Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Renegade Handmade and Naming News

This weekend some of our friends from Oswego (that's the suburban hometown in which I was raised) came up to visit. Last time they were up here the Renegade Craft Fair was going on and I really wanted to take them because they are both fellow crafters. But, unfortunately it was a very rainy day so no one was up for walking outside in mass crowds of people. So, this time I decided to take them to Renegade Handmade, which is a handmade shop near the Division Blue Line stop.

It was awesome!!! They had a bunch of sweet plush and some really cool handmade prints of posters for bands (like Death Cab and Feist). Elliot found a Seibei shirt (Sandwich Dinosaur... can't find the real shirt but that's the link to the kid's version) that he has been wanting, which is exciting because he didn't have to pay shipping. I aslo got a pretty kickin' shirt ------>
It's cupcakes getting on the L... SO CUTE! It even has the little saftey dots by the edge. Yay for the cute cupcake shirt!

The other purchase I made that was really exciting was a Shawnimals plush. I learned about Shawnimals last year around Christmas break and that is really what inspired me to start making plush ^_^ I've been wanting a plush from Shawnimals for quite some time now and I am now the proud owner of a Pocket Pork ^_^ The best news is that the pocket pork is handmade! Once I found the black stitching at the bottom I knew that he had to come home with me.

In other news, with the opening of Lollishops coming up so soon, I've been thinking a lot about my shop title, AliceTwasBrillig. I use this screenname on pretty much every website that I venture to. But, I've been thinking lately that it is way to hard to spell and it isn't related to what I am selling. So I think the store is switching over to the name "Plushzels", a cross between Plushies and Puzzles. I was a little nervous about my Etsy store name being different from my Lollishop name but, the Lollies were super helpful! They suggested that I keep my Etsy account and just change my banner to say "Plushzels by AliceTwasBrillig" and then tag everything with "plushzels" so that I don't loose my feedback and sale numbers. I'm excited to get to work on the new banners ^_^

Oh and update on current projects: Still working on my website, doing a chipmunk make-up design today, and finally started up work on my gingerbread house for the Lollishops Contest ^_^

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Blood and Gore

I've been wounded. This was last week's make-up project... just in time for Halloween! I have a lovely bruise on my forehead and some nice scratches. Today in make-up I made a pretty decent beard but, it totally freaked me out and was really uncomfortable so I ripped it off before getting a picture.

Well it's official, Barack Obama is going to be the next President, I think that is pretty freaking awesome! I got a nice button that says "I WAS THERE" because I totally was. I went to Grant Park and watched the election results and then the speech right there with the rest of Chicago and it was amazing. I'm so excited for the next four years.

The 17th floor had it's first weekly Double Feature Night tonight. We watched Boogie Nights and The Graduate... the sad thing is that I hadn't seen either of those movies until tonight but, they were both excellent.

Upcoming projects; I've been thinking of how I'm going to fashion a gingerbread house for Lollishops, have to memorize a scene in jibberish by 10:30 tomorrow for acting (half way through that class then, only design courses for me!), need to decide on an animal for next week's make up design, and I'm going to be helping a friend with a video on Sunday.

I feel really vain... only have pictures of myself up here so far... that isn't any good. So for now here is Oswald showing his Obama pride.