Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yet Another Show

It's that time of year where I do a show almost every weekend. This one coming up is a very special one: The Maine Crafts Guild Directions Craft Show at the Mount Desert Island High School this coming weekend August 1, 2 & 3 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

I'm so pleased to be involved in the Directions Show. I've been going to the show as a customer since I was in High School (I was a craft geek at that age-- always a trendsetter). I always considered Directions the Gold Standard of Craft Shows around here, and never would have dreamed as a High School kid that I would some day be selling my work there. So I'm very honored to be there for the second year.

This is the official info:
33rd Annual Directions Fine Crafts Show, Mount Desert Island High School, Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road), 5 miles from Bar Harbor. Friday Evening Aug. 1st 5-9pm, Saturday & Sunday Aug. 2 & 3 10am - 5pm. Meet Maine's finest professional craft designers and artists in this show featuring over 70 artisans and everything from gold jewelry to felted slippers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Neat Art & Craft Event this Weekend

On July 26th and 27th, I'll be at a neat event with two artist friends. Linden O’Ryan will feature her watercolor paintings and cards, collages and handmade lampshades. & Heather Murray of Bar Harbor will feature her handcrafted contemporary jewelry designs in silver and gold. I'll be there with a huge selection of all my things. The event will be both outdoors under a tent and indoors in The Linden O'Ryan Studio. Visitors will get a peek at a working artist’s studio, refreshments and a chance to speak with and purchase work directly from the artists themselves.

Come see us from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, July 26th and from noon to 4pm on Sunday, July 27th at The Linden O’Ryan Gallery 92 Herrick Road in Southwest Harbor. Turn at the Wendell Gilley Museum and continue for 4/10 of a mile and look for the oval sign. Please call 244-0463 for more information. To preview each artist’s work, visit their websites at: lindenoryan.com, fernhousestudio.com, heathermurray-jeweler.com

Sunday, July 20, 2008

It's A Maine Thing

My friend and fellow dreamer-up-of-ideas Leslie Harlowe just emailed me about her blog It's A Maine Thing-- Hezzy's Blog. It's a neat blog about Maine and Maine facts, adventures, cultural events and the like. Leslie also co-owns and operates a really cool place called The Maine Grind, a coffee bar in this rockin' (renovated) old Masonic Hall. We have these things called "Odd Fellows Halls" and "Masonic Halls" in Maine and they are the greatest old buildings. Almost always very big, and built at a time when people were not concerned about high energy prices. They always have lots of charm! I think that a photographer could have a wonderful time going around photographing these old buildings. There's a neat one in Sullivan, Maine, right near my boyfriend's place that's now a gallery/antiques place caled Art & Old Things.

But I digress, do check out Leslie's blog if you're a lover of Maine, arts & culture or sailing. Sure to please.

Another local blog I came upon today is Ken and Linda Perrin's new blog about their Ellsworth business called Atlantic Art Glass. They do fabulous blown glass and their new blog has lots of impressive and fancy content. Very intriguing and fun writing on there, too... go click that link right now and check it out.

Both these blog's are linked to in my sidebar under artsy, craftsy and fun links, so you can always get there from here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Next Gig

My next upcoming event is my mom's church's fair, The Downeast Fair, celebrating it's 50th year this year! Amazing! I remember going to it as a kid and getting the lemon with a candy stick in it. Just the thought of sucking lemon juice thru a candy straw now makes me shudder! But anyway, I'll be there, with a limited selection of my things--mostly cards, prints and puppets. It's the 50th Annual Downeast Fair at Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove, Maine. Saturday July 19th. Starts at 9am and gets over around 2pm or 3pm.

I've got several new print designs and hopefully I'll have them from my framer in time to sell there. The Owl Acrobatics above is one of them.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Cards

I have two new card designs for sale. They'll be up on my website very soon, and are already listed on my etsy shoppe.

The Owl and the Pussycat is a fold over card that comes with envelopes. It's been a popular image as a print, so I decided to offer it as a card. Inspired, of course, by the children's story.
The fairy postcard is a standard sized postcard featuring a photo of one of my fairy finger puppets atop a felted mushroom.

You can also purchase these cards very soon at String Theory Yarn in Blue Hill, Maine and The Blossom Studio in Brooklin, Maine.
Hope you like them.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Cool Show Stuff

I'm sick of carrying around my bank-freebie vinyl moneybag at shows. I decided to get myself a cool apron for shows so I can stash my cash in there in style. So off I went to etsy and found this cool little owl number from Boojiboo's etsy shop (Shown on the bottom). Only mine is brown owl fabric not blue, but as it's sold it's no longer there, hence I show you the blue one.

There were lots of cool aprons to choose from, but this one won out because of it's many pockets made especially for craft shows.

But a few other nifty ones were the pink one with the cool flowers (posted in the middle here) and pockets from xoelle's shop and this cool tulle apron with a retro deer (at the top of this post) from flappergirl's shop.

So many aprons, so little disposable income!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

String Theory

There's this great yarn shop in Blue Hill Nearby to me called String Theory.
Here's an example of some of their lovely yarn:

Their online store is neat, too. I used some of their hand dyed yarn for hair for my new fairy finger puppets, and they put them in their online gallery of stuff made with their hand dyed yarn. So take a peek... it's got all kinds of neat stuff and there's even a slide show of stuff people have made.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

All the Upcoming Gigs

I'm pleased to present my Summer & Fall schedule (thus far) of very high quality, juried venues. It's been a lot of work putting this schedule together. Here it is...

Fern House Studio 2008 Shows
Art, Cards + Puppets by Christina Heiniger
July 26 & 27 Open Studio with Linden O'Ryan
& Heather Murray at Linden O'Ryan Gallery, 92 Herrick Road,
Southwest Harbor, Maine. 10am-4pm Saturday & noon-4pm Sunday.

August 1, 2 & 3 Directions Fine Craft Show (33rd Annual)
Mt. Desert Island High School, Eagle Lake Road, Mt. Desert
Friday 8/1 5 - 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 8/2 & 3 10am - 5pm

August 16 Open Studio with Philip Frey at Philip Frey Studio,
Cedar Lane, Sullivan, Maine. 11am - 3pm Info: 422.2008

August 23 Designing Women Show & Sale, Atlantic Oakes
Conference Center, Bar Harbor, Maine. 9am - 4pm

September 19, 20 & 21 Common Ground Country Fair
(Maine Marketplace Area), Unity, Maine. Gates open at 9am.

October 25 & 26 2008 Homecoming Craft Fair,
University of Maine Field House, Orono, Maine.
Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm.

November 1 Designing Women Show & Sale,
Husson College, Bangor, Maine. 9am - 4pm

November 14 & 15 The Gifted Hand: Fine Art, Craft
& Gift Show, Holiday Inn, 215 High Street, Ellsworth,
Maine. Friday noon - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm.

November 22 The School Around Us Craft Faire,
Kennebunk High School, Kennebunk, Maine.
Saturday, 9am - 4pm.

More to come...

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

I'm Back

It's been a really long time since I updated my blog, but I'm happy to report I'm back at it! So much has happened. Too much to begin to say, so I'll just let you all know about upcoming shows for now...

I've been collaborating on selling things a lot with artist Linden O'Ryan. We'll be doing an open studio together on July 26 & 27, 2008. The Open Studio with Linden O'Ryan & Heather Murray will take place at Linden O'Ryan Gallery, 92 Herrick Road, Southwest Harbor, Maine. 10am - 4pm Saturday & noon - 4pm Sunday. Info: 244.0463 or www.LindenOryan.com. Featuring paintings, puppets and cards by myself, paintings and lampshades by Linden O'Ryan and jewelry by Heather Murray.

There's some lovely examples of Heather's Jewelry at the top of this post. Hope you can make it!