Sunday, May 8, 2011

I didn't think I would ever make it to this day! My streak of out-of-town shows is over for a minute, and now I can take a bit of a breather. Still tons of work to be done, but at least I don't have to go out of town to do it.

I am so grateful for the chance to do all of these different shows. It is always really fun to run into other vendors I know, and to meet new ones. I made a new friend named Laura (I LOVE her illustration work), and we realized we're on the same show circuit. We were both at The Bloomington Handmade Market, The Handmade Arcade, Indie Craft Revolution, Crafty Supermarket, and we'll see each other again at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange. Whew!

Last week the fam and I were in St. Louis for the Handmade Revolution. I must say it was pretty fun. Much better than Pittsburgh, but probably only because we weren't all sick. And the drive wasn't quite as long.

On the way in we stopped at the Cahokia Mounds, which were beautiful. The experience would have been much more amazing if there wasn't all the noise from the interstate. :\

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Hard to believe people made that hill by hand.

We checked out the arch:

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It was big and shiny.

And we went to the City Museum, which was a pretty amazing place:

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It would have been more fun if we'd had a 3rd person to watch Virginia b/c there was a lot of climbing that we missed out on. Although Brandon and I both went down the 10 story slide, which involved me going up the entire flight of stairs twice and down once. Virginia wasn't allowed to go down on our laps.

The drive back home felt like FOREVER. Virginia wasn't a very good driver, either. ;)

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Then Friday was the big First Friday open house; after which I had to pack up my car in the dark, then sleep for 6 hours, get up and drive to Cincinnati for the Crafty Supermarket. This was the first show I've done alone since Virginia was born, and I have to say it was kind of awesome. She spent the day with her dad and her grandma, and I got to have a solo road trip, and interact with my customers with undivided attention, and not have to answer the question "AAAWWWW ... HOW OLD IS SHEEEE??" 30 times. I missed her a lot, and at one point I talked to Brandon on the phone and I heard her crying in the background and it almost made me cry, but we totally both survived! And now it is Mother's Day, and I'm taking the day off. I want to work on for-fun embroidery, and work outside in the yard if it doesn't rain. Yay!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Exciting news! Oliver at the Window is going to Korea!

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(Remember the book I illustrated?)

Just got the word today, and I can't wait to see a copy of it written in a different language. I somehow feel more accomplished now, knowing that a different country with a different culture wants to look at the book I worked on. It's somehow way more rewarding than having the book published in the first place. Which was still rewarding, but you know.

I don't think I ever told you this other bit of exciting news, which is I infiltrated the Harrison Center finally, and have been spending this week moving into my new studio! I feel so honored to have been asked to move into the building, and even more so because my studio mate is the very awesome Kathryn Dart. She makes beautiful work in encaustic, which is painting with bees wax. Tomorrow night is First Friday (when most/all of the artsy places in the city have openings), and I will be in my space with some work hanging, as well as my table set up with my wares. Come visit me! Virginia and I went into the studio this afternoon to hang some work. She did pretty well, but started to get grumpy just as I was finishing up. So I nursed her for a bit, and she ended up falling asleep. I laid her down on the comfy blankets I brought and she snuggled in to sleep for about an hour. Since I don't have all my stuff moved in yet, I almost didn't know what to do with myself! I rummaged around and found some wooden plaques I've been holding onto for years, and decided to paint them white. Maybe I will do something with them soon. I have tons of pressing work to do, but it was kind of nice to goof off and do something art-related that isn't FOR something.

A strange note to send you off: The other day I pulled out some sandalwood incense to burn in the living room, and ever since then I've been catching whiffs of it and it somehow smells exactly like my grandma (who died 8 or 9 years ago). It makes me feel like she is watching me.