Monday, June 29

Vermont weekend

We went to Vermont for a couple days this past weekend to visit some friends. Gabe has an amazing house on a hill with a huge garden. Maisy has met him before, but she hasn't seen him in a while and she took a huge liking to him. She was his shadow the entire time.

The weather called for storms both days, but we were lucky to have a nice dose of sun on the first day, so frolicking in the grass seemed just right.

The farmer's market was filled with delightful aromas and delicious treats. The strawberries were heavenly.

I was also able to score some lavender rose kombucha (after many samples of other flavors, this was by far the most complex and tasty!). I loved how it wasn't too fizzy or too weak. It was a perfect little baby bear of kombuchas, and now I have a whole quart of it to myself.

We did get rain on our last day, and we were lucky enough to spot a rainbow on the drive home. It was a nice-but-short diversion from the daily routine, but now we're back in the studio building inventory for the upcoming leave that we'll be taking once the new baby arrives.

Thanks for supporting our Etsy sale! I'm still adding more miniatures daily, so keep checking back for new creatures and colors.

Thursday, June 25


As noted in a previous post, it is our 4-year Etsy anniversary! I am celebrating by putting loads of stuff on sale over there. One could say that I'm "de-stashing"... I have a ton of miniature pendants, and I'm adding more as the days go by. Below are but a few...

I've also added a few small nightlights. These are just a little smaller than my regular size nightlight, and for only $18 they're a steal!

Hope everyone is having a great June thus far. We've been inside for so long, it seems like eons ago that the sun shined. New England is having a monsoon, it seems! Poor Maisy isn't getting her usual dose of summer. Now, off to do a sunshine dance...

Monday, June 22

Holiday Extravaganza weekend

What a fun-but-exhausting weekend! Not only was it Father's Day, but it was Maisy's 2nd birthday! Mom was in town, too, to partake in the toddler's festivities, and even gave us a chance to see a film. We chose an art film, "The Hangover". ;) Pretty funny, and Zach Galifianakis stole the show. We saw him perform in LA years back before that highly memorable Dog Bites Man series (anyone else remember this?). He is hysterical.

In any case, the rain forced everyone indoors this weekend. But we were able to make it outside for a bit to check out the Printing Arts Fair at the aptly named Printing Arts Museum. Though I was skeptical, it was terribly fun for us adults.

Inside we were able to watch loads of different printmaking processes, and we scored a couple beautiful prints. One of them you can see below: I chose the "D" for dingbat print!

There was also steamroller printing:

Since it was Father's Day, we were able to make our own letterpress card for the papa of the bunch. Maisy was a little young for the roller, and I even had a hard time, being roly poly myself and handling it with one arm:

As I mentioned it was a blast for the older kids, but Maisy liked the puddles outside best... and following this photo, the recently printed Father's Day card went into the puddle...

Happy Birthday to our now-two-year-old. Times flies.

Stay tuned later this week for a super duper Etsy sale--it's our 4-year Etsy-versary soon! I'll leave you with a few more images from the Printing Arts Museum:

Saturday, June 20

Busy week

This week has flown by, with lots of preparations for the current weekend and a fun diversion thrown into the mix...

Getting ready for Father's Day, I had to plan around a certain toddler's birthday--which happens to be the exact same day. In addition, my mom is coming to town to spend time with Miss 2-year-old Maisy. It will be a busy and fun weekend, I'm sure (and hopefully not too rainy, as the forecast says).

Late in the week I got together with my friend Tomoko of Tadworks. I haven't seen her in a long time, as she took an extended trip to Japan, so it was delightful to hang out with her. She even cooked me what she considered to be a 'light lunch' but I felt like a princess when I arrived seeing the food she prepared. Sadly, I didn't bring my camera to photograph the spread, but let's just say that plantains are one of my favorite foods, and the chicken was heavenly. To top it off, she made homemade chocolate pudding... you can't do much better for this pregnant lady! We also had a great time perusing the food-goods at Russo's in Watertown, too. Now I know where to get galangal and banana blossoms in the area.

Oh and did I mention that I moved studios this week? Whew. It's been crazy. The place where I sublet is a bit funky, and my landlord required a space to showcase her own work. Since I don't need such a nice, appropriate-for-retail space I am moving to the far, back corner. It's different, but I'm up for the challenge and change. Below, my former, lovely light-filled space:

The empty corner that I moved into:

It's not quite "finished". It doesn't have quite as much character as the other corner, but as I mentioned I'm up for the change. And at least I only had to switch corners, and not studios completely.

Have a great weekend, and a Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!

Monday, June 15

And just like that...

Our summer shows are over. We finished yesterday with our last retail show of the summer, the Mass Market at Mass Art. Since I forgot my camera, I give you their lovely image of the poster designed by Brian Butler:

Though we were looking forward to the West Coast shows, I think we made the right decision considering everything going on in July. If you are a retailer or know of a retailer (spread the word!), we will be participating in the Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia on August 1-3.

Also, I just stumbled upon the Second Storie show via Whip Up. We will probably apply for this, being that Rochester, NY just happens to be one of our favorite cities, and the handy grandparents-who-babysit just happen to live a do-able drive away. Just wanted to share the link (it's been around a couple of years, but sadly we're a bit out of the loop!). We love Rochester!

Hope you all had a great weekend ;)

Friday, June 12

Mass Market and the loot

We've been settling into our undisclosed location in the Adirondacks quite nicely, but now it's time to head back to our digs outside Boston. Don't miss us at the Mass Market show this weekend! Here are the details:

Sunday JUNE 14th, 2009
11am - 6pm
Massachusetts College of Art, Pozen Center
621 Huntington Avenue

Also wanted to share with you our deals we got at last week's Renegade Craft Fair! I was happy to be able to get this adorable poster for Maisy's room over at the Nate Duval booth:

Below is a photo of all the loot I scored for Justin and myself...

1. Simple, subtle necklace from Lauren Haupt
2. Men's tee from Black Sheep Heap
3. Super soft "Friends and Flowers" tee from Species by the Thousands
4. Owl mug from Danmade

I also made a fantastic trade from Nora of Sheriff Peanut (I love trades!). Maisy happens to like it, too:

We have a bit of a drive ahead of us today, and lots of unpacking to do tomorrow. But we hope to see some of you this Sunday in Boston. If not, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 10

Brooklyn in a nutshell. Now we're tired!

Brooklyn Renegade was a fantastic show in so many ways: the weather, the people, our sign...

We had a solid line of traffic both days. At first the increased size of the venue worried us. The sheer vastness of the event could have resulted in watered down sales, but in that last hour on Sunday we nearly sold out of nightlights. Somehow, though, we couldn't move that last lonely owl.

Our display received lots of compliments – always nice to hear. We hacked off some slabs of cordwood and made use of an old type-set organizer for some items.

There were plenty of old friends selling their wares. We dropped by our good pal Dabney at Mogo to discuss their amazing home renovation. Check out the project on their blog if you haven't already.

Kitty-corner to our booth, Alison Tauber was selling her fantastic clothing line. Tracy's stacked up two of Alison's shirts in less than a month.

We also stumbled upon some great new-to-us vendors. Our favorite was Mandalina Rossa who creates a colorful, fun, yet meticulous line of children's clothing. Fitting considering her own cheerful persona.

We also were visited by some old pals who we haven't seen in a long time. So nice to have surprise visitors! Many thanks to everyone who stopped by on that sunny weekend.

So after a successful weekend we're now trying to drag ourselves back into the daily work routine. Our Etsy site has opened back up, with our regular seconds and one-offs at discount prices. Over at you'll find the rest of our items.

Finally, if you're in Boston this weekend drop by the MassMarket show this Sunday the 14th from 11am to 6pm. We'll be there for another round of person-to-person sales!


Friday, June 5

Brooklyn Bound

One day until the Brooklyn Renegade and we're so excited! As of today it looks like the weather is going to be decent all weekend long. The past few days have been spent dusting off the old show tent and constructing our new sign.

We're especially pleased with how the latter turned out. What started out as a simple foam-core silhouette evolved into this:

Keep an eye out for it in Brooklyn -- that's us! See everyone in NYC tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 3

Renegade Brooklyn Preparations

This week is geared toward getting ready for the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn. I hope you all are planning on a visit if you're in the area! We always have a fun time at these shows, even with 'extreme' weather that we encountered at last year's fair. Below, a bit of the aftermath...

We're also very sad to say that we won't be able to participate in this year's Renegade SF show! :( We have the opportunity to move into a 3-bedroom apartment, and with the arrival of Maisy's sibling in September we feel like we can't pass this up. Our tiny attic apartment is nice, but it will be great to have a room to spare when the "help" visits (i.e., the grandmothers!). The move-in dates just happen to fall right between the LA and SF shows, but luckily we can still swing the LA show on July 11-12.

We had such an amazing time at Renegade SF last year--it's our favorite city! Show was fun, people were supportive and friendly, sales were fantastic, AND it was Maisy's very first Renegade!

We will miss you, San Francisco, but we hope to see you again next year.

Monday, June 1

Paper n Stitch

What a lovely weekend! I hope yours was as nice as it was here outside Boston. With sun and temperate weather, it called for a canoe ride on the river that's just across the street. No photos were taken (someone has to hold onto that water-loving toddler!), but it was a fun, relaxing time. For the writer of this blog who did not paddle...

In other news, we are excited to share that Happy Owl Glass is now part of Paper n Stitch's newest exhibition! We've always been a fan of their shops, and we're pleased to be among such great company. Stop by if you get the chance, and we'd love to see your comments on our work. Every little heart-of-love helps!