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!  😀    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

Events and Stuff…..

Sewing SuppliesLast year I got involved in the festivals a little late in the year, but I was accepted into several as a late entry, and we were SOOOOooo successful at each event we participated in.  We had fun, and everyone loved what I was creating.  I enjoyed sharing the process of what I do with those that asked.  I am working on doing a video (can’t find my camera cord), and I would also love to teach some classes.  All that is in the works.  Meanwhile, I have been so busy scurrying around buying up the sweaters, and other fun materials to keep me busy creating throughout the summer, so I can be super-prepared for the Fall events.  I did sign up for a few summer events, Fairport Canal Days, The Corn Hill Festival, and Hammonsport Festival of Crafts.  You can find the dates, and more info on my events page www.kreationality.com/festivals-and-stores .  The best time for me to participate in events is the Fall since I create mostly wool, and wool blend pieces.  Some of the festivals I am applying to are Greentopia, Naples Grape Festival, The Purple Painted Lady, Cohocton Fall Foliage, Letchworth Art Festival, Memorial Art Gallery Fine Arts, Rochester Museum Science Center, Spencerport Lions Craft Show, and, of course, The Holidays at the Market!!  I am waiting for acceptance on a few of these events.The Summer events will be different, and I’m not sure how my pieces will go over in the middle of summer, but I have lots of unique pieces other than clothing.  I have been creating the pillows, and I just purchased more upholstery remnant fabric from Gunlocke!  OMG, I love going in there, and choosing fabrics.  I have been embellishing the totes with pockets, and some beaded trim, and buttons.  These are heavy-duty totes that will last forever with this upholstery fabric.  I also create wall art from the wool sweaters.  A unique process of sewing the materials, and pulling over a canvas.  Not everyone has one of THESE pieces of art!!!
I am excited to say that I have recently re-worked my website, and business logo.  A talented designer, Alison Schantz, designed my new business card, and website banner using one of the photos from the December 2, 2012 Democrat & Chronicle article http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20121130/LIVING/311300028  Alison did an amazing job creating a fresh, new look for Kreationality that I love!  I also changed what I use for the shopping cart on the website.  I like the look of it much better, and it is easier for me to add items to the website.  The SHOP page is “under construction” right now, but will be functioning soon!
I would like to give “thanks” to the Rochester Artisans Yahoo Groups page where I find some great information, and have met some knowledgeable, and interesting folks.  Join here, if so desired.  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RochesterArtisans/ 
I look forward to seeing you at the next event: Fairport Canal Days, June 1&2.  If you see something you like on my website www.kreationality.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/kreationality, please email me for info/purchase at info@Kreationality.com
Happy Spring!!
Karen

Events and Totes

At the marketI have been slacking on the blogs while I learn all kinds of other fun stuff. I have been researching different ways on how to sell my pieces from my website, and I’m playing with new ideas of upcycled clothing for summer festivals that I have signed up for, and have been accepted to (yikes). I am participating in the Fairport Canal Days in June, and have applied to Corn Hill in July. I have been creating some totes with upholstery remnant material I came across. I learned this pattern from The Crafting Social where I took a class.  The totes are very sturdy, and reversible.  The colors are very nice, and so far everyone loves them.
Another thing I am working to do is to create a short video showing people how I get that fancy stitch on my clothing. I have had several people ask me, and “showing” is the best way to explain. I will be working on that soon!
I continue to create arm warmers for the 2013 events that will start in September.  I need hundreds of them, and I’m getting there.
I continue to watch for events to apply to. I am waiting to see if I am accepted to Letchworth Arts &Crafts Sale, and Clothesline.  I have been accepted to Greentopia, Naples Grape Festival, and The Purple Painted Lady. I also expect to return to Rochester Museum and Science Holiday Bazaar, and the Holidays at the Rochester Public Market. I love doing the events, and look forward to them.
Stay connected with me through Facebook www.facebook.com/kreationality and find my pieces for sale on Etsy at
www.etsy.com/shop/Kreationality
Thanks for your support!!
Karen