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Craftzilla Lessons & The Finger Healing Process

on December 7, 2009 - 12:36pm

Craftzilla table
Yetch snapped a quick picture of the table at Craftzilla with his phone (I still think this is an amusing thing to say. If I read that statement 20 years ago, I'd have said "Sure. Soon we'll be cutting our hair with the remote control too"). Vendors were encouraged to bring a string of Christmas lights so I grabbed a string last minute, not knowing how I'd use it.

As you can see from the picture, it just ended up snaking through the display, but that was because the venue was a little dark and I wanted to illuminate the items. The hooks inside the new ornament display box helped immensely with this.

So what did I learn from this experience, and what tidbits can I pass onto anyone out there new to selling?

Always have a backup plan for how you will organize your display in case there is less table space than expected. I spent the morning before the event playing with different display scenarios, and this helped when I had a foot less of space than anticipated.

Whoooooo's Getting Ready for Christmas?

on November 23, 2009 - 12:02pm

The newest addition to the Christmas ornament projects include these Owl Wreaths.

Using the tiny Christmas tree doesn't help give you a sense of size. They are approximately 10cms high.

Being an owl lover, I think they are ridiculously cute. I'm hoping they will appeal to a wide variety of people.

If you're in Toronto, and hope to get your hands on these, I have two shows coming up. First I'll be at Girlesque at Mitzi's Sister, 1554 Queen West at 9:30 (I'll be one of the people NOT wearing tassells or boas) tomorrow night (Nov 24, 2009).

And for those of you who may prefer a slightly more traditional craft event, I'll be part of Craftzilla on Saturday, December 5, 2009. It runs from 1:00pm - 6:00pm at Kathedral 651 Queen Street West.

At the moment, these are my only shows. Don't miss your chance to get a Peek-a-boo plant for the one you love!

James Fisher

on October 27, 2009 - 2:21pm

James Fisher's Playing With Fire
One of the benefits of being a vendor at a Halloween market is that you never know who your neighbour will be. Mine was James Fisher.

Fisher is a local artist and creator of Rue Morgue Magazine's "Disfigures of Speech" column. The print I purchased - pictured right - is from that collection.

Fisher is also the creative mastermind behind where you'll find links to more of his artwork and illustrations, along with some macabre melodies he's put together. I know a number of you folks are looking for new music to use in your haunts, and this might be the fresh sound you're looking for to replace some of your stale standbys. You can hear some samples on his myspace page.

With both prints and CDs priced at $10, you can't go wrong.

Fisher spent the whole day sketching the faces of lucky customers onto prints of delicious monstrosities (so the head of the customer was now atop a skeletal form, or a creature, or even decapitated). By the afternoon, it was rare to see his portrait chair empty.

And on top of it all, he's a nice guy. Offered me some of his pasta, gave me his sunglasses to wear when the sun was melting my eyeballs, and entertained me with friendly conversation.

Ghoul Friday Invades The Wine Rack

on October 15, 2009 - 9:57am

Skeleton checks out Wine of the Week
I was recently given a generous offer by someone: decorate a store for Halloween (using my private collection of decorations) and they will sell my items for two weeks.

I've never decorated a store, so I had to come up with some logical guidelines pretty quick for myself:

  • Keep everything up and out of the way
  • Don't detract from the products or block them
  • Items must be fairly small (shelves were 1 foot deep)
  • Set up and take down must be easy (and not messy especially since it's during store hours)
  • Choose items that match the style of the store and are LESS likely to offend

That last point was even more important when I found out they were going to be inspected by a bigwig in the company in the next week. While the employees were excited for some bloody severed heads and cocoon victims, I didn't think the manager of the store (or the big suits coming to inspect the store) would be so keen.