Autumn Artisan Market

The Autumn Artisan Market, sponsored by the Rainbow Rebekahs, in Sherwood, Oregon, present a wonderful new handmade market.  This cozy market will occur over the course of two days and feature  many different local handmade artisans.  The Rainbow Rebekahs will have hotdogs and drink on hand midday on Saturday and Saturday morning, they will have handmade fresh yeast raised donuts, know for miles around!

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Artisans that will be participating include:

Symaria Browns Couture Bodycare Creations

The Shaws handmade glass lit pendants – so unique!

Melissa Nash and her painted artworks

Surett J’s Handmade feather earrings  – Love these!

Berniece handmade sewn creations a local favorite – Here you will find those things you didn’t know you needed until you see them.

Pure Pizzazz handmade jewelry a Sherwood local favorite as well – What a selection!

Brianns Handmade soothing neckwraps and other creations – Get these for yourself before the holidays, some real stress relievers!

Lori Randels unique handmade mixed media artworks – One of a kind art, a must have.

Mizzoni’s unique handmade TuTu’s and unique creations

Puthucodes beautiful polymer clay creations

Petersons handmade crystal trees that must be seen and taken home to share for generations.

Winegars sweet infant and child items, beautiful items for those sweet little ones, we all love!

Nuttin Perfects creative holiday wood and rope decor items, I will be shopping here for great holiday decor, that you won’t find at  Target or Walmart for sure!

 

Rainbow Rebekahs

famous handmade fresh

Saturday Donuts!

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Donuts are 50 cents each or a dozen for $6 

Order ahead for larger quantities

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Free Giveaway in Appreciation!

In celebration of almost 1000 likes on my Facebook Page, I will be giving away one of my jewelry pieces.  To be in the running all you have to do is like my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sharonorellaArt.  Please feel free to leave me a note when you do, I love to hear from folks.

To see what you could win check out my website at www.sharonorelladesigns.com.       Tell your friends and if they like my page they will be int he running as well.  It is only about 20 people to reach 1000…  Good Luck!

Beachy Book Pages

I had some fun this weekend at the beach, playing with my book pages, paints and pencils.  I had a vague idea of what I might want to work on, and since I only had a few days, I thought it would be perfect to start some drawing and maybe even color some in with paint.

 

Good thing I had my stuff, the weather ran quite the gamut over the weekend.  First it rained (totally expected, as it is Oregon)  then on Saturday the blessed sun came out, this pushed me outside to absorb the warmth and color! (the whole beach lights up with color when the sun comes out)  Then on Sunday it snowed!   I was greatly amused by the changes in the weather as they were so extreme.  It fit me perfectly, as I never do anything in a logical to others order.   You would think the weather would go in order of sun, rain, snow, not rain sun snow… oh well, chalk it up to the wonders of the world…

Before I left I had finished a drawing and painted it and applied it to my notebook. I used a page from an old book to draw and paint on and then applied it to my notebook using Golden Matte Medium. 

While I was there I drew and painted one for the other side.  This page is also an old book page but you really cannot tell due to the amount of paint used.

I am seemingly obsessed with my little chickens and they seem to come out of the woodwork no matter where I go.  Yes, I even draw in restaurants.  On napkins, you question?  Nope, I carry a tiny wallet type purse, and I have managed to always keep a set of white index cards and a pen in there.   Very handy for when the order takes a while and your companion (read husband) runs out of conversation.

C’est la vie

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Wearing your words….

I was thinking today about my friend Adam.  I have known him for a few years now and have always been impressed with his artistic sense.   He is a pretty down to earth kind of guy, no pretense and generally a pretty happy dude.   I met him at the Art Gallery, he is a really wonderful photographer, that despite being so young, photographs in a  very old school way.   However, it wasn’t his photography that I was thinking about today, it was his screen printing.

 

Adam has dabbled in screen printing for a long time..   He has always had T-shirts with messages up by the collar or the pocket or the front or the back… you get the point I am sure.   Whenever I asked him; hey where did you get that shirt?  His answer was always, I made it!   I love that!   The making of things when you need them, when there  just isn’t anything out there just like how you want it.

 

I was not surprised when he kicked off his screen printing business, nor was I surprised to see that it reflects the different parts of his personality.   Just the name Serigraph Monotone.   Meaning of serigraph being an “original silk-screen color print” and monotone meaning  “a succession of syllables, words, or sentences in one unvaried key or pitch”.    One of his prints is “I produce top notch free hugs” and one of the others is “Hug your local mail carrier”  now not all of his shirts are about hugs he has many other sayings as well.   The best part is that he prints on each shirt by hand and with care to make it just right.  You gotta love that!

 

You can find him on facebook where he models some of his shirts and shows off some photo’s of equipment.  You can reach him directly via email at Serigraphmonotone@gmail.com.

 

If you have words you want to wear, talk to Adam….

 

 

Beautiful Photography of David Bryan Gilmore

I have a friend that is such a wonderful photographer and artist.  He recently posted one of his many photographs and I just had to share.

He doesn’t just take a photo and leave it at that (although sometimes he does).  He takes them a step further, he explores the possibilities and turns his photography into art.   A great example is this lovely photo of one of our local parks.

The first thing I really like is that it is a panorama which gives it such a great depth of field. Secondly that he did this by using a program to stitch several photo’s together.  Then there is the richness of color and line that this photo has.

Dave tells me that he used http://ipiccy.com/ to play with this photo, primarily he used the Hugin program and the HDR in Effect function.  He describes this program as easy to use and best of all free.

Enjoy this beautiful photo of Snyder Park in Sherwood Oregon, courtesy of David Bryan Gilmore.

 

Die Cut Fabric easy

Are you a scrapbooker that has invested in one of the die cutting systems like Sizzix or one of the others?   Are you looking to stretch how you use this equipment?   Wow, I am starting to sound like a company rep!

Ok, I have a couple of these die cut pieces of equipment and I love them.   I found out recently that the quilting world has one as well for cutting fabric.   This made me wonder if the one I have for paper would cut fabric.   It does.   It opened a whole new world for me, it made me think about how I could use fabric instead of paper for projects.

Now here is the disclaimer, that I do this at my own risk to damage to my dies.  If you choose to do this and it results in damage to your dies etc, I am not liable.  It is your choice to do so.

First iron a sewable fusible on the back of your fabric.   Cut the fabric into pieces the size of your die.   Run it through your machine.   VIOLA! you now have a pre-cut fusible that you can iron onto any other fabric.

I used sewable fusible because I wanted to be able to sew through the applique after it was applied, without gumming up my machine needle.

With some of the letter embroidery sewing machines out there, you could embroider the fabric, apply the fusible, then die cut out any shape you have on hand.

Too much fun!!!

Upcycle? Recycle? Reuse? Repurpose?

What does this all mean when you’re a creative person?  Well, for most it means instead of throwing something away, either find another way to use it or put it in the recycle bin.   That is if your community will recycle it.   In some areas of the country there are community reuse places that you can take your, still useful items in hopes that someone else will find your trash to be a treasure.

Near where I am we have a place called Scrap (School Community reuse action program) it is not all that near to me, but I will make a special trip to get there.   Most of the time though I am a shopper there, but thankfully, there are many that make donations to them.   For example they have lots of fabric, upholstery and wallpaper sample books, yarn, tiles, paper, envelopes etc.   All of which are very reusable to make useful and decorative items.   I have picked up many a large fabric sample to make pillow or handbags.   For the longest time they had a barrel full of corks.  I could never figure out what I could make from a cork, but others did because they dwindled down to nothing eventually.

Perhaps one of my favorite spots is the book and magazine corner, where you can find books and magazines for pennies.   Or the paper corner where you buy office paper for 25 cents an inch.   (measured by the height of your stack)  Sometimes you can find envelopes with no return address, those are great!   But they also have some with a return address which are easily upcycled by sticking your address sticker over theirs.   Scrap keeps so much stuff out of landfills each year just by redistributing it, that they deserve a recycle award!   Besides I have no idea where I would find a barrel of corks or belt blanks to be re-purposed. Would you?

Just recently I incorporated some glossy cardstock from Scrap into my gift tags.  The original sheets were 8 1/2 x 22, so required some cutting down before I could punch them.   It took longer to punch them as they are pretty sturdy, but it was worth it.  The paper is wonderful with my tags.   It embossed beautifully and I am very happy with it.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree Ornament Gift tag

 

I encourage everyone to donate to their local reuse program and to shop there.   You just never know what you will find…

P.S. I found one in San Francisco too..  Scrap (Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts)  Love it!!

To see more please visit my shop on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SharonOrella

Have a great day!