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Bumbershoot + Etsy = LOVE! August 29, 2008

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OMG OMG OMG OMG! <— this is what I was saying in my head three days ago when I got confirmation that I was confirmed to show my wares in the Etsy booth at Bumbershoot THIS weekend! Check out the Storque’s article on it here: Etsy in Action: Aug 30 – Sept 5

The first OMG was pure Joy. Like, “OMG! They like me! They really like me!” — that sort of thing.
The second OMG was Disbelief. As in “OMG! Did I read that right? Let me read it again!”
The third OMG was more of a realization of the scope of such an offer. “OMG…a full day at Bumbershoot? The biggest festival of the year??? How many hundreds of people will see my work in ONE day???”

Then…the last OMG was a serious reality check. “What the heck am I going to bring? I’ve been selling my bags and not really sewing much. O…M…G…! I’m in for some serious sleepless nights…”

Then to top it all off, I find out they’re featuring my Comic Book Charm necklaces in the article. OMG. I need to make some necklaces too?? Yikes.

To give you a little idea of what it’s like to be me right now, you need to add this amazing news on top of some really amazing, very real offers to buy my Tote2Go! double shoppers wholesale (which I’m still working on), my father going in for some minor surgery next week (which I’ll be going down to LA for), two Big “green” festivals coming up (Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair, Sept. 6th and GreenEdmonds, Sept. 13th), EtsyRAIN exploding with new members, events and activities…etc etc etc.

Yeah. I’m nuts. Insane. Completely mad. I’ll be the first to admit it.

I wouldn’t have it any other way :)

See you at Bumbershoot on Saturday! (Carrie of glitzconcepts.etsy.com will be there with me…it’s going to be a FUN day!!!)

Bumbershoot - August 30 - 31 & September 1st, 2008

Bumbershoot - August 30 - 31 & September 1st, 2008

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Urban Fashion Network Birthday Bash…be there! August 18, 2008

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My good friend, Tarah Perini of UrbanFashionNetwork.com wrote with the great news that she is a new “reader blogger” over at the Seattle PI’s online website! How cool is that? She’s writing about all sorts of fashion-y things like this post about StyleScout. Super cool. Then, upon looking over her Seattle PI reader blogger home page on the site, I saw that she put some links to my blog here AND my MarloM.com site! How totally awesome is that? Seeing my stuff in “print” never gets old, I tell ya. Thanks Tarah!

For those of you who don’t know UrbanFashionNetwork.com, you really should check it out. Tarah has created an amazing resource for designers — especially those based in Seattle. She runs a monthly Featured Designer column on the site (I was the Featured Designer in April! :) If you click on the “Boutique” section, you’ll find a drop-down list of ALL the local areas with lists of shops and boutiques that INCLUDE the buyer’s name and contact information! If you are a creative/designer & small business owner, this list will be invaluable when it comes to finding stores to carry your work!

UFN is celebrating its First Birthday this Friday, August 22nd too! Tarah always throws a fantastic bash, so you need to be sure to be there for this one! Here’s all the info you need:

Click on the pic to go to the UFN site!
Click on the pic to go to the UFN site!

 

Busy Busy Busy… June 18, 2008

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I’ve been running around like mad trying to get all the things on my “to do” list done!

My parents are coming into town on from the 20th through the 26th, so I’m desperately trying to get my very messy apartment in some sort of presentable order. Not an easy task at any time of the year…but I have to give it a try – six days is just long enough notice that faint line of dust on the edge of the cabinet. <sigh>

In addition to all of that, I’m also trying to finish up preparations for EtsyRain’s next self-produced crafts show in Ballard! There are signs to make, postcards to distribute and last-minute advertising to be sent…

24 EtsyRain.com artists will be showing their work for the first time in Ballard!
Come on down, buy some cool stuff and set a spell for some home-style barbecue with
the folks from the little-known local community center – Ballard NWSC

It’s gonna be lots of fun! :)

 

A day in the life of a Hail-man… April 19, 2008

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What’s a “Hail-man”?? Well…it’s like a snowman…but…well. You can figure it out from there, right?

Don’t ask me why I’m still awake. It could be all the sugar I just ate…who knows. I should be sleeping, since I spent all day in Renton (WA) doing my first OUTdoor show in a LOT of years…(my last outdoor show was sometime before 1997…in S. California…where rain pretty much stops everyone from going out.) and it was an experience and a half!

Wow. What a show. I was next to Beth and across from Meghan with Rosalie/Doug and Laura (sharing a booth) just down a few booths [edit: OMG. I completely forgot to mention that Halina was just a few booths away as well! Sorry Halina!]. The drive there was so rainy…but it let up just a little bit – just enough to give everyone hope for setting up.

Luckily, I had (wonderful) P with me, so I was very very lucky. Beth and Meghan were all by themselves. We all helped each other get the canopies set up (Yay for EZ-up canopies) and eventually got a break from the rain when the show opened at noon.

A few people here and there. But LOTS of weather all day long! As Meghan so accurately put it, “We’re going to see every form of precipitation possible today!” And she was right. Rain. No rain. Pellet-sized hailstones. No rain. Drizzle. No drizzle. Pea-sized hailstones. No rain. Rain with sunshine. No rain. Rain with no sunshine. Then…pea-sized hailstones coming down hard enough for Paul to make this:

SmRentonSnowman

Aww…isn’t he CUTE??
Oh, and I guess I’ll mention that P spent most of the rest of the day caring for the little guy
…putting his nose and arms back in whenever they fell out…what a sweetie.

Then…More rain. LOTS more rain. Oh, and did I mention that it kept getting colder? I actually brought a propane tank and a heater thingy to use…but forgot my wrench, so it wasn’t safe to light it. <le sigh> As Doug mentioned, “It’s probably worse that you HAVE a heater but can’t use it!” Yep. It was. Thanks Doug. :P

Finally, show management took pity on us and let us start packing up an hour early just after the rain stopped for a moment. Luckily, we all helped each other get packed up as quickly as possible and we all got out of there before the rain started again! Phew!

I personally sold a couple of things, but I’m not sure how others fared. I was in good spirits, but it was a tough crowd. Made tougher with all the puddles of water. Good thing this was a super cheap show to do.

The best thing about the show for me (besides having so many awesome EtsyRain neighbors!) was that the show management (Arts Unlimited of Renton) was super-awesome. Very caring and helpful. Great people to do shows with…highly recommended to anyone considering doing some shows in Renton, WA :)

Now all my Tote2Go! Double Shoppers are hanging in my apartment drying out and waiting to be photographed so I can put more of them in the shop. Always so much to do…

 

If Sewing Machines Could Scream… March 27, 2008

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If sewing machines could scream…
so many Tote2Go!s
…mine would be saying, “Stop the Madness!!!!”

With the help of 6 of my best-est friends (you know who you are!) I was able to create 100+ Tote2Go! Double Shoppers for this weekend’s NW Womens’ Show Green Living Expo at the Qwest Event Center (next to Qwest Stadium and across from Safeco Field), March 28 – 30, 2008 from 10am to 6pm each day. This show will mark the official launch of the Tote2Go! website: www.Tote2Go.com — one of my many “things to do” for 2008! Check! (love checking things off that list!)

Please come and find me upstairs on the mezzanine level in booth #198 sharing with BeneficialDesign.com (creator of the Tote2Go! logo and website) as well as a plethora of artists from all over the PNW thanks to Tarah of UrbanFashionNetwork.com.

What is Tote2Go!?
Tote2Go! tote bags are created using only recycled, repurposed and remnant fabrics. Each “Double Shopper” is actually a set of two tote bags that fit together and fold into their own handy pocket for easy shopping! The fabric choices are limited to what I can find and are always changing. (For instance: One queen sized sheet yields 2 to 3 sets of Tote2Go! Double Shoppers) I always do my best to minimize waste and use the entire piece of fabric whenever possible. Pockets, zip pouches and quilt blocks are all created from Tote2Go! scrap fabric!

 

My First Retail Craft Show in Over a Decade… October 18, 2007

Okay, that may not be entirely true. I did coordinate a lovely booth at the Fremont Sunday Market for my fellow EtsyRain members this past summer. I guess I’m not really counting that one because my goal for that show was to make it a good experience for the people who participated — not necessarily to make sales. (Unfortunately, I reached that goal –everyone had a good time, but made no sales. There’s something to be said for intention in there somewhere…)

[edit: I meant to say, “My personal goal for the show was to make sure everyone had a good experience but wanted them to sell lots too! I just wasn’t worried about my stuff not selling. I was super-bummed that the show sucked sales-wise for everyone. I felt really bad, actually. <sigh>]

Anywhoo. The “Fall Thing” craft show this Saturday is going to be my first “trying to make some sales” show in a LONG time. I can’t even remember the last retail show I did that I was actually hoping to sell a bunch of stuff. At any rate, it’s going to be a LOT of fun! There will be about 40 vendors there from all over the Seattle area, most with Etsy shops as well. I’m sharing a booth space with Julie Charles of LiveWire.etsy.com. She makes the cutest jewelry. If you haven’t seen it in person, you really need to check it out.

Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m going to be bringing:

Tote2Go at the Fall Things October 20 2007

I’ve been sewing like a mad woman the last few days, and I still don’t feel like I have enough! At least the things I am bringing represent the best of what I have. I really love the new fabrics I’ve found. I even used interfacing on some of the fancier ones! I really hope to get some good feedback on the new Tote2Go! handle design as well. I like it…but I guess we’ll see if everyone else does too!

Hope to see you there! If you do make it, be sure to introduce yourself okay? I’d love to meet you :)

 

Have you seen what CraftyPod in PDX has done lately? October 1, 2007

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Okay. First, let me say that I love, love, LOVE living in Seattle. I’ve been all over the country and have to say, this is my Home. I love everything about it…save for one thing: The lack of a truly cohesive, supportive creative community. Granted, Carrie and the members of the newly formed EtsyRain (aka: Etsy Seattle street team) are doing what we can to change all of that…but change is slow going here in the Emerald City.

When it comes to coordinating and encouraging a bunch of crafty individuals to get out of their homes/studios and get together to make things really happen, nothing can top what Portland (OR) has done for themselves! For example: They’ve got Sister Diane who runs CraftyPod and DIY Alert (amongst other things!) who has recently posted THIS — “Mapping the Crafty” — a Google Map showing all of the craft / DIY shops, boutiques, supply stores and even places to learn stuff on one convenient map!

I can’t even imagine how much work went into creating such a thing…it’s amazing.

CraftyPod Google Map image

Rock on, Sister Diane — you are truly awesome.

(Thanks to Craftzine.com for posting it on their blog — you totally rock as well…)