll work it out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Babushka and owls

I have been creating for another you guessed it upcoming event. Actually this week I learned of acceptance to two events this month. The first one is this Saturday at McGavock High School from 9:00-4:00, more info here. The second event will be November 22 & 23 at Centennial High School, more info here. I have never participated in either of these events but have heard nice things about both. At this time indoor events are particularly appealing.
Last year I was doing weekly events at the Nashville Farmers got very cold and rained more than not. YUCK!

Here are some of the things I've been working on, the owls are hand painted on a full canvas apron. I only have three of these aprons and am tempted to keep one. I still have to paint the other two and am not certain of what I will paint. I really want to do more owls, as I am comfortable painting them at this point. But I will try something different maybe trees or birds?

The babushka move from room to room, I think they miss Amber playing with them. They settled on the dining room table to be my muse.I was inspired by the babushka fabric from etsy and made as much as I could with the four fat eights that I ordered. I have a ton of hair bobby pins, three eye masks and four cup cuffs. I hope these sell...I could never use all those babushka hair pins!

Well I need to start cranking out some more goodies for the shows. Check back I'm sure I'll have more craftiness to share soon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Artist or Creator

Here are some of the new things I have brewing in the cottage. The owl shadowbox is not exactly new but I have upgraded to a larger size. This is an 8x10 frame and the owl is larger than the last bunch. I was a little overwhelmed at the response to the owl shadowboxes and sold all but one at their debut event. FYI I do plan to list some in the store this week. The blackbird is something I've had in my head for awhile and the bird was drawn about a year ago. As soon as I sketched him out I thought of the song "Blackbird" by Paul McCartney, I love that song.Not sure the bird is complete, I need to change the ribbon for sure and I was thinking of adding some tags to the key. You'll see soon. I thought of putting the bird onto a hand painted Nashville bag and still may do so yet.

I do need to thank my friend and booth partner Jodi Reeves for giving me the encouragement to "branch out". My stash contains paint, brushes, mod podge, wire and a whole lot more. A year ago you would find mostly fabric, thread and buttons. Which brings me back to the title "Artist or Creator"? I have never considered myself an artist, although I know art is not exclusive to a painted canvas. I have been comfortable with creator and think I will stick to that. As women we have the ability to create life! It doesn't get any better than that. I know for myself after I became a mom my creative button clicked and life has never been the same since.

So now that I am putting paint to canvas and "branching out" I think I'll stick to the creator label.

I do have to put a word in about the Webb School of Design event in Bell Buckle......
I helped Jodi the first day (I did not show) and she was interviewed by the Shelbyville paper!
Then she won a ribbon ! Her art was purchased to hang in Webb School! Jodi was the Diva of the Day! Go check her out and get the scoop here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Germantown turned out to be the best $$$ event I have ever participated in. And I must say that they really had their stuff together. As you know I usually share a booth with creator Jodi of The Creative Jar, what you may not know is that Jodi is the founder of CRAFT a creative community and has coordinated many many events. Even she was impressed! Everything was a smooth process from the letter indicating they had received our application to the vendor information letter to the clearly marked set up. I would give it a 4 of 5 star rating. The only feedback is in regard to the separation of events Germantown vs Octoberfest. I believe everyone was not aware of the the event right next door? As usual I think the artist/crafters should have been promoted more....I always feel like that.

Now I find that I must produce to be ready for the next event. A good problem :)
Several tweets and peeps found new homes.
I am out of ruffled aprons and only have one owl shadowbox left. So you will be seeing some more new stuff soon.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Germantown Street Festival

Yesterday I forgot to tell you how to find me at the German town Street Festival this Saturday.
Per my vendor confirmation sheet; we will be located on 5th Ave North between Madison and Monroe. I can hardly wait! I am so excited about this event, I know it will be a blast!

I have been creating like crazy trying to prepare for this and now that I'm a few days away I feel so nervous. So sure I don't have enough inventory....I know that I do but I still have all these ideas in my head that will not be ready Saturday. I am happy that I have the owls, butterflies, new apron style, new Vandie bag, Memphis bag, the Sweet Tweets and now some cool composition book covers! I made some owls and trees last year and wanted to do some again. I always have the composition book covers and they are popular but wanted something special. I like the trees the best.....

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Give a Hoot.....Get a Hoot!

Okay a little corny, but owls seem to put me into that mood. Here are three new owls and the last of these shadowboxes (hope I will be able to find more). These little hoots and new butterflies will be available at the German town Festival this Saturday.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

CRAFT a creative community event

I have had an awful week of no production! I thought today would be "the day",but my hubby had a list of errands that must be taken care of today. So I am now just getting home and thinking that I'll have to start dinner in an hour so no time to start something :(

I do have a new owl shadowbox to share...the butterflies will still be available but wanted to try something different. The stuffed owl is based on a Japanese Craft book pattern. You can find more owl inspiration here.

During my errands today I found myself at Joann's fabrics and found a brand new line by Heidi Grace Designs. Yes of course I had to have some, it's has a very vintage, retro 60's vibe to it. I may need to go back and get some is on sale!! I'm seeing aprons with this combo, just too cute.

Lastly a shameless plug for the CRAFT a creative community event this Sunday in East Nashville. After this month we will only have one more event this year. So don't miss out and come on to support local artisans/creators.