2017 Fall and Winter Show Schedule

Hi everyone!!  Seasons go by so fast, and it’s been a while since I have written.  I have been busy with a family member staying with us since September of last year.  She sleeps in my sewing room, so it has been a challenge getting in there to sew, but I have done it!  You can always check my Facebook page for up to the minute creations.  I have been working on new ideas, and bringing back some older ones.  I started making “sets” of matching hat, arm warmer, and leg warmers.  Some really fun colors.

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I am excited to be accepted to Clothesline and Letchworth for 2017 shows this year!  I enjoy these shows, and look forward to seeing everyone there.  More exciting things to come from Kreationality this year!  Stay tuned.  Thank you all for your support!
Here are the shows I am looking into for the Fall/Winter season.  More to come!  

M&T Clothesline Festival – September 9 & 10
Artist Row (application sent) – September 17th
The Purple Painted Lady Barn Sale – September 23rd…
Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show – October 7, 8 & 9
Canandaigua Christkindl (application sent) – November 10,11, &12
Rochester Museum & Science – November 17, 18 & 19

XOXO
Karen Ferner
Kreationality

Update on 2015 Shows

 

2014 Artist Row Award

2014 Artist Row Award

I received a letter from the show “Christmas in the Country” in Hamburg, NY (November 5th-8th), and they informed me my category is full, but not to be discouraged because I am on a wait list, so if a spot becomes available they will contact me.  They approved my application, so that’s good!!!  Wait and see on that event.

I am super HAPPY, and excited to find out that the Artist Row show at the Rochester Public Market is being held on Sunday, September 20th!!  So I will be able to participate at both Clothesline (September 12-13), and Artist Row!  Yay!  Artist Row was a great show last year, and I won an award in my category!!  I’m so honored!!  So glad to be participating in this event again this year!  
I have submitted all of my applications to the shows I hope to participate in, and will find out if I have been accepted when the jury process is complete for each show.  They all have a different process, and timeline, so I will find out when I find out!!! ;)
I’ll keep you posted!  I will also post the schedule, and updates on my Facebook page and website.  Stay connected!!  
Thank you for the love and support!!!  I feel it!
Peace,
Karen

See you in September

Roycroft 2014The Roycroft Summer Artisan show last weekend was a very nice event.  My husband Jack helped me at this show.  He grew up in the area, so we have always enjoyed visiting East Aurora, and were excited to participate in the show.  We have a good friend that works at the Roycroft Inn, and we always enjoy staying there.   The Roycroft Inn is the most amazing place with beautiful grounds around the whole hotel, and incredibly delicious meals.  They are so accommodating of any request we have ever had.  We had an awesome snack at the bar before setting up the tent on Friday.  It was too late for lunch, and too early for dinner, but they had a “lite” menu available.   It was the best soup I have ever had, and I do remember enjoying it at other times we have stayed at the Roycroft.  The bartender said it has been on the menu since 1995.  That says something, for sure!  Jack had a substantial meaty sandwich, and I enjoyed some shrimp cocktail with my soup.  Perfect!!  Good beer selection for Jack, and the bartender made a great cosmo for me.
We set up for the show at the elementary school, which was super easy access, but it was also super HOT.  We got the tent set up, but ended up leaving the huge bags of sweaters inside the tent to hang up on Saturday morning.  That turned out to be a great idea because it was much cooler at 9am on Saturday.  The temperature did climb up to about 88 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday…… which was a new experience for me.  I have only done one other show in the summer (last year), which did not end well with a huge summer rain storm.   I decided at that time that summer shows are not for me, but I was told that in order to be considered for the WINTER Roycroft artisan show, I would have to participate in the Summer show….. so Jack and I made a little vacation of it.  We enjoyed several delicious dinners out, had drinks, and hung out at the hotel, which is just a great place to be.   While at the show on both days we had so many people comment on the hot weather, and how it must be hard to try to sell sweaters….. but we had just as many, actually more, people that stopped in to admire, and actually try on the sweaters and arm warmers.  We did much better than I thought we would do in that heat, so I was happy with that aspect of the show.  
In the end, though, if I’m not comfortable (just too HOT), I’m not having fun…… so since this sweater gig is something I do because I enjoy it, no more summer shows!  
So I hope to visit with you in the Fall……… the first show is Clothesline!!  Kreationality will be in Booth 6 at the Prince Street entrance of the show.
Karen

2014 Shows

Hey everyone!  
It’s been a long, cold winter!   And I thought of posting LOTS of times, but never sat down to do it.  But I am finally sitting here to write something today!
I have been sooooooo excited as I receive ACCEPTANCE letters to almost all the shows I applied to….. yay!!!!!!  I think there are two more that I am waiting to hear about.  
Go to  Festivals to see where we will be this year!  It’s a pretty FULL schedule………yeah!  
I am doing two summer shows, and I know they will be FUN!  1374782_408804595912134_749745794_n
My husband, Jack,  and I are happy to be doing the Roycroft RALA Summer Festival in June.  We love East Aurora, NY, and enjoy spending time at the Roycroft Inn, and going to the shops on Main Street, especially Vidlers!  Jack is usually behind the scenes helping me in a HUGE way with cutting, and fixing stuff, helping with the tent, and creating all my booth ideas, but he will be my help in the tent at a few of the out-of-town shows.  :D  (he was awesome help in Canandaigua last year, see pic!!)
The next show in August will be out-of-town as well.  Jack and I will be participating in the Crafts Alliance Fine Crafts Show in Chautauqua, NY.  This is a whole new place for both of us to visit.  It looks like a fun place to vacation, so we’ll be checking it out for a future fun vacation spot!  
The rest of the shows start in September, beginning with the CLOTHESLINE Festival!  That was so fun last year!  I can’t wait to talk with all the friends that come by!  
And, you can see the rest of the show schedule here, and please make sure to come and visit meeeeeee!!  
In the meantime, “LIKE” me on Facebook  
I appreciate your emails, notes, comments, and LOVE!  
Thank you!!!!  :D
Karen

 

Finding the Sweaters…….. 2014

1604412_446474068811853_243496152_nThis picture was taken on my last big sweater shopping trip!  What a HUGE load that was.  I found so many nice sweaters.  Sometimes it just works out that way!  YAY!  The biggest talk I am hearing at the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores is how the prices have increased over the last year.  I noticed this in Rochester last year, and now I see the same thing happening in the Southern Tier.  I actually found three cashmere sweaters on this last trip marked at $14.99 and $15.99….. even if it was half price day, I wouldn’t pay that.  I have found tons of cashmere sweaters in the past, and never paid that much.  Not sure what is happening, but it looks like “goodwill” stores are becoming retail stores.  But it’s obvious from my cart-load of sweaters that I don’t have a problem finding what I need at the right price!  I am flexible, and open to new ideas (and there’s always new ideas) if it ever becomes a problem finding sweaters……. I’m not worried about it.

Right now, I am busy creating arm warmers, and a few custom orders.  The demand for arm warmers at the festivals is unbelievable, and amazing!  It’s so fun to interact with people as they try to make a decision on which pair they want out of the hundreds to choose from.  I will begin creating coats, and sweaters in the next month or so.  I have a HUGE stockpile of sweater inventory ready to be designed, and re-created!  I do have several items available now that you can check out at my Etsy store at www.esty.com/store/kreationality

 

These last two months I have been busy applying to festivals.  There were so many new events I was told about, and invited to apply to, and I had to check them all out to see if it was a good fit for Kreationality.  I finally narrowed it down, and have applied to six festivals. so far.  I applied to two new ones in the Summer, and both are out of town.  Chautaqua, NY and East Aurora, NY.  To see the list of the juried events I have applied to please visit www.kreationality.com/festivals-and-stores

As mentioned, my Etsy store is now active again.  Mostly, I like to focus my attention on the festivals, but I wanted to have a place for people to purchase my pieces, or just get a good look at them.  I am excited that I have had two out of state sales already.  Cool!  :D    I post LOTS of photos of recent pieces on the Kreationality Facebook page www.facebook.com/kreationality

I am excited to announce Skaneateles Artisans now carries several Kreationality pieces.  Please check out their website.  It is a beautiful gallery, and I am excited to be one of the artisans featured there.
http://www.skaneatelesartisans.com/

Don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kreationality, and sign up for the monthly arm warmer drawing at www.kreationality.com on March 1st.  This will be the last arm warmer drawing until September 1st.

As always, I thank you so much for your support!  

Karen

Clothesline Festival

Hey everyone!!  
I’m looking forward to the festival season to begin September 7 & 8 at the Clothesline Festival.  Kreationality will be at clotheslinebooth 243 in back of the Museum.  This is a fun  time of year for Kreationality.  All the hours of work from the last 6 months will be on display, and I am so excited!!   To see a list of festivals that Kreationality will be at, check www.kreationality.com/festivals-and-stores.
During the “down” time of January through August, I have been playing with lots of ideas, and creating new pieces.   I ended up going  back to the coats, sweaters, and arm warmers.  I have several totes to bring to the festivals, and some pillows, hats, and scarves too, but for the most part, I like working on the coats, sweaters, and arm warmers.  I enjoy new, and different ideas, and will always be exploring what else I can create from these upcycled sweaters.  I am bringing back my little Christmas trees that started this whole thing.  They are so cute!  I will have those with me at the festivals that are closer to Christmas.
Thank you for all your support, and love!!  I have been selling pieces on the website, so check there if you are interested in one of these unique sweaters at www.kreationality.com/shop
Peace,
Karen

Summer Festivals

fairport canal daysI signed up, and participated in the Fairport Canal Days Festival as kind of a experiment to see how my sweaters would go over in a SUMMER festival.  I have only participated in Fall/Winter festivals, and at that time of year the festivals are fast, and furious!!  I love the energy, and the streams of people looking through the arm warmers, and asking questions on how I create the sweaters, and coats.  That is such a fun time for me!  Well, Saturday at Canal Days it was close to 90 degrees all day, and I learned several things!  First, people still LOVE what I do.  They stop because something catches their eye that is hanging up, and they come over to look at, and admire everything…… BUT, no one is thinking of buying a sweater!  Well, except for two women (thank you)…..and there were actually three people who TRIED ON a sweater.  WOW.   I totally appreciate those brave souls who liked a piece so much that they tried it on…. THANK YOU!  I appreciate the interest, and I enjoy talking about what I do.  I am not discouraged from the slower stream of people in and out of our booth, but I do recognize my time might be better spent creating pieces.  So,  I have canceled out of Corn Hill, and Hammondsport Arts and Crafts festivals.  Hopefully, some lucky person will be taken off the wait list for Corn Hill to take my place.  I have a very active Fall/Winter schedule that I will be better prepared for now that I have the whole summer off.  YAY!  There will be lots of new pieces to choose from!
Okay, so the rest of the story about Canal Days….ugh!  It was a very nice venue, and the volunteers were amazing, and so helpful.  My helper was asked 3 different times if she would like to take a break when she was alone in the booth.  That is definitely a perk at an event, and very much appreciated.  Unfortunately, we had a very bad storm come through.  We were actually driving home on the expressway when it hit, and had to pull over, as well as many other vehicles.  There were very high winds, sheets of rain, and lightning.  I was petrified, we couldn’t see an inch in front of us.  Of course our thoughts were of the festival, and all those tents…… wondering if the storm was headed to Fairport.  So, Sunday, I got up early enough to get down there before they closed the roads, so I could get down the road with my car to pack up everything if necessary.  As I drove down Main Street I saw some pretty mangled tents….. some didn’t resemble a tent frame at all.  Some tents were just fine.  When I got to my tent it was askew from the square footprint it was supposed to be on.  The two tents on either side were fine.  They were heavy duty, and I think they kinda held my tent there.  I was able to re-position it in the proper place, but everything inside was wet.  The tent was apparently not waterproof, and the water repellent we sprayed on it didn’t do anything.  So, I packed everything up, and called it a day.  I appreciate the help taking down the tent from my neighbor vendors, and also for all the advice, and assistance when setting up as well (we were missing a nut from one of our bolts…… neighbor had a zip tie! yay)  I always learn something at every event.  I received a couple website suggestions as to where to purchase the “good” tents, but I actually saw another vendor with a bright blue TARP over his whole tent, and he had the tarp attached to his tent with those orange handled spring clamps ….. so instead of spending $1000 on another tent, I might do that.  Another idea my husband suggested….. “check the weather, if it says severe thunderstorms, don’t go”.  Yep, I am going to remember that one!! haha! 
A big thank you to my new helper Sharyn Henry, a Dansville gal who was a very calm presence during the storm driving home, and a pleasure to hang out with all day.  I told her to be ready for the Fall/Winter festivals, because we won’t be sitting down at those!!
So have a great summer, and I’ll keep you posted on what I am up to!  See you in the Fall….. YAY!!!!! 
Karen
www.kreationality.com
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Festivals and Events

I have been adding events to the festival list on the website www.kreationality.com. Vintage Mannequin

There are a few unconfirmed events on the list that I am either waiting for the application to become available, or the “jury” is still out. Please check it out, and try to stop by and say “hi”, we would love to see you!
The June 1 &2 Fairport Canal Days is the first time we will be doing a Spring/Summer event. We will also be at Corn Hill in July, and Hammondsport in August. I’m not sure how we will be received in the warmer weather with our wool, and wool blend sweaters, but we will have fun no matter what! I will also have the “reversible totes” available at these events in lots of colors, and sizes with varying degrees of embellishments. They are fun to create, and I’m so glad I took the class at The Crafting Social!
I continue to create arm warmers, sweaters, and coats every day to make sure I have a nice variety for you to choose from. The arm warmers are always a huge success, and they just flew out of the booth last Fall, so I am going to be very well prepared this year. No more crazy nights at the machine creating for the next day! That was insane. As some of you know, I am a certified yoga instructor, but gave up teaching last year to spend more time on this biz, but I definitely continue my own practice, which keeps me sane, well, for the most part. I do some private instruction, and occasional group classes, because I still love to teach. I think teaching how to create these sweaters would be a fun thing to do, too. I enjoy new experiences, and that would be a great time. There is always something fun to do, or experience, if you just open yourself to it.
Have fun!!
Hope to see you soon!
Karen
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Spring!!

We are really feeling Spring this week with the beautiful weather.   poppy

I’m getting outside to work in the dirt, and prepare the ground for some beautiful flowers!  Not many people are thinking of sweaters this time of year, but I am still busy in the sewing room working on new pieces, and new ideas for the Fall.  I am prepared to work through the Summer with the piles and piles of sweaters that I acquired in the last few months.  I will be working on creating coats, sweaters, arm warmers, and lots of new ideas.  I am having fun finding new ways of creating with upcycled materials.
I have just purchased a new craft table and mat to make creating a little easier on me!!  No more working on the floor.  The floor is a nice, big area, but now I will have a nice, big table that is the perfect height, and will be great for hours of creating!  I’m still working on my website shopping cart, and looking for someone with WordPress knowledge for some help.  I am also working on pictures to post on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kreationality of all the new totes available.   Please “like” me when you visit my Facebook page!
I am waiting for one more event approval, but the festivals I will be attending for sure are listed at www.kreationality.com/festivals-and-stores   I look forward to seeing you there!  I love participating at these festivals.  I am still looking for someone to assist me at these events.  Loading and unloading the tent, and booth items, and hanging with me to help with all the folks that come by. 
Have a beautiful day!
Karen

How to Spring into Action for Spring

It’s a great feeling that Spring is officially here.  I’m sure we’ll see temperatures start to climb soon,
followed by the flowers coming up everywhere.  I look forward to it. spring
There’s an excitement to Spring as I think of new projects, and ideas .  So many ideas of projects that would be fun, improve life, or are just necessary to get done.   How do we find time to do all the things we want to do this Spring?  Well, one at a time is what I have found works!
I notice that when I’m working on one project, but thinking of all the other things I want to get done, there is usually a glitch in whatever I’m doing.  The vacuum breaks, my sewing machine malfunctions, I misunderstand instructions.   Also, when I am rushing through a project or task to get to the next thing, it’s just not fun.   So, I decided to chill out, and just do one thing at a time, both literally, and mentally.  First, I do a short meditation focusing on my breathe to get centered, and then focus all my attention on doing just one thing at a time, and get deliberate in every detail of what I am doing.  I get so much more accomplished, and with better results.  And, most importantly, I have fun!!! 
I was asked to create pieces for Spring, and I was really excited about that idea.   But, I panicked, and tried to figure out how I was going to do it while i was working on Fall pieces, and enjoying that.  So, I thought about it, and  realized that it just isn’t happening this year.  I just don’t have time to do it, and that’s okay.  But, to design a Spring collection is a very interesting idea, and I can consider it for next year.  That feels much better!!
So, I am having fun creating lots of coats, sweaters, and arm warmers.  I am adding the totes to my collection, and continue to come up with fun embellishments, and pockets inside and out.  I have applied, and been accepted to several events…… check the website for where I will be.  www.kreationality.com
I’m going through some changes with my website right now, and working on making my pieces available for purchase on the website again.  We will have that up and running soon.  In the meantime, you can go to Etsy to purchase my pieces www.etsy.com/kreationality or email me if you see something you would like more information about at info@kreationality.com
I continue to do the monthly drawings, so sign up at www.kreationality.com to enter for the April drawing.  Stay connected with me through Facebook at www.facebook.com/kreationality.
Thanks!!
Karen