Friday, September 19, 2008

We are Pumpkinbear

Look what my awesome little monkey learned in school this week:

The teachers incorporated 15 minutes of singing into the daily curriculum this semester, and so Willow's absorbent little mind is chock-full of folk songs now: This Land is Your Land, Where is Thumbkin, Looby-Lu, The Paw-Paw Patch, The Name Game--if Pete Seger sang it, my kid knows it. Thursdays are request days, and although I keep secretly wishing that Will would request something that rawks, like Rufus Wainwright or Kimya Dawson, she's pretty into her teacher's lap dulcimer-thingy.

In other news, the family here is deep into prep for Strange Folk, festival of awesomeness, which is NEXT WEEKEND! For those of you who will be there with bells on, my booth is #243, by the tennis courts. There are still some things that I'd like to make, but this coming week is all about display and branding. We're going to buy a cheapo EZ-Up from Sam's this weekend and set it up in the basement playroom for a mock booth, and then after Strange Folk we're going to return that EZ-Up, because the EZ-Ups from Sam's suck. Matt is in process designing me a logo that I can freezer paper stencil onto some shirts for us and perhaps potato stamp onto bags or print onto fabric that I've soaked in Bubble Jet set. Here's the one he made that I like the best--

--but Matt has to make me a simpler design for the stencils, so I don't have to deal with all those islands on the bear or the thin little lines on the pumpkin.

And in between cleaning house, and sewing one more miniature T-shirt quilt (I can't stop!), and finding a big bag of wet laundry that I put out on the back porch YESTERDAY and never got around to hanging up, and having a friend over to cut out felt shapes for our felt boards, and zipping by the grocery store with Sydney (Bob's Red Mill pancake mix and baked dessert mixes were on SALE!!!), the girls and I worked on a table cover for one of the two tables that I'll have in my booth.

In my artist's statement (If you haven't seen it, here it is at the bottom of the page), I think I made it clear that I consider all my work collaborative with my girls, and so I wanted that to be reflected in the booth display. While I hope that my other display items will be a little more sedate, most of the table covers will be, well, covered, anyway, so we went all out. We painted and colored--

--and cut and collaged (the books are usually outdated textbooks or children's books that we get for free from various places and they live in one special bin in the art room--not even Sydney is confused by what books we cut and color in and what books we don't, and Sydney cuts the couch and colors on the walls)----and the end result might be a little wacky----but you can surely tell that some joyful children participated in its creation.

Next up, a bunting and the logo T-shirts for the family. Also, Willow wants to make and sell something, too, and I'm all for the idea...but I can't think of what! I tried sewing her some books out of old book pages for her to dictate stories in and illustrate them, but they're so precious that I can't sell them! Could she attractively color on old picturebook pages or other vintage papers and I could turn them into greeting cards? Model stuff out of dryer lint dough? Paint rocks?

Any ideas?


Anonymous said...

There's something irresistably cute about a little child singing. :)

We did an "altered books" project in our homeschool literary co-op that involved messing up books; your project with cutting up books reminded me of that. So fun!

Your Etsy shop is great! i love how you re-use old things to make cool new stuff. By the way, the link above your artist's statement (in the Vendor's list) has an extra http:// in it...not a biggie as long people know to delete it to actually get to your Etsy site. :)

julie said...

I know--when a little kid sings, they always look like Shirley Temple to me. Makes me want to dress them up in fluffy little short dresses and tap shoes.

I told the fair organizer about the weird link a couple of days ago, but apparently she seems to think that she has more to do the week before a major craft fair that she's organizing than to fix a vendor's extra http//. Humph. I'm glad you were about to figure it out, though--I think that it shouldn't trip up too many people before/if it gets fixed.

And I'm glad you liked my shop! I wish it got more love--my dream of using it to quit my, um, night job isn't exactly coming true, but it is fun to have.

Abby said...

Willow rules! Montessori kind of rocks. Stop making me jealous. :)