Today was my first craft fair of the 2010 season. “Spring Crafts on the Riverwalk” is sponsored by my ambulance corps so I get a special member discount for helping setting up the fair, etc. I’ve spent this past week getting all of the preparations completed.
Pull out all the carefully stowed craft fair boxes. Check. Inventory and add new creations. Check. Wash booth table cloths. Check. Make multiple trips up and down the elevator to pack up the car. Check. Sweat off a few pounds. Check. Wake up to the sight of gray clouds and rain. Check … wait … what?!
Not nearly as cheerful without the sun.
Yes, rain. And my amazing friend JQ still came out in the early morning hours to help me set up the booth while being showered upon. “It’s ok. I have a canopy tent. Once it’s up things won’t get wet.” Yeaaaahh. Apparently “water proof” doesn’t REALLY mean it will stop rain drops from slipping through. So, now I’m wet. My crafts are wet. My chair is wet. And I’m starting to shiver. Hammertown came to the rescue with a special delivery of socks, boots, a sweater, hot tea and food. I will be purchasing a waterproofing spray for the canopy before the next fair, and applying at least 10 coats :)
Note to self: If you ever attend another “Rain or Shine” fair and it’s raining … wear your rubber boots, bring extra socks, and layer up the clothes. Most would find this filed under common sense, but, sadly, I did not.
Now, after all the complaining, it wasn’t all negative. I managed to get two small sales from the 5 people who actually showed up to walk the booths. I did get a chance to try out a new setup, test out the recently ordered hanging clips, and brighten up the tent with hanging colorful pennants. I was also able to finish up hand stitching the binding on Safari Musings. Plus, I also had the time to finally look through the cooking and craft magazines I had been putting to the side in favor of craft fair prep.
Later that evening, I made a mental note of lessons learned from a rainy fair while gently soaking in a hot tub.
On one of the many quilting blogs that I follow – Film in the Fridge – I saw the most gorgeous, modern splash of color in a string quilt aptly named Kaleidoscope. Lucky for me, there is also a fabulous tutorial that goes along with how Ashley uses paper piecing to create her string quilts.
Following the string quilt block tutorial, I cut 30 paper squares, 30 strips of Kona cotton white, and various width strips of 20 unique cotton fabrics.
I love the crinkle look of stippling
Glue. Sew. Sew. Sew. Rip. Tweeze. Repeat.
Next, I laid out my finished blocks in a 5×6 square. I wouldn’t be able to stand it if the bright colors (such as the orange) weren’t equally distributed around the quilt. And, I also tried to have all different fabrics at the 4 corner intersections. Once satisfied, I sewed the blocks into rows, and then the rows together into the final quilt top. I had just enough leftover strips to include a fun design for the quilt back. I followed in Kaleidoscope steps and did random stippling over the entire top.
I must say, I really do like the look and feel of this quilt very much. I make myself proud :) Now I just need to add a binding and finish this one up before the first craft fair!
I found an interesting recipe from a vegetarian cookbook in my collection – Moosewood Cookbook
by Mollie Katzen. Instead of a usual dough crust, Mollie uses shredded zucchini and cheese in her Zucchini-Crusted Pizza
recipe. This just had to be tried.
So here is my attempt, mushroom style. After making the crust, I added a few spoonfuls of pizza sauce, some extra shredded mozzarella, and of course, mushrooms.
During the cooking process, my interest in the crust dipped, but after one bite I was back on track. To my relief, it wasn’t as squishy as I had initially thought. The combo of zucchini, cheese and spice really did add a lot of fresh flavor to the pizza, without tasting like grass. I’ll be making this again … soon!
Lucky for us, Amy is organizing a 3rd round of potholder swapping
! April is sign-ups and secret partner assignments (so I won’t know who is sewing for me) .. and then sewing begins May 1st.
Same rules, same flicker group.
There is also a rumor about a fancy pincushion swap in June … oooooooo!