They offer wall plaques, figures on sticks, all sorts of things.
Don looked at my stitched designs and asked how I punch the holes. When I told him I punch them by hand, one by one, he suggested I need a punch with pins set in formation so I can punch the design all at once. "I know
- I definitely have that in my head, but I don't know how to make one or how to find someone to make it for me." The pins need to be very fine to punch the smallest hole possible, set close together and very sturdy so I can punch multiple layers at once. I could see the wheels turning in Don's head. Cheryl told me he has made custom combs for a silk artist friend to marbleize paint on top of water for dying the silk.
Don said he'd be happy to try to come up with something for me. I'm hoping we can collaborate on a new tool for me once this busy show season is over.
Don & Cheryl's business is called Louise's Daughter. Their website is here
Their Etsy shop is here
Their blog is here
Meeting these two was the highlight of my day at that show. I told Don that and he said he always says at shows he either makes friends or makes money. I made both that day. :-)
Edited to add: Don wrote a nice entry
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After that show at Mercy High School, I promised a story about a rude vendor. I'd never seen anything like it. Late in the afternoon, a woman came into my booth with a piece of paper and a pencil asking me to rate the show: Bad, Really Really Bad, Good or Great. I answered her Good, THEN I asked her if she was with the Mercy organizers. She said, "No, I'm just a bored vendor who has only sold 2 things today." I was stunned. I never would have answered her had I known she wasn't with the school. (And I certainly should have known she wasn't, by the tone of her question.)
She proceeded down the row to other vendors, stopping to talk with one group in a way too loud voice. The jewelry designer next to me and I kept looking at each other horrified. (We commented, maybe she'd sell more stuff if she stayed in her booth!) After about 10-15 minutes of her jabbering, I went and found one of the organizers and told her what was happening and that she needed to be stopped before she drove all of our customers away.
I was so stunned by her behavior, I didn't know what to think. Were it to happen again, I think I'd be prepared to explain to the person why what they are doing is a bad idea on so many levels. Not that I think she'd slap her forehead and say, "Wow, you're right! I never thought of it that way," but I'd feel better for having said it.
They eventually did catch up with her after she'd made her way around half the room. When the lead organizer emailed me after the show, I told her I hoped The Rude Vendor would never be invited back - and she assured me she would not.
What are people thinking??
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2008 HOLIDAY BAZAAR ARTS & CRAFTS SALE
Sponsored by the RMSC Women's Council
Friday, November 21: 5:00pm–9:00pm
Saturday, November 22: 9:30am–5:00pm
Sunday, November 23: 11:00am–4:00pm
$4 one day; $7 two days; children 12 and under FREE.
Friday Night Special for RMSC Members: admission $2 this night only!
More than 180 exhibitors of original art and hand-made crafts fill the museum galleries and Eisenhart Auditorium with thousands of beautiful, unusual items for holiday gifts and decor.
Enjoy food and beverages at the Cunningham House Café, located in the former studio of Rochester artist Kathleen Cunningham, who donated her home to the RMSC. Now part of the science center campus, the building houses administrative offices and is not usually open to the public.
This year's event also features a free raffle, door prizes, and a used book sale.