Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas In Medina 2014

Thanksgiving weekend is always a bit of whirlwind for us due to having a booth at the "Christmas In Medina" celebration that's always on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Either we're driving back from visiting my husband's family in Cleveland, or switching gears from hosting Thanksgiving at my house. But it's a nice local show for me, so it's worth it!

My usual spot outside the old Bent's Opera House...on the corner of Main Street and West Center Street in Medina.

Braving the cold, as usual! I always figure more people are more apt to shop when I'm outside because I have more visibility being out on the sidewalk (instead of in one of the indoor spaces inside one of the empty shops). Plus, there's no booth fee if you opt for an outdoor space! Again...worth it! I just make sure to bundle up and have some hand/toe warmers on hand.

My mom being silly while trying to stay warm...

Snuggly monsters waiting for a home!

Raccoon Nubbins.

Trying to encourage people to support small business (and handmade) on "Small Business Saturday".

Having fun with sidewalk chalk and the "Shop Small" & "Shop Handmade" slogans...

The view of our cars and my booth from the 3rd floor of the Opera House.  We're acquainted with the mayor, and some mutual friends of ours were in town, so he was showing them the inside of the building. I had to man my booth so I didn't get to see it (mom hadn't gotten there yet), but my husband got to get a mini tour of the third floor of the building, which is where the Opera House stage was. He made sure to take some pictures for me...

There are people trying to revive and restore the building back to its former glory.
"In 2010, Bank of America, the building's last commercial owner, donated the Bent's Hall property to the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. (ORG), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing arts and cultural programs to the greater Medina community. Leaders of ORG hope to restore the Opera House to its former glory as a functioning performance venue." (excerpt from Wikipedia)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rochester Mini Maker Faire 2014!

CJ and I attended the Rochester Mini Maker Faire today! I had a few RNEST & artist friends who had booths there. (Jackbear Stamps, Manic Metals, and Retrobots) as well as some of my friends who work for Simplified Building Solutions. It was a blast! I'm considering having my own exhibition booth if they have it again next year!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fashion Friday: Rainbow Pullover Sweater To Cardigan

Introducing my new favorite sweater!

So, this sweater was originally in my sweater-monster-making stash, and was originally a pullover.

It has awesome colors, but the knit was too loose to make a monster with. When stretched and stuffed, the stuffing would poke through the holes.

So I tried it on, and it fit me nicely. It was quite cozy and I wore it around the house for about a week.  But it was a pullover sweater, and didn't look very flattering on me. So, I decided to make it into a cardigan.

Super easy.  Just snipped it down the middle in the front, pinned the raw edges under, and zig-zag overlock  stitched them to keep it from unraveling!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Couch Monsters (November)

Gearing up for Christmas In Medina.  Here are the sweater monsters I have so far...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mayday Underground (November 2014)

Mayday was awesome, as always! It continues to be my favorite show of the year! Here are some highlights...