Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sunny Days at Portland Saturday Market

In the Pacific Northwest sunny days can be few and far between.  This year we are seeing them more often than usual, it is fantastic.  However, do not let the sun and heat deter you from spending the day at Portland Saturday Market.  The Market is down by the water and surrounded on both sides by parks.

Above you can see this little one has found the fun in the sun.

The fountain provides entertainment for the children.  A place for parents to rest on the seating of the steps.  

Children, adults and the dogs enjoy walking through the fountain.  It has the perfect amount of intermittent spray to be appealing to everyone.

What the view of the market is when standing down by the fountain.

Don't forget Portland Saturday Market hours are:
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Top 5 Tips for a Relaxing Vacation!

Top 5 tips for a relaxing vacation:

     1.)  Plan ahead and prep as much as you can.  This way when you leave you are not rushing about frantically at the last minute.  Lists are a great way to stay organized  ensure that nothing is missed and everything is done and packed.

     2.) Pack good shoes! Whether hiking, camping, sight seeing or just walking on board a luxury ship, you will relax more if your feet are happy.

     3.) Schedule down time into your vacation.  Periods of time each day where you can just be.  It is vital as over scheduling of activities does not allow for relaxation.  This way you avoid vacation burnout and do not need a vacation from your vacation.  

     4) Give yourself permission to let go of all that busy brain junk and just be in the moment while on vacation.  The mundane will be there when you return. Pre-planning ensure priorities were done, nothing left needs to be stressed about while on vacation.  It can wait till you return refreshed and rejuvenated from your vacation. 

     5) Take an extra day off and plan to return from your vacation one day early.  Two reasons for this, one day allows for unexpected travel delays.  More important is the second reason which is to give yourself an in between day.  Allowing you to gradually ease back into the normal routine of everyday life.  

 Next week we will be posting our  Top 5 Tips when Vacationing with Children!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Citrus Summer

Summer is a time of indulgence, from vacations to lazy afternoons in the backyard.  Indulging the senses is one of my past times and the citrus's of summer allow me to do that in abundance.  I found the following citrus based items on Artfire and thought I would share these delights.  You too could enjoy and indulge a citrus summer.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ear Nest's -- Portland Saturday Market

 A long time vendor of Portland Saturday Market is Dean of Original Ear Nest.  A quite gentleman, who can be found in the same local every weekend.  Now you are probably asking yourself what is an ear nest?  They are wooden stand to organize your earrings in an easy to use and store manner.

Easy to find one row off of the food court at the end nearest the stage.  Dean has a vibrant yellow sign to make it even easier for you to find him.

As you can see they hang very nicely and he has a nice selection of different sizes and rows.  You have your choice of strictly and earring rack or an earring rack with necklace/bracelet pegs as the last row.

Dean talking with a customer.   Up on the wall you can see he also has necklace storage solutions.

He has also created a table top stand.  The nice thing is you can start one way and change your mind as he has created the stand to be added or removed at any time.  Dean only sells at Portland Saturday Market, so you will just have to plan a day to stop in and visit with him.

Portland Saturday Market Hours:
Saturday:  10: 00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday:  11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Work of Prepping for Vacation!!!

Vacation's are suppose to be a time for relaxation and rejuvenation;  however, more often than not they end up being exhausting and disappointing.  This is especially true for parents vacationing with children.  While we all like to thing that this isn't true it really is.  Let's take a look at some of the reasons behind this and then discuss tips you can use to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

To start with there is the decision on where you are going to go and the length of your vacation.  Once that is determined then you have to decide how you are getting there.  Will you be driving, flying, taking the train or even the bus.  If you are Not self employed there is the wait to see if your time off will be approved by your employer.  Trust me do not make reservations till it is approved.

You also have the decision of where to stay.  If visiting family are you staying with them or at a hotel.  Camping is also an option, then there is the option of a camper or a motor home.  All viable options to be considered and decided upon.

Working, regardless if it is for yourself or someone else, you have to make sure business is taken care of before you leave.  Desk cleared, projects done, pre-planning as much as your position requires. For some it even means working overtime so that the work is ahead of schedule, due to no one being able or available to cover while you are gone. depending on your work situation.

Then there is the making sure your home is taken care of while you are gone.  Which is going to vary depending on your situation.  Pets, if you have them, need to have arrangements made to care for them.  Does that mean a house sitter, a kennel or taking them on vacation with you.

Finally, the packing!  Which could be as simple as a couple changes of clothes in an overnight bag to two full suitcases depending on how long your vacation is going to be.  Exhausted yet, I know I am just thinking about it, but vacations serve a purpose and is one that we in the United States do not take seriously enough of or enough of them.

 Next week we will be posting our Top 5 Vacation Tips, for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

ND Trivette Photography -- Portland Saturday Market

ND Trivette Photography is one of the many talented artisans you can find down at Portland Saturday Market.  Photography is a versatile art and from the simple to the complex  ND Trivette doesn't disappoint.

Located beneath the bridge to protect their wares from the weather, they have display both wall art, notecards and a few other assorted items.

As you can wee they have a variety of notecards to choose from; From vibrant to sedate and unusual.

I love this one.  Simple and stark it totally draws the eye.

The wall of necklaces.

Closer view of these lovely minature photograph necklaces.

Have to say this is one of my favortie of current choices. 

You can visit ND Trivette Photography most every weekend at the market.

Saturday:  10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

edited to correct links 6/19/12

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Where has the year gone!

Wow! Where has the year gone?  It is hard to believe we are already half way through June.  This year has definelty been a roller coaster year for us so far.  With all of our vechiles requiring major repairs, a major household move, injuries that required stitches, illnesses, not to mention the simple requirements of normal day to day living of life.

We also started lampworking this year.  Which is fun and we are loving it.  Still working some of the kinks out with it quality wise.  Not to mention finding consistent time to work on it, but a schedule is starting to come together for it.

Custom orders have been up and we have been working on those.  As well as some special items specifically for the Portland's Women Show that we have decided to do this year. It is going to be so much fun we are so excited and can't wait for this event in October.

While all this is going on we are still maintaining both our online Studio as well as our booth at  Portland Saturday Market.  Most definelty a challenge to be sure, but nothing we can't handle.  It requires balance and scheduling and making sure we are taking care of ourselves.  

When dealing with a busy and hectic schedule the only way to deal with it, is to schedule, schedule and schedule.  In between all of this we have going on we are still finding the time to maintain the core of our business, our creativity.  Here is a sneak peak at a couple of new pieces we recently created:

Green Lampwork Glass Swarovski Crystals and Amethyst Wire Earrings
Green Lampwork Glass Swarovski Crystals and Amethyst Wire Earrings

Azurite Chrysocolla on Blue and Teal Wire Viking Knit Bracelet

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Am I Really an Artist?

A friend of mine sent this to me last week as a follow up to a conversation we had been having about what is an artist.

You see her stance is that most of the artisan's that are present at our in person venue are really not artisan's.  Now I was highly offended by this as I know both Tina and I (Tammy) here at  Entwined Vines put our heart and soul into our creations and our continually striving to improve.  Not to mention the continual experimentation with new designs.

From my friends perspective, anything that she could do herself isn't really art.  That items that are are readily available to everyone for creating anything isn't really art.  While I won't go into all of the details of what was discussed in that conversation I can tell you that it was a very heated debate.   Fortunately, we are the type of friends who can agree to disagree. 

Here is the thing, we live in an age when just about everything is available to anyone.  Now that means that anyone can try their hand at any type of artist venture they want.  Which in an of itself is fantastic.  Yet, my question for you is:  Would you tell the great photographers of the world that their work isn't art, simply because everyone has the ability to take photos?  Would you tell one of the great painters of the world that their work is not art, just because, down to the smallest child, everyone has access to paints?

I surely wouldn't!  and I love to both paint and take photographs. Yet, I know down to the bottom of my toes, that because I have not put the time energy and part of my soul into that work it is not an artistic venture for me at this time.  I enjoy it, which is why I partake in both painting and photography.  They are not art forms that I am constantly striving to improve or create in.

Yet, I have had moments of doubt myself on whether or not I am truly a jewelry artisan.  Mostly, I acknowledge it when I am having a creative block.  Although to be completely honest with myself, it is there every time we place our creations in a venue that allows for criticism.  Ok, so basically anytime we show a creation to anyone, including our friends and family.

Doubt is part and parcel of being a true artist, regardless of the creative outlet you choose to express yourself with.  That is the difference between someone who crafts for fun and a true artisan.  The time, energy, and commitment level that is pursued even while doubting ones ability, is the mark of a true artisan.  Continuing to create and display your work regardless of what the comments and reviews are.  Being an artisan is more than just having talent.  It is drive and determination and being able to pick yourself up after harsh criticism and moving forward against our own self doubt.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Country Place -- Portland Saturday Market Vendor

Art comes in all sizes, shapes and textures.  Living art, while not something I am currently doing, is one of my favorite.  Portland Saturday Market Vendor "A Country Place" offers a variety of living art pieces.  They offer painted pieces of art and a few other odds and ends, yet it is clear that their specialty is their living art.

City living does not offer most people large amounts of land for growing, which A Country Place has taken into account.  They offer small plants that if maintained properly will remain small and allow someone with even the tiniest of living space to bring a bit of the outdoors to their living space.

The top shelf has tiny Japanese maple trees.

The Bonsai tree is an ancient art form.  It is also a very meditative plant to own.  The careful tending of the plant from nurturing to pruning can become very meditative if you allow yourself to find the right head space while tending the small tree.

Showing a variety of the miniature trees they have available as well as a few of their painted items there on the middle shelf on the end.

Portland Saturday Market hours of operation:
Saturday:  10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Orange Crush and Jeans for Summer

What reminds you of childhood summers?

Orange crush and blue jeans are a couple of those items for us here at Entwined Vines Jewelry.  With summer just around the corner, artisans are starting to pull together collections of items that are perfect for summer.  I was perusing and found a couple to share with you all.  The first one including items that have the orange crush and blue jean colors in the pieces.  Each piece will compliment a wide variety of summer outfits, all the way into late fall.

Yellow and blues are another classic color combination for summer.  This collection appeals to me for its softer look.  It also creates a more relaxed atmosphere during the hectic days of summer.

Artisans on Art Fire create collections to showcase what they find and like.  As well as to assist patrons in finding gift sets.  Collections can be purchased as individual items or as the entire collection of items even though each different artisan will handle the sale for their  own item.