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With Love, From Friends

With Love, From Friends

I’ve written about the amazing Eve Elzenga last year, both before and after going to her house to help make cards for her beloved project, With Love, From Friends, now in it’s 6th year.

“My fondest hope is that we can remember all of our seniors without families — especially those who are not financially advantaged,” Elzenga says. “Everyone deserves to be remembered, appreciated and loved.”

The purple card, lower right, was hand stitched by yours truly!

The purple card, lower right, was hand stitched by yours truly!

This year, the program is being run a little bit differently. Due to personal reasons, Eve is unable to host card-making parties in her home so she encourages artists to gather together in their own homes and studios to make cards and deliver them to her no later than February 2. Free supplies are available from Eve – but of course you can use your own high quality supplies as a part of your donation. More details are available here.

2012  card by Jen Born of PS Enjoy Your Life

2012 card by Jen Born of PS Enjoy Your Life

I want to stress on Eve’s behalf how important it is that these are high quality artful cards. This is an adult project, not intended for children’s groups. It’s also important to note these guidelines, in order to make the cards that seniors will truly be able to enjoy. Know your audience, right? 🙂

From our Rochester Artisans involvement in 2012, Vickie Porter is in the foreground and Lori Prince sits with Eve in the background.

From our Rochester Artisans involvement in 2012, Vickie Porter is in the foreground and Lori Prince works with Eve in the background.

See the pink hand stitched card, upper right? Yep, me again!

See the pink hand stitched card, upper right? Yep, me again!

Here are more cards for inspiration!

And while you’re there – also check out her Picasa album of her wedding consultant work – she’s the real deal – has a flair for everything she does!

Holidays in the Vineyard – Thursday, Nov 1, 2012

Yes, this show IS on a Thursday! And it lasts until 7:00 pm so if you’re a nine-to-fiver, stop by on your way home. Plenty of free parking and we’ll leave a light on for you. Lots to see and buy and this wonderful show, presented by well known craft show professional, Sharon Kahler.

See you Thursday!

November 1
10:00 – 7:00
Holidays in the Vineyard

Casa Larga Vineyards
2287 Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY 14450

Berkes Beads and Art
Cherie Carter Custom Designer Handbags & Accessories2nd Place in Fiber, Brockport Arts Festival 2012
Fleece Hats Galore
Gates Shadows
In My Head StudiosHonorable Mention at Artist Row 2012
MTerzia Designs
Pat Berardi Quilts & Fiber Art
Pine Tree Designs
Tattered Pearls
Washington Landing Creations

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Randomness from a Craft Show

I’m happy to report I had a good show today at the 28th Annual St. Rita’s School Craft Sale today. I met new customers and got reacquainted with customers from earlier shows. Sales were good!

I had some random thoughts driving home today. Such as:

There were many fellow Rochester Artisans at this show, both selling and stopping by as customers. That translates into an automatic high Fun Factor for me, always part of my calculation in determining a show’s success.

Because I work shows alone, I didn’t have a chance to walk the show & recruit new members for Rochester Artisans. Turns out I didn’t have to – my minions, lol, did an outstanding job – as they always do! I had a nice handful of artists approach me, asking how to join. (Click the purple Yahoo Groups Join button in the sidebar!)

The Taco in a Bag was as good as advertised! I’d heard about it from another artist – but then last year they didn’t have it. But they did this year! It’s a bag of Doritos with taco meat, shredded lettuce & cheese and optional sour cream thrown into the bag. It was piping hot and so delicious! It was also very fragrant because it certainly got the attention of a few of my customers when it was delivered to my space. (Thanks students of St. Rita’s School!)

It’s good karma to support the charity hosting the event by buying raffle tickets, for instance. More Fun Factor: I won a Tiny Work of Awesome, a gorgeous domino pendant/key chain from mixed media artist Vickie Porter. (I’m too tired to scan or photograph the one I won, but the above larger one is very similar to one of Vickie’s pieces I already own, so you can get the idea. Her work rocks, doesn’t?)

I also won a perfectly sized wristlet from fiber artist Jean Keane at last week’s Creations with a Heart show. I emailed Jean afterwards, “Um, Jean, I don’t do pink. Any chance I could exchange the one I won for a different color?”

I’m pretty sure this is the fabric I chose – you know me and my fondness for circle designs. (This is an iPad case, which I also considered – paying the extra, of course. I also considered a collar for one of our dogs, but that’s not fair to the other one – and screw them, anyway, I’d appreciate a wristlet far more!)

Vickie also let me exchange the pendant I won from her – mine says “Create” in all sorts of gorgeous shades of green. More great customer service!

Speaking of green – this is a crappy cell phone photo of my black shutter doors that I painted kiwi green, using leftover bathroom paint we had. I use them to display my framed artwork and I can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of my space at the show today. I love this new look in my space SO much!

My love for how that display piece turned out, prompted me to write a list of eight more improvements I’d like to make. This was before the show opened! I love learning and improving. Change is good!

Self-taught lampworking glass artist Francesca DeCaire is one of the hardest working artists I know. I was lucky enough to be selling next to her today. I’m so impressed with how much thought she puts into the big picture, improving her business practices, learning new techniques, always trying harder, her interaction with customers. Look at this precision!

Francesca and I are cooking up a little collaborative project, which I’m pretty excited about!

I love watching Francesca and another young self-supporting full-time artist, Erin Gursslin of Sunshyne Silverwear help each other pack up and load-out. This further goes to prove that pretty much every artist I know is so generous in spirit.

It was a good day.

28th Annual St. Rita’s School Craft Sale

October 20
9:00 – 3:15
28th Annual St. Rita’s School Craft Sale

1008 Maple Drive
Webster, NY

Berkes Beads and Art
Fleece Hats Galore
Francesca DeCaire
Generous Spirit Jewelry Designs
In My Head StudiosHonorable Mention at Artist Row 2012
Kelley’s Beading
L Prince Designs Jewelry
Pat Berardi Quilts & Fiber Art
Photo Designs by Claudia
Pine Tree Designs
Scrubs and Soaks
Spectacular II Designs
Treasures of Ukraine
Wooly ThingsBest of Show – 2012 Oswego Harbor Festival

Whoa. That’s a whole lotta shows!

Am I the only Rochester Artisan not participating in an art festival or quilt show next weekend??

I better not hear any human complain about nothing to do – because here’s plenty of events to keep you busy! Go fire up your GPS and get ready for an art-filled road trip! Oswego, Syracuse, Canandaigua, Spencerport, Caledonia and Rochester….

July 27-29
Friday July 27, 2012 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday July 28, 2012 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday July 29, 2012 11:00am – 8:00pm
25th Annual Oswego Harborfest

Riverwalk East
Oswego, NY

Wooly ThingsWinner Best of Show, 2011 Hilton Apple Fest

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July 27-29
Friday: 10:00 – 6:00
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 – 5:00
Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Columbus Circle
Syracuse, NY

Pysanky by MiaBest of Show Award, Central NY Maple Festival
Rainmaker Designs

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July 28
10:00 – 4:00
Mini Mayday

The Decibel Lounge
45 Euclid Street
Rochester, NY

The Fuzzy Bunny
In My Head Studios
Kira Arts
Moya Lazy Factory
Our Secret Treehouse
Soft Shell Crafts
Sweet Pea Felts

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July 28
10:00 – 4:00
Caledonia Quilt Guild Quilt Show

Hamilton Park
Caledonia, NY

Washington Landing Creations

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July 28 & 29
Sat and Sun: 10:00 – 5:00
39th Annual Waterfront Art Festival

Kershaw Park
Canandaigua, NY

By Ann2011 Hilton Apple Fest Winner for Best Painting/Drawing Category
Custom Bags by Cherie
Holly Ruby Glass
Katie’s Creative Designs
Lisa’s Creations
Studio Moon NY
Vero’s Beaux Chapeaux Fiber Art
Woodland Wisp Jewelry CreationsOutstanding Artisan, 2012 Fairport Canal Days

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July 28 & 29
Sat & Sun: 10:00 – 5:00
Spencerport Canal Days

Village of Spencerport
Spencerport, NY

Christine & Co. Design
Francesca DeCaire
Generous Spirit Jewelry
Kathy’s Krafts
Kelley’s Beading
L Prince Designs Jewelry
MT AdVentures
Tom Zachman Fused Glass

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Etsy Conversations Podcast

John Ballou at Mayday, Spring 2011

I first met John Ballou at a tiny gig at Spot Coffee a few years ago. I was invited by Vickie Porter of Inside My Head Studios to be one of about a half dozen or so artists, set up for a few hours in a side area at Spot Coffee. Sales-wise it was dismal for me (and for the others, to varying degrees) but it was a noble effort by the organizer. I have no idea if the concept continued or not. Since I haven’t heard, I’m suspecting the event idea was short-lived. (Let me know if you know otherwise.)

True to form, as I preach to fellow artisans, you never know what good will come out of a less than stellar sales situation. Hanging out with Vickie and meeting John was easily the highlight of my night. Much like I stitch in my booth during slow times, John was carving his rubber stamps that night. I was shocked and amazed at the detail he gets when hand carving his rubber stamps!

Sir Isaac Newton!

I’ve run into John now and again, at Mayday and other shows. I’m always happy to see his business is thriving. It must be; his Etsy shop says he’s not accepting any new orders until the end of June when he hopes to be caught up on orders.

When John dropped a note to the Rochester Artisans Yahoo Email List the other day, telling us about an interview he was doing on Etsy Conversations Podcast, I was intrigued. I put it on my calendar and did stop in briefly that Sunday Night before going to bed.

I’m a major fan of podcasts so I had to know more.

This series of Etsy shop owner interviews is the brainchild of Angela Holden, a graphic artist.

I started this podcast, not only as a way to promote my shop, but also as a way to connect with fellow Etsy Shop owners. I have a full time job and I’m in graduate school, and I wanted to learn more about how others were managing their time and work flow.

If you’re an Etsy Shop owner and would like to be interviewed on my podcast, contact me and let me know. I record podcasts with Skype, but I can also record calls over the telephone with Google Voice. For a list of the questions I ask, click here.

I have since subscribed to the Etsy Conversations Podcast in iTunes and will finish listening to John’s interview tomorrow while I work in my studio. And probably the other interviews Angela has conducted too.

I bring this topic up for 2 reasons, 3 really. First, to give John a big ol’ plug for his business because I think he’s a great artist and good guy. (Fun fact: I noticed on Facebook that he’s friends with Steve’s 2nd cousin. I had to email John to ask how he knows Aaron, who is about John’s age, I figured. They went to high school together in the tiny podunk town of Colton, up in the north country of NY. Steve and I have visited family (Aarons’ grandparents are Steve’s aunt and uncle if you’re keeping score), several times – beautiful, beautiful area. File this under It’s a Small World, for sure!)

Secondly, I think you might be interested in listening to these interviews too since so many of us buy and sell on Etsy. Thirdly – if you are an Etsy shop owner, what the heck are you waiting for – contact Angela for an interview! She provides the questions in advance, what could be easier?

If my own Etsy shop had, well, anything, in it, I’d be all over this opportunity.

Please consider it – I’d love to hear what you have to say! And who knows where it could lead?!

Thanksgiving Weekend Art Fairs

Want to walk off some of that turkey & stuffing and find some lovely artful gifts for your family & friends? Try these shows this weekend!

Have a Heart for Hannah’s Hope Holiday Sale
November 25, 2011

Casa Larga Winery
Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY

Graceful Living


Seasons Best Arts & Crafts Show
November 25 & 26, 2011

1456 East Philadelphia Avenue (Rt. 73)
Gilbertsville, PA

Silverware Windchimes


35th Annual Irondequoit High School Art and Craft Sale
Saturday, November 26, 2011
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Irondequoit High School
260 Cooper Road
Irondequoit, NY

In My Head Studios

Arts & Crafts Show Returns to Casa Larga Winery

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at Casa Larga Winery
Thursday, November 10, 10:00-7:00

Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY

Graceful Living
In My Head Studios
Native State
Pine Tree Designs
Tom Zachman Fused Glass

The lovely Sharon Kahler is the producer of this show, which was held 3 times/year (May, October and November) during the years when I first started doing craft shows. It was always held on a Thursday and ran until 7:00 pm in order to catch the heading-home-from-work crowd. I developed a loyal following of steady customers from this show and made friends with some very talented artists. (Hi Vickie, Rachel and Liz!)

Sharon has always done a good job of keeping her shows reasonably priced for the artists so when the rent at the winery became higher than she was comfortable with, she moved the show to her church.

This year – it’s back at Casa Larga! I find myself unexpectedly very excited about “returning to my roots”. Sharon treats her artists well – provides coffee and sweet rolls and breads for breakfast, makes lunch ordering available, allows plenty of time for set-up before the show and her artists represent a good variety of high quality work. It’s become a bit of a tradition for my mom to show up at the show and ask me what I want for Christmas. We give donations for gifts now, with a small gift to open, usually handmade by someone – my family excels at gift giving, if I say so myself. 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be able to point her in the direction of some lovingly hand-crafted item that I know I’ll treasure.

Stop by Casa Larga Winery this Thursday, 10:00-7:00 and see the work of the artists listed above and many more. If you are interested in applying to the show sometime, I’ll be more than happy to introduce you to Sharon.


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