Tuesday, January 26, 2010

NYC or BUST! Or both.

On December 5, Travis and I loaded up the Fuzzy Bunny Mobile and headed to NYC for the BUST Craftacular.  I was excited...it was my first time doing a show in NYC, and I was looking forward to showing the manwife the city, especially the holiday window displays and the giant Christmas tree.  I thought it would be a nice little vacation for us, especially considering his grandma had just passed away and we needed to get away from everything.  So, I booked a couple nights at a bed and breakfast and hoped for the best.  Anticipation, though, was about as far as we got.  The trip went sort of like this:
1.  we slid over snowy roads and icy bridges most of the way down
2.  40 minutes in the city and someone smashed in the window and stole the manwife's gear (around 4AM)
3.  I spent hours in the police station looking up garages to fix the window while Travis sat in the breezy car (NYC police officers are awesome, by the way, they really went out of their way to help us out)
4.  I manned the craftacular table in a zombie-like state while Travis again sat for hours in the breezy car
5.  we drove home because no one would fix the car window on a Sunday and we had no safe place to leave a windowless car and all of the stuff crammed in it
I don't think I've ever been so tired.  Or hungry.  All of that was rather horrendous, but the show itself was pretty great (and I clearly have the greatest manwife ever for willing to sit in a freezing cold car for many, many hours while entirely sleep-deprived and robbed of his reading material).  I just wish we had been able to sit at our nifty table together and enjoy it.  This was the view from The Fuzzy Bunny table, note the tiny dog on the table opposite us, he was incredibly well-behaved!

I sold/said goodbye to the pom pom tree.  Travis reported from the outside that he could see it going down the street, which must have been an interesting sight in NYC, seeing as how it resembled a Dr. Seuss tree.  I could see Pistachio Press in the distance, behind all the hats (Rachael, of PP, is part of Second Storie Indie Market in Rochester, NY)
Finally, a glimpse of a work in progress.  I just started spinning this green faux cashmere in a super-fine single.  Soon it will be plied and added to the vegan yarn section of my shop.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and provide me with a day of nice light so I can take glamour shots of all the new yarn.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


The bunnies and I are finally all moved to New York! Previously, all moves had taken place during the middle of sweltering summer, usually with rainshowers thrown in for fun. I've decided moving in subzero temperatures is much, much better.

As promised, here are photos from the Second Storie Indie Market in Rochester, NY, which proved to be an amazing show, as usual: fantastic people, lots of fun, and ideas for new projects. The screening of Handmade Nation the night before the show started was a great addition to the festivities. It was inspiring to see people succeeding in the DIY movement.

Happy shoppers underneath festive handmade banners hung inside the Visual Studies Workshop.
Chey helped me set up and proved to be an excellent salesperson.
I was lucky enough to sit next to Tara Hogan of INK+WIT, who creates beautiful letterpress designs.
There were amazing hand-bound books by concepcioun that I covet.
I ran into the ever-awesome Mackenzie and Tyler of Secret Pocket again. They were our neighbors last year and it was great to see them again.
Abby Try Again trekked all the way across the country for Second Storie. Her photographs are beautiful! Someday soon I plan to buy this print as a present to myself. I just love the colors.
Drew of The Maple Ridge was another neighbor of ours last year who returned with his awesome little couples, creature blocks, and drawings. I traded for some of his awesomeness and cannot wait to see the manwife's reaction when he receives said awesomeness for his birthday.
Shanna Murray, one of the members/organizers of Second Storie, had the cutest rabbit (along with a really neat collaborative effort and unique tea towels). I looove her font (this may just be my obsession with fonts...I've been meaning to watch Helvetica for some time now).
BUST photos coming soon!