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"All created things must pass; strive on, diligently" - The Buddha
 Spinning those creative wheels!

I'm doing a show put on by Running with Scissors this Saturday in Auburn and, unusually, I'm not waiting until the last moment to get ready.  The creative wheels are spinning, I woke up at 2AM, and couldn't get wire bracelets out of my mind!

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And no, unfortunately, Ryan Gosling won't be attending.  :(

I went to Seattle today do some shopping at Mandy Greer and Sarah Meranda's sale at The Silver Studio.  Mandy's studio is wonderful - great lighting with glass blocks and an overhead door with lots of windows - and a little wood burning stove, too!

My friend Sarah brought the enamel owl earrings I admired so much and there I am wearing them!  She is so very clever!

We all swapped stories and ideas and I learned so much from these two fantastic ladies.

Traffic was terrible on the way to Seattle - it very often is.  But, having grown up there, I left I-5 and struck off "across country".  I only turned the wrong way once - not bad given that the GPS is on the motorcycle!  The trip home was much more relaxed - south along Lake Washington Boulevard, through lovely Renton, alongside the Puyallup River and then home.  The car enjoyed the exercise!
Amala Beads at the Hilltop Street Fair - All made by hand!
The summer has whizzed right past - I haven't posted a thing since the end of August when I was reporting on the Hilltop Street Fair!

I've met a lot of fantastic folks in the last few weeks - Sarah Meranda of "Magpie Mouse Studios", Sherrie from "Glitterpants" and "Running With Scissors", Linda Landig of "Linda Landig Jewelry", to name just a few.  It is really encouraging to meet other people who are creative and enthusiastic about what they love to do.  Hand made goods!

I visited the "Bead Fair" at the Tacoma Convention Center, which is sponsored by Interweave Press and Shipwreck Beads, which is right down the road from me in Lacy, Washington.  While there I met Julie Haymaker who has elevated shrinky plastic to a great new level!  She sells fantastic kits which include a special tool she designed to give some of her pieces pretty flower shapes.

One of my favorite booths was "Hands of the Hills", a wholesaler located just up the road in the other direction in Mercer Island, WA.  These folks travel all over the country selling gorgeous Hill Tribe metal beads and findings, powder glass beads from Africa, brass from Africa, Buddhist beads from Nepal, and way too much to tell you about here.  I purchased a strand of beads made from fossilized Stegodon bones and will be using them to make a bone and pearl set - necklace, earrings, and bracelet.

I've totally neglected the garden but did harvest an excellent crop of quince from a little tree I bought a year or so ago from Scott Gruber from "Calendula Farms".  I made up some lovely quince jelly and will be dropping off a jar for Scott at the Proctor Farmers' Market this morning.

Then a trip to Columbia City in Seattle to do some shopping at a show put on by Sarah of "Magpie Mouse Studios" and her friend who makes fabulous fiber art.  I'll post photographs!

Quince from the Garden

The Hilltop Street Fair!

The 4th Annual Hilltop Street Fair was Saturday, August 26th!

The organizers were really... organized, and I got my booth up in record time.  I had tried some new things for my set up - some worked and some didn't - and I did like having my tables at the very front of the booth.  Needless to say, I'll ditch the new things that didn't work!

It was warm - our heat wave has returned - but there was a nice breeze all day that kept everyone (except, maybe, the bands!) from getting too hot and miserable.

There was a bandstand just around the corner and the first band up played great Santana music - I recognized "Black Magic Woman" right away.

There was a nice crowd, busy, talking and laughing, eating good food, and having a fun time.

I met three very sweet young women who are freshmen at the university that's just a street away from home.

They are from Colorado, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and were all quite excited about being away from home and starting on a great big new adventure.  

I gave each of them a paper Buddha amulet as a little treat.

The Buffalo Soldiers were there and I think they were the most popular of all of the groups I saw.  Being a long time horse fanatic, I was happy to meet Shakakan and her very lovely owner/rider. 

The group is dressed in very accurate Civil War  reproduction Union uniforms and the horses tack is spot on.  I was invited to visit them at their encampment up the street at the park but I couldn't get away to do that.  Maybe next time!

The Soldiers - and the horses - were very patient with the crowds around them.  The kids had the chance to have their photos taken and everyone was wanting to know all about the horses, where they live, what they eat, and so on.

I met some great folks and some old friends stopped by... Paul, Linda, and Pete to name a few. 

The Fair wasn't over until 7PM and by that time my feet were really sore and I was glad to pack up and go home.  As always happens, I learned a lot and came up with some new ideas to help make my next Fair even better!

And, I've been invited to help with the planning of next year's Fair!  What a compliment!

An eclipse and the Hilltop Street Fair!

This is a photo of the beginning of the eclipse!  We don't live in the path of "totality" but did get to see a 92% eclipse.  This little photo is of the imagine we achieved by making a pin-hole in a sheet of paper and lining it up just so to the sun so the light was reflected onto another sheet of paper.  We had

an eight degree drop in temperature!  Colors turned deep with a reddish cast - kind of like a red sunset, but odd.  Tess the Wonder Dog wasn't phased at all but one of our neighborhood crows sat in the cedar tree and complained the entire time!

I've been working hard getting ready for the Hilltop Street Fair this Saturday, August 26th.  It runs from 11AM to 7PM on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way between South 9th and South 13th in beautiful Tacoma Washington.  I'm in booth C-19 near the car and motorcycle show, in case you happen to stop by.  If you mention that you read my teeny-tiny blog you will receive a 15% discount on everything!

Proctor Arts Fest - 2017

The Proctor Arts Fest was held last Saturday.  I wasn't a vendor there this year but I did go to check things out and to visit with some friends.

Ken Bailey was there, selling his dog and cat posters.  You may have seen his artwork - his posters are reminiscent of vintage advertising art but with a special twist.  You can see his full catalog by going here -

I learned some art fest tips from the lovely ladies at "Beyond the Basic Basket". Here is their website address -

The folks at Tacoma Lamp Repair were there with a one day special.  If you ever need an odd shaped light bulb this is the place to go! -

I met Officer Mullin of our local police department.  He gets to ride a Harley every day - . He was at the event with his motorcycle and was offering photo opportunities for kids to have their picture taken while sitting on his bike.  Did the kids get to turn on the flashing lights?!

I caught up with the folks at "Wag", a really super pet food and toy market and they took several of my flyers advertising my stand at the upcoming Hilltop Street Fair -

Last but not least, I stopped by Metropolitan Market - - to get something cold to drink and to chat with Micah, Roxanne, and Kim.  Micah was gracious enough to take some of my flyers to hand out to the store staff.