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So I’ve decided to pull out of the big street festival that is happening this Sunday in Highland Park, NJ.  Late last night, I brought out all the inventory that I had set aside for both this fair and for Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philadelphia at the end of the month.  I was absolutely shocked at how little I have prepared.  I have just enough for the one-day fair this weekend.  The problem is that I’m heading to Toronto for a week fairly soon and, if I were to sell a lot this weekend, would not have the time to replenish my inventory with enough for the much larger, two-day event in Philly.   Ugh.  Oh well.  As I sit here and snack on the $125 entry fee that I have to eat, I leave you with this beautiful beach photograph from RBurnettJr in the hopes that we have lots of warm, sunny weekends coming up.

 

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Night Treasury, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I heard an old Marillion song the other day that I heard many, many times when I was living in Malta about 15 years ago. The song, That Time of the Night, will forever be associated with the first few weeks I spent there. It was February, and I was living alone in a huge apartment with excessively high ceilings, almost monastic furnishings and a barely functioning pay phone. It was rather chilly (the limestone building had no insulation) and very lonely. Things got better, though, once I made some friends and it got warm enough to go to the beaches.

I made this treasury with that song and that time in mind. Click here to see it before it expires Saturday morning!

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Earrings, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I don’t have a name for these earrings yet, but they are part of a series of items that I’ve been playing around with. They will most likely appear at my first big craft show this weekend in Highland Park, NJ. I’ll see what the reaction to them is and make some more pairs of them to sell online. I liked the name ‘buckshot’ because of the random pattern of holes I drilled into the silver disc. It reminded me of stop signs on rural roads that have been shot up by bored teenagers with hunting rifles. I’ve also got some funky torpedo-shaped brass findings that I might use to sort of expand on the theme.

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Want to market your shop to audiences in different parts of the world? 

Get a cat.  Seriously, get yourself a pet who thinks that 4:00 a.m. is a perfectly acceptable time to demand attention and food.  Leave your computer running at night, and instead of stumbling back to the blissful oblivion that your warm bed promises after feeding the cat, go and renew or relist just one item.   I renew items throughout the workday anyway but feel like I’m mostly reaching other people dwelling in North America who are in the same time zone, or at least roughly on the same 9 – 5 schedule, as me.  I’ve been doing this pre-dawn marketing recently and have noticed an increase in the number of people bookmarking my shop who are in various parts of Europe.  My sales to France and Germany have also increased.

When I wake up in the middle of the night, my mind often starts racing, thinking about everything I need to do during the day – getting orders out, answering emails, marketing – so it’s sometimes a bit difficult to get back to sleep anyway.  I might as well make use of the time!

In honor of my feline friends, here is a collection of recent finds that have some serious cat-itude!

Clockwise from left: WickedPen, Pet Project, Modern Classis: Home, and Kerry Beary.

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My Treasury!, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I’ve had Buck Cherry’s Crazy Bitch going through my head all morning, so when the treasury looked like it was going to open up, I decided to exorcise it from my brain with all these cool ‘buck’ and ‘cherry’ items! The song’s still there, but at least I’m at home now where I can listed to it without offending anyone’s sensibilities!

Click HERE to view the collection in all its glory (you have until Sunday afternoon)!

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