Earlier this year I took this challenge: Pay it Forward in 2011: I will send something handmade to the first 5 people to respond. They must in turn post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who respond to them. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011. I waited until the holiday season as I thought it would be fun to send them out as Christmas gifts. For my handmade items I made little collages out of wood and paper. They are similar to the larger, original collage I made for the Paper or Plastic show. Each one is unique, and framed, 6" x 4".
Unlike last year, Three Bears will not have a table at Crafty Mart this year. We didn't have enough time to prepare for it. However, my friends at Bark & Hiss offered to sell anything that I might be able to conjure up between now and then. So I will again be selling the little needle-felt owls that I made for last year. So, if you're in the area, you might stop by and check them out. Also, check out the photos I just found of our table last year, from Amanda Johnson. Lastly, credit for the postcard design by my friend Andy Taray.
I just dropped by Akron's Annual Art in the Square, and found Kim (and her adorable dog), who is selling the new shirts that Cheryl and I created for the event. Cheryl did the illustration, and I handled the text/layout. Adam at Revival did the printing. Also, several of my friends are vendors, so I snapped a photo of some cards I recently made for Traci, which are alongside the cards I made for Brian.
As part of Crafty Mart two weeks ago, I debuted a new handmade item for sale. These little guys ended up selling so well, that I have made a handful more, and will be selling them in a few venues. Revival will be carrying these, for those in the Akron area. Additionally, we will now have them for sale in Our New Online Store. Go check 'em out HERE!
Three Bears is pleased to announce that we will be one of the vendors at Akron's new, annual, Crafty Mart. "The first ever and first annual Crafty Mart will have Handcrafted Accoutrement and Attainable Art made by local, independent artisans. People you know and love, things you need and gifts you want. There will be some food, some drink, some music provided by DJ Moose Malloy and a fabulous venue provided by Musica!" The event is on November 14th, so if you're in the area, be sure and mark your calendars.
Today i finally got around to trimming down and folding thef Giants' "They, The Undeserving Record Sleeves." They are all ready to ship out to the label and to the band. There they will hand-insert the records and everything into Plastic Sleeves. Check the Mylene Sheath in the near future to pick up this limited run.
I didn't have my computer for almost a week. Needless to say I was pretty incognito from this blog for that reason. I even lost quite a few files that I can't replace. But now that I have it back, up and running again, upgraded to CS4, and tackling everything I had to postpone. While my computer was out, I was pretty happy about staying away from the glowing box. I did some reading, picture taking, and check this out: crafting. I needle-felted a slue of rain drops, and sewed a cloud shape pillow. Now this is dangling pretty in our window. Ashley and I also had a photoshoot with it.
Yesterday Cory came up to visit, and we had a craft day. Brandi returned my saddle, which she re-upholstered with Wood-Grain print Vinyl. To compliment this piece of awesomeness, I sewed a tiny little pouch to go under the saddle. It is just big enough to hold my wallet and my phone, for when I don't feel like taking my messenger bag with me. Additionally, I altered the seams on the below 8 shirts, so they all fit better. Katie and I agreed to not buy clothes for an entire year. So instead of being tempted to buy new ones, we would be motivated to fix the ones we already have. Lastly, I stitched on a 10 year old Pedro the Lion patch onto a new laptop sleeve that I snagged from Chrome's backdoor sale for my 17"; $40 marked down to $9 (what a steal!)
Tonight I wrapped up this little craft project that I started last night. Our kitten managed to walk across the screen of my GPS and scratched the face of it. So it was time to make a little pouch to keep it safe; I sewed this. That's my entry into the Internet Art World for the day. I promise I am wrapping up lots of different design jobs, and soon will have some new radness to debut for you. The Three Bears Blog should be having an increase in posts soon as well. Keep your eyes open.
Today Cory and I went thrifting, which is actually sadly something I have not done in a long time. And we managed to score some great finds. I found a hand-towel with four huge dog heads printed on it. I'm sure I'd have a use for a hand-towel somewhere in my apartment, but we decided to use them for something else. We each sewed a dog head on our Bike Messenger Bags. Mine is on top, and Cory yielding his, on bottom.
Also, they had a strange amount of "Moustache Mugs." These are mugs that have a small lip on the inside, to protect a mustache wearer (like me) from getting their drink in their 'stache. This is the one I picked up.