Doesn't our booth look cute? We had just finished setting it up and surviving a little bit of rain (you know, just to complicate set up!). I was pleased with how we managed to fit two business in our booth. Crabtree Studio AND Stardust Stitches Stardust Stitches is Jessica's new business - you know Jessica - of Plushroom Soup fame? Yep - that one! And her new business is in addition to Plushroom and features lots of handmade lovelies such as slippers/house shoes and therapy pillows and they're great so go check them out here.
I was selling some of my favorites - the jointed elephants. I love making these so very much! They take a long time, and require a lot of careful work, but the finished product is so sturdy and well made. I have talked to people who have bought my first elephants from that very first NoCoast I did (over 5 years? was that 2006 or 2007?) and they are still going strong - even being passed down from one kid to the next. That makes me so happy!
I also debuted all the new children's clothing. Reversible dresses! Super fun pants! And skirts with built in shorts! I love how clothing really lets me play with just the right color and pattern combinations. I enjoy the plush animals - but I am such a stickler for more "traditional" colored animals that I don't make any pink floral ones with grey polka dots! (I know I could, I know. But I'm obsessive and weird like that, let's just roll with it, shall we?) Clothing, however, I feel free to make all kind of playful and fun combinations. Later this week I will highlight some of my favorites - but if you can't wait - feel free to check out some of the clothing in the store.
And here I am in the booth! And before you ask - no - I did not make my dress. I meant to make a dress for No Coast, but as time ticked down, I thought my time would be better spent on making inventory rather then something for myself. Cobbler's children and all, none for myself. Speaking of which - every dress and elephant - Lily would get so excited - for Lily? And I'd say no, for No Coast. I think at the end she thought No Coast was a person that got all the wonderful things I was making! For those that are going to ask - the dress is from here.
And here's Jessica. Isn't she deliciously vintage? Looking good girl! I should note - both of these pictures of us was BEFORE we melted away. It was so miserably hot and steamy. We only survived by drinking lots of water, and generous doses of icecream sold in the airconditioned cafe in the Nature Center.
Speaking of which! Wow, guys, the park is awesome! It's such a wonderful gem - if you are near Minneapolis - you need to go check it out. Silverwood Park. Lots of nice trails that run around the lake and grounds. Great sculpture along the trails too, making it the perfect combination of nature and art.
However, with the heat I didn't really get to explore it very much, so I will come back once this heatwave is over. The fellow vendors were great too - I love our next door neighbors Oh Dier and had to buy one of their adorable wooden robots. I hope to buy a few of their wooden signs in the future too. And it wouldn't be No Coast without getting a fresh supply of handmade Minnesota wrapping paper from Local Produce.
So to quickly recap - the vendors were amazing, the park was wonderful, the heat was horrible, but our booth was cute and we met a lot of wonderful new people! If someone could promise we'd have nicer weather, I'd do it all over in a second!