Custom Orders

Custom Order KreationalityI have always tried to stay away from custom orders.  Mostly because I can only work with the sweaters I find, and it makes it more work to custom size from the sweaters I have on hand.  But as festival time is getting closer I have been thinking of all the requests I get from people for “custom” pieces.  The questions I get are, “can you make me something like this, but shorter sleeves, and with a hood, or smaller, etc.”…. stuff like that.  Well, THAT is a custom order.  I work with what I have, and so a custom order takes at least twice as much time to find sweaters, and then create the piece.  So, I decided to create a custom order form with pricing, so you can make that decision.  Please check it out at www.kreationality.com and find the link on the right side which will take you to the custom order sheet which includes  pricing.
I would love for you to have the piece of your dreams, and we can work together on it.  All of this is a work in progress, and I just go with the flow!  Let’s see what happens.
Reminder that the first event Kreationality will be at is the Clothesline Festival on September 7 & 8.  I will be at booth 243 in Section A.  Come see me!! 
Also, the monthly arm warmer drawing starts September 1st, so enter at www.kreationality.com once, and you will be entered for each months drawing. 
Thank you all for your support!!  I am looking forward to the Fall and all the fun events ,and festivals.  Find the list of festivals I will be at www.kreationality.com/festivals-and-stores.
Karen

Arm Warmers Galore!!

I have been very busy creating TONS of arm warmers lately.  arm warmers blogI pluck fun sweaters from the HUGE collection of sweaters I have accumulated, and put them in a separate pile.  I also throw the scrap pieces into that pile from the other pieces I’m working on.  My husband, Jack,  works from this pile cutting out the arm warmer pieces with a template, and rotary cutter.  He is a huge help doing this step for me!!!  There are no two arm warmers alike because  I have thousands of pieces to pick from (thanks, Jack), and I also have so many colors of thread to pick from!
I like to create about 5-10 arm warmers per evening after my “day” job.  I have several hundred right now, and I still have a couple months till September…. the first festival.    It’s really fun to create these arm warmers, and to think of all the people hanging around the arm warmer table trying to pick the perfect pair!  FUN!!!!  😀
Please stop by at one of the festivals this Fall, and say hi…. www.kreationality.com/festivals-and-stores

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
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