Sunday, November 2, 2008

Back to Reality!

Scrabble tile pendant by B. B. Bellezza.

This is rather how I'm feeling right now (lol), or something. Re-entry is always a pain, yes? Ahhh back to 'real life', post conference/gaycation.

The zine was a hit at IDKE, as I figured it would be! Ditto the magnets. There was some interest in my hair fleurs and fascinators among the femme set, but only one purchase. At any rate, I was thrilled with the sales and level of interest.

Other big things are a-foot this fall! I applied to be a vendor at the BUST Craftacular, at the urging of a NYC-friend. I applied under the name Cherrybombe, but we'll be hosting an all-queer/genderqueer/femme table. I hope we get in, and I'm also kind of terrified of the sheer amount of crafting I will have ahead of me to get ready for that event.

I've also been talking to a venue here in Austin about hosting an indie holiday craft bazaar, but I'm having trouble now getting in touch with the owner to finalize details, so we'll see if that actually comes to fruition. I sure do hope so.

And also also, if you're in Austin, you can find Cherrybombe hair clips at Secret Oktober! They are big supporters of small, local designers, so stop by, if you're in town and need some goth or rockabilly or punk-type things.

I'm back to my usual "Leave a comment and get entered in a drawing for Friday's Featured Seller," so comment away!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ohio or Bust

I'm leaving tomorrow for IDKE: The 10th Annual International Drag King Community Extravaganza, which is returning to the place where it all began, Columbus, Ohio. I'm giddy with anticipation! Drag kings, femmes, queers of all stripes, oh my!

But that also means that I won't be posting my Friday Featured Seller this week - I promise to return with one next week! And more posts, in general.


Friday, October 10, 2008


I just got notice that my new dessert magnets are in an ADORABLE treasury of cupcake-themed items. Too, too cute!

Check it out!! There are some incredibly cute things, like cupcake soap and bath bombs.

Featured Seller - Second Sister

To steal a great idea from a friend, every Friday I'll be featuring a seller drawn at random from anyone who left a comment during the week! This week, it's Second Sister, a maker of stunning jewelry, out of Southern California. You can also find her at

I love these earrings, which are named after Parley's Canyon. Second Sister says this is one of the most beautiful canyons in the world, especially when it lights up with the sunset. I think these earrings live up to their namesake.

I'm not religious, but I do have a bit of a thing for crosses. My father's family is Cajun, and rosaries and other cross jewelry were a part of the landscape growing up, and the attraction remained. Maybe it's because they were Catholic but my mother's family raised us Protestant. I don't know! At any rate, I have a bit of a fascination with religious iconography. And this piece is a real work of art, with pearl and tourmaline strung to accent the garnet cross.

Religious iconography not quite your cup of tea? Check out this charming pendant, in one of my favorite color combinations (even if it is a bit trendy, I know) - cherry red / robin's egg blue. Love it.

Remember, I'll be featuring a different seller each Friday, chosen at random from that week's comments! XOXX!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

First Thursday Photos

As promised to my fellow Danger Ladies, here are some photos of my set up from last week's First Thursday event! I had so much fun getting everything together for this event - making my banner, playing with my new stamp, and I was excited to see how it all came together.

I stumbled upon this fabric in my pile! I'd forgotten all about it. Now I can't decide whether I'm going to make something out of it or keep it for my fair tablecloth. I think the pattern in the fabric especially enhances the gorgeous oil stain on the pavement!

Wow, the lighting was so weird! I must have taken this close to sunset. Anyway, I really like how the mini-easels turned out. It was such a good purchase; I'm going to order a bunch more for upcoming holiday events. I got these from PettmanArt - he makes the easels! I know I could get something like this at the craft store, but handmade supplies are even cooler, right?

I stayed up way too late the night before the event making a ton of the matchbook notepads. Now, I have a ton still!! I'm not sure whether to list them, though.

Monday, October 6, 2008

ETC - First Monday Sale!

I'm a member of ETC (Etsy TX Crafters), a huge team because, well, everything's bigger in Texas! The First Monday of every month, ETC runs a big ole Texan sale, and jeez, this Monday we have 80 shops participating in the sale!

You can find the entire list here, but here are a few of my favorite picks!

I just love this bag from Little Ellie. So very charming! Little Ellie is doing 15% off every purchase for First Monday.

Yum yum yum. Besem Natural Scents is doing 20% off.

Elleeeeephant! A sorta purplish elleeephant. How cute is he? Or she? Or ze (gender-neutral pronouns rock). Thank you, jmday, for making me grin. And jmday is doing 25% off for First Monday!

How about this prettiness? Stunning, yes? I'm really loving Apachemoon's work today, and they're doing 20% off their entire shop.

And I'm doing a buy one, get one free sale on any item $8 or under! Anything you buy, $8 or under, you can pick out an item of equal or lesser value that will be yours, all yours, for absolutely nuthin'. Just send me a note in the notes to buyer at checkout with your selection. No revised invoice needed! You can click the Etsy Mini on the right to get to my shop, or clickie here: Cherrybombe Designs.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


It's been a busy week! I'll share some pics soon from my First Thursday event soon - when I get a chance to upload them. Anyway, I was busy getting ready for that event and finishing a big custom order. Oh, and getting distracted with making magnets, my new crafty endeavor. I'm trying to make a bunch for IDKE (the International Drag King Community Extravaganza), my next big vending event. Well, I was going to IDKE anyway, with my troupe - and it's the 10th IDKE, so that's very exciting. But I'm especially excited to be vending my wares...

And the zine! My zine, genderbent: notes from the drag king community, is a little pet project of mine, documenting drag king culture and community.

I have two issues out so far. Issue #1 deals with birth, beginnings, genesis, and Issue #2 is The Femme Issue. Issue #3 will be about community. I had originally planned to have Issue #3 done for IDKE, but I decided instead to make it an interactive zine and allow people to contribute AT IDKE. So we'll have paper, pens, and collage materials at our table, and we'll also be collecting submissions all day and for a few weeks after IDKE. I'm excited to collect some on-the-spot submissions that directly document our community in action.