Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday Ramblings -- Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween every one!

Halloween means something different for everyone and that is ok, we each have our own beliefs.  For myself I find that I am in a very reflective mood at this time of year.  The year so far has been eventful, full and challenging. 

Yet, elements, some of higher importance than others, have been missing and I miss them more and more each day.  While I could bemoan this fact, in reality my reflective mood is my way of assessing how to change this.   So that as I move forward fewer of these elements will be missing.

Some will be easy to change, such as learning new techniques.  That is simply a matter of managing my schedule better.  Easier said than done, but it is definitely an area I am always working on improving.  The list of changes isn't that long and I have already looked at ways to change most of them.

However, what I have been missing the most is one I don't know how to change as it involves others. Which frustrates me to no end, as I am someone of action.  If something needs to change or be fixed, I work on it until I have accomplished it.  In this case it isn't that simple, so it is something I am going to have to be patient with.

So as October comes to an end and November begins, my changes to add the things I have been missing goes into effect.  With the hopes that the one I am missing the most will resolve itself sooner rather than later.

What scheduling conflicts do you struggle with?    How do you deal with them?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Garden Delights 10/30/11

"A garden is where the soul feels at home!"

This quote is from a decorative plaque someone gave me years ago. Don't know where they got it from or who coined the phrase.  Yet, it is one of my favorites.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Portland Saturday Market 10-29-11

Portland Saturday Market has so much to offer.  Today we are going to introduce you to another fabulous artist.   Heather Hoff of "8 Sticky Fingers, Duct Tape Arts", is  a cheerful young women.  She runs her booth every weekend and is one of the markets reserved members. 

Heather creates fun and colorful wallets using duct tape. One of the most useful items to have around the house and now it comes in so many wonderful colors and designs.  She has taken a practical item and turned it into colorful and practical artwork.

Heather manning her booth
Heather manning her booth at Portland Saturday Market.

Duct tape designs
Duct tape designs 

Bottle cap art
Bottle cap art
Bottle cap magnets
Bottle cap magnets
The bottle cap magnets are so fun.  Designs vary, you can find something for everyone.

Devil duck design
Devil duck design
"Devil ducks" grace the outside of this duct tape wallet.  And yes the partial picture to the right is a piece of bacon.  So many fun designs to be found in Heather's booth.

Buttons, buttons and more buttons
Buttons, buttons and more buttons
These are so fun and easy to add to your purse or jacket or even the outside of a gift as part of the wrapping.

Pick your design, made to order
Pick your design, made to order
This is Heather's specialty,  made to order duct tape wallets.  You choose the specific design you like and she creates if for you.   While she does carry a selection of already done wallets, most of them she creates to customer specifications.  Stop in and check out of the options available to you.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Lavender and Blue -- 2011 Fall Fashion Volume Three

Fall fashion volume three for 2011, is a cross between Patone's "orchid hush" and "quarry".   Quarry is a lovely gray blue, the blues I found are definetly bluer than the fall color, but they are pretty.  They also are choices that look absolutely marvelous with the light lavender of orchid hush.

Sumptious softer colors for fall are absolutely beautiful.  In the mix of hues combining lavender and blue, will let you shine in the latest fashion trends for fall.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Quote Wednesday 10/26/11

What we do not see,
what most of us never suspect of existing,
is the silent but irresistible power
which comes to the rescue of those who
fight on in the face of discouragement.  
 ---Napoleon Hill

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Featured Artisan --- Acadienne

Welcome to our featured artisan interview with Acadienne:


When and how did you first become interested in crafting?

I've been doing needlecrafts since the age of 6, when my mother taught me to knit 2 small rectangles and sew them together to make a top for my Barbie doll.

What are your crafting influences?

I'm a self-taught crochet, started during my college years, and the embroideries came at various times across the years.

Knitted shawl/ shoulder scarf in rust and dark green tweeds

Does anyone in your family do a similar craft?

Several other family members also do needlework, and from what I've heard my grandmother was a true expert (She died before I was born).

What kinds of places have you displayed your craft in your life?

I do a few in-person craft shows in the fall and winter, and my charity work of preemie sweater/hat/booties sets, complete wardrobes for dolls that are given to an organization for foster kids, chemo hats, and prayer shawls are of course seen, though anonymously.

Celtic design Blackwork hand-embroidered brooch green shades

What else do you do besides create these beautiful pieces?

Much of my work is done while I'm on my night shift job as an LPN, one-on-one cases, though I also keep busy while at home and have been known to knit while sitting next to the goal judge at college hockey games.

What is your favorite piece that you have created so far?

I really don't have a favorite piece, enjoy the process of making all of them, and try to put my individuality into everything I create.

What is special about your pieces?

My needle working is, to me, a means of connecting to the long line of crafters in my family, especially significant since I am an "afterthought" child who arrived when all grandparents were gone. My studio name is Acadienne, to reflect my family origins, both on Artfire and Zibbet.

Womens knitted tube socks bright hot colors

Monday, October 24, 2011

Handmade Holidays!

Today, lets take a sneak peak and see the artistic talent in a few studio's on Artfire.  With Christmas right around the corner, its a perfect gateway into your handmade holiday...