Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Autumn = Awesome

Autumn also = BUSY!

I have classes, workshops, shows, and soccer games (I can't wait to see my niece play!) scheduled for basically every moment of every weekend for the next several weeks. I am going to try to keep everyone posted here in the coming weeks as to what I will be up to but you can also check my facebook page for the most up to date information.

This weekend?

Get yourself to Yellow Door Art Market. It is their annual birthday celebration so all of those delightful handmade goodies made exclusively by Michigan artists (including mine!) will be 15% off!

Can't make it to Yellow Door? Starting tomorrow, October 2, 2104, I will be adding several necklaces and cuffs from my Cosmic Poppy line to both of my shops. I have been trying to move away from etsy in the last year to Big Cartel because of various changes etsy has made that I do not agree with so as a compromise rather than doing it entirely all at once, I will only be offering made to order listings there. More about that later but in the mean time, here is a sneak peek at a matching pair and of the colors available. 

aaaaaand some of these goodies are still available from my update the other day in the Big Cartel shop.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cross Posting Very Few Photos, Maybe Even None, Promotional Podcast Info Stuff

Yea, take that title.

But seriously, I didn't know how to title this one so it kind of became word salad.

So on to the main course. (Did you see what I did there?) Quite a few years ago I was on a podcast that Debi Rodriguez of Michigan Spinning that she recorded during one of the first fiber festivals that I vended. We won't talk about how terrible my booth was/looked but should you be curious, Debi also captured photographic evidence on her old blog that you can find here. I met a lot of incredible people at the show (Debi included,) who have really had a big impact on my life. I have been thinking a lot about how much that humble show did for me and the path I have been on since then.

My friends Rick and Laura of Queso Cabeza Farm used to organize these really great little fiber shows. The summer one took place at a little place called Sidetrack Ice Cream in Marshall, MI. Between 15 and 20 vendors (I may even be over estimating this!) used to line up right next to the ice cream shop which, aptly named, was flanked by the railroad tracks. It was the first outside "fiber show" I ever went to and even with it's small size, I was a bit overwhelmed. I went on to participate in the show and their Fall one (we'll get to that in a minute) until it just became too much for them to run. It is a small wonder they found the time to begin with, but Rick and Laura seem to always find time to go out of their way and be kind. Like just last weekend, they had a break from showing their sheep in Wisconsin and not only came to visit me in my booth, but ran and grabbed me a coffee since I couldn't get away. Super sweet. Also, how they always come and see me when I have a booth at Kalamazoo on the Mall. They are awesome.

Anyhow, these little shows really gave me a place to experiment and grow, and figure out my displays, and that I needed a better festival tent, and that people did actually want to buy my work. It was at the Fall show that I met Kate of Omaspatch and Lynn from Smudged Textiles. They were both participating in a quilt art show that was going on in conjunction with the festival. Kate makes these really great artful stuffies and Lynn does all things fiber and they are both pretty incredible. They also were some of the first people to purchase my jewelry. I have since purchased items from both of them and Joe and I shared beers and scrumptious food with Kate and her husband at Jolly Pumpkin a shared Ann Arbor favorite of ours. I really admire both of their work and adore the fact that we have shared friends and acquaintances all across the state (and country for that matter) that have happened completely independently of our meeting and friendships. The internet is an incredible thing, but fiber and art seem to transcend even that.

I also met a close friend and collaborator at the summer show and then we vended at the fall one in question together. My dear friend Dani of Pumpkinhaus and her husband Joe are two of my favorite people. After that first damp, cold day at Cornwell's, my husband and I took them for a warm meal out at the Walldorff Brewpub in Hastings. Beer and Octoberfest fare? Can't go wrong there. Plus it seems that wool loving people also love beer. :D Dani and I collaborate and often share booths (and beers!) and might never have actually met if it hadn't been for her recognizing my business name from etsy when she wandered into my booth. Etsy has gotten so vast now, I'm not sure that is very possible anymore!

So what am I saying with all of this? Well. That I'm finally starting a podcast, so I can really dig into some heartfelt conversations with all of these amazing people who have helped shaped my path as an artist and really a person. Why? Because I think that people need to know they are appreciated, that they can make a difference, and that as artists, no matter what kind, that we are not alone in this lonely occupation. So please, check out my other blog that will be the companion to the podcast and look for the podcast, because it will be coming quite soon. It's called Bricolage Art Talk and you can find it HERE.

Also, thank you for reading this far if you have. I hope the Fiona Apple-esque length of the title would warn you enough while also getting you interested. Either you really love me, or something work.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Lots of new goods in the shop!

New handspun and fiber goods.
Several new fiber jewels listed also. 
Visit the shop!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I've lost some people in the last week's time. People I loved, that I hadn't seen in some time, and that I have precious early family memories from my childhood and recent lovely memories
Someone who had me try Dr. Pepper for the first time, in Texas. Because us Northern folk hadn't even heard of the stuff, and who knew that it was number one above Pepsi AND Coke in that state.

Someone who called me Hoots, "Hia Hoots!" in that southern accent that made you wonder how he ever could have grown up in the mitten.

Someone who caused me to be in my first wedding, and this flower girl forgot to throw the petals till she was at the alter. Someone whose bride wore lavender, and I thought that was really neat, still do.

Someone who was my first pen pal. Nevermind that I only heard from him on Holidays (because he called my Grandma,) and near birthdays (because Aunt Jean did it for him.) 

Someone who gave me a, "Somebody in Texas loves me." shirt when he surprised us with a visit while camping. I remember I outgrew that shirt, and it was so special to me that I was horrified and threw a fit when my mom gave it away to some friends of ours. A memory I'm still a bit embarrassed about, because I realized much later that it was just a shirt and it was given to someone less fortunate than I.

Someone who messed up my Minnie & Mickey teeter totter puzzle SO bad when I accidentally left it behind that I had to cheat to solve it. Then I messed it up  just as bad.

I lost someone else too...

Someone who bought me sparkly things on an afternoon out to Maggie's Hallmark. Girls love sparkly things. 

Someone who was my mum's best friend.

Someone who always had a soft spot for me.

Someone who had a pool where I could NOT reach the bottom still, and it scared me, but I loved being there.

Someone who read me Pandora's Box when Mom had to run off to work.

Someone who made a GREAT Kahlua and cream.

Someone who made Chili just as comforting as my mom's.

Someone who made me laugh.

Someone who helped keep my mom sane during wedding planning, who made me the most beautiful complement to my dress, that I will cherish. Always.

Someone who had a tough exterior and the softest heart.

I'll miss her very much.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Just updated some things..

Hey all! I've been very absent from my blog but, I have been very busy doing lots of things I have wanted to blog about! Unfortunately, most of them will have to wait for another day.

Today's blog? What is it's purpose? Why to tell you all about how I updated every other thing on my blog and in my shop. :D

My class schedule for the fall has been updated under my, "Classes and Workshops" heading, my show schedule (though a very short list at this point!) has been updated under my "2013 Schedule" heading and also includes a few exhibitions I am a part of in the coming months, AND the shop got updated last night.

I think that just about covers it... I will have some really exciting posts (at least to me!) about my adventures in the Fermentation Suint Method (FSM) for washing fleeces.