Monday, June 30, 2008

Craftaluma Show


Paper shoes... about a size 6. A woman purchased these for her mother in law's 90th birthday.

Twin Crow Studios, the name of my one woman company.

Miniature cloched worlds.

ATCs aka Artist Trading Cards

Gocco Printed Tea Towels

Craftaluma has come and gone and I am left a little disappointed, but happy to have had the experience of my first craft show. Being its first year, I think this craft show has tons of potential, but I was saddened by the lack of attendees. The Veteran's Hall was a fine location, but the roadside signage was small, and I drove past the venue without noticing it. The crafts at Craftaluma were a bit of a hodge podge, some punk rock, some in the traditional etsy style, fresh and fun, and others a bit church bazzar.

I was happy to have met two very awesome crafters extrodinaire named Hillary and Linnea of Plain Baby Jane and unPaper (respectively).
Their booth was beautiful and they had some of the best and most adorable items I've ever seen including a lunchbag sack made with Heather Ross fabrics complete with bento box inside by Linnea. Hillary displayed beatiful handmade dolls, handmade panties for kids fashioned from funky fabrics, and plushrooms, a lavendar filled fabric mushroom (so adorable)!

All in all it was a good experience. I look forward to another one!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Craftaluma Show in 2 Days!!!!

2 days until my first craft show. I hope Craftaluma is a success, as I have been working very hard in preparation! At the show I will be unveiling my miniature scenes, housed in glass cloche. Some hold paper shoes while others contain little creatures! I also have paste paper and gocco printed tea towels and a few other goodies. I am so excited!!!!

The bunting behind this fawn reads "hello little one."

New pair of miniature "Queen Bee" shoes.

Come visit me at the show!

Some mornings...

Some mornings you just need a cup of something hot and a little spicy hot coco.
...and drinking out of a pretty cup doesn't hurt either.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Accordion Book

Starting to make accordion books for the Craftaluma show (which is in 10 days)! This one is bird themed. I used stamps and papers to embellish the book. I love the accordion format because you can spread it out and view in all at once, or page by page like a traditional book. It had hard covers and closes with a ribbon.

I used a circle shape to create punch outs, then filled the openings with bird silhouettes.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Paste Paper

More Paste Paper

Paste Paper

Making Paste Paper for the upcoming Craftaluma show on June 29th. Am so excited to be able to produce work for a specific event; it helps push me forward. I love making paste paper, its like finger painting for adults. I teach this class at Paper Source in Berkeley and at the workshop space as well, but I was happy to get to make some one my own. It takes up lots of space, so its good to have room to spread out. I've been making paste paper since college, and have tried lots of various methods, but prefer using Methyl Cellulose for my medium. It helps the paint move smoothly for making patterns, and it prevents the pages from sticking to one another in an art application. Yea! I'm happy to be making things!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Tea Party

No crafting tonight, but an impromptu tea party instead.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

More Paper Shoes

More chausseurs du papier!. I love the dome, but the moss is causing some moisture issues. My momentum has been a bit squashed because I love the micro-world and intimate feel of these little shoes in the dome, but I have to figure out a solution. Hmm....

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Making Paper Shoes

I've been making paper shoes for about a year and a half, but had a rush of enthusiasm and inspiration last night to make some miniature shoes. These guys are in inspired by Marie Antoinette style shoes, and are in anticipation of selling at the Craftaluma show in Petaluma.
I made several pair, and am excited to make more tonight!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Birthday Gift

Today is June 1st, and it is 13 days until my boyfriend's birthday. I made him a birthday countdown box from an old typedrawer. Kind of like an advent calendar, each slot contains a vial with a tag attached...13 vials in all, one for each day until his birthday. I filled the vials with various things, for texture and color then attached a tag with a sentiment related to the vial's contents. I tied the tags to the vials with baker's twin and sealed them with beeswax. To the right of the vials is an accordion book that reads "for you," when closed, and is the end of a message when the book is open.

A detail of the contents of one of the vials... tiny carrots for my "rabbit."

Alameda Point Antique Sale

Went to the Alameda Point Antique Show today. Its the first Sunday of every month, and costs from 5 to 15 dollars admission depending on what time you go (from 6am on). There are so many dealers here it can be overwhelming, but if you can hang out for a bit, there are so many possible finds! I came home with a few old suitcases, a vintage typewriter and a bunch of findings from the $1 booth.

There are 3 booths all owned by the same guy, that is laden with cool old stuff. Watch parts, vials of medicinal powders, and old wooden type are all priced at $1 each. Across the way you can find old suitcases, large metal letters, and various antique decorative items. In the booth next to the dollar boxes are doll heads, brass tags, various vintage clocks and more.

There are always the regulars here at the show including the Bakelite Lady, people selling French linens and architectural salvage, the type guy and many more. Wear sunscreen and bring water...although windy, the sun can be brutal after a few hours of searching! There is also a row of food along the side of the venue for mid morning snacking and lunch, as well as the antique show standard Kettle Korn.