I realized I hadn’t said anything about the shows I’m doing this fall – in fact, I haven’t said much to you lovely folks lately. I had a fun Highway 1 Studio Tour two weeks ago to kick off my fall. I was at Wildflower Acres this year, near Morse, and if you get a chance you should definitely visit it. Vickie Phillips has a great place full of treasures.
Tomorrow is the first day of Fall Into Christmas, the local Big Show. It’s chock full of handcrafts, tasty treats and wonderful, Canadian made art. I have a corner booth this year that I am woefully unprepared for but I hope you’ll all come and visit and see the new work I’ve been doing. This show is always great and the organizer is fabulously well organized. She uses the show to do a ton of fundraising for the local high school music programs and the local women’s crisis shelter.
Then, later in the season, I’ll be doing the Sundog Handcraft Faire in Saskatoon. This will be my first time doing this show and I’m kind of excited. It runs November 29, 30 & December 1 at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Sitting on my table the last few weeks is this box of tiny glass bowls. These become my little ring bowls. Well, they do if I cover them in clay instead of letting them sit on my table…
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In high school and after, I occasionally did graphic arts and pre-press work. A little creativity and a lot of technical stuff. These days I get to use that bit of my brain to make packaging for my artwork.
I went for a little whimsy with this years batch of pin cards. I didn’t change it up TOO much from the last few years – mostly because I don’t feel like redoing the whole shebang – so these will work with the pins I take to shows and shops as well as the ones I sell online.
When I moved from my city apartment to a house in a much smaller town some of the appeal was that I would be able to put out more than a few pots of flowers and containers of tomatoes. And I did, here and there.
This year I got a little more ambitious by working on the composition of the beds and planning a little better. Next year I will continue on with it. I have to say, gardening is like growing your business: lots of shoveling, watering, weeding, planning and hoping for sunshine.
I think it’s been one of those life lessons that snuck up on me while I wasn’t looking. Lots of small, consistent, moves to keep the foundation strong and growing. A little bit of luck. And continually trying new ideas as I go. Most of those fail but they fail early and fast before it stings too much.
In the garden that would be the patch of strawberries I started with early in the spring. I planted over that with hardier starters and voila, eating strawberries now!
I’m a big fan of DIY. Part of that is because you get neato, original results. Part of that is because the price is often right. My show displays are what I like to call a charming mix of store bought and DIY goodness. I decided I needed a few more bracelet displays since what I use right now just wasn’t doing it for me. Pool noodles to the rescue!
I photographed and posted the grand mess if you’d like to take a peek. I plan on adding some clay beads or buttons to the ends of the rolls and snip threads a little more but it worked out!