May 2009 Archives

Little recap on the Wichita Handmade Craft Fair.  This was my first craft sale and I'm happy to say, though I only sold two small items I made my $10 rent on my booth back.  So it was successful.  I was more excited to see all of the members of Wichita Handmade's items up close for the first time. 

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Here is my booth.  I'm behind my pillows working on something.  There's my cute husband helping me.  For a last minute booth idea and set up I was happy how it looked.  Photo taken by JaNelle, thanks!

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Here we have K-rex Creations.  These are extremely well made purses.  His craftsmanship is amazing.

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Next is It's All About Vintage.  She uses vintage items to make unique jewelry pieces.  Thanks, Emily for the picture!

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Emily was making glass beads out front.  She is a very talented painter as well.  Check out her shop, The Emily Houtz Gallery.

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Here is Angelady619.  She makes cute little angels from lace.  These are great as a small gift to someone or ornament.

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So I loved... LOVED... Sugar Pickle and Folk's booth.  She makes wonderfully unique quirky items.  I liked her little handbags!

This great pink booth is Ribbon Candy.  She makes cute bows and items for little girls.  Her Lil' Miss Independence dresses are adorable little outfits made of bandannas.

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Here are some of Back Yard Studios creations.  She loves animals so you will see many wonderful items painted and created of the creatures she loves.

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I saved the best for last, The Secret Gallery.  She was going to demo the wheel but it was too cold.  Jill provided everyone with the space to set up our booths and make this craft sale happen.  Again thanks, JaNelle for the picture!



The Bag Lady

The local Etsy street team, Wichita Handmade, had a craft fair at one of the Etsy members pottery studios on Saturday.  So, last week I worked on some cute paper bags to give away when I have a sale.  I wanted everything to read that this is my designs.  I bought paper bags because I could screen print on them and that they don't rot in a landfill for millions of years.  I built a small screen and painted my design with Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler.  This is a great way to make temporary screens that don't require the heavy set up in lights and supplies of photo emulsion.  I didn't plan on the bags being perfect or lined up.  I wanted to do something quick and have fun with it.  Oh, yeah, I carved a quick small recycling stamp and printed it on the bottoms of the bags.  Here's a few images while I was working.

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Doing a few test prints and checking colors.

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Here's the first print of the reeds in brown.

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The finished bag with the second color printed on it.  This is perfect line up.

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A sea of paper bags.  

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Not so perfect line up but I actually like the mistake.