Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Columbus, Chicago & Cincinnati...

Last week I had the pleasure to vend at the Mid-Ohio Comic con and had a blast. Columbus, OH was lovely and the people were awesome. A storm trooper tried to steal my french fries and I ended up being on the judge panel for the kids costume contest. (holy adorableness!) I met a ton of awesome folk, had dinner and drinks with new awesome friends, and the kind people of Columbus loved my skulls! I'll definitely be back next year...I kind of fell in love with that town and it's crazy people.

This weekend I'm vending at the 1901 Gallery's craft fair in Chicago. It's located in the rear building of 1901 W. Belmont. It runs from 3pm-8pm and will be filled with tons of local goth crafters. Stop by and support your local artists, xmas is right around the corner!

Next weekend I'm heading back to Ohio, this time i'll be in Cincinnati for Horror Hound weekend! I'm sooo stoked! It's going to be a blast! Three days full of insane shenanigans, if you are going make sure to stop by and say Hi! It's November 11-13 and it's sure to be a good time!

My last show in November will be at the DIY Trunk Show run by the Chicago Craft Mafia on November 19th. This will be my first time working this show and I'm super excited to be part of it. I've heard nothing but amazing things about this show and it moved to a new location in Rogers Park. Here's a link for more info on the show

I hope I get to see some of your faces this month. It looks like it's going to be crazy busy and crazy fun! Hope you all had a great Dia de los Muertos! I had a small little celebration with a dear friend at a cemetery and then had a little picnic where we shared stories of our loved ones past.


New Etsy Shop!!

It's a long and silly story, but my old Etsy store was deactivated. Make sure to favorite my new shop or add me to your circle. I'm also having 20% off reopening sale until tomorrow morning! Hope you all had a fantastic Halloween weekend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pay the Vet Bills Sale

Baast is going in for yet another surgery tomorrow morning and my vet bills are getting outlandish... i'm having a sale to try to put a dent into them. Use the code 'vetbills' in either one of my etsy stores to receive 15% off your order. I will combine shipping between the two shops! and Please keep my poor little dude in your thoughts tomorrow.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Pitchfork Music Festival 2009

I remember being 13 and going to the first Lollapalooza and how it was a huge life changing event in my little adolescent existence. I was just beginning to develop into a young little person with music tastes and artistically becoming aware of who I was and what I enjoyed. I remember being in awe with not only the amazing bands performing, people watching, not to mention drooling over an entire stadium of gorgeous skater, industrial and gothic boys (I was 13!!!) but I remember going into the artist tents and perusing all the artists and their wares, thinking to myself “one day I wish I could be as cool as all of these awesome ladies”

Fast forward 15+ years….

Pitchfork is small in comparison to Lolla, but it was another one of those life changing events in my life. 3 stages of bands, people watching, yes boys, and this time I was one of those awesome ladies vending their wares. There were a ton of little things which threw me back to that one little event that changed my life back in 1991, faces, oh the faces. I can’t even stress enough that for such a huge city Chicago is, the music scene is soo small, I always run into old familiars. Always!! I saw little gothic, indie and grunge kids. (yes, I said grunge) I think the 80’s are dead in Chicago and the new trend for the little ones is the 90’s, which makes me feel awfully old at this point. Perhaps, it due to the lineup of Pitchfork, Lolla being held in Chicago, music from the 90’s being played on the classic rock stations, Riot Fest, who knows but the 90’s are alive and kicking with the young teenage kids in this city. I saw Pixies shirts, Meat Puppets, Jesus Lizard, Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Naked Raygun, RHCP, Nirvana, Joy Division, Jesus and Mary Chain, Love and Rockets and Mudhoney just to name a few of the band shirts donned by little 14 year olds. It was very surreal to feel like those 15 years never happened…

I was nervous going into the fest, mainly due to the initial investment I paid to be a vender. I thought “as long as I make my booth back I’d be a’ok” Well, I surpassed that the first day and was pleasantly surprised on how well the weekend went over. I had many people recognize my art from local stores. A few of my etsy customers came up and introduced themselves and I was thrilled to be able to meet them live in person! I was interviewed for Café Magazine and Love Chicago took a few pics of my booth for their Blog. I gained another Chicago store that will soon be carrying some of my treasures and had a blast talking to people and seeing some great live bands. I owe my soul to Ken and Dianna for helping me out the entire weekend and putting up with my overly stressed and overly tired brain. Those two will forever be in my debt for that weekend. Eventhough it was July, it felt like it was the kick off to Summer.

Here’s a link to Café Magazine’s write up on Pitchfork:

and LoveChicago’s Blog:

Thank you to everyone who made my crazy flashback weekend such a success! I appreciate it more than words can ever express. What a crazy gypsy summer I am having!!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pitchfork is tomorrow

I'm watching the nightmare before christmas and working on last minute prepping details for the pitchfork music festival this weekend. It's been such an honor being accepted as one of the many fine vendors accepted into this event. I hope i have enough wares for the weekend. I worked on some new treasures including matchbox shrines, necklaces, barrettes and more!! Please stop by my table at the Coterie artist tent inside the music fesival if your attending. Wow, what a year makes! I'm so excited!!

My second shipments of paintings arrived in denver this week. They're on display and for sale at benders tavern on 13th street. If you're in denver you should stop by and check them out while having a delicious adult beveridge. make sure to tip the bartender chuck, without him i wouldn't have had the opportunity to display my adorable ladies there.

Sunday i will also be vending at the 1901 galleries summer art faire. It runs from 1pm-6pm and i will have a table of lovely treasures available. The 1901 gallery is located at 1901 W. Belmont in chicago, the entrace is in the back of the building.

Hope to see you out and about this weekend. Please stop by and say hi!!!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

kittens, cars, hospitals and fireworks

The last week and a half has seemed like an eternity. It started with a 1000+ mile car ride down to Austin, TX. I helped a dear friend move with her three cats in my little Toyota Yaris hatchback. For the most part the cats were surprisingly well behaved. Within the first 20 minutes one of the cats, named appropriately as Lucifer, tore out of his travel cage and ran amuck in the car the rest of the way to texas. By the time we arrived there was cat fur and cat litter everywhere and I had a brutal case of drivers knee. (my car while adorable as hell, isn't equipped with the luxury of cruise control) When we finally arrived at our final destination in Austin it was a blistering 106 degrees in the mid afternoon, the moving truck (driven by my friends boyfriend and father) had already arrived and to all of our dismay we found out that the airconditioning in the house was not working. I don't know if you have had the pleasure of unloading a moving truck in 106 degree weather into a 100 degree house, but if you haven't it's pure hell. I felt like I was going to die. Day two in Austin was a bit smoother, and the next day was even better than the second.

While in bathroom ceiling decided to cave in and FedEx decided to mess up my shipments. Apparantley they pay very little attention to addresses and if one of their employees puts the wrong barcode on the wrong box they deliver it to the address attached to the barcode regardless of what the address marked on the box reads. A package of paintings for Chuck in Denver arrived in to Rachel in Philly and vice wersa. Of course all my paperwork was in Chicago. FedEx ruined day 2 in Austin. Now a week and a half later, the shipments have been rerouted, but still in transit.
My bathroom ceiling is half repaired.

Driving 1000+ miles by yourself is a chore. A beautiful, gorgeous, scary, fun-loving and peaceful chore. I drank a lot of caffiene, smoked a lot of my $2.60 a pack cigarettes from Oklahoma and had many sing a longs while cruising down the highway. Next time I'm going to leave the solo trips to 6 hours or less.

Upon my return there were more shipping mix ups and emails to attend to, some I still have to sort out. Pilsen started their 4th of july about a month ago and they're still going strong. On the 4th itself, I felt like I lived on an army base or that I was in the middle of a war. The street were filled with smoke, children were lighting fireworks and shooting them at eachother from across the street. Fireworks being purposely shot through windows and at moving targets (me included) My alley was one big cemetary of used explosives. Sulfer residue on the steets and sidewalks will last for many weeks to come. After braving through the warzone I live in and a very unsuccessful grilling experience we ended the night on a neighbors rooftop and then sat on another neighbors porch into the wee hours of the night. Pilsen is definitely growing on me.

The Friday before the fourth was spent bringing my best friend, my toothtwin, into the hospital for testing. Then later that day I brought him to get his first pair of prescription glasses. I love him so. Friday was a really rough day.

Now I have 10 days to clear my head and finish prepping for Coterie which is the Art Fair inside The Pitchfork Music Festival. I have quite a good amount of wares prepped already, but I need way more than 10 days to finish all that I have left to do. Then right after Pitchfork wraps up on the 19th of July I have to ship off my wares for The Big Ass Indie Art and Craft Show in St. Louis. Then I have a custom order to fill for a wedding by the first week of August :)

I believe caffeine is once again going to be a dear friend of mine these next few days. You're more than welcomed to come over and help me with all the little painstaking prep work if you'd like!

Hopefully my paintings will arrive in Denver tomorrow and Rachel @ Square Peg Artery will receive her order.


Monday, June 15, 2009

The Raven Fest and The Humboldt Park Art Fest was conpromised by the weather. We've had a unseasonably cold and rainy month of June. However, I managed to have fun, make a few sales and meet a slew of interesting people at both events. Even with the occasional thunderstorms both weekends! Thank You to all that came out to support local art & handmade goods.

I just found out that I was accepted to vend in Coterie which is the Art Festival inside the Pitchfork Music Festival. If you are heading out to Pitchfork July 17-19stop by my booth and say hi and see some of my new wares. I love company!!

I've been lucky enough to be asked to participate in The Pilsen Open Studios in the Fall. I'm super excited about this opportunity. There is a Fundraiser and Auction at The Museum of Mexican Art Thursday July 18th from 6-9:30 pm. There will be live music, food and drinks provided. I have 2 pieces that will be up for auction in the museum. For more info please visit I have a few tickets available. Let me know if you're interested in purchasing one.

I'll be heading down to Austin on Tuesday June 23rd. If anyone has any tips on artsy fun things to do email me at I'd love to see some local art while i'm down there.

Have a great night.