Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bazaar Bizarre this weekend!

Hi all! Hope your gearing up for Turkey is going well, we here at MIBFHQ have been busting our bottoms dealing with all the orders we got thanks to the LA Times article and trying to get ready for this weekend's Bazaar Bizarre. Look at all these boxes!
I feel so popular!
And this is the 2nd stack like this!

Okay, I have to go play catch-up now for BazBiz so I'd better get sewing! If you're in the Bay Area, I hope to see you there!

Hearts and puppies!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Felt Club was Felt-tastic!

Hey all! Just wanted to share the felt club fun with you all! I did a whole post about some of the other vendors I loved over at CraftStylish but didn't really get to talk much about my day. A day that almost wasn't!

I woke up Saturday to find out about the fires down in Southern California, one of which had closed, I-5, my way to the show. I spent that day frantically getting ready and checking the internet, thankfully things opened up around 10pm (but I did plan an alternative route that took me around the fires but that would have taken me twice as long to reach my destination, just in case!).

Then I started packing the car. . . Tom and I had spent days working on a new display that looked like a tabletop felt fireplace! I drew out the plan and measured my car before we started making it, but as I was loading the car I learned something. . . I'd measured the inside of my two door car but forgot to measure the door opening! The only way I could get it in was with both of the front seats folded down (very hard for driving). I tried and tried but couldn't get it to work. Freaking out, I called my dad for his truck but, no luck, he was out of town. Then it hit me! Bungie cords! I called my mom, she came to my rescue (a perk of now living close to home), and the display was bungied into place. Success!

I woke up early (just in case I had to take the alt route) but Sunday was the day that things were gonna go my way! I got to the show fine. . . met with Sarah. . . set up shop. . .
The New Holiday Display
And was ready to get selling!

The show went really great. I met a ton of lovely people and was lucky enough to be interviewed and photographed by the LA Times!
(Wish I didn't look so lumpy and tired but then again, I am a bit lumpy these days and I was very, very tired. I just wish I was photogenic. . . oh, well. . .)

I also had great sales, a big surprise with things the way they are. . . all in all, I had a very happy day!

Oh! I also got to meet DJ Lance Rock from Yo Gabba Gabba! I love this show so much more than a person without children should, but it just makes me so happy when I watch it. Everything is so possible in the show which is a comfort for me these days. . . anyway. . . Yea DJ Lance!
DJ Lance, a robot, and me!
And he bought the robot!

So yeah, overall, I'd say it was a very good day and a very good show!

Okay, better run, gotta get back to work for Bazaar Bizarre on the 30th!

Hearts and puppies!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Felt Club. . . This weekend

Frantically getting ready for my first holiday show but wanted to let you know that it's THIS SUNDAY! Yikes!

So, if you're in LA you should really stop by. What to expect? Lots of coolness from all around. . . from me? Well here's a hint. . .
Logs vs. Robots. . . Who will win?

It's like the Sharks and the Jets for the 21st century! But in a fight like this there are no losers, only winners. Adorable, cuddly winners.

Better run. . . I've got a "to do" list longer than my arm and only 2 days to do it all. Oh my!

Hearts and Puppies,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Contact info

Just realized that the website has my email as info [!a] but it should be erika [!a] .

The info address keeps getting super spammed so I don't check it as often as I should. The erika address will always reach me.

It will be fixed on the main site shortly.

Hearts and puppies!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

It's official. . . Gooco's toast. . .

Those in the Gocco know have known this since the summer but I'm a bit of a shut-in and somehow missed the oh so saddening news. Gocco's no more. . . For reals this time.


Back in '05 I started collecting bulbs and screens when I heard Riso might not make them anymore. I cleaned up when Dick Blick was clearing out their supplies. I thought that that was that, but then I started to hear rumblings that supplies were still being made. I didn't believe them at first, but my friend Sarah assured me that, as far as she knew, I was wrong, everything was being made again! Yippy!

Buoyed by the possibility of future Goccoing, I started using bulbs and screens with abandon. Heck! I used 8 bulbs yesterday! Turns out I had one bumb bulb in the box and it took 4 attempts, and 2 screens to figure out the problem (I'm slow sometimes). And then today, while researching for a Craft Stylish post, I found out the painful truth. Riso, makers of Gocco, let retailers know this past July that they would no longer be making any supplies and that the end of this year is the end of Gocco. SADNESS! Stockpiles of supplies and machines are still out there but the prices have gone sky high. I just spent $45 for 2 boxes of bulbs. Last time I bought bulbs they were $12/box. Now, there are other places that have them for $14 but they require you to buy screens at the same time since bulbs are the real shortage item. I have screens! I need bulbs!

Even is gone. Guess they finally gave up. . .

Sigh. . . love you Gocco, you will be missed.

Good-bye Print Gocco. . . your flash bulbs burned out long before your legend ever did.

Hearts and Puppies,