For our February Second Saturday Giveaway, we are featuring Chicaloo Photography and More by Kate Kehoe!
In front of the card catalog is Kate's knitting stand. She got it for $3 at a garage sale and it is ridiculously adorable.
I paused after all of the card catalog awesomeness to ask Kate how she came up with her company name:
"This was a harder decision than one would think. I discarded a lot of names before deciding on Chicaloo. It is a term of endearment that I call some of my friends. I thought it was appropriate since they are the ones who supported me at the beginning of my crafty career."
It's always our friends who support us at the beginning, right? We crafters make gifts for our friends and family who encourage us to sell them and off we go!
In the corner of Kate's living room are about 6 crates of records that she uses to make her record album notebooks and bowls. On top of those records is Kate's muppet, Rhoda.
Kate saw a super cute video on YouTube of a man who proposed to his girlfriend with muppets and became smitten with the idea of owning her own muppet. After a particularly hectic craft show season, Kate decided to get Rhoda as a treat for herself. :)
Now, rest assured, those 6 crates of records in the corner are only the tip of the iceberg...Kate's entire hallway is lined with crates of records!
Kare beams with pride at her massive record collection. We crafters love our collections, don't we?
Kate took me into the kitchen next and showed off her ingenious idea for storing her finished product magnets that she posts on her Etsy...just put 'em on the fridge! They don't get scratched up and she can easily grab one off if it sells.
Speaking of collections, Kate is a former Catholic and still has an impressive shelf of Virgin Mary statues and candles that serve as artistic and colorful inspiration.
And, now, we finally reach Kate's actual craftroom! I asked Kate about her workspace:
"I picked this apartment because of the space I now use as my craft room. That and the numerous closets that now hold supplies and finished product. Of course there is never enough storage space. I love to surround myself with the work of artists I admire it helps to keep me inspired."
Kate definitely loves to surround herself with the work of other artists. Immediately to the right in her craftroom is a wall collage of framed art prints.
The inspirational art must be working, because Kate had a substantial list of record album notebooks to make...
...which I promptly made her put on so I could take this gorgeous pic!
We at Flint Handmade are so excited to have some of Kate's awesome Chicaloo Photography and More creations for our February Second Saturday Giveaway!
Kate donated a little grab bag of some of her most popular items:
I Have Not Yet Lived Graffiti Notepad
Gnome Liberation Front Pocket Mirror
Oh Waitress! Coasters (featuring Flint's Colonial Restaurant!)
County Fair Fun Slide Magnet
For YOUR chance to win Chicaloo's Grab Bag (valued at $26), just complete steps A and B:
A) Follow Flint Handmade via the blog, Twitter, Google Reader or whatever newfangled "following application" tickles your fancy. Or, if you don't do the whole following thing, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our email list.
B) Leave us a comment in response to this blog post by 5pm on Saturday, February 19, 2010 answering the following 2 questions:
1) How do you follow us?
2) Which album covers would you like to see Kate make into notebooks?
Please be sure to answer BOTH questions to qualify for the drawing.
The winner will be selected at random and posted on the blog within one week after the deadline. The winner will have 30 days to claim the prize.
We hope to hear from YOU and we hope you enjoyed our February Second Saturday Giveaway!