Monday, June 20, 2011

Shake Down In T-Town Postmortem

A bit over a week ago, my friend Crystal and I shared a booth at Shake Down in T-Town.  
We set up our little booth about 10 o'clock in the morning.  I brought my winter knits as well as my summer ones because if I don't, invariably people ask.  

Crystal's jewelry is all on the table with the green cloth.  Its a really cute little display case she has.

It was so very hot outside.  I grouped all the cotton and summer accessories together so that people who were not interested in winter stuff wouldn't have to paw through it for the most part.

And because it was World Wide Knit in Public Day I went ahead and brought all my stitch markers.  I figured there might be the occasional knitter wandering around.

Next to our booth was Crystal's friend Gina who makes the most amazing fire pits.

I love this dragonfly motif.

And these paisleys.  Absolutely beautiful work.

Briana of Bifftastica was just down the way a bit with her jewelry and purses.

And there were these really interesting photographs which all featured a set of wicked witch legs.

See?  Legs.
They were pretty neat.

Some dudes who thought they were pirates had set up a huge ship for the kiddos to play on.  And the Children's Museum had a table in the shade where they helped kids make and illustrate their own pop up books.

Unfortunately, the heat and the fact that there were a thousand other things happening in Tulsa that weekend, including Pride, kept many people away.  Traffic was not what I had hoped (and they had done a decent amount of advertising including TV).  It did seem like a good crowd turned out for the show later that evening but the way it was set up the Market was open 12-7 and the show was at 7:30 so we were starting to pack up as the crowds were sitting down to watch the show.  (We all elected to stay open a bit past 7 or we would have been completely torn down before the crowd even got there.  That would have been no good)

Not that I have anything at all against outdoor shows, but I don't think I will be doing anymore outdoor summer shows.  Especially ones I am not familiar with.  It is hard to be cheerful and chatty with customers when you are hot and miserable.  I also got a number of comments from customers about how it was too hot to even look at knitwear, despite all of the cotton items, headbands and ponytail holders I had made specifically for the season.  Oh well, I know that fall and winter are better times for me and perhaps as I really develop my business I should give myself a "summer vacation" where I knit for me and friends and family and set aside the knitting for sale for a couple months every year.  I do know that in July or August I am going to dive back into fall with a vengeance.  I have a ton of ideas for a new fall "line" for this year.  I have plans to do Indie Emporium the last weekend in September and I am very excited about that.  

I do have one more summer show though, and it is one I will never give up.  I will be at Fiber Christmas in July out at the Creek County Fairgrounds the last friday and saturday in July.  It is INDOORS and AIR CONDITIONED and FREE to get in.  So you should come.  I will have my stitch markers and some really exciting things with me that I will tell you all about very soon.  I do not feel I can properly tell about them without tons of pictures.  

I'm going to be MIA off and on, but don't give up on me!  See you all soon.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Very Late, Very Brief San Diego

This was the view from my hotel room.  My very comfortable, very wonderful hotel room.

More from the hotel room.  Really there wasn't much else besides conferencing going on, so I did the occasional admiring of the view.

More.

Other than the conference, I did manage to run down to the outlet mall on the border and get a bit of shopping in.  Oh and there was the wonderful dinner at Oceanaire Seafood.  Yum.  And the wonderful dinner at Roy's (Hawaiian fusion).  And a visit to my old friends Pinkberry & In & Out.  Dad and I managed to get up way early a couple mornings for some nice long walks along the water.

Our conference had a party one night on this retired aircraft carrier.  It was a pretty good time and neat to wander around and look at the displays.  

So, that was a super brief recap of San Diego.  It was actually a really good conference and I enjoyed most of my classes.  It was just too brief a time.  

Sorry for the very late, very disjointed post.  Getting ready for even more crazy goings on.  And I still owe you an update on Shakedown in T-Town.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Shake Down in T-Town

Today I blogged over at make:Tulsa about the Shake Down in T-Town festival tomorrow.  You can check out that post here.  But for those of you who don't really feel like popping over there for my pretty post, here are the basics:

What: Shake Down in T-Town - a family friendly, totally free, shakespeare inspired festival open to anyone and everyone.  There will be a handmade market, food for sale, activities for the kiddos and more.  And lets not forget a totally free performance of As You Like It

When: TOMORROW! The festival and handmade market place will be open noon - 7pm  The performance will begin at 7:30pm

Where: Centennial Park, 6th & Peoria, Tulsa, OK

Why: Because we can.  And you can too.

Who: Obviously I will be there, but so will many of my make:Tulsa friends.  I will be sharing a booth with Crystal's Ball and Chain.  Other Tulsa Makers include Bifftastica, Gleeful Peacock, and Starflower Creations.  And there will be many, many more.  I hope to discover new makers and new friends there!  Stop by and say hi!

You know you wanna come.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Quick Cook - Risotto and Veggies

Eep, I did not take a picture.  But I promise it was good (I just finished eating it).  Besides, how well can risotto really photograph?  On to the super-quick dinner for 2.

This is not a genius meal idea, but it was fast and tasty and I am full.

I was starving and standing in my pantry thinking about how yummy and filling something like pasta  would be but also about how few veggies there had been in my day.  I always keep a few boxes of preservative free, no msg, yummy flavored risottos and rices in the pantry (I buy most of them at target) and I definitely always keep frozen mixed veggies in the freezer.

So, you will need 1 box of Butternut Squash Risotto and about 2 cups of frozen mixed veggies or veggies of your choice.

Start cooking the risotto according to package directions.  Defrost the frozen mixed veggies (I just run them under hot water then set them aside in a colander to drain).  When there are about 10 minutes left on the risotto (of the 17-20 you started with) stir the veggies in.  This lets them get hot and soak up some of the flavor, as opposed to stirring them in at the end.  Continue to stir occasionally and in the last few minutes stir very frequently.  Remove the whole thing from heat and set aside for a couple minutes so that the sauce can thicken.

Instead of a 310 calorie, 1 cup serving size side dish, you now have a 2 cup serving under 400 calorie dinner.  Yum.  And if you need a protein boost, add some diced chicken while its cooking too.  Even if you prefer to cook from scratch, keeping a few boxes of good preservative free things around can really help out when you are starving or in a rush.

I promise to tell you all about San Diego

But for right now, just let me mention that it is hot and humid here in Tulsa and I am still tired.  The conference I was at for work was great and so was the wedding in Kansas City on Sunday (congrats, Matt & Alli).  But since I have yet to get any of the pictures off of my camera I am going to hold off on the major updating.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend (we spent ours out at the lake) and a good last week (that would be while I was in San Diego) and a good weekend (Kansas City).  Can you tell I am ready to slow down for a few days?

I definitely did get some travel knitting done, so I need to photograph that.  One piece I am working on is a bamboo and silk summer weight lacy cowl that I think will feel nice and cool against my skin.  Yep, I am actually making something for me!  Wow.  Even before I started my knitting business I was usually knitting for other people and only occasionally for myself, now its even less.  I still want to find a way to strike a good balance.

Before I forget, let me also mention that this coming Saturday, June 11th, is Shakedown in T-town.  The handmade market place will be open from Noon to 7pm at 6th and Peoria.  More details here.  You should come out and see me if you are in the area!