There are only 22 more days until Reneagde Austin and I'm as excited as a kid going to Disney World. Everything is coming together really nicely and I'm not as stressed as I could be (or as some other vendors, I hear!). I still have a decent amount of projects to check off my to do list, but I think there is plenty of time to get it done. Even though I will be in New York at the National Stationery Show the week prior (equally as excited!!!) I know I can do it. This weekend will be CRUNCH time! One thing to check off my list: Make and print cute labels for new boxed thank you notes and recipe cards. I was searching through the list of artists that will be showing this year in Austin and I was so surprised to see how many people are from outside of Texas! There are artists from Chicago, North Carolina, California, Oregon and the list goes on. There are also a handful of folk from good ol' Tejas and there are even some other members of Etsy Houston that will be attending. If you attend Reneagade Austin this year, make sure to check out these lovely ladies of Houston: b. bags. grr feisty reigruchestudio
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Handmade Nation screening at Lawndale Art Center with the ladies of Etsy Houston. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had been wanting to see this film since I heard rumors of its creation while still in Milwaukee. The film turned out to be better than expected and was SO inspiring! It wasn't the sort of inspiring film in which I wanted to go home and start creating, but it made me so proud to be a part of this growing handmade movement! Roxy was gracious enough to work with Lawndale and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft so that we could help them out with the evening. We set up a table at the entrance to make Valentine garlands. It was a huge hit! The table was constantly bustling with crafters. St. Arnolds Brewery also donated their Lawnmower beer (the best, in my opinion) and so we also manned the "bar." So many Houstonians showed up for the screening that we had to scrounge for extra seating. I would bet that they anticipated about 100 people to show and I'm sure that there were over 200 people that came! The chairs were are full and people stood around the walls to watch the 90 minute film. That's some handmade lovin'! If there is not a screening in your area, but you are interested in watching it, you can buy the dvd here!