Garden Center Fun

I spent the last few days of August making some dragonflies for Platt-A-Palooza.

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It was a glorious Saturday when we set up at Platt Hill Nursery.

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Flowers greeted me as I unloaded the car.

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The amount of space is always amazing, and I had fun setting up my booth.

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Foot traffic was great, so I had little time to peruse the other booths.

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Seeing how my pieces interact with the sunlight is always fun.

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Thankfully we had popcorn delivered to us.

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Parts of the swarm were on display.

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There were stuffed animals,

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Other jewelry vendors,

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Holiday Ornaments,

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Birdbath creations,

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and my neighbor had lovely Faery Cottages that Angel couldn’t resist.

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It is always fun to see the garden accessories Platt Hill Nursery has to offer, like these fun creations.

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Live Bluegrass entertained us throughout the day.

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So much bloom.

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I tested some plant stakes that need a bit more observing for durability.

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Angel basked in some pansies as well.

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Several pieces found new homes.

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I love all the flowers and plant varieties.

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Gardening is not in the cards for me, but it is always fun to admire nature.

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Soon the day was over and time to pack up.

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I did some lazing and stretching before the next eventful week.

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Hopefully you had a labor-free Labor Day weekend.

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Platt-A-Palooza this Labor Day Saturday!

On the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend I will be popping up at Platt Hill Nursery again.

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It’s my third year participating in Platt-A-Polooza and I look forward to perusing the handcrafted booths in such a fun setting.

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You can shop for garden supplies and garden decor all Labor Day weekend, likely with a bunch of discounts for the Labor Day Weekend.

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The pop-up is one day only, and will feature garden accessories, gift items and handmade household utensils from 9 am to 5 pm.

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I’ll be bringing some botanical pieces.

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Platt Hill Nursery will be selling hot dogs, chips, and drinks.

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Platt-A-Palooza Craft Show is September 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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Platt Hill Nursery is located at 222 W Lake Street in Bloomingdale, IL 60108. 

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Platt Hill Nursery’s Carpentersville location will also have a handmade pop-up that day.

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The Carpentersville location is at 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville, IL 60110.

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Spam the pig might make an appearance.

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I’ll see if I can complete more critters.

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I hope to see you there!

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More events are in the works for September.

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It was a scorching day on Saturday, but light breezes and the occasional cloud blocking the sun made the day lovely for an art fair.

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It was early when I set out to bring my wares to Bloomingdale.

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As always, Platt Hill Nursery has a plethora of fun and quirky garden accessories to peruse.

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The rainbow of watering cans cheered me up.

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The professional and cheerful staff directed us where we needed to set up.

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Soon my table was transformed.

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This year’s vendors sold jewelry, children’s clothes, stuffed animals, fun hand-crafted decorative items,

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gifts, household items, garden decor, and holiday ornaments.

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These golf ball critters were fun to peruse.

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Garden stakes are such fun, if you have a garden…

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I didn’t have much time to peruse the tents, but they looked like fun.

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It was fun to try out my souvenir from the home country.

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Spam the pig visited again and was loved by many.

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Butterflies and bumblebees fluttered by, and this grasshopper jumped into my path.

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I thought it would jump the minute after I snapped the photo, which it did, right on to my table!

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Then it explored for a bit and even picked out a pendant to go with its outfit.

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I had my annual hot dog and soft drink, but didn’t get around to sipping a Margarita this year.

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Two customers bought a keychain and a butterfly pendant and a few business cards walked away.

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It was fun to watch people parade their plant selections, and I was tempted to try my black thumb at a green orchid.

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Soon it was closing time, though, and tear-down became more important.

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If you’re a gardener, go check out Platt Hill Nursery in Bloomingdale or Carpentersville. They’ll have some fun Fall items in store for you.

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My next pop-up event is the Ravenswood ArtWalk September 19 and 20. I hope to see you there.

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Platt-A-Palooza this Saturday

This Saturday I will be surrounded by flowers and garden sculptures as I set up my shop at Bloomingdale’s Platt Hill Nursery.

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Last year’s Platt-A-Palooza was a blast, and I hope to find new and returning admirers of my jewelry and mini-collages this year.

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It was fun to browse the other tables and see all the household goods, ceramics, garden decorations and gifts made by local artisans.

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Platt Hill Nursery offers all the tools and supplies you need for your garden, and has a plethora of fun decorative items as well.

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Come on by to 222 W Lake Street, Bloomingdale, on September 5 between 9 am and 5 pm to take advantage of sales, delicious food, and creative fun.

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Additional sales happen throughout the weekend, but the artisans will only pop up on Saturday.

Platt-A-Palooza recap

This Labor Day weekend was a glorious one, and I am so grateful for that.

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The skies looked ominous Saturday morning as I packed up my pieces for Platt-A-Palooza.

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I had been staging the 16-foot area in my home-across 2 rooms.

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The weather channel predicted thunderstorms for the entire duration of the craft fair.

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However, show organizer Chrissie insisted that she always had good weather on her event days, and her energy held true.

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A few wind gusts blew the storm clouds away, and before long we had a steady stream of shoppers.

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It was the longest display area ever for me.

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I think I filled the space up nicely.

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There were lots of fun crafts to peruse, ranging from garden decor to jewelry to household items.

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The nursery is full of fun finds as well.

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I like the garden decor.

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If I had a backyard I would make a fairy garden for sure.

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Live music was playing.

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Margarita slushies and hot dogs were served.

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I had a great time getting to know my crafty neighbors.

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Spam the Pig paid a visit in the evening.

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Numerous creative people sold their wares.

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A few customers mixed and matched pendants and earrings for their take-home pleasure.

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A desktop mini fluttered off to a new home as well.

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I look forward to next year’s event.

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Meanwhile stay tuned for announcements about Fall and Holiday trunk shows and pop-ups.

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I will be loading the newbies to Etsy in mid-September, unless dibs are called on Facebook.

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Have a great weekend!

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Platt-A-Palooza this Saturday

Can you do me a favor? Would you do a sunshine dance for me on Saturday? I’ll be making bargains with the weather deities as I prepare for one more outdoor show.

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My next Pop Up will be on August 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Platt A Palooza. Platt Hill Nursery is hosting a showcase of handmade items from ceramics to jewelry, baby items to dish towels. They will also be selling hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Rumor has it Margaritas might be available, too.

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I will be spreading out my wares on one of the lovely tables at the Bloomingdale location at 222 W Lake Street in Bloomingdale, IL 60108. It will be nice to bask in the scent of flowers and explore the other local artisans’ wares.

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There will be specials on garden items, and the venue is lovely to behold.

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Baseball fans might be intrigued by these bird baths (I think that’s what they are).

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And the spiritually minded will find meditative and angelic spirits.

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Platt Hill Nursery also has a Carpentersville location which will feature other crafters, but I will only be able to do the Bloomingdale event.

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