Tomorrow is the end of fair season for me (until the holiday fairs that I will tell you about when I know more). Conveniently, the last day of the Hester Street Fair is Halloween! Tomorrow at Hester Street will be a Halloween street party, fun for the whole fam kind of deal. The crazy kid bits will be happening from 3-7pm. I will be there from 11am-6pm selling sock monkeys that look like monkeys and pumpkins and skeletons and face painting. So come on down to the LES and get your Halloween on with me!
A bunch of us went over to my friend Brad's last night and had a huge pumpkin carving party. We ate a ton pumpkin seeds and drank beers and watermelon spritzers (Megan carved the cool scary watermelon). Here are all our pumpkins. Kim was the one that carved the sweet dog pumpkin. Thats Oy her dog. So badass! Dan's is the lobster, Lesley's is the pentacle, mine is the Classic jack'o'lantern, Liz's is the moon with bat, Jamie's is the cat, Brad's is the scared up scary one and Bjorn's is the skull.
Here is the flier and picture from the photo shoot we did a week ago for the Cranksgiving Race. We had a mock thanksgiving and it was incredible! Check out Nate Mumford's photography blog here. He was a great photographer!
About the Race: "With over 120 racers, 2009 was the biggest Cranksgiving ever, and New York City's largest alleycat of the year. The race & the cause shows no sign of abating. Over the past two years, we've donated over $2000 in food to Saint Mary's soup kitchen on the Lower East Side. On top of that, two Nazareth Housing & Hudson Guild both each received over 100 jars of baby food each. And on top of THAT, over $2,300 was raised for City Harvest and $700 for the New York Bike Messenger Foundation."
Last year I made matching Mommy/Daughter dresses for my best friend Roxanne and her daughter (my goddaughter) Mabel. I made them using shirring and decided to wing the pattern. I used another one of my friends who was around the same size to fit the mommy size dress on. Thank god it worked!! They look amazing! Roxanne came to visit this weekend and brought me some georgous photos of the two of them at the pumpkin patch wearing the dresses.
Here are some photos from this weekend. I got two tents and one was for my normal stuff and one was for me to do face painting for the festival. Face painting turned out to be so much fun and I can't wait to do it again for Halloween weekend there. My cousin Clarke came out to help with my booth and there was some doughnut eating competitions with doughnuts from Doughnut Planet. It was tied to a string and you had to eat the whole thing before anyone else, while it was bouncing and hitting you in the face. The Bliss family kids have always been amazing at party games and shenanigans so of course Clarke and I both won our heats in the doughnut eating competion. We both won 2 bags of groceries from the green market.
Here is the pumpkin monkey I made today. He is a jack-o-lantern. I didn't mean to him to come out so creepy. Ill try and make the next one nicer looking. This guy will be for sale at the Hester Street Fair this Sunday, at their Harvest Festival.
In Berlin, Maryland, my Uncle Ken makes these amazing pumpkins all though out October. People and businesses all around town special order them from him. This year I got my own! The bad-ass skull pumpkin is mine. He uses great care and craftiness to carve and paint theses great pumpkins.
For my 30th birthday Celebration a bunch of my friends and I went down to Ocean City, Maryland to go camping and go to the beach and eat crabs. At my uncles house on Saturday morning he had set up quite a treat for us... Sugar Skulls! We actually got to make real ones. He got the molds and then you make the skulls with meringue powder and sugar mix. Here is a website that explains it better. He made different color royal icing in baggies that we used to decorate them. This is something I have always wanted to do. Here are the pics!
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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