Summertime in the PHX

The temps are in the triple digits which means summer has officially hit us. Tourism slows down, folks hide in their air-conditioned homes, or go somewhere cooler to escape the unrelenting heat that punishes us every year. The craft shows come to a screeching halt or move out-of-town for the summer for this very reason.

Well, what if I told you that you could shop handmade items, eat from your pick of 5 different restaurants, sip a refreshing adult beverage, and listen to great music all while inside a beautifully spacious air-conditioned space?

Look no further than the Desoto Central Market in downtown Phoenix. They’ve started a summer market that takes place every Friday from 5pm-9pm and Sundays from 10:30am-3pm. This is happening all summer long dudes! I’m super excited to be participating this Friday the 19th!

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I’d love to see you, so come by and people watch with me! Maybe have an adult beverage or two…or three. Whatevs, I won’t judge you!

See you there!

Xo

-Xappa

Getting Out.

I’ve had a very exciting and busy week!

First off I have to tell you that I’m now employed by OUMA Clothing.

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What a great opportunity! I couldn’t be happier. My friend Monique offered me a job pretty much as I was leaving the the Trunk. Everything just seemed to fall into place. I’m going to be doing some seamstress work for her as well as the usual assistant type stuff. My first day was Thursday and I had a blast! It is an honor to work with someone so talented! Okay. Enough gushing…I just can’t help it!

Thursday afternoon we got quite a few things accomplished. Along with it being the first day of employment for me, it was also the day I finally went to the hardware store to get a new cord for my old kiln.

My sweet old girl
My sweet old girl

As you can see, she’s quite the oldie! Therefore, her cord was old and made cracking and popping noises when you touched it. There was no way I was gonna plug that thing in. So with the assistance of a very nice man in the electrical department, we got the correct gauge wire and a new plug.

old wire and plug
old wire and plug
new wire and plug
new wire and plug

I also ordered some equipment and I’m saving up for a stainless steel workbench. I’m starting to get antsy! I can’t wait to fire her up. I’ve already got a ridiculous amount of vintage enamels just waiting to be used!

one of 3 boxes of enamels
one of 3 boxes of enamels

sorry about the blurry pic. It’s a little dark in my living room…yes, my living room. Once we get some storage space, it’ll go outside…I promise.

And on First Friday, the Honey bunny and I went out. He was invited out to play records (the real ones, not serato) with some friends at The Hidden House in Phoenix. We’re not ones for outings at bars, however this was a special occasion. Being that he hasn’t played records in public for a REALLY long time AND he was able to play along side his friends in a mellow small venue. Needless to say, we had a blast!

Lovely folks at the Hidden House
Lovely folks at the Hidden House
Jeff and Tige gettin down
Jeff and Tige gettin down
Tige doin' the dinosaur
Tige doin' the dinosaur
The honey bunny a.k.a. DJ Organic tearin' it up
The honey bunny a.k.a. DJ Organic tearin' it up

Although there was great music being played no one really danced, which is a shame. It must be exhausting being so cool! Boo cool people. Boo!

We got home around 3ish after some IHOP. *Thank you Darryl D!* We went straight to bed and passed out! The next morning we were up at 9, got some grocery shopping done, and vegged out in front of a t.v. watching several movies. I’m pretty sure we lost some brain cells, cause we just couldn’t get it together enough to do anything else.

Today, I was able to finally get some items up in my shop for a destash! Yayyyy destash! I really had to talk myself out of keeping the little guns. Then I said to myself, “Self, you’ve had those for 2 years and haven’t made anything out of them!”  So, I snapped out of it. I’ll be listing those boom boxes soon as well. I need to go through some other items and see if there’s anything else I can get rid of.

I’ve begun to put together the beginnings of some new pieces for the upcoming shows I have.

A few ideas
A few ideas

And another blurry pic, but you get the idea. I’m really excited to be moving forward on some new stuff. It’s exciting for me to just pull the materials out and start grouping. I’m nerdy like that. I gotta get busy though, the first show is coming up next month. I’ll be at First Friday with other members of PHX DIY. If you’re in the area make sure you stop by our booth! We’ve got alot of talent in our group. I’m proud to be a part of something so creative! Ah, crafters. You gotta love ’em! I’ll keep you posted on the other dates and where we’ll be on First Friday. Gotta get back to work. Have a great week!