Sunday, February 28, 2010

Market in the park....

Glen Eira Council ran a Party in the Park today in Allnut Park, Mckinnon. One feature was an art and craft market. I decided to give it a go.

Luckily the weather held out and although there was a cold breeze, it didn't rain, and the sun even made an appearance.

 The event ran from 12-4pm. There were about 15 craft stalls selling products including handmade childrens hats, bags, purses, smocks, bookmarks, ceramics and greeting cards. There were also lots of activities for kids - the popular ones were cupcake decorating (and eating) & lantern/mask/badge making, as well as an entertainment stage.

 As far as the market went, I probably wouldn't do it again. Lots of people looked but most were really there for the activities, not for buying. I think a separate market event, minus activities and other distractions, would have been a better option for stallholders.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Nice Surprise....

Well, I often check the Etsy Treasury Clock on Craftopolis. It's been really helpful in working out when the Treasuries will open. There's also another function on that site that searches to see if you are in any Treasuries. Well, I searched and I found!

You Be The Judge is a treasury by OceanAvenueSilks, a member of the CCCOE, otherwise known as the California Crafter's Club of Etsy. My "Bones" resin bead necklace is included.

The CCCOE ran a poll promotion which offered the opportunity for voters to be featured in a Treasury.
I do enter these types of promotions, just for fun, but without expectation. It was a great way to see some amazing creations!

Anyhoo, check out the Treasury and give it some clicky love!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Crafty Days - my latest experiments

Well, my daughter started Prep yesterday. How grown up she looked in her uniform and hat and school shoes *sniff*. Since all the kids have the same school bag, many parents have decorated them with paint and key chains so the children can easily identify their own bag. So I made a key chain for my daughter using polymer clay pieces (the red heart I made, the other heart and Pandora-style bead were made by another Etsian) Greek ceramic discs and resin beads all strung on satin cord.

I've also made my first glass tile pendant. I used some Amy Butler paper and stamped it with a black crown and silver script. It's shown here strung on a black satin cord but I'm not quite certain yet if I will continue using this or bead chain or some other material. This is a 2.5cm (1") glass disc but I'm waiting on some 5cm (2") tiles to arrive so I can make larger pendants.