First Art and Craft Show of 2014

Last weekend I had a booth at the Holland Tulip Time Festival. It was my first year participating so, I was excited to be there. The location is great.The dutch dancers kept us entertained. The whole town has a great energy about it. The weather was not ideal but, everyone still came out to see our wares. 

This is my third year doing shows. I don't do many shows,yet. I'm trying to add more slowly. My handmade items and quilts take time so, I'm still building "stock".

My booth is still evolving as well. I find all sorts of fantastic sources from the great people I meet at shows and sites like Pinerest. 

My Etsy store will have my products soon. I've been waiting for a clear day to take pictures and post them. So, if you are waiting for something to be posted. It's on the way!


Pentwater Art and Craft Fair

Last weekend I had a booth at the Pentwater Art and Craft Fair here in our village. The weather was sunny and warm. Everyone was out and about to shop or just enjoy the sun. Here are pictures of my booth this year.

I had a mixture on quilts, folding blankets for snuggles or picnics, table toppers, bags, and bike buckets.

The bike buckets had a lot of interest so, I am adding more options to my etsy site this week. I will have three sizes and color options. Please visit my shop at the end of this week for a whole new shop.


Knit slippers

When colder weather hits it's time to pull out the knitting books and make something.

This year a friend recommended a felted slipper pattern. So, off to the knit shop we went. I love going into a well done knitting shop. All the fabulous color and textures. You can get lost just walking through the aisles. We relucantly picked out colors and paid for our treasures. We made a date to have lunch and knit. 

The pattern was a bit tricky and I'm slow because I have a little carpal tunnel but, we happily sipped out tea and chatted while knitting.

The final product before felting, looks like I'm making slippers for Big Foot. After felting they are just the right size.





Baby Quilt and bag

I love making baby quilts. They are happy, bright and generally smaller which makes them abit quicker to create. And because I have a son, when a little girl is born it's fun to play with a different color palate. So, I love this butterfly pattern by: Gail Abeloe.

I started out going through my box of thirties fabrics. 

Then I mixed some of the colors to create different top and bottom wings.


Teacher Appreciation Week

I think teacher's have one of the most important jobs on the planet. They see our kids all day every week for nearly 9 months out of the year. I am, as ever, in awe of the great job they do and I wanted to show my appreciation to my son's second grade teacher in some small way.

This year I decided I would do two gifts: one for the class and one only for her.

The first gift was lunch. So, I made her a new lunch bag, a reusable drink cup and a handmade lunch to go with it. The lunch had a chicken salad wrap, snickerdoodle cookies, banana, low fat nibble and CHOCOLATE. The lunch bag I found at one of my favorite blogs the pink penguin. Here's the link to the tutorial:

The second gift was two of my son's favorite books, Stanley's Party and Raising Dragons. We love both of these books and we are passing on two really great books that were not in thier library. I also made some book plates for future books.

Thank you Teacher's!!!!!!