The thing about having one’s own business is that work some times (well okay, often) expands past the bounds of a regular 9-5, Monday through Friday schedule. This past Saturday was the Handmade Market, which regular readers will know from previous posts is the one-day craft show in downtown Raleigh where I’ve been hawking my clothes twice a year since we moved here. And regular readers will remember that the weeks leading up to the market consist of a lot of late nights, copious quantities of coffee and the aid of a really good under eye concealer. This time around was no exception, and worn out, I spent the day yesterday ensconced on the couch with movies being catered to by my loving hubby, resulting the in the late delivery of this missive.
Though the run up to Handmade is intense, the day itself is always so much fun. I get to chit chat with my fellow makers & friends, and visit with my wonderful customers, many of whom are regulars now.
Besides all my regular favorites, there were some new vendors whose work I liked a lot. Curtis Blake who had some really beautiful leather goods (if you click on the link you can see my mannequin in the background of the cover photo on his facebook page) and right across from me was Daphne of the High Fiber Co. who makes a sweet line of food themed home wares. I thought this pillow with it’s teeny tiny root vegetables was so cute:
K and I each fell in love with the work of a printmaker; he with Eric Leland’s and I with Aijung Kim’s. And while Eric has a great website, and I guffawed in public when I saw this, Aijung’s prints were the ones that really floored me:
If I can I sneak in a little shopping. Liz had told me how much she loves Parrish Soap House’s lotion bar, so I swung by their booth and picked one up in the new push up format. And boy, let me tell you, I think this is officially the beginning of a serious addiction. Between that and the AMAZING handmade bath bomb I got from my esthetician and used Sunday, my dry, sensitive skin is feeling completely hydrated and silky smooth.
And the anatomically accurate needle felted miniature human heart? That wooly goodness is came from Sarah of Once Again Sam. She said the life sized version is her best seller! I’m going to put mine on a pretty piece of ribbon and hang it on my studio wall.
And what’s next up you ask? This week will be all about sustainable fashion, culminating in the other big event of my month, Fashion a Better World. I may need another bath bomb and medicinal glass of wine because I’ll be standing up in front of a crowd of about 100-150 people, and sharing my story (eep!) and six looks from the Redress collection with them.
Being on stage and speaking to a crowd is about the scariest thing I can think of. Seriously, my stomach is clenching just thinking about it. If I can make it through this without throwing up or having a panic attack it’ll be a miracle! I’ll leave you with a couple of the pictures that will be showing behind me while I speak: