Affair of the Arts Spring Show

Last Sunday took me to the Shores of Turtle Creek in Spring Grove for the Affair of the Arts Spring Show.

The grounds are so pretty and I can imagine the festive events that are held here.

Like the holiday show, we had ample setup time. The load in was smooth, and soon my table was all set.

I had time to visit my friend Cindy Lesperance’s booth.

She had already made two sales before opening.

Of course I had to pick out one of my favorites as well, since her ‘stippling’ technique in encaustic is so fascinating.

My neighbor was the lovely coat lady of KatKo Designs, for which I still need to save up funds. The transformation of the coats on different people is amazing. They each have their own personality.

Across from me Kari’s Clay Creations had her table, and her ‘drunken mugs’ were admired by many.

It was fun to interact with so many friendly people.

The Lodge was filled with amazing art and one of a kind creations.

I love the bright skylights and rustic decor.

The downstairs level was also filled with talent.

Cindy was one of the booth award recipients this time around. The winners are automatically part of the Fall 2017 Show on November 19.

You can apply for that show here.

I had a great day and was happy to see my creations go to new homes.

Organizers Karen and Joe Isacson also had a booth.

Check out the web site of J + K Isacson for upcoming artist events.

I am excited to have a bit of the show in my home.

 

Trunk Show Fun

Before the Independence Day festivities I had some fun at Aurora Rose Boutique.

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Mannequins were adorned with my pieces.

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I might play with a scarf pendant necklace in the Fall.

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I set up for my trunk show there with a pretty and whimsical view.

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Having extra surfaces to display my wares was nice, as well as not having to worry about the weather.

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I’ve amassed quite a few pendants now, and hope to see more explore the world with new owners.

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I accessorized my Make by Megan K. Dress with a Hello Kitty Ring, Rock-A-Ring, and Spiced Up Shoes.

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Other vendors came in to restock their wares, and I became enamored with these crochet animals from The Happy Star.

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Luckily I was too busy to pull out my wallet, but the Octopi might get a cuddle and a ride home next month.

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Kim provided tasty treats by Tastefully Simple.

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I met fellow vendors, new Maraviglia fans, and friends during the afternoon, and enjoyed seeing a few adornments go home with new owners.

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Kim was happy with the custom Scarf pendant I made, featuring the story and music score of Aurora Rose, or Sleeping Beauty as most of us know her.

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I enjoyed the inspiration of other vendors.

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And am pondering the projected survival rate of a terrarium with my no-green thumbs.

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My July inventory is freshened up.

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With a few new scarf pendants and necklace pendants. Detailed photos of the ones I left are here.

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The next #AuroraRoseTrunkShow will be held on July 26th with A&Z Designs, a must for steampunk fans. Join Al & Zivi for a demonstration, meet and greet, and check out their handcrafted jewelry, hand-stamped metals and steam-punk inspired pieces.

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Always shop local and handmade. It is so much more gratifying to own one-of-a-kind pieces and know you supported someone in your neighborhood.

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NOTE: Only vendors already registered with Aurora Rose can have trunk shows there.

Memory Makers

I’ve always been a girly girl and enjoyed playing with dolls. I could lose myself for hours making up stories and adventures for them. One year my mom made me a ‘fabric shop’ out of a cutlery drawer insert.

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When we were clearing out storage items it was recovered, and she shipped it to me.

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The ribbon cards that used to fill the paper cubbies were reduced to just 2, but everything else was still part of the kit.

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The matchbox drawers hold buttons.

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The contents were in dire need of a bath after 22 years.

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Going through everything was a trip down memory lane.

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Each piece of fabric came from an adult, child’s or doll-size version of a garment hand-sewn by mom once upon a time. Some of my dolls and I had matching jumpers.

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While I have taken a sewing class and do own a sewing machine the little store didn’t predispose me to dressmaking.

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Though I remember making a tiny doll sweater for a Barbie with my babysitter, knitting and crocheting has only happened sporadically in my life.

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Still, the scope of imagination this store held could fill a storybook. I set the shop up on my fireplace mantle for some further reminiscing.

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There is even a fabric swatch of the jumper I wore in this picture.

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Childhood nostalgia is fun.