Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My new tent

Some of the best shows in my area are outdoors, so I have made the investment in a tent.  Not just any pop-up for me.  No, I splurged on a LightDome tent that is actually waterproof instead of merely water resistant.  My one experience with a typical pop-up tent supplied by a show organizer was disastrous - it started leaking profusely as soon as it started raining.  My husband and I put the tent together for the first time yesterday and I'm happy to say there was a minimum of yelling and swearing.  The tent is quite tall so hubby's 6'6" height was a major advantage.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Flower Shawl Sticks

I've been away from home for about three weeks caring for my 90-year-old mother.  While I was at her house, I did manage to do a bit of claying and here are the results:  shawl sticks which can also be used as hair sticks.


The pansies or violas are colored with Genesis Heat Set Oils and the flowers below are colored with soft pastels.

This is the display I will use to show them off at craft shows:


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bummer of a show

Well, at least it wasn't just me.  The first three days of the Jazz Festival turned out to be a losing proposition for the artists with handmade goods in the Artisan's Village.  The crowds were far below the numbers from last year - rumor has it even the festival itself is losing money - and there was competition with vendors selling stuff from Africa and Asia.  Even they weren't pleased with attendance.  One Canadian jewelry maker said she did so well last year over four days that she signed up for eight days this year.  She is not happy now.  And to make matters worse yesterday, there was a sudden downpour.  Turns out the tents provided by the festival aren't the least bit waterproof.  Mine started leaking so fast I didn't have time to cover things up.  Fortunately, nothing was damaged by the water.  I did sell four rainbow items, but the Pride events were taking place in another part of the city so we didn't get many folks coming through the Jazz Festival location.

I decided not to do the fourth day that I signed up for partly because my car "check engine" light came on and I'm worried about having car trouble and partly because thunderstorms and wind were forecast.  I discovered that my lightweight plastic earring display stands are not suitable for use in a tent because the slightest breeze knocks them over.  I've got to re-think how to display my earrings.

All I can say is that it was a learning experience.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Pretty scraps

I had a lot of multicolored scrap material left after making my rainbow earrings, so I mushed it up and put it through the pasta machine and ended up with some lovely striped sheets.  This pair of earrings was made from the scrap.




Saturday, June 7, 2014

More rainbows

Here are some rainbow heart earrings.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Rainbow Earrings

I'll be a vendor at the Toronto Jazz Festival later this month which coincides with World Pride Week, so to honor the occasion, I made a rainbow cane and produced these earrings.

I hope people like them and the other versions I plan to make, because I made one big mother of a cane!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fun Earrings for Spring and Summer

I've been making some colorful earrings for Spring and Summer.  Some of them are color blends (Skinner blends) and others are single color.