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Happy Monday! (And did you know about this giveaway?)

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. My weekend was a bit spotty. Saturday I set up shop at the Peoria Heights Art Fair. On the upside, I got to meet all sorts of wonderful people. On the downside, it was ridiculously cold and windy! It took me hours to thaw out. The weather was much nicer on Sunday, and SciFi Man and I went out to celebrate a little holiday my family created to celebrate one particularly lucky day back in 1997. We had some delicious Japanese hibachi food. You know, the sort that is cooked right at your table and involves flames and the squirting of sake into the diner’s mouths. Yum!

This week started out with the lovely surprise that Liesl (of Liesl Made, and whose work I adore!) really likes the Little Birds Journal she bought from me awhile ago. I discovered this via her interview on Whimsy House. It’s a good interview– you should take a moment to check it out. As if that weren’t cool enough, the interview is paired with a giveaway. Leave a comment over there and be entered to win one of Liesl’s marvelous Butcher’s Aprons. I’d like to win one myself. I love the combination of gorgeous fabric and simple, clean styling.

Bloomington Farmer's MarketThe Fancy Schmancy Market is coming up this Saturday, so I’ve got a lot of work to do to prepare for that!  Also, the Bloomington Farmer’s Market is starting up this Saturday. And since I can’t be in two places at once, my good friend from yellow dragonfly designs will be there with her jewelry and some lovelies from Anodyne Design. (And in reverse, I’ll have some of her awesome earrings on display at Fancy Schmancy!) The Farmer’s Market runs from 7:30 a.m. until noon, and the Fancy Schmancy Market runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. You should stop by and see at least one of us!

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Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

Just a little reminder: The Earth Day Festival I’ve been talking about all week is TOMORROW. I know, I know, Earth Day was yesterday, but festivals just work better on weekends. And besides, weren’t you all just saying, “Earth Day should be everyday”? I bet you were. So pretend like it’s everyday and come out to the festival tomorrow.

It’s rainy and miserable out today, but I have it from a good source (yeah, weather.com) that the rain should let up for the whole duration of the festival, the sun should peek out, and the temperature will be a positively balmy 70 degrees. Seriously, take advantage of the break in the rain to come out, hear some music, eat some food, celebrate being good stewards of the planet, and check out the local art and craft scene. While I can’t speak for everyone, I know I will have lots of specially-prepared eco-friendly goodies out, and yellowdragonfly designs will be there with some awesome vintage luggage that she has transformed into tables.

Bloomington Farmer's MarketI have a few other events to tell you about,  too! First, did you notice that I have a little “Upcoming Events” box in the right sidebar? In case you are looking for Anodyne Design this summer, you can find out where I’ll be by checking that space. After the Earth Day Festival, I’ll be at the Peoria Heights Art Fair on May 8th, and the Fancy Schmancy Market on May 15th. I will also be sharing a space with yellowdragonfly designs at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market all summer long, starting on May 15th.

I’m really excited about the start of market season this year. I just started doing them last year, and being a naturally shy person I was pretty nervous about it. I hadn’t anticipated how fun and satisfying it would be to interact with people who share my interests in buying local and handmade. I’ve missed it all winter. I hope to see some of you at one or more of these markets and festivals. If you make it out, do stop and say hello!

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Fall Market on the Riverfront – Week 2

Fall Market on the Riverfront - 10/10/09
Fall Market on the Riverfront – 10/10/09

Thank goodness for sunshine! It was another cold Saturday morning, but at least it was dry and mostly sunny. It was nice to see everyone that came out, but it would have been nice to see a few more faces! Some people are speculating that our regular visitors are off on the Spoon River Drive. I hope you all make it down to the Fall Market next Saturday, when we will be joining forces with the Fancy Schmancy Fall Festival! There’s going to be so much crafty goodness, and it’s a good time to get started in thinking about holiday gifts.

I almost sold out of clip magnets this weekend, so I’ll making some new ones this week. I will also be adding them to the online shop for the first time, so keep an eye out for that. I also debuted some new gift tags made from recycled and repurposed material, and those will be appearing in the online shop this week, too.

I hope you had a lovely, sunny Saturday, too! Even more, I hope I see you on the Riverfront next weekend!

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Fall Market on the Riverfront – Week 1

Fall Market on the Riverfront 10/3/09
Fall Market on the Riverfront 10/3/09

It was cold and wet and gloomy at the Fall Market yesterday. You can see the pain on poor SciFi man’s face. We shivered for 4 hours, saw a few brave souls, but mostly spent our time lamenting how only fools (read: us) would go out in this weather. Thank you SO much to the few shoppers who braved the weather and stopped by. You brightened my day!

The booth next to us kept us interested, as they were being filmed for an upcoming episode of MTV’s True Life. The MTV people kept talking about how they couldn’t find any Starbucks in our city. After we told them where it is, they had to abandon ship and drive halfway across town to get Starbucks coffee, even though there were several local shops within walking distance who would have happily served them coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker, so maybe I don’t understand, but it seemed a bit silly to me.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that next Saturday will be a great market day, sunny and lovely! If you’re in Peoria, I’d love to see you down there.

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Last RiverFront Market

A foggy morning at the market.

The last RiverFront Market of the season ended on a foggy note, punctuated with thunderclaps. Fortunately the thunder didn’t arrive until the very end, and we missed the rain. It was a good market day, filled with familiar faces, and I even got to see a few of my bags “in action” around the market, which always makes me happy.

Even though today was the last day of the RiverFront Market, next Saturday marks the beginning of the month-long Fall Market on the Riverfront. The first four Saturdays in October, from 8 a.m. to noon, Anodyne Design will be appearing at the Fall Market between Old Chicago and River Station in downtown Peoria. Drop by and say hello! It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts, and what’s sweeter than something handmade?

For the past month or two, I’ve been lucky to have my booth next to another great Etsy seller, Hey Lola. She makes amazing jewlery out of recycled old jewelry, giving new life to pieces in need of a little love. She also always has this gorgeous display of recycled flower hair clips that I’ve loved seeing every week. Very creative and pretty stuff there! I’m miss being “neighbors” at the Fall Market.

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A Mini Coin Purse

Someone at the farmer’s market pointed out that there was a chance coins could slip out of my card wallets. I hadn’t really thought about it, since I had made them specifically for cards, but it’s a very good point. So I went home and went to work on a zippered coin purse. The first one came out embarassingly wonky, and is now part of my private collection, the next was a tad too large, and the third was just right. (Perhaps I should have named it the Goldilocks Coin Purse if I’m going to tell it this way!) By just right, I mean it’s the same size as the card wallet, so they stack up nicely. Let me know what you think:

Coin Purse in Peacock Green

Imagine all the things you could keep in one these. Of course, my first thought was lip balm. But I think that may be my addiction talking.

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Another Day at the Market

Another Saturday, another market day. It was overcast going into sprinkles, and the only sun we had all day came in the form of this lovely sunflower, which SciFi man bought from Green Acres Herb Farm booth. We had one bumblebee who just loved this flower and kept returning to it throughout the morning.

Sunflower at the Market

Even though the weather was dreary, we had a good time snacking on some locally made cookies and talking with the market shoppers who braved the weather. Thanks to those of you who chose today to leave with a new bag or magnet set! It was nice to see some familiar faces in the crowd. I think getting to know the “regulars” is one of my favorite parts of selling at the RiverFront market. It was also good to see that our lettuce guy had returned. We missed him for the last two weeks.

Tomorrow is the second Fancy Schmancy Flea Market of the summer! It’s from 10am – 3pm at the Franciscan Recreation Complex in West Peoria. I definitely recommend you stop by to say hello to me and to check out the rest of the great local artists that will be there.

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A Beautiful Day at the Market

The view from my booth at the market. Can you believe that sky?
The view from my booth at the market. Can you believe that sky?

It was another beautiful day at the RiverFront Market yesterday. The sky was unbelievably blue and filled with puffy white clouds. It was cool and breezy. And the people were plentiful and friendly. I got to chat with so many people, some new and some I’m beginning to recognize as regulars. And, of course, I loaded up on fresh produce for the week. “Triple sweet corn,” a bouquet of basil (which is going into a marvelous vegan pesto tonight!), and a bag full of gorgeous peaches, among other things.

Fresh veggies at the Hartz Produce stand.
Fresh veggies at the Hartz Produce stand.

I also debuted a new quilted tote bag at the market this week. I quilted the fabric myself, in a simple pattern of perpendicular straight lines, but I think future versions of these new bags are going to give me a great opportunity to work on stippling with my new, and as-yet-unused, free-motion foot. I love the quilting and the soft structure of these bags. They’re also quite roomy, and I think rather pretty, especially with that green french velvet ribbon for trim.

New quilted tote bags.
New quilted tote bags.

All in all, it was another lovely Saturday morning and I’m looking forward to next week already! Do stop by and say hello! And remember, if you are looking for something particular that you don’t see in my booth, or my shop, I always welcome emails for custom work.

On another note, you may have noticed in my site redesign that I have added a link to the Anodyne Design Facebook fan page. Please take a moment to check it out and become a fan. I update it frequently with information about past and future events and photos. And I expect it will be home to special offers and giveaways in the future. You wouldn’t want to miss out on something like that, would you?

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Saturday Ritual

View from the RiverFront Market

My Saturdays this summer have become a ritual. Wake up too early for my liking and pack up for the Farmer’s Market. On the way to the market, pick up two french toast bagels and one container of hazelnut cream cheese, to share with SciFi Man. Spend four hours at the market making friends, people watching, and buying delicious local produce. Our selections vary from week to week, but we always buy something from our “lettuce guy” and the “tomato man.”

The tomato man always draws faces on his unusually-shaped tomatoes. I love that little detail.
The tomato man always draws faces on his unusually-shaped tomatoes. I love that little detail.

After the market, we go out to lunch and then go home for a post-market nap. I love that my Saturdays have fallen into such a nice, predictable pattern, even though the details of people, produce, and restaurants change from week to week. I also love getting an opportunity to interact with my customers in person. Today was a great day for selling my reusable grocery bags (what better place for one of those than the farmer’s market?), and SciFi man was kind enough to capture a shot of one of my bags in action. I love knowing that someone finds usefulness and beauty in something I’ve made.

Reusable Grocery Bag Action Shot!
Reusable Grocery Bag Action Shot!

Do you have a Saturday (or any other day) ritual? What do you do? If you are in central Illinois and don’t already, you should consider adding the RiverFront market to your Saturday ritual. I’m there every week–come say hello!

One of the regular vendors at the RiverFront market always makes these gorgeous bouquets.
One of the regular vendors at the RiverFront market always makes these gorgeous bouquets. My day is a little bit brighter for seeing them!
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Week 2 At the Farmer’s Market

Peoria RiverFront Market Booth Set Up - Week 2

Today was my second week at the Peoria RiverFront Market. The weather looked a bit iffy early on, and we got a few sprinkles (which the musician sang about until the rain stopped – It’s only raiiiiining, not a reason to stay inside!), but then the sun came out and things were lovely. Market traffic picked up considerably once the clouds began to clear, too.

A dear friend came to help me out at the market today, so that SciFi Man could get a bit of extra beauty sleep. Between eating farm-fresh strawberries, people watching, and interacting with vendors and shoppers, I think we both enjoyed ourselves. There were plenty of dogs (even one that had it’s own stroller to ride in!) and babies walking (well, not the babies themselves, of course) through the market, and one parrot, who seemed to be pretty popular with everyone. I definitely love being able to talk with the people who stop at my booth. Several people asked about items I don’t currently have, and that has given me some good ideas to work on for next week. I’m starting with zippered change purses. My helper gave me a few good ideas, too. I’ll keep you posted on how those shape up this week.

I am still working on how best to set up my booth. It will definitely continue to evolve as I expand my available items. I like having my tables in an L-shape, but I think perhaps shoppers would prefer if they were just flat across the front of the booth, so that they don’t have to “come in” to my tent. I don’t know. What do you think–would that make a difference to you? My booth is on the grass, between the parking lot (where all the food/produce vendors are) and the river, which makes for a lovely view for me. I’ll do my best to remember to take a photo of the river for next week.