Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hectic Challenges and Portland Women's Show

We are gearing up for the Portland Women's Show in October.  Looking forward to it, as it should be a good venue.  However, have hit a snafu, had a bad batch of wire and have  to remake 400 pairs of ear wires.  Which may not sound like a lot, however when you are working on a thousand pairs of earrings, it does make for a hectic challenge in getting them done in a timely manner.

These earrings are half of 2,000 total that Tina and I are making to place in the door bags being given away as you enter the Portland Women's Show.   It is a fabulous Thank you gift for all the women attending the Portland Women's Show the second weekend in October.

However, I just realized that while I had all of my blogs written and set to post it appears that they are missing.  So with the wire snafu I am now juggling my entire schedule.  It appears all of my blogs for the next couple of weeks are good to go, now to find the missing ones.  

This is not a complaint it is just a fact of running a business.  We have heard from many that we make it sound easy as so many people do online, because we all want to put our best foot forward.  Sometimes though it is better, especially when dealing with online venues, to share some of the challenges.  For one it makes the business owner(s) more real.  While I won't be sharing every little snafu with you all, I will try and aim for the occasional realistic view.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

End of Summer and Portland Saturday Market

Can you believe it is the end of August already?  Wow the summer flew by, kids are getting ready to go back to school, last minute vacations are being taken and soon fall weather will be upon us.  

Some things however, are a constant and unchanging.  Portland Saturday Market is one of them, we are open for business and will be every weekend until December 24th.  

                                                                                                    Summer was a blast, fall will be even better and the holidays will be filled with cheer.  Visit us any weekend and partake in the fun.

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

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Gluten Free (GF) and Paleo Friendly Food

You can find both Gluten Free (GF) and Paleo friendly food at Portland Saturday Market.  Which is a boon as most venues like this haven't yet addressed the need for having these options.  While both Tina and I (Tammy) have haunted food row, talked with vendors, made suggestions for the sole reason of knowing what options are available to us while vending, we like to share our finds.  

We were actually amazed last year that we found gluten free (gf) options.  It was easy to eliminate some, try others and narrow the options of availability down.  Here are two of our favorites.

One is Old Town Burgers.  While not grass fed beef, it is all beef with no additives and they have no problem leaving the bun off for us.  Some of the options available include a basic hamburger, cheese burger, bacon burger, and swiss cheese and mushroom burger.  

Homemade hamburger sauce that is gluten free (gf) on the side with fresh lettuce, tomato and onions.  Fairly Paleo, right up until you add the homemade fries.  They cut them and deep fry, no coating, yummm....

Street taco's at their best.  They offer both chicken and beef.  They will even allow you to do a plate of taco filling without the taco shells, for a Paleo friendly option.  They have the option of taco's by themselves or a plate, which includes two tacos, rice and beans.  Served with a wedge of lime to squeeze on your taco's, which only improves them.

Yes, Portland Saturday Market tries to have options for everyone, come check them out and let us know what you think?

For those of you not limited to gluten free (gf) or Paleo, I am working on featuring the other food vendors.  It is a little bit more challenging to write a review when I am not able to eat their food, but it is in the works, so stay tuned.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Recently Completed Necklace Creations

These are a couple of necklaces I recently completed.  Goddess, mother figure pendants are the focal piece in both necklaces.  Spiritual jewelry is something that we do create on occasion and even have a section in our studio to showcase these particular designs, regardless of materials used.

On the left are vibrant red coral orbs with black onyx orbs intermixed to offset the black color of the robust female figurine.  I chose to go with a simple yet bold design for this necklace.  Where as on the left I chose a softer color theme, with the variegation in the fluorite semi precious gemstones, silver wire and a blue purple clay kiln fired pendant. 

Intermixing wire wrapped semi precious fluorite gemstones added a touch of subtle elegance.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sizzling Heat at Portland Saturday Market

Sizzling heat greeted shoppers today at Portland Saturday Market!  Reaching a high of 103, yet the vendors were present with smiles for all.  A great day to do a little shopping and cool off in the fountain, while enjoying a pint and good music.

One of our faithful security guards, keeping an eye on things to ensure everything runs smoothly on such a hot day.  He is one of the many behind the scenes people who help make the Portland Saturday Market a pleasant experience for visitors.

The view down the row from our booth.  In the distance on the right you can see the red information booth.

Yes, that cross walk is bare this afternoon.  With the heat people shopped early and are now either home enjoying air conditioning or cooling off in the fountain.

Portland Saturday Market hours of Operation:
Come rain, shine, sleet, hail,  melting heat, or snow:
Opens first weekend of March and runs through December 24th.
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fantastic Jungle -- Portland Saturday Market

Fantastic Jungle is a clay artisan that can be found in the jungle that Portland Saturday Market can become on fun sunny summer. days.  Today they were located under the bridge where it is a smidgen cooler, however not by much.  We are having a real summer this year, yeah!

There fabulous sign is located hanging in the back of their booth.

The fun colorful and artistic wall gremlins adorn the walls for you to choose from. 
 Each one is shaped, fired and then hand painted and glazed.

This is one of my favorite ones.  
The crazy hair and swirly eyes with the darker purple tones really stands out.

the frog looking one in the center bottom with the witches hat would make a perfect Halloween porch decoration.  Everyone needs a pet monster to hang around the house, right?

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