{Inspiration: Louis C.K}

So I seem to be going through a little bit of a Spring slump. Nothing super serious but I’m having an itch for change and generally not super happy about life as is at the moment. It’s all Oprah’s fault. I’ve been watching the last 25 Oprah shows…and it’s killing me!! Way too much reflecting and emotions going on. God what are we going to do without her?!

Something brought me back to this rant by Louis C.K. It went viral months ago but I thought it was good to revisit. Kinda puts a few things in perspective!

If you haven’t seen it already, it’s a good reality check that will also make you laugh. If you’ve seen it already, it’s probably a good reminder.

Everything is amazing!!

{20 years of colour}

Leave it up to super craft champ Martha Stewart to commission this great video from The Indigo Bunting to celebrate 20 years of Martha Stewart Living. So sweet…and creative.

Click here to see the video (I couldn’t figure out how to embed it)

{spring harvest recap}

All the anticipation has come….and gone. The Spring Handmade Harvest Craft Show was a big success. Now that the dust has settled it’s time to recap.

As I mentioned before, I managed to pull my act together and get a table full of goodies. Actually I think overcompensated and went a little crazy. The show was definitely buzzing with lots of people, even a big line-up to get in but I don’t think everyone goes quite as gaga in the Spring as they do before the holidays. Actually it was interesting because items like my photography and patterned buttons, which I sold a bunch of in November weren’t as popular this time around. But then other items like my more random, kitchy buttons and the herb spoons were a big success! By far the best selling item of the day (I sold out!) was the “I Heart Almonte” buttons. I thought it would be cute but didn’t know if people would really go for it. Of course now I wish I made more.

Here’s some photo snapshots of the day:

Emily & Colleen, the two ladies behind Handmade Harvest. How cute (and calm) do they look!

Full house at the Almonte Agricultural Hall. Loved the venue!!

Here’s me in my little piece of real estate:

My table before the doors opened:

And some closer looks….

Herb engraved re-purposed spoons.

Silk-screen prints:

Vintage napkins & silk-screen shoe bags:

Lots of handmade greeting cards:

and lastly…more buttons and gift tags.

Here’s me with Em and professional shopper, Marie-Lou.

Overall I think the day was a great success. Em & Colleen did a great job with all the pre-planning so that it was all so easy for the vendors.

I even got to do it all again. Well almost. I took all my left over merchandise, which was still a nice selection and set up shop at work on lunch one day, which was also a big success.

Between the two shows I’ve raised $700 for Shoppers Weekend to End Women’s Cancers walk that I’m doing in September. So in the end, all the time (and there was ALOT of it) and hard work is for a good cause and worth it.

{spring harvest}

This post is a little late…that’s mostly because I was working on many of these items right up until the last minute.

If you remember I participated in the amazing Handmade Harvest show last Fall..and well folks, winter has come and gone and it’s time for the Spring Harvest, this Saturday, May 7th. Just in time for some last minute Mother’s Day shopping! The last show was such a success that the ladies decided to go big or go home for Spring with more vendors and a bigger venue.

I decided to once again have a table, not only because it was such a success last time but because I thought it would be a great way to raise some money for the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer walk that I’m doing this coming September.

Soooooooooo……even though all my intentions were good I didn’t anticipate the bad timing and hiccups along the way that slowed me down a little. If you’ve ever been a crafter you know how time consuming it is. Well my calendar kept filling up and it was tight to fit in the crafting time. Also crafting can be a little bit of an experiment sometimes…and well many of my experiments didn’t really go as planned.

BUT – with all that said despite some frustrations I’ve managed to pull together a table full of goodies 🙂 I didn’t take as many pictures of my progress this time (let’s just say I wasn’t always in the mood) but I did manage to capture a taste of what I’ll be offering.

Some retro-inspired silk-screen prints on old book pages. Little bonus – I love how the name of the book, printed on the top of the pages is Rebecca. It can be the name of the pinup, the bike or the robot.Cute!

A bunch of hand-crafted paper goodies:

And some mixed paper & fabric pieces. Nothing like sewing paper! This was shot before the sewing machine..but I’m thankful to report, all went well.

And then even though my vintage napkin ideas didn’t really work I thought it would still be nice to sell them as great little sets as is. A nice little vintage flare for the table. This is the before shot. I prettied these babies up with some cute ribbon and gift tags.

What’s not shown is some cute fabric gift tags and the same cute buttons and fun polka-dot felt garland I did last time, as well as some photography. I know…a full booth! I like to think of it more as a little store. My craft A.D.D doesn’t work well with the idea of doing a full table of only one thing. Gotta mix it up!

So if you’re in the Ottawa area this weekend, Almonte to be exact, come by with your mom or pick her up something nice. And maybe a few things for yourself too 🙂

See you there!