Monday, June 29, 2009
Today was a little cool to go to the beach. I suggested we go to a movie, and discovered that Davis doesn't like to go to the theater??? Hmmm... interesting. They both agreed that the park sounded good. The park, on a day that I won't roast, and won't freeze watching them? (High of 70 today). Delightful!
I got this pic of Haley playing in the trees... I love it. It describes her perfectly...tousled hair, with a gorgeous smile. ;)
Got this one of Davis at the same time. Love that smile too. ;)
Hagar Park here in Jenison is a fantastic park... filled with an amazingly large wood structure, that you could get lost in if you weren't careful. ;) Surrounded by trees, and trails, it has somethin for everyone. They played in the trees and on the wooden structure for a while, then asked to head over to the 'older' area of the park... where the "real playground" is. ;) I say this because it still has a merrie go round, monkey bars and a very tall, metal slide. You know, the death traps that are the most fun. ;)
On the way over this toad jumped over Haley's foot! She was startled, but excited. She loves animals. I was mean and didn't let her take it home. ;)
Then we went down the slide. Okay, they went down the slide, lol.
And spent, oh, about 2 hours on the merrie go round.
Then climbed the trees some more.
On the way home Davis said, "This is DEFINITELY Fun Day Monday." :)
Thanks so much to all that commented... my booth at this Sunday's Market looked MUCH better! I had somehow forgotten (seriously) about all my tricks I use for indoor shows. I have boxes I use to add height. I have a silver shelving unit that I love. I had to dig in the basement to get them out... and my spot thanked me for it! ;)
On a related note... a tv crew came down to the market and spotlighted us on the evening news! And guess whose spot was on the segment? You guessed it! Thanks everyone!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Then Davis set up a little spot on the trampline to relax. Here he is reading, and doing an activity book. :) Yay for playing outside!
The best part of my whole day? Not the free car wash... not even the fact that my son loves to be outside, and asked me to join him on the trampoline.
It was later, when I was sewing my little toocus off to finish some custom orders. My son asked me to come and hang out again, and I said I couldn't becuase I really needed to get these done. He smiled, brought me this...
and said, "Here Mom, now you can have a snack if you want!" and smiled and walked away. :) No, I take that back. Then he gave me a kiss on my cheek and walked away. ;) Man, I've got it good. ;)
Friday, June 26, 2009
My Davis is so silly, lol.
Haley LOVES the sand.
This is so much better than those days this winter that we weren't ALLOWED to leave our house becuase it was too cold, lol. ;)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The bird cage did a great job of holding up some wallets and some checkbook covers. ;)
And I went to the hardware store and bought just a metal rod to put on the Frito Lay Shelf so that I could hang some purses from it too. I need light, versatile pieces, so this is perfect. The funny part? The metal rod was $2.50... the whole shelving thing was $2, lol.
What do you think? Any thoughts? Do you do craft shows or markets? I'd LOVE to hear your favorite item from your set up! If you don't do shows... I'd love to hear what usually catches your eye in a booth when you go shopping. ;) On Sunday, I will use a random generator to pick one lucky winner from the 'tips'! ;) You will win your choice of a tissue cozy, a key fob or a checkbook cover! ;) Let's hear your comments! ;)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday? It's "Monday Funday" as the kids have so nicely named it, lol. They sit with me ALL day at the Market on Sunday, so I figured they deserved for the next day to be fun. This week we went to the local park to go swimming. Next week? Perhaps Lake Michigan... we shall see.
Wednesday is Library Day. My kids LOVE to read... Haley can spend hours with a good book with no complaints. Unfortunatley, I have problems RETURNING those books, lol. So if we go every week... those books can't ever be late right? Woot!
Thursday and Sunday are Market days. Booo for them... but yay for me! lol
You might be thinking... that's not all that much, lol. But we would happily be homebodies. I don't know if you remember my post about Festival? I offered for the kids to go back for the next two days... and both the kids said no, they were too tired! So we need some resting days too. :)
So today, we went to the Library. All three of us picked out some great books.. and the kids played on the educational computer games for a few minutes. Then we headed home. Well, sort of, lol. I got distracted...
Davis saw a garage sale and asked if we could stop to see if they had any fun toys. Sure!!!
And I found this adorable bird cage for a dollar! I forgot to take a before pic... but here it is painted a fun aqua color. I'm not sure how it's going to be used in my booth yet... but even if it just shares some character.. it's doing it's job. :)
Since that Garage Sale didn't have any kids items, we drove around for a few and tried to find something for the kids. Fail. :( Nothing fun for them... so we went to Walmart and picked up some 3-d chalk. SCORE! Now I can hit one more sale with no complaints, lol.
And I did. And I SCORED.
It is a Frito Lay Rack!!! It was um... ragged. Yeah, that's a nice way to put it. ;) So I painted this one too.
Do you see the clips on the side? How perfect! And shelves for wallets or small purses. I'm in garage sale heaven. :) How much? Oh, it was $2.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thanks everyone for all of the bloggy love! It has been so fun to read some posts on your blogs, and read all of your wonderful comments! I tried to thank every person who entered... but may have missed some.... so if you entered... Thanks for playing!!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
My fun new finds worked out GREAT! I painted them pink. :) I was going to use aqua, like one reader suggested, but I couldn't find a good one! I think hot pink works. :)
Wallets were popular today! Time to make some more! :)
My patchwork bags. But you've seen those already. :)
Since last fall, I have had a few friends asking me about belts. Personally, I'm not really a 'belt wearer'.... no need to bring attention to my bulging belly, lol. I have also watched at craft shows while visitors try on belts that are far too big, or embarrassingly, far too small. So what do you do? Make 10 different sizes? Oye. I decided to do a Sash Belt. It is about 70 inches long, and can be tied to let hang. It is 3 1/2 inches wide so that it can be worn with a dress, or folded in half and put through your pant belt loop, then tied like above. For you super skinny girls, it can be tied into a cute bow! Even better? It can be worn around the head like a head band and tied in the back. Have a plain, leather purse? You can fold it in half and tie it as an accent on a handle! I'm trying to find the multitasking accessory, lol. ;) So what do you think?
Friday, June 19, 2009
This one is FUNKY! I like it and it bothers me at the same time, lol. My loving sister would freak out at this one, since it doesn't 'match'... but somehow that is what makes it work for me.
Mmm... Yummy Sandi Henderson goodness...
And then some Amy Butler Bliss...
I had one similar to this at the market last week and it sold... while another person mourned that she didn't grab it first, lol. I figured I had better make another. ;)
For those of you participating in the Giveaway over at Joy's Hope... I will have these on Etsy in a few days, and you could win it! (Or anything else in the shop... since I am giving away a $25 gift credit!!) It is raining here today... so these were the best pics I could get... but as soon as those clouds go, these will all hit my Etsy Shop!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Who wouldn't love all of those little spots to hook things from? I love them! Now to make them my own. :) I love them, but the antiqued look doesn't really work for my vibrant colors... so I'm sure you will see them back on here in a few days, slightly altered. ;)
Look at all of those luscious fabrics just WAITING to be made into a patchwork tote! Oh I get all tingly just thinking of it...
Look at all of those pinks! I think it might be time for an all pink patchwork tote.
Look at the variety! Can you imagine how long it would take me to aquire this many DIFFERENT fabrics! I am in heaven! I know I am supposed to be working on my quilt... but I'm feeling a little sidetracked, lol.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Anyway, then I just got an email from this site...
That I am featured in a Wish List on their blog. It is a really neat concept! How often do you wish you could register for handmade items? I love Target... but when I got married I would have LOVED to register for items on Etsy! (We won't talk about the fact that it didn't exist then, lol). Well, this site offers just that. You can register for handmade items for your wedding! ROCK ON! Absolutely suggesting it to friends getting married. Anyway, they feature certain wish lists... and one of my bags was on it! Woot!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Jennifer Ackerman from the Grand Rapids Press is the lovely lady speaking about all of our items. :) She featured me on her blog, CraftSanity last year. She is a sweet lady, who really appreciates the handmade movement. Today she was featuring artists from the Fulton Street Artisans Market, where I sell most Sundays during the summer. We will have over 60 vendors this Sunday, so if you are in the area, come and see us!
Go HERE and you can watch the segment yourself!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
But it doesn't... so to do my part, I'm doing free shipping until Saturday! :) So if there's something you've been eyeing in the shop, let me know! Simply purchase the item, and mention my blog in the notes to seller. I will reimburse your shipping via paypal!
But wait! I'm not done! Every purchase that mentions my blog will ALSO get a free SURPRISE in their package! You won't know what it will be until it reaches your door... but I promise it will be good! ;)
Have fun shopping!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
But Dana (the Quilt Along host) said not to sweat the small stuff... so I'm not. Frankly, I think this was God's way of making this easier on me. I LOVE the way random and askew things look... but I have a REALLY hard time doing it myself. When I was little I used to wonder what foot I took my first step with, because I thought that when I died I should take my last step with the other foot so it was 'even'. LMBO! I KNOW! Stop laughing and keep reading. ;) I know, I have some serious OCD tendancies. (Funny thing is, I am SO MESSY, but my towels have to be folded a certain way. The Living Room can have stuff everywhere, but my cabinets should be organized! lol). So anyway, can you imagine the stress I would have put myself under attempting to make these blocks "random"? Dear me, I would still be organizing. ;)
So here is my theory on what it might look like...
Friday, June 5, 2009
It is a celebration of many of the things I love. They have several (5 or 6?) different stages, with perfomances for three days. Those performances include ballet dancers, rock bands, barbershop quartets, and many more. When I was in high school there were years that I performed all three days. I loved it.
Then there is the artist's tent, where artists sell their wares.... and the display area with fine art on display. I mean, what more could you ask for? Well, FOOD. lol There are over 20 booths run by non profit organizations as fundraisers... all with ethnic foods. Some American, Greek, Italian, etc. There are alot of people who go JUST for the food! :)
And you are thinking, wow, this must cost a fortune! Nope! Everything is free but the food. :) Now, you can spend a pretty penny on food, lol, but it's always going to a great cause! So we took full advantage...
We hit the Face Painting, where Haley got a sun and Davis got an orange goatee. I can not tell you hot fitting these choices were, lol. I got a watermelon. :)
We hit the T-shirt Printing (my personal favorite, a huge memory from my childhood!)...
And they even have a drier so that you don't smudge! Woot!
Then we did the Glue In (each child gets 8 pieces of wood to create whatever they would like with those pieces and wood glue)...
So much concentration...
Then there was the Paint In. LOVE this... my kids go home with ART!
They think of everything... they even have a bucket for them to wash their hands!
Then we stopped for some apple juice. A little story behind this picture... Haley was NOT happy about that apple juice being in the picture, especially that close to her head. However, she knew I wanted a nice picture so she is smiling and yelling at Davis through clenched teeth, lol! You'll notice that they now have on their new t-shirts. Well... that's because Haley managed, even with a smock, to get paint all over her shirt. I tell you, this girl is the messiest child I have ever met, lol. It is part of her charm, I suppose. ;)
From there we decided it was time for an elepant ear. It is a must at Festival. :)
Then off to make hats! This was a huge memory for me as a child as well... the very thing I remember doing at festival year after year. I can't believe that they are still doing it. :)
Then off to the DiSuvero Swing (which I believe is actually supposed to be a work of art, lol). Haley doesn't like it, but as you can tell, Davis came off of it one happy guy. ;)
Then we got Balloons. A fish on a pole and a sword. (Also free! But I tipped the guy a few dollars because he was awesome!) Is it just me or does Davis look like a Hitler wanna-be here? lol
So obviously there is lots to do and lots to see. Lots of fun... but mostly lots of smiles.