Monday, August 31, 2009

"If we could learn to see sideways..."

The name of this blog is "Millions of People Happy." I'm sure I've written it somewhere, but in case there are any new readers out there, the thought of making "millions of people happy" is what motivates Kermit-the-Frog to leave his swamp and move to Hollywood in the original Muppet Movie. This was on my mind when I came out here two years ago, particularly on the days when I would ask myself "what the **** am I doing here?!"

I think most people who know me would attest to the fact that I am a positive person. I can be very sarcastic, but I am by nature pretty cheerful, or glad, or "happy" (to use a more meaningless word.) I was reading some of my older posts the other day, and it occurred to me that on this oh-so public blog thing, I present to you strangers an often dopey-sounding super-positive look at things.

So I've been thinking about how its probably only my really close friends that know how I've been in a bad mood for the past couple of years...(and lets just skip the "moode" puns) Things have been on the upswing since I had my wisdom teeth out in January. And folks, I must say: these days, I am sincerely happy.

I'm a frantically glad optimistic mess!

Okay, on to some news:

On Saturday I was a vendor at the LA Printer's Fair. It was a long hot-as-the-blazes-of-hell day in Carson, at the International Printing Museum. In spite of the heat, it was a FANTASTIC day. This place is amazing, it was a very well-attended event, and I came home with a nice pile of money to roll around on.

Look, I took pictures!

You go to a "printers fair" and may count on good signage.

I'm selling books now. I make books, and I sell them.

But, really.

So much type and so many type cases for sale...

There's no part of me that wants to own a press right now, and if I did it wouldn't be a letterpress. But OH it was fun to look around!

mmm.....this place is amazing. Sure, the heat may have had a little to do with it, but I spent most of my time walking around smiling like an idiot.

Come on.

It was damn hot. See?

This little lady is going to have some of my paper sculptures hanging over her bed. She's excited...just sleepy from the heat.

Anyway...what a good day. I'm teaching now, and that's keeping me on my toes...but I am going to look for more events like this to do in the coming months. If anyone has any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!

Thanks for reading.


Kelly Kilmer said...

It was great meeting you in person, Michelle! I blogged about the printers fair included links to your site. LOVE your work. Hope to see you again at another art show soon!

My friend mentioned the yahoo group I am the moderator for-ArtGangLA which is a great source to advertise your art, classes, etsy shop and find out about any artsy events in So Ca.

Nancy H said...

Loved seeing your work at the L.A. Printers Fair - we came in from AZ for the event. I bought three pieces from you and can't wait to frame them!

nancy of Hazel&Violet INK

A Beautiful Party said...

so so so happy to hear that you're happy. that's two people happy. only 998,000 more to go!!

Leah Virsik said...

If you're up for coming to SF, there is the PCBA Printer's and Book Arts Fair and there is also the BABA Book Arts Jam fairly close to SF I know it's a treck but hey maybe… I love your books… especially your secret Belgian Bindings. I'm very inspired by your incorporation of sewing and paper! Thanks for sharing. -Leah

Michelle C. Moode said...

ooh, thanks for the suggestion, leah! I'll look into it. there are some people up there I'd be delighted to see.

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