Black Friday Sale & Stawberry Swing's Holiday Swing, December 5th and 6th

We are having a Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sale of 20% off all items at Ugly Glass & Co. which recently moved their location in the West Bottoms to 1219 W 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64101. They are just down the street from Hickory Dickory, and in a much better parking area with a first floor location. My items are on the first floor near the check out now.
The official Facebook event is located here if you would like to check out the other vendors selling their items at Ugly Glass! Ugly Glass & Co. carries locally made products, including home decor, gifts, jewelry, clothing, & art, in addition to vintage items. Check out their website here!
So, I got quite busy with craft shows, Christmas shopping and just in general life-demands (I have a more than full-time job at present moment, on top of designing, sourcing items, making and vending and selling jewelry). I didn't get a chance to write about any of my other craft shows. Fast Eddie's Swap and Show was fun but I didn't get enough people visiting my booth. Gladfest was also fun, but with over twelve hour days vending, I will not be doing it next year due to time constraints and not making enough profit for all of the time I spent. Crafts & Drafts & Belvoir Winery's Sip and Shop were both busy, fun, profitable and very positive experiences, so I will definitely be back again next year! The next show I am doing is Strawberry Swing's Holiday Swing on December 5th and 6th.
Strawberry Swing started several years ago in Kansas City and is one of the most popular craft shows in the Midwest. Full of creatives who are experts at their craft, this indie craft fair is the Midwest’s celebration of the handmade movement. Founded in 2011, The Strawberry Swing has become a Kansas City tradition, with two fairs: The Summer Swing and The Holiday Swing. In 2015, we added the First Annual Spring Swing.

The 4th annual Holiday Swing is December 5th and 6th at the Uptown Theater Shoppes at 3600 Broadway, Kansas City, MO. This location is right across from the Uptown Theater. I will be joining over 85 handmade vendors, and there will be food trucks, a child's craft area, a photo booth, and live music. I will be hanging out some Small Business Saturday items at my booth as well, as American Express (my favorite credit card company due to their wonderful customer service) has supplied me with several swag items to hand out again this year!

The first 100 guests each day to bring children’s books or monetary donations to Strawberry Swing's non-profit partner, The Family Conservancy, will receive a coveted swag bag full of items our fabulous makers have donated. We’ll also have a raffle of vendor’s items for TFC with suggested donations of children’s books or monetary donations, as well as a raffle for Great Plains SPCA, so bring dog or cat food & toys, too! If you would like to check out all of the other fabulous vendors, visit here for more information.
I also wanted to give a big shout out and thank you for all of those who have bought from me during the past four craft shows I've done this year! This is my first year doing more than one craft show, and I have to admit that I was a little scared, a little intimidated, and being an introvert, a little concerned. However, most of the shows I have been to have been filled with wonderful people, who have only fed me love and positive vibes, so I appreciate you all so much! Knowing that people appreciate and love my work only fuels my fire to create - and I expect to try and do a few art pieces over the next year as well!

Etsy Is Temporarily Closed

Hello everyone! I'm currently doing craft shows locally until the beginning of January 2016, so my Etsy shop is closed. In January, I will re-evaluate whether I want to continue using Etsy, because currently it is making me no sales.
Craft Shows:
Fast Eddie's Swap N Show, September 26th, The Kansas City Soapbox Derby Track, 4600 Eastern Ave, Kansas City, MO 64129
Gladfest, October 2nd and 3rd, 7010 Holmes St, Gladstone, MO 64118
The Pitch's Crafts & Drafts, November 7th, Uptown Shopping Center, 36th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO
Belvoir Winery Sip & Shop, Belvoir Winery, 1325 Odd Fellows Road, Libery, MO 64068
Holiday Strawberry Swing, Uptown Shopping Center, 36th & Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Fast Eddie's Artist Swap N Show on September 26th

I am going to be writing a few entries about craft shows I'm going to be in this year!

The first one is Fast Eddie's Swap N Show.  This event starts on September 26th at The Kansas City Soap Box Derby Track at 4600 Eastern Ave. Kansas City, Missouri 64129 and lasts from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.   This Facebook page to RSVP to this event is located here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1047152195298568/ and you can also RSVP if you are attending to see my jewelry at https://www.facebook.com/events/856240837804926/ as well!!  Please feel free to share the event with your friends and family and spread the word around - we want as many people out and about to see us as possible!

This event is a free market place and display opportunity for local artists, makers, and craftspeople. There is no charge for local creators to set up, sell, trade, and display their goods and talents. Painters, sculptors, musicians, poets, leather work, bead work, decorative items; this event is meant to be all inclusive. Come enjoy a fun event that’s meant to get makers together and show spectators and artists alike the rich diversity that Kansas City creators provide and enjoy. There's more info available at TheEddiesCustomAPVClub.com if you are interested.

This event is also combined with the No Gas Nationals.  This is a gravity race showcasing home-made coaster and non-motorized vehicles, which gives the builders a chance to ride on a safe, closed course. This is a family friendly outdoor festival that sees participation from several Midwest states.

Both events will be really exciting to go to and are absolutely free!  They should be fun and kid-friendly, and it will be a great way to enjoy an early autumn day.  Check it out and you may find that you really enjoy yourself!

Banana Bob Vintage Jewelry - Art Deco and Art Nouveau for the Modern Age

Today I wanted to talk about one manufacturer's vintage jewelry that I incorporate in my jewelry designs! Banana Bob made incredible jewelry in the mid 1980s for high end department stores such as Macys and Bloomingdales. They are no longer in business and their designs are now in great demand. Their jewelry was of exceptional quality. The now closed company's designer, Ann Venditti, liked to work with high quality glass stones such as Swarovski, and metal stampings from vintage molds to create her pieces. She produced both exact reproductions of antique designs, as well as original pieces that incorporated many styles, especially Victorian, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau motifs. I buy Banana Bob whenever I can find it, even though it is getting harder and harder to find, and I attempt to incorporate it in my jewelry as much as possible. It's very difficult to find whole pieces, so I stick to purchasing smaller parts and making them part of my work. Since they are good quality, these pieces will be a bit more expensive ($30.00 and up) than some of my other pieces, but they are still all very reasonably priced! Right now I have many Banana Bob pieces at my booth at Ugly Glass & Co, which is on the 4th floor of Le Fou Flea at 1400 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO in the West Bottoms. I also have Banana Bob pieces at my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ivoryisis.