Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vote for Us!!!

We are so excited to announce that Vintage by Crystal has been selected as a finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards and now we need everyone's help! From now until October 13th voting will be open for the Audience Choice category.  You have 6 votes each day (that is the potential of 162 votes per person).  If everyone participates, we may have a shot!  It takes seconds.  You do have to initially register to vote, but they only ask for your email and then to confirm.  Please pass this along to everyone you know.  Wow...wouldn't it awesome to be winner?  Sigh....  Thanks so much! 

Here's how it works:
    • Click on the image above or click on the American Made badge on the top corner of the blog
    • click on the blue "Vote" button under our profile. 
    • Register with your email and create a password for login

    • You have 6 votes each day, so select "Vote Again" on your confirmation page
    Not only will you be supporting the work of American makers, you'll also automatically be entered to win a new prize each week worth over $300.

    Remember, Your vote Matters!

    We Had a Blast at Renegade This Past Weekend!

    Phewie!  Ben and I are still recovering from a busy weekend in Brooklyn!  Renegade was great!  Saturday had a rainy forecast, but it didn't actually rain until mid-afternoon, making it a great day for easy shopping.  And there was so much amazing work there!!  I spent more money than I probably should have...but hey, I deserve it!  Sunday had a sunny forecast and everyone seemed to know it because boy o boy was it crowded!  Ben spent most of the time manning the booth while I was roaming about with Olive.  Pushing even a tiny stroller through thick crowds was an interesting challenge, but Olive loved every minute!  She loves new people and seeing new things and just being out and about in general.  Plus we picked up an awesome new bib for her that just might be more for me than her.  Hehe.

    Mention Update for next wednesday

    Our booth was chock full of goodies...half the table was covered in Halloween!  A lot found new homes, and I'm hoping to have some left after the Bust show this weekend because....we're having a Halloween update next week!!!  I think it will be on Wednesday.  I have even more Halloween pieces half done on my work table, so I'll be finishing them up on Monday and Tuesday to add to the mix. 

    This great photo was taken by Instagrammer @sophie_morris_.  Isn't it pretty?  I'm thinking of the Lion King right now when all the animals congregate to the big rock after Simba in born...


    And speaking of Halloween...I am sooooo feeling it lately.  The mornings have been so crisp and chilly here...we turn the heat on for a bit when we wake up just to nip it out of the air and it feels so so good.  Subtle smells and feelings that just scream "Autumn is practically here!"  Ben spotted some orange tinge to some of the foliage nearby.  I am more excited for the fall season this year than possibly any year before.  Olive may have something to do with it.  I love it!!

    Anyway...thank you so much to everyone who stopped by at our Renegade booth this weekend!  Hopefully we'll see you this weekend too at Bust!  Or at Renegade during the holidays.  So much going on!  Until then....

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    BUST Magazine Craftacular This Weekend!

    The three of us are heading to the city again this weekend for another amazing show!  The Bust Magazine Craftacular World Maker's Faire at the Hall of Science in Queens has amazing venders and!  I'll be working like crazy this week to make lots of brand new pieces.  And a bonus...our good friend Elena, who just launched her whimsical jewelry collection (Folkloric) will be sharing our booth...I'm in love with her "little o" earrings!!  If you weren't able to make it to Renegade this past weekend, or even if you did, we hope to see you there!

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Brand new goodies at Renegade!

    I've been making lots of new Halloween goodies...using the materials from the bottom of my Halloween goodies stash, which I always feel results in some of the best and most creative pieces I make.  I had some large-ish faux Chinese Jack-o-lanterns that were really too big for my figures to hold and I couldn't figure out what to do with them.  Finally it hit me...fairy skirts!  It was perfect!  Now I have three little Halloween fairies with super cool pointy orange skirts.  A vintage black toy horse with no tail....hmmm...that one was sitting around for a while.  But finally...that's it!  The Headless Horseman needs a black horse!  Add a crepe paper tail...and we now have a super cool figure!  Two little wicker pumpkin baskets?  Fill them with black kitties!  I'll be bringing all the brand new Halloween goodies to Renegade this weekend.  For first pick, I hope we see you there!  :)

    Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair
    September 13th & 14th - 11am - 6pm
    50 Kent Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11249

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair This Weekend!

    Ben, Olive and I are heading down to the city this weekend for the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn!  This show is amazing and I can't wait to let Ben man the booth for a little while so Olive and I can roam the aisles shopping and just breathing in the creativity and inspiration.

    We hope to see you there!

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Olive and Winnie!

    Sigh...these two sweet faces are all I need to know life is good.  So good....

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Do I hear a peep?

     Peep peep!  Things are coming alive here on the "farm"!  Ginger, the newest edition to our little flock had only started laying for a few weeks before she decided that everyone needed a little more excitement around here.  I went out to get eggs one day and she was sitting in the nest box that all the hens use (I have two, but they only ever use one...go figure).  Figuring she was in the process of laying an egg, I decided I'd come back later once she was done and off the nest.  That afternoon I came back and she was still on the nest.  Hmmm....I guess I'll wait until tomorrow.  I think you know where this is going.  Tomorrow came and she hadn't moved.  Then I realized that she was broody and was wanting to hatch those little eggs out.  I was delighted of course!  Chickens are not as easy to come by around here as you'd think and my flock only had four hens and a rooster with plenty of room for more.  
    Ginger is the lowest hen in the pecking order and so when the other hens needed to lay their eggs, they'd kick her off the nest.  One hen isn't laying right now, so that meant that Ginger was laying on the eggs from herself and two other hens.  Yay!  I let the eggs accumulate for a few days until it looked like she couldn't possibly fit anymore underneath her (it was about a dozen).  Then I put magic marker lines on them and every day I'd go out and take out the eggs that didn't have marker on them (the other hens were still kicking her off the nest).  Twenty one days later.....chicks started hatching! 

    The mama's being a good mama!

    What's that peeping out from under her wing??

    Sorry mama...we've just got to see what's underneath!

    So incredibly adorable.  I'm hoping to handle them enough so they'll grow up friendly...Ginger doesn't seem to mind too much.  

     They all have the same papa, a blue splash maran (this breed lays maroon colored eggs), but three different breeds of mothers, Ginger is a Buff Orphington/Brahma mix, Cleome is a Brahma, and Jenny is an Araucana.  The chicks mostly look very similar, but some are a little tanner than others and some have feathered feet.  When you mix marans and araucana, you often get hens that lay olive colored eggs...I'm hoping for some of that!  We'll see!  Hopefully most are hens, as I can't keep many or maybe any roosters... :(

    Peep peep!