Koto Showing at the 2013 Spring Handmade Cavalcade

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Apologies for the long silence, following a long break after the holidays, I am gearing up for the next big project for the shop. I am very happy to announce that Koto will be showing at the next Handmade Cavalcade on May 4 at The Space in Williamsburg (503 N 3rd Street).

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I’ve been designing, poking and sewing away trying to roll out a variety of new products for the show.

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Since Mother’s Day is the following weekend I prepared several cards that would be appreciated by moms.

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Above you’ll see a mother and baby owl card, a trio of flowers, and geometric MOM text cards.

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I’ve also expanded on the super popular bike mini-notebooks and enlarged them into sketchbooks.

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In addition to the bikes, you’ll find a variety of geometric patterns on sketchbooks.

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These notebooks are inspired by the decorations on the earth houses in Tiébélé, Burkina Faso.

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After the show I’ll be updating the Etsy shop with new listings for everything, but to get first shot at these products (and to avoid the wait of me making new inventory), come check out the Spring Handmade Cavalcade, this Saturday, May 4!

Handmade Cavalcade Recap

This past weekend I sold at my first handmade show! In case you missed my many updates, it was the bi-annual Handmade Cavalcade (holiday edition) put on by the New York Etsy Street Team. I think I made a good choice making this my first show since all the vendors were extremely supportive and friendly.

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The finished mural!

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The days leading up to the event were pretty exhausting, despite my best efforts I still had ridiculous amounts to do and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning the last few nights before Saturday.

Saturday morning I arrived way too early, greatly overestimating traffic. No surprises setting up, I even had time to run grab a pastry for breakfast.

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Here’s how my display ended up. I never actually got around to putting the whole thing up in a practice run at home, but everything functioned as I hoped.

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See the cash only sign on the right? That was my major mistake of the day. Luckily for me, right after I had finished setting up, one of the other vendors came over and recommended that I ditch the sign and grab a Square reader to accept credit cards. I had a smart phone and someone had spare readers, so I was able to download the app and set up an account on the spot. Good thing, almost a third of my sales were credit card, several from people who had no cash on them.

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The booth! The stand on the left was a major headache to set up (I made it stand up with shelf brackets nailed/screwed into the bottom on each side) but I think the height was worth it.

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I was at the end of the lane between handmade light switch/electrical covers by Lu and gorgeous handwoven scarves and blankets by Jean of Fiber Dance Weaving.

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The decorations were minimal but I think the crystals turned out well –I watched them stand at the tippy top of a very tall ladder to put them up!

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I also added some new items exclusively for the show. There were some new card designs, plus day planners (above) and snowflake gift tags (below).

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I’ll be adding them to the shop soon once I have time to take nice pictures.

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I couldn’t walk out without a bit of shopping –I picked up these lovely coasters by Wishbone Letterpress.

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I also did some card swapping with the incredibly talented Ursula at Pepper Press.

Overall it was a really great experience, and I learned a ridiculous amount. I don’t have time to prepare for another fair this holiday season, but I’m looking forward to see what comes next!

Cavalcade Mural

So this will be another short one I’m afraid, but I wanted to share a quick update. One thing that makes the Handmade Cavalcade special is that it is 100% run by members of the New York Etsy Team volunteering their time. Part of the way this is organized is that all of the vendors are assigned to subcommittees to make sure that all the work is divided up.

I was assigned to the mural committee. I’m not much of a painter, and when I woke up to heavy drizzle I was less than enthused. Fortunately, Michelle of My Zoetrope had everything organized and set to go.

All we had to do was fill in the outlined letters. There will be crystals and penguins too I believe, but those will wait until better weather.

I was also very lucky to have my artistically-gifted sister in town visiting me. She helped out with the lettering and we finished pretty quickly, despite the cold and the rain.

Only a few more days until the Cavalcade, coming up this weekend!

Holiday Handmade Cavalcade in Williamsburg

I am very happy to announce that I will be participating in my first ever craft show, Handmade Cavalcade! It’s a bi-annual event organized by the Etsy New York Team, also known as The New New. The team has been a great resource for me as I work on improving my shop, and I’m working hard to prepare for the event. It will take place over two days, December 1-2, just in time for the holiday shopping season. I’ve been creating displays, developing packaging and expanding product lines, which I will feature here in the upcoming weeks. Hope to see you there!