An attempt to document my creative pursuits and spew inspiration into the universe.

An attempt to document my creative pursuits and spew inspiration into the universe.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Green Grin at Cracked Pots

I'm here at Cracked Pots recycled art show today (July 22,23) and tomorrow. Open 'til 8:00 tonight!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Yay St. John's!

I'd like to thank everyone who came out and made the St. John's Bizarre a success. The rain mostly held off, the parade had gobs of marching bands, and there was a constant flow of people shopping all day. A special thanks for those who were prepared with cash, as my credit card taking device was down for the day.

I made some fantastic trades: beautiful St. John's themed cards from www.deannacantrell.com, a stack of luscious handmade goats milk soaps (sorry I do not remember the name of the lovely lady who made these using the milk from her own goats!), and some fragrant tea and herb/spice blends from www.katulaherbs.com.  



I was lucky enough to be booth neighbors of Kate and Rafe (of Katula Herbs). Kind smiles, chats, and booth watching for bathroom breaks really helped make the day go easier. 

And it was a joy interacting with all of the visitors to my humble booth. I really appreciate those who shopped at the Bizarre, choosing to spend dollars with our small, local craft businesses. Doing these shows is a ton of work for the crafters. I usually spend most of the day before an event figuring out my booth display, organizing inventory, packing everything up and getting it in the car, hunting down misplaced essentials, creating signage, making some food for the show, running to the bank for change, and sometimes sewing. The day of the show means getting up at the crack of dawn (or in pitch dark if it's winter), being on time getting out of the house, driving to the event, unloading the car, parking the car, walking back to the event, setting up the canopy and tables, creating a beautiful display, arranging signage, preparing the electronic device, grabbing some coffee, and greeting early shoppers with a smile (while trying to get set up on time). Then is the "fun" part of the day, which mostly IS fun, talking to folks, getting feedback on my work, seeing friends. But there is also the part of trying to find time to slip away for a bathroom break, ditto for food, then eating lunch one bite at a time in between customers, graciously explaining to the customer who just spent twenty minutes picking out the perfect pair of gloves that I can't take credit cards (ouch!), graciously dealing with over-rambunctious kids whose parents are oblivious ( luckily this doesn't happen too often.....thank you parents who are diligent about teaching your kids manners!), not sitting down for eight hours straight. But wait, there's more! The end of the day means packing everything up, taking down the canopy, schlepping everything to the car, cramming it in, usually hungry and oh, those aching feet!

Yep, that is a pretty good job description of part of what my business is about. It's easy to understand why I've decided to limit the outdoor shows that I do. But I will always do a few per year, despite all that work. I so much love the interactions with people! I spend the bulk of my time alone in my studio sewing, so I appreciate being out in the world, and seeing people's reaction to my work. It's my business, and getting paid directly from the person who is buying my work, seeing how people connect to what I make, seeing how happy my customers are....wow, it is the best! 

So thank you, thank you, thank you to all you folks who came out yesterday and supported handmade. You made my day, and I will keep the St. John's Bizarre as one of my special outdoor appearances. Best street fair in Portland!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Green Grin appearing at the St. John's Bizarre!



I will be participating in the St. John's Bizarre this Saturday, May 10. It will be my first show of the season, and Portland's first street fair of the season, as well. It goes from 10am to 6pm, with a parade at noon. I will be at booth 35, in the parking lot by N Lombard and Leavitt. Come on by and say howdy!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Critter Development

I'm finally the space to work on some bigger Plush pieces. It's always exciting to develop a new creature, although working through a series of prototypes can be rather tedious. This is my first attempt at Bear. Cute in its own way, but not what I am going for! On to the next draft...


I've also been sewing up some "skins" for future creatures. I enjoy using up scraps on these!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Green Grin in Portland Monthly!

Here it is, my five minutes of fame =^.^= !
Green Grin is listed in the Portland Monthly's "15 Only-in-Portland Gifts article!" Yes, I am thrilled!
They liked my Mitts for Musing, especially the Kitty Faces.

Check out my Where to Buy page for shops carrying them, or if you'd like see a large selection of styles and sizes, find me at one of my Holiday shows.

Speaking of Holiday shows, Urban Craft Uprising does a great job of building anticipation for their Winter Show. There are lots of vendor interviews and give-aways on their blog. I love reading about the different crafters, and it helps me to make my shopping list. Here is my interview!




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Magnolia Moms Shop 'til you Drop

My first craft show of the season is tomorrow, November 7th. Magnolia Moms Shop 'til You Drop 11th annual trunk show and coat drive. It is in Seattle! (see my Events page for details).

This season I am doing three holiday shows; two in Seattle, and only one in Portland, which feels rather strange. For some reason, this year most of my favorite, tried and true holiday craft shows are all on the same weekend. What's up with that?! Actually, doing only three shows is fine by me. I've taken on quite a few wholesale accounts this year, and things have been hopping in the studio. Phew!

If you were hoping to pick up a little Green Grin love and can't make it to any of my holiday shows, check out the "Where to Buy" page to see all the neato stores that are selling Green Grin product.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Green Grin to be at the Alberta Street Fair

Getting ready for the Alberta Street Fair tomorrow!

Stop by and say "hi" if you're out and about. I will be on the North side of the street between 17th & 18th, on NE Alberta Street in Portland.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

UCU goodies

I'm very happy with my weekend in Seattle and Urban Craft Uprising. I picked up several new wholesale accounts and am excited that Green Grin products will soon be available in Seattle area stores! I will post the stores on my "Where to Buy" page as they become available.

I absolutely adore meeting & chatting with my customers; it was such a treat to see familiar faces and meet new folks. A huge thanks to everyone who stopped by my table....YOU are why I do these shows!

I felt spoiled with all of the help I received from my wonderful family. My sister not only stuck it out with me the whole weekend, she was happy about it! Thanks to her, I was able to spend more time than usual strolling about checking out the great crafts, and chatting it up with other vendors. I met some fine, creative folks, made some sweet trades, and bought a few treasures.

I drove home with a full heart and smile on my face.