| May 9, 2012 | 10:42 am
I am so pleased to announce that I will be contributing some of my coffee bean bag purses and totes at the Portage Trail Barn Sale. My goal was to sew a bag a day for the past two weeks to prepare. That was insanity. There are so many moms who manage to juggle the work-at-home-mom gig. I don’t think that person is me.
I get distracted by my garden, my friends, my kids, my desire to learn how to build a drip irrigation system…. And another project that I am so excited to share, but I’m not quite ready yet.
Kid's Cape made by Portage Trail Barn
In any case. I have much less than 14 bags to offer at the sale, but the ones I do have are really great. You’ve seen the photos before. I’m also bringing some items which I made last year, some arm cuffs and headbands and stuff.
Mostly, I’m just glad to be a part of such a unique retail opportunity. My friend Mary Beth is such a creative and industrious person. She’s a real up-by-your-bootstraps kind of woman. And she has chickens, which is something I really want (anyone want an awesome house in west akron with fabulous neighors so I can move to a house with a yard big enough for chickens?).
There are many other vendors offering their wares at the sale, too. So you will need to check out the Portage Trail Barn blog to see her featured sellers to know what to look forward to. And even better, you can head over to the sale next weekend and feel all the hand crafted goodness with your own fingers. I am planning on restocking my supply of hand knit dish cloths. As well as finding some handmade gifts for my mom’s birthday!
- Spring Barn Sale- May 17-19
- Thursday 5p-8p
- Friday and Saturday 10a-3p
| June 8, 2011 | 2:13 pm
Akron/Cuyahoga Falls locals should put this date on their calendars. June 24th from 9am-4pm there will be a Barn Sale (as in buying things in a barn, not buying barns) at my good friend Mary Beth’s Portage Trail Barn.
Mary Beth is a crafter/repurposer extraordinare! There are items to fit anyone’s fancy, whether you are a cottage crafter or a hipster.
I’ve been eyeing her aprons and flowers. Those are right up my alley, and I’m in need of a new apron to match my new kitchen.
| April 21, 2011 | 5:49 pm
Or the Momme and Poppe Shoppe.
Saturday the 30th from 10 to 6 you can find me doing my thing at Crafty Mart. I’ll be selling things from my Templeton Line, again. And adding a couple of new items for the men folk, as the theme is shopping for Mother’s and Father’s days.
And I will be having a special guest at my booth! My twelve-year-old Sister-in-Law, Emily, is an art prodigy. She’s going to be selling her own original art in coloring book form. I am so excited to be involved in the beginning of what is going to be a very bright artistic future for Emily. Her designs for the book have not been released yet, but here is a quick teaser of her talents.
See you there!
| July 30, 2010 | 11:40 pm
Have you heard of it? Groupon* is a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to get coupons that are specific to your town. When you sign up you will receive a coupon deal emailed to you each morning, and if enough people buy into the coupon (usually around 20 people) then you get the deal.
For example, last week I bought into the Shabby Apple‘s coupon- buy $100 worth of merchandise for $40- and redeemed it on the website. That is a spectacular deal. I got this dress:
and this dress:
There are also more local offers, like the groupon that offered a family membership to the Akron Art Museum for $35 dollars. I bought that groupon, too. I have to be careful that I don’t spend more money than I should just because it’s a good deal!
* Disclosure, if you click the link provided and purchase a Groupon through my referral I get $10 in my Groupon account.
| December 18, 2009 | 10:19 am
|December 19, 2009|
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Tomorrow is the Last Minute Market, put together by Cleveland Handmade. Jenn from Landen Road Designs and I will be splitting a booth so come on up and see us if you’re in the Cleveland area. I will be selling items from my Templeton line of crafts, which are pictured here. I have headbands, fascinators, aprons and children’s dresses made from repurposed men’s shirts. All items are made from repurposed fabrics.
Jenn will be selling her buttons, wool, and zipper headbands. We make a good team, and we really like laughing, so you’ll have fun if you come see us.
If I weren’t selling at the Last Minute Market, I’d be coming to Colleen’s Fringe Earring Class! I tried to make fringe earrings for a Christmas Party outfit last year and they looked terrible. I might have to take the class the next time through.
| November 13, 2009 | 10:05 pm
I can’t wait to see you all at Crafty Mart tomorrow, at Musica downtown. There will be a good showing of the arts and crafts that Akron has to offer. I’m excited to be on that guest list, for sure!
Colleen and I will be doing some Make-n-Take crafts at our booth. We hope you’ll stop over and have some fun. We’ll have a variation of the tutorial for this week, matchbook journals, hair clips and beaded bracelets (similar to this one) for you to make along with us, and take home.
| November 2, 2009 | 9:38 am
If you’re looking to spend a weekend browsing off the beaten path handmade items and perhaps make some unique holiday purchases you should stop in Hudson this Saturday for Oddmall- Chrishanukwanzmadan “the emporium of the weird holiday edition.” I’ll be there, sharing a booth with Landen Road Designs, representing my etsy shop Templeton Goods in room #2 so find us if you’re up there. It is November 7th, from 11am to 6pm and there are a huge number of vendors represented.
But if you can’t make it up to Hudson, Clever Nesting will be at Crafty Mart, info over there in the sidebar ——> the following weekend in Akron at Musica. Heck, come to both and be certain that you’ve seen every wonderful handmade item available in Northeast Ohio.
| October 19, 2009 | 6:39 pm
Next month Colleen and I will have a booth at the first ever Crafty Mart. This quirky craft fair is going to be held at Musica, my favorite Akron music venue, on November 14th, from 11am-6pm. The facebook event page has a growing number of attendees, and there are some very cool crafters planning to sell there. Jenn from Landen Road Designs is also planning to sell her wares.It’s just in time for those of us who like to do Handmade Christmases to get some one-stop-shopping accomplished and help local artists thrive.
There are spaces available still for vendors, so if you’re a Maker head over to their website to download the application ASAP.
| May 29, 2009 | 11:53 pm
I have hemmed and hawed all week about whether I should buy new quilting weight fabric or not. I usually buy my fabric in the form of used clothing from the thrift store. But I have drooled and drooled over Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line. It just looks so crisp and lively! Perfect for throw pillows and sun dresses alike.
I finally caved and bought a half yard collection from Whipstich on Etsy, our sponsor from this week. They are running a 15% off sale that ends in 2 days, so if you want to jump ship like me, hurry up and visit!
See the third one down in the stack. That’s the print that just makes me giddy. MMMMMMM. If I love it in person as much as I do online I will be buying more of it. Possibly in the other color-ways as well. Yum!
| March 23, 2009 | 1:31 pm
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For our Akron area readers who get the Gold Clipper you’re probably like me and usually just scan through there and pitch in the recycle bin. But this month there is an awesome coupon in there for $5 off if you spend $10 at the Village Discount Thrift.
These stores are my favorite thrift shops. I am very likely to use this in the next week on Thursday when I have Olivia in Preschool and can shop with just Elise.