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Fourth Night Art Walk

We’re excited to be a part of the Downtown Partnership Art Walk. Join us April 22nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Simon Park. This is a great way for you to help support the Arts in Conway, Arkansas. This event will be happening the 4th Friday of April, May, June, September, October, and November.

Check out what’s on the line up for April 22, 2016

Simon Park will be hoping!  There’s live music and live art.  Artists in the park includes: Jeanetta Darley, Debbie Ayres, Cyndi Minister, Natural State Glass Gallery, Jessica Jones, Jeremy Etta, and Work Force Creations. Live music will be performed by the Conway Symphony Orchestra on Kris Allen Stage.   

Several of the downtown Merchants will extend their hours.

Participating Front Street Merchants:

E. Leighs, Mike’s Place, Beach Shack, Arkansas Arts Beautification Society Gallery, Kings Live Music, Blue Sail Coffee, and Art Experience.

Participating Oak Street Merchants:

Grand on Oak, Jenifer’s Antiques, share.the.love.KidsClub+Zeteo Coffee, Tickled Pink, Rocket Fizz, Bell & Sword, Carmen’s Art & Antiques, The Gallery at EM, The Flirty Chick, and Branch Out.

Participating Van Ronkle Street Merchants:

Stitcher’s Garden and The Lantern Theatre.

Take your receipts from downtown merchants visited during the Art Walk to Taziki’s and get a 10% Discount. 

Hope you can join us for a fun night out and help support the Arts in Conway.

The Facebook Page for this event can be found here.

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Shop Small Business and Entrepreneur Expo Conway

Small Business and Entrepreneur Expo in ConwayJust in time for Easter, you’ll find The Twisted Purl among other fantastic local businesses and entrepreneurs at the Small Business and Entrepreneur Expo.  Don’t let the name fool you, this is a shopping extravaganza full of wonderful goodies to go into your Easter Baskets and make your spring sing.

There will be lots to see and do including free door prizes, a live DJ, and lots of fun.

EVENT DETAILS:

Small Business and Entrepreneur Expo: Come out and support businesses throughout Central Arkansas as they showcase their products and services to the public.

When: Saturday APRIL 19, 2014 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where: Conway Expo Center, 2501 East Oak St, Conway, Arkansas 72032  Get Directions

Cost: Free Entry, Free Door Prizes, Free fun….FREE!!!

Website: Facebook Event Page

Hope to see you at this event.  Please let me know you saw this post for a freebie at The Twisted Purl booth!

 

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Felted Soap Stocking Stuffers and the post Dazzle Daze Haze

Felted Soap makes great Stocking StuffersThe last few weeks I’ve been consumed with Felted Soap making.  Tons and tons of soap!  With Dazzle Daze behind us and Christmas creeping around the corner, everyone wants a bar or two of soap to stuff in stockings and give out to family and friends.

If you want to get a bar or two of Felted Soap please check out our Etsy Page and be sure to order before December 15th for Christmas Delivery.Hand Dyed Fiber Hanging to DryI had a massive dye day on Wednesday just to keep up with all the fiber needed to fill the orders.  Above is the fiber hanging out to dry.  We are still making about 150-200 soaps a day just trying to keep up with orders.  My new intern, Zoe, is a rock star and TONS of help!!! Dazzle Daze Craft Booth Set UpDazzle Daze 2013 is now just a memory but it sure was a successful show and I had an absolute blast.  Thank you so much for coming out to see me! Above is an overview of our entire booth.  Below was the front display of our Felted Soaps.Felted Soap Display Dazzle Daze 2013We also had an inside felted soap display using an old suitcase found at a second-hand store.  It’s my favorite way to display the soaps.Inside Felted Soap DisplayI could not have done this huge three-day event without help and I have to give a tremendous thanks to my booth helpers.  Girls night out Jeanetta and I giggled our way through the evening.  Claudia and I counted boots and had a blast Friday morning and part of the afternoon.  My step mom, Debbie, relieved Claudia on Friday afternoon and was a huge help all night. Saturday was sister day in The Twisted Purl booth.  Lots of Fun Times at Dazzle Daze 2013Yeah, we are a bit goofy (Twisted Sisters haha)!  We had too much fun and Meg helped support the other vendors and checked lots of things off her Christmas Shopping list.New Yarn Spun during Dazzle Daze 2013Above is a few of the skeins of yarn I created while in my booth.  A few of them sold before I could snap pics…one even sold while it was still on the bobbin!  I hope everyone enjoys the yarn and all the goodies bought during the show and I appreciate your business more than words can express.  Thank you!!!  There will be a shop update on Monday with new skeins of handspun yarn and a few scarves too!

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Dazzle Daze is on the Way

It's Fall Y'allIt’s Fall and not even Thanksgiving but at The Twisted Purl Place, aka my home, it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas Tree with Felted Soap A small tree is up in my living room with new ornaments being added as fast as I can make them.  Felted Soaps are drying under the tree.  I’m singing Christmas Carols as I spin up Christmas themed yarns.

Yep, Dazzle Daze is just around the corner.Dazzle Daze 2013Dazzle Daze is a huge 3 Day shopping extravaganza for an excellent cause.  The event benefits the Conway Regional Women’s Center.  Tickets are only $5 for the event or $25 for the Thursday Girls Night Out Event.  You can buy tickets for Dazzle Daze here.

There are over 85 Dazzle Daze Merchants all with amazing items and lots of goodies.  Each booth will be totally decked out and spreading Christmas cheer and yes my friends, I will be among them.  This is the perfect place to find one of a kind gifts for every person on your holiday list.

Let me be honest here, getting ready for such a big show is a bit overwhelming but immensely rewarding.  As I’ve said often, I ADORE talking to people face to face about my craft and sharing my handmade story.  BUT, the lead up to and preparation for a big show is always a lot.  Three days of shopping means (God willing) the need for enough inventory to sell for three days!  When you are talking all handmade that is a whole lot of work.  In the past I’ve shared a booth, which takes a lot of the pressure off, but this year I fly solo.  So I’m nervous and busy and sleep is not really a necessity, right?

I love to share the steps of the handmade journey with you and this new yarn journey is exploding with Christmas colors and texture.  Here’s the “Basket of Fluff”:Basket of Christmasy FluffAlong with my standard handspun yarn, felted soaps, and other fiber creations for Dazzle Daze I’m making a few ornaments.  That’s the plan for this yarn.  Funky textures and Christmas colors for uniquely handmade ornaments.Sparkly Drum CarderAbove is a photograph of the fiber spinning on the drum carder.  It looked super sparkly (Angelina fiber does that and I love using it).  Below is the picture of the carded batt once it went through the drum carder.Christmasy Carded BattFrom the batt I spun the fiber into yarn with my spinning wheel.Yarn on Spinning WheelBecause I plan to use this skein strictly for Christmas Ornaments I put it directly on my ball winder and skipped the process of putting it on the swift and into a hank of yarn.Christmas Handmade Yarn for Ornaments at Dazzle DazeHere’s the finished yarn.  It turned out pretty spiffy. Below is an example of one of the ornaments I’ve made.Ornament made with Handspun Yarn for Dazzle Daze 2013Want a discount? Come out to Dazzle Daze this year and show me the below coupon to receive $5 off. Save paper! No need to print it, just pull it up on your phone (even just tell me you saw it). 😉Dazzle Daze 2013 Coupon for The Twisted Purl Booth Dazzle Daze will take place at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds at 2505 East Oak Street, Conway Arkansas. November 21-23, 2013

The Twisted Purl featured in 501 Life Dazzle Daze Shopping Guide
The Twisted Purl’s Items Featured in 501 Life Magazine’s preview for Dazzle Daze Shopping Yay!

Find out more about the Dazzle Daze schedule on their website or through their Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!!!

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Why Craft Fair Rain is a Blankety Blank

It’s raining, it’s pouring, this craft fair’s super boring.  No customers and wet wool. Oh look! Our booth now has a pool.20131011-060349.jpgWith unbridled anticipation, I stalked the Weather App on my iPhone last week.  Refresh.  Refresh.  Had it changed?  10% chance rain, 30% chance rain, 60% chance rain…oh crud.  Should I go to the outdoor craft show?  Should I stay home?  I mean, after all I own a tent.  I prepared all week.  Crafted until I could no longer craft.  Oh forget it, I’m going.  I’ve got balls!Wool Dryer Balls by The Twisted PurlA lot of Wool Felted Balls.   They are meant to go in the dryer after all…so if they get a bit damp, it’s all good.  Right?

Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, but I have to go.  I adore shows.  Love talking face to face about spinning and dyeing and creating. Oh gosh, I just love, love, love it all!

But rain and wool really don’t mix.  You know what your dog smells like wet.  Well, yeah…my booth wouldn’t be any better! So, I should probably just stay home…and what about my felted soap?Felted Soap DisplayUgh, rain and soap together is like soap in the shower.  Might be a good way to show how they work?  No!  This is crazy talk to even think about doing this outdoor show with 60% chance of rain!!!  BUT, if all the soap really gets wet, it would help up clean up the streets.  I can always promote myself as a vigilante, working hard at keeping the streets clean.

I can even see the front page newspaper title now:

The Twisted Purl uses Handmade Felted Soaps to Clean up the Streets of Little Rock

No, I really shouldn’t go.Rainy Day Craft Fair Set UpThen Saturday came and yes of course, I went. There was no talking me out of it.  All signs pointed to no go, but yet, there I was. This was my set up pictured above.  Just a few sprinkles.  I could handle that.  See the wind blowing the tablecloths?  That was right before the skies opened up and buckets of rain dumped right on our day.Handspun Yarn in the RainI was optimistic.  I smiled.  I danced.  The rain let up for 3 minutes and 20 seconds.  Long enough to sell 3 soaps and one ball. Woohoo!  Maybe the day wasn’t going to be a total wash.

Then…more rain.  Again, I stalked the Weather App . Watched the radar.  Oh! We were just in a small pocket of rain, it was quickly passing.  It’s all good!  No more rain until 3:00 pm.  It lied.

The wind picked up, we held on to the tent for dear life, and cursed the Weather App.

I had already put my yarn back in the plastic containers for safe, dry keeping. The wool balls did get pretty damp, but they are made for that.  Even during the side blowing, torrential downpours, I was able to keep the felted soap safe. NO suds in the street…So much for The Twisted Purl Vigilante.

  As if the pool forming in the middle of my booth wasn’t enough of a sign, I waited…hopeful.  Maybe this will pass? The sun will come out? The customers will flood my tent, instead of just seeking dry refuge.

Then I realized my labels were curling and all my business cards were getting damp, ugh, I knew it was time to go.  Even if the sun came out, most of my inventory was wet or damp.  Even if the customers flooded my tent, no one would want to take home wet products.  I tried my best to keep a smile and not say blankety blank (too many times or loud enough for all the non-existent customers to hear).

Next outdoor show I sign up to do and the handy-dandy, sometimes deceitful, weather app says rain, you can bet I learned my lesson.  Oh I’m still going.  But, I’m just going to take a tent and my spinning wheel.  I’ll sit, spin, and sing in the rain and hand out my business cards to anyone interested.  My products are safely protected and dry at home.  Heck I’ll even offer free shipping to those who are brave enough to be out in the storm.Discover more on EtsyThe sun may have come out that afternoon (or may not…who knows I hit the road).  My customers may have missed me (sorry, honestly).  But, craft fairs and rain is a blankety blank and wet wool is no fun. For real.  Like the above picture shows, you can always discover more at rain completely washed out and unreadable store name on Etsy.  The product’s all dry now, I promise.