As usual, I had an absolute BLAST at the Winter Holiday Art Market this year. I look forward to this show every year. The people are so insanely talented. The customers that shop are the best I've ever met. And sales are great. It's the perfect recipe for a great show.
I wanted to showcase my stationery this year as if it was a tiny little shop. Every year I get new ideas for how to dress up the table and the best way to show my product. I made a little stand that was originally designed to just be another level to showcase more stationery. What I didn't realize, is that I made a table that was easy for me to use to write up receipts.
I love seeing natural beauty (flowers, plants, etc.) at shows and was really excited to add fresh flowers all over the table. Another unplanned perk? My table smelled divine!
Remember that talent I was talking about? Here's just a few snapshots I took over the weekend!
This is Tracy
. We were table neighbors last year and we were both bummed to not be close to each other this year. She has the most amazing photography of Texas and fun things all around this great state. She goes to the coolest, most interesting places and photographs beautiful and expected things.
I always love meeting the people in my hallway (it's like my neighborhood.) Kristi Rae
created the most intricate and delicate pieces of jewelry from metals and fabrics (shown on top.) I loved eaves dropping to how she got into that medium. Leslie Shershow
(shown on the bottom) also created beautiful jewelry. I was particularly fond of her casted plastic rings. So fun!
I wish that I was able to go around and take some more photographs to share. Feel free to bookmark the Fresh Arts' Blog
to see more photos!
It's my favorite time of year, for a number of reasons, but I've come to love a certain long weekend more than others. Why? Because it's WHAM
! (That's the Winter Holiday Art Market, if you are not familiar with it.) WHAM is the most fun show that I show and every year it gets better and better. The artists and designers there are so talented and so much fun to hang out with for a weekend.
With 9 days left, I'm going a little nutzo, but it's not too terrible this year! Just some last minute printing and packaging. Oh and a weekend of DIY to decorate my booth. I have some fun ideas this year.
The emilee rose 2013 calendar will soon be here and I hope to have some preview pics on my instagram
soon! In the mean time, I have a couple of new stationery designs to share. Just two new greeting cards and (FINALLY) a set of blank note cards!
If you are in Houston next weekend (November 16th through the 18th) please stop by!
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!
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
All images are courtesy of Roxy. Above: The ladies of Etsy Houston (clockwise from top left) Andria, Me, Valerie, Sally, Roxy, and Alejandra.