23 July 2009

Kelly & Mike's Wedding

My husband and I drove to Oregon this past weekend for our friends' wedding in Portland. It was a busy few days with a lot of driving, but great fun in all. Everywhere along our route, we saw fields of summer hay in various stages of harvest. In some places, the bales lined up in the field stretched for miles.

Carlos had to do some computer work for the University of Oregon, so we drove to Eugene first. We decided to take the scenic route through eastern Oregon, rather than the interstate. Highway 26 winds through the Blue Mountains, and passes by the John Day Fossil Beds. We took a slight detour to see the Painted Hills section. Carlos had ridden his bike along that route years ago, traveling from Pocatello to Eugene, and had told me about the hills a number of times, so we had to stop, being so close. Even as we drove along the road to the lookout, the colors of the hills that rose up from the roadside were spectacular. I kept wanting to stop to take a picture, but Carlos said the best views were at the top, so I waited. It was definitely worth the wait! Magnificent!

We arrived in Eugene late thursday night, and slept on our friends' fold-out couch. On friday, while Carlos was at the university, I took advantage of my time by seeking out and buying a flat of organic blueberries from Royal Blue, and spent several hours visiting my friend, Katlyn, with whom I went to massage school. It was nice to relax and catch up! I met up with Carlos later in the afternoon, and we went to our favorite restaurant, Yi Shen. They also have an asian foods market as part of their store, so we stocked up on our favorite soy sauce, and some other things we can't get here in Hailey. After a delicious meal, we hit the highway for Portland.

Kelly and Mike were hosting a potluck dinner with family and friends on friday night, and we made it in plenty of time to join in. We spent the night on Kelly and Mike's fold-out couch that night, so I could help with some of the wedding stuff in the morning. Kelly's friend, Deni, and I went to the Portland Farmers Market early saturday morning to pick up the flowers for the wedding. As we walked through the market, I was wondering if any of the farmers I knew were there, and right across from the flower vendor was the stand for Wintergreen Farm, and my friend, Chris working the stand. I worked with his wife, Shannon, for years at Horton Road Organics. I love it when that happens!

Deni dropped me and the flowers off at Kelly and Mike's house, and I joined them and Carlos for a breakfast of homemade waffles, while Kelly went with her mom and aunt to get their hair and makeup done for the wedding. (As you may remember, I wrote about the crown Kelly wore for her wedding in an earlier post: Pearl Blossom Wedding Crown )The stylist did a beautiful job of arranging the crown in Kelly's hair. She looked beautiful!

The wedding took place at the Edgefield McMenamins. They had rented the Administrators house and garden for the wedding, and we had the house for the night, so guests stayed in rooms there. The service was simple, yet meaningful. Kelly and Mike were positively glowing! The minister was very good, and they had a great photographer documenting the event. I took a lot of pictures with my camera (and also with Kelly's mom's camera while she was in the pictures), and posted them on Facebook for them as soon as we got home, so they would have some to share right away. Mike and Kelly had planned on having music play on their ipod after the harpist finished, but the band, The Decemberists, happened to be playing at the hotel that night, so we had great music for free, too!

Carlos and I stocked up on bottles of McMenamins beer to bring back with us, and we had a delicious breakfast in the Black Rabbit restaurant at The Edgefield. The Edgefield is on the eastern end of Portland, so we were able to jump onto the highway and drive back without having to deal with driving through the city, which saved us almost an hour of driving. The drive home was smooth, and we were happy to sleep in our own bed again when we got home.

15 July 2009

Ketchum Arts Festival

The day after we got back from Spokane, I had to get set up for the Ketchum Arts Festival up in Sun Valley. This was my first time doing an outdoor show, and I was a little bit nervous, not knowing what to expect, but after 13 years of doing the Lane County Farmers Market booth for Horton Road Organics, I figured I'd be OK. On one of the blogs I follow, the artist shared her checklist for shows, so I used her template, and added things I needed. I bought a new Swissgear 10ft. canopy tent and 2' x 4' folding tables from Amazon.com, and designed new business cards. I already had display stands from past trunk shows, and earlier in the year I bought some glass topped display cases, so people could see everything easily, and it looked professional. My set up changed from day to day, as Grace and I fine tuned it, with the last day being the best display. I only got a picture of the first day's set up.

My daughter, Grace, was such a help! She worked with me all three days of the festival, settting up in the mornings, greating and assisting customers, and packing the jewelry to bring home each night. It was so nice to spend the weekend sitting outside with her.

The first day was my best day. I sold several of my seahorses and Eni Oken style coiled bangle bracelets, and made enough that if I didn't sell anything else the whole weekend, I would have been happy. Saturday brought a lot of lookers to my booth, and I gave out dozens of my cards to customers, so they could also shop for my work through my Etsy shop. Sunday was another busy sales day, and the day I did a number of fantastic trades with other artists at the show. I traded a necklace and a pair of earrings for a beautiful oil painting of a pinto horse by Timi Savier. She also does beautiful bronze castings. You can check out her works on her website: www.belcavallo.com

I also traded another necklace and earrings for a beautiful, organic gold ring set with a faceted pink tourmaline by Bob Rodman, a jeweler from the town of Fairfield, ID, which is just a few miles west of here. My last trade was a pair of earrings for a beautiful reclaimed pine mirror with a beautiful mountain scene burned into the top of the mirror, and a heron in a pond on the bottom corner. The pond that the heron is standing in is made from a ring in the grain of the wood. I also bought a purple, pottery bowl from Regina of Personalized Pottery from Pocatello, ID. She also shows her pottery in The Loft here in Hailey. Check out her website, too! www.masakpottery.com

My friend and neighbor, Colleen Pace, of For The Birds, makes whimsical, edible birdhouses, and has done the Ketchum Arts Festival for years. This year, she won the best booth award, and with good reason! Her booth looked so beautiful! I am working with her to help her set up an Etsy shop, and will let you know when it is up and running.

I collected information from a number of other artists at the show whose work I really liked. Here are the web site addresses for those who have one:

Helen Glidden was the painted silk artist who was set up right next to me. Such beautiful work!

I have been a fan of Melissa Graves Brown's paintings since I first moved to Hailey! She has a number of her paintings shown locally at CK's Restaurant and in Galena Lodge, and she just opened a store in downtown Hailey. I hope to one day own some of her work.

Karen McCall of Ketchum makes wonderful hand-painted floor cloths:

The photography of Joe Bauwens and Marybeth Flower is stunning!

Kathryn McNeal is another artist who shows her work in The Loft. Her mountain scenes are quite popular!

I bought a number of bars of the wonderful, handmade soaps from Susanne Schlador of Lavande De Bois.

All in all, I had a great time, and look forward to doing the festival again next year!
Thanks for coming by! 'Til next time!

09 July 2009

Spokane and Back

My yard sale on the 4th of July was a success, and the next thing on my busy July list was driving to Spokane to pick up my daughter from her visit at her sister's place. We decided to drive up to Spokane through western Idaho, then we cut over into Washington by Lewiston, and took a smaller highway north to Spokane.

We drove up over Galena Pass to Stanley, then through Lowman and McCall. The scenery was fantastic, and the weather could not have been better! A couple of summers ago, when the Castle Rock wildfire was burning outside of Ketchum, there was also a big burn near Lowman. When the burned area came into view, it was deceiving at first as to what it was, because the new undergrowth was SO green! The road snaked along the south fork of the Payette river, with mountains rising steeply from the other side of the road.

As we were driving through the town of Cascade, I spied a wire sculpture of a bighorn ram, and had my husband swing around the block so I could snap a picture. I wish I had had time to stop and take a closer look at how they constructed it. We stopped in McCall at a microbrewery for an early dinner, and we sat out on the upstairs balcony, enjoying the fresh air and the view.

The drive to Spokane took us 2 hours longer than if we'd taken the interstate, but it was so much prettier, and there was very little traffic. The worst driving part was the few miles of interstate we had to take into Spokane, because there was construction, and we crawled along for over half an hour to go 4 miles.

We arrived at my daughter's apartment around 10:30 pm, and hung out for a little while before going to sleep. The next morning, I made waffles for breakfast (I brought my waffle iron along with me.), then we turned around and headed back to Hailey. We decided to take the interstate going back, to save time, so we got to drive through part of western Montana, which I had never seen before. It is so beautiful! There were mountains all around, and the reason they call Montana the "big sky" country was very apparent.

Just outside of Missoula, we discovered the location of Jellystone Park! Yogi Bear's picture was even on the mailbox in front.

From Missoula, we took highway 93 through Salmon and Challis.

We traded driving in Salmon, and I made sure to stop near the old Model T Ford we passed on the way into town, so I could take a picture of it, too, then cut over Trail Creek pass into Sun Valley on the way home. We had just enough light to see on the skinny, windy, gravel road over Trail Creek. The edge of the road drops off very steeply, and I was glad that Carlos drove that part, and happier still when we were on the paved road again!

Today, I went up and set up my tent for the Ketchum Arts Festival. I will be finishing up pricing, etc. this afternoon, and the festival starts tomorrow morning.

Wish me luck!

02 July 2009

July Will Fly!

The months seem to fly by, anyway, but this month is particularly busy, so it will seem more rapid than most. I'm starting off my "month of July extravaganza" with a yard sale this saturday - July 4th. It should be a good day for it, as the Main street traffic reroutes down our street for the parade. I have been working all week, pulling old things up out of my basement and cupboards, and sorting through the boxes that never made it past the garage when we moved across the street 3-1/2 years ago. I am SO ready to lighten my load! I already sold $100 worth of camping gear and Carlos' old leather telemark boots to a friend who gave Carlos a ride home from work the other day.

I have slowed down on making jewelry, as there is so much to do! Still, I did make a few fun things. I finished the necklace for Sagebrush Arena's 18th annual 'Cowboy Ball' silent auction. I knitted a copper chain to go with the copper horse I'd made earlier, and figured out how to make the bail the way I wanted it for the pendant. I used one continuous piece of copper wire over 50 feet long for the chain, using a 3-pin knitting technique, not unlike spool knitting. I think it will go well in their auction. I also played around with ideas for lucky 4-leaf clover jewelry. Here are my first two attempts.

While all this fun is going on, I also have to get ready for the Ketchum Arts Festival the following weekend, with a quick 2 days (tuesday & wednesday) of driving to pick my daughter up from visiting her sister in Spokane in the middle of the week. We are driving up and back through the middle (as much as one can) of Idaho, rather than taking the interstate, and I will be taking my camera, so I can share the beautiful scenery with you later. Thursday is set up day for the arts festival, and I will be there friday, saturday, and sunday all day selling my jewelry. I have been taking breaks from yard sale detail to make up a bunch of fun, 1-inch buttons to sell in my booth, too. I have been selling them at The Loft, and they are quite popular!

I will have a whole 5 days after the arts festival to rest up and get ready to drive to Portland the following weekend for my friend's wedding, where I will take pictures of the wedding crown I made in action! Hopefully, the end of the month will quiet down some, and I can get back to making jewelry and relax a bit.

And now, back to moving stuff out into the garage for the yard sale.
Wish me luck! :D