Monday, April 29, 2013

Handmade Shopping Showcase

You're Invited:
Craft Show
Sunday, May 5
The Randleman House
245 Pennsylvania, Carlisle
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free Admission
Handmade items by area artists & crafters:
jewelry, original art, journals, accessories, & more. 
Presented by Papercake Creations & Groovy Planet Fair Trade.
This Sunday is "my" craft show.  I've been toying with the idea of putting on a small indie show for a while now.  And then I just thought, WHY NOT?  Heck, everybody else is doing why not me? 
My friend Staci of Groovy Planet Fair Trade is helping me with this and we have assembled an awesome group of  makers/vendors who will bring their beautiful handmade items to my hometown of Carlisle, Iowa this Sunday.  We are setting up shop at a truly unique and wonderful venue: The Randleman House, which is owned & operated by the Carlisle Area Historical Society, who has done the most amazing job of restoring this house.  The house itself is something to see.  The house with awesome handmade stuff for sale inside?  What more could you ask for?  I mean, really? 
We would love to see you there.  We like to show people the stuff we make.  We like to talk about what we do and how we do it.  We like it when people buy our stuff, of course.  It helps us buy groceries and more craft supplies and stuff.  That's what this shopping local thing is all about.  It helps everybody, really.   
So, come on out this Sunday.  We would love to see you!  It is also a great chance to find a neat Mother's Day or graduation gift, of course.  Something the recipient will actually like. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bright April

Holy moly, I think spring has finally arrived!! 

I just finished this journal up this morning.  I love the bright colors inside and the beautiful illustration on the cover.  It's a discarded vintage book I've never seen before, but serendipity put it in my hands in a timely manner. 

We've gone a week without snow.  That's a record!  I am getting excited for spring flowers, craft shows, and playing outside.  Finally. 

What are you looking forward to this spring? 

Here are a few more spring-ish journals I've finished lately and will share:
This is an upcycled 1966 book about Iowa and it makes an adorable journal or scrapbook (I think.).  The whole book is included, so you can learn a little bit of Iowa history while you're filling the blank pages. 

I'm thinking about planting some flowers and also about garden journals; they're one of my favorite type of books to make.  Old agriculture textbooks make great garden journals too, as well as old garden books.  Here are a few:

The paper you see on the inside cover here is oil paper, and it is awesome.  I think it looks like a cross between a Monet painting and tye-die.  Love it.  Will definitely be getting some more. 

Big things are in the works here in Papercake world: May is going to be a fun and super-busy month.  I can't wait.  When I know all the details, I will share.  Lots to look forward to! 

Happy April and happy SPRING!