Upcoming Shows!

It’s that time of year, and shows are being booked!  This list will be updated when new dates come in, but here’s what is booked so far:

Sunday, November 5
Revolution Craft Show
Revolution Brewery Tap Room
3340 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
12pm – 6pm

Friday, November 10
Sauced Fall Nigh Market
House of Vans
113 N. Elizabeth St.
Chicago, IL 60607
5pm – 10pm

Sunday, December 17
Revolution Craft Show
Revolution Brewery Tap Room
3340 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
12pm – 6pm

More dates to come; be sure to check back!  Can’t wait to see you there!

Art, Beer, & Food: This Sunday

This is one of the shows I’ve been particularly excited about because, well, it’s at the Revolution Brewery Tap Room and there’s going to be beer!  And food!  AND over 45 local artists with candles, jewelry, soaps, pottery, ceramics, textile arts, and more!  What’s especially exciting is that everything is handcrafted by local artists–no corporate buy-and-sell companies here!  You’re sure to find something original, interesting, and personalized for all of your favorite people (yourself included!).  I’m hoping to have a few sales because I plan to do a lot of shopping.  Come have a drink and something to eat while you get some holiday shopping done–I’d love to see some familiar faces, but I can’t wait to meet some new ones, too!  See you Sunday at noon!

Ladies’ Night Friday, 12/2!

Come do some shopping and say hi at the Holiday Bazaar and Ladies’ Night Out at White Pine Golf Club & Banquets from 6pm – 10pm.  This is an event that I attended last year as well, and it was a lot of fun!  There were great vendors and fun demonstrations, so this year should be the same.  I will have all the pieces currently listed in the Etsy Shop as well as a few new pieces that aren’t listed yet!  Shop small, shop local, and get your shopping done early; I hope to see you there!

Act II: Sunday Show

If you couldn’t make it out on Friday evening, maybe you can come out tomorrow from 10am – 1pm to see me at the Holiday Boutique Event at Starr Power Dance Studio in Wood Dale!  Come shop local small businesses and grab a scarf for a gift and one for yourself (you know, since it’s decided to be cold now).  I hope to see you there!

It’s Showtime!

The holiday craft shows/artist fairs/bazaars commence this Friday!  Among being a mom, a tutor, a coach, and a cellist, I’ve been doing some sewing and quite a bit of work on the back end.  September started as a sprint, and we’re still keeping a pretty fast pace, so November definitely snuck up on me!

The season kicks off this Friday–check the Upcoming Events page for the details!  It’s exciting to be participating in more shows this year, and I’m hoping to have even more next year.  I hope that you can make it out to one of the shows and try on some pieces, pick one up for yourself, and a few for gifts.  See you soon!

First Show is in the Books (and an Update)

This past Saturday I was one of the vendors at the Artists & Authors Fair at Fischer Farm in Bensenville, Illinois, and it was a great show!  The day started a bit rough with rain and wind, but the sun came out and it was a beautiful day filled with great music, new books, art, and food.  The chill in the air really made it feel like fall, and that meant faux fur was popular!

The last time I had a booth it was a Christmas show, so this was a brand new design and set-up.  I wanted it to feel like autumn in the woods and prairie, hence the leaves and wood and fall flowers and colors.  Overall, I’m pleased with the aesthetic I created and was told by customers and other vendors that it looked great.  What I would like to do for the next shows is have a better way to display the scarves, so I’m looking into busts…stay tuned.

This week after the show has been getting Gingerland in order (cleaning the house, organizing, start fall decorating (that’s a hopefully) as well as continuing to iron out our schedule.  But, the most exciting part of this week is the season premiere of Project Runway! The plan is to have have an awesome dinner and watch live so I can comment in the Facebook group I belong to, but my husband is also out of town, so the plan is never the plan.

In the studio, I am into Fall/Winter mode and working mainly with wool, flannel, and faux fur.  These scarves take longer because there’s more work involved: trimming the fur in the seam allowances, brushing hair out of seams, finishing edges going with the grain…so the process is slightly slower.  However, there is nothing like an oversized infinity scarf with fur against that permeating cold of winter.

So, that’s what’s up.  Watch for a blog post on Friday recapping Project Runway, and another next week about working with fur!

Save the Date!

The Artists & Authors Fair that was rained out on August, 27 is THIS WEEKEND! Saturday, September 10 from 10am-3pm I will be at Fischer Farm in Bensenville, IL with other artists showing and selling our goods.  Admission is free, there are live bands, food, activities for the kids, and “adult” beverages! Come out on Saturday for a day of fun and art, and I’ll have at least ten more pieces with me that are not yet on Etsy, and won’t be posted until after the event.  I hope to see you there!

The Shop is Stocked!

Last night, all of the infinity scarves I’ve been working on listed for sale in the Etsy Shop! Click the link and take a look–there are currently 22 items listed, many of which are gender neutral.  The hardest part of creating the scarves is not wanting to keep them all, each for its own reason.  Quite a few of the combinations that went up are just amazing, and I can’t wait to schedule an outdoor photo shoot and put them on the model (me).

If you’re local and you’d like to try one on, you’ll have the chance Saturday, September 10! The Artists & Authors Fair was rained out this past weekend, so the rain date is set for September.  Put it on your calendar, and I hope to see you there!

As the even draws closer, I’ll be featuring some of the scarves in Instagram posts and talking about the process of putting it together and why I chose the combination of fabrics.  At the event, I will have a few more scarves that won’t list for sale on Etsy until the end of the day (if they don’t sell out).  The faux fur is coming…

Back to the studio!

Big Day Saturday!

Two weeks back I posted about an event I’m attending this weekend as a vendor.  The historic Fischer Farm in Bensenville, IL is hosting the Artists & Authors Fair this Saturday, August 27th from 10 am-3 pm.  The fair showcases local artist and authors, many of which will have products for sale.  There are quite a few vendors, activities for the kids, and alcohol for the adults!

For those of you who don’t exactly know what I do and what I produce, here’s the deal: I make oversized infinity scarves that also function as cowls, shawls, shrugs, and hoods.  All of the pieces are made from flannel, wool, knits, and faux fur, and I only work with fabrics that I’m sure won’t be itchy.  As a consumer (probably because I’m a mom), I’ve gotten picky: I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that I can only wear outside, or with certain outfits, or for a special event.  If I spend money on a clothing item, I want to be able to wear the hell out of it.  So, that’s what I’ve tried to do with my own pieces.  All of my scarves are designed with multiple ways of wearing it in mind, so not only can they be worn with jeans to provide a little color and texture to an outfit, but they’ve also been created to withstand wear.  Nothing makes me more disappointed than to buy something to wear, wear it once, and then have a hole in it or have the hem come out.  Most of my pieces are machine wash and dry.  Let’s face it, stuff gets dirty! Kids touch it, you rub up against something, you lean over into your own meal…and who really want to take something to the dry cleaner?

Now, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably seen a lot of the clothing I’ve made.  I am working on patterning and sizing so that I can offer apparel in the Etsy Shop as well.  However, I can make any apparel piece if measurements are provided.

If you can’t come visit me at the Artists & Authors Fair, not to worry!  All the pieces I have in stock will go on sale on Saturday at the Fair at 10 am, but whatever is still in stock at 12 pm (CST) will be listed for sale in the Etsy Shop.  I hope to see many of you there!