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Hello again, my friends!  Spring has officially sprung!  When I last posted, it was fall, and we were experiencing an Indian summer.  I tell you, time can really get away from you.  Since then, I did nine more shows, bringing me to 21 shows for 2012.  No wonder I needed so long to recover!

My first show of this year was the Steampunk Emporium and Swap Meet, which was a lot fun.  The place was packed, and the crowds were offbeat, lively, very friendly, and at times mind-blowingly creative.  The same goes for my fellow vendors, who were also very kind and welcoming of this steampunk newbie.  In short, they were my kinda people, and I had a great time.  I also came away with some fun goodies courtesy of my neighbors!  My favorite of the day was Emily from Tousled Dolly, whose booth was so well curated and whose jewelry creations are delectable.  I was so flattered when she admired one of my necklaces so much she traded with me!  I’m definitely looking forward to participating in future events with the Sacramento Steampunk Society, as the Emporium was a great intro to all the folks there.

As the weather turns nicer (for some of us, anyway), I’m getting back into the swing of things.  Shows are popping up everywhere, and my 2013 calendar is filling rapidly.  I’m happy to announce that I’ll be returning to the GOOD: street food + design market again this year, which will run the first Sunday of each month from May through December, and also First Fridays at the Fountains in Roseville, which runs May through September.  I’m so excited to be returning to both series!  As those of you who do shows can attest, it’s wonderful to have a regular gig you can count on versus running hither and yon to fill in holes in your show schedule.  It can be a nail-biting experience trying to fit the puzzle pieces together, and having some stability in the face of all the chaos is mighty nice.

Speaking of the GOOD: street food + design market, I recently had the honor and pleasure of being part of their new promo video for the series.  It’s such a joy to work with the folks from Unseen Heroes.  Their vibrance and passion for what they do is truly contagious, and really spurs me on.  They have a brilliant vision for the future of art, design and creativity in the Sacramento area that is sorely needed, and the laser focus to bring that vision to fruition.  And have I mentioned that they’re about the nicest people on the planet?  Oh, yeah, that too.

This week I’m preparing for my next show, which is the Davis Flea in lovely downtown Davis on Saturday, March 30th (the show also runs on Sunday the 31st).  This is another great group of people who really enjoy what they do, and it shows.  Along with a mixture of vintage, handmade and typical flea market goods, they’ll be featuring live music, a Flea Cafe, a Makerspace, an open mic, TED-style talks, and lots of surprises.  It will be indoors at the old Dimple Records location, with a luxurious 5,000 square feet to wander, so if Mother Nature decides not to cooperate, you’re still covered, literally.

I’ve been busily scouring estate sales, yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets for fabulous jewelry, bags and home accessories to share with all of you, as well as working on some new one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, so come join me and find something you love…

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