Taylor Lindgren. He was one of my favorite new artists this year. His mom did the framed print of Minnehaha Falls which I gave to my mom for Mother's Day. Jenna's gift was the little necklace from PickleBerries. They both were the lucky recipients of Zeichen Press cards.
LolaMade. We're saving the Tiny Hands lollipop necklace for her Candy Land-themed birthday party. Last of all I got some bath products to cleanse myself after the show ended but I haven't quite got around to using them yet.
Sugatrain Cocktails 3 18122010 - Version 2, originally uploaded by Dave Mulder
There's no after-party for the Craftstravaganza--when we close our doors, artists scatter to the four winds and us old folks just want to go home and rest--but if there was one, this would be the official party drink. Anyway, it's what I'm having tonight!
Want to enjoy a Craft'zapolitan with me? Here's how to make one:
- Pour vodka into a jar with some strawberries a few weeks ago and put it into the fridge.
- Forget about the jar.
- Find it and decide to make a cocktail!
- In a shaker with ice, add:
- 2 oz strawberry-infused vodka
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Enjoy your hand-made drink, ideally while soaking in a nice hot bath.
Springcon. Stop by and say hi! I will be running around like a madman all day, so super-friends can just call my cell if we don't see each other.
But seriously folks, I was encouraged when I read this, because it proves that my studying is paying off: I took one look at that triangle and recognized immediately that the answer was "5." It's a Pythagorean triple! BOOM. In your face, geometry!!
Keep in mind, I'm not a professional artist. I work with them, they're "my people," but I can't speak on their behalf. My professional background is in business and I'm addressing the issue as I see it from an entrepreneurial point of view.
I'm hoping that artists and people who buy crafts will share their opinions too! I closed comments on this post. If you have feedback, please leave it on the Manifesto page so we can have a continuing conversation.
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Next, I wanted to take Natalie to Rusty Quarters, but the posted hours said that they didn't open until noon on Saturday. So we went next door to Jackson's Coffee and Gelato for a healthy lunch of... coffee and gelato. Natalie got a kid's cone with black chocolate and I had the tiramisu flavor (we also shared a blueberry muffin). Then it was 12:15 but the arcade was still locked up! Sad face.
Luckily we were not disappointed by our visit to Big Brain Comics. We grabbed a bunch of free books and Natalie read them in the car. I could tell she was having fun downtown because she kept saying, "I love you daddy," but on the way home she was so enraptured by her new comics that she was totally quiet for the entire drive. Imagine how much more she'll enjoy books once she actually learns to read!
Fond o' fondant, originally uploaded by Heather Leah Kennedy
The ice cream flavor for April was Cadbury Creme Egg Vanilla. Nice and simple, this one. Just my standby French Vanilla base mixed with squished-up bits of mini eggs (I used the carton of one dozen).
The chocolate stays chunky but the fondant goop stirs in with the ice cream and complements the flavor nicely. It's quite sweet. No surprise there! Would make again as an Easter treat.