Clever Craft Show Items & Displays

Had a great time at the Handmade For The Holidays Bazaar last weekend.  The event was very impressive for a first year event and was extremely well organized.  The raffle was awesome, with each of the awesome 78 vendors donating an item for giveaway.  There were some lovely items for sale.  Photographed a few of my favorite vendors - please tag yourself in the comments if you see your goodies here!

I'm always trying out something new with my display at craft shows.  I recently bought a birdcage to clip the feather hair pieces to (thought it was fitting!)  I'm trying to do a better job of utilizing vertical space to draw attention, which can sometimes be challenging with smaller items.

Next up is the Bellevue Club Holiday Bazaar!  Join me Saturday, November 5th from 9-3 PM.  I'm going with a more sleek Day and Night theme to the set up, with some very special jewelry designs from Parisienne Girl Designs being featured, as well as your favorite fascinators for some "instant fancy" this holiday season!  The line up looks amazing.  Hope to see you there...


Handmade For The Holidays Bazaar This Weekend - New Items Preview

I'm very excited for this event!  I hope to see some of your wonderful Vancouver/Portland area faces!  This Bazaar has an incredible sounding line up of crafters.  Here is some of what I'll be offering for sale...

Hand beaded floral fascinators with boutique feathers...

Decorative hats for you or to be part of your holiday decor

Headbands - very fancy indeed for those holiday events

Accessories in all shapes and sizes...

I'll be there from 9-4 this Saturday, the 29th of October at Summit View Church in Vancouver, WA!


Thief - A Tragic Tale

This was the most amazing, creative, inspiring, challenging art project I've ever worked on.  I am so delighted by what we've made.

Kirsten and Travis of Elk & Boar are the stars.  They wrote and recorded this passionate song, and were so kind about embracing my crazy ideas for a video: a tragic tale of forlorn lovers.  I had seen another video they made with another dear friend Dee Jones (who I love working with) and found the style of shooting and production so inspiring.  I came to them with some ideas, we grew the ideas together, things changed, the story evolved.  We laughed, we cried.  This is what we made.  I hope you enjoy it.

Thief by Elk & Boar

Here are some stills of the costumes and scenes created.  Dee worked tirelessly on Kirsten's dresses and I created some hats and threw in some accessories.  Kirsten's 100 year old house was transported back in time - we even moved a piano.  Travis just happened to have an awesome wardrobe to begin with - all we did was add a top hat and some spice (he has plenty of spice to begin with.)
Photos by Dee Jones.

Kirsten worked tirelessly on the editing process.  She has a gift for piecing together the million photos we shot into a story.  An all around talented artist, she is!

A big thanks too to Holly Holman, an AMAZING makeup artist friend who was so sweet and generous with her time and energy on this shoot, even though she was sick AND moving that weekend!


A fabulous vintage window - what to do with it?

I need your suggestions, folks!  Look at this cute little window.  I found it at a garage sale and knew I needed to take it home to create something crafty with it.

I keep seeing projects out there, but can't decide which to try.  What should I do with it?  Besides the obvious: clean it, do you have any suggestions?  Break the glass and attach some chicken wire?  Add some dowels to make it a ribbon holder/dispenser?  Something else???


Hats for Halloween!

I'm not super into Halloween like some people.  I do enjoy dressing up however, so in honor of the dressing up-est day of the year, I've made some fun little hats for you and yours.  Here are just a few...

These will be up for sale in the Etsy shop by the weekend and at the craft fair in Vancouver on the 29th!  If they last that long...  I've already had two orders and they're limited quantity, so let me know if you're interested.  ;)


The quest for a perfect pumpkin

Just like the old saying, it's not the destination, it's the journey.  We journeyed to a lovely farm in the Nisqually valley (between Tacoma and Olympia, Washington) on Saturday to fetch our perfect pumpkins for carving.  Not only did we find about a million perfect pumpkins, we found pony rides, a petting zoo, hay maze and fresh roasted corn as well.  It was one of those perfect Fall days.

And yes, we found perfect pumpkins after much (and I mean MUCH) searching.  When they're all carved, I'll be sure to share!  I tend to get a little nutty in the pumpkin carving department...


Glitter Haus - A Handmade Holiday Affair

I'm very excited and pleased to announce the very first Glitter Haus holiday event in Tacoma, Washington.  Together with two of my very favorite artist friends, we are pleased to present an invitation only trunk show to showcase some of the area's best handcrafted lovelies.

Here's what's in store for this year's event:

Parisienne Girl Designs - Elegant Vintage Rhinestone Earrings & Jewelry www.parisiennegirl.com
LaLaLaurie - Handcrafted Paper Fancies www.lalalaurie.com
Deeds & Petunia - Vintage Inspired Women's Accessories www.deedsandpetunia.com
B. Childrenswear - Adorable Children's Clothing www.bchildrenswear.com
Libertine Tacoma - Unique Home and Culinary Items www.etsy.com/shop/libertinetacoma
LuLuz - Vintage Treasures www.luluz1953.blogspot.com

Guests will be able to view and purchase beautifully handcrafted items and unique gifts infused with vintage style. Enjoy specially prepared cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at our Open House.  Visit our website for more info www.glitterhausholiday.com and our Facebook page if you'd like to be included on the guest list!

Mark your calendars - this is an affair you won't want to miss!