With my son out of preschool for the summer I have decided to take a break from blogging. Two little ones 5 and under and a hot summer with endless adventures good and bad is proving to be job enough without doing too much extra! Thank you all for following my blog about all thing handmade. I hope to see you again in Sept!
Hey there all you wonderful people out in blogland! I've missed you. Last night we had our first backyard bonfire of the season. It was wonderfully warm during the day, I went to the park with the kids twice and then had a great time with friends and wild children over in the evening. We ate fantastically unhealthy food and way too many smore's. It was so good to enjoy the outdoors with our friends. I can't get enough of the dirty children running around staying up too late laughing hysterically with each other.
But several weeks ago, one of my very close friends suffered a terrible tragedy. She lost a much wanted little baby girl and we nearly lost her in the process. She need about 3 people's worth of blood to get her through and ended up with a hysterectomy at the end of it all. It was seriously scary. While she has physically recovered with an amazing quickness, all of our hearts are still heavy with loss.
It's easy to see how words have escaped me during this time. I hope to have more interesting tidbits and fantastic featured artists in the near future! I certainly have enough of them running around in my head just waiting to be shared.
So please give your loved ones, be they friends or family, a big squeeze and remember to appreciate them. And if it works for you, send my friend some love in your own special way. Thanks everyone.
Don't you just love that name? I'm so excited to now offer free advertising here on my blog! Even as the bids go up, they stay relatively low. It's a great service for all involved. I only know of them through the handmade movement although I'm sure others use the service. If you are a blogger, project wonderful is a great way to support artists world wide. As a reader it's a great way to see all the great work that's out there being offered. As an artist and indie business owner, I love how easy and friendly the service is. And I love that I can get my name out there one person at a time for pennies a day. They work with paypal which makes it all seriously easy. So be sure to check out the lovely things being advertised on the side of my blog!!
I'm so excited! My Paint It BlackCozy Cowl was featured on the front page of Artfire as the item of the hour. What a fun feature they have there. It is a great feeling to get an email letting you know your item is going to be featured on the front page. Thanks for the warm fuzzies Artfire! And if you need a warm fuzzy, take home on of these cowls. : )
A local paper, The St. Croix Valley Press, sought me out to do an interview. It was so fun and exciting to be contacted. They did a search online for artists and creative types in this general area. This area being Eastern Minnesota / Western Wisconsin. The gorgeous St. Croix river is the dividing line between the two. I am so honored to be featured in the local paper and was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by someone who read the article the day it ran. She is a costume and ball gown designer and needed to make a lace edging on an amazing gown she was working but had not had much luck trying to figure it out on her own. She was so relieved to find me in the paper and we got together that weekend for a bit of a lesson and a plan to make her dress come to life. What a wonderful opportunity! I hope to get to see more of her work again soon.
Please take a peek at the interview here. There were pictures included in the article that was printed, but they're not on the website. I didn't know what day the article ran, until the woman contacted me about a crochet lesson! So, I don't have a copy for a keepsake which is a bummer, but I suppose I'll be alright. Thanks for checking out my interview and getting to know a little more about me and Blue Star Butterflies.
Artfire, the up and coming handmade venue has an awesome new feature! Now you can purchase items right from some one's blog! I've set up my new Rapid Cart here on my blog so when the mood strikes you can easily purchase a Blue Star Butterflies item! I haven't been super active on Artfire as of yet, but the more time goes by the more I really like them as a whole. Good people and good things going on over there. If you are a fellow artisan and you haven't looked into selling over there it may be worth your while. Hope everyone has some sunshine this weekend!!
It's coming, it's coming! The birds are out and I adore listening to them. I've been able to shoo the kids outside and bring my knitting with while I watch them play. I've been eagerly searching for buds on trees and they're still a bit hard to find. But they will come and I'll be so happy when things start greening up a bit around here.
The warmer weather brings slower business in my neck of the woods. And that's alright with me. I think I'm really enjoying taking the slow road (not sure that I had the choice to take the fast road, but hey) in growing my business. It's been fun to think of things to implement next fall or next year etc. I found a fantastic cotton blend yarn that I'd love to work with more to offer some spring and summer friendly items at Blue Star Butterflies. Here's a sneak peek!
I've also thoroughly enjoyed finally learning to knit this year and dreaming of all the future holds with the added possibilities it brings. I'm doing a LOT of personal projects as I hone my craft before putting it out there for all of you. So here are the latest two... Of course I think the kids are particularly cute as well as the handcrafted pixie (or alien for my boy) hats!