30 November, 2008

improve your personal environment in two easy steps!

Today I accomplished two things of note. First, I finally signed up for the digital TV vouchers. Living a sad, cable-free existence, I look forward to bidding farewell to grainy and ghosty programming. It was super easy to register.

You can too!

The other feat was signing the Buy Handmade pledge. Also easy as pie. Here's the deal. Pledging to buy handmade does not necessarily mean giving up the big boxes or online superstores. Just like becoming a vegetarian does not necessarily mean going vegan. One does what works best for them. But choosing to purchase even one item not mass-produced fosters the idea that creativity will win out over repetition. It's why I love selling on Etsy. Making handmade gifts is also always a good thing. But if you can't make it yourself, support an artist who can.

How does one make such a pledge, you ask? Right here!
I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

20 November, 2008

shameless plug: designed to consign

The first part of this post I am borrowing from my facebook note. I'm lazy.

The great sage Kristin Richardson told me once, that anything could be found on Craigslist. Well, she is right, and because I listened to that wisdom I have something to share.A bit ago on CL, I found a posting of a new shop who was looking for artists to sell there. It was a vintage store with a twist- they were paying special focus on repurposed items. Well, I wrote, and she wrote, and the end result is I am now selling my hats in said shop!REfind Vintage is a cute little three room shop on the east side of St Paul. It's at 1105 Payne Ave, about two blocks south of Maryland or maybe 6-8 blocks north of Phalen. The store will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10-6. They've already opened, but the grand opening will be this weekend, the 22nd and 23rd. The hats I have there are made using either vintage fabrics or recycled fabrics from clothes, curtains, etc.:

While REfind does not have a website up yet, Mellissa has written up a press release for the Grand Opening:

A new vintage shop has opened in St. Paul- with a twist. REfind vintage is a charming space filled with vintage wares culled from auctions and sales near and far. The twist? REfind features local artists who restyle and repurpose vintage items to create unique, beautiful things you will not find at other shops.Located on the east side of St. Paul at 1105 Payne Avenue, a Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for November 22 and 23, from 10-6. Help yourself to coffee, hot cider and homemade cookies (Mellissa is the former owner of Jerabek's New Bohemian, so fabulous treats will always be on hand!). At REfind vintage, you can roam through three rooms of fun and useful things...furniture, artwork, housewares, jewelry and clothing....and ever changing, one-of-a-kind creations. Looking for a gift that you won't see at every other shop in town? REfind vintage is constantly creating new things from old stuff! Stop in and see whats new today!!Our store hours are Wednesday thru Sunday from 10 am till 6 pm.....and don't forget the GRAND OPENING bash on November 22 and 23!!
REfind vintage
1105 Payne Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55130
Mellissa Deyo, owner

So check it out! It's easy to get to and full of unique items. This is my first foray into consignment selling, and I'm very excited to be a part of this new venture!

I am also fortunate to be selling at Artscraps through January 3, at their Artstart Gallery in the "Gift of Art" exhibit. Such a fun assortment of very affordable pieces, both display and functional. Here are a couple pics from the opening party:

If you see a bag or a hat in the shots, those are mine.

I also will be at the No Coast Craft-o-Rama in (yikes!) 2 1/2 weeks. More on that to come!


18 November, 2008

friends pimping, part 3: listen to the shadows

For three performances only, Park Square Theatre is remounting their production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Remounts of well-received works happen often around here. But this is special. The reason I think you should go to this production is for the sound. Katharine Horowitz is a most talented designer. I have had the pleasure of working with Katharine on several shows as her humble board operator. I don't mind saying the first time nearly kicked my ass. I have never worked with anyone who deals with layers as much as she does. It makes for exhilirating results.

When Midsummer was first put on in 2006, one review (and I can't access the original review to get it right) likened her design to being its own character in the piece. If someone can paint with sound, it's definitely Katharine. She does a lot of work around town, and is definitely someone to keep an eye (er, ear) out for when attending theatre productions.

Go see Midsummer while you can!