This weekend marks the Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar, with festivities beginning this Friday night, November 18th with a VIP preview party from 6pm to 9pm for $25. My friends at Love Me Do Photography will be providing photobooth fun, so be sure to check it out! The craft show will be free and open to the public on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday the 20th from 11am to 6pm at the 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia. I am looking forward to attending with friends and afterwards, we plan to make our own holiday wreaths inspired by the talented Philadelphia area craftsters. I’m all stocked up on yarn and can’t wait to get started and share what we’ve made with you guys. I am hoping mine vaguely resembles a wreath by the time I’m finished, but if it ends up being a bundled mess of hot glue and yarn, I can always give it to my parents to hang on the fridge (only half serious, mom). Hopefully this will inspire me to give our front door a fresh coat of white paint since it is looking sad and yellowed.
Anyway, if you are in the area, be there or be square! I haven’t attended the holiday bazaar before, but I’ve been to all of their summertime craft shows in the past and they’re always a hit—especially when it comes to scoring original items for your friends and family.
Well, we survived our first craft fair this weekend at Crafty Balboa! Thanks to everyone who visited and stopped by our table, it was a fun time and we’d love to do it again next year. Betty White helped us get some visitors by making her sad Eeyore eyes at strangers, so I credit her with any sales I may have gotten. She even made friends with the oh-so-talented Jay McCarroll of Project Runway fame, whose designer shirt she has been sporting ever since (photos to come, she is shy right now).
Here’s a photo of the table setup, which included more duct tape than I had originally anticipated since the wind was a bit feisty that day. Thank goodness for ginger boyfriends who remember essentials like duct tape and paper towels. I owe him my first born. Or a smooch. Either one will do, preferably the latter though.
“Make an ugly face at the camera! That’s your ugly face? Are you serious?” -Me to a squinty-eyed boyfriend.
Here’s the owl nesting doll I made for the show, but didn’t manage to sell (le sigh). Although they were quite popular with the little ones, anyone under the age of 8 seemed fascinated by them, so at least I know what audience I should be shooting for! I plan to make more detailed nesting dolls in the future, so look for more of those soon! I’d like to start painting more children’s furniture as well, so look for more of that in the next few months as well.
I’m kind of pleased that my narwhal + jellyfish jewelry box didn’t sell at the show, because now I have a home for my jewelry that I was previously storing in a Ziploc bag in my dresser. I’ll probably list the nesting dolls and jewelry box in my Etsy shop within the week though, so if you know of anyone who has an owl/narwhal/jellyfish weakness, you know where to send them!
Crafty Balboa is tomorrow, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area and want to check out some local talent! It looks like we’ll be lucking out with some absolutely gorgeous weather, so I’m pretty darn excited. I’ve been sick all week so my ambition to create new work for the show during my free time has been pretty low. I promise to keep knocking out these new “two word” paintings I’m doing, using phrases my Twitter and Facebook friends send me. Feel free to comment below with more suggestions and I’ll do my best to make as many as I can within the next month or so!
In other news, our house settlement has been pushed to late next week, oi! We’re not sure on the exact date yet but we’re crossing our fingers that things will be finalized soon so we can dance around like happy homeowners.
I hope to see some of you at Crafty Balboa tomorrow! Pete, Betty White and I will be at our table from 11am to 5pm at Tasker & Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia, so be sure to say hello!