Monday, November 03, 2008

Artists & Fleas, Dec. 6 & 7

Just a quick announcement, since I need to get up super early to VOTE and should therefore be in bed already.

I'll be vending at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg BK Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7. I've got new stuff up my sleeve, mostly involving paper. Plus more pouches and a fresh batch of wallets, which I haven't made in a while.

So swing by, say hi, have a cup of coffee with me, do some holiday shopping (at my or anyone else's station). I'm pretty excited to take part in A&F again with all the super-talented vendors there.

Check out for info and directions.

Happy voting!

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Craft Fairrrr in Brooklyn: May 4!

Just a quick post to tell you about a lovely, roughly semi-annual craft fair in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Hearts & Crafts Affair takes place this Sunday, May 4 from noon to 6pm in the back of Cafe Grumpy. The coffee's amazing, by the way, so come for the joe and stay for the crafts. I've got new tool belts, aprons and wrist cuffs in the mix so come get 'em (or send a friend) because this stuff sold out at the last Hearts & Crafts Affair last December.


Happy May Day, all.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Hearts & Crafts Affair

In between travel, catching up and welcoming a new cat into my life, I've managed to get myself into a holiday craft fair. Huzzah!

What's so great about this one is that it's at a cafe with known-to-be-amazing coffee. So it's indoors, and tables are provided. I love indoor fairs. Rather, I hate carrying and setting up tents. This isn't the first Hearts & Crafts Affair at the cafe either, so I assume it's gone well in the past. How can it not, in a nice cozy atmosphere like that?

Okay, enough blabbing. Here are the deets:

193 Meserole Ave, (at Diamond Street--that's 2 blocks east of McGuinness)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Map with nearby subway stops

I've got new stuff in the works. Come see what I've got up my sleeve!

Read more on Kira's blog

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Artists & Fleas

Hey New Yorkers, if you find yourself in or around Williamsburg, Brooklyn this Labor Day Weekend, stop by Artists & Fleas on N. 6th Street. I'll be there both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7pm selling my wares. Mellow Being and I are splitting a space, woo!

In case you didn't know, here's what Artists & Fleas is all about, in their own words:
Artists & Fleas was established as a weekly marketplace to bring artists, collectors, designers and anyone seeking a place to play show and sell together in a non-intimidating retail environment to network, sell and get feedback from shoppers and fellow creative folks...

Part community gathering spot, part hipster haven, Artists & Fleas has hosted almost 1,000 artists and vendors since opening its doors...

With new vendors every week, guest DJs spinning, an occasional guest appearance from a musician, visits from neighborhood characters and regulars, Artists & Fleas is as much a weekend destination for shopping and selling as it is for hanging out, checking out and chilling out.
It's my first A&F experience selling and I'm pretty excited. Come by and say, "Hi!"

Artists & Fleas is located at 129 N. 6th Street, between Bedford and Berry Streets.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

A Saturday adventure with Haasome & Mellow Being

What do Haasome and Mellow Being do when they hang out? Usually something craft-related, of course. Bear with me as I catch up with myself here.

Last Saturday the 26th, we were on a mission. Yarn! High-end crafts shopping! As much time outdoors as possible! And dinner. That ever-elusive dinner plan.

Every year, Smiley's Yarns of Queens has a couple big sales (Yarn Riots). Not only that, but spend $25 and get some hilariously outdated pattern books. Smiley's is no-frills, tote-your-items-in-a-laundry-basket, bargain shopping. My only qualm is that they have a limited cotton selection and a little too much Red Heart and Lion Brand. But hey, their M.O. is cheap and simple. And it's not like Mellow and I left with nothing:

Mellow Being's colorful cotton stash

My yarn; all for a cute nightie that I want to start now in order to have ready for the cooler months.

It's definitely worth the trek on the J/Z; more so if you like wool and/or go during the sale. After a lunch break for me, we headed back in Mellow's car to her house for a frozen watermelon pit stop.

Then we were off to afore-mentioned American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center. Seems we missed the alpaca(s), but we got to see a whole lotta high-end products from real masters. Set beautifully to mostly live classical music, we saw tons of beautiful jewelry, furniture, sculpture, bags and clothing. We didn't even want to guess how much it cost to have a spot at this juried event. We couldn't resist picking up an item each:

Mellow Being's polymer clay earring. I neglected to get the designer's card--perhaps Jen can comment with the info?

And I bought a Tesage Tote designed by Yukiko Sato:
The best part: a purse organizer. A drawstring bag for all your stuff, which makes it easy to switch from bag to bag. The purse is so comfortable to wear!

After mulling around the area and Columbus Circle, we finally landed at an adequate Mexican restaurant on 49th-ish for dinner. All in all, a lot of walking and an inspiring day. Naturally, I rested all day Sunday, but was back to work on Monday.

Details about Monday and Jen's completed bag coming soon, as well as an Etsy update this afternoon.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Lost in the in-between

Hey there, fair readers. I've been a bit of a slacker lately--craftingwise and postingwise. I'm at this strange in-between place where I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and a touch of trepidation. I was entirely uncreative this weekend, slept late and watched TV when I could've sewed. Thankfully it was a much better and restorative weekend than the last few. But I really need to get going if I'm going to have some new things to show at the Big Art Show in Brooklyn on April 14, which is immediately after a work-conference from April 10-13 in New Orleans.

I think I'd better list all the things I want to accomplish in my creative life. Maybe getting it out out of my head and seeing it in black & white in public will make the list more tangible. Items on a list are meant to be crossed off with satisfaction. That's what I'm after.

Here goes. Things I want to do:
  • Linocut printing. I'd like to make a few first edition prints this week for the Big Art Show. This is pretty scary in that I've never displayed my work for a big mass of people besides art classes. Does my Etsy shop count?
    • To do: get supplies at Blick TOMORROW.

  • Make some more bags. Even simple tote bags with the cool accoutrements I've got. In the midst of that I can work on Jen's bag, too. Forego the bias tape (I thought single-fold was something it is not) and use fabric ties. No need to go to P&S Fabrics; especially helpful since they might be closed due to Passover (and are they even open anymore? Wahhh...)
    • To do: Lay out some fabric, press it, cut it up, and fire up the sewing machine. If I'm busy with printmaking this week, then this weekend.

  • Paint the long living room wall and my bedroom. Tree mural? Maybe.
    • To do: Get inspired at Home Depot and go through Apartment Therapy posts I've saved. This is to be done after the conference.

  • Learn to play guitar.
    • To do: Buy a frigging guitar. My friend bugs me enough with links to pretty guitars for sale in my price range. Buy a book about guitar playing. Bug friend to show me some chords. This summer I hope.

  • Sew some clothes for myself, namely skirts.
    • To do: Pick out a pattern from Sew U and get going in May-ish.

  • Network some more and think about contributing to crafty zines and sites.
    • To do: Get things on list done first!
So I hope this post might help anyone in a similar situation. I think I'll go do one of the creative exercises in the printmaking book I borrowed from the library. With the TV OFF.

P.S. Be sure to check out the following :)
  • The Big Art Show in Brooklyn, featuring my friend Jen (a.k.a. Mellowbeing) and moi:

  • and CROQ Zine. I recently bought all the back issues and a subscription and am loving it so far. Thanks to Heather for combining shipping and for being so speedy!

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Name: haasome
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States

Crafty to the core, not afraid to talk about mistakes, living by the Girl Scout motto. I'm also a bit of a nerd about a bunch of things.


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