One could not ask for better weather last Saturday at the Bust Magazine Craftacular! The crowds were thick, the dogs were plentiful and the view of the long lines outide the Mamu Thai Noodle Truck kept us entertained (and thanks for the complimentary Thai Iced Tea, it was delicious!)
A customer asked, after a first hand account of her cat’s love for her Severed Leg Catnip Toy, if I ever got tired of hearing these stories. Absolutely not! In fact, after about 6 other vendors came to me with similar, ahem, product reviews, I realized I had become the “cat leg lady”. But that is all fine with me, so keep the stories coming. In fact, here is one satisfied customer, Max. He’s a ragdoll who lives in Brooklyn. It looks like he’s daring you with those lovely blues to TRY to touch his toy. I think I’d steer clear of the mighty Max!
DUMBO, for those of you not familiar with the acronyms of New York City neighborhoods, stands for Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass. And that is exactly where this year’s Bust Magazine Spring Craftacular is happening…some of it literally under the bridge archway. And I may not be a big believer in 10-day weather forecasts, but it’s supposed to be in the 60’s that day, which makes it a perfect day for shopping outside.
Then, you can do yourself the biggest favor in the world and take a short stroll over to Empire–Fulton Ferry Park. One of my most favorite places in NYC, where you can ride the carousel, walk amongst the new greenery or picnic on the rolling lawns. Just try to steer clear of Thong Guy.
Our buddy-shop Ink & Sword will be there! Booth 112 on the south end of the Plaza. Stop by and say howdy!
A few observations about our intern, Moo. She can be a little shy, and has a very sweet disposition. She loves to play and has never hissed or clawed at anybody. Ever. She likes to talk to you when you talk to her, but is otherwise very quiet. And lately, she appreciates ANYTHING she perceives as a gift from you to her. Give her a toy, she loves it and keeps it close. She seems sentimental in that way. Recently, she was given some monkey stuffed animals to hang out with, and they have quickly become her buddies. She sleeps on them, under them, with them, and cuddles them when she is watching TV. This was Moo and her monkey buddy last night. Notice the monkey’s arm is AROUND Moo. Apparently, Moo’s affection for her buddies is mutual!
It’s no secret that when I am not sewing legs for cats to chew on or dolls for folks to cuddle with, I am probably on the computer, tinkering. Something I inherited from my father, no doubt, who is an avid tinkerer. Lots of times, unbridled tinkering on the computer can create panic, head scratching, chaos or a trip to the Genius Bar. Other times, tinkering coupled with planning, hard work, late nights, too much coffee and dedication can create something great.
And last night, in the wee hours, we launched that something great out onto the interwebs.
Ink & Sword has officially moved from it’s previous address to the all new inkandsword.com and has evolved from a gallery site into a full fledged art print store! In case you are unfamiliar, Ink & Sword is a collaborative art studio that features our Pet Care Public Service Announcements along with other fabulous art prints, including the award-winning Stellar Science Series. Full disclosure: It is operated by illustrator Jed Dore and myself. Fuller disclosure: It’s still awesome.
Stop on by and take a look, and keep an eye on the section called Ink Tank, where we will be posting all kinds of mega cool things that make the studio tick. And pardon our dust, as we are still tinkering!
Nimbus is a satisfied customer. He keeps his leg close. Very close. This beautiful photo was sent by Lauren, who gets extra props for having a cat who’s name can mean so many things. It could be…
I have posted about “stuff buying season” before, the time of craziness usually around the holidays or at the height of summer when lots of craft fairs, art fairs, appearances in galleries, online sales and so forth all happen at once. But it can only happen if there is a “stuff making season” beforehand. Luckily, the dreary days of east coast winters provide an excellent opportunity to barricade the doors (with draft stoppers) and get creative with ample supplies of dark roast coffee, yards of fabric and plenty of light bulbs. So when a winter market pops up in the middle of a frigid February, I can be ready with goodies in hand. Behold, that time has come!
Life with Tigers and Ink & Sword will be at the Greenpoint Valentine’s Market this weekend. 45 vendors, gifts, food, raffle, photo booth, the works! Check out the kinds of goodies that will be available.
Here are the details!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
69 West Street (From the Source)
Noon to 6pm
The story goes:
One day while making dolls, a leg went missing. The trail led to a small grey kitty, walking around with the leg in her mouth, like a mountain lion who just overtook a jogger. The idea of the Severed Leg Catnip Toy™ was born.
But what if your cat is more like the king of the jungle instead of a prowling puma? What if people are not on the menu in your kingdom? Well, the pride has gotta eat too, and that is what zebras are for! This is our newest severed leg toy…a tasty zebra leg for your little lion! And they are now available in the Shop!
Here is intern Moo testing a juicy zebra leg catnip toy:
These things are sturdy, and filled with the same stuffing and catnip as our human leg toys. Wickedly cute carnage has now expanded past the human race….and no creature is safe from tiny tiger attacks!
Great news! Life with Tigers goodies are now for sale at The Herbivore Clothing Company in the great state of Oregon! Cruelty free is the place to be at this Portland shop, where you pick up some Animal Pun Greeting Cards along with your “Wings are for flying, not frying” hoodie.
We’ve been making up some good stuff here at the studio this past week. New cards, new dolls, and now, (trumpets please), a new Severed Leg Catnip Toy design! It will premier this week in our Etsy shop, but here is a sneak peak at Intern Moo durability testing the prototype. “What is it” you may ask…”all I see is a blur of fur and teeth.” You shall see very soon, but let’s just say, this toy is a whole new animal, and received a “4 paws up” rating from Moo!
Mark Twain said to keep a tidy soul but you can start by keeping a tidy bowl!
That is the message on one of the brand-spankin-new Pet Care Public Service Announcement art prints that were unveiled yesterday. These were illustrated and designed by Jed over at our sibling shop Ink & Sword.
Other posters include a feline version of the “Rub a Belly” poster, and a darling “Lover, Not a Fighter” poster featuring a sweet pitbull.
And YES, that “Beware Tiger Force” poster features our very own intern, Moo! She is a one-kitten force of nature.