The gal with the most beautiful blue eyes, Miss Charlotte Lyons is selling the cutest embroidery designs on her etsy shop and she is giving half of the proceeds to different charities. When you purchase the turtle below half of the money goes to, the Sea Turtle Conservancy. I have not embroidered since I was a little girl but I am so happy I tried it again. Charlotte gives instructions on how to do different stitches. Please don't judge by my stitches, remember it is my first time since I was a little girl. It is always fun to try something new and especially when you are helping a great cause. I have been watching Pam work on her quilt that she has been creating over the summer. On the quilt, Pam added her version of Charlotte's turtle. I thought the turtle was so darn cute that I would give it a try. Pam's quilt is going to be a masterpiece when it is finished. The picture below is a peek of her quilt.
It's funny that it was a turtle because I had just been talking with one of my closest friend's mother who is Hawaiian. She was sharing with me how beloved the Sea Turtle,( Honu) is in Hawaii. What a perfect thing to add to a summer themed item. It is thought to be good luck if you see a sea turtle. Pam has been trying to encourage me to make a quilt myself. However, this might just be used as a patch, I am not quite sure if I can take on the task of a quilt. Instead I might just be sewing the patch on my beach bag. I am really glad I tried stitching again and I Iook forward to doing some more..
Ok, I was so excited to finally go to the Renegade Craft Fair and my girlfriends bailed on me. So I had to do a little sweet talking and get my husband and daughters to go to LA with me. Big mistake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My girls were in the most fowl mood and my husband was cranky because it was HOT!! Of course it had to be so flippin hot, it has been so nice and cool at our house all summer long. It has been so overcast at our house that we have not adjusted ourselves to serious hot weather. So I had to cruise through the fair super fast. I brought my big camera to take lots of photos of this super creative event and came home with three photos because I had my daughters giving me the evil eye until we left.
The art fair was held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park which is very close to China Town. I took a picture on the way up to the fair you can see the skyline of downtown LA. Bribery did not even work for the two unhappy girls. Bummer!!
I was so happy to see that Klai Brown was selling her art at the fair. Jenny had posted about her goodies that she had bought from Klai, on her blog and I just fell in love with her artwork. Klai also a super sweet and humble. I would have loved to look more at he artwork but I was getting the glare from my hubby. Do you girls know the husband glare? The look that without saying any words, lets you know that you have approximately two minutes before they start ranting and raving at you. He is usually really patient but not when the kids are with us. Here are a few photos of the three pieces that I bought from her. The great thing is that you can microwave and dish wash her pieces. I think these are going to be my new coffee mugs.
The wonderful thing about Klai's work is that she continues the picture underneath the piece. I love it when there is a surprise and I always think that things should be as beautiful from the back or underneath as they are from the front. Kinda like beautiful people should always be just as beautiful from the inside as they are outside.
Klai also turned me on to this great leather large wallet that makes a perfect place to store my small camera and my flip camera. I bought it at the Fair from FM Designs INC. They also had some beautiful soft leather change purses in some great muted colors, I regret not buying one. I am sure this wallet will last forever, the leather is really nice and thick.
I did buy one t-shirt for the girls, there were so many cool t-shirts to choose from. This shirt is buy Fuzzy Ink, they had really cute graphics.
There you have it my day at the Renegade Fair. I am so sad I did not get any photos of the cutest coffee cart that I had ever seen or the wonderful airstream trailer or any of the fantastic booths. They were also offering free vintage photo booth pictures. Did I get to do that, no. So the question is would I go to the Renegade Fair again. Yes, I would love to! Would I go with two kids? No, or at least not mine. One day hopefully the girls will appreciate art the same way I do but for now it is the soccer field and the beach for us to spend our weekends.
For those of you interested the Renegade Fair will be in San Francisco next.
When you wear a special pair of earrings with a beautiful dress you really don't need to wear any other jewelry. Mixing beautiful gemstones with shell cameos and pearls is such a wonderful combination.
Very special and hard to find vintage mercury glass religious medals accent these vintage medals and gemstones. Such a yummy combination with the mother of pearl beads.
More vintage mercury glass medals. I must say they are my favorite.
Oh, I also love watermelon quartz!!
When I found this vintage photo pendent my first thought was, "Oh my gosh, its Jessee James!". I was so excited to work with it. I immediately thought of this wonderful vintage gun from France that I had been saving. The gun makes me think of this cute gal who was in my class in Houston. She said she was a professional shooter ( as in gun shooter). She was just a tiny little thing and I thought is was so awesome that she was so into such a masculine sport. She brought this great gun charm and made a super fun necklace out of it in class. I wish I had a picture to share. The small shells that dangle from the pendant are a delicate Victorian piece. Ruby gemstones hang from that. I used a very raw metal hook that came from an old French piece and the shorter necklace is a very old French mourning piece. I just love the patina on the gun. The mixture of beads, shell and metals is so wonderful together.
I realized at the last minute that I did not have any party decorations and having three kids I know how expensive they can be . Also you just end up throwing them away. So the night before I thought of coping photos of my friends from my computer and sewing them onto fabric and hanging them around the rooms like a big banner. Everyone enjoyed looking at all the photos. It was amazing to see how much we have all changed through the years and how much fun we have all shared. It would also be great to make one of your family to enjoy during birthdays or Christmas. I started with photos from our wedding day. As you can tell by the close ups I did not go for perfection, I went for get it done quick. My triangles were not perfect and I actually just stapled them to twine to hang. My husband almost had a heart attack when he realized I was copying a ton of photos off of our printer. I think it would be much cheaper to go to Kinkos to print the photos. Ink cartridges can be expensive..........
The only other decorations I used were candles and white balloons. I used a lot of silly photos on the banner. I guess because silly moments are usually my favorite times. I was going to cut the banner up at the end of the night and give each person the photos that they were in, but that never happened. I actually think I might hang it in my art room to enjoy.
I can't forget to mention one of my favorite details which was copied from the movie Julie and Julia, which was the famous heart name tags Julia used during her Valentine Party. Pam wrote everyone's name out in her beautiful writing and everyone wore them during the party.
I showed the stitching and knitting on the last post and Wow, I was totally taken back when Pam also gave me these beautiful paintings! She first gave me the small painting in the first photo. While I was opening the gift, her husband snuck out to retrieve this large painting of the ferris wheel. I had no idea he had gone outside and then he placed the large canvas in front of me. It totally shocked me! I got all teary eyed!! I just love both of them. I had really loved one of the paintings that she had sold that was of a flower. She had asked me what I thought of it and I told her the flower had reminded me of a ferris wheel and then I had told her that I saw a small barn in the corner of the painting. I love barns, they remind me of Michigan. So when she made the small canvas she kinda recreated the one that she had sold for me. If this was not special enough she also gave me this beautiful sampler that she made for me. The details are so special and hold special memories. Thank you Pam I love them all and will always treasure them!!
Just to give you an idea of the size difference!