Monday, April 25, 2011

Rainy Monday. The first day of a long busy week, possibly the busiest I've seen in awhile. So naturally we went out for a late leisurely breakfast. And now I'm listening to free music downloads from the Urban Outfitters blog. And writing here. Makes sense, right?

Virginia and I spent the Easter holiday with my family up in South Bend (Brandon stayed home to work and to guard our basement from all the rain we've been getting). My brother was conspicuously absent, as he was off proposing to his girlfriend. I guess we can forgive him for that. I still haven't met his official fiance, but I look forward to getting a new sister later this year!

Virginia made the cutest Easter Bunny of all time. She was a bit unstable, however.


So now it's time to work. We'll be traveling to St. Louis this weekend for the Indie Craft Revolution, and I need to replenish my entire stock of Cordial Critters which flew off my shelves in Pittsburgh. Plus I have portraits coming out of my ears. Till next time!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A few months ago I enlisted the help of my friend Alexandra to build me some new show displays. She is an amazing woodworker, and I knew we could come up with something great if we put our minds to it.

It wasn't that my display was particularly BAD. It just wasn't very cohesive.


The cabinet in the middle I found at Goodwill, and it worked pretty well for my pendants. I made some "stairs" out of foamboard that did the job of displaying my prints, however it didn't look pretty. I eventually started covering it with fabric, which helped, but it was always in danger of being crushed, not to mention it could not be collapsed so it took up a massive amount of space in my car. The thing on the end is an old cd rack I stole from Brandon. I sewed in some fabric "slings" for the cats to ride in. It worked well enough.

But I decided I wanted to start looking more professional, so I enlisted Alex.

Now let me just say when you are redesigning something, especially if you are having someone else help you out, make sure you have thought everything through! We hit several snags along this road, and it would have been helpful if we had considered every angle, drawn out extremely detailed plans, and measured. Measuring is essential!

Because the first displays, although beautiful, did not even fit on my 6 foot table.


And ... hey, wait ... isn't Cordial Kitten an illustrator?? Oh well, looks like all she does is plush, now!

The displays collapsed down for easy car transport, and the shelves were interlocking so I could take those out as well, and were also interchangeable. They really are a work of art! However I am wanting to move away from plush, or at least only do plush when I have the luxury of time. I need to showcase my illustration work! That is what I do. So it was back to the drawing board. Literally.

Brandon and I sat down and talked measurements. We drew everything out on graph paper. We figured out how we could still use one of the frames that was already made, and then make two new ones for the prints. And in one brain-lightening-storm-awesome-idea I figured out how to display my prints: with some fabric "slings," reminiscent of my previous cat-erpillar (cd) stand! I geared up and told Alex we'd have to start over, afraid she wouldn't be game for round two. But she was up for it, and we did it. And the results are fantastic!

(blurry pic from the Handmade Arcade this past weekend)

It's still a bit off b/c they provided 8 foot tables, and the displays are made for 6 foot tables, and my extra floor rack looks weird and in the way there in front of the table, but overall this is a million times better. And hey, look ... I'm an illustrator again! Yay!

(I forgot how crappy my old digital camera is. Couldn't take a non-blurry picture to save my life).

So, thinking=good. Think about things! And the results will make you happy.

Also, here is my daughter sleeping like a dead bug:


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tomorrow we're hittin' the road for the Handmade Arcade in Pittsburgh! I'm really excited for the show b/c I only know 1 other vendor who is attending (my awesome pal sally Harless), so it will be neat to walk around and see so many vendors I've never seen before. Over 100 booths! I'm not really looking forward to the 6 hour drive with Virginia, but hopefully she'll be awesome. We're making a pit stop in Columbus, OH for lunch and to visit Wholly Craft.

I also heard some promising news about the Harrison Center studio situation. It's not exactly perfect like I had envisioned (ie I think I will end up with a studio w/o windows!), but I sort of knew it wouldn't be. Also it's depending on this one thing happening and then another thing happening, so who knows how long it will take, and if things will get held up. Fingers still firmly crossed.

Well just wanted to check in with you all. See you in PA?

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