Friday, May 25, 2012
Sew Darn Simple - I bought a lanyard (with bees) and a Kindle case (purse-like) from this vendor. Love them both! I do wish I had asked if the Kindle case would fit a Kindle with a manufactured case already on it. I have a pink case that I bought for my Kindle Fire when I got it, and although the Kindle does fit in the fabric case I bought Saturday without it, it doesn't fit while "wearing" the pink case. So now I am trying to decide whether to use the new Kindle "purse case" for my Kindle, or just use it for my journal and look for something larger with a strap for the Kindle. They did have an iPad case next to the Kindle case - it was larger, and I came close to getting it to have more room, but then I thought that was silly. Live and learn. It's still a very cool case, though! I don't carry a purse to work, but I do carry my lunchbag, and I have been putting my Kindle in my lunchbag with my frozen dinner... not the best idea, I think. The case with a strap is a much better idea.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Jennifer Float - mixed media pieces - fabric and paint, lots of owl pieces. Love owls. She also had other animals, and every piece I saw had a quote as well. They were lovely, and would look especially nice in a nursery, though I can see them in an office as well - something calming to look at during the day.
Dennis Zimmerman - watercolors, and he does custom paintings from photographs. He had wonderful landscapes.
Jurate Phillips - this artist had dandelion paintings that I loved. :-) You can buy from the website.
Pulpa Paper Products - Okay, not really in the painting category, but very cool. Cast paper bowls and sculptures, as well as journals, stationary, invitations, and other paper products.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Jewelry by M.E. - This shop had nice jewelry... however, I confess I don't remember it very well, and the etsy store has nothing in it to refresh my memory (also, the site on the card was printed wrong and I had to rearrange the shop name and the "etsy" part when I did the link). Maybe after the art show season they will list jewelry in their store again.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Well, heck. I didn't realize until I got to this point that Linda Osterhoudt doesn't actually have a website listed on her card. I did, however, do a google search and find a gallery listing, which I linked to her name. She does beautiful work! She does the fine silver crochet.
Mostly Maille - chainmaille by Pamela Lemons. I loved the way she didn't just have straight link necklaces and bracelets (she does have those), she also had crosses, hearts, and circles. I was amazed at the different patterns in the maille, too.
Funky Jewelry by Melissa Woods - I loved this jewelry!! Bright colors and swirls of wire - very summery. I would have spent longer in the booth, but it was completely full and I was getting claustrophobic. I'm glad she has an etsy store! :-) This is an excellent example of what I loved in her booth - it was the main thing that tempted me. She had a lot more at the festival than what is in her etsy store right now. :-)
Monday, May 21, 2012
John Boyett is the glassblower at Canton GlassWorks. I was sad that I had spent my limit by the time I reached his booth, because he had the most gorgeous tree ornaments - clear glass ornaments with enclosed trees. You need to check out his website to understand - they are just fantastic. I had never seen anything like them before. He also does workshops.
Catherine Tietz Boring, blown glass and pottery
Not only does she make gorgeous glass and pottery, she has classes (adults and kids) and camps for kids! She had a beautiful pink vase that I had to tear myself away from. Sigh.
I pass by the sign for this studio every day on my way to work. Now that I have seen her work, I want to go see the studio! She does fine art porcelain, and the colors are magnificent.
Dan Roth, stone carver
I never really appreciated stone carving until I watched Mr. Roth demonstrating it at the Art Festival Saturday. I am pretty sure I could not take a lump of stone and get a leaf with a face out of it. I have a greater appreciation for all of those ancient statues now, too - David, Venus de Milo, etc.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Here it is - wow - an X-Wing Fighter Soapbox Derby Car! How amazingly awesome. I want!
Fire Stones - I have two stone candles that I got in Vermont at an art festival six years ago, but they are made from either granite or slate (I'm sure I have it written down somewhere). This artist had candles made with agate slices! Many different, beautiful colors, including bright pink!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I am working in Delaware, Ohio for the next three months, and figured I should post about things to do and see around here. Today I went to the Art Festival they are having this weekend. I was not able to buy everything I wanted - that would have required thousands of dollars and a U-Haul - but I did get cards from my favorite vendors. I meant to take my camera, but I forgot... I probably would have felt funny telling them that I was going to write a blog entry about them, anyway. :-)
The Bare Bowl wasn't actually a vendor at the festival - it's a shop downtown - but I went in after I was done going through all the stalls, and I love it! I've been driving by the store every day on my way to and from work, and thinking that I would love to go work on a set of dishes every day after I get off work once I'm on night shift. Unfortunately, their hours are 11am to 8pm and I will be getting off work at 6:30am, and it's at least a half hour drive back to the hotel. So, it may be something I end up doing every once in a while on my days off, instead. If they had opened at 8 or 9, I could see going to the coffee shop next door for a couple of hours and then going in to paint, but four and a half hours is a long wait...
I also spent some time in Beehive Books in between wandering around the Art Fest. Love it! Had a smoothie and a cupcake and cooled off - I spent three and a half hours at the festival and the sun was happily shining down the entire time. The bookstore is wonderful. I've been in independent bookstores where the staff couldn't be bothered to help you and it was like pulling teeth to get someone to go to the coffee shop to make your drink - this was completely different. They were friendly, seemed happy (either because of or despite the extra work from the Art Fest, LOL), told me they could do flavor combinations for smoothies and suggested a few, and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. I'll definitely be going back.
I'll save my stack of business cards and post them a few at a time... don't want to overwhelm my own blog. :-)
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
In between Milwaukee and Ohio, I stopped in Kansas to see my parents. My mom babysits my triplet nieces, and we took them to Botanica in Wichita. I don't know if I have permission to post pictures of the girls or not - my brother made his blog about them private a while back - but they loved this ladybug, and were happy I got a picture of it. :-)
I am happy I downloaded the blogger app! I like posting from my phone.