It’s that time again! Come join me in Downtown Kitchener this Saturday April 26th from 11am – 9pm for a day of eco-friendly fun! I’ll be there with my recycled bottle glassware. Tons of other great vendors, awesome music, a clothing swap, a recycled fashion show, crafts for the kids… come celebrate the planet at Kitchener City Hall!
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Well! I thought maybe I would freeze to death, but I managed to survive Bloomin’ Earth 2012. Such a cold day! I braved the outdoor-vendor experience though, despite having the opportunity to set up indoors. It’s a sneaky way to have more space: the indoor folks pretty much just get the width of their table, but I wanted to be able to set up the gridwall too. We experienced catastrophic tent failure during setup, but I was able to use one of the City of Kitchener tents so that was okay. You get what you pay for with those things, I guess – I was excited to find a white canopy on sale for $75 at the Superstore a while back, but one of the hinges broke as I was putting it away after doing a test setup in the backyard, and then we discovered more broken hinges on Saturday and it was so bad that it wouldn’t stand up on its own.
Anyway! I moved that junk from under the table after taking that picture! Usually it’s hidden but the wind was blowing the table cover all over the place. On the table we have my recycled bottle glasses, candle chimneys, bottle trays and pendants (along with the display shelf I built from pieces of our deck…it looks nicely weathered and I’m quite proud of it!) The weird thing obscuring the word “Light” on the banner is the bottom of a bottle-glass wind chime set. I hung another wind chime off to the right, you can’t see it in the photo. And then there’s the gridwall with some stained glass, and the Pelee Window sitting at the bottom.
Overall it was a pretty good day! Lots of people came through despite the chilly weather, and I am pleased to say I doubled my sales total from last year’s event. So, yay. It was also my first opportunity to use my Kudos credit card swiper with actual customers. Pleased with how that worked out, once I discovered that it doesn’t like to function when my Twitter app is open! But close the Twitter app, and it’s fine. Weird and somewhat unfortunate conflict (since I like lookin’ at Twitter during shows, it keeps me occupied when there are no customers nearby) but it’s a small thing. Maybe once I get a new phone later on the two things will play nicely together.
Next event is the Total Recall show on Pelee Island in June. Lots to do to get ready for that!
Just a quick note to say that Bloomin Earth 2012 is TOMORROW! That’s Saturday April 21st from 9am – 5pm at Kitchener City Hall. Hope to see you there!
It’s the beginning of April, and that means preparation for Bloomin’ Earth is in full swing!
Bottle glasses! Candle chimneys! And a bunch of bottles still waiting to be cut or put into the kiln. Not shown: the stack of slumped wine bottle cheese trays that still need masking and sandblasting, and the huge pile of slumped bottle rings waiting to be made into…something. Wind chimes, probably! Oh, and the recycled bottle glass pendants.
I had a sale in my Etsy shop on Sunday, which was lovely, but resulted in my having no Dopamine molecule pieces left, so I added a couple of new ones to the queue. A red one and a purple one are now awaiting soldering, and hopefully I can get them listed by the end of this week. And I should really get cracking on a Resveratrol and a Capsaicin as well! And maybe a new Bacon suncatcher. I still have the original one I made, but rather than re-listing that one I will make a new one, because I’ve refined the design since creating the original Bacon piece. The new ones are much nicer!
While cutting the glass for the Dopamine pieces yesterday I realized that I have been subconsciously putting off starting a cool new project because I’ve been worried about being able to cut the glass properly. My glass cutter is dull and I desperately need to buy a replacement head for it. I will get on that soon and then I can start the neato project. I’m looking forward to it because I was inspired by an article in Glass Art magazine, so I’m planning to try some new techniques with the copper foil, and possibly incorporate some glass paint as well.
I also need to think ahead a bit, to start preparing for the trip to Pelee Island in June for the Total Recall event. I hope the weather cooperates for that one, because not only is it an outdoor event, I am hoping to be able to make some time to sneak into the top-secret forest location where I found the window frame I used in the Pelee Window, and salvage some more vintage buried glass bottles to use for Pelee-themed recycled bottle art.
And that’s just what’s going on in the studio!
Got a couple of great events coming up this Spring that I am pretty excited about!
The first is the Sixth Annual Bloomin’ Earth Festival on Saturday April 21st at Kitchener City Hall in beautiful downtown Kitchener. I will have some of my stained glass pieces there, but for this event I love to bring my recycled bottle products: glassware made from cut bottles (use them as drinking glasses, candle holders, vases, etc!) and new this year, from the depths of my kiln, slumped bottle trays, recycled bottle glass pendants, and other neat things like wind chimes!
The next event is the Total Recall Retreat happening June 9-10 on Pelee Island. This is a wonderful womens’ retreat taking place in one of my favourite places on earth, and I am happy to be participating in the Vendor Market for a second year.
Hope to see you this Spring!