Saturday, September 29, 2012

Max Track Entrance at Portland Saturday Market

Entering Portland Saturday Market from the Max tracks is just one of many starting points.  The market is broken up into two very close but separate locations that require the crossing of Natio Parkway.  Fortunately this crossing is made easy with a huge cross walk and the closing of two lanes on Natio during market hours.

The first entrance I am introducing this week, is the entrance to the market from the max tracks, as riding max is a fabulously easy way to visit the market without having to worry about driving or parking downtown.

The max tracks run both directions, providing easy access for arriving and departing Portland Saturday Market.   The above picture was taken with the max tracks at my back.  Front and center in the picture is a reader board pointing to the market.  You can see fencing in the right hand side of the photo, indicating the start of the market.  In the top of the photo between the arches, the sign spanned between the arches says Portland Saturday Market.

The biggest visual that lets you know you are entering Portland Saturday Market proper is the fountain that sits in Ankeny Square on the outside of the fence indicating the start of the Market.  The fence is new and usually taken down during the day on Sunday.  Even though the market is fenced on Saturday's it is a free event, any day it is open, to come and wander through unlike most fenced events held on the waterfront.  

In the coming weeks I will be talking about and showing the visuals of the other entrances into the market.  We are artisans, so the entrances are many and varied and allows you the freedom to choose your own path.

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

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Change and Holiday Stress

Dealing with change and holiday stress seems to be common for many people.  As we come to the end of September with school having resumed the change in weather are eye turns to the holidays.  While they should be a time of joy and enjoyment for many, for others they cause a great deal of stress.

If you do not believe me just check out the numerous books, blogs and article written on this topic that are available.  This is a topic that we have written about multiple times.

Dealing with Change is one that was written with tips and ideas regardless of the circumstances.

Holiday Stress and Relive Holiday Stress  focus on dealing with the stress many people feel when facing the upcoming holiday season.

We do not offer medical advice, if you are feeling overwhelmed and think you need additional help, please seek it out from the proper sources.  The  hope is that these articles will provide tips to help you find peace and enjoyment during the holidays and ease the difficulty of change.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Recently Completed Viking Knit

We are constantly working on new pieces, especially our Viking knit designs.  These two were recently completed for our event inventory.  Portland Saturday Market is our primary event venue, however we are also gearing up for the Portland Women's Show coming up in October.

Hand torched lampwork glass beads accent the amber color wire woven Viking Knit bracelet.  The hand made spiral end caps and clasp complete the piece.

Titanium colored wire woven Viking knit with coordinating spiral end caps and clasp are the base in this lovely bracelet.  Spider web jasper semi-precious gemstones in round orbs and rondelle shapes compliment the hand woven Viking Knit.

Apple Jasper Teardrop on Steel Blue Viking Knit Choker

While this Applewood Jasper wire woven Viking Knit Necklace is one of the pieces listed in our studio. The steel blue of the wire shows off the tear drop shape of this semi-precious gemstone to perfection.

Deep Red Wire  Viking Knit Bracelet

One of our newer Viking knit bracelets we have posted on line, includes a new bead technique.  This is a solid wire bracelet as the tubular bead we created from wire.  Done in a burgundy color, it is a great piece to accessorize your fall wardrobe.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Metal People Greet you at Portland Saturday Market

Meet the metal people at Portland Saturday Market.  Smiling and waiving, they greet you at one of the many entrances to the market.

They are great fun and the children find them fascinating, as they insert and watch the coins follow the track.

Both of the metal people have coin paths built into them, however this greeter has a secondary job function with the market.   See the bell being held, in the bottom right hand side of the picture?   That bell is used to signal the end of each market day.  Yes, people ring it all the time, yet it is very distinctive ring when it sounds for closing.

Where do you find the metal people at Portland Saturday Market, easy, the sit by the red information booth at the start of the first aisle on that side into the market.

You may also be wondering what happens to the coins collected by the metal people.  The funds collected are used to help defray the growing costs of running Portland Saturday Market as it gets ready to finish its 39th year and prepares for the start of its 40th year of operation.

Portland Saturday Market opens the first Saturday in March and runs all the way through till December 24th.  And for those last minute shoppers we are open the entire week before Christmas.

Market hours are as follows:  Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Oh My Stars!!!

Oh my stars!!!  Sometimes you have no one to blame but yourself.   Well that is the case for me, you may remember my hectic challenge post a couple of weeks ago.  Talking about bad wire for earrings and needing to remake ear wires and figuring out my blogs had not been publishing.  Well I finally carved a bit a time out of my schedule today to figure out what was going on with it, especially since my September blogs do not appear to be posting either.

See. what started this is I knew how busy August and beginning of September were going to be for me, so I decided to preset all my blogs and ease my schedule a bit.  Which only works if you are able to input the correct date.  Apparently I had the year wrong on every one of the blogs I had pre-scheduled. Big oops!

Now you make think no big deal they will be easy to find, except I am having to work my way through the entire list of blogs I have ever written, be they published, scheduled or in draft form.

Also its time to start thinking about starting a personal blog as I keep starting blogs on topics and then not finishing them, because they are not right for a business blog.  Could be wrong about that.  Anyway, the result is a high volume of blogs sitting in drafts in addition to all of the published blogs.

Yep, it is a mess. One that is my own fault, can't even blame the technology.  Still working on the earrings for the Portland Women's Show.  Very close to being done, would like to say by the end of Sunday, yet I know myself and it probably will be Wednesday at the earliest.  Then once they are done I will be able to completely focus on fixing my blog for a couple of days and hopefully find the rest of the missing blogs and everything will be back to normal.  Well as normal as my life ever gets anyway.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dream and Goal Board Take Two

Earlier this year I talked about "Dream and Goal Boards" and I mentioned that I was working on another revision to mine that I had shared.  While I won't rehash all of the reasons having goals and dreams are important, especially right now, let's talk about how you use one and why it is constantly in flux.

As you can see I have started adding pictures. 
Very basic yet very powerful revision.  Humans are sensual and sensory creatures, vision is just one of them.

I was thrifty, with wanting to keep the cold hard cash to use towards goals and dreams, and utilized pictures out of magazines and believe it or not a book catalog.  While the pictures are small they still catch the eye and spark the imagination.

There in lies the secret to successfully using dream and goals boards.  It is a tickler for the brain to keep you energized when feeling discouraged.  To keep you on track when feeling overwhelmed and not sure what direction you are going in.   It is a constantly evolving board as we journey through life and refine what is important to and us and discard those things that no longer apply to us personally.

What do you use to keep yourself going, on track and journeying towards your dreams?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Copperwork at Portland Saturday Market

Copperwork at Portland Saturday Market, is really a self explanatory vendor.  Creations are all made with copper.  Though don't let that fool you, each creations is ingenious, from the practical to luxury items.

Easily found with the distinctive sign hanging in the back of the booth.

Copper earrings with enameled color are sure to please.

The copper bangles have very unique designs to them.

Owner of Copperwork standing among his art speaking to a customer.

Copper vase holders are a favorite of mine.  He has both the free hanging ones from the ceiling as well as wall scone styles of vase holders.  Sturdy enough to hold a vase full of decorative glass and water for the flowers as show with the yellow and red flowers above.

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

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Smell of Autumn

The smell of autumn  is in the air, here in the Pacific Northwest.  While the days are mild for this time of year, the rainfall less than normal, the colors are starting to pop.  Earth tone's in rich browns, lovely oranges and fading deep greens are prompting daydreams.  Dreaming of rich, warm and decadent soups, home cooked meals with friends and the onset of holiday baking.

Yep, fall is one of my favorite times of year.  Do you have a favorite time of year?  When is it and why?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Last Rays of Summer at Portland Saturday Market

September in the Pacific Northwest and we had a beautiful sunny weekend to enjoy.  Their were quite a few people out an about enjoying this bountiful weather.  Wandering through Portland Saturday Market, as well and enjoying the park that surrounds the market.

During the summer the fountain is always a big hit with the children.

As they frolic through the puddles and streams of water.

Parents taking pictures, while the children play.

Or enjoying a brief moment of rest on the fountain steps.  Portland Saturday Market is ideally located for a day of shopping and fun.

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

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Red Wizard Arts at Portland Saturday Market

Portland Saturday Market is home to Red Wizard Arts.  A unique vendor, because as far as we have found in our wanderings, he is the only vendor working with hemp.  The creations are stunning.

A broad overview of the selection of pieces he has available.

Love this piece, it is so striking and the weave so well done.

Rings, yes they are rings!  Choices include single color, multiple color, multiple widths, various designs, and even has some with gemstones and seed beads worked into them.

All I can say is wow, the devil is in the detail.  They are even better viewed in person.

Simpler pieces, yet no less stunning.  Red Wizard Arts roves location as he is one of the vendors on the fill in list. Short on time and need to find a specific vendor stop at the red info booth by the crosswalk.

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