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Craft fair scare

 

Last Saturday, September 8th was like any other craft show morning. It was a beautiful day with warm temperatures, a cool breeze and a sunny crisp blue sky, perfection craft show weather.

I had my things all nicely set up as normal with the help from my wonderful both babe Malarie. Her also once being a crafter she knew the scoop on how to get things done.

 

We even made a grasshopper friend who hung out with us for a while. I named him Jasper.

 

So having a moderately paced day in the sunshine with new and old friends things were going quite well!

Word got around that a storm was a’brewin in the north west and they were getting pretty heavy so our wise and wonderful craft show leader told us to pack up an hour early. We did so like some of the others since the day was winding down. The sky was still beautiful in front of us but little did we know behind us and the tall buildings the sky was black and ready to burst.

Having most of my things packed and stacked all that was left to do was put the tent down, fold chairs and tables, take down the Jackalope of the easel and tuck away a few odds and ends. With Malarie keeping an eye on things I decided to go get the van from the other side of the block and with that thought the winds started to pick up and it started to drizzle. I got in the van and turned the corner and in a blink of an eye the old dusty van shook, the wind turned violent, the sky cracked open and it poured.  I turn the one last corner and  looked over at the fair to find my artwork and tent along with 30 some other craft show displays on their sides and blowing away. It was tragic.
Frantic, I did the best I could with the help I had to save as much as I could of my display and my craft show neighbor Melanie from Grey Moggie Press who was doing the show alone. We kept a light heart about the situation that is every crafters worst nightmare.  But like every situation, it could have been worse. Luckily no one got hurt in the storm that sent crafts and debris flying at high speeds, the storm that damaged and ruined thousands of dollars worth of handmade items and display set ups. But though expensive and heart breaking things are replaceable live are not.

 

 

Well mother nature… you can go suck and egg! Because this weekend I and my crafty friends are back at it again! It will take more then a freak -almost- tornado to hold us back! I will be having a discounted damaged section in my -bent-booth. After doing damage control Saturday night and Sunday some things were destroyed but some things were just a little bent up but worth throwing away. So along with some new things, old things, a little busted things, come hang out with me and some talented people this Saturday.

 

2012 DC Craft Mafia Spring Thing

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Enjoy a DC Spring day with an arts & craft show!

This DC Craft Mafia’s Spring Thing craft show is just around the corner! This year’s show will feature over 40 local vendors showing off their creative DIY house wears, baby goods, jewelry, silk-screen t-shirts, hula hoops, art, photography and more. Local charity Lucky Dog Rescue will be there for furry fun and adoptions. Live music by Dave Tieff will be provided early on in the show. So come out and pick up some unique crafts while enjoying the Spring weather and supporting local artists and crafters!
* Feel free to share the Facebook link to the Spring Thing with your contacts. Also, be sure to “Like” us!
-Above taken from The official website
Some of the fine talent to join us !

Forgotten Crab Apples

This is the newest illustration in the collection.

I call her “Forgotten Crab Apples”.

Like other she is strongly influenced by symbolism by animals and floriography.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful night!

Always,

April

The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt. ~ Sylvia Plath

Hoops & Prints- a new kind of picture frame

So as you all know I have been drawing my fingers off this past month.

I am in the process of making my very 1st collection that I am proud of and I well on my way.

Who needs art school? I have books, the internet and determination!

My goal in 2012? Get better.

I will have prints available  hopefully by next week if not sooner!

In the mean time I have created a new type of a print.

I have taken my illustrations and printed them on a fine piece of cream canvas and fastened them in an embroidery hoop. A little different for your wall decor.

These will be handmade by order.  They can be customized to your liking. So if you would like a different image in your hoop I am more then happy to create something personal for you!

For sale now is “Coriander” Prints and Hoop Prints

I hope you enjoy!

Have a great night everyone.

-April

“The worst enemy to creativity is selfdoubt.” – Sylvia Plath

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