The Democratic National Convention is just around the corner - get your swag on today! You can now find your favorite Charlotte DNC buttons and magnets at the NMIC Etsy Shop!
Just a few random odds and ends I picked up over the last few weeks.
Although I'm a hardcore Jadite fan, this blue Delphite creamer won my heart.
And check out these mugs! The orange one is a Niagara Falls souvenir, and the other is so perfectly patriotic. Needless to say, I've started a new collection of milk glass mugs.
Not sure what I'll do with this heavy ass cast iron knocker, but it's a beaut.
Oh, and the belt was only a dollar - holla!
Crafty Feast was fit for a king, or in my case, a Queen City girl. And despite the 15 min of torrential downpour (that created a river big enough for a cat to kayak)... and 20 mph wind gusts (which threatened to turn my tent into a tumbleweed)... The Columbians represented in full force. I have to admit I was impressed.
Not only did shoppers come from far and wide, they also chased after runaway magnets, sacrificed their bodies to secure the corners of my tent, bought my wet merchandise and endured it all with a smile. I can’t think of a better place to weather a storm than at Crafty Feast in Columbia, SC.
A few highlights of the day were: when the sun came out, seeing my boy KJ of H1GHER LEARNING, watching the customers’ reactions to the new buttons, witnessing a shopper freak out about the “Cocks and Shagging” button and telling me about how her relatives in England were going to DIE over it, meeting a girl who had bought a tote bag online and wore it to the event, all the people who told me they came just to see my booth (say wha!?), laughing with a girl who bought 14 things and offered to help me make biz cards, talking to Nick of The Half and Half, the volunteer who relieved me of my post so I could make a bathroom run, the guy with an "I like turtles" tshirt, getting a bag snicker doodles from Jessica’s Jacket’s mom and going for a much deserved post-Crafty Feast drink with some fellow Crown Town Handmade ladies.
All in all, it was a whirlwind of a day. I can’t wait for round two in December! And, in case you’re wondering, the best sellers were: Cocks and Shagging, I’ll buy anything with a Palmetto Tree on it, Cola, The Palmetto State, People Against Monograms, Hotter than the Devil’s Asshole and Rosewood: Yuppies in the Ghetto. If you missed it, don’t fret... they’ll all be listed for sale on the site later this week!
Snowballs in April? Yes please... but only if they're Chinese Snowballs (don't worry, these are made right here in Charlotte ;) ). Why the current obsession with flowers? Since I grew up in Southern California, amid a landscape of cacti and palm trees, witnessing spring in the South feels like a botanical-forest-jungle-of-lushness. It took me years to understand that you don't need automatic sprinklers and a high-tech irrigation system to make grass grow in this climate.
So when I came across these huge hydrangea-like blooms, I stopped dead in my tracks. I pulled off the side of the road, got out the car and cried (not really... ok maybe a little... on the inside). Here, before me, stood a tree of flowering softballs (softballs that I wanted to sniff and pet). I found perfection on a stick. I took a bizillion photos, but these are a few of my favorites.
When the folks at Pecha Kucha Night Charlotte asked me to design the poster for their April 28th event, I was like, “Who? Me?” I was downright flattered.
Actually, it was about this time last year when I presented my own Pecha Kucha presentation (you can see it here). It was right when NMIC was getting started and gaining momentum. I felt so inspired and wanted to share my journey. The night was a blur and such a rush of adrenaline. But I can’t imagine a better place to give a presentation.
The atmosphere at PK events is so welcoming, and the audience is filled with tons creative minds from all disciplines and walks of life. It’s like a giant show-and-tell for grown-ups. Plus each presentation only lasts 6 mins 40 secs, so if you bomb, it’s a quick death. I highly recommend doing it or at least attending!
AND the upcoming April event is especially meaningful. Pecha Kucha originated in Japan, and in light of the recent tragedy there, PK Charlotte is donating all the proceeds from this event to the disaster relief efforts. So not only can you come support creativity in Charlotte, but a great cause as well.