Alert thy browser! A lot of crafty stuff happened this week, and I didn't have the energy to weed through all the pics. So I'm going to drag you through all of it, unless you want to back out now and if you do I will understand.
It all started with thumb books: I have lots of paper scraps left over from trimming my package labels and got the urge to make tiny tiny teeny tiny books out of them -- barely an inch high and wide. Just big enough to hold one staple. I was obsessed and made a bunch. That was Saturday.
By Sunday I had the thumb books out of my system & took my 10 year old to the train station. We stopped at the farmers market (it finally opened!) and said hello to the squash,
then made a beeline for Brooklyn
and the Renegade Craft Fair!
It was hotter than the devil's breath,
but with a view like this
and chairs like these
nothing was going to stop our crafty crusade.
We painted flowerpots,
chalked up t-shirts,
watched silkscreeners in action,
and spent so much time in the vintage section that we got sunburned.
I nearly died over the vintage type!
Then we wandered through the sidewalk markets of Williamsburg on the way back to the train
sang the song,
and returned to our little village in Jersey where I shippety-doo-dahed on Monday,
frantically packed teacher goodie boxes on Tuesday,
and delivered the goods in time for the last day of school on Wednesday.
I came home; breathed; packed up my inks, stamps, papers, stamps & goodie bags (NOTE TO GLUE IT TUESDAY FOLKS: I FORGOT MY GLUE AND SCISSORS); and hopped the train back into Manhattan on Wednesday night;
Greeted this NYPD flowerpot along the way;
and taught my Inky Antics class to a group of fabulous, funny, and talented crafters at The Ink Pad in Greenwich Village. This has to be the coolest paper crafting store I've ever set foot in. Even standing in the middle of the store, it is still impossible to understand how they pack so much merchandise in a 300 square foot store -- and they do, beautifully! I was so grateful to have the opportunity to teach there -- and I'll be back in August!
On Thursday I worked on a new poster for my studio (the color is coming)
passed this little house on the way home from the pool (I don't mind saying that I want it);
and today I gouached it for Paint Party Friday and the last two weeks of Summer of Color (the combos were hot pink/orange and lime green/purple.) the words will fill the pages later, as I'm running low on words today;
and so we're at the finish line! If you've made it to the end of this post, congrats -- and thank you! You're probably ready to sail away on a magic carpet,
hop a citibike & ride away,
or have a beer. (I'm going to!)
(linking to Paint Party Friday and Summer of Color).