Makers Days – Weekends in Spring

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We are having a such a fun time hosting our vendors in an ongoing week-end moveable trunk show feast!  Take a moment to learn about these upcoming makers; their life stories add to the allure of their work!  ____________________________________________________________

Eryn Rosenbaum, Jewelry:

Eryn started making earrings about 14 years ago, because that’s when she first pierced her ears. She immediately realized that she had quite a lot of earring buying to catch up with, and simultaneously discovered a bead shop right down the street. The challenge was accepted. Over the following years, she has never turned down the impulse to research and appropriate a new jewelry-making technique, which worked out all right since her husband never, ever minds the new workbenches and equipment that periodically appear in their bedroom. Or as he sometimes calls it, the earring room. While earrings are definitely the focus, Eryn does also make other jewelry such as pendants and rings, and truly enjoys working on custom orders for one-of-a-kind treasures.
The thing Eryn loves most about creating is how each piece turns out differently from the last, yet across all the different techniques and styles she uses, she can always recognize something of herself in each piece. The thing Eryn hates the most about creating is always knowing what time of day it is. If the world had no clocks (and her two children were a little older), Eryn would probably lapse into a pattern of 26-hour days, because 24 just isn’t enough. Eryn’s favorite color is turquoise, which is not a very precise answer since turquoise comes in so many shades and hues. She doesn’t have an unfavorite color.
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Jane Corley, Maker Extraordinaire
I am an almost-empty nester attorney, and have been doing work with collage, photography, and jewelry most of my life. My favorite thing to do these days is to incorporate vintage/antique imagery with whimsical dialogue, which takes form in art/greeting cards. My online identity is http://www.irreverently-yours.com, which is a work in progress but pretty much sums up the sentiment I try to convey. I like using the wide variety of media available today: laser-copy image transfers, acrylic paint, lace, foil, paper, and a Pfaff 2140 sewing machine. Source material for the dialogue balloons is (mostly) from old, dead persons, with a smattering of that from modern comics when they just cannot be denied. I hope these portrayals of the human comedy will tickle your funny bone while letting you express your affection for the recipient.

 

Giving Thanks, Small Business Saturday and Trunk Shows!

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So much coming up – but first I’d like to wish everyone a very happy thanksgiving.

Enjoy all the wonderful things about this holiday – the food, friends, family, and most of all…. our continued freedom.

This was my father’s favorite holiday because there were no other things to focus on (other than football, which he enjoyed a vague passing interest in) and he really did love the opportunity to exercise his amazing cooking skills for the enjoyment of all those who assembled (including random ‘straglers’ – friends or acquaintances who may not have had a place to go on Thanskgiving.)

Now, Steve and I also enjoy cooking at our house; feeding friends and family and keeping our new and old recipe traditions alive – including my great aunt Al’s cheese ball that employs some weird salted chipped beef that will soon be impossible to buy but tastes AMAZING – so obviously,we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving.  We hope you’ll come see us on Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday.  (If you want my aunt’s cheeseball recipe, I’ll be glad to share it.)  Have a great holiday, ya’ll.

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Saturday, November 26 – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Come in, have a fizzy beverage, and dig your hand deep into our Fish Bowl of treats and Discounts!  Lots of great deals and give-aways, so please make it a point to stop in.

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December Trunk Shows:

Sat. December 3 – Cindy Bagwell Trunk Show.  Sophisticated *and* funny dwell together in Cindy’s earring and necklaces designs, realized in mixed metals, wire, fiber, and gemstones.

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Sat. December 10 – Audrey Legatowicz Trunk Show – Bright, soft, and oh so lovely dyed silk scarves; beaded “Baby Boomer” necklaces; felted pillows and garments, and the most amazing woven scarves, shawls, and handbags.  You will want to treat yourself; one for you, one for your friend/sister/mom/sibling…..one more for you!

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New Artists, New Happenings Coming up for Fall!

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**Important note: We will be closed Friday the 15th**  Back on Saturday the 16th!

Have you seen our new window display…for summer?  Only a tiny bit late, but it’s a welcome sight nonetheless.  Soon enough we’ll be trimming the tree and hanging the mistletoe.  But for now, we’re enjoying the bright pinwheels made from artisanal papers.

The last few weeks have been a whirl – between having a very succuessful ‘thank you’ sale for our neighbors (and everyone else who wandered in!) and meeting a bunch of new artists.  We’ve also accepted a number of them into our shop, and will be sharing their work in coming posts.  Here is one: Lacquer boxes by Susan de la Cerda:

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We also welcomed Frida of Frida’s Fancy’s colorful wrap rings, Peggy Schmitz’s elegant statement bracelets, Linda Rolen’s yard art and upcycled table top pieces; Traci Hutton’s adorable soft dolls and zipper pins, plus aprons, oven mitts and towels by the team of Susan and Nancy of Out of our Mind.  Also Samantha Abedin’s beautiful throw pillows, dog beds and Big Boy Bones, and Dammit Dolls; Rosemarie Zartman’s wildly colorful necklaces, Carmen Aberasturi’s clay and glass bird dishes, and will soon be adding Maria of Syd Justice Jewelry  to our mix as well.  Did we forget to mention hand beaded bracelets by Kimberley Moore and Kimberley Brown?!

Whew!

Meanwhile, classes!!  This little votive beauty was gold leafed by a student in Saturday’s glass class.  We also did some terrific Mercury silvered votives.  Amazing how well that process worked, but I recommend doing it outside as the fumes are quite bedazzling to the brain cells.

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Yes, it’s here!

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OMG today it’s really Spring!  Don’t you feel the energy to get moving on a new project?Let’s get it together folks and get this party started!  Just go over to the “Classes” tab and check out the offerings.  There is new stuff added each week!  First class starts this coming Saturday.

Spring Classes are filling up quickly!  Sign up now using Paypal* or come by the store to sign up in person.  *NOTE: you don’t have to have a Paypal account or even log into their service in order to pay for classes.  There is a pass-through option to use any credit card as a ‘guest.’

Right now you might feel like a grasshopper… or a tiny bud… but in time you will be a giant of crafting, a crafting GENIOUS with new projects to conquer, and materials to lord over!  Yes, it’s time to go to there!

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