Little Eye Presents… Onesies!!

Awwwww…. New and coming soon to our Etsy shop:  little baby onesies!  Oh, the cuteness is killing us.  This design of a harbor seal was hand drawn by me (Audrey) and screen printed in our kitchen.  These onesies will be available at our booth at Picnic this weekend (Saturday!  Lincoln Park!) for $10 (special Picnic debut price).  We’ve also got a pretty substantial ‘discount bin’ that we’ll be toting along.  Without kids, it’s hard to know what to do with the mess-ups except sell them for $2 a pop!  Learning to screen print is hard… but the adorable factor is totally worth it.

Hope to see you this weekend!

–A.

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It’s a Picnic!

Picnic is almost here!  For those of you who know, you know this is one of the most fun arts, crafts and music festivals that Portland has to offer.  For those of you who DON’T know, then you better find out!  Saturday, August 25th brings sunshine (I hope), arts, crafts, and loud noises to Lincoln Park in Portland, ME.  Lincoln Park is right by the courthouse, on the corner of Franklin Arterial and Congress Street.

Once again, Little Eye will join Kate Sullivan-Jones at a fun-filled booth of buttons, bottle caps, metalwork, vintage goodies, screen printed kid’s clothes and canvas totes.  And I’m sure whatever else we can cram in to our luggage as we pack for Picnic!

We know you’ll be there to enjoy the yummy snacks, get some books signed and listen to some music.  Stop by and say “Hi!”

Hopefully I’ll have some pictures of our new products that will be debuting this weekend… we’re busy, busy in the workshop so no promises!!

Picnic on Sunday!

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.  🙂

Pickles, Picnic, End of a Season

Good afternoon.  I’ve been curating again!  So much fun to make treasuries when you’ve got the time…  Click on each image to be taken to a selection of 16 items by awesome artists and vintage superstars.

Design Your Own Embroidery Hoop by merriweathercouncil.

Picnic! Treasury featuring items by vendors who will be at this weekend’s Picnic festival.

Chilled Dill Pickles Print by hartart13

pickle people Treasuryfeaturing delicious, pickled perfection.

2 Bicycle Etched Pint Glasses by phoenixfirestudios.

 end of the summer Treasury – featuring all those good, Autumn-y thingies.

December. Lots of work, lots of bottle caps…

Phew.  There are some big things coming up.

PICNIC.  Yes!!  Dec. 11th + 12th at the Irish Heritage Center.  Visit them at www.picnicportland.com for all the details!  Kate and I should be pretty close to the State St. entrance.  Come see us.

Biddeford Art Walk. Totally random but fit this in at the last minute.  We’re going to be set up in the abandoned Reny’s storefront which totally sounds like the beginning of a plot for a Maine-themed Scooby Doo episode.  Hint:  the innkeeper is actually the ghost!  Saturday, Dec. 18th.  Biddeford has an awesome downtown, in case ya didn’t know.

Custom Birth Announcements by Little Eye Designs

Custom work.  My favorite!  I’ve already received several inquiries about custom orders and it’s not even December yet (err, for another few hours).  I’m working on an adorable photograph of a new born in a set of 12 magnets ($20 for 12) and a necklace ($10 each).  Pictures of this to come!  For now, see my custom magnet photo above of the equally adorable Penny brought to you by Em and Dylan Verner.  So cute.  Email me at:  littleeyedesigns@gmail.com  with pictures for your own custom work!

These are the PJs I will literally cut you for. And that baby. Not exactly the Christmas spirit, but comfy PJs are the lifeblood of Northern people.

Other amazing things happening this month:  I’m getting a DSLR camera (yikes), Christmas, vacation in VT after all the holiday dust has settled, CBD holiday party, First Friday December, buying pajamas, crocheting another afghan, and hopefully posting one small post a day about thoughtful ways to give without actually having to spend any money.

 

Also, in case you don’t know where to find me on the web, here are some ideas:

Etsy.  http://littleeyedesigns.etsy.com

Facebook.  Search “Little Eye Designs”

Email.  littleeyedesigns@gmail.com

Twitter.  littleeyedesign  (no ‘s’, that’s weird, I know)

 

OK, go forth and prosper!

I F%#&ed Up, But Don’t Sweat It

Tonight I had a turn around in my ‘business strategy.’ (If you can call sitting on the man chair in the living room watching The Wire DVDs while endlessly editing images and posting listings on Etsy a ‘strategy’)  It’s cool.  I’ve spent the last two months really pushing my ‘online presence’ following instructions to leave thoughtful comments on other blogs, ‘favorite’ other sellers on Etsy, etc. etc.  But really – the #1 reason I started doing all this bonkers bottle-cap-and-photograph stuff was because it was fun!  And when I go to a blog I like to see content!  Not to mention my entries with the highest hits are the ones where I tell funny stories that have nothing to do with jewelry.  SO!  I thought tonight I’d revisit other times I’d fucked up and my forgiving and understanding nature got me right through it with a smile.

This article had advice in it that made me smart again...

#1 – The time I dropped my camera at a wedding. Not only is this horrifying, but the wedding was just teeming with photographers.  OK, RIT alum, what the heck are you doing in Blue Hill, ME, anyways?!  The bride’s photography I’d seen before the wedding was beautiful.  Her friends had super snazzy cameras that put my Mamiya TLR to shame.  Then, just as the sun set and the guests made their way to the reception tent, ahh…I dropped my frigging camera on the ground and broke the flash mount! Cool, Audrey, real cool.  I spent the next hour trying to figure out a new camera (fail), borrow someone else’s camera (fail) and eventually settled on Macgyver-ing the damn thing and not being able to let go of my flash for the entire night.  Here are some pictures from that night:

Melting Cake Topper

Sweet Vintage-y Dancing Shot with my metallic flash thing I made

#2 – I drop things at Craft Fairs. The first time was at the end of the fair, so that was really no big deal.  But last summer when Kate and I were rolling our wares to Lincoln Park for PICNIC we lifted this dumb little thing we’d rigged up to carry a bunch of stuff at once, tipped it right, and smash!  All my candles that I’d been testing out crashed on to the pavement.  Some were spared.  Most were dangerous to touch.  We just laughed a lot, though, because it was so silly.  And besides later on I learned a better way to get the soy wax not to pull away from the vessel.  So it’s a good thing I didn’t sell them, anyways.

At this particular fair I DIDN'T drop anything. Phew!

#3 – I’ve probably ruined three huge batches of bottle caps in the last year. Due to impatience and improper measuring.  The weird thing about epoxy resin is that if you eyeball it, you’re probably in good shape.  But if you eyeball it and haven’t slept much or maybe have been in a small attic with too much paint, epoxy and mod podge fumes for too long then maybe that won’t be so good.  Botched epoxy pours are obnoxious because they’re kind of like melted saltwater taffy, in texture.  You go to touch one to see if it’s ‘ready’ and then BAM your finger is covered in sticky junk.  Then it kind of ends up on everything as you try to get all the bottle caps safely in the rubbish bin.  Then you get it on your shirt as you’re trying to wash it off your hands and you think to yourself  “God Damn it, that’s the third shirt I’ve gotten epoxy on this month, now I need to go to Goodwill.”  (Another silver lining!)  In any case I’ve wasted probably 20 hours of my life fucking up something that I should be relatively good at doing by now.  Oh well!  Just crack open the windows next time…

A lot of man-hours to be screwin' around with, Audrey

That’s all you get for now, this has been embarrassing (but enlightening!) enough.  For the record, though, all of my posts up until now have been sincere and well-thought out.  But my redirection leads me more to a self-centered place that’s less about telling and more about doing.  I’ll leave comments when they matter, ‘tweet’ thoughts that are thoughtful or pertain to the business, and let Facebook be the conduit of these things.  Off to bake a pie, take a bubble bath or knit a sweater.  Ahh, much better already!