Here's a sample of some of the great products still available! Friday, the 24th, and Saturday, the 25th, the final 2 days, will be 60% off all merchandise except my handmade items. Please try to stop in from 10 to 6 each day and grab some of these great items before they're gone forever.
no.1-Stock up on MikWright cards, you know they're not available at CVS!
no.2-Lots of Indian Educational Posters, take 60% off the regular price of only $5! Mrs. Grossman's stickers.
no.3-Ever popular mini chairs and great beverage napkins.
no.4-Flocked banks, get great Christmas gifts in July!
no.5-Baking kit in super cute tins, only a few left!
I took 3 days off from my full-time job as a massage therapist to go camping with Adam at High Point,
in the Skylands of NJ. We love camping and I was really looking forward
to getting away even though I have 2 different craft shows this weekend
and I need to pack my apartment to move in 2 weeks, oh, and I'm closing
my store at the end of this month. Getting away seemed like a
reaaallllly good idea. Escape it all for a few days...get my nature on.
Well, we got a little too much nature. In the form of an unbelievable
thunderstorm that ended up passing through Yonkers, NY as "nearly a
There had been a brief thunderstorm shortly after
we arrived at our campsite. We took cover in the Jeep and when it ended
we decided to take a drive up to the Veterans Monument before dealing
with the soggy tent we had put up right before the rain. We watched the
storm traveling east and basked in the warm breeze and sunshine at the
base of the monument for more than an hour. That's where most of these
pictures were taken. We returned and hung out the tent fly and sheets
After we ate dinner we took a nice walk around
Sawmill Lake. We were sitting in the campsite deciding our next move
when the lightning began. It was cool to watch lightning bugs and
lightning at the same time but counting the time between lightning and
thunder was ominous. We listened as the storm seemed to move farther
away and closer at the same time. It was a big storm. Just as the rain
began I ran to the tent to grab the pillows and made it to the Jeep
just as the skies opened. The storm was intense, and just when you
thought it couldn't rain any harder, it did. We wondered about our
neighbors across the road. Their lively camp had quickly darkened and
only headlamp movement appeared occasionally during the storm. We both
took out our cameras and shot pics of each other taking cover in the
Jeep. The storm finally ended and eventually we fell asleep.
morning we decided that despite the early morning sunshine, the
forecast was too sketchy and the tent was too flooded to be comfortable
enough for another night in the Jeep and we headed home. Though I
regretted it the minute I stepped into my apartment, I'm now happy we
came back. I worked on new products for the shows this weekend, made a
few sales at the store, and pulled my display together for the show
Saturday which offers very little space to exhibit. I guess just 24
hours away was enough to inspire me to carry on!
This week I've been working on using some of the denim jeans I have stockpiled. I experimented making lunch bags with them and finally have one I love. It has a tea towel for the lining and I added handles, something people have been asking for!
Promotion is in full swing for our Summer Edition of Handmade @ Om Baby in Point Pleasant on July 11th! Barbara from Capital City Crafts has started a great blog series featuring participating artisans and I'm in the first post! Check it out here, thanks Barbara!
So apparently it's just tradition- it
rains for EcoFair. Even changing the date from May to June won't help,
it's going to rain! It did stop for a few hours, though, and started
again promptly before tear down. No bother, people appeared from
everywhere during the break in rain and were enthusiastic and friendly.
new edition of repurposed books with brown bag covers sold well and
that was encouraging. I also did a last minute batch of fused plastic
lunch bags because they always sell well and I was glad I did. People
are fascinated that I make everything and always want to know how I
fuse the plastic!
The show has great potential, if only the
weather would cooperate! It's not just crafts, the local hawk watch and
botanical groups were represented. "Eddie the Egret" even made an
appearance in the pond! Live music by local adult and teenage bands
topped of the day! Hopefully next year I won't need my plastic bag
When I reopened my store in Upper Montclair I acknowledged that it would be like starting over from scratch and decided that I would give it 2 years before I hoped to see profits and success. Unfortunately I've never had profitable business in this location and I feel this shop is far from successful. While I love it and enjoy my time here, my old customers have not fully embraced the changes I've made and finding new customers to replace them has proven challenging. I am unwilling to take any more risks in this space and although I feel the space has potential for classes and workshops I need to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the option to renew my lease coming up in July. I have so much on my plate now, I've had to go to work full-time as a massage therapist because the store doesn't support me. I hope to expand my crafts business by looking for more wholesale customers, and continue to do craft shows, farmers markets, and run my internet shops. Having the store is just the weak link in the chain right now.
So, starting Monday, June 1st, I will have a closing sale with all merchandise 40% off to start, not including my handmade items as I will still be making and selling those items at shows and online. I will close at the end of July. Fixtures will also be available for sale, including the slatwall, shelving, and hooks.
I am not sad to be closing (again), I only regret that I was unable to find the right formula to make it through these awful economic times and emerge on the other side as I hope others will be able to do.
I've wanted to make a perpetual calendar for a long time. Originally I thought it would be embroidered, I remember my grandmother's embroidered perpetual calendar featuring different types of flowers. Then I thought about making a printed one using old cd jewel cases. Those ideas never went anywhere. Then the other day I mentioned worrying that I might forget where I'm supposed to be on a certain day. Adam casually replied that we should make a color coded calendar so I would know where to be, and it could be magnetic, and stuck to a cookie sheet. Who thinks like that? Well, the light bulb went on over my head! I could make collage magnets like I've done in the past but add a number, day, or month to each one and display it on a cookie sheet. And why not make it a baking theme to go along with the cookie sheet. That was the process that led to my new product, the Collage Magnet Perpetual Calendar. Luckily I had enough magnets leftover from the original collage magnet run to make 2 different calendars. Along with the baking theme I made a vintage sewing pattern themed calendar as well. Someone recently gave me a banana box filled with sewing patterns from the 50's and I hadn't done anything with them yet so this was the perfect opportunity to go through them. That one will be displayed on an ironing board for the product shots. They would be excellent displayed on a refrigerator, of course. The baking theme calendar is listed on Etsy and I'll shoot the sewing pattern calendar this week and list it on 1000Markets. Pics of that one in progress can be seen here.
I was lucky enough to be accepted to participate in the 31st Annual
Glen Ridge Arts Festival yesterday. I was in it last year and had a
very successful show, so I was looking forward to doing it again. It's
always held on the Saturday before Mother's Day and has an excellent
turnout since it's a very popular event in the community.
to the fact that I waited until the last minute to mail in my
application, I only found out Friday morning that I was participating.
Last week I started working full-time as a massage therapist so I was
counting on my auto-pilot to turn on and sustain me through the
routine. It did, and with the help of my 11 year old daughter as my
assistant, and a large dose of serendipity, we had a very successful
show. Friday night, after an 8 hour shift at my massage therapy job, I
loaded my car so we would be ready to go the next day. Saturday morning
we made the short drive halfway across town to the event and, with an
eye on the sky, set up our space, met our neighbors, and prepared for
the day. I sold out of sock monkeys, almost all of my fused plastic
lunch bags, and sold a little bit of everything else. It never did rain
and I was very pleased overall with the whole day.
One of the
best things about doing local craft events is that I'm able to promote
my brick and mortar shop. I can tell people who don't know about my
new(ish) location and the fact that all my handmade items are available
there as well. I've had my shop for 10 years but only introduced my
handmade goods there in the last 2 years. People know me for rubber
chickens, but it's fun to inform them that they can also find the
coolest sock monkeys around at Copabananas. And the fact that they're
Montclair Made has great appeal!
I took out the canopy for the first time this year because I'm heading down to Ridgewood Avenue for the Glen Ridge Art Festival today. It's always the Saturday before Mother's Day and I participated last year as well. This picture is from last year. I'm interested to see how last year compares to today. Hope to see you there!
The shop is looking spiffy since we had some visitors on Tuesday from the NJ Tourism website. I was contacted by them to do an interview in the store for a video about shopping in NJ for the new NJ Tourism website set to launch at the end of May. The video will cover outlets, malls, and boutique shopping and will be about 3 minutes long. The interview was really fun and I'm excited to see the finished product!