Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Featured Artisan -- Jewelry Art by Dawn

Welcome, we hope you enjoy our interview with


When and how did you first become interested in crafting?

I was never really a crafty person. I don’t know how to sew, knit, crochet, embroider, etc., but as far back as I can remember I loved to draw and paint. Learning how to make jewelry was something I’d long been interested in, but that dream didn’t take hold until a friend sent me some charms from the famous Lascaux caves in France. Wanting to do something with them, I took them to my local bead store one day and asked how I could turn them into a charm bracelet. One of the employees showed me how to put a crimp bead on beading wire and I was off to the races.

How long have you been creating your chosen craft?

Painting, since I was a small child; jewelry making since 2006 when those charms from France arrived in the mail.

What are your crafting influences?

Color; I love color and am fascinated with pairing colors that aren’t always thought of as going together. Nature is a huge influence. A field of wildflowers is often a riot of color, yet it’s always beautiful even when the colors are ones people would normally think of as clashing. The majority of my painted pendants feature animals and flowers.

In addition, much of my wire work is influenced by lamps, kitchen utensils and other common household items.

Luna Moth Pendant Hand Painted Necklace Aventurine and Antiqued Copper

Does anyone in your family do a similar craft?

There are no other jewelry makers in my family, but my sister is a talented painter and my mother painted as well as designing her own clothes. Her eye for style, color and form was exceptional.

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

My work is and has been on display at art galleries and shops in the small town where I live and I’ve been a featured artist in our town’s monthly art walks twice. Online I have an Art Fire studio, JewelryArtByDawn.artfire.com.

What else do you do besides create these beautiful pieces?

I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening (although I have kind of a black thumb), spending time with our black lab and traveling with my husband.

Chipmunk Necklace

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

Each new piece is my favorite at the time it is being made. I think it has to be so that 100% of my focus is on making it the best work I can possibly create.

Why did you make that piece?

Because at that very moment in time, I had a design idea that had to be seen to completion. Until I finish a piece, I can’t get it out of my head. Even while sleeping, it’ll come to me in a dream.

What does it take to create pieces like that?

Lots and lots of time, patience and attention to the smallest detail.

What is special about your pieces?

Each of my painted pendants is an original and won’t be reproduced. The colors of the painted wood beads that I use in much of my work are an exact match to the pendants which I think really makes the designs flow. Always at the back of my mind is the thought that someday, somewhere, someone will be wearing that piece and I want them to love it as much as I loved creating it. That means in addition to being pleasing to the eye, there are no wonky loops, uneven wraps, kinked wire or potentially sharp ends of wire poking out. If that means re-doing something, it gets re-done which is probably why some of my work takes what seems like forever to finish sometimes!

Black and White Butterfly Necklace

What makes this kind of craft "good" to you?

Creating a new piece allows me to escape from those cares and worries all of us have in our day to day lives. The stress falls away and I can feel myself start to relax the moment I pick up a paint brush or a piece of wire. Just as important is the feeling of satisfaction that comes when holding up a completed work and thinking to myself, “I can’t believe I actually made this with my own two hands!” It’s a very good feeling on many different levels.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Creativity in Left vs Right Handed People

Every once in a while I run across a blog article that intrigues me, it is even rarer when that article prompts me to write about it. Today it is one out of Live Science that talks about the stats and facts of people who are left handed, right handed or ambidextrous.  Which being only slightly ambidextrous myself, my sister is a lefty and my dad is so ambidextrous it isn't funny, it is a curiosity that has always fascinated me.

In this article they indicate that only one percent of the population is ambidextrous.  Only ten percent are left handed and a whopping ninety percent are right handed.   While they go on with a lot of  you can see it in cave drawings and how the world is geared towards right handed people, not those that are left handed it does touch on the bias people have and have always had.

I still remember my parents having numerous conferences with the schools because the teachers insisted my sister learn to right with her right hand and not her left.  Which makes me wonder how accurate the stats are in this article.  Sport coaches use to wonder why I wrote right handed when my left side was my predominant side in sports.   Has societies bias towards those left handed skewed the stats, because when we are little teachers and parents alike assume we will be and should be right handed?

While that in itself is fascinating, it also makes one wonder about the old adage that left handed people are more creative than right handed people.  Not sure what my thoughts are on that one, especially since one of my oldest friends is left handed and well she isn't the creative type.  I think those of us who have developed our imagination and can step back from what is expected of us and not only explore our creativity but also foster it are the ones who are creative.  

Perhaps it is because left handed people struggle all their lives in a right handed world that they are more capable and have the established skill  set to easily foster their creativity.  Who knows what the right or wrong answer is.  What I do know is it takes all kinds of different people to make the world go round.  It is those differences that we should value and cherish and foster.

Impromptu informal mini poll:

1.) Are you left or right handed?

2.) Are you creative ?
(No you don't have to be trying to earn a living as an artisan to be creative, that is a whole different skill set requirement.)

I will report the results of this mini poll in my December 9, 2011 blog.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Garden Delights 11/27/11

Gardening offers life lessons, this is one of my favorite stories reflecting that.

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a > pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course , the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house." The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?"

"That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them." "For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Portland Saturday Market 11-26-11

Tessmer's Studio can be found at Portland Saturday Market nearly every weekend.  The lovely wood work created and displayed for sale by Tessmer's Studio is created from sustainable wood working practices.

A view of his smaller pieces, either small pictures or magnet's

A view of his smaller pieces, either small pictures or magnet's.

Sustainable wood practices lend a unique quality in shape to each creation

Sustainable wood practices lend a unique quality in shape to each creation even before a design is burned into the wood.

Some piece frames with other wood types.

Some piece frames with other wood types.  In this photo you can see the different colors in the pieces of wood, that have been chosen to be designed with.

One of the larger pieces available at the market

One of the larger pieces available at the market, however custom orders are accepted for larger pieces including benches.

Tessmer's Studios

Yep, I had fun taking pictures, love these wood pictures.  Stop in at Portland Saturday Market to visit Tessmer's Studios or contact them via tessmersstudios@gmail.com

Friday, November 25, 2011

Spiritual Jewelry in Business


Spiritual jewelry and business is an interesting topic of discussion. One in which there is definitive sides in how it should and shouldn’t be handled. However, Entwined Vines Jewelry has a business model where spiritual jewelry is part and parcel of our one of a kind creation artistic venture. This means that regardless of what our personal beliefs we choose to create pieces for all walks of spirituality.

Being a handmade artistic jewelry small business, this is an unusual view to take. You can walk or click into any small business that carries spiritual jewelry and usually tell what the owner’s spiritual philosophy is. While there is nothing wrong with this decision as each business owner must make their own choice, I find it an interesting business choice to make.

Looking strictly at the bottom line, limiting product to one type of spirituality limits your target market. Now this might be fine for a business that is geared toward one type of spirituality or walk of life, but if it isn’t, then you are self sabatoging yourself by limiting your target market.

Creativity can be limited as well depending on what you create. Especially in jewelry, stars and moons are associated with Pagan and Wiccan walks of life. However, a good portion of the population like them just because and do not associate them with any spiritual path. Crosses are thought to be Christian in origin, yet the Celtic cross is much older and representative of a different spiritual path. Regardless of what side of the fence you are on be respectful of others choices. Our differences make the world more interesting.

What is your opinion on the subject? Do you think business owners should or shouldn’t allow their personal beliefs to affect what they offer for sale?

  Triple moons in Double Sized Hematite Spacers Necklace  Water Colors Lampwork Goddess on Teal Viking Knit Chocker/Necklace  Carved Bone Goddess Pendant with Jasper Gemstones Necklace

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fun Thanksgiving Day Facts

Thanksgiving is a day to spend with friends and family giving thanks for the year we have had. In the United States it is also a day to celebrate our welcome by the Native’s to the new world. While that part of the holiday has almost all but been forgotten, there are some fun facts to review or create a quick trivia game to discuss over dinner.

1.) Did you know that turkeys, just like humans, can have heart attacks? The Air Force found this out when they were conducting test runs that break the sound barrier. Fields of turkeys would drop dead.

2.) Wild turkeys are known to spend the night in trees.

3.) Californians consume the largest quantity of turkey here in the United States.

4.) Full grown Turkeys have over 3,000 feathers to be plucked before you can cook them.

5.) The turkey almost became the United States national bird, when Benjamin Franklin proposed the idea.

6.) Wild turkey’s when spooked can run at speeds of 20 mph.

7.) The puritans brought beer when they came over on the Mayflower. As it was safer than drinking water.

8.) In a matter of seconds a wild turkey can burst into flight approaching speeds of 50 to 55 mph.

9.) The Vatican thought the turkey trot was too suggestive; which is the main reason it became so wildly popular.

10.) Turkey actually see in color.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your day spent with friends and family!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Whimsy Wednesday 11/23/11

A Wise Old Bird

High in the Himalayan mountains lived a wise old man. Periodically, he ventured down into the local village to entertain the villagers with his special knowledge and talents. One of his skills was to 'psychically' tell the villagers the contents in their pockets, boxes, or minds.

A few young boys from the village, decided to play a joke on the wise old man and discredit his special abilities.

One boy came up with the idea to capture a bird and hide it in his hands. He knew of course, the wise old man would know the object in his hands was a bird. The boy devised a plan.

Knowing the wise old man would correctly state the object in his hands was a bird, the boy would ask the old man if the bird was dead or alive. If the wise man said the bird was alive, the boy would crush the bird in his hands, so that when he opened his hands the bird would be dead; if the wise man said the bird was dead, the boy would open his hands and let the bird fly free. So no matter what the old man said, the boy would prove the old man a fraud.

The following week, the wise old man came down from the mountain into the village. The boy quickly caught a bird and cupping it out of sight in his hands, walked up to the wise old man and asked, 'Old man, old man, what is it that I have in my hands?'

The wise old man said, 'You have a bird,' and he was right.

The boy then asked, 'Old man, old man tell me, is the bird alive or is it dead?'

The wise old man looked at the boy and said, 'The bird is as you choose it.'

And so it is with your life.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Featured Artisan -- Black Dog Handcrafted Jewelry

Our interview with


When and how did you first become interested in crafting?

I think I have always loved to make something out of something else.

How long have you been creating your chosen craft?

I have been crafting one thing or another as far back as I can remember. One thing leads into another and I have now landed in the wonderful world of hammered Sterling Silver, Copper and Gemstones.

What are your crafting influences?

I grew up on Long Island, NY at the edge of the ocean and now I live in the mountains just above Denver so I have always had lots of inspiration just outside my door. Most of my pieces have an organic look and feel to them.

Red Creek Jasper Necklace and Earring Set

Does anyone in your family do a similar craft?

I have three sons that are very creative.

#1 is Charly "the city mouse" Fasano does Lino cut block printing and is a writer and story teller. His little pocket sized book Next Anolog Broadcast was just release last week.

#2 Vincent "Cheap" is a painter and does visually stunning contemporary pieces

#3 Jesse has his own web design business at graynoisemedia.com

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

I have done fine arts and craft shows/tent and all

Fine arts and crafts showcase and holiday shows at the Center for the Arts Evergreen, CO

The Fine Art of Craft at the Contemporary Museum of Art, Denver

The Mountain Art Gallery in Georgetown, CO

Private showings for my girlfriends who are a constant source of advise and encouragement...and some of my best customers!

Rusty Red Fire Agate and Hammered Copper Necklace

What else do you do besides create these beautiful pieces?

I have had a love affair with fabric and my sewing machine since I was in my teens!

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

My favorite pieces right now are a few black Geode that have crystals spilling out of the center each in a hammered Sterling Silver frame.

Why did you make that piece?

The Geode is so stunning and has a hint of mystery to it. I wanted each stone to be showcased in a unique way so I used earth friendly Sterling Silver to frame them in a variety of ways.

Hammered Sterling Silver and Black Agate Slice Necklace

What does it take to create pieces like that?

A beautiful stone, earth friendly Sterling Silver and some imagination.

What is special about your pieces?

Each piece I design has a unique and organic look and feel to it. I love to let the metal tell me a story as it takes shape and then find the perfect stone to wrap into it.

What makes this kind of craft \"good\" to you?

Chasing or hammering heavy gauge Sterling Silver or Copper is a great stress reliever for me...and then there are the beautiful calming Gemstones.
You can see more creations at
Black Dog Handcrafted Jewelry on Artfire
Black Dog Handcrafted Jewelry's website

Monday, November 21, 2011

November Birthstone

November’s birthstone on the modern list is Yellow topaz, while most historical lists indicate it as only topaz without a specific color.

Topaz comes in a variety of colors, anywhere from colorless, to blues, browns, greens, and flax. The most common color of the gemstone is in the family of yellows. They can range anywhere from a vibrant yellow to a yellow brown to a honey yellow.

Most gemstones have a bit of folklore, myth and legend that surround them. Topaz is no different from any other stone in that respect, even though it is considered one of the true gemstones. Here are a few bits of folklore, myth and legend:

* That wearing the stone would make one invisible during times of danger.

* Said to provide protection from falling off animals.

* It is believed that whatever powers topaz has they are associated with the moon.

* Medicinally it is believed that topaz assists with gout, blood disorders, and such.

* The tendency for yellow topaz has brought about the belief it imparts happiness.

Topaz is a fabulous vibrant fall stone that anyone would be happy to receive for their birthday in November.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Squirrels in the Pacific Northwest

Living in the Pacific Northwest late fall and early winter show up a bit later than in other parts of the United States. For us the weather has only been brisk for a couple of weeks, this year.

In fact, we were still having gorgeous sunny days in the last week of October. This allowed for more time to have some additional fun in the sun and complete gardening projects.

The spectacular fall weather also provided more time to watch the local wildlife. My neighborhood is an old growth neighborhood, with a lot of wildlife. Some of the wildlife I could do without such as the possums and raccoons. Even though I think the raccoon's are awfully cute, they are extremely destructive.

However, the squirrels while they can be annoying and destructive when they tip over my potted plants, and gnaw on my fence and porch cover, they are extremely entertaining. Now, I don’t know about squirrels in other parts of the country, but the ones in my neighborhood don’t seem to be all that bright.

Entertainment to be had when you see them take a flying leap off the roof and go splat on the ground, like they expected a tree to be there. When there hasn’t been a tree or building or fence there ever. I know it is also probably wrong of me to enjoy seeing the squirrel’s fall of the fence, when they are running across the top of it. They hit the ground and then sit up with this stunned look.

Yet, what I enjoy watching them do the most is their industrious and frantic labor hoarding food for the upcoming winter. The amount of ground they cover and the places they hide their hoard is amazing. From sun up to sun down they scurry about collecting and hiding nuts and seeds.

One of the greatest pleasures of fall is spending an afternoon, watching the squirrels collecting and hoarding their food for the coming winter months. It is one of those odd things that I find inspiring. Couldn’t tell you why, I just do.

So do you have a favorite fall activity that inspires you?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Portland Saturday Market and the Occupy Movement 11-19-11

Support the Occupy movement with purposeful shopping choices this Holiday season.  Avoid supporting big business corporations by purchasing direct from artisans and small business owners.  We are lucky here in the Pacific Northwest Portland, Oregon area, we have the Portland Saturday Market.  Which is the longest running and largest outdoor artisan market in the United States.

Portland Saturday Market is comprised of local artisans and there is everything you could possibly imagine and them some to be found.   The Portland Saturday Market is open from the first weekend in March until Christmas Eve Day.

Beautiful hand turned wood bowls and vases

Beautiful hand turned wood bowls and vases.  As well as wass decorations and much more.

Treat the cook in your life to some delicious spice blends

Treat the cook in your life to some delicious spice blends.

Delight the senses with these hand made artisan soaps.

Delight the senses with these hand made artisan soaps. 
The Market policy does not allow for soap molds to be used,
all soap shapes and designs are created by the artisan.  Here
the artisan has layered and rolled there soaps.

While this artisan specializes in bon bon shaped soaps.

While this artisan specializes in bon bon shaped soaps.

Art decor of all kinds from paintings to sculpture's can be found.

Art decor of all kinds from paintings to sculpture's can be found.

Even those looking for a humorous gift will find something to delight.

Even those looking for a humorous gift will find something to delight.

When you shop for the Holiday season make a statement for the Occupy movement and support your local business.  Whether it be artisan's, a local deli or a local flower shop.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Win a Free $50.00 Home Depot Gift Card

Wacky Ways to Make MoneySome days you just have to share. I follow this odd blog called “The Penny Hoarder, Wacky Ways to Make Money”. A lot of the items shared are too much of a nuisance with my hectic schedule. However, I still love to read of all the ways he finds to make an extra buck. Today though I am sharing his blog, where he is giving away a $50.00 Home Depot card.

While I think it is awesome, I promote this tongue in cheek, because we started a promotion to give away Free Jewelry and have not seen much success. Yet, with fall here and winter right around the corner, I know my house could use a $50.00 Home Depot Card.

Follow this blog and you will find ways to maximize selling your college books, coupon sites he recommends where you can find great deals, and so much more. The writing style is nice, informative with about being sanctimonious, and has ideas that range from both fast cash to more long term income ideas. From what I have read, I get the idea that it was started with college students in mind, yet you will find something for everyone that could work if you’re willing to do the work no matter what phase of life you are in.

Regardless of whether I win or not, I enjoy reading the blog and will continue to do so. You all should stop in and check it out.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Red Garnet Gemstones

Pearls. Fresh Water and Garnet Semi Precious Gemstone Bracelet
Deep red is the most coveted and recognizable color in the Garnet semi precious gemstone family. Although it can be found in the color hues of yellow, orange, white, gray, pink and green, rarely will you find these colors listed as garnets. The other colors have been named after their color as a unique gemstone.

Garnets derive their name from the Latin word granatus, which means seed like. The theory is that is was named so due to the fact that crystals resemble a group of seeds.

The folklore, legend and myth behind garnet semi precious gemstones include healing, strength and protection. Garnets are also believed to symbolize grace, compassion, faith, fidelity, and courage. Some believe when worn it will relieve inflammation of the skin. Cure depression, and regulate blood flow and heart rate.

Garnet Drops With Pearly Blue Green Seed Beads             G1
It is also believed to be a stone used to ensure business success. Taking a trip, need protection? Then wear garnets for protection to ensure a safe trip. Garnets provide constancy in friendships and make a perfect gift.

Garnet semi precious gemstones are the official birthstone for January. They make them a perfect anniversary gift for the 2nd and 6th anniversaries.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Proverb Wednesday 11/16/11

Chinese proverbs have been a favorite of mine since I was a child, enjoying them all.   As I have gotten older I realize the one I seek and reference all the time is in regards to money.  These particular proverbs are a great way to remind ones self that life is about more than things, that time is a priceless commodity, to name a few.  In the last couple of years with our rough economic situation, I find for myself that I am needing the reminder that these particular proverbs provide.

Transcript of A Chinese Proverb About Money

With money you can buy a house but not a home.

With money you can buy a clock but not time.

With money you can buy a bed but not sleep.

With money you can buy a book, but not knowledge.

With money you can see a doctor, but not good health.

With money you can buy a position but not respect.

With money you can buy blood but not life.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Featured Artisan -- Rozine's Ink

Featured Artisan of the Day is


How long have you been creating your chosen craft?

At a very young age of 3 or 4 I drew my first illustration with crayon. I still remember it in great detail. Imagine this: a woman with a beautiful straw hat is carrying a bunch of balloons through a trellis covered with flowers. We see her from the back as she walks towards her destiny.

What are your crafting influences?

The advertising geniuses behind "Got Milk?" and Apple products inspire me. I am very fond of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project (please Google that!) I love commercialism and capitalism from a designer’s point of view, but am not big on consumerism. Kind of an internal conflict ...

Digital Scrapbook Collage Paper - Teal Daisy Stripes Argyle Pattern

Does anyone in your family do a similar craft?

My brother used to draw and I would study him for hours as he meticulously drew every detail of the corner of a $5 bill enlarged 100x. He's now a musician. My husband is an entertainer, actor and singer.

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

T-shirts! Stickers! Website banners! Shoes! Magnets! My murals are in children's play rooms and I even merchandised a friend's booth with a custom mural in a high profile boutique in LA. I also have some stained glass windows that I designed in a margarita bar in Chicago.

Retro Love of Animals, Music and Gardening DCS for Inchies
What else do you do besides create these beautiful pieces?

I paint. I mosaic. I design. I work behind the camera on film sets as a production designer and artist.

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

I have always had a hard time picking favorites as everything in life has its special purpose and meaning.

Why did you make that piece?

I was born to create! :)

Digital Collage Sheet for INCHIES - Winter Wonderland of Snow

What does it take to create pieces like that?

Desire! Passion! Drive! Ambition! Inspiration!

What is special about your pieces?

As a commercial artist, I mostly create things (web banners, logos, film sets) for other people. My artwork shows strong knowledge in marketing, merchandising while including principals and elements of design.

Day of The Dead, Sugar Skulls, 1 Inch Circles Digital Collage Sheet:

What makes this kind of craft "good" to you?

As a child, I had such a desire to create, draw and make stuff, but I would sometimes run out of ideas. I used to ask anyone in my vicinity "What should I draw now?" and whether or not I liked what they asked me to draw; I would draw that item for them. Commercial art allows me that same outlet. Right when I think I've run out of ideas, someone contacts me and says "Hey! I really love this one banner, but can you add a frog to it?"

You can see more of Rozine's Ink at:

Rozine's Ink

Designs By Rozine

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Occupy Movement 2011 In Portland, Oregon

The Occupy Movement has been relatively peaceful in Portland, Oregon.  However,  as the Police prepared to move everyone out of the parks and shut them down yesterday, the casual observer might think otherwise.  As we drove by the oppressive feel to the area, had us rethinking our work day at Portland Saturday Market, in the end we decided not to work and allow the dust to settle.  It should be noted, Protesters in Portland, Oregon have had a consistent message they have given the Police in Portland, illustrated beatifically in this video.

The driving force behind the closure is due to assault crimes having gone, up according to Mayor Adams, in the area around the encampment. It has been my observation, that criminal's will take advantage where they can.  To blame the protesters is wrong, but I can't fault the decision if crimes occurring around the encampment had truly gone up and were going on.

Regardless the message has been heard, has such a huge presence online, I do not seeing it dying a slow death anytime soon, just because the visible presence of the protesters was removed.   The more the government, the politicians, the police (sorry, you are a tool of oppression, you have to be included) try and stamp The Occupy Movement out, the stronger it will become.

Police cars lines up for several city blocks around the police station
Police cars lines up for several city blocks around the police station.

Yet, I for one do not fault the Police for being prepared for the worst.   While downtown had an extremely oppressive feel to it, being prepared to deal with issues other cities have seen is prudent on there part.  Protesters were given a deadline, they chose to defy that notice.  Agree or disagree they had warning enough to move, reapply for a permit, or find another alternative and avoid the Police coming out in riot gear.

So many that they were parking in the roadway.
So many that they were parking in the roadway.  Although Portland has some weird laws regarding parking like this.

Cordoned off streets to keep pedestrians clear of the area.
Cordoned off streets to keep pedestrians clear of the area. 
Keeping people safe during all of this was the main objective of the Portland Police.  They don't want violence anymore than the protesters.   The protesters wanted their message heard.
A police officer stationed at one of the busier corners to turn pedestrians away
A police officer stationed at one of the busier corners to turn pedestrians away, whether they were part of the Occupy encampment or not.   Tensions were high as the standoff ensued, in the end a good portion of the protesters, left peacefully.  Unfortunately, there were also arrests that happened.  It remains to be seen how those arrested will be dealt with.   Handled wrong it could result in even more protests and possibly ratchet the violence upwards.

Tents being torn down, police presence very visible.
Tents being torn down, police presence very visible.

Police standing on the side lines and allowing those that cooperated pack there own belongings.
Police standing on the side lines and allowing those that cooperated pack there own belongings.

In areas you could tell protesters had not even started to tear down.
In areas you could tell protesters had not even started to tear down.

Police converging on the largest Occupy encampment.
Police converging on the largest Occupy encampment.

Portland, Oregon wasn't the only city to evict The Occupy movement encampments.

So you may be asking yourself?

Where do we as a Nation go from here with The Occupy Movement, that is easy. Keep it alive and in people's minds on the Internet, through social media and talking about it face to face. Even easier though is each individual can and should be making a conscience choice to support the independent business person. That includes, local small business owners, farmer's markets, online small boutique's like you can find on Artfire. By doing this we can effect the outcome of this Occupy Movement even more profoundly than protesting in the street.

The message is out there, lets follow through and show them it is considered a serious issue, by the choices we make on where to spend our hard earned dollars. Once we stop supporting big business and it is reflected in their bottom line, the message will be hammered home. Hammered home in such a way they can't ignore it, they can't oppress it, and they won't survive unless changes are made.

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with The Occupy movement, I do hope people remember , that the police have a job to do whether they agree with it or not. It is very difficult to be put in a position to have to do a job, regardless of their own personal opinions. You will always have the bad apple, but for the most part they are all just doing their jobs.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Garden Jokes 11/13/11

Knock, Knock!

Who's there?


Lettuce who?

Lettuce in, its cold out here.

"What does the letter "A" have in common with a flower?

They both have bees coming after them."

- Kim Roblin

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Portland Saturday Market 11-12-11

The variety of artistic wares at the Portland Saturday Market is phenomenal, from pottery to paintings to artistic jewelry designs to clothing.  Hats are still a huge draw, especially when they have been hand crafted  sports caps, though I think of them as news boy hats from the 20's.

Sports caps
Sports caps
A selection of hats, aren't they colorful.
A selection of hats, aren't they colorful.

More hats with the bridge in the background.
More hats with the bridge in the background.

The Hat People have such a unique display
The Hat People have such a unique display, that you can't miss them when visiting Portland Saturday Market.

Hats are created from 100% wool or 100% cotton
Hats are created from 100% wool or 100% cotton and are slightly adjustable for a perfect fit.

A wide array of  colors and design combinations they come up with.
I love seeing the wide array of  colors and design combinations they come up with.

You can find The Hat People at Portland Saturday Market most every weekend.
You can also reach them by visiting their website, http://www.hatpeople.com/.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Teal -- 2011 Fall Fashion Volume Five

The last color on Pantone's 2011 fall season color trends that is "Deep Teal".  Teal is one of those colors that has a vary broad range of hues.  Ranging from deep blue with a hint of green to deep green with a hint of blue and everything in between that has a blue green color to it.

Personally, I prefer the teals that are the deep green with a hint of blue, which matches this falls color choice of deep teal by Pantone.   It seems to be a popular color choice regardless of whether or not it is listed as one of the current fashion trend colors or not.  Regardless add one of these accessories in teal and be set for any occasion this season.