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willow house holiday craft fair

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

willow house fourth annual holiday fair
this friday is the willow house fourth annual holiday craft fair, and kristin has invited me to participate! i’ll have a table set up with my books and cards. there will also be children’s apparel, bags, pillows, ornaments, pottery, jewelry, toys, cowls, and more! swing by and say hi, and get a little more xmas shopping done! there will be wine and cookies, too…

friday, december 5
3:00 – 8:00pm

willow house preschool
5617 24th avenue south
minneapolis, mn 55417

last minute handmade gift market 2013!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Last Minute Handmade Gift Market
it’s happening again! martha, cynthia, julia, and i have organized the 3rd last minute handmade gift market, and it’s this saturday. peace coffee graciously offered to host for a 2nd year in a row, and we’ve got a great line up of artists:

Annika Kaplan
Cynthia Levine
Martha McQuade (Scarfshop)
Julia Miller
Elizabeth Pechacek
Kim Tschida Petters (Vandalia Street Press)
Jen Shaffer (Painted Fish Studio)
Erin Smith
Alex Worre & Dan Cordell (Solid Manufacturing Co.)

stop in, get a cup of joe, and do a little last minute shopping!

last minute!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

last minute handmade artists
i’m so excited for tomorrow’s last minute handmade gift market! meeting other artists, meeting fans, and most of all, awesome shopping. can’t wait!

wish you could all be here to come. happy weekend!

last minute handmade : dec 15

Friday, December 7th, 2012

last minute handmade gift market december 15 2-6pm
we’re doing it again! julia, martha, and i have put together the second last minute handmade gift market. it’s next saturday (a week from tomorrow) from 2-6pm at wonderland park coffee in minneapolis. true to the name, we found our venue at the last minute, with a nudge from my sis and legwork by julia.

we’ll be joined by some of the great creators that joined us last year, and we’ll have a few new faces. our current vendor list:

betsy burr
beth chekola
betty jager
berry holz
martha mcquade (scarfshop)
julia miller
tia salmela keobounpheng (silvercocoon)
west cermak (trinh mai & jeff nelson)

please spread the word, and come see us on december 15th!

happy weekend!

snap crafted pop 2.1!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

so, after my post on monday about days not going as planned, i immediately committed myself to another event. see why my days don’t go as planned?! but i think this is going to be really fun: i’m participating in the extended weekend of snap.crafted.pop 2.1!, a holiday shopping event in linden hills. last weekend’s event was so successful that the organizer added another weekend, and i snapped up a spot left open by an original vendor that wasn’t able to participate. i’m looking forward to having my work in a new event (for me), and there’s the added bonus of easy holiday shopping! (also: i hear they serve beer!)

snap.crafted.pop 2.1! is this saturday the 8th, 10am-3pm and sunday the 9th, 12-4pm

4312 upton avenue south (former bayers hardware store)
minneapolis 55410

willow house holiday craft fair

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

willow house holiday craft fair!
this friday is the 3rd annual willow house holiday craft fair! i’ve been a participant each year (thanks, kristen!) and it’s become an event that i look forward to as we inch towards xmas. i think the best part is sipping wine and chatting with friends and the other artists, and doing a little shopping (or trades!). swing by if you’re local! i’m bringing boxes of trader joe’s candy cane joe-joe’s!


Friday, November 16th, 2012

mcba book arts festival this saturday!
here we are, in mid-november. it doesn’t feel like november to me at all. i’m not sure what it feels like, but it definitely doesn’t feel like november. monday morning we had fluffy snowflakes, wreaking havoc on the morning commute, and that evening the temperature dropped to the teens. but since then, it has been on the warmer side and pleasant. which is fine to me, winter can take its sweet time! but i think winter’s delayed arrival also has us forgetting the holidays are right around the corner.

which brings me to tomorrow: i’ll be participating in minnesota center for book art’s 11th annual book arts festival for the 3rd year in a row. come by and say hi, and buy some holiday goodies!

happy weekend!

ps: today is the last day to get my new book chairs : a polaroid collection at the love-you-guys price of $14.95! after today the price goes back to $19.95.

craftstravaganza 2012!

Monday, May 7th, 2012

come to craftstravaganza this saturday at the state fairgrounds and buy your momma something nice! or buy yourself something nice! if you go, come see me at table 16 in the fine arts building.

prepping for may

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

my vendor application was accepted for craftstravaganza! it’s one of the bigger craft sales in the twin cities, and definitely the biggest one i’ve participated in. i’m used to small fairs/sales, usually under 30 vendors, but on saturday, may 12, i’ll be one of over 140 vendors. and i need my work to stand out and sell! and it’s 8 short weeks away!

i’ve played around with displaying my work since my first sale in 2010. i first started with rigid piles that were geometric and neat, but then i was told that people were afraid of messing up the order and weren’t picking any of my work up. so then i tried putting my work into bowls and platters, which i think worked better, but still makes for sensory overload. i really need a better way to display my work (and to maybe pare down the options?), so i started sketching ideas over the weekend:

quick sketch of display ideas

i really need a tall display to grab people’s attention. i’m thinking about a small sandwich board that could display my cards on the table? i also need depth on the table… maybe a little shelf to stand books on might catch people’s eyes? and there will be a white wall behind me… colorful bunting (or is bunting getting old/over-done?) and/or a big orange fish might help bring people to me…

i did buy some boards/panels after drawing my sketches. unfortunately the options weren’t available in the same type of wood, so now i’m debating if i’m going to want mixed woods or if i should spray paint? maybe gold would be fun, especially with my orange table cloth.

i’ll share what i come up with!

last minute handmade gift market : monday, dec 19

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

last minute
about a month ago, we decided to do a christmas market… we being martha, eireann, cynthia, julia, and me. as if we don’t already have enough craziness swirling around at this time of the year, we thought it’d be fun to add more! and it’s coming together nicely: we each take a to-do when we can, we’ve found a great location (modern times cafe), and we’ve got amazing artists joining us.

yes, we’re sorta crazy, but i think we all like it that way. if you’re in town, come by and see us. if you’re not in town, tell the people you know that live here about our last minute handmade gift market!

local holiday shopping

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

willow house holiday craft fair
this is a big weekend for local holiday shopping! first and foremost, there’s the willow house 2nd annual holiday craft fair this friday, organized by kristin and ann. i’m looking forward to participating again this year!

but wait, there’s more!

thursday, 12/1
west elm + etsy handmade holiday workshop & mini market, edina west elm 6-9pm

friday, 12/2
no coast craft-o-rama, midtown global market 3-8pm

saturday, 12/3
no coast craft-o-rama, midtown global market 9am-5pm

saturday, 12/3
art at ramsey holiday art fair, ramsey junior high, st. paul 10am-5pm

saturday, 12/3
snap*crafted*pop, northwind lofts, mpls 4-9pm

sunday, 12/4
snap*crafted*pop, northwind lofts, mpls 10-5pm

mcba’s 10th annual book arts festival

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

mcba's 10th annual book arts festival
this saturday is the 10th annual book arts festival at the minnesota center for book arts, and i’ll have a table there! i did this show last year, and i’m really looking forward to it. i have my expectations in check and attending/participating in this event is one my favorite ways to kickoff the holidays. the festival is 10am – 5pm. if you’re able to go, stop by and say hi!

you can find me…

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

nokomis urban craft fair
… at the nokomis urban craft fair this saturday, november 12, from 9 to 2…

yes, it's me
and if you can’t make it saturday, you can find me virtually on lottie loves! charlotte featured me in her creative loves yesterday. savor the rare photo of me, and see my workspace!

upcoming holiday fairs

Friday, October 28th, 2011

goods for mcba's 10th annual book arts festival
i haven’t done a good job of participating in merry go round as of late, but this month’s topic is relevant: do you do fairs/shows?

i haven’t done any yet this year, but i will be participating in minnesota center for book arts 10th annual book arts festival on saturday, november 19 (my post about pariticpating in last year’s festival is here). this week i started to collect inventory for the fair. i also started making lists: items i still need to make, stuff i need to bring, errands to run. last year i was overstocked for every show i participated in, so this year i’m trying not to over-do it and not have a freak-out over imaginary low inventory.

this week i noticed that there were vendor spots open for the nokomis urban craft fair, held on saturday november 12. that’s about 2 weeks away… so yes, let’s add more crazy to the mix! i’ve been having a hard time getting moving on production, so if i add another show at the last minute, that might be the kick in the ass i need to get making.

i’m picky about which fairs i’ll do — i’m not sure i can commit to a 2-day event. i also prefer to do fairs close to the holiday season. despite the potential craziness of the next few weeks, i’m excited for these 2 shows! you know what i’ll be doing this weekend…

see what everyone else has to say:

laura at blue terracotta
monika at red 2 white
ruth at birdland creations
kim at vilt a la kim
sara at crafts of texture
samantha at vintage is for lovers
mariana at florcita
agathe at le bar du vent
mitsy at artmind
bethany at dirksen dabbles

happy weekend!


Thursday, August 25th, 2011

yes! deep fried candy bars. makes my teef hurt thinking about them...
state fair, august 29, 2010

today is the first day of the minnesota state fair! and if you’re thinking, what? fair? like with farm animals and manure? WHY? then you are not from minnesota, which has the biggest and best state fair (according to wikipedia, it is largest state fair in the united states in terms of average daily attendance. texas? eh). it’s held smack-dab in between the very metropolitan & urban cities of st. paul and minneapolis, and you are missing out. my trip to the fair is when i get to hit my quota for fried foods for the year. and you can drink beer and see baby cows being born and hot damn! weezer is playing at the grandstand! so is def leppard! and i can hear it from my house!

clearly this event is something we get very excited about.

to celebrate, i’m offering my minnesota state fair polaroid magnets for only $8 today through the last day of the fair, which is labor day (september 5). they’re normally $12! this is a good deal, and you’ll be able to experience the fair year round, without teasing your hair or sitting in your car for hours on snelling avenue.


Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

the obnoxious bird whistle!


nothing like fried and sugar before noon!

some silly bracelet was sold here

picking out a mobile

the girl with the cool boots didn't want to tell me the tin sculptures were made in mexico
last saturday i met my bff for a day at the buffalo craft fair with her 6-year-old son. while my aesthetics aren’t a great fit for most of the goods there, it’s still fun to wander and see what people spend their time making. mini-donuts are a must. and so is looking for $5 items that the little guy could “buy” with mom’s money. i brought home one of those tin roosters (made in mexico!), mostly because it reminded of me of this post, which makes me laugh every time i read it.


Friday, August 5th, 2011

too mosquito-y to sit outside!
orange adirondacks in my friend linda’s front yard.

the uptown art fair (the link is broken on their end), the loring park art festival, and the powderhorn art fair are this weekend. i need to get to at least one of them, i’m just not sure which one(s) it will be.

happy weekend!

rainbow tape!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

crepe tape!
patricia at red bow studio recently sent me a couple rolls of rainbow tape, and i went to town on some plain kraft boxes… you can get your own jar of rainbow tape at the red bow studio etsy shop. i think i might skip wrapping paper this year!

start thinking about this weekend! some good local events:

  • willow house holiday craft fair: join me and many other talented artists for a cozy craft fair. treats will be served. friday, 3-8pm, willow house preschool, 5617 24th avenue south, minneapolis
  • no coast craft-o-rama: the craft event of the season! friday, 3-8pm and saturday 9am-5pm at the midtown global market, minneapolis
  • art at ramsey 16th annual holiday art fair: over 70 local artists. saturday, 10am-5pm at ramsey junior high, 1700 summit avenue, st. paul

don’t forget: 20% off your entire order in my etsy shop, until midnight this friday. use coupon code BLOGLOVE.

greys & greens

Friday, November 19th, 2010

in the frenzy of holiday production, i don’t want to forget to make my holiday cards… it’s been a tradition for at least 15 years now… i’m thinking that washi tape will be playing a major role this year.

good local stuff tomorrow (sorry if i sound like a broken record):

happy weekend!

saturday november 20

Monday, November 15th, 2010

mcba book arts festival
this saturday, come see me at the 9th annual book arts festival at the minnesota center for book arts! get a jump start on your holiday shopping… there will be letterpress, artist’s books, hand-bound journals, handmade papers, prints and posters, and other fabulous handmade gifts and keepsakes (and me with my goods!). open book, 1011 washington avenue south. 10am – 5pm.

handmademn market
after you’ve visited me, make your way to the handmadeMN market in uptown. there will be over 45 sellers –  i’ve met many of them and they make great stuff! ballentine vfw, 2916 south lyndale avenue. 10am – 6pm.