day 9 - 11

saturday and sunday were a bit of a whirlwind. there was the show and tacos. and many hugs from our friends - nancy, andy, and donovan. i hugged oliver, who smiled a lot but didn't really hug back - he's 7 months, what more can i ask for?

the show was great. we met a lot of nice people, saw many of our crafty friends from all over, and met some new ones. it was fun hearing that people had been following our little adventure on flickr and twitter. it was also nice to talk to people who wanted to talk about our move to portland and how that's been working out for us. sometimes its easy to forget (like when i'm elbow deep in yellow silk yoyos) that we are part of a large community, that's really supportive and wants to see others in the community do well. i think i can speak for both shamptons when i say we felt very loved this weekend. 

we also couldn't be happier to be with our old friends caroline and greg, who we've known since we lived in austin in 1995-96. they weren't a couple when we first met, like dave and susan in albuquerque, and its wonderful to see the life they've made together. also, they have a new kitty and ohmygodshe'ssocute!

last night, we all went to guero's for tacos and margaritas. i bonded with oliver and we laughed A LOT. this morning we all met at magnolia cafe for breakfast and goodbyes. 

i was lucky enough to get a couple of extra hours with donovan. we went to an antique store and for amy's ice cream, of course.

all in all, a near perfect few days. perfection would have been made possible by the presence of kateri and kathy. i understand why they didn't come but i missed them anyway.

there is a longer blog post percolating in my head about a conversation we had with kim & matt, (frantic meerkat & mincing mockingbird) but that will have to wait until its not so late and i'm not so sleepy.

more austin tomorrow. its nice to be in one place for a few days!

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come say hi

at the 2nd annual renegade craft fair in austin on saturday + sunday, may 21 + 22 from 11 am to 7 pm at the palmer events center. 

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le shoppe news

tuesday, may 10 will be the last shop update until june 7. we're hitting the road this friday for renegade austin, stopping to visit friends on the way there and back. since we're traveling with our inventory, the shops will remain open BUT we will only be shipping once a week, probably on fridays. so, if there's something you've had your eye on, now may be the time - especially since you can use the coupon code "MayFlowers" for 30% off! xo

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wonderland, wonderful

this is our booth for craft wonderland during the three minute warning. as you can see shawn is still hard at work. me, i was DONE. setup for the show was the night before and i'm here to tell you, its my new favorite thing. we setup on friday and made a list of the things we'd forgotten. saturday, we arrived about a half hour before the show opened with all those items. pretty great. also, very VERY chill. it made for a very good start to my day.

old and new friends stopped by to say hi. i met a ton of people. we sold some stuff. we made some money. all in all, a pretty great day. 

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things i love tuesday

i've been busy busy making things for crafty wonderland. i've made piles of piles of yoyos. i have to say i love making them. i love the color combinations. i love the fabrics i've been using. yeah, i may be dreaming about making them but there are most definitely worse things. 

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stop by

and say hi to shawn & i next saturday! 

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inspired by

a few weeks ago i saw this print by hadley hutton and i KNEW i was going to need to make some barrettes and fascinators with butterflies. and so i did. i had 5 different colors of feather butterflies and had fun coming up with the perfect color combos. i think they look came out great. i'm saving some of them for crafty wonderland and renegade austin but a few of them can be found in le shoppe.

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getting fancy again (and by fancy i may mean silly)

the lovely emily came over again for a photo session. i had made a ton of new fascinators and wanted to shoot some pictures before we leave town in a few weeks. so, she let me clip things to her head and give her orders about which way to face while the shutter clicked away. we took almost 400 pictures. this picture is my favorite. it gives me the giggles. you can see more of the pictures here.

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what's going on?

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and a whole lot of this...

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inspired by

i took the photo of the tulips at the farmers market on saturday and spent a long time gazing at it. the colors were all so lovely i knew i was going to have to make something like it. so late last night i was pulling silks out of the bin and holding them up to the computer screen and then stitching yoyos. i think it came out pretty.

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