Monthly Archives: March 2011

In Case You Are Missing Me

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Life has been a bit hectic these last few days. I promise I will return with much more regular posts in a couple of days. Thanks for stopping by and PLEASE come again.

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How Do You Do It?

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As I am preparing for an upcoming show (Craft Show at the Downtown Farmer’s Market) I am finding myself a bit overwhelmed. I’m just wondering how other people deal with kids, significant other, work AND managing time for their art. I have a three-year-old that’s home with me during the day and I work until 11 or twelve 3+ nights a week.  I am having time management issues.

What do YOU do?

Cowtown Indie Bazaar Recap

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No secret… I LOVE attending craft shows. Meeting the artists, seeing what they have to offer, chatting with other shoppers… I love it all. The Cowtown Indie Bazaar was no exception. What a fun place to be on a Saturday morning. I took my kiddos to this one. Clyde had been dying for a tooth pillow from REGAL COTTAGE for over a year now. He was so excited and it was one of the first booths we saw. There were about 10 artists there that I had seen at the Spring Fling the week before but a ton of different ones as well.

I remembered some of the vendors from the last Cowtown I attended. I am always impressed that they have created such a brand for themselves that they stick with me from time to time.  Even though I had the kids I was still able to walk the aisles for a couple of hours. The kids were impressed with the music and the make and take which was sponsored by Flowerbedhead. They also enjoyed the free photo booth that was sponsored by Captures by Erin I liked that it was a bit more interactive. I’m not 100% sure how I felt about the flow. I kept feeling like I was missing some booths. I guess I’m just disorganized enough that I LIKE being made to go in straight rows without the option of turning half way through. That’s just me though…

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If you recognize yourself or were involved with this event please feel free to promote yourself in the comments. I’m all for supporting our local artisans!

Monday is Etsy817 Day: The Cowtown Indie Bazaar

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Sorry I wasn’t more of a busy blogger last week. Son and hubby both had Spring Break. It was a little more chaotic than usual.

I was super excited to be able to go to yet another fabulous Craft Show featuring Texas artists. The Cowtown Indie Bazaar was held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center on Saturday, March 19. Yet again Etsy817 was represented. Here are those members. Click on their picture to get to their shop. You shall not be disappointed!

Soap Addict

I do have to mention that they were ALSO at Funky Finds and I didn’t get a photo. The same is true for my next artist

 

Longoria Girls

 

Weeds & Wildflowers

 

FlowerBedHead

Neke Designs

 

As you can see we were, yet again, well represented. I’m always impressed with the talent we have. I will have a longer write up about this show sometime this week. For now please visit the above artists and remember to buy handmade.

What large Craft/Art shows have you attended and what did you like or dislike about them?

Funky Finds Spring Fling 2011 Recap

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I had the pleasure of cruising around the 3rd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling this past Saturday. It was a LOT of fun. A good friend watched the beasties for me so I got to go all by myself. With camera in hand I spoke with some amazing people with incredible talents. If you are interested in any of the photos I post just click on it and it will take you to the correct websites.

I think that this show has a great flow to it. Several of the vendors told me that they love how it is all run. One of the reasons it works so well is this person here:

Jessica Hood Dougherty coordinates and runs the Funky Finds events and website with her husband Joe. She is super approachable and always ready to help out and answer questions. If you haven’t checked out funkyfinds.com I suggest you make a trip there and plan on sending some time.

The vendors are also an important aspect to any such event. The vendors I spoke to here were, for the most part, out going and friendly. I loved it. Ready to meet some of them? Keep in mind that this is just a small fraction of the artists that were there but they were some of my favorites.

 

I know that these photos don’t give you a whole lot to go on but I hope you will click around and see what these people have to offer. They are all amazing in their own right. They helped make the Spring Fling a fantastic place to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning.

One thing to keep in mind if you attend any future events… which you should… Bring your own drinks and snacks. The venues snack prices are a little steep. I’d rather save the money and spend it on artsy goodness!

Monday is Etsy817 Day: Cowtown Indie Bazaar

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This past weekend was the Funky Finds Spring Fling but this coming weekend is The Cowtown Indie Bazaar. The Cowtown takes place on Saturday, March 19 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort worth and takes place from 9am to 5pm. It is free but parking may cost anywhere from $3 to $5. They also have amazingly cool goodie bags that they pass out to the first 50 people through the door. As always the event is kid friendly.

I am proud to announce that we have some Etsy817 folks taking part in this event as well. They are:

Bella Fleur

 

Longoria Girls

 

Soap Addict

 

Weeds and Wildflowers

 

Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone. I also hope that you will stop by and say hi to these talented folks. You won’t be disappointed.

Top Five Artists I Can’t Wait to See at the Funky Finds Spring Fling

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I know I’m probably driving you crazy with talk of the Funky Finds 3rd Annual Spring Fling but it really is THAT cool. There are certain artists that will be there that I can’t wait to check out. Here are a few of them:

ORIGINAL YOUTH

 

Sunday Afternoon Housewife

 

Fitzy Sparrow

 

Mary’s Madness

 

Robbie Jenkins

 

I am also VERY excited to see my fellow Etsy817 Team members who will be there. This promises to be an amazing event. I hope you can make it. I will be doing a review of it sometime next week so watch for that.

What are your favorite craft events and where are they? Can’t help to post a little info to help out your local artists.