I wanted to give you the latest news on our craft kits projects! Caroline and I spent ages discussing what the kits should include, which projects we thought you might enjoy, and how to present them to you.
Right now our theme for April’s kits is celestial colors. Caroline has origami star garland kits with different sized celestial paper and is working on a tote bag with a lovely celestial surprise. I am designing huge paper flower kits with a celestial twist and a diorama that also reflects our theme. There may even be card kits to continue the theme….
We are also interested in the idea of offering a set of kits for use at a crafting party you host, with the other option being to have us come and teach the craft. This is in response to those who have asked us to do this at craft fairs – and now we are ready to say yes!
There are even rumors of a craft kit of the month, which will include a completely new kit plus bonuses regular shoppers never see!
We had a lovely preparing for and attending so many fairs in 2017, and thank everyone who came to see us! We were at outdoor summer shows in Paoli, Malvern, Bristol, Ambler, New Hope, and Lahaska, PA, then Christmas fairs from Emmaus in northern PA to Princeton, NJ, with multiple stops in Bryn Mawr, Doylestown, Ambler (again), Lansdale and Media, PA. Here are a few of the photos we took:
We are now starting to plan which fairs we will attend in 2108. So far we have signed up for fairs in Aston, PA scheduled for April 7 one at Penn Wynne Library on May 6, plus a return visit to Ambler in August. As other fairs open their registration we will keep you posted!
In the meantime we have started to focus on offering classes for small groups. Several times we’ve been asked for group classes, and are now getting our ideas firmed up. They will include creating origami for cards and origami stars for garlands, plus making large paper flowers for party decorations, and maybe making seasonal dioramas – who knows! There will be a booking page on this site so you can book us to come and entertain – I mean teach – you and your friends or coworkers!
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After fighting the bug and the computers, we’re back at work! On Wednesday we excitedly unpacked the new craft fair tent – a white canopy on white legs. Unlike its predecessor, it went up very easily, and the canopy is both sun and water resistant! Given that we are at fairs in the height of summer, both of these are important considerations. The new tent feels huge. It is 10′ x 10′ x 10′, and the extra volume makes it feel very spacious. We laid the tables out along the sides, and there is space for both a stroller and people to walk up and down inside. We still need to work out how to stop anything suspended from the framework from swinging back and forth wildly in the breeze. Many of the events take place on streets, so the tent pegs that came with the tent aren’t the best way to fasten things down! Sadly, no photos, but we’re getting psyched up for the coming craft fair season.
I took gift tags with me to add to the stock, made using the water color art I painted. The cards I have made from my art have been well received, and thought it would be nice to offer another option. There may even be matching gift wrap, but am still negotiating that! I am still working on the book marks from my art. I like bookmarks to be long enough to be able to get hold of them without having to first open the book to look for them! I have tried several ribbon options, but they were too bulky and would damage the book. As I was drifting off to sleep last night, I suddenly came up with a flat option, so will try that next!
While at Caroline’s I also collected a box of 5″ x 7″ prints I created last spring. We thought people would like to have art to frame, but instead they wanted it as cards, so I am now in the process of doing that! I have created a series of scenes with old fashioned cars and bikes superimposed on improbable landscapes, and they are the first set to but converted. My task for today is to work on the botanical prints superimposed on pages with vintage handwriting on them. I thought I had made cards using these designs, but either I only meant to or they’ve all sold out. I suspect the former is the more likely!
So we’re back and getting excited for the coming fairs. Caroline is busy making more of her very popular wedding cards for all your needs, and also mentioned making wreaths, large hanging stars, and beautiful kirigami flowers. So, check the craft fairs page to see where we’ll be next, and come and see what we can do with a bigger tent and renewed excitement!
It has been a bit quiet between the scenes of late. At some point just before the snow storm last week, both Caroline and I picked up a bug that has left us feeling very lethargic, so things have slowed down. It is a pain, but it is also one of those things that tends to happen each winter – despite early season flu shots.
I have been looking through files from on old hard drive and deciding which I want to preserve. I am constantly amazed by how many things I have created but which somehow fell by the wayside. Either they simply didn’t get printed and turned into tangible products, or they were experimental and the season for them passed before they made it to life. Among the many files that I found are some bookmarks I made to include with purchases of my watercolor art – an extra ‘thank you’ gift. I had completely forgotten I’d made them, and realized they would make a lovely addition to our regular offerings.
There were also some pages where I had laid out gift tags with flower designs. I printed out some of the pages on different papers to see how they looked. While I thought I would prefer them printed on bright white paper, but in reality, prefer them printed on some slightly off white paper that has fragments of colored paper embedded in it. The flowers are very stark, drawn in black ink, and the cream paper softens the starkness. Now I have to decide on a ribbon color!
Card designs tend to come in spurts, and so while I have been focusing on the ‘age’ cards of late, had forgotten about the annual event cards. I was delighted to see that Caroline had posted my Easter bunny card ready to be downloaded and colored. It was a fun project to create and I have to admit that until I found the original files, I had forgotten I had created this design last year.
Hopefully we will be back to full speed shortly and will have more news and photos for you to enjoy.