4.25.2011

changes

Just a little heads up that I'm in the process of switching web hosts today so my website might be a little wonky, or not visible to some people for a few hours. I'm doing this to save about $200 annually—definitely worth a few hassles! But I do apologize if you're experiencing any problems during the switch.

4.21.2011

green scene

notebooks and sachets

Yesterday I was a vendor at Keystone College's first Green Vendor Fair, part of their Earth Week activities. I was an art student at Keystone many years ago (when it was still a two-year school) and it was great to be back on campus and reminisce about the time I spent there. Great small school and art program, lots of personal attention; my friends and I still talk about how our years there were some of our best.

key fobs and laundry bags
Key fobs were popular and the laundry bags are a new item—look for them soon on my website.

The coordinator of this fair made everything so easy—thanks, Nora, you did a great job! Tables (and tablecloths) and chairs were provided; we even got to spread out over two tables and you'd be surprised how easily you can fill more space (do I need my own shop or what?). The building was wireless so I could process credit cards on my laptop. I got a great spot—near the stairway and the band! There was lots of traffic and, even though I didn't make tons of money (as someone mentioned, college students don't have much of it to spend), I had a great time, met some wonderful fellow crafters, and heard about a couple of opportunities that may turn out to be good for business. So, all in all, a good experience. And I live just 20 minutes away so was packed up and home within an hour.

vintage button hair pins
Hair pins made from stacked vintage buttons were also popular; these aren't on my website yet either.

4.14.2011

unwelcome visitor

black bear

I realize this isn't the best photo. It was starting to get dark and he'd just knocked over our bird feeders. We were more concerned with getting him out of our yard than taking a picture. Right when I snapped this he was on the move—over the wall and across the road. Apparently he doubled back because our neighbors (behind us and up the hill) called a short while later and told us he was after their bird feeders. Their dogs chased him away and back towards our next door neighbors house.

The funny thing is we knew he was around. Last week my husband said that we really needed to start taking in the feeders at night (which is kind of a hassle so easy to put off). Sure enough that very night he knocked over the pole that supports four feeders and scattered seed and pieces of broken feeder everywhere. Our neighbor told us that, a few nights later, someone saw him running away from a chicken coop with a chicken in his mouth. I suspect we're in for more drama with this hungry little guy. And, yes, I do mean little. This is a second year bear, first year away from mom, and he's going to get much bigger!

Update: Last Saturday, about 5 miles from here, a mother and three newborn cubs were up in a tree in someone's backyard. Since this was in a town they had to call animal control, who tranquilized the bear and moved her and the babies out into the woods somewhere. Hopefully not our woods—we have enough problems of our own :)

4.06.2011

on a mission

I've been searching forever (OK, at least a year) for a small bookcase that's 16-18 inches wide that I can use upstairs, either next to the bed or in the hallway outside the bedroom. Yes, we have too many books and our downstairs shelves are overflowing.

shelf
It really holds quite a lot for being so small!

Surprisingly hard to find. But I did last Saturday at the antique mall. It's very simple, mission style, with four shelves and just 17 inches wide (and 8 inches deep). And it fits exactly in the space between two door frames in the hallway. It's in pretty good shape with the paint worn down in places (I'm going to repaint it anyway) and slightly wobbly (a strategically placed nail should fix that). The booth seller was having a 20% off sale so I got it for $24!

shelf top
On top are a green pottery bowl, two watercolor wildflower prints, some vintage keys, and a small book of humorous essays (which I'll blog about soon).

I've filled it with books for now until I figure out what color to paint it. And until it's actually warm enough to paint.

mirror
This vintage hand-carved shelf with mirror back is hanging on the wall above. On it are a vintage-style bird, a favorite quote, and a vintage rhinestone pin with turquoise stones. You can't tell I love turquoise, can you?