November 25, 2009

'ReCreate: A ReStore Art Sale'

I just received confirmation that I will be a participant in the Winnipeg Habitat for Humanity ReStore’s 1st Annual 'ReCreate: A ReStore Art Sale', taking place in March 2010. I’ll be making and donating art created from Habitat ReStore materials & other recycled/salvaged stuff. How cool is that??

I’m not sure what I am going to make yet, but I am leaning towards a bulletin board/message center or something along those lines. It’s all going to depend on what I find at the ReStore when I go to shop for my supplies. Cool thing #2 – I get a $20 credit in the store to use towards the purchase of my “recyclables”.


November 22, 2009

Two down...

...four to go!

This weekend, I took part in the annual Open House at the Cre8ery Gallery. Traffic was apparently less than in past years (and less than they were anticipating), but I had a good time nonetheless. In fact, in terms of sales, it was probably my best sale yet. I am so glad that I spent the time making 6 new collage mirrors, because I sold THREE of them. At $25 each! (To appreciate my excitement, you have to remember that everything else on my table is under $10...besides the pillows, but they're another story...)

I think that my success at the sale was due to the fact that the people attending were, and I'm generalizing for the most part, a teeny bit artsier than the customers at some of my previous sales. Or, they just "got it". (Sometimes my stuff looks a little odd when surrounded by more traditional, pretty crafts.) It was nice to see my pins and collage stuff looking right at home in a room full of pottery, art, textiles and jewelry.

Besides the ego-boost that always come with having a good sale, I got a pretty good sense of what will do well at my upcoming sales. Now I know what to focus my crafty-efforts on over the next 3 weeks. I have to make more mirrors, more Altoids tins, more vintage-gal cards and, because I can't resist, maybe just a few more pins. And more pillows, but, again, they're another story...

November 12, 2009

This Ain't Your Grandma's Craft Sale

The countdown is on...just over a month until my last craft sale before Christmas. It's going to be a busy 5 weeks!

November 9, 2009

One down, five to go!

I had the pleasure of taking part in the Grosvenor School Christmas Craft Sale this past Saturday. As promised, there were lots of "helpers" and we were all given the star treatment. From having my stuff schlepped up to the second-floor gym to being served homemade cookies, the whole day was full of little "treats". Big thanks go out to the event organizers and volunteers!

As for the "sale" part of the sale, I did great! There were a few long lulls, but I had one really good rush that made up for it. The big, surprise hit of the day were my new retro-gal notepads and cards. I will be definitely be making more of those! (I would post pictures, but I don't have any left to photograph. Next batch, I promise!) Other than that, the new Christmas cards got a great response, as did the Altoids Tins. And, of course, the domino pins and pendants.

Next up - the Open House and Sale at the Cre8ery on the 21st. To prepare for that one, I am going to be busy making more stationary and MIRRORS!

BTW...I am having fun trying on new blog backgrounds today. What do you think?

November 6, 2009

Grosvenor School Craft Sale - Nov 7, 2009

I am so excited to be taking part in the Grosvenor School Annual Christmas Craft Sale tomorrow...especially after speaking to the organizer of the event. From curb-side helpers for load-in and load-out to "gofers" throughout the event, it sounds like we crafters will be treated like royalty!

I am also looking forward to the event because it will give me a chance to sell my new Christmas cards and notepads in addition to my signature domino pins and t-shirt pillows. I'm also going to be selling some new "Altered Altoids Tin" albums and sewing kits and some more of the domino pendants...

But, enough about me. There will be dozens of crafters selling unique, handmade goods, a bake sale, a consession and more! The sale takes place throughout the entire school from 11am to 3pm. I hope to see you there!

Grosvenor School
1045 Grosvenor Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba

November 5, 2009

Scissors and Glue-sticks!

One of my most-favourite gals, Em, has posted a nice piece on her blog about the "tools of the trade" and the people who use them. I am honoured to be included.


One day I will post a picture of my workspace and the supplies/tools that I *need* to do my craft(s). Maybe. If I took a pic right now, you would see a chaotic jumble of paper, pens, inkpads, string, ribbon, fabric, books, take-out menus, photographs, yogurt get the idea. On the other hand, if I took a picture of a gleaming desk with everything neatly in its place, you would know that I was lying. I am of the firm belief that you cannot have creativity without chaos, but there is a definite difference between an inspirational mess and, well...a mess.