Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I just got in and unpacked from this weekend's Mattapoisett Harbor Days at Shipyard Park. Overall it was a SUPER HOT weekend.. but very well worth it! It was my first year setting up at this venue, and had never visited before, so I didn't know what to expect. Let me tell you, they get quite the crowd at this quaint little park! I found a trend of beach goers and sailors in from their boats as well as friendly faces I see at every local show I attend! It was non stop crowds from start to finish!
I sold a medley of wares.. from my scallop tiles to my Fleur de lis tapas dishes.. and a couple of Sexy Bitch plates though not as many as I have in the past! ;)
You just never know..
I met some wonderful new shoppers and vendors.. and I am glad we had such great weather!
Cheers to everyone who came by to say hello, I really appreciate your support!
Now I am off to enjoy a much needed frozen margarita.. even though this strawberry shortcake was quite the treat..
Until next time,
Cheers, Chrissy xoxo
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thought I would leave a quick note to say hello, and remind you that this weekend is Mattapoisett's Harbor Days at shipyard park. Here is their facebook page for more info. The show opens at 10am and ends at 4pm. I will be at booth #11 and would love to see some friendly faces! I hope to see you there!
Time to pack up my car!
Time to pack up my car!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
So, I set up at my first ever farmer's market today.. I've done open air art markets many times, but never a small local farmers market. The forecast had said rain, but we lucked out and had a beautiful sunny day with a cool breeze. There were a total of maybe ten (give or take) vendors set up. A mixture of fresh organic vegetables, handmade soaps, home made honey, fair trade goods, and my pottery.
I decided to try it out and downsize my display quite a bit. I brought only one table with minimal shelving, one bin of pottery, with a few back up designs, lots of business & postcards, and a positive friendly attitude.
The market set up at noon and closed at four o' clock. What a treat! I typically do shows that set up at 8am and tear down at anywhere from five to seven pm! Its really nice to sleep in a bit, enjoy a nice breakfast with the beau, then head out to mingle in the sun while selling some work..
In the past few weeks, I had chatted it up a bit with some of you from this arts & crafts online community about farmers markets in comparison to larger 2day events. Some loved them, others disliked them, and most of you had not yet tried. From my experience today. . I would say ABSOLUTELY try your local farmers market as a vendor this year! I met some great happy people who loved to hear about my work and my process, and made some good sales in spite of it being slower than what I am use to. It was a nice pace. Relaxing and laid back! I generally feel like some larger shows are about "entertainment" where as the people you meet at these local farmers markets are their to shop and to support their local artisans. I had a great time and so did my other half AND we made it home in time to watch the end of the world cup match! Viva Espana! :)
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported everyone at the market! I will see you again in two weeks!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
So very happy to announce that my new Wholesale 2010 catalog is complete and all done by yours truly! I have been working on photos and cataloging my product line for what seems like years, but with a special request.. I hunkered down and finished!
Just thought I would share my excitement with you! :)
For a peek take a look in my "The Latest Gossip" section here at www.chrissyannceramics.com.
I'd love any feedback!
Enjoy your Saturday! xo, Chrissy
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Delicious & easy summer dinner from our little garden!
Mmm I love pesto and its sooooooo very easy to make!!!
Basil plants grow like wild fire, so give them a BIG pot, direct sunlight, and water them daily and they'll give you delicious fresh basil throughout the entire summer with plenty to share!
To make my pesto.. I pick enough basil to fill a small mixing bowl (pick off each leaf, just the leaves not the entire plant) Wash out your leaves thoroughly. I wash each leaf one by one. Layer the wet leaves in between paper towel layers then gently roll the "lasagna" of paper & leaves almost like a jelly roll. Toss the leaves into a food processor, drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, sea salt, fresh pepper, garlic, and chunks of Romano cheese.. Chop them up & keep tasting until perfect!!! I like mine heavy on the garlic & cheese, but light on the EVOO so it will be chunky! Yumm!!
Toss it with some al dente pasta shells, and enjoy! Its also yummy with chopped grilled chicken!
Tonight we paired it with an inexpensive but delicious bottle of sparkling white wine from Yellow Tail. Its like $8 bucks for the bottle, but delicious!
Happy summer! xo
Monday, July 5, 2010
I've been working up a storm getting ready for my next few shows in a hot and humid 88 degree stuffy studio..
Here's a peek at some tapas stock I made last week. I have some new designs I'll be testing out this coming Sunday at our local Farmer's Market here in Fairhaven.
I will be setting up for the 1st time! Its an easy 5 blocks from my house and I'm sure they get a lovely crowd! They host the market EVERY Sunday from 1-4pm. For updates check out their blog here at www.fairhavenfarmersmarket.blogspot.com. And show your local support on their facebook fan page here.
So back to the studio I go.. I might take a "lunch break" for a little dip in the pool today.
Have a great week!