Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Oh my, what spookie sites are to be had this frightful night!
Where can they be off to? And where did they come from???

I don't think I want to know what lies under this swarming mass....
Seems a ship of the pirate type has made its way to our shores....

What sort of ghoulish delights does it have in store for us???

Was this the pirate King that once reigned supreme?
An old portrait? Was this a couple the pirate pilaged?
Busts of other not-so-lucky holders of the pirate's booty?
An unlikely cemetary for those unfortunate ones????
Will there be more this frightful night?
Is the nightmare over????

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A newsletter and a shoppe update!

Sent out a Blossom Shop newsletter today :)
Did you get yours??
If you are not on the list and want to be please leave me a comment and I will be sure to add you!
Also a lovely shoppe update!
Lots of new pretties on Blossom Shop today.

Want to see more??
Off to the studio for more goodie making!

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Stars at Night...

are big and bright.
(clap, clap, clap, clap)
Deep in the heart of Texas!

What a fantastic trip!
I just love Austin. Can't wait to spend more time there.
(Hi Marissa! Hi Darrell!)
The Maker Faire/Bazaar Bizarre was so much fun...

I have no idea where to begin.
I guess I start with pictures and let the story just unfold....
ready? here we go-

The vendors!

Of course I was not able to meet everyone but those I did get to were wonderful and so very talented.
Of course there is our friend Jen of Starving Artist Bazaar.

Doesn't she look lovely all ready for a full day of selling?
Now for the new friends!

Kasey (pictured above) and her sister Kelly of Biggs & Featherbelle from Baltimore.
Amazing bath products. BEST lipbalm EVER!!!!!They even had a celebrity purchase during the show! woohoo!Good going ladies!Can't wait to see you at another show!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sweet and crazy Annemarie from Austin and her amazing bags!
Looking forward to seeing you again!

Some lovely little things I picked up from her in a trade.
The very energetic gal and talented artist from Austin, Collin Welsch!

This was one of my favorites! Just made me giggle.
This lucky lady also had a purchase from the celebrity that was spotted at the faire!
The very creative with a Polaroid, Elizabeth Soule from Portland.

I just love finding something from my Etsy Favorites list in person!
Can't wait to get this little man framed and up on the wall.
A perfect vendor apron for me! Did you see that pink ruffle at the bottom?
Well I sure did and scooped this baby right up from Textile Festish!

The cutest journals recycled from old books.
Michelle from Attic Journals in Portland is genius!

I found the most perfect journals for me and Sweetie at her booth.
Thanks Michelle! Can't wait to see you in SF at the end of November!
Michele at Xylocopa in Tucson gifted these beauties to me.
Thanks so much for your kindness Michele!

These beads are made from shell and agate.
Just beautiful! Can't wait to see what I can do with them!

There were plenty other vendors there too, all with wonderful things.
Its so great to see all the talent out there!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Jessica and Joe from Funky Finds.
Got to love people who loves the chihuahua!

Jessica and Joe are dedicated to promoting independent artists, crafters & designers world wide.
Gots to love that too!
I am looking forward to working with them a lot in the future!
Outside of the barn Bizarre Bazaar was in there was a whole world of Making going on.
Arts and crafts and robots and food and movement and all sorts of fun.
Sweetie spent some of his time takin' in all that Makin'.
He came back with a little goodie for me!

This kit is from Pickup Sticks Online.
It looks really cute! I better get out those knitting needles and get a few refresher courses...
I've got some homework to do!
Another neighbor of mine was not a vendor...but he gave away things.
Ping-pong balls.
Was quite musical

It sang a little bit of this:
and a little bit of this:

and some other things that I have already forgotten (thank goodness) :)
All in all it was an amazing 2 day adventure.
I loved meeting all the people that came by the Blossom Shop booth and let me jabber on about the jewelry that I love.
The organizers and volunteers of Bazaar Bizarre were fantastic! Can't wait until San Francisco!
The vendors were all so wonderful!

But at the end of the weekend we all felt a little bit like sweet Guapo here:

If you are interested in Guapo's personal political choice you might want to click the link below!

Oh! almost forgot our mystery celebrity!
Bill Murray spent some time at the Faire on Sunday.
Was fun for everyone to get to say hello and spy on his purchases!
Thanks Bill!

a mega post!
hope you made it through ok.
i have a million new ideas running through my brain.
i will be trying to set some of them in motion this week.
But for now, I am still exhuasted.

see you all soon!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Round Two

We are all packed up and ready for more!
Leaving for Austin, Texas in the morning. I am really looking forward to this trip!
I have new displays and some really cute new earrings for younger girls that I am really excited about.
I am looking forward to no wind and warmer temperatures...hopefully that will put everyone in the mood to shop!
I have the camera ready and barring any unforeseen adventures I will be snapping away to be able to share all the fun with you when we get back!
Be good and I will see you soon!
OH! Visit Vanessa Valencia at A Fanciful Twist this weekend.
She will be having her FABULOUS Halloween party.

what an experience.....

Well the Prescott show is
Outside shows definitely have their challenges. This one just happened to have all the challenges at once.

But before I start my therapeutic spilling of emotion, let me just say thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth to say hi, take a peek and even buy a few things. It was wonderful to meet everyone.

Our fellow vendors were wonderful too. A big HI! to the gentlemen from the Prescott Woodworkers Club. Thanks for all your help.

Hugs and smooches to Sweetie and the Bledsoe clan...that Pumpkin Spice latte really hit the spot!

The biggest thank you and great big hugs go to Donna and Ken. WOW! you two are so sweet and amazing. Thank you so much for opening your home to Jen and I and doing all you did for us.
----(big hug)-----

ok, here's a quick recap of the events of the day.....
Tent went up...and wind took tent down over night...not just down but over, inside out and broken everywhere....ugh

This is not us...but its similar. Ours was more twisted broken metal. I was too distraught to take any pictures of the actual event.

Wind kept blowing....blowing cold air...COLD! Blew us, blew the jewelry to the ground, blew the necklaces into piles of tangled chain.

Moving "booth" spaces (not really a booth when you have no tent...see above) to try and get away from the hurricane force Arctic winds. No help from the staff....just lots of trips with piles of our stuff through the shoppers.

Did I mention it was cold and the wind was blowing right through us?
Blowing the jewelry, blowing the customers!
It was almost too cold to shop (gasp!)
ok, done with the complaining :)
thanks for letting me get that out. Its taken me days to be able to even think about it again to write about it.

But I have learned some lessons from this, and that is what this is all about.
I have another show this weekend, Bazaar Bizarre in Austin, TX.
Its inside thank goodness!
But I have some new displays and a new outlook on things.
This one is gonna be great!
If you are in Austin come on by and say hi!
I am looking forward to sharing more stories when we get back!

Friday, October 10, 2008

and we're off!

I am spending the morning packing up all the odds and ends before we leave for the show this afternoon.
It is amazing how much stuff I think I will be interesting to see what gets used and what does not. Good thing this is a semi-local show!
Hopefully Blossom Shop and Starving Artist Bazaar will have a very successful and very fun weekend out in Prescott.
The most exciting thing.....its going to be 50 degrees in Prescott this weekend!
woohoo! I have packed long jeans, sweaters and boots. BOOTS!!!
My feet have been in flip flops since I moved to Phoenix back in January.
I will be back on Monday with stories and pictures!
Have a great weekend!
(come see us in Prescott if you can! the link on the side bar has directions!)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Join in the Giveaway fun!

Doesn't everyone love a giveaway?
I know I do!

Blossom Shop is part of The Spooktacular October Giveaway!!!
on Modish. (<-----click right here to check it out!)

Just follow the instructions on the blog and you will have a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes!

One of those prizes includes a lovely pair of earrings from our dear ol' Blossom Shop!

Lots of other really cute things as well.
(Picture curtesy of

Don't miss out on the fun!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Getting Ready

Blossom Shop's first craft show is this weekend!
I have been busy busy today making some new pieces (including more collaboration pieces from Jen's beautiful lampwork beads!)

I will be listing on Etsy over the next few days so everyone has a chance to pick up anything they have had their eye on before I let the good people of Prescott have their turn at it.

Here's a peek at the collaboration pieces!

Not sure where these are going to turn up....maybe a new Etsy shop?
hmmmm, that is an interesting idea :)
I am making my lists and checking them three, four times an hour.
The second one gets easier, right?
ok....back the work table!

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Blossom Shop and Starving Artist Bazaar are teaming up to do a few (and hopefully more!) collaboration projects.

Starving Artist Bazaar is my friend Jennifer's shop. She makes the most fantastic handmade glass beads. She has a science-y theme, amoebas and protozoas, all very cool.
We thought it would be interesting to match the science-y vibe and the vintage-y vibe and see what happened.

These will be making their debut at the Prescott, Arizona Fall Fest. You lucky locals can come see these beauties on November 11th and 12th at the Court House lawn. We will be in booth 42, come look for us!

There might be a surprise...a giveaway maybe? Details are being worked out.

Click the click to the right for more Fall Fest details.

Hopefully there will be more collaboration to come!

Stay tuned!