Saturday, July 31, 2010

Magnets and a place to put 'em

At some point, I'm going to need to stop adding to my table for the craft fair.

I wanted a mini, magnetic (they don't always come magnetic anymore!) chalkboard to write some messages and display my magnets on at the table, but couldn't track one down in a timely manner. Suggestions on where to find some are welcome!

Instead, I snagged a dry-erase board at Target. My magnets include:

1. Glass bead magnets featuring images of hands cut from a book of paper dolls

2. Paper magnets. The leaf is hand-beaten cotton paper. When it was pulp it was pressed into a candy mold; when it was dry, it was varnished. It looks and feels more like ceramic at this point.

I feel like magnets can be cathartically craft-for-craft's sake. One of those things where it's not about the price (usually you can only just about get the actual material fee back if you sell them) but a practice that is fun, addictive and all about creating a collection... like craft calling cards.

Hmm, magnet business cards... ah. next time, next time.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Craft Fair: Price Tags

With some rubber stamps and handmade paper, I set to work making price tags for my work in the craft fair.

I have heard that one important fair rule is to have the prices big and visible--as in not on the back of an item, as you might for other group shows, stores or more marketplace-like displays. It seems when people are in gift stores they are willing enough to lift an item to check for the price on the back: If it doesn't fit their budget, they can put it down and walk away. But at a fair... it's a different story. The maker is usually right there at the booth, staring at you. What if she sees you drop the item you pick up; what if it breaks in your hand right in front of her? What if you're just browsing but the artist makes you feel obligated to buy if you touch anything? What if the price is out of your league, and it shows on your face? If you touch it, will it mess up the display? What if you have to ask for a price on an item you're only lukewarm about, anyway? And when she tells you and you decide not to get it, will it seem rude?

At craft fairs, most people are "just looking." They may buy, but usually not on a mission to find one specific item and leave. There are lots of booths, and it can be overwhelming. Buyers with much to see subconsciously are just not willing to invest more energy into any given booth. Makes sense to me. Thus fun, DIY charmingly sloppy hand-stamped tags :)

More craft fair tips for the first timer at

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Boxes like Cupcakes

Crunch time in prepping for the NE Portland craft fair in mid-August! A little difficult when I'm still technically on crutches, but it keeps me busy.

I've been whitewashing a mini picket fence trellis for my garden party-themed table. I'll use it to hang a rotation of small paintings.

The table set-up also includes a three tiered glass cake display for displaying my miniature artist's books and boxes like cupcakes or petite fours. It goes with the sweets/candy theme of most of my paintings. Everything is starting to look like food... and in typical pavlovian fashion, looking at my treasure boxes now makes me crave cake.

The cake display, of course, isn't nearly as neat as the one my friend Marisol has been making (clever, clever) as seen in her blog ♥ and sol. Shout out for giving me the inspiration, though! Right now I'm still just DIY to a certain degree!

I'm practicing getting the whole set-up together. Unsold stock should be appearing in a new etsy shop later in Augsut!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Business Cards are in!

My first business cards arrived in the mail today. They are special "mini cards" created by the unique , affordable (and super cute) website moo.

Yes! I'm excited!

Each set of cards comes with up to 100 images on the front--I chose six of my paintings and boxes, so the cards themselves have a "collectible" feel.

Thank you, moo! My cards will make their debut at the craft fair in a few weeks.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Feltin' some balls.

Week two as an Art Adventures camp counsellor. Extremely neat camp for Portland area kids 5-13... I wish I had art camp as a kid. I get genuinely excited when I get to make the projects they make ;)

Monday, July 19, 2010

maybe friendship bracelets tomorrow?

My art for today: a petite cabbage, courtesy of Shrinky Dink time at camp.