What IS an online craft show????

ANSWER:  You can snuggle up in your pajamas with your computer, tablet or smartphone, a favorite cup of tea and shop till you drop (or doze…..whichever may happen first) all in the comfort of your own home.
The first #CRAFTfest event has concluded on this side of the pond. Be on the lookout for another event in September 2016 and a Christmas event as well.
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     In the meantime, if you aren’t familiar with online craft shows/events you may be interested in learning more. A couple of sites that I would recommend are www.craftsfaironline.com and www.ezcraftshow.com These two sites will give you an idea of what online craft shows/events are and how they are run.
     #CRAFTfest has been conducting online events since 2010. They are a group from the UK who are expanding their activities to both America and soon to Australia. Another Best of Britain event will take place in June 2016. #CRAFTfest is a community marketing event and they provide tutorials and instruction on how to use social media for marketing activities. Learn more by visiting their website at www.craftfest-events.com.

Ready…….Set…….SHOP!!!!!!

Kate2

Murmuring and Lathe Sounds

Our youngest son working hard during tear down at an event.  He's a very important part of the 57 Artifacts Team.

Our youngest son working hard during tear down at an event. He’s a very important part of the 57 Artifacts Team.

This morning I’m in 57 Artifacts’ “work room” (our name for the office) and from the shop I’m hearing one of the most heart warming sounds that a mother can hear – the murmuring of my husband, our youngest son and the lathe!  At 14.5 years old our youngest son is entering the deep end of teenage-hood as he begins high school in a few weeks.  Even though we’ve had 5 older children go through this journey before it’s a new adventure with each one.  All too soon our youngest will be out on his own, this is one of those moments to cherish.  (Happy Mom sigh!!!!)
Speaking of lathe sounds, Cliff has been in turning mode for the last two weeks.   He’s turned handles for ice cream paddles, coffee scoops, vegetable peelers,  bottle stoppers, pens and is working on candlestick designs.  I’ll be getting a sampling of these items posted to our Etsy site within the next day or two.
Ceramic vegetable peeler with hand turned acrylic handle.

Ceramic vegetable peeler with hand turned acrylic handle.

Amazing designs and details can be accomplished with a lathe and Cliff enjoys experimenting!  We also incorporate features that people suggest or that we like to increase the utility of the piece or the visual appeal.  The vegetable peeler above is a good example  – see how the handle is “wavy”?  This design feels good in your hand and is easy to hold on to securely while the peeler is being used.  This design appears in a few different items and it’s one of our favorites.  In fact it is modeled after the handle of our favorite ice cream paddle of the last 15 + years that recently broke from years of use.  Cliff very carefully measured, calculated and sketched out the ergonomic details of our former ice cream paddle and has recreated many of its fine features (one of which is good leverage to scoop up ice cream that is frozen very hard!) in handles that he has recently turned.   The ice cream lover in your family is sure to appreciate this design!
Of course a prototype was prepared and is being tested by our family, especially the teenage boy!  Thus far the performance of the prototype is very good!!!  Early test results indicate that the prototype ice cream paddle seems to prefer Moose Tracks ice cream.  We’ll keep you posted on any further discoveries.
Blessings to you,

Kate2

Happy Summer Solstice!!!!!!

32579060_de03bbdcc4 I’ve put together a few photos from last week’s event adventure at Parktacular 2015.  Partacular Photos  Take a look and let us know what you think.  We’re working on finding or building display pieces for use at events and tradeshows like this.  It takes a while to get our “look” down – let us know what suggestions you might have.  We’ld like to hear from you!

In the meantime, who has the beach ball??