The Stone Mill Market
Wow! January seemed to be a combination of feeling like it would never end and a whirlwind of activity while I prepared for the Stone Mill Market. I was invited to be a participant at the 3rd semi-annual market for local small business crafts, foods, and home decor. It was held in the Warehouse on South Rogers Street in Bloomington, Indiana. I highly recommend a visit if you haven’t been to the Warehouse yet. It has a huge amount of indoor recreational activities for the whole family. It could be the perfect thing to do on a frigid February evening!
For a pretty cold February day we were fortunate to have a little under one thousand visitors and thirty vendors setup! It was a great combination of businesses and I really enjoyed getting to meet and chat with a variety of wonderful local people. This town sure has a lot to offer!
Do You Play Croquet?
I wanted to do a loose Alice in Wonderland Theme with a focus on the animals and a nod to Valentines day coming up! So, I painted some adorable animals featured in the novels. I drew in pencil and then inked and painted the drawings. I completed the walrus (from my favorite story the Walrus and the Carpenter) and the flamingo from the infamous playing card croquet match with the Queen of Hearts. To add to the set, I then painted a simple little Dodo and some vivid red and white roses. It was so fun to do! I realized today I totally missed out painting the hedgehogs, caterpillar and the mushrooms! I guess I have to pull the pencil and paints out and finish up the theme for February.
In Alice and Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts wants to cut off Alice’s head for the insult of painting her roses red. She may get a reprieve if she can play croquet, but the croquet balls they will play with are hedgehogs, the mallets are flamingos, and the goals playing cards. The odds are stacked against her!
I think the reason I identify with Alice is the idea of being a girl in a huge wonderful world and feeling very small and humbled by what she encounters. There is a definite feeling when you step out to adventure in to the wilderness. You can’t help but feel rejuvenated. However, curious sights and experiences confront you and fill you with awe.
I feel like the theme resonated with many people!
New Listings Coming Soon!
The artwork applied to greeting cards turned out to be really popular. I was so pleasantly surprised! One the next few days I will be listing the greeting cards for sale in my shop to purchase. I currently have 16 different designs.
I’m also available for custom work if you have any ideas you want me to bring to life for you! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any opportunities!
I’ve got a few things in the works (hedgehogs and caterpillars for sure!), but I’m loving all the ideas I’ve been gathering along the way from friends and customers! Keep them coming and thanks so much for your support!