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Monday, April 26, 2010

Earth Day Recap

Yesterday was my first time trying out being a vendor at Earth Day St. Louis since starting Candy Calamity.  I love Earth Day and the festival in Forest Park is one of my favorite free events in St. Louis, it's awesome in a way that's really hard to describe.  Here's a quick recap.

  • the wind
  • the rain
  • getting there at 7:30 (waaay too early for this procrastinator)
Mostly I would say yucky weather this year was the only drawback for me (Dear Earth, it's easier to love you when it is warm and sunny)


  • all the people who came to hang out at earth day and stopped by my booth despite the bad weather, you rock!
  • getting to meet some new friends in the eco-artists village
  • the all species parade led by Joia world percussion!  I love the earth day parade with no set route and no set participants - and this year a piece of the parade wound its way through my booth - so exciting
and finally the highest high of all:

I got to meet Captain Planet!!!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Earth Day St. Louis

The 21st Earth Day St. Louis is coming up this Sunday!  This is the first year I'll be a vendor there as Candy Calamity, you can find me in the eco-arts village.  Here's how to find me:

The eco-arts village is represented by a brown paintbrush on this map.  It's just northeast of the Muni covered walkway:
Specifically my booth will be right on that little circle walkway you see in that area.

And here's some great info on how to get there/ find parking:

Including lots of info on how to get there by bike or metro which is great if you are going for the earth day challenge:  If you bring your own shopping bag, reusable water bottle, or take alternate transportation (2 out of 3) you win a prize at the info center.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Artropy is coming up this Saturday!

Artropy is a unique art & craft show that features a number of artists with diverse talents in many areas including: jewelry design, painting, textile arts, photography, mixed-media, glass work, eco-fashion and illustration.

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 3:30pm
Sqwires ~ The Annex
1415 South 18th Street

I'm putting the final touches on everything today and tomorrow, then I'm ready to go! I can't wait, hope to see you there!

Friday, April 9, 2010

How to make a jewelry display from old shutters

I spent a long time looking for a great way to display my earrings at craft shows and couldn't find anything I really liked, so I made my own display instead. It wasn't very hard and relatively inexpensive, so I decided to post a tutorial so everyone could see how it's done.

Supplies: two shutters, sand paper, cleaning rag, spray paint, a tarp or other paint protection layer, small hinges, drill, screwdriver, and a pencil.

1. Find some old shutters. You need the kind with actual slats and not just shaped plastic. I found mine on craigslist, but you might already have some at home, or can find them at a flea market or junk shop.

2. Take off all the old hardware. If the shutters have any large or unsightly holes fill them with putty. I left mine as they were because I think it adds character.

3. Use a little sand paper to sand down any rough spots or chipping paint, then wipe clean with a damp rag.

4. Spray paint the shutters, be sure to spray from different angles to get all around the slats, plan on doing a few coats. I picked a flat black color because it will show off my bright jewelry best.

5. Attach the hinges. I did this by closing the shutters right sides together and laying them flat on a table (make sure the slats tilt the same way on both sides) That made it easy to just hold the hinge where I wanted it and pencil mark where I would need to drill to put the screws.

6. Stand your shutters up and open them at a 60 degree angle. Congrats you are finished! You can place hook style earrings straight on the slats of the shutters or use earring cards. Hang the earrings from the front of the card and stick the back through the slat.