Oh, Gosh, Yes. Sometimes you just need to go stand in a big room full of loud noises with hordes of wonderful, creative people. Did you see my photography website/blog? Well, click here for some more pictures and the whole portfolio.
Fall’s here, which means excellent things for all of us who live in the north eastern United States. Namely, pumpkin, apple and cinnamon everything plus an unnaturally high enthusiasm for hurling one’s self at the front lawn at even the smallest of leaf piles. We’ll need to wait a few weeks before there’s no risk of sciatic damage, but once there’s a big enough leaf pillow in the yard it is party time.
In other news, applications have been posted for the 2013 Big Chill craft fair. My baby! This is the 5th event I’ve organized at Mayo Street Arts and we’ve got big, big plans for this one. DIY crafts for young and young at heart, a whole floor of local vendors and, of course, beer + wine available for shoppers. Yes, being an adult is awesome.
Hey internet, how’s it going. I have been on a brief hiatus from posting new Etsy listings, making “Little Eye” products and being a good businesslady. That’s okay: the ebb and flow of the creative process shouldn’t be fought. In fact, to do a good job sometimes you have to act like an anti-business to maintain your happiness and freshness – that’s what I’ve been doing.
What’s been keeping my hands busy:
Big Thaw applications just closed, so now begins the process of learning everything about the vendors and posting article after article online. I love that part. I think we’ll be doing some raffles/giveaways through the site this year and I’ll try to amp up marketing. Anyone know anything about that? I sure don’t! Well actually I know a little… what I really need to know is someone on TV or someone who writes for local press. Hook it up!
Also, I’ve been chugging away at a large wholesale order for a lovely wine and beer supply company out of Seattle, WA. There’s nothing like filling your kitchen with a stockpile of bottle caps, washing them, poking holes in them, beading them, packaging them and shipping them to really get your heart racing! Actually, it’s fun and totally satisfying to complete a huge order and to do it with some kind of process. But it’s definitely taking up some serious creativity time!
Lastly, our band Bath Salts has been writing, recording, practicing songs like nuts since September. It’s so much fun. We just get together, make loud sounds, work until the sounds are good together, then find some people who want us to play at their venue and pack it up in the car and go there. You can view a couple of our songs here on Bandcamp, but there’ll be about 6 more in the next coming weeks. Check back!
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:
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…