Crafty Bastards 2011

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A huge thank you to everyone who braved the weather on Saturday and came out to Adams Morgan for this years Crafty Bastards show. The weather was gloomy, cold, and it rained the whole day long. It was bound to happen with so many years of perfect weather, but I was still surprised by how cold the day was!

The only real bummer about the rain to me was I had purchased 8 cardboard displays, and my plan had been to set them up on the floor. 4 in a row on either side of the tent. Unfortunately with the rain we just managed to get 3 together and put them on the tables in the corners. Of course no one could reach anything on the top shelves and we had to get up on a chair, or stretch really far to get the stuff down. But it still worked out okay. I am excited to try them again at my next show.

We had to rig up a tarp to the back of our tent, and luckily our nice neighbors let us borrow the front side of their tent, so we ended up looking like we were inside a cozy cave. I think it’s time we retire our old blue tent because there are a lot of pin sized holes in the top which leak, it does not have sides, and since it’s dark blue (which is fine on sunny days) it makes it really dark inside when it rains.

There were still plenty of shoppers, which was awesome. I only walked around once with K. It was just easier to stay snuggled up in the tent and keep dry. Thomas and K came to help out for the day. K walked down to get us jumbo slice, Tom made a coffee & chai run and got himself a burrito. Saw lots of old friends, and had a good day despite the weather.

When we arrived home all the luggage in the back of the truck was soaked, but thank goodness I had all the leftover plush in plastic bags and they remained dry! I however couldn’t seem to get warm for the rest of the night, and now have ended up with a bit of a cold. We had out of town friends over on Saturday and then Sunday was K’s party so the weekend was packed! Today I am in a million layers of sweaters/scarves/wool socks etc and keeping up with my cold medicine & orange juice ;) I’m going to stay in bed and go through all the photos I took at the skating party. I’ll be updating the shop later this week with anything leftover from the show, but I’ll post an exact time and date soon.

Ghost Girl

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Have you heard about the series of books ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley? I got an email a few days ago from Tonya because she wanted to see if I could make her some of my Halloween pillows from last year. We talked back and forth a bit and decided to trade (fun mail!). She’s sending me some ghostgirl goodies and bought the fabric…and I will make the pillows and send her some of my mypaprecrane goodies.

Well in the email exchanges she had mentioned how much she would love a ghost girl plush, and so I thought I would give it a go. It was fun to make! Sewing clothing is not really my forte but I am pretty comfortable with sleeves and dresses. It was the collar that was a bit of work, but I felt like it turned out in the end.

Check out her website Ghostgirl.com to find out more about the books. I am actually working on another project right now that involves another author’s character…it’s kind of exciting. I should be able to post all the details before the end of September.

food imitating art imitating food

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I’ve been meaning to share these awesome confections for awhile now. The cake on top was made by Clockwork Lemon. She based if off my plush version of the cake, but now you can even find a Kidrobot keychain of the cake too. I wish I had a good photo of the plush, but it’s an old one and I had a bad habit of saving really small versions of photos. Anyhow I love how her cake turned out! And marshmellow fondant? I never even knew that existed! Check out her blog, she has some really cool cakes!

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I got an email from Veronica Villa who made these amazing fondant cupcake toppers based off my Kidrobot keychains with her girlfriend. Aren’t they amazing!! And look at the work going into them all. So so good!