I am NOT freaking out about how quickly this summer has gone by! Or about how fall-like the weather has been feeling around here...
Let's just enjoy the awesomeness that is Picnic Arts & Music Fest, okay? It's this Saturday from 11am to 6pm at Lincoln Park in Portland, Maine, and we'll be in booth #2, with lots of new fun things & old favorites. See you there?
I am maybe totally freaking out just a little over it being the end of July. Deep breaths. Anyway, you know what the end of July means, right? Lowell Folk Festival!
To be honest, I think Folk Festival is a bit of a misnomer, it's more like a world music festival to me. Either way, it's one of Lowell's biggest (if not THE biggest) annual events, and with it comes one of the most amazing selections of cultural performances & ethnic food I've ever seen.
This year, I finally got ahold of a comprehensive list of the available food (all made by local community groups) ahead of time, so I can plan my food attack! There's a write-up here if you want to make a plan too! Malasadas, loobie & rooz, pierogis & baklava sundae are what's on my list so far...good thing I have two days to eat it.
Oh, and a helper to deliver my food for me, since I'll be occupied for most of the weekend at Art in the Courtyard.
I've got lots of new designs & also some special seconds & sale items, so there will definitely be quite a bit very few of you have seen before, including these guys:
Hope to see you there! Art in the Courtyard is located in the (lovely, shaded) courtyard right by the Dutton Street Food Pavilion (Folk Fest map here), and I'm in booth #3. More info about Art in the Courtyard is here. Happy weekending, everyone!
Whirlwind life/work update today! If you follow me on Instagram then you know I've been moving studios (I'm staying at Western Avenue, but moved to a brighter space on the canal side of the building) and that has basically consumed me for several weeks. Paint swatches everywhere, obsessively taping + painting, repainting, "packing" + moving. It took way longer than planned, but I'm thrilled with the new space!
Since it took longer than expected to finish painting + moving, the rest of the unpacking has been put on the backburner while I get back to work... and now that it's also officially summer & the mister is on school vacation we've been trying to schedule more fun activities too. Including baking, obviously. Gotta take advantage of all that seasonal summer fruit, right?
And if you're wondering how Daisy is doing, she is holding steady at okay. We FINALLY got the impossibly-expensive medication but it was harsh & made her really sick so we have been trying to manage the repercussions of that and get to a place where we can try the meds again. She seems pretty happy day-to-day though, which we think is pretty good, considering.
It has been all chaos around here recently (end of school year, studio move, Daisy stuff-- all for another post) so I am looking forward to spending the day hanging out with neighbor/friend/fellow animal lover/maker of cute things Joelle Geisler this Saturday at the Strawberries & Art Festival in Westford, Mass.
I'll be debuting this print there (hooray strawberries!) and enjoying copious amounts of strawberry shortcake.
I'm also discontinuing a number of headband styles, so they will be on sale in person this weekend and probably eventually online. If you see something in this photo that catches your eye, feel free to shoot me an email about it at migrationgoods[AT]gmail[DOT]com.
To recap: cute new print, awesome animal & cute art by Joelle, strawberry shortcake. Sounds pretty good, right? Hope to see you there, Mass friends!
I have been trying to write this post for several weeks and failing because I'm just not able to put into words how so very grateful I am for the outpouring of love & support we received when I first posted about Daisy's health issues & biopsy.
In particular I have to thank Virginia (of gather here fame) for putting the precious Makers Gonna Make bags that Sarah of egg-a-go-go printed (especially for the shop's anniversary party, with donated time) up for sale. I still get teary about this when I think about it. And to all the people that bought them so quickly, and all the folks who shopped the sale I held in my shop, or bought nail polish from my destash. I feel so very very lucky to be part of a community of such caring & generous & supportive makers and people who appreciate handmade. THANK YOU. x a billion.
(photo by Virginia via instagram)
Daisy is doing pretty well these days. After waiting an excruciatingly much-longer-than-predicted amount of time for her test results, she was diagnosed with hepatotoxicosis, or copper storage disease. This is a liver disease, that, left untreated, is fatal. We feel fortunate that we caught it when we did, and Daisy is now on a 6 to 8 month treatment that includes medication and a strict low-copper diet. We are so, so glad that her diagnosis was not something even more serious that would require surgery or more drastic treatments.
However, I would not wish what we've already gone through (or the cost of it all) on anyone else, so please, please, PLEASE! pay attention to what you are feeding your pet (we fed Daisy what we thought was a quality food, recommended by a vet, but it was for years, and we didn't worry too much about formula changes because she seemed to like it). And always ask your vet all the questions you have (sometimes we didn't, because we assumed we were being given all the information we needed). Related: if you feel like your vet is not giving you all the information you need, even when you ask, go with your instinct & find one who will. We have always prided ourselves on taking good care of our dog and being responsible pet owners, but I realize now that it was easy to not go the extra mile because we have always had a healthy dog. This can change, and faster than you think.
Anyway, I have now read more articles on copper storage disease in dogs than I ever thought I would, so if anyone has any questions on it, I'm happy to answer them if I can. And it's going to be a while before we know for sure if the treatment is working. In the meantime, we have a very carefully monitored dog on a strict diet & a lot of bills to pay off but it could have been so much worse, and we are feeling optimistic about it all.
Thank you AGAIN to everyone who helped with purchases that will go toward Daisy's bills, but also for everyone who shared so many kind words of understanding & encouragement & love & empathy. They made a world of difference during a very tough time.
PS. If you still want to catch the end of the sale at migrationgoods.com, you have until midnight today, April 1st, to save 20% on everything. (code: DAISYDOG)
If you follow me on twitter or instagram, you already know that I've been busy/distracted with dog mom stuff, and I've posted a few sales there, but I thought it was time for me to update here too.
Miss Daisy dog has been testing with rapidly rising liver enzyme levels for a few months now, and after the ultrasound didn't give us an answer, we went to the biopsy. Without getting into all my emotional issues & mixed feelings about procedures on a 13+ year-old dog, we brought her in last Thursday. Then got promptly rescheduled to Friday. Were told we would get results on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, on the day that we dropped Daisy off at the vet (first try) for her $$$$ procedure, my (almost 15 year-old) beloved VW failed inspection for the first time ever. I'm going to be honest & tell you that I haven't even gotten an estimate on that. (Hey, I'm busy watching over my cranky cone-head dog!)
Anyway, the vet bill was not completely unexpected but (of course) higher than estimated, and that car thing was totally not on my radar. Hence the sales.
20% off EVERYTHING at migrationgoods.com! with code DAISYDOG. This includes all the new ceramics items as well as made-to-order accessories. Plus, free shipping in the US & half off international shipping on all on prints & postcards.
And NEW! for the nail polish people, I have pulled an embarrassing amount of nail polish out to destash, all at 50% off or more. Click the DESTASH picture below (or the little one in the sidebar at right) to check it out.
Thank you so much to everyone who has made a purchase already or who has spread the word! Daisy & I appreciate every single purchase & good thought & kind word, so much. And I can't even start to talk about Gather Here's sale of egg-a-go-go's screenprinted bags to benefit Daisy without crying so I'm saving that for another post.
Fast-forward to today: we're still waiting on test results. Yup. I will update on twitter when we finally hear something.
And I'll probably remain a bit distracted until then, but I'm shipping out shop orders on schedule while getting more online updates prepped. (Yarn & fiber people, you will have a sale too!)
Thanks again for all the Daisy love & for reading this confused, rambling update. We have our fingers (and paws) crossed for good news!