Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Calendar of Craft

Well, the calendar is up, but there ain't much on it yet. Further proving the need for such a calendar, not much luck so far gathering info on upcoming events, other than the ones I already know. Send me your events, and I'll get 'em posted!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Keeping track of craft fairs

Even those in the know, don't always know what's going on.

There are a ton of craft fairs going on these days on account of the Holidays. But throughout the rest of the year, there continues to be a lot of craft goings-on in this town whether you realize it or not. It's been suggested on more than one occasion that someone should be keeping track of them, so I figured I'd give it a whirl, but I can't do it without you. Know of a craft fair happening in New York, pass that info along, and I'll get it posted on my coming-soon Craft Fair Calendar. 'Bout dang time, right!?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

And Speaking of Craft Fairs...



The weekend of Dec. 1-2 is gonna be a busy one for yours truly (oh man, that line would have just worked so well if...I don't want to give too much away...). Just in time for the Holiday rush, I'll be peddling some wares and trying to earn a buck or two. All in the name of a good cause of course - me (I think I've thoroughly covered how important my own personal financial health is to this whole business planning business, so no need to elaborate there).

Satuday, December 1, 10am - 5
28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair @ Brooklyn Friends School
375 Pearl St.
Brooklyn, NY
*Near Jay St.-Borough Hall station

Sunday, December 2, noon - 6
the hearts and crafts affair *a holiday craft fair @ Cafe Grumpy
the corner of Meserole Ave. and Diamond St.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
*Near G - Nassau St. stop (exit at Norman St.)

Oh, and check out my new splash page at HandMaidenNY.com - I don't claim to be a great web, or graphic designer, so as a total novice, I'm pretty proud of the animated .gif I made.

Friday, November 16, 2007

TIME to get crafty again!

In preparation for the next round of craft fairs - 2 in one weekend! - I FINALLY got around to trying my hand at those plate clocks. Now imagine how great this will look on a brightly colored kitchen wall...


Materials:
1 cute saucer from Goodwill
1 power drill
1 glass and tile drill bit
1 clock making kit
some patience



Tips:

  • My first few attempts were unsuccessful on account of a poor quality drill bit - a good little bit goes a long way. After successfully drilling through the first plate however, even the good one seemed noticeably duller, so if you can find a way to keep the bit sharp, bonus!
  • Place the plate on a hard surface, such as a scrap piece of wood, when drilling.
  • To easily locate the center of the plate simply draw an outline of it on a piece of paper, cut it out, fold in quarters, and cut a hole in the center. Use this to mark where to drill.
  • A pilot hole is essential - use a smaller drill bit to make a pilot hole large enough to accommodate just the tip of the larger one, just big enough to prevent it from slipping (not big at all).

Next step...playing around with ceramic paint to add another dimension.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

CRAFT FAIR II


It's craft fair time again! I'll be representing at Cafe Grumpy's Hearts and Crafts Affair once again this Sunday (tomorrow). Stop by if you can - good coffee, good crafts, good people.

Details:
Sunday, Sept. 9, noon-6pm
Cafe Grumpy
193 Meserole Ave. (at Diamond St.)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Hooray for crafty people


So today was craft fair, and I am so happy with how things went! I forgot to bring one of the displays I had made (this great necklace holder made from a tree branch) - whoops - but I managed pretty well without it. Once again, saucer mirrors were the runaway hit, followed closely by necklaces. I would love to have sold more earrings - as you can see I've made a ton of them! - but so it goes. Based on today's success, I think I'll give this new semi-permanent craft fair down in Cobble Hill a whirl later in the summer.

I'd like to play around with saucer clocks for the next one...we'll see how it goes once I attempt drilling ceramic. Oh, power tools...

Friday, April 13, 2007

Craft Fair Update: So Happy For Me

I just received word that a space opened up, and I'm in! Four square feet of crafty retail space, all to myself!

In case anyone's interested, here are the details:

"the Hearts and Crafts affair - it's a craft fair"
@ Cafe Grumpy, Sunday, May 6 from 12-6pm
193 Meserole Ave. (at Diamond St.)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Stop by and say "Hi" (and buy some handmade stuff:)

So Happy for You, Still a Little Sad for Me

My crafty friend Kristen was accepted to participate in the little affair over at Grumpy, and she has graciously agreed to share a bit of her space with me. If only I can get past the pain of rejection...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

So Sad

I recently applied to participate in two upcoming craft fairs, and wouldn't you know, I didn't get into either one. I was not at all surprised to be turned away by the craftastically hip folks at Renegade Craft Fair; I would have felt a bit out of my league, wanting mostly to get the word out about HandMaiden NY, anything sold would be a bonus.

However, I was just absolutely counting on getting into this much smaller affair being held at Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (a wonderful coffee joint if you're in the neighborhood). I had been counting on it since all the way back in the Fall, when I first quit my day job and got all wrapped up in making stuff, lots of stuff. I remembered that Grumpy had hosted a nice little fair in the past, and I waited anxiously all winter long to hear about the next one, while crafting away in anticipation.

This one was more personal. I just wanted a legit chance to sell some of the trinkets I've been accumulating all this time, as opposed to setting up shop on the street corner like I took to doing last Fall. Well...it looks like I'm back to selling my wares on the corner.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Craft Tip #1


Of late, I have developed a weird obsession with buttons. It seems to be one of the first things I notice about a piece of clothing, however unfortunately this obsession usually manifests itself with my making an observation such as, "I would really like this sweater if only it didn't have such horrible buttons."

I am also rather prone to periodic reviews of and edits to my wardrobe, meditating on those items I just can't bring myself to get rid of, but never seem to wear. Well, I was reviewing my wardrobe last night and took pause when I got to this Old Navy sweater. I like it, it makes for a good cover-up with a dress I really like, however the buttons have always struck me as very cheap looking, and a bit of a detraction.

Light bulb! - I decided to get some nicer buttons and replace those awful, chintzy ones, and that's just what I did. I felt a little silly spending $14 on buttons for a sweater that probably only cost about $20 in the first place, but I really liked them, and they totally classed things up.

So...long story short, my tip for today is BUTTONS. A simple little switch-a-roo can really go a long way in transforming the look of something. I have another so-so sweater that I've been thinking needs some type of face lift, and after considering embroidery, I think I'll just go with a button swap. Way easier, and it could still have a big impact. It is such a simple, easy idea, but I never realized how big a difference it could make.

P.S. I heard that Star Jones Reynolds used to switch out the buttons on her discount store suits with fake Chanel buttons from Chinatown. Make of this information what you will.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Happy Sneetches Day


My latest little project, as ridiculously simple and silly as it may be, was to turn my boyfriend into a sneetch for Valentine's Day. You would not believe how difficult it was to find a shirt that was just the right yellow! I originally wanted to make it a cozy pullover hoodie, but there were no yellow hoodies to be found. I ordered some online, but when they arrived, the shade was all wrong. So it was off to American Apparel, as much as I hated to turn to them for help. I mean, I definitely own some AA clothing here and there, however I just get more and more annoyed with that company as their quality continues to go down, prices continue to go up, and seriously, they just take the whole dirty sleaze image too far. And I only say that because this guy working there the other day had honestly not showered in days - I could smell him from the other side of the counter - just gross.

Anywho, so I got a yellow t-shirt, some green fabric, and voila, instant sneetch!