Yesterday marks the end of my whirlwind April 06 show tour, although I'm not sure I can call it whirlwind when the drive up to the Phinney Ridge community center was about 5 minutes, & this was after almost a week of sitting around wondering if I really needed to make anything new, or if I could just by with not unpacking my BazBiz boxes (answer: mostly, though I did whip up a batch of "sugar beet" shirts) . Whirlbreeze, maybe.
At any rate, yesterday was the Swank show, which was pretty slow (it was my first time doing Swank, but I hear that slowness is very unusual, since it's a known shopping destination that draws a good crowd, & based on the vendors there yesterday, I can definitely see why), but slow in a way that I don't mind -- enough sold to cover fees + a little profit, which I promptly turned around & spent (+ more!) on stuff from other vendors.
I didn't take any pictures of my table (I meant to, just to illustrate the difference between setting up for a 10x10 tent & a 6x5 "booth", but I was both lazy & distracted), but I have snaps of my loot to show off:
This amazing paper flower is from Mommy Makes Roses
She forms the blooms & then handpaints each one with watercolors. I picked this big creamy rose for a Mother's Day present, but she also does these amazing orange ones that I might just have to pick up for myself the next time we meet.
Here's my fantastic felted flower brooch from Creme, & I have to tell you that the complete genius of the thing (besides being generally irresistable, I love smushy fiber roses & just look at those two little rhinestones at the top!) is that she uses those tiny magnets as fasteners, so no pinholes! It's sitting on top of this vast mumu/caftan sort of thing that I fished out of her tub of vintage clothes (apparently it was quite the scene, a whole bunch of us vendors descending on the box once we realized she'd kindly brought a box of thrifting to the show) & can't wait to use as fabric. Creme's on hiatus for a while (she's about to have a baby at any moment), but will be back in the fall, & she's definitely someone to keep an eye on.
(In between shopping, I started work on the Wool & Hoop kit that I picked up at BazBiz last weekend. I've got her gorgeous book, but haven't had time to look for the right kind of linen/wool, so figured that a kit was a good, portable way to go. I'm enjoying it, although it's hard for me to just let go of the lengths of wool when they get too stressed out to use (I am one of those that saves all the little bits & pieces of embroidery floss, yes).)
This is my new tote from Mish Mash -- I was not even a little bit in the market for a new bag, since I live my life out of my beloved Queen Bee star bag, but I have a really hard time resisting the sparkly siren call of glitter vinyl. Really hard. Glitter + polka dots is a double whammy, & suddenly I was envisioning packing this bag up with the cute new lunch containers I got for the kids the other day, some sunscreen, a little craft project or two, & heading out to the playground. Plus, look at the cute little pouch it comes with!
A not very glamorous shot of my beautiful new Estrella soaps -- ginger-orange & the one I am the very most excited about, unscented shea butter, which is already out next to the downstairs sink where I scrub up after screenprinting. I love the star stamped into each one, & especially love that they only use essential oils as fragrance. O, shea butter soap, my dry hands & I look forward to getting to know you!
I am now realizing that there are a couple more things I failed to photograph (beautiful Fernworks necklace & the great sock monsters from Smartypants that my kids conned their grandmother into getting for them), but I think that's enough for one day. Plus, it's crafting time! The dorky Buzz Lightyear doll I'm making is not going to sew on its own head!