Friday, October 28, 2011

Alliday & Holiday Shopping

Have you heard of Alliday?  If you live in or around Tulsa then I hope so!  But if not, just know that it is going to be a big and awesome event this year!  December 17th out at the fairgrounds you can come and knock all that last minute holiday shopping off your list and simultaneously support your local and handmade community.  There is a huge group of fantastic artists this year, so plan ahead and plan on coming!!


Can't wait that long?  Saturday November 5th, a week from tomorrow, a bunch of local crafters and I will be set up at the Jenks Church Fall 2011 Craft Fair.  The Jenks Church is on Elwood between 111th and 121st, just down from Perryman Ranch.  We'll be open 9am - 4pm so definitely try and stop by.

This season, no matter where you live or what holidays you celebrate, try and give back to your local and handmade community by shopping shows, etsy, or the mom & pop corner store in your area.  Your support allows them their own holidays and to stay in business.  They don't have the profit margins of many larger retailers so they have to work much harder for every dollar they take home.  If you want to know the difference between a $10 scarf at target and a $30 scarf from your local knitter, just ask about the love and care put in to each and every stitch.

Have a wonderful holiday shopping season.  My favorite thing about this time of year is finding that perfect gift that will 'light up' the recipient.  In the end though, it isn't about the gifts.  It's about the friends and family that you will share this season with.  And the love.  I wish for all of you lots of love.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SomerKnits and HollyRocks at B.A.ZAAR

I had a fantastic time this past weekend with Holly at B.A.ZAAR!!  It was so nice to share a booth with one of my favorite people and it was great to see all the people who came out to support this brand new indie craft fair.  I hope that next year it is even bigger and better!  

 The weather was completely perfect (once the sun came up and it warmed up a bit).  You probably couldn't have picked a better fall day to be outside on.  Our booth was under a pavilion so we weren't having to sit in direct sunlight all day and for the most part the breeze stayed very soft and gentle.  We did occasionally get our signs knocked down by a gust, but thats a hazard of outdoor shows, right?
 We decided to split our U shaped booth by each taking a side table and making it our own, then integrating along the connecting table.  That allowed each of us our own branding and a place to put our banners and then allowed us to show a blending in the middle.
 The twinkle lights were Holly's idea and definitely added a bit of sparkle to the whole thing.  I am still loving all my new hat stands, this was only my second show to use them.
I meant to go around and get pictures of the other vedors' booths, but I totally got distracted and didn't.  I know a lot of people took pictures though, so I will just wait for them to post.  :-)

If you are in the area and didn't make it out to see us, I am doing the Jenks Church Craft Fair on Saturday November 5th from 9am - 4pm.  Holly and I will also be sharing a booth again at Alliday on December 17th.  Can't wait!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

I meant to but...

I have so many posts bouncing around in my head, but I just didn't get to them this week.  It seems to be like that a lot lately, but perhaps if I was actually free even one evening each week I might actually accomplish some of the things that bounce around in my head.

For instance, I still have more vintage brooches to show you!

And I want to put away all the summer clothes and figure out what might fit me between now and January.

I want to clean up the craft room again, which was destroyed in the process of cleaning out the nursery.

I want to clean up and winterize the front flower bed and the garden.  Thankfully I have the world's best husband and he has already started on this process.

I want to knit a sleep sack for the baby.  :-)

I want to do some Baby E updates about getting ready for our little one.  Hopefully that won't take over the blog, but I tend to write about what is on my mind and I would definitely say that Baby E is on my mind.  If he/she isn't on my mind for even a minute, I get a good strong kick in the gut to remind me.  :-)

But I also want to do all of the things that have been keeping me so busy.  So whatcha gonna do?

Tomorrow I will be out at B.A.zaar from 8am to 6pm, so if you are out and about in Broken Arrow, head to main street and stop by and say hi.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

HollyRocks is a Wiz

Remember that B.A.zaar I mentioned yesterday?  Here are the details!  

A few fellow Tulsa Makers will be there in addition to Holly and I.  You'll be able to catch Bohemian Romance and Plume Perfume as well as our new friend The Peaceful Housewife.

Stop by and see us!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

War Eagle Craft Fair Adventure

Almost every year, or at least as often as possible, my mom and grandma and I load up in the car and drive out to War Eagle Mill in Arkansas for the War Eagle Craft Fair.  We leave really early, before sun up to get there early, we like to shop while its still cool out and before the mega-crowds start.  It's a fantastic craft fair, although it has gotten smaller in recent years than it was when I was little.  It used to take a good chunk of the day to see all the booths on both sides of the river, but now we seem to be able to get through in a few hours, even stopping to pick through booths of antiques on the Sharp Show side of the river.  This year mom and grandma walked away with a few things but I pretty much only left War Eagle with a full belly of Indian Taco and business cards.  

I did manage to change that on the drive back though.  After stopping at our favorite apple stand for our usual bushel of Arkansas Black apples (if you have never had one then you should really see if you can find any close to you and give one a try.  Whole Foods sometimes carries them in areas where they would not otherwise be common) we like to antique our way back home, stopping at every junk shop, antique store, flea market and road side stand that strikes ours fancy.

 Here's my loot by the end of the day.  Some are for me and some are going to be for hats I knit.  I feel pretty good about the day's haul.
 This little beauty is for me.  Its a silver flower with blue gems and clear gems and I don't know exactly what about it catches my eye, but something about it made me need it.  Its in fantastic shape.
 This set of decorative circle brooches can be used together or separately and is definitely bound for a hat.  Or two.  I can't decide.  They look good stacked or one inside the other or completely separate.  Hmm, maybe I will have to leave that up to the customer to decide.
 This bow definitely caught my eye in one of the little shops.  The label said it is from the 1970's, but I haven't researched it, so I couldn't guarantee that.  I just think it would look lovely on one of my ruched hats.  Hopefully it finds a good home with someone who thinks its as awesome as I do.
 This snowflake is the first brooch I picked up all day.  It was hanging on a wall in the first big shop we stopped in and I had to have it.  Originally I bought it to put on a hat to sell but now I am growing attached and I just can't decide.  I might have to hang on to this one for a little while, we'll see.
This little gold leaf is much smaller than all the other brooches, but I think it would make a lovely and subtle accent to a knit hat or even a cowl.  I can't wait to try it on some of my different designs and see how it looks.

If you are as excited about these new brooches making their way on to knitted objects as I am, don't forget that Saturday the 22nd (this Saturday!!)  Holly of HollyRocks and I will be sharing a booth at B.A.zaar out in Broken Arrow.  The show is on Main Street where the B.A. Farmers Market is held from 8am - 6pm.  We will be under the pavilion, so stop in and say hello if you come by the show.  Currently the weather is supposed to be perfect, so cross your fingers for us!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Indie Emporium Recap

I'm sad its over until next year.  I had the absolute most wonderful time at Indie Emporium!  The shoppers were great, the fellow vendors were great and I just don't think we could have asked for better. First, I want to say a great big, huge thank you to Thom and Christine and all they do putting on this fantastic event.  I feel so privileged to have gotten to work with them on the planning, decoration making and set up.  

In case you missed it, let me take you around a little bit.  First up, here is my booth!

 Good or bad, I filled my little space to the max!  I tried to create lots of different levels in my display to add interest and make different pieces stand out.  Everything except the tiny table to the right in my booth was made by me.  That little table is yarn and needles from Africa that I am selling to help support a clinic in Uganda.  I will be sure to tell you more about that soon, as well as get some close ups of the yarn and needles posted.
 My little row at Indie had the BEST neighbors.  All the way down at the end of the row was Miss Holly of HollyRocks.  Holly's stuff is cute, sweet and a ton of fun, just like her.
 Across from me, buried behind all those interested customers, was The Peaceful Housewife.  I have to say, she was definitely one of my favorite finds this Indie Emporium and I am so glad I got to be across from her and talk to her a lot.
 Just down the other way from me was Renee of GreenerMe.  Renee does custom stationary, invitations, greeting cards, thank you notes, etc.  Her stuff is absolutely beautiful.  And those wreaths she just started doing are to die for!  It was great getting to be close to her the whole time too.
 Here is my haul from Indie this year.  I realize its not as big as last year but now that I now so many of the vendors I don't have to wait until Indie to shop from them.  If I want something from one of them I just call or drop an e-mail, which is so nice.  If you are wondering who was there, you need to go to the Indie Emporium website and check out the vendor page where there are links to almost everyone who was there.  It really was a fantastic group.  But anyway, back to my haul.  The little blankie on bottom I bid on in the silent auction.  Its so pretty and will go well with all of Baby E.'s stuff.  In the upper left corner, I got hand soap, dish soap and laundry detergent from The Peaceful Housewife.  The puzzle piece key chain was a goody from Fab Lab Tulsa.  Then the barrette and teething necklace on the right are from Tweet Baby Designs.  And the candle in the back is the Patron Saint of Knitters from Sweetheartville.

Check out the little devotional on the back!  Awesome, huh?  Well, if you knit its awesome.  But she had all kinds of cool stuff, so you should go check out her website as well.

So, fun times, fun stuff, new crafty people discovered, what more could you ask for??

Friday, October 7, 2011

Felted Wool Dryer Balls and Other Nonsense

It has been a really, really busy week.  And next week looks like it will be equally busy.  So while I haven't gotten a whole lot of knitting done, I did take the time to make a first batch of felted wool dryer balls.  Its fun playing with the colors, I definitely think I will keep making them, especially since a number of people have expressed interest.

I do plan to go out and get some un-dyed wool for those who prefer the all natural route.  For now though I am making pretty and colorful ones.  :-)

Today I get to go to the fair and see my blanket on display!  I'll definitely try and get a picture with it.  I love the fair.  Hopefully my feet can keep up with all the walking today, but Ben is patient and I know he'll let me take a break if I need it.  Can you believe I'm 26 weeks pregnant?  I know I haven't mentioned it on here a ton, so you might have lost track, but it just seems crazy to me.  I think that we are growing a jumping bean instead of a baby because this kid is nutso most of the day.  At least it usually sleeps through water aerobics.  (prenatal water aerobics is the best thing ever, by the way)  I think trying to work out and getting kicked at the same time might be a little much.

We haven't really made any progress on Baby E's nursery since, oh, august.  September went by in a flash and we stayed busy the whole time.  So even though October looks like it is going to be insane, I hope to be able to do a nursery update sometime soonish.

So, now that you know all the little goings on in my world, what are you up to this weekend?  What are the big projects in your world?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Recovery

Wow, what a whirlwind weekend!  Evnetually I will get the pictures off of the camera and give you a recap, but for now just know that Indie Emporium was fan-freaking-tastic!  By the end my feet were so sore and I was soo tired, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything.  I got to hang out with some of the best people and I got to see my new product model hit the runway for one of the designers.  Like I said, it was great!

Sunday I barely moved.  I had lofty goals of laundry and cleaning and getting all the show stuff I dumped out of the car organized but none of that really happened.  What did happen was lunch with my mom and sister, visiting some old friends of the family, laziness on the couch and puppy time.  I wish I'd gotten up off the sofa earlier and gone to bed because monday it was back to the grind and back to the craziness.  My weeks have been so booked this fall!  In a good way, but I am in a perpetual state of tired right now because of it.  Like last night when I meant to do all the dishes, clean the kitchen and start on the living room.  I got home so late, what did I do?  I only did the dishes and then had some puppy time.

I haven't been completely neglecting things on the SomerKnits front though.  First, I have been trying to pick out the perfect sleep sack pattern to knit for Baby E.  I have 5 skeins of Berrocco Jasper that told me it needs to be a sleep sack.  I will share the pattern I choose just as soon as I am sure of which one it will be.  Maybe I will even share the runners up.  Next I have been working on felted wool dryer balls.  I have been thinking about making some for a long time now and I just never seem to get around to it, but thanks to a little push this past weekend I am totally moving forward on it.  I have 8 done so far, I will have to get them photographed so I can share with you.  I am still working on figuring out materials versus time in order to set a price point, but I really think these will be a fun addition to my shop.  For those who don't know what felted wool dryers balls are for, you put them in the dryer instead of dryer sheets and they prevent static and decrease drying time.  They are totally earth friendly and a lot quieter than tennis balls (which is what some people use).  My felted wool dryer balls and wool all the way through to the core, so there is no hard filler inside.  I can't wait to share them with you.  Tiredness has prevented me from monkeying with the camera the last few nights.

Maybe by the time I get through this week and this weekend I will have actually recovered.  Oh wait, I think I'm too busy for that.