Well, here's something I haven't done in a long time. Or technically, ever.
It's been a super long time since I did a holiday retail sale, like the annual Open House I threw for 17 years. Even longer since I sold stuff at a crafts fair of any kind. And although many members of my family are crazy-talented (I said crazy-talented, not just crazy - get it right) we've never gotten together and showcased our handmade goodies together.
So, it's about time, don't you think?
After our vacation a couple months ago, when I made stuff pretty much every waking moment for 2 weeks, it hit me: dude, I love making stuff (duh). I realized I need to make more stuff, because it's good for my soul. Not just drawings and designs, but stuff. Tactile, physical, made things.
And who knows, I could actually start to make a dent in all that weird junk I've been hoarding in my basement over the years insisting "I'm going to make something awesome with this someday!" You know, when I have time.
So in the last few months, a lot of that weird junk has been migrating up from the dark corners of the basement to the slightly less dark corners of my desk, and I've been making time to make stuff with my hands, just for fun: jewelry, little painted objects, clay stuff . . . remember Sweatercats? Yeah, that was fun. They're back.
These guys are waiting for whiskers. And a face. And a few other parts.
My sisters and nieces make some pretty amazing stuff too, just wait until you see it all. Seriously amazing. I think this is going to be a blast.
So if you're in the area, we hope you stop by and say hi, and see what we've been up to. It'll be an awesome way to kick off the holiday season: you can buy goodies for gifts, or just get inspired to make some stuff yourself - because making stuff is good for your soul.
And if you're nowhere near Washington State and are feeling left out, don't. What doesn't sell this weekend (and what doesn't get finished in time for the bazaar!) is going into my Etsy shop in the next few weeks. And looking at my basement, I can assure you: I'm not going to run out of weird old junk to make stuff with for a long, long time...