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Zing into Spring!

The sun is peeking through the clouds today. Yes, finally. And it reminded me that spring was supposed to be here a month ago – right around the time Kearsarge Magazine held its first Zing into Spring event. It was a true success – 40 happy vendors and 150 happy participants. Event manager Leigh Ann Root took these candid photos, and I was thrilled to see everyone smiling and enjoying the day – acupuncture, belly dancing, fitness drumming, yoga, live music with Folk Fusion, food, hand massages, reiki, tarot card readings, shopping and learning. We’ve already picked a date for 2016, so mark your calendars to Zing into Spring on Saturday, March 19!

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Purple is the color of kings

Faye Graziano, owner of Sew There! in Bradford, N.H., has some great new stuff: lined lunch bags, coasters (sets of four), aprons and exercise mat/yoga mat ties.

Feeling the itch to shop? It’s okay. Anything you buy from Faye is not only fun, but completely practical. She makes her products – from totes to sandwich bags to cosmetic bags – from oil cloth. If it gets dirty, just wipe it down. If you don’t have room in the kitchen, the lunch bags fold up to fit in a drawer or tucked next to the fridge. You wish you had more pockets in your day-to-day tote bag, well, Faye makes a 12-pocket (!!!) tote.

My favorite: the chicken. It’s a big, happy, colorful, chicken. Faye suggests putting a brick in the bottom and using it as a door stop. I was thinking I could store all those plastic grocery bags in it. The chicken would be decorative AND useful. I need one for my kitchen. (Notice I said “need” and not “want”.)

I asked Faye what people were asking for this spring and she said, “purple. Everyone wants purple.” Sure enough, there was an apron with purple flowers. An 8-pocket tote with a purple background and tropical flowers in the foreground. She has to special order the purple oil cloth, but if it makes her customers happy, it makes Faye happy.

Sew There! will be at the First Annual (spring) Shopping Expo at the Grantham Town Hall on Saturday, May 4. You can also see more of her work at http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewtherenh. Coincidentally enough, there will be an article on local crafters using the online sales site Etsy.com in the summer 2013 issue of Kearsarge Magazine. We ask them how they sell locally – and how they sell nationally – to be able to support their art. Look for it on stands in a few weeks.