Friday, May 25, 2012

Delaware Art Festival - Fabric

Starfish Earth - Another place I was very, very tempted by! And a good example of how pictures on business cards can have a big impact - this artist has a picture of one of her bags on the card, and I remember the other things she sold as well. She had bags and shirts with tree prints on them - the tree prints were beautiful. She also had trees on her recycled leather bags. You can buy from her website or her etsy store.

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

Delaware Art Festival - Paintings

Susie Lowder - she had big, bright, beautiful paintings. I loved the flowers! I think she also had a huge, bright sun painting that I loved. I should have taken notes! It has been too long already. I'm afraid I am not doing these artists justice in their reviews.

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

Delaware Art Festival - Jewelry (post 2)

Beadful Things, by Erin-Lynn McAleer. I love steampunk! I have a lot of steampunk embroidery designs from Urban Threads, and Beadful Things has a lot of steampunk jewelry. Very nice! I am glad I got her card.

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

Delaware Art Festival - Jewelry (post 1)

Despite the fact that I make jewelry, I am insanely attracted to all of the jewelry vendors - partly because there are so many different kinds of jewelry design (and, try as I might, I don't have time to try them all), and partly because I don't actually sell my jewelry right now, so I'm just drawn to people who do... whether like a bee to a flower or a moth to a flame I'm not sure. :-) These three artists use wire, from fine sterling wire that is crocheted, to big bright colored wire wrapped in big wave-like patterns - and the third does chainmaille! I would love to be able to do all three, and sadly had already purchased jewelry before I saw any of them, so I gathered their cards so I will remember them and possibly order from them in the future...

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

Delaware Art Festival - Glass, Pottery, Stone

Canton GlassWorks
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.

Peachblow Pottery
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

Teardrop Trailer on Instructables

Teardrop Trailers are absolutely adorable. I love them. I would love to have one, despite the fact that I really don't wait to tow a trailer - they are just so cute! :-) This Instructable shows the process of making your own and keeping the costs down. Interestingly, although there are the expected Instructables for other teardrop trailers and teardrop pendants in the "Related" sidebar, down at the bottom in the "Guides" section is a picture of an X-Wing... I think I need to go check that out!

Here it is - wow - an X-Wing Fighter Soapbox Derby Car! How amazingly awesome. I want!

Delaware Art Festival - Candles

Nature's Own is another vendor from the Delaware Art Festival I went to yesterday (but which is going on today as well). They hand roll beeswax candles and decorate them with flowers, leaves, shells, and stones. They were gorgeous!

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

Delaware Art Festival - The Scrabble Chick

I could not resist three scrabble tile pendants from The Scrabble Chick - I got an owl, a bee, and a Star Wars pendant. :-)

Delaware Art Festival - Local Shops

The Bare Bowl
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

Shop Smart Magazine for the Kindle Fire

I went to Amazon this morning to look for free Kindle books, and instead ended up looking at the magazine section. There are 15 magazines available for the Kindle Fire. I was happy to see that one of them is ShopSmart, which is one of my favorite magazines! Now if only I could get my computer to load the page before I have to leave for work, I could download the free trial subscription and try it out on my lunch break today. If anyone has any good laptop recommendations, I'd be happy to hear them. I may be buying a new one by the end of the year...

Amazon Newsstand

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

HOW TO: Ice Cube Tie Dye, DIY Ice Painting

Very cool video on freezing fabric dyes and using them to "tie dye" fabric!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Before I came to Ohio

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.

Posting again!

I went back to working for a staffing agency last summer! I worked in Dublin, OH in August and September, New London, CT in the fall, Milwaukee January - April, and now I am in Delaware, Ohio. Dublin and Delaware are both suburbs of Columbus, and I am working for the same hospital chain I worked for last summer. I still haven't been weaving, but I have decided to just go ahead and focus the blog on the travel aspects of my life, and possibly other crafts. I have been bringing my embroidery bag with me every time, but honestly, haven't done much work on that, either... I've been reading about permaculture, homesteading, and raising chickens instead. :-) I still want to get the Class B RV, but I also want to get some land and start an orchard growing and a house built so I have it all ready when I retire! My ideal scenario would be to only work two three month assignments every year, then spend the other six months at home... we'll see. :-) Well, off to work. I'm still in training on day shift right now. Will be on nights in a week or so. I think I'll go around Delaware and take a lot of pictures some morning after I get off work. It's a very cute little town! There's a "paint your own" pottery place right next to a coffee shop, and a "cupcakery" across the street and down a little ways. THAT is tempting. :-) Have a great day! PS - for some reason I cannot create paragraphs... it is making four paragraphs one big paragraph. Lovely.