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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Sewing class

KarenFerner.Photo1I signed up for a sewing class last year to create a reversible tote.  It was a Groupon deal, and it sounded fun.  Unfortunately, I never used it, but the business owner allowed me to use the face value of my Groupon when they offered the class again!  I am excited that the class is this Saturday.  I have created lots of totes, but I like to try new ideas, and especially with IN PERSON instruction.  There is always something to learn!  It’s going to be a fun time, and I will create this cool tote with my new bolts of remnant fabric I purchased a few weeks ago.  The texture of the fabric will be perfect for a reversible tote.  YAY!  So excited.

I have been playing around with the idea of teaching a class myself.  I could do it in Rochester, or do an online class.  It was suggested to me last year to do an online instructional video, but I just did not have the time.  I think it would be fun to do the video instruction, and it would also be fun to do the in person class.  We’ll see how that works out.
Let me know if you would be interested in an online, or in person class on creating clothing from upcycled materials.  I am working on lots of new ideas for my pieces, and have a photo session scheduled for March 10th.  Look for preview photo at www.facebook.com/kreationality and then available for purchase at www.kreationality.com

Send me an email with any questions, or ideas!!  info@kreationality.com

Karen