Sunday, April 3, 2016

April First Friday Wrap-up

This past April First Friday was our best yet! Thanks to all the PR from Dan Kane and the Rep, we had people coming in just to see the store and participate in our project, many who had never ventured to the west coast before.  Hopefully we can keep that energy flowing. Letter Press Jess and Canton Clothing open officially next month so our little corner will be the place the BE!  Maybe the new tree wraps helped bring good karma as the olds one had faded. Our birds were certainly a happy flock (and Booger the squirrel even got into the new feeders like his own personal seed scooper).  The sunflowers are starting to poke thru the grates (or were until the snow came), but spring is here and so are new creations from our studios.

Our Community Participation Project was “We are of one cloth”, which asked visitors to decorate a 5” square of fabric that I will sew into a wall hanging/quilt.  Now people…… do I really have to spell out exactly what is expected? I can’t count the number of people that read my sign asking for participation in a “community quilt’ and they thought I was expecting them to sew.  Once that fear passed, most were willing give it a try. Stamps and pads were provided (giving a little head start on design options) plus markers and crayons. The results are incredible and not one inappropriate or censor worthy one in the bunch. However….your work stations were left in a horrendous mess this time. Missing caps, lost stamp pad lids, stamps all over the place…..hmmm… candy dish for you next time!

Our “Question of the Month” was “All past and present candidates excluded, who do you think would make a good president?”  69 people offered up some interesting choices.  Here are you answers: (oh, forgive me if I don’t know who your person is or if I spelled it correctly …or if you didn’t)
Music: Ted Nugent – Mic Jagger – Axl Rose – Cher – Ezra Koenig – Lana Del Ray – Wiz Khalifa – Vermin Supreme (who?)
Actual Political People: Joe Biden – Condolezza Rice – Colin Powell – Liz Warren – Glenn Cummings – Hilary Clinton (what part of the above question did you not understand?)
Characters: Carrie Bradshaw – Captain Penny – Mr. Fred Rogers – Wiz of Oz – Captain Kangaroo – Rick Grimes – Jean Luc Picard – Eric Cartman – Sophia Perrilo – Blanche Devaurax – Atticus Finch (2)
Religious: Jesus – Pope Francis – Sister Rose Marita
Science : Albert Einstein – Nikola Tesla
Unreals: Bart Simpson – Brewski Butt – Tidus Ruxpin (aka Teddy Ruxpin)
Television and Movies: Steve Colbert – Corbin Bernson – Jon Stewart – Mel Brooks – David Letterman – Harrison Ford – Johnny Depp – Jimmy Fallon – Ellen – Oprah – Claudia Sommers – Rick Sanchez – Charlie Rose – Jed Bartlett
Academics?: Professor Layton – Mr. Rehnberg – Coach Neitz – Mr. Maretka – Dr. Harris – Mr. Podoka – Mr. Motz – Mr. Juszli – Mr. Strube
Selfies: Meg – Me! (as in you wrote yourself) – Me again (ditto previous observation) – Me or no one (see previous ())
Un-categorical: Sr. Cheese – the Zodiac Killer (were you drunk?) – Seth Winkeart – Gibby – Ronald C. Varn – T. Lewis – Nicole Dyer – Michelle Jocas

Notice that there are NO professional athletes in this group?  For a football town, I am very surprised that no one would hand over the nuclear football to someone who knows how to carry one.  
Next month will be open studio supplies and a clothes pin show as I will be on an excused absence from the office. Extra security is being brought in and lots more new fashions will be on our racks. The Community Quilt will be done so come see your work on display. Much love to all who come out and play every month and leave you mark. 

PS – Mother’s Day is coming so shop early for a one of kind gift (or gift certificate if you don’t know someone’s size and taste) Plus Flag Day, Fourth of July, Birthdays, Showers, Weddings etc…!!!  Don’t buy another bouquet of flowers or an engraved dust bunny breeder…..think outside the box and come into the Studios. 

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