These were quite a hit this weekend at the fairs I did. We sold a ton of monkeys and elephants, which leads me to think I should just stop making anything else and just stick to plus animals. One little girl even went and got her piggy bank to buy a monkey. So touching.
I did the Hester Street Fair on Saturday and then was supposed to do the Brooklyn Indie fair Sunday but ended up doing one better and got a chance to vend at the Smith Street Fun Day. Which was sooo much fun! Thanks to the store Mongo for kindly giving me some of their street space in front of their store to set up a table!!
This weekend you will be able to find me out and about in the city vending at craft fairs! On Sunday I will be at the Hester Street Fair on Essex and Hester street in the city from 10am-6pm. On Sunday I will be at the Brooklyn Indie Craft Fair under the red and white striped tent on Smith and Union Street, Carroll Gardens,Brooklyn from 11am-6pm.
There will be more sock monkeys then ever and socklephants will be debuted. There will also be cross stiches and many items made from recycled billboard vinyl.
I had Dan take some pictures of me in the backyard for some press stuff. I think you can see the embarrassment in my face. Liz came up with the idea for me picking monkeys out of the tree. Its pretty funny.
I fixed the blown out ass of Dayna from DC's pants and made two pairs of finely hem's shorts from Johnny's pants. Three more shorts from pants to do this week. I think this is my new side job. Turns out that shorts from Dickie's pants are a lot better then just just buying Dickie's shorts because Dickie's short are really baggy and the pants make nice straight legged shorts!
This is Amaya and Arianna with their new monkeys that they bought from my booth at the Renegade Craft Fair. Monkeys make great toys and companions for little kids. I'm glad they found homes. The argyle one is names "Bobby" now.
Gizmo's favorite toy tried and true has always been the Cat Cigar (or Kitty Blunt as I like to call it). Its the only toy that he has ever really liked playing with. But why are they $7? That is ridiculous. I had some extra denim lying around yesterday after making some quick shorts and thought I could make Gizmo's favorite cat toy for the price of the catnip I had in my house which was $2.00). I made 2 of them and still had cat nip left over. Normally the whole things is stuffed with catnip but I thought that it would be a sturdier toy if it has something else stuffed in there too. That way I would save on catnip and I could still have a substantially big toy for him to play with. He likes to hold it with his front paws and bunny kick with the back ones. Here's how I did it without stuffing the whole thing with cat nip. You will need denim scraps and bag of cat nip. Cut a piece of denim out that is 7"h by 1.75"w and hem the 3 sides up.
Turn the tube inside out and pour some cat nip in. Then take some strips of denim and stuff them down in the tube. Make layers of catnip and denim till its full.
Then sew up the top of the toy and trim.
And Voila! You have a very cheap very popular cat toy for your little buddy!
Last year I sold this sock monkey to Dan's mom and it went on a little sailing adventure and I got pictures from all its travels. And this month I just received two more pictures of it out and about again.
I recently got an "intern". It is the the biggest weight off my shoulders knowing I have someone to help me make things. She and I work during the day together and its been amazing! Yesterday and today we worked out a pattern for this little guy! Here is the newest member of my plush family. He will be a constant figure sold along side the sock monkeys. I'm totally in love with this new little guy. This is the first one we have made but there will be more when we work out the kinks in the pattern.
Someone once said "Craftin' Ain't Easy," and let me tell you they must have been talking about this year's Renegade Craft Fair. I mean, I have been in some wind storms, but I don't think I've been quite so sure a tornado might touch down next to me at any moment. It's not the easiest task to focus on the fair when you're frantically trying to keep all your monkeys from blowing away.
Sure everything looks great right? Well, yes, Saturday was a fairly good day and I had a good time, but you see it was Sunday that was clearly out to get me. It was off the charts crazy. The day started out really well, and my display looked great! I started the morning thinking about what a better day it was going to be. I had embroidered and sewn a new flag for myself that I was going to display at my "shop" on Sunday. I had some friends coming to visit, and I thought maybe, just maybe, I was going to get to walk around the fair and do some shopping.
Then the wind started to pick up. We're not talking about a breeze people. I'm talking about gale force winds here. Looking around, my stomach sank. Vendors packing up to go home left and right, glass shattering in every direction, my booth mate's cards and necklaces scattered, and my monkeys, my bags, and all my hopes for good sales flying all over McCarren park.
Nothing was staying on the table, and even sand bags couldn't keep everything from trying to take flight. My booth mate eventually had to leave (with the tent) and so I stayed... till the rain came. I knew it was time to bail.
All in all it was quite an adventure though! I am looking forward to all the other craft fairs I am participating in this summer, which I'm sure will all come with their own crazy stories of what happened. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the pictures of my booth from both days. If you look closely you will notice the monkeys holding on for their dear little plush lives!
I will be vending at the Hester Street Fair in the Lower East Side on Sunday June 26th. There are a slew of different vendors there. Many different food vendors too, which I am very exited about including Kumquat Bakery which makes my favorite Maple Bacon Cupcakes, and Luke’s Lobster, which makes lobster rolls that I am dying to try.
So come on over to the Hester Street Fair and say hi!!
I have been an artist my whole life. I have always loved sewing, collage, typography, embroidery and making things pretty. It led me going to college at Pratt Institute and and from there I worked every job imaginable till i found pre-press/graphic design where i am working currently. I hope to one day open up Brooklyn Craft the craft supply store in Brooklyn. A store that's like a craft fair every day. I love sailing and biking and this blog is all about what takes up most of my time, unless of course I am drinking at the bar.
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