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Not about Money. Other Reasons to Sell at a Craft Fair

Other Reasons to Sell at a Craft Market! Connections and Creative Fire __a happy stitch

{peg fairies by Sophi Karkeek}

Ack! It has been over a month since I wrote here! I always find it a little embarrassing when I neglect the blog. I do this funny thing where I talk in my head to you guys but don’t match it all up with pretty pictures and non-imaginary words and then lose track of just how long it has been. Silly brain parts.  I just finished up a holiday art fair and had a great time mixed with the usual bit of stress and mental wrestling.  I thought a lot about the financial benefits of a craft fair versus the other reasons I think you should sell at a craft fair and I thought I’d write it all out in case anyone else is pondering these same questions.

The past month has been so busy.  I know everyone can relate to that.  This time of year is intense, man.  For makers it’s even more intense because it’s often the most lucrative time of the year.  Imagine adding to the steep increase in holiday parties, family obligations, school events and gift shopping by having to create ten times as much as normal then promote and attend a craft fair.  It’s kind of insane. I’ve been having heart  palpitations for the last month and I only do one holiday sale! I’m sure other artisans have it much worse.

In the midst of my crazy, stressed-out, not-stopping-to-shower efforts I asked myself, “Is this really worth it?” (more…)

little happenings

I feel the need to share some little happenings that are mildly embarrassing but making me real happy.

I bought a wooden, camera-shaped washi tape dispenser.  I am a practical and mostly frugal person that has, I repeat, bought a wooden, camera-shaped washi tape dispenser.  I had to pace the store twice (anthropologie, duh) before I let myself drop it in my basket.  It’s adorable and I love it.  two different people have told me “I needed it” and I think this says a lot about my people because really nobody needs a wooden, camera-shaped washi tape dispenser.  I like my people for that reason, they obviously get me. if you are looking at this and thinking that you need one, you do.  I will be your people.

washi tape dispenser

there is more.  I followed the joy and set up a pretty random photo shoot.  It was motivated by a desire to capture the cute, sweetness of some of my vintage fabric and a few wooden spools given to me by my grandmother.  pretty soon, I was dragging in my look-alike fisher price doll and other around-the-house critters.  I just wanted to do this, it had no rhyme, reason or intention.  my recent mollie makes magazine came with similar postcards and I was curious if I could do something like it.  It looked like so much fun and, guess what, it was!  I’m trying to get to know my camera a little better so I can justify it in those terms, I suppose.  but it is safe to say that things get a little weird over here some days. many of the photos are scattered around the website (can you find them?) and I made a new etsy banner but these are some of the outtakes.

looky likey

general mill run

in all, it was a fun hour of photo-taking, to be sure, and I think it spruced up the site.  score one for a bit of january whimsy!

a happy stitch teams up with zero bound to solve some economic problems.

I’m so excited to be involved in a wonderful, new thing that is taking off right now and is tackling the humongous problem of student loan debt.  I know I sound like one of those emails from a political candidate, which are crowding your inbox right now, but this is for real.  an amazing woman, who happens to also be a friend, has crafted a genius solution to help students crawl out from under the student loans that threaten to keep them financially strapped for the foreseeable future.  it is called zero bound and it will work by providing a network for donors to give money to students in exchange for their donation of services to non-profits or volunteer organizations. the idea is to utilize all the great potential of debt-burdened graduates and college kids to make the world better and pay off their debt at the same time. aha. see…GENIUS!  the world has taken note, too.  zero bound has been featured in the boston herald and fox business and word is they are set to be covered by forbes and even on pbs.  check out their idea:

right now, they are working to raise funds to launch their website and are asking for donations to make that happen. I was approached to get involved in their latest, very exciting crowdfunding effort and I happily agreed.

so, here is how it works: if you donate at least $1 (but please consider giving more…what they are doing is really great) between midnight tonight and midnight tomorrow night you become immediately eligible for lots of discounts to online shops including 20% off everything in my etsy shop!  I have even added new iPad sleeves to the old standbys.  also, my 20% offer also runs to the end of the year so if you give to zero bound tomorrow you will have almost 2 months to shop at a happy stitch and lots of other online shops! what a deal.

so…do it! curb student loan debt and  get your shopping on.  what a warm fuzzy.

the penguin, ninja and owl

have you ever tried to swipe something from an owl? or a penguin? how about a ninja? how did that work out for you?

uh-huh.  that is what I thought.

because, let’s be honest, those stoic creatures wouldn’t give up anything for anyone.  and, they would certainly not give up a secret.  

and that is exactly why I have trusted them to be secret pocket pillows.  each one of these guys has a little pocket on their chest that holds secrets and only the pillow owners can get the secret.  that is, of course, unless they have been trusted with a loose tooth…then they will give over the tooth but only for cold, hard cash.

I think it is pretty clear they mean business.

[coming to see me at the festival tomorrow? I will be bringing this a-team with me, for sale!]


shop update

two posts in one day! I know, it is nuts around here.  the good news is that I updated the (nearly neglected) etsy shop with both the quilt and tote bag patterns and even some bags.

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