Monday, August 30, 2010

Prim and Plush's First Magazine Publication!

This is super exciting. We got featured in Newscripts from C&EN (Chemical and Engineering News, by the American Chemical Society):

Click here to read the full article.

Our Christmas Methane was featured in this magazine previously last Christmas in the Holiday Shopping Guide. Which got a picture in the print copy of the magazine!

As a chemist, ACS journals are a staple and we're glad we can get an article in their news mag!

Thanks ACS!

Tweet It! Facebook Digg It! Stumble Delicious

Saturday, August 28, 2010

More Molecules and an Attempt to Tablescape

In two more weeks, I will be sitting at a table and selling my molecules at a craft fair. It really feels like this is coming up so fast! I'm excited, scared and nervous all at the same time.

I figured I needed a centerpiece, or several centerpieces, to make the table pretty and eye-catching (as if molecules staring at you are not very eye-catching). So, by popular demand, the #1 most requested molecule is Caffeine, made from chocolate/coffee colors, which I thought would seem appropriate:

So I had a very hard time thinking of how to display my very flat molecules, since they are quite difficult to stand up. I searched and scoured the internet and it finally came to me....Banana Hanger.

Off I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond with my trusty 20% off coupon (which happens to be expired, because the internet coupons expire, even when the mailed ones don't, fyi) in search for the perfect molecule display:

$9.99 - a great price for a molecule display!

I also had to finish some extra craft fair shopping at Ikea, because I saw these kitchen cabinet shelves that are perfect for a craft table:

I also found a nice rack to use as a vertical display that can hang off of my pavillion:

Looks nice to hang some water and methane molecules!

And after installing all the shelves, we played with a tablescape:

Still lots of work to do, but I like the look!

Tweet It! Facebook Digg It! Stumble Delicious

Monday, August 23, 2010

Going a Little Crazy

Craft Fair stuff has been finalized.

We are attending the Alley Walk Craft Fair in Rockford, IL:

September 11, 2010
2100 block East State Street, Rockford, IL
8:30am - 4:00pm

An outdoor craft fair sponsored by a nice church. See website for more details:

Prim and Plush will be @ booth #4 and we're sharing with The Leaf Studio. It's getting very busy at the house!! I can tell you that we made a coffee/chocolate colored caffeine molecule! I really like how it turned out and it will be displayed at the fair!

Here are some special stuff we will also be selling:

Super large Methane:

and a super large Water:

I hope we have some fans out in Rockford! Come out and see us!

Tweet It! Facebook Digg It! Stumble Delicious

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So Many Things To Do

I've just gotten back from Mexico last Saturday, which means returning to work life has been a nightmare. It's definitely been difficult to do experiments when you're constantly thinking of laying on the beach or going to the pool. At least it still feels like Mexico, since Chicago can't get a break from the heat waves! Methane with a sombrero anyone?

SC2 is out, which means, I've also been slacking in the home matters and anything that has to do with crochet. This is not good behavior for someone with a craft fair in one month.

So...we are swearing off the SC2 (well, maybe not swearing off...but maybe I can just reduce my SC2 playing to 1 game a day...maybe 3 or 4 on the weekend. Ugh, this plan is already not working...).

But as long as I get through my to-do list, we should be good for Sept 11:

1. Crochet, crochet, crochet - I have like a billion methanes in stock, but somehow all the other molecules had failed to produce. I'll be posting spoiler pictures on the weekend.

2. Buy beaker set for tablescape. I am a chemist...I should have these already in my house. Even Alton Brown cooks with beakers!

3. Sticker Labels for FB and Twitter accounts to put on Business Cards. Buying 1000 business cards from was a good idea 5 months ago, especially since they were free (only paid for shipping costs). However, starting facebook and twitter only 3 weeks ago and NOT putting them on cards = fail.

4. Cookie/candy tray. Freebies at craft fair = more foot traffic into the booth

5. Paper crafting. I dread it. It's time consuming, I'd rather crochet...but the methanes need price tags!

6. Finish sewing tablecloths. I bought fabric in hopes that it would be a much cheaper, simpler addition to a booth. It's definitely cheaper...but not so much simpler. I can't find myself being able to sit down and pin a hem for a 9ft piece of cloth.

7. Tablescape, tablescape, tablescape...I'm so bad at it. It will be rough.

Hopefully there will be progression!

Tweet It! Facebook Digg It! Stumble Delicious