Monday, August 3, 2009

Rollingstone Days

A few of us had a fun time at the second annual Rollingstone Days festival in the tiny town of Rollingstone, Minnesota (along the MN/WI border just north of Winona.) Stena of CrazyBusy did a lot of the organizing for the craft vendors, and she did a wonderful job! Due to their good advertising it was a decent turnout for a new show in a tiny town. There were softball tournaments and a bunch of kids games nearby, and we all had a fairly succesful day. It was a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Being there with my little "model" I didn't get many pictures, but I at least snapped a few of our team's participants -

Here is Stena with her twin sister Nancy of Odin's Daughter selling Stena's upcycled purses and Nancy's Scandinavian-inspired items. I saw a couple of girls walking around with Stena's fun Capri-Sun zipper purses - what a cute idea!

Here I am (of TheHobbyRoom) with my daughter and all my tutu fluff and hair stuff. Baby was in a "no-nap" moodALL day, so I wasn't too organized this time as you can see by the random mess of my booth!

And here is a brand new member of our team, Kim of rEvolutionarie, with her mother-in-law Kathy. They make beautiful jewelry, and Kim makes some lovely unique vintage-style clothing as well. The two of them were wonderfully helpful neighbors to me at the show, and I look forward to having them join us for other events!

I can't believe I'm still blogging at almost 1am! Goodnight for now!


Friday, July 10, 2009

Another fun Thursday on First

We had another fun day at Thursdays on First. Despite the forcast of rain, it turned out to be a beautifully sunny and busy day! This week there were 5 booths of Artist Collective members, 4 of them different than last week's group, so I'm doing another post to include some quick snapshots I took while walking around with my little "model".

I was excited to see Liz of Terra Madre Soaps there again. She brought samples of her soap to a team meeting a little over a year ago, and I was eager to get more. She has expanded to lotions this year as well, and her booth smells absolutely beautiful! If you get a chance, stop by and try a sample. I have my new favorite, Spring Rain, in my shower now. : )

Amy of Morning Star Arts was there with her lovely jewelry and pendants. Amy and I shared a booth and had a wonderful time. If you haven't seen her beautiful postage stamp or copper enameled pendants yet, come by when Amy and I share a spot again August 20th to check them out. They were a big hit! If I didn't have my daughter at the age of trying to rip things off my neck, I would have been buying something new every time we had a lull in traffic.
And here I am, Andrea of The Hobby Room, with my collection of hooded towels, burp cloths, hair accessories, and tutus. Between the bright colored tutus hanging from the edge of the tent and my daughter smiling at people passing by, we had a lot of traffic in our booth this week.
Jen and the gang of Jen and Company were there again in their usual spot on the pavilion with their collection of jewelry and stained glass creations. I've met both Jen and her mom Carlene many times now, but I got the treat of meeting two more of the team this week - Jen's son and uncle. Oh, if I wasn't so bad at names....
Here is Jen's uncle working on a beautiful stained glass table. His talent amazes me! Jen and Company are there every week with all of their family's creations, so stop by and check it out.

Crystal of Scrub Your Butt Soap was also there, but on a break when I stopped by to snap pictures. She is there almost every week in a booth shared with Bubbles by Brooke at the front of the pavilion.

I will be back with Amy on August 20th and will possibly snap a couple more pictures. Until next time, happy shopping! : )

Friday, July 3, 2009

Thursdays on First

Heather and I spent the afternoon at Thursdays on first. There's great music, great food and of course - great artists and crafters!

The feel here is great - everyone is welcome, kids are playing. There's music in the air and oh the aromas....

The fountain at peace plaza was a hot spot the with the younger crowd. I love this picture, may end up doing a painting off this some day... hum...

As we wandered around we came across Jen and Company. And lookie lookie what we found.... yummy.....

Oh and there's this....

The ladies there are great!! Check out their store!! ->

Our next stop was Misque Manuf. Debra has great handbags there!!! I got so busy talking I didn't snap as many pictures as I would have liked... So, I can only offer a taste, you'll just have to stop by and see for yourself!

I did get a shot of this fablous little red number.... Oh if only my old purse die so I can buy another.. (DIE PURSE DIE!!!!)

Debra is great!!! You can check out her store here ->

It was a great afternoon - so much fun so much color!!! To learn more about Thursday's on first go here ->

That's all for me, Heidi reporting from Thursdays on First in sunny Rochester, MN.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Big changes to our Etsy team!

Thanks to a very productive meeting at Green Mill back in May, we've made some great changes to our Etsy group. We have a new name: The Artists' Collective of Southeastern Minnesota. We have a new logo, seen off to your right, thanks to Crystal. And because I had too much caffeine tonight, we are also getting some new blog updates! Stay tuned as more good things come from the stunningly creative minds of The Artists' Collective... and check out our Etsy shops for some great art and crafts!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Organize the Team Meeting

We are having a meeting this Thursday, 8pm at Green Mill in Rochester, to organize the team, discuss local events, and meet our fellow teammates. Hope to see you there!