I'm always a fan of rope jewelry and so naturally, I adore these dip dyed ones by Anna Alicia. Aren't they just perfect for summer? There's a book all about knot tying floating around our place somewhere, I think it may be time to find it!
Here's some pictures of my booth from the Tulip Festival this past weekend. The event was a bust, but you have to try it to know I guess. Only about 30% of the tulips were in bloom and I think that kept many people away waiting for next weekend. Then there was the weather. It was so cold! Not gloves and hats cold, but too cold to stand outside in a shaded tent all day, that's for sure. Luckily, I was able to work on jewelry while sitting there so it wasn't completely wasted time and I may end up with a wholesale account. Plus, I had a fantastic booth neighbor, Amy of Hayden J bags. I do wish I had purchased a Stroopwaffel or two and gotten a picture of that cute little wooden windmill, but the cold numbed my brain and I forgot all about them until I was on the way home in my heated car. Next time, I'll go as a patron of the flowers and a devourer of Dutch sweets and thoroughly enjoy myself!
I'll be at the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival from 10 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow! The festival also coincides with Dutch Days at the venue and the gardens are absolutely amazing according to my step mom. There are 55 acres of tulips, 250,000 tulips to be more precise. That is a lot of floral and I can't wait to see all the arrangements! Come see the gardens, then visit my booth and say hello!
I didn't mean to disappear again so soon after getting the blog going regularly but this past week has been an irregular one. My Grandma, Verla, passed away late Wednesday night and the funeral was held this past Monday. I'm a little exhausted from all the emotion and two trips to Idaho and back. I'm not quite sure yet how to put my thoughts down, but this bag (via Mint) seems to me like something she would have wholeheartedly endorsed. She encouraged me to make it, or make do from a very early age and I attribute my interest in the handmade to her.
I think I'm getting a little stir crazy spending so much time in my little room making things because when I read through my regular blogs today, all the party bits kept catching my eye. But then again, they are so pretty that who wouldn't stop and stare?
The always lovely boutique, White Elephant, recently received some of my arrows and they just put up pictures of them out on the shop floor! I hope to visit it is person sometime, but for now, will continue to content myself with Hollie and Jane's blog, Love it A Lot and their new collaboration, Beehive Craft Collective. Look around and enjoy yourself, and if you are near Toronto, make the short drive to Hamilton and browse through their well curated vintage wares and handmade goods!
My momentary reappearance and subsequent disappearance can in part be attributed to the Bijou Market that I just finished up with this weekend. In the midst of three busy weeks at the daily job, packing, moving and trying to find things (not yet to the unpacking stage) I also made several new things for the show, had them covered in an inch of insulation (had I only known how messy that can be, I would have moved all my stuff before the installers came) and had to find time to dust them all off before trekking it down to Provo for the market.
I love selling at shows, it's so worth it to be spending time with other artisans and seeing all the people shopping who appreciate and enjoy something that you made. It's also nice to hear some critiques and compliments from fellow artisans and to be impressed by other people's creativity. Bijou was so well organized and lovely things were everywhere! A special thanks to Rashelle, Nicole and Emily for putting it on and to all the wonderful people that came by to shop! I'm looking forward to Dutch Days in two weeks and Beehive Bazaar two weeks after that, there will be no end to making things for quite awhile! Check back for peeks of some new stuff from me...just as soon as I finish clearing the dust and insulation from the photo area.
*two highly important things I must not forget next time: my business cards and my camera.