Sunday Afternoon Housewife

Handmade Crafts and Unsolicited Advice

Gearing up for the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange June 10, 2010

Filed under: bottle cap magnets,craft,Craft Fairs,Glass Tile Pendants,music — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 12:24 am

This last week I have spent an enormous amount of time getting ready for my favorite craft show of the year: the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange! The summer show will be held this Saturday, June 12, from 12pm-8pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts at 16th and Delaware in conjunction with the Independant Music and Arts Festival. Over 100 vendors will be on hand to showcase their handmade jewlery, clothing, plush toys, soaps, cross-stitches, and there will even be delicious edibles from vendors such as the Hot Cookie, who was recently featured in Ready Made Magazine!

Before I head to the IHE, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you some of the new goodies I’ll be bringing along. There’s a lot, so I hope you like pretty pictures, and I really can’t wait to see you this weekend! Also, don’t forget, that the first 50 people in line at the IHE table in the gym when the show opens at noon will get awesome reusable tote bags filled with IHE vendor swag. If you happen to be one of the lucky 50, bring your Sunday Afternoon Housewife postcard to my booth (Booth #63 in the Gallery#2) and claim your free goodie! I’ll see ya Saturday!


SXSW 2010 Wrap Up March 23, 2010

Filed under: Craft Fairs,music,sxsw,Texas 2010,Travel — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 9:09 pm

Sunday Afternoon Housewife had so much fun at SXSW this year! Besides visits to all sorts of bars and venues and eating at awesome Tex Mex resaurants (more on that later), I made it to the Fader Fort and to the MWTX Party, both of which were insane displays of awesome music (Frightened Rabbit, Man Man to name a few) and LOTS of people. Probably my favorite show by far was seeing Slim Cessna’s Auto Club for the 3rd year in a row, this year at Habana Calle 6. This band is one of the best live bands to see, ever!

Slim Cessna at Habana Calle 6, Austin, TX

Of course all of SXSW wasn’t play. There was a lot of work involved, too! Thursday I was set up at the Standard Recording Company SXSW Day Party at the Dirty Dog on 6th street.

Some of our sponsors banners outside the Dirty Dog on 6th Street, Austin, TX

Sponsor banners outside the Dirty Dog on 6th Street

This year sponsors Provocraft/ Yudu set up and silk-screened hundreds of shirts which were passed out free to attendees of the party. The shirts were all silk-screened on the spot, and lots of new people got to see the Yudu in action, get a free shirt, and some even got cool YuDu stickers!

Yudu Station at the Standard Recording SXSW Party

The shirts were a big hit! There were also lots of silk-screened tote bags passed out with the same image. All of the shirts were yellow, but the ink colors varied from orange to brown, red, and teal!

Our 2010 SXSW Tee Shirts Printed by Yudu

Also on hand was some of the Etsy*Austin crew. They had a make-and-take craft table and helped the party attendees make block prints and SXSW memory books! It was awesome to meet some of the Etsy*Austin gals and watch them in action. They were super busy most of the day teaching people how to make fun SXSW themed crafts.

The Etsy*Austin crew at the make-and-take craft table

For the second year in a row, Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching came and passed out some free goodies (but only if you knew the secret password from her newsletter!) and sold her super awesome embroidery patterns!

Jenny Hart's booth at the Standard Recording SXSW party

Of course I was set up to selling my scrabble tile pendants, resin pendants, and bottle cap magnets, too. I had a great time meeting lots of new people as well as meeting again some folks who came to our party last year and had bought pendants and came back for more! I even had one super sweet lady tell me she had thought about the pendants all year and was so glad she could buy some this year because she didn’t have cash last year. That made me feel super great. I was happy as could be to meet and make sales to such wonderful people from all over the United States!

Sunday Afternoon Housewife (me!) working my booth at the SXSW day party!

While I’ve spent all this time talking about crafts, let’s not forget we also had some great bands play some awesome music that day, too. The music that day was kicked off by Bald Eagle Refugees/ I Need Sleep, followed by Amo Joy, Harley Poe, Thunderhawk, Deadbeats, Dr. Manhattan (a new personal favorite!), Casper and the Cookies, and then Jookabox wrapped the day of music up with a fantastic set and a packed house.

Harley Poe was a crowd favorite!

Harley Poe was a crowd favorite for sure! Super fans drove all the way in from Oklahoma and north Texas just to see them play their set!

So, as if all this awesomeness on Thursday was not enough, Standard Recording Company had yet another kickin’ showcase on Saturday at Shakespeare’s Pub! The weather didn’t really want to cooperate with us on Saturday (high 40’s, wind, and moring thunderstorms! BOO!) but we were still able to set up and listen to so great music by Metavari, Deatbeats, Burnt Ones, Bridges & Powerlines, Thunderhawk, AmoJoy, and Husband & Wife.

The Deadbeats at Shakespeare's Pub

The Deadbeats played a great set as did Amo Joy and Thunderhawk. New to my ears were Metavari (who I really enjoyed!) and Bridges and Powerlines and the Burnt Ones. Husband & Wife rocked to a full room at the end of the day and everyone had a fantastic time!

Thunderhawk rocked out at Shakespeare's Pub

Of course I took advantage of the offer from Standard Recording to set up my goods at Shakespeare’s Pub that day. I did brisk business in the cold weather, but it was great yet again to meet new people. I even made a sale to a gent from Ireland, so now SAH is going global! Thanks to Bryanne for this great black and white picture of me working my booth at Shakespeare’s.

My booth at Shakespeare's Pub

Well, we’ve reached the end of this SXSW wrap up. I’ve got plenty more to write about though in the coming days including some awesome handmade in Texas crafty finds and reviews of all the Tex Mex places I ate while in Austin. Also, I’ve got a lot of work to do this week to build my inventory back up before my next show on April 3rd. I’ll be sharing some new jewelry later this week, too, so please check back!


SXSW Day One March 18, 2010

Filed under: music,sxsw,Texas 2010,Travel — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 12:22 am

Oh I wish I had pictures to share today! I don’t because I didn’t plan ahead and I don’t have my camera cord with me. I am using the Levi Fader Fort blogger lounge to send this message out. Tomorrow I will remember to bring it. Today has been a great day in Austin, TX. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, Mark is getting sunburnt (ok,maybe that’s not good, but it is a good indication we are in Austin!)… This morning I woke up with a mission to get from where I slept last night to where I was to sleep tonight, and after about 20 minutes of waiting at a bus stop I got on a Metro bus and got to my destination with much less trouble than I had anticipated. We are staying a a cute little place called the “Wee cottage” on the south side of Austin. I arrived and waited for my husband to get in. It was wonderful to see him after being apart for 6 days! He and the other half of Standard Recording headed out to 6th street to get their party on, and I waited for my lunch date to arrive. I had a great lunch with the awesome Jennifer Perkins at an awesome Mexican place. I filled up on salsa and quesadilla pretty fast, and we spent lunch chatting about all sorts of crafty goodness. It was such a fun lunch! (Thanks again Jennifer!) After that, I met up with my hubby and friends down on 6th street. Since then we have been scouring for free booze and free, good music. Right now we are planted at the Levi Fader Fort enjoying free Budwieser and Southern Comfort drinks. Our plans for the rest of this St. Patty’s day don’t amount to much. We have a day party tomorrow at the Dirty Dog. We have to get up early to get ready for our party.

If you haven’t heard the news yet, we are having a day party tomorrow with free music, free make-and-take crafts hosted by Etsy Austin, free on-demand silk screen shirts from Yudu/Provocraft, and Jenny Hart from Sublime Stitching will be there with goodies and patterns, and I’ll be there with my jewelry as well. The party kicks off at noon and goes til 6 at the Dirty Dog, so please stop by and say hi! If you need more details, you can visit the Standard Recording site for RSVP info. It is free for you to get in, but we do ask for you to RSVP if you’re coming.

I look forward to seeing ya’ll tomorrow. Stop by my table and say hello. Mention the secret code word “CRAFTY” and get a free prize with a purchase of a pendant!

Rock and Roll!


Great Music + Craft = Standard Recording SXSW Day Party 2010 February 25, 2010

Filed under: craft,Craft Fairs,music — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 4:39 am

Well, first of all, if you don’t know what SXSW is, it is South By South West, and it is a gigantic music festival in Austin, Texas held every year in March. If you’ve never been, the main premise (or at least what I have done for the past 2 years now) is go to as many free shows as you can, while also finding as much free food as you can, while also drinking more free booze than you every thought you could, and all starting at a refreshing 11am.

Me (on the right) with the most awesome Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching at last year's party.

Last year Standard Recording Company had an awesome day party with co-sponsors Craftster, Yudu, VenusZine, and Sublime Stitching. There was rock and roll all day long and craft tents outside. You can read more about it on the Craftster blog about last year’s party.

The YuDu booth at last years SXSW party!

This year I’m proud to say that I am an official sponsor of the Standard Recording Company SXSW day party on March 18th at the Dirty Dog Bar along with returning sponsors Yudu/ProvoCraft, VenusZine, Sublime Stitching, and new sponsors TransPanther and Etsy Austin! If you want to attend this awesomness, you’re going to have to RSVP here. This year promises to be even more fun with make-and-take crafts, free silk screen shirts and totes from YuDu, and lots of other prizes, and, of course, free beer!

The party is only three weeks from today and I can’t wait to see you all there! Make sure you stop by my table to say hello and we’ll take a picture to remember the day by. I’ll be posting on the blog all the fun we are having that week…well, you’ll have to just keep checking back to see!


Update: I’m heading to Texas! November 30, 2009

Filed under: Craft Fairs,music — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 2:21 pm

Great news! Yesterday I was accepted into the Funky Finds Spring Fling 2010 craft fair in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s March 13th. The following weekend Mark and I will be in Austin, TX for SXSW, so I’m really excited I get the chance to fly down to Texas a whole week early and sell my crafts and then roam around the state for a few days before hitting SXSW. My favorite trip of the year just got a whole lot better! More news to follow on the Texas date as well as an update later today on how my weekend went in Covington, KY.





Texas on My Mind October 20, 2009

Filed under: Craft Fairs,music — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 4:04 am
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As we have for the past 2 years, Mark and I will be heading down to Austin, TX for SXSW music festival in March. Mark (well, Standard Recording) will be having a showcase again this year, and hopefully we will be paired up again this year with Craftster and possibly even some of the Austin Craft Mafia (last year Jenny Hart of Sumlime Stitching fame had a booth at our showcase). And it gets better.  I just found this super cool craft fair in Fort Worth that take place the weekend before we have to be in Austin, so of course my application has been entered for the Funky Finds 2010 Spring Fling! Here’s hoping I get accepted and get to head to Texas just a few days earlier than normal for an awesome craft fair!