Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's January!

And I last updated here in July! So bad. But I've just not been feeling the blogging, it happens.
Today I plan to just share a few photos of what's been going on in Fried Okra land these past 6 months. A lot of the same, but in great numbers :)

 I had to start getting ready for Deluxe earlier than usual this year as it was a TWO day show, that kept me up nights trying to figure those numbers. Everything worked out great with a 1 1/2 of previous years shows numbers.

Hippos were a BIG hit! I hope to get a good number made soon to list on Etsy.

Froggy dolls with boots make me insanely happy :)

 Dwight D. Eisenhowler sold before we even got to the show.

 Full of Sweater Trout!

 My absolute favorite pouch this year, and it's still available in the shop!

 Lil Elephant tails are the sweetest.

 Two day show, new venue, same crap photos!

 Husband and I did get our caricatures drawn at the show, so awesome!

My pretty elephant was included in Oklahoma Today's marketplace section. She's in good company!

My sweet nephew turned one this month and I stitched him some Silverstein, as we do :) 

 And a custom order finished this week, I am just thrilled with it. Lots of good cat prints here :) 

Finally... 
A local shop I consign with requested another giant Sweater Trout for display, as the first one sold fairly quickly (what?!). He's a big fellow :)

It may take me another 6 months to stop back in here but you can always catch me over at the Etsy shop, the Facebook, and email me with questions or comments! 







Saturday, July 13, 2013

Trophy Trout!

I am SUPER excited about these lovely fishes!
Once again I have figured out how to combine all the details, all my sewing skills in one project (ie how to make them way complicated and time consuming).

It's a Sweater Trout...
There are hand stitched hexagons in fantastic little prints...
Awesome button eyes and embroidered mouth...
There was sanding and staining and drilling and hammering involved... 
I got to problem solve how to attach a stuffed fish to a wooden board (!!)...

I swear, the more complicated the project is the more I LOVE it. I just hope other people love it too :)

These five Trophy Trout are listed on Etsy:

 Guys. That is most definitely a Girl Scout uniform button for the eye.

 I use this pink and pink stripe wool sweater so sparingly. I want to make it last forever!

 Just that face! He's sweet :)

 Truly an individual, she's actually swimming the other way :) 

 All the colors!

I hope to bring some Trophy Trout to craft shows, if I can figure out how to display them of course. I feel a Pinterest board coming on :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sweater Bunnies!

I know, I know. I've been busy! 

These little lovlies are my new most favoritest things in the whole world...
Sweater Bunnies!
 
Waiting patiently for their tails.
 
 Beautiful bunny with velvet ears. Sweater was partially Angora :)

 Seriously. Nothing cuter than bunny butts.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Deluxe 2012!

Great day out at the OK State Fairgrounds last Saturday!

Onto the booth photos (cause ya'll know I didn't take any others!):

 Okay, seriously bad photo. But it's the only FULL shot I had, you get what you get.
What exactly is the camera focusing on? The floor? Good grief.
And how huge is this space? I'm all spread out, easy to for shoppers to walk through and not feel like they're in a hallway (that's my theory anyways)... a 10'x20' is worth it in my opinion.

I guess I'm in a hatin kinda mood this morning, how wrinkly are my tablecloths?! Oy.
Table top looks cute though. And if you remember, I stuck with the same basic set up from last year... the tables work in those positions.

I ordered a literature holder from a retail supply online store to use as a pouch display. It was a great, no Perfect!, way to display these bags. I have never sold so many at a show, ever. 

Turning to your right and we have Monkey Central. Looking their best, hoping for a forever home!
And all but one of the Baby Mice found a home. That last mouse? He can stay right here with me :)

 Aaaand the Big Trout! She looks lovely here and now on my couch. I haven't decided if I will cut her up and use her for parts. So terrible!

 The Elephants were a big hit!

Actually I feel like everything was a big hit. I came away from Saturday's show with such a huge confidence boost! Sock Monkeys have been my shtick for so long it's nice to see the other things I LOVE to make getting attention :)

I'm already looking forward to next year!
Now to get the Etsy shop back up and running!
Exclamation points!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Deluxe 2012 is Tomorrow!

It is most definitely that time of year again!


Saturday December 8th, 2012!
OK State Fairgrounds, Centennial Building!
11-5 and FREE admission! 
All Handmade and loads of entertainment!

Sorry for yelling at all you fine folks :)
In addition to getting ready for the big show I had the chance to participate in the first ever OKC Coloring Book, put out by the lovely Deluxe ladies. I took the easy street and adapted my Gary England sketches from the Stitch-a-long project. Now you can color in your own super cells! The book is currently for sale at many local shops and will also be available at Deluxe on Saturday.

 
I am working right up to load-the-van time, so many little details. A couple last minute projects...

Oklahoma Pinbacks! Little and cute :)


And this beast! She will be stunning on the table. Yes, she is longer than my ironing board.


Behind her is my mountain of goods and display stuffs ready to go! Itsa gonna be a good show!

Hope to see some friendly faces... And if I don't know your face you should say, Hey! I read your crazy talk on the interwebz!
Then we would be real life friends :)




Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mini Deluxe Preview aka Holy Smokes it's almost December!!!

I cannot believe it is November thefreaking29th.
Deluxe is on December 8th. Including the few hours left on today, I have 9 working days before the show! Eeek!

Thankfully most everything is done. I have just a few ideas I want to flesh out, those last minute brainstorms. What is that about anyways?! I always ALWAYS have some last minute kick ass idea. Where were you in August when I had time?

Whew.

Some of the super cuteness I will have with me on the 8th...

 Gorgeous Sweater Elephant.

 Okie pouches!! And I'm super jazzed about the new display for my patchwork/embroidered/buttonified zipper pouches. It was such a forehead smacking moment, why didn't I think of that earlier!


 Pocket Sock Monkeys, a whole heap of them :)

Promise to post more Pre-Deluxe photos soon! 


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Post Show Recap

I wanted to share a few photos of my tent set up from Saturday's Plaza District Festival here in OKC. I am so so SO dang thankful we had a good tent with sidewalls because it rained all day long.
Talk about anxiety!

The one thing I agonized over the most in preparation for the show was the lighting. Closing was scheduled for 10pm and I needed an easy (cheap) way to light the 10 X 10 tent. Not finding many ideas online, other than track lighting, I decided to wing it. What ended up working the best was a two halogen bulb floodlight and two strands of c-9 Christmas lights. The floodlight had to be re-wired with an extension cord and mounted on a square of wood, by my better half of course :) Pointing the floodlight up helped diffuse the light and the Christmas lights helped to brighten up the edges. The festival closed down early so I only got to use my light setup for a couple hours but I found it very effective.



As we were packing up, I rushed to take a very bad photo.
 I also had to re-arrange the tables several times till we found a good set up... what works in the garage doesn't always work at the show!
Below is the first arrangement, before the rains really settled in and kept us inside, also a very bad photo.


 And here are a few awkward shots of the final (best) arrangement, less like a tunnel and much more inviting. Then, of course, photos of all the cuteness that was available!




 


Now, several days later, I can say I feel like it was an experience I NEEDED to have. Just hearing from others about doing outdoor shows really can't tell you if they are right for you and what you make. What you can handle, as far as stress goes, and where your target market shops.

Thank you to any who braved the drizzle and came out!
Now to prepare for Deluxe!!