Saturday, April 23, 2011

Return of the Markets

It's official - we kicked the season off today with a return to City Market.  We love that market - it's like a carnival, and we're one of the carnies.  And if you think "I bet that's not what you thought you'd be doing when you graduated from law school 14 years ago" - you'd be right.  But if you thought that I'm a hundred (million?) times happier as a carnie than a lawyer, then you'd be right too.

I meant to take a bunch of pictures of the market - but turns out Sam's opening day of little league was today too, so Clark and Sam went to the game and I was flying solo for most of the day, and thus my picture taking opportunities were limited.  And then when they came back I forgot.  Oops.  So here's our market setup:

Note the brown table drapes that have replaced the ratty ones of last year.  (What?  Who says "table drapes" instead of "table cloths"?  Carnies, that's who.)  If you're wondering how one gets custom table drapes made for display tables - turns out you can either buy very expensive pre-made ones, or buy very expensive fabric with which to make them, or buy table cloths from Target and bribe your mom with jewelry so she'll piece them together into custom table drapes.  I chose the last option - with pretty good results, if I say so myself.

If you want to know what sort of magical items are filling our shelves this year - here's the preview.  Note that if you got my newsletter this week you've already seen these.  (See?? I did remember that I'm a business owner and not a full time mountain biker - and I sent out a newsletter to prove it.)

And if you didn't get the newsletter, but you're intrigued by what sort of awesomeness must go into a Spotted Dog Farm newsletter - then sign up in the box to the right of this post.  Lots of awesomeness.  You'll see.

Beeswax candles - old favorites, still going strong.

Glass tile jewelry - still with beeswax and botanicals mounted on a glass tile, but now with a layer of resin too.  Super sturdy, and also I love the shapes the resin produces.  A little more flow.

The latest project - resin block necklaces with botanicals.  Lots of layers of resin.  Fun.

And the next-to-latest project - table lamps.  I took the shells of our tea-light lanterns, and installed an electric lamp assembly that burns a small bulb.  Plug it in and. . . light!  Totally rocks.


  1. Beautiful things you have made! I will see you at the upcoming Big Crafty Love if you are there. Happy Spring!

  2. Love the post. You make a lovely carnie. We think City Market is cool, but since the one here has a train for the kids, you can guess which our little one prefers. Hope you have an awesome season.