May 11, 2011

crafty recovery

well, it's been four days since the Crafty Wonderland Colossal Spring Sale and i think i've finally tamed the chaos of my studio back into its semi-normal (albeit frenzied) production mode. this was my first craft show since moving to Oregon. didn't do insanely awesome, but not terrible either. still a remarkable turnout compared to any such event i've participated in before. i'm glad the panicked preparations are over and i can get on with the next adventures!

pictured above along with my art prints & cards are some pillows, my first experience with screen printing! so much fun. really really glad to have a trained professional overseeing that project. you know how cranky i get when i'm not an expert at something. the pillows will appear soon in my Etsy shop, along with the two t-shirts i designed as a "guest artist" for Mixed Species!

my favorite part of the show by far was talking to wrestling fans! oh man, people would just come up and FREAK OUT, it was the best. one guy said "i'm totally overloaded with awesome right now." someone recognized Mick Foley, did NOT know he was a wrestler, but told a story of being his neighbor in Florida and remembered he was really nice and donated weight equipment to their church. another customer told me a story about his friend who got in trouble at work for talking to Rowdy Roddy Piper (who i didn't realize is a local!).

other highlights included meeting Shana of cookoorikoo and her husband Shawn of pixelparty. oh, aren't Etsy couples just adorable? yes they are. yay for crafty people in love. and speaking of superb Portland Etsy folks, i am finally the proud owner of a wacky 3-D painting of ice cream craziness by the amazing Tripper Dungan! it is a fabulous addition to my ongoing collection of ice cream art. i have it hanging on the wall next to my robot cone from My Zoetrope.

keep your eyes peeled for WAY more zany art happening over the summer, and by the time the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Sale rolls around, i'll have perfected my new finishing move, which will either be the "Prints on Paper Piledriver" or "Betty Turbo's Bionic Beater." i mean, since "Awesome Bomb" is already taken.