Sunday, June 20, 2010

Art in the Park

Yesterday was the annual Art in the Park fair that the Art Center of Battle Creek puts on, and quite often is the only show I do every year. I love doing it! My parents come over from Wisconsin every year to help me out, and I really needed their help especially this year since my husband is traveling for work.

During the week, I was interviewed by our two local newspapers here for articles they wrote up on the Art Fair. The interest it generated was awesome and I really appreciate the press! Many people mentioned it when they visited the booth.

Here is a pic of me and my Mom right before we left for the fair. We have coordinated our outfits for years now, and we found these dresses when I was in Wisconsin last weekend for the Bead & Button Show. When we park in downtown Milwaukee, we often walk through a department store called Boston Store. We found matching peacock tops last year, and these dresses this year!
Mom's matching necklace is made of a glass peacock bead and dyed howlite from Bead & Button (along with a dichroic bead and purple pearls I had).

Since there is only a week between Bead & Button and the Art Fair, I often find myself hurrying around trying to make a few new pieces with what I purchased at B & B. Here is a necklace made with a polymer pendant from Humblebeads and some purple stones I bought at the show.

Also from the show, I layered one of the new "family" charms from Green Girl Studios with a ceramic house from Earthenwood Studio. What goes better together than family and home?

Here are a few new bracelets....... the peace beads I got at B & B with the Diane Hawkey peace bead I already had in mind.

Dad's toolbox that he gifted to me was a new addition to the display. We had a lot of nice comments and conversations about it. It held all of the necklaces I made out of the Noreena Jasper I got at B & B.

Here is a closer look at some of the Noreena Jasper pieces. It's such a pretty stone, that it really can stand alone in a simple design. I think I was able to make 8 necklaces and each one was different. Here is one layered with a Tim Holtz charm and strung on labradorite.

One layered with a copper scrapbook tag, on chain with leather up the back.

Here, I alternated the Liverstone and Goldstone I got at B & B. I think this one was my favorite.

And here is a long one with a Lisa Peters dream connector and Liverstone around the back.

Setting up.....

Just like last year, a terrible storm rolled through on Friday night. So I remembered from last year the grass was wet - and muddy in some areas. What a great opportunity to wear my peacock rain boots! They were quite the talk of the day with everyone!!!

Thankfully, the weather all day Saturday was wonderful!

Thanks Mom & Dad!!! I couldn't have done it without you!

It was a great show! I am very happy with the results of what I sold, and the comments from everyone that I talked to. Whew, time to relax now!


Doreen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG, Heather! I just had to comment on how cute you look in your peacock dress and boots! What a hoot!!

Copper Diem said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your jewelry is super cute and your outfit was GREAT! Loved the boots!

TesoriTrovati said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Peacock rain boots? I am all a-squee about that! You are your mom are so stinkin' cute in those dresses. And so sweet of your parents to come and help. I cannot imagine my parents doing that for me for a show! I am so glad it was a success. And you got some great booty at B&B!
Enjoy the day!

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Heather, you are so cute! ;) Your jewelry looks great, too! I'm sure you did very well at the show.

By the way, I loved your necklace in Stringing magazine. I thought that was so clever how you made the necklace changeable! Very Cool.