Hey, hi, how’s it going?

Hi folks!

It’s been far too long since we’ve sent out a monthly update. Now that the craft show season has officially arrived, it’s high time we checked back in and let you in on all the new stuff.

Updates:

First, the big news: we are the newest members of the Richmond Craft Mafia! We’ve jumped right in and are helping out with the prep for the upcoming Spring Bada Bing show (Sunday, Apr 18, Plant Zero, RVA). If anyone wants to volunteer to help out at the show, please let us know. We’re thrilled to have been “made” in the RCM, and can’t thank everyone enough for their warm welcome.

The almost-as-big second news: Meghan is now running her own monthly craft show, as part of the Saturday Stroll event. Saturday Stroll occurs on the 3rd Saturday of every month, and encourages Richmonders to come out and support their local retailers. The craft show happens in the parking lot next to Quirk Gallery, from 11 am-4pm. March 20th was the first show, and the next show is April 17th. The show is gently curated to highlight local and regional independent artists and crafters. So come out every third Saturday, and meet the awesome people making things in the area. If you’d like to participate as a vendor, please email Meghan at: saturdaystrollcrafts at gmail dot com.

By popular demand we’ve got prints of the “Yes” paintings for sale, for just $15! These are high-quality prints on archival 8.5 x 11 paper. You can see them all (and buy them all!) here.

And our newest monsters are these ridiculously adorable cephalopods. Try and resist the cute, I dare you!

Schedule:

There’s always lots more stuff at our booth than you can find on Etsy, so come out and see us. We’re applying to all kinds of art shows in the mid-Atlantic, and if you know of one, we’d love to hear about it.

Here’s where you can find us through April:

March 27 – Tooth and Nail show – 11 am to 7 pm – Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC

April 17 – Fool for Art – 10 am to 5 pm – John Tyler Community College, Midlothian campus – Midlothian, VA

(If you’re paying attention, this is the same day as the next Saturday Stroll. There will be artists at Quirk; however, this event was already on our calendar, so we’ll be at this instead. No reason why you can’t hit up two fabulous art shows in one day, even if we can’t!)

April 18 – Spring Bada Bing – 11 am to 4 pm – Plant Zero – Richmond, VA

If you’re not in and around Virginia, just wait until May! We’ll be doing lots of traveling up and down 95, so stay tuned for those shows.

And finally:

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Happy Spring y’all!

-Phil & Meghan

Doing the Kitchn Spring Cure!

The Kitchn blog (not a misspelling – they skip the “e”) is running a month long “cure” to whip your kitchen back in to shape. I’m actually pretty happy with how our kitchen is organized, and the tools that we have in it, though it could always use a good scrubbing. In terms of what we have in it, I can only think of one thing in the kitchen we’ve never used, and it was a wedding gift from a well meaning friend. (But seriously, I HATE deviled eggs. I’ve never made them. They’re not my “go-to” food for potlucks. I keep imagining that I’ll use the carrying case for something else, since the insert is freezable and reversible to a flat side. I haven’t.)

That said, there’s always room for improvement in the kitchen. The pantry is usually in good shape, but Phil’s been baking a lot lately, so it’s starting to get a little out of control. Most notably, I hate our spice cabinet. It’s a long, skinny, but relatively deep cabinet. If you want a spice you have to reach in, around, over and behind things to get what you want. Not the most efficient use of space.

I spent a couple hours today pulling everything out of the cabinets, wiping it all down, and then putting back only what is fresh and edible. Here are my before shots:

Pantry - Before

Pantry - Before, closeup

Spice Cabinet - Before

And here are the after shots:

Pantry - After

Spice Cabinet - After

Spice Cabinet - After, closeup

I’m REALLY happy with the spice cabinet. I only threw out about 6 bottles of stuff, but who knew there was all that space hiding in there? I didn’t intend to line everything up against the wall, but it works well. You can see everything, and can easily get to what you want.

I still need to do the fridge clean out. Maybe after dinner…