Monday, April 30, 2012

Reflections on the Athens Indie Craftsravanganzaa

This past weekend I was privileged to be a part of a new to me show.  The Athens Indie Craftsravanganzaa.  I was surrounded by a variety of talented artists and craftspeople. I met numerous new friends, and was inspired by a fellow vendor to blog about my shows.

One thing I want to say before I begin is that I learn something new at each show. This weekend I learned that I need to be personally responsible for packing the sunscreen.

So, here is my first post show blog!  I hope you enjoy it.

My booth was in a wonderful location with a small creek running behind it.
My Mom, known to many as Nana, got to join us for this festival. She was a trooper and endured a crowded hotel room, HOT weather, and a lack of good walking paths.
The vendor who inspired me to share my thoughts on my blog is Wayne from Whispering Willow. He makes wonderful soaps, lotions, and more.
This is Wayne from Whispering Willow
You can visit his website by clicking here to learn more about his products! Wayne and his wife often are on the road to different festivals therefore I did not get to meet Julia.

My festival neighbors were The Green Cricket and Argentum.

Here I am standing with Cricket.
The Green Cricket can be found at Etsy.  Click here to get to her store.Cricket had some amazing re-purposed sweaters, children's clothing, and painted birds (you can see the birds and the pants in the background.)

My other neighbor was Terra from Argentum.  She had amazing silver jewelry. This was just her second festival and I hope she continues because her wares were pretty cool!  You can check out her Etsy site by clicking here.

Terra is sitting down (she is also wearing one of my tie dye cool tie necklaces.)
 I look forward to my next show at the end of May in scenic downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia.  Come see me on Saturday, May 26!


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rocks, Rubber Bands, and Things

I taught Fantastic Tie Dye at John C. Campbell Folk School at the beginning of April. I had a WONDERFUL class. All 8 of my students were excited to learn to tie dye and they all inspired me to do more.  We started out as strangers and ended up as friends. I like that!

While getting read for my class at JCC, I read about artists who use rocks, marbles, and other found objects to put designs into fabric. I decided to try it out (and so did several of my students.)
First, I gathered my rocks.
Then I got my presoaked scarf ready.
I used rubber bands to secure the rocks in a randomish pattern on the scarf.
Next I dyed the scarf in shades of purple and blue on a green background.
The hardest part was waiting for 24 hours to open it up.  WOW, I love it!!!
My next scarf project involved marbles and a fringed scarf. Keep scrolling to see that finished project.
I liked working with the marbles more than working with the rocks.

Here is a close up of the pattern. My Mom choose a light shade of green and purple.
So, get out the marbles and rubber bands and get going!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

I awoke this morning to a grand sunrise and was reminded again of what a loving God I serve.

Happy Easter friends!

From my garden, Summer 2011
My summer photos remind me of the glory of spring. Purple and orange are not colors I would wear together but they look fabulous together.

Happy Easter to you all,