Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween 2018

See Moira and others of her kind at the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween, this year in Marshall, Michigan on September 29th. I wish I could convey how magical this show is and how it just filled me with the most sweet, nostalgic feeling. I wish I could explain that, but I think it’s really just best experienced in person.

If you’re a lover of Halloween, I think this is a must-do event!

Click above for more details, art sneak peeks and a list of 2018 participating artists.

Shaker Village Craft Fair

Next up in my 2018 art fair schedule is a new show for me and I’m very excited to be able to participate this year! The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Craft Fair is around 3 weeks away and I’m busy making some new items for this show. Put it on your list if you were not able to make it to Berea this year. Click the image below for more info.

Bluegrass and Backroads on KET

A few years ago, the wonderful producers of Bluegrass and Backroads came to my home in West Liberty to film me for a short segment on their program. It was a wonderful experience. I have learned recently that the show featuring my artwork is airing again on KET.

If you missed it the first time, here it is. My television debut!

 

Read my original blogpost about the filming experience here. And add Bluegrass and Backroads to your DVR schedule to learn more about the gifted artists, musicians and interesting places to visit in Kentucky.

Berea Craft Festival 2018 Edition

One of my favorite weekends of the year is fast approaching. If you’ve visited the Berea Craft Fair in the historic Indian Fort Theater, you probably know why. How fun to have the woods filled arts and crafts and musicians and dancers and good food and good vibes and good will and camaraderie and….well, you get my drift.

My work table is filled with work to complete, as is always the case before a show. And the excitement is setting in.

Make plans to visit us in Berea, Ky on July 13, 14 and 15th if you can. In addition to the craft festival, Berea, Ky is a wonderful, fun experience with a good amount of galleries to visit, two of which just received large shipments of some of my newest pieces. (Appalachian Fireside Gallery and the Kentucky Artisan Center)

Hope to see you there!

 

An Organized Space

With a few good years of art shows, both indoor and outdoor, under my belt, I realize that since the beginning I’ve been on a never ending search for the ultimate art tent set up. Thinking back to my first outdoor art show, I can’t help but cringe at how unbelievably unprepared I was. In retrospect, I wish I had been able to find a resource to better prepare me (or that Pinterest had been in existence). But that information really comes with time, experience, and lots of conversation with fellow vendors who are kind enough to share their wisdom with a newb. Along the way, I have made some discoveries that make a selling weekend easier and I think I’ll begin to share them in the hopes that another artist’s selling weekend might be a little easier or flow smoother.

I still don’t feel like I have it all figured out and I spend a lot of time thinking about layouts and display and the best tent set-ups. I have found it to be particularly difficult trying to figure out the best displays for dolls in all conditions, considering that there are sometimes things like fierce wind and rain to consider during outdoor shows.

This past weekend was my first show of 2018–the Kentucky Crafted Market. An indoor show using a pipe and drape system to section off individual spaces, this set-up is pretty much a breeze. No inclement weather to deal with, no tent to set up and a large indoor unloading area is about as handy as it gets.

Once everything was set up and my dolls were displayed, I realized I needed a way to make checkout a little more efficient. I had planned to have a space on the tabletop as a checkout area with 15 x 20 tissue for small items but I still needed a place to store bags and large tissue paper for padding bags and wrapping larger items. I try to avoid table top clutter and didn’t have space or an extra flat surface for the tissue.

Then I remembered two brackets I brought with me ‘just in case’. These brackets are originally intended to mount onto a deck or porch rail and are used to support small tiki torches. But, through my wonderful art friends on Facebook I learned that many artists use these brackets, attached to folding tables, to support poles which can hold pennant banners or signage or lighting or anything you can dream up.

I had also packed an extra dowel rod ‘just in case’. And so…

Problem solved! My large tissue paper is easily accessible, the bags I need most often are close at hand, easily hidden from view and I have no table clutter. Had I had S-hooks and a longer dowel, I could have stored a couple of different sizes of bags.

Like most things, this is a great starting point in thinking about how to use these brackets and dowels in ways other than their intended uses. My mind is spinning with another possibility using that system.

Feel free to use this idea during your next event! I hope it helps in some way!

 

A Surprised Unearthing

On a cold, dark, rainy Saturday a packaged arrived at my door. It was labeled “A Grave Correspondence”.  

How curious and strange, my inquisitive self pondered.

Inside a box, nestled in tendrils of spring green. A tiny spoon bound by ribbon with a message: 

Here lies a Wicked Missive. Exhume With Care!

Inside a box of rich, black earth and tiny gold flakes. A Grave and Curious Correspondence indeed!

With caution, I use my dainty gold spoon to slowly push aside the earth. But, what’s that? A sound! A solid something!

A grave something!

Pulled from the dust, an intricate, tiny coffin, exquisitely detailed with vintage imagery and dancing skeletons. Only a special something could be housed within!

Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween! A burned scroll bound in burlap, sealed with wax! 

This spider seal makes me swoon! How special! And inspiring!

Unrolled, an invitation! The highest compliment! A moment to be inspired and a memory to be relived!

Let the creating begin!

 

Please join in on the fun and be moved by all things Halloween, September 29th, 2018 at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall, Michigan. More information can be found here.

The Kentucky Crafted Market 2018

It’s almost time for the show that kicks my season off–the Kentucky Crafted Market. In less than two weeks, I’ll be packing my little creatures up and trying to wrangle them to the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky for this year’s show. Yep, Louisville, Kentucky! Many of you many remember that in the five previous years, Kentucky Crafted: The Market has been held at Heritage Hall in Lexington. Before that, the Kentucky Crafted Market had a long history in Louisville and so this year the show will return to its home.

There are a few more changes taking place, as well. Traditionally, Friday has been open to wholesale purchasers only. This year, on Friday, the public will be admitted from 5-8 p.m. at a discounted price if you’d like to scout vendors or make sure you get first dibs on artwork!

Otherwise the show is open from 10-7 on Satuday and 10-5 on Sunday.

The banner below will take you to the The Kentucky Crafted Market website for additional info, driving directions and ticket purchases if you’d like to purchase tickets early.

Now, back to the work table for me!

Bewitching Peddlers Sneak Peek 2

This weekend. Chelsea, Michigan. The Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween. These are a few of the creations flying off with me to Chelsea!

Now off we fly!

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Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween Sneak Peek!

Here’s a glimpse at some of the newest Halloween creations to cross my work table. Please join us in Chelsea, Michigan on September 30th for a Bewitching good time at the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween!

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A Bewitching Preview!

The artists who will be participating in the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween art show in Chelsea, Michigan on September 30th have been hard at work in their studios! You might even see a familiar face in this batch! Check back often or follow me on facebook to see previews of some of the work that will be available in Michigan on September 30th.