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Monday, April 21, 2008

Getting Ready for Saturday Market

I've been locked in the studio all week cranking out product for the opening of Saturday Market. This weekend I made faux dichro earrings (these have 3 layers of the dichro papers lacquered on a mother of pearl base). And they look stylish on those vintage labels too!! I'm going to need to get more labels I'm going through these so fast - lol!And here is a pair in the company of a felt flower pin. I just love these pins! So retro and sweet! Not to mention colorful.

Jen at ARtful Paper Dreams tagged me to tell a little more about myself. These types of tags always take me forever, so here is the *very* abbreviated version as I take a brief break from production and enjoy a hot cup of tea:

2. What are two of the best places you have been to ---- restricting myself to the world of art and architecture, I'll pick the Cloisters Museum in New York and Hearst Castle in California. Look at the fabulous mosaic work in the Roman Pool at Hearst Castle. It's decorated entirely with 1″ square mosaic tiles, mostly blue and orange but some that are clear with fused gold inside. Plus, lovely globe lamps and statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroes.
Roman Pool at Hearst Castle
Images from Sandra Leidholdt at Flickr

4. Name two things that pretty much everyone knows about you ---- voracious reader, organizing goddess, historical costume lover, designer and privacy advocate. Hmmm.. well, that's a lot more than three, but since I'm only doing a few of the tag questions that seems OK!

Here's a dress I've drooled over for two years that no one who knows me will be surprised I want! But I'm already married, so I dream of ordering one in a soft celadon shade with copper accents to wear on other special occasions.
Absolutely stunning Lord of the Rings style gown from Rivendell Bridal.

The gown in white, blue and silver from Rivendell Bridal.
Images from Rivendell Bridal

6. Two things you may not know about me are ---- animal rights advocate, firm believer in the value of world travel as part of schooling and of life-long continuing educational opportunities for all, and I design arcologies just for fun :) Whee - that's three! These are getting easier to answer!

9. What are your top two fun things to do after work ---- what is "after work"? lol! I'm always working :)

10. Name two things you would like to learn ---- only two??? There are lots of things on this list :) But this is my art and biz blog so I'll go with: using a sewing machine, making faux cupcakes, and advanced wire-wrapping techniques so I can make drop-dead gorgeous wire-wrapped jewelry.

12. What were the last two books that you read? ---- I don't get much time to read now that I'm a Mommy, unless it's Dr. Seuss :), and when I do, I have very high standards for book recommendations, so I'm going to list the last two I read that I would recommend: fiction: Oryx & Crake (Margaret Atwood) and non-fiction: China Road (Rob Gifford).

Market opens in less than two weeks, so I'm not sure I'll have time for another blog entry before then. But I will definitely be sharing some pics of opening day and my new updated, fabulous and fresh booth design after I get back!


Alison Gibbs said...

Love the earrings,
No wonder you want that dress, it is beautiful

Susan Tuttle said...

Those earrings are divine - their pearly, luminescent glow is so enticing - gorgeous!

That wedding gown is so romantic!

Thank you for the sweet comment.

I love visiting your blog.


KV said...

Wonderful post, Heather! I especially love your tags and those earrings are lovely, too.

Kathy V in NM

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Another gal who likes a good dystopia....excellent! Have you The Road by Cormac McCarthy...another excellent read!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

"read" would have been a good word to insert after "Have you" :-) Rosie

Lori said...

Heather, your earrings are amazing and how you have them presented with the vintage label is so stunning:) WOW!!! LOVE the gown in the first picture, SO romantic and lovely!!!

Mei said...

Lovely earrings and blog. Love the shine and green in it.

ara133photography said...

Fun to read!! Those earrings & pin are lovely :) I'd never heard of arcologies, sounds interesting!
Have fun at the market!!

Cathy said...

Heather, I have to say Married or Not that white dress is something I would Have to Have. It is stunning. But I like your idea of having it made in a different color so you can wear it on special occasions. I love it! YOU GO GIRL!


beadinbythesea said...

Just stopping by the say thanks for visiting my blog! Love the dress too just as beautiful as your jewelry!

Gracie said...

I adore those dresses. Beautiful! And the earrings are lovely. I can't wait to see pics from the market.

By the way I received your package today!! Yay! Thank you so much. I love it! My mum will like it as well I know.

Thank you for the cute hair pin. I will have to try it out soon. Thanks again it was really thoughtful.


Natasha Burns said...

Good luck with the market!!! Loving those dresses and your faux dichro earrings

Mary Timme said...

I love the jewelry and the dress. I didn't know you were into arcologies and I'm not sure I really understand it, but it looks super fascinating.

Monica Yvette said...

Interesting answers. I agree, I can't wait to complete my education with a trip to Europe. It's a very rigorous curriculum. he, he:) Can't wait to see the photos. Best of luck!

decadentdiamond said...

Wow.. those wedding dresses are beautiful. You've actually reminded me that I need to find a wedding dress shop to ask for an internship, I really want to experience it before I go into full-time exployment which is sooner than I thought!

I'd love to learn how to wire wrap too, it's amazing, I'm not sure I have the right kind of patience for it though. I mean, I can sit for hours embroidering or embellishing, but I don't think I could mentally cope with wirewrapping!

The Barber Bunch said...

I was surfin' the blogs and stopped by for a visit.

I just wanted to say hi and nice blog!


Crystal said...

gosh we're getting to know eachother so well :)
I just love your stuff and I tell everybody I know about your shop! Good luck at market!!!!

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Natalea said...

Heather, I love those earrings and the lables they're on are great! Good luck with everything and talk soon! xox natalea

Anonymous said...

Your earring are lovely the dress is gorgeous too. You could get married again/renew your Just to wear the dress.
I love the tags you made. They fit perfectly. Sorry to hear about your migraine that must have been very scary. Glad you are feeling better.

Lola Enchanted said...

We can drool together over that dress! Yuck, maybe not! hahaha... It is a beauty, just like your earrings!! Enjoy your weekend!

jen said...

i love those vintage labels! they definitely add romance and charm. ;) of course, your work in general is always so beautiful.

thank you for commenting on I Made It Monday! please play again soon.

Felicia said...

Hope your market went well!

Kari & Kijsa said...

hope market went well!!! The dress is absolutely amazing!!!

kari & kijsa

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I LOVE Saturday Market!!!!

And those dresses are amazing!! I wonder if they would be too over the top for driving kids around in carpool. Maybe.

Happy week!


Jen ~ ARTful Dreamer said...

It's great learning a little more about you! Who wouldn't love to wear that dress? I had to laugh - I'm in the same boat as you as far as pretty much reading children's books at the moment. But who can complain when you have such a wonderful audience, right?! Thanks for sharing Heather!!!