This Is Gonna Be Awesome!
Okay, guys – heads up! Picnic is on Sunday, December 11th and it’s in a NEW LOCATION. 58 Fore St (kinda where Portland Yacht Services is, near the narrow gauge railroad). So don’t be going to the Irish Heritage Center knocking on their doors and wondering why Picnic won’t let you in. Jeez!
I’ll be there, and super excited to be selling socks and ear warmers for the first time – I sold a bunch of knit stuff at The Big Chill last weekend and I hope to do the same on Sunday!
Seeya there. 🙂
- Serious Bakery Eagle. Also, click on this image to apply.
I just got, er… found… an email in my much-neglected inbox about Biddeford’s Chalk the Walk coming up Saturday, September 24th in downtown Biddeford, ME. A few thousand people generally meander their way through this event that is looking for craft vendors (apply here) or artists to actually design chalk paintings for local business sponsors. Vendors pay a fee ($25?) but artists play for free (obviously) while businesses pay the sponsor money, some of which goes towards prizes for the best work!
Pretty cool. I’m deciding right now whether to craft fair it up or not – I’m a busy wholesale lady these days but I do love me some ground paintings, that’s for sure.
…although that was what was happening today at work. Gosh, those little six-legged creatures get a whiff of warm air and some wheat thins in a ziploc baggy and you have a SITUATION on your hands!!
Tara from The Rattlesnakes with really blonde hair, standing next to Maggie's Mittens at Picnic 2009.
No, no, this alert is for the far more music-y, craft-y, local happiness version of dining en pleine air… The Picnic Music+Arts Festival!!
Starting May 1st, you, too can apply to this excellent, populated and hopefully sunny event in Lincoln Park in Portland Maine. Applications are open through June 10th and the festival itself will be held on Saturday, August 27th. Please note that Picnic receives so many applications that they cannot accept everyone (although they totally want to). See their website for more details, and cute drawings of animals.
In other news, I made a logo:
Simple, informative, reproduce-able. Looks kinda like a bottle cap...
What do you think?
Well, well, well! Still reeling here in East Bayside from this weekend’s BIG THAW and so excited about how it turned out. So excited, in fact, that I decided to hop on, last minute, to a craft fair that will be held in a couple of weeks (May 7) in Portland’s West End at the really lovely Williston West Church on Thomas St. I remember taking a Tai Chi class there when I was super little with my dad. What a lovely neighborhood for a spring walk and a stop-in at the fair!
There will be about 15 vendors and the proceeds from the tables will go to The Children’s Nursery School, located in the West End. Given these are my old stomping grounds I’m happy to help old neighbors out while I peddle my wares!
Please stop by between 9am and 1pm for some good times for a good cause! Here is some of what I’ll be bringing:
Emergency Instructions - Found images from airline pamphlets
BIG THAW magnet and pins, left over from last weekend!
Music Caps in Pins, Magnets, Necklaces and more!
Set of 6 Bottle Cap Wine Glass Charms
Ooohhh and so much more. It’s my first ‘solo’ craft show so I’m going to have more room than I know what to do with! I’m hoping to have my beer bottle medallions (inspired by Mike Cunnane of the Rattlesnakes, Huak, and Sunset Hearts) finished by then, too — a ‘working class’ twist on the wine glass charms above. See you there!
Planning a craft fair is a little like having a newborn infant in the house. The free time you used to have for little things like cooking dinner, watching a movie, laundry, going on a walk, etc. all take a backseat to the huge responsibility you have. Instead of a little baby I am responsible for the happiness of 30+ vendors at tomorrow’s BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale at 10 Mayo St (Mayo St. Arts Center) from 10am-4pm. Annnnd in some ways it’s easier than being a Mom because it’s not like if I don’t feed the vendors they’ll cry but in a lot of ways I’ve found myself foregoing daily luxuries (showers, leisurely strolls) to paint a sign, make a blog post, etc.
Good news, though! I showered this morning! After getting up extra early to do an epoxy pour for the THAW magnets and pins I was like “Hey! I could be clean today!” and jumped in the shower for a few, glorious minutes. You’ll all be thanking me tomorrow for my powdery fresh scent. The thought just occurred to me: what will I do on Sunday?? Empty nest syndrome, here I come. Might as well start planning for The BIG FREEZE… haha…
It’s no secret that I’ve been busy the last couple of… years. No, but seriously, just as everyone else is winding down after the holidays, taking it easy, waiting for Spring to get here Little Eye Designs is starting new projects and venturing in to uncharted waters.
Enter… The BIG THAW. Wow! What started as “Hey, we should put on a craft fair, that’d be cool…” became “Oh my Gosh! We are putting on a craft fair!!” Saturday, April 16th to be precise, at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street in Portland, Maine. The fair is called The BIG THAW and by clicking on that anywhere in this post it’ll take you to the fair’s site for more info and how to apply. We’ve already got some excellent people on board, including Kris Johnsen of Emblem Studio and Meagan Anderson, who collaborated once upon a time and made this thing of beauty:
Kris Johnsen. Meagan Anderson. 'Nuff said.
Don’t you love those zebras?? I think they’re cuddling. We’re looking at a celebration of all things not-winter and we figured it’d be safe by mid-April to hope for good weather! We’re very excited to be holding the event at Mayo Street Arts, which in addition to being very community and arts oriented has NEVER had a craft and vintage sale before! So we’re going to debut in that amazing, brightly lit space in what used to be a church.
So for all the info you need, one last time, go to http://thebigthawportland.wordpress.com
IN OTHER NEWS. I love new materials. I posted awhile ago about the new findings I’d gotten from bunnysundries on Etsy and how they’re going to change my world. Last night I poured epoxy in to them and will be shopping for brassy, bronzy chain this weekend to make them shine. I nearly threw up while I was pouring last night because I’m so excited about how they look already. Around 6pm tonight we’ll know the truth. If all goes well this will be a great way to class up Little Eye while staying true to the concept of making affordable, attainable, functional art. I may strictly do necklaces, rings and earrings with these findings but bottle cap pins and magnets will always be in the product line! Ohhh, *sigh* photos to come! Sure hope I mixed the epoxy right…
A fitting follow-up to the gluttony episode. However.
Going on a walk gets the blood flowing this cold time of year. You could walk through the city, through the woods, or around the block. But wait, why would you go on a normal walk…
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…when you can do the BIDDEFORD ART WALK? That’s the thing! 11am-8pm tomorrow, Main St. in Biddeford. Check the link. We’ll see you there. Hint: last craft fair of the season, from 6-8pm I will be WHEELING and DEALING because Momma’s gotta buy some oil!