To everyone who made it to our show over the weekend, we have deemed it a tremendous success in so many ways. We have made new friends and are all inspired with fresh creativity. Major thanks to our hostess and fellow artist and the one who made the idea happen, Paula Spahr. She is an absolute delight, and we all hope we can work with her again in the future!
Stay tuned for pictures from the event, and profiles of each artist along with their contact information in case you want to purchase from them in the future. And we are all very grateful that the show wasn't today, as the ice covered roads would have given us a very different result...
The woman behind the idea of this boutique, and the one who brought us all together: Paula Spahr
She has opened her home to all of us, inspired us, and fed us. She selected all of us to share our things with you in less than two weeks time. Here is just a very small sampling of what she will be offering:
Paula is a mixed media artist with an emphasis on re-purposing items.
This is called "Lakeview Lane", and is created from a vintage bowling pin and Manzanita branches.
How cute are THESE? They are snail photo or business card holders. Bodies are reclaimed decorative details from columns and battery adaptors, and felted sweaters.
Paula works from her studio in her home in Wayzata, and you just never know what you will find in the nooks and crannies. She has even found an ingenious re-use for used dryer sheets!
Be sure to stop by her home at 199 Lakeview Lane on Nov. 19th or 20th to see what else she has created!
We are less than two weeks away from the big show!
It's time to introduce you to another artist who will be selling her wonderful things:
Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish
Alyssa Thomas is an accomplished illustrator, designer and life long artist.
As a child, Alyssa would make everything from beaded bracelets to large papier mache masks…all to be bartered for at her "trading post" outside her bedroom door.
Today she sells her wares through Penguin & Fish. Penguin & Fish offers Alyssa's line of lovely and quirky hand embroidery patterns, embroidery kits and one-of-a-kind plush animals.
She recently published her first children's book, No Monster Here, and is designing her first fabric collection which will be released next year.
Check out more about Alyssa and Penguin & Fish at: web: www.penguinandfish.com blog: penguinandfish.blogspot.com
Just think of all of the holiday shopping you will be able to get done, long before you eat that Thanksgiving turkey!
Please share this blog with family and friends who love to buy handmade. We will see you at the show!
In addition to the creative women in the previous post, you will find work from Sally Borgen:
Sally Borgen has had her hands in fabric, glue, paint, glitter, yarn, beads and a mixture of these for 40 years.
Founder of Stitchery Retreats in the 70's and 4French Hens in 2005, she is the perennial life-long learner.
From folk art to soldering, she's traveled to take classes with some very creative and well-known artists and continues to take classes when she's home.
A retired teacher and media specialist, she says " I'm constantly reinventing myself because there's always something new to learn.
I'm mostly self-taught, so it's thrilling when I take a class with someone whose work I admire.
Experimenting and trying new mediums not only keeps me busy, but it truly keeps me sane!"
Also featured at the boutique-try to figure out how Margaret Oltmans crochets with tiny beads:
"Beads into Bracelets"
Jewelry created with beads and stones - mostly "bead crochet" and mostly bracelets.
Created by Margaret Oltmans, Works at 609.
More from Margaret:
There will be so much to see at the "2 Short of a Dozen" Holiday Boutique, you will be able to get all kinds of holiday shopping taken care of in one spot! And rather than heading to the mall, you can shop in a warm and friendly setting and buy unique products while supporting local artists.
We have even more creative people to share with you-stay tuned!