Hello lovely readers!
Hello lovely readers!
It’s a couple weeks after the fact, but let me report that Twist was fabulous! Twist is an amazing fair that takes place twice a year just one town over from us, in Northampton, MA. In my year of selling at fairs, I’ve found that Twist is my favorite in terms of fun, food (we get fed!), vendors, and of course my own personal success. It’s just a blast, full of happy makers and happy customers.
Of course, I had help! May I introduce my fantastic co-vendor and assistant extraordinaire, Aurora:
Today I found these lovely letterpressed guest passes to Twist in my mailbox. Five lucky loved ones will get to visit me at the show for free! I’m so excited about this show in particular.
The first Twist was also my first show ever, and man, did that spoil me. I expected every show from then on to be a huge money-making dance party. Alas, they are not all like this. Twist is by far the most fabulous show I’ve been to, and I expect the 2.0 version to be a blast as well.
Check it out!
May 1 and 2
The Northampton Center for the Arts
Friday 5-9 pm
Saturday 10 am-6 pm
$3 adults admission
Don’t forget Saturday is Northampton’s Pride celebration as well–the city will be rockin’ all day long!
Rainy days are good for…
…sewing pillow after pillow for some upcoming shows.
Spring has sprung!
And like the crocuses, Ranunculae is also undergoing a period of great growth! After careful assessement and reflection I have decided to retool my business quite a bit, and I’m thrilled! I’m working on some yet-to-be-revealed surprises that I am VERY excited about. But I can give you some hints and sneak peaks about what I’m up to:
It involves some spring cleaning!
And a lot of hard work, which cannot be accomplished out of uniform. After some hot green tea and a bagel, I must don my weekend work clothes to get in the right frame of mind. The shoes are key, and they don’t come off till my day is done!
After that comes the strenuous commute:
Whew! And then a lot of time is spent playing with new equipment.
Yesterday I was a vendor at Design Hive in Cambridge for the first time. While the crowd was a little slow due to the snow, I met some great folks and got to practice my city driving (yikes!).
Please meet fellow Gocco artist Elise Towle Snow of Argyle Whale:
To all you city mice: The Design Hive happens on the first Sunday of each month in Cambridge, and I’ll be returning in June!
I hope everyone is enjoying their snow day today!
Despite what my husband might say, sometimes something good does come out of my bleary-eyed, over-caffeinated, up-too-late-but-can’t-stop nights of clicking blindly around Etsy in order to feel vaguely productive. Because last night, I found this!
I didn’t need convincing that Portland, Oregon, is built on some mystical fault line that produces fab artists–some of my old favorites are there. And yet, to drive the point home, here’s Darling Knees!
I just really love this print–I love the scratchiness of the headphones, the tangle of wires, and the place where red and black meet. You can find this print, and other super affordable lovelies, at the Darling Knees shop. Please be sure to check out Miss Darling Knees’ darling blog, too!
Thank you Laurie for the tag and link on your blog! I’ve been meaning to share links to some of my new favorite shops and folks for awhile and this is the perfect reminder. So here goes:
I Made You A Beard: My husband and I have had many conversations about ”trying to sell things people need” vs. “just making whatever you want with the belief there is a buyer out there”. I LOVE this shop, and its contents have definitely figured into our debate. Look and discuss amongst yourselves!
Kerri Wessel: the super talented illustrator. See her work on her brand new website! If you live in the Pioneer Valley, MA area you may also see her work live at the Hadley Trader Joe’s where we draw pictures together (she makes the cow murals, guys!)
The Black Apple: I love to keep an eye on Emily Black Apple’s blog and Etsy shop. She is an example of the self employed artistic success I desire. Not only is she making it on her own as an artist, she always seems to be cooking something yummy! Here’s to non-starving artists! (She sometimes shares recipes on her blog as well!)
…your children will find them. And play with them. And make art with them.
Aurora (age 7) and I spent the evening playing around in the studio while I filled orders. The Acorn Valentine has been officially named “My Nutty Valentine,” which led to a lot of singing in the studio…and this funny valentine/turnip hybrid by Aurora which I love:
Valentine’s Day is coming and here in Ranunculae Land I will be celebrating with some new love and lust themed prints!
This card is already available in the shop:
And a sneak preview at another naughty veggie:
And lastly, chipmunks in love.
In the next few days you’ll find these in the shop in all sorts of colors and combinations. They will also soon be available at Magpie in Somerville.