Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Merry Market Success!

Wow. What a fun weekend it was! Merry Market went extremely well and I consider my first show a complete success! Enjoy the pictures and as always, if you ever want to order something, just send us an email at sweet.march@hotmail.com or check out the etsy shop.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Merry Market is November 5th, 6th and 7th!

Whew…I have been busy, busy, busy. Back in July, I was contacted to be a vendor at the Fredericksburg Area Service League’s annual boutique craft show. I was so excited and decided to jump in, feet first, to my very first craft show. Now, two weeks out, I am diligently working on all kinds of fun projects to present at the fair!
First, a little about the fair….on the Market’s facebook page (just search for Merry Market and look for the little green gift), they have been previewing the vendors. I tell you there will be some amazing artists involved in this event. Screenprinters, potters, fine artists…you name it, I promise there will not be a better Christmas shopping experience and I’m just pleased as pie to be involved.

Of course, Sweet March will have the dolls….40 of them! I wanted to make each one different and special so there is an array of characters unlike any I’ve done before. There are Superheroes, Sugar Plum Fairies, Mermaids, Flappers, 50’s girls, Pearl Girls and for the first time, Cheerleaders. Fingers crossed shoppers love them as much as I loved working on them. Please pardon the crude pictures...I've been so busy creating that I haven't had time to take proper photos!

So I figured one cannot have a booth on dolls alone so Sweet March branched out. I’m really excited about the little ornaments/gift tags I’ve made. While they’re just something extra, the sweet shape and fun colors make these such a great addition to any perfectly wrapped package. They aren’t quite done yet, but I’m getting there.

Next, I’m completely thrilled about my fun cocktail rings! These cute little accessories are meant for a holiday party or night out and I have soooo many colors to choose from. This was one of those projects I came up with while watching Project Runway. Peach was wearing this great ring with a giant turquoise stone and I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to create something similar, only out of fabric? It was....thanks to findings from Beadazzled in Tyson's Corner, they are fabulous (and a perfect stocking stuffer).

In addition to these projects, I’m also going to have flower brooches that will dress up any cardigan, tote or napkin ring. Also, toss pillows perfect for a brightly colored kid’s room, wristlets and some yummy warm scarflettes. I will share pictures of those soon but come out to the market and see all the Sweet March goodness for yourself!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A rip in our bedspread leads to this....

Sigh....our quilt ripped and can no longer be laundered. For some reason whatever is inside has been systematically spewing out into our dryer and under the heat, melding into little chunks of plastic. I hereby deemed the quilt unsafe.

But never fear! This is the perfect opportunity to use our $25 gift card from referring a friend to register at Bed, Bath and Beyond (they really are wonderful there!) to get a much lusted after down comforter. Cozy, cozy, cozy. And then we'll need a duvet cover. And then we'll need to finally get our act together on some sort of headboard. And maybe I'll finally take our mismatched beside tables and paint them a fun shade of blue like I've been meaning to since we moved in together!!

With so many ideas, I find it best to make an idea board. Just save pictures online of things you have, things you want, put the background square up as the same paint color and voila....idea board. I did this for my wedding as well and it truly helps get your visions out and in line. I'm a visual person after all. Use Microsoft Publisher or Pages if you have a Mac...then select all the individual pieces, group and save as a JPEG. Easy as that!

I'll post more pictures as these dreams come to life but for now, you'll have to deal with just the ideas....

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Home Sweet Home: The Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center

I grew up in the mountains of WestERN Virginia (the “ern” is very important) in a small town called Clifton Forge. I think I spent my entire young adult life dreaming of ways to leave, find new exciting places and not be labeled as a kid from the country. As an actual adult now, I have started to deeply appreciate all the amazing things that little community gave me. While small in size, it is anything but small in heart.

One place I spent a great deal of time was the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center located in downtown Clifton Forge. It’s a beautifully run and kept building filled with paintings, exhibits and art of all shapes, mediums and sizes. My mother always had a “hands behind your back” policy, and would often take us down to see the new pieces and lovely made crafts in the Center Shop. I still walk around galleries that way to this day.

In the summers, I was able to take classes from making paper mache bowls to creating 3D sculpture boxes. I remember my sculpture box class the best because I was a bit older and while the instructor patiently tried to go through specific steps for measuring and folding, in usual Meghan fashion I “knew what I was doing” and totally botched the whole project. Instead of being upset with me, the sweet lady said “You know, I’m like that too. Trial and error is more my thing.”

Recently, I was encouraged and have decided to submit the Sweet March dolls to the Center Shop to be juried. This will be my first jurying of any kind and I’m super excited. Of course I’m excited at the possibility of being accepted but I think I’m more looking forward to some impartial feedback. It’s always great to understand what can be improved, remastered, focused on. I sincerely look forward to the critique!

If you’re ever in the Alleghany Highlands area, this is a MUST STOP. Walk around, say hello to the volunteers and support this amazing establishment whose quality and dedication to the community is unparalleled. I know that the center and the people who worked there and supported it had a huge impact on my life even if I didn’t realize it at the time.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ribbon Wedding Flowers!

Anyone who knows me, knows I heart weddings.

My dear friend Claire just got married this past weekend in one of the most inspired, creative, beautiful and fabulous affairs I have had the privilege of attending. She made ALL of the bridesmaid dresses and they were flawless. I was thrilled to offer something and was lucky enough to make the flowers for the guys boutonnieres and also the bridal bouquet. That turned into creating small bridesmaid bouquets and the next thing you know, the entire
wedding party was outfitted with these fun, handcrafted ribbon accessories.

I'm completely thrilled with the way they turned out and most importantly, I think Claire was pretty happy with the whole bit. I couldn't have completed all of this by myself and am VERY thankful for the help of the other bridesmaids and my mom who all pitched in at the last minute to complete the task.

I'm thinking of opening another Etsy shop and doing these for real...I'll keep you updated!

The BEAUTIFUL Bride and her Groom....her bouquet and his boutonniere were my favorite out of the creations. The seersucker leaves all matched the bridesmaid dresses.

Bridesmaid bouquet....Claire picked the bright accent flowers and they are fantastic!

Boutonnieres for the men. Again, the leaves matched the perfectly sewn bridesmaid dresses.

Congratulations to Claire and Bob!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sew Social and Sew Homemade are Open!

In my last post I spoke about the upcoming feature in the Occoquan shop. I'm happy to say, it's up, it's running and I've had a sale!

The store is DARLING and filled with beautiful designer fabrics and goodies made by other local artisans. PLEASE stop by if you're in the area and just give it a glance. With the weather as beautiful as it is, Occoquan is the perfect little excursion.

Here are some pictures:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Retail Shop Feature and the Ragdoll Make-A-Thon

I've been ssssoooooo busy.

I was contacted by a delightful lady who is opening a shop in Occoquan and wanted to feature my dolls for the month on June. I am very excited and the sweatshop has been kicked into high gear. Below are some of the things I've been working on. Enjoy!

Two Pearl Girls

Another Pearl Girl
I just LOVE her little dress!


The Alice Group.

There are more in the process of being made and I can't wait to share pictures of the display....stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Latest and Greatest: Ribbon Key Fobs

It's always fun to try something new. My latest fascination is with these cute ribbon key fobs...supplies are available at JCarolineCreative. And don't forget Etsy for all your crafting needs...you can search listings for supplies!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Group Crafting

I just got back from a lovely girl's weekend to Hilton Head....hence the tee shirts I did for one of my first Yudu projects. I thought it might be fun to take along a crafty project to drink and bond over. And boy, did we ever bond.

So I put this idea out to one and all...if you're having a get together, do a fun group craft. I assure you everyone enjoyed this way more than I could have imagined. With a few foam crowns ($1 at the craft store) and a TON of leftover rhinestones from an Elvis costume I made for Chad we had a delightful time. Check out the pictures and feel free to steal the idea!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Choose Haiti

I'm reading about this and thinking, how cool. Spread the jobs and help a people:

Choose Haiti Project in Pictures

Blanket America, the company that has moved production to Haiti

Photo courtesy of TIME magazine. Follow the link above to see the entire collection.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Adventures in Screen Printing

I have always wanted to screen print...but the process seemed messy and the supplies seemed to take up a lot of space. Not to mention, the kits out there are pretty overwhelming for someone who has never done this before. And at the risk of not breaking my husband (he's VERY tolerant of my craftiness and I don't want to push it), I never insisted on starting. So when I read about the Yudu I jumped at the chance to own this all in one, self contained, "easy" screen printing unit. And Chad was sold as he has been wanting to create lot shirts for upcoming Phish shows.

When it arrived at my front door in the most gianormous box, it was like Christmas. I was so excited that I forwent my planned evening activity of watching "Coco Before Chanel" (Chad was out of town that night) and instead I hauled the massive box up the stairs and started to play (that's what she said).

My "test project" was a pair of Alice in Wonderland pillows which came out quite perfectly. All I need to do is stitch it up and stuff....Combining the screen printing capabilities with sewing projects will be nothing short of crafty heaven.

The biggest challenge was finding a place for it all to go. A place where I could spread out and not fret about messing up carpet, making a giant mess and in general, being me...didn't Weezer say something about the garage? So one Saturday we cleaned it out and voila....the makings of a totally kick ass screen printing studio.

The tees I attempted for my second project...epic fail. I think that the ink Yudu sent me was too thick and so the flooding of the screen didn't work out which is odd considering the black ink was no problem at all. I'm going to use Speedball Inks from now on and get the emulsion sheets from Dharma Trading as they are MUCH less expensive. And after a few attempts, I got it down.

On the whole, I am so thrilled with my new toy. I look forward to improving my technique and hopefully expanding my crafty goodness into a new Etsy shop: Sour March. But first, I have to make sure Chad gets a turn.