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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Handmade Market at The Creative Connection

One of the many highlights of The Creative Connection Event was the handmade market. There were many amazing designers, artists and craftsmen(women) showing off their beautiful creations. My favorite booth by far, was Rebecca Ersfelds booth. She created the most amazing surroundings to hold her mix of vintage textiles, handmade items and vintage goodies.

I spent over half of my spending budget in Rebeccas booth. It was sooo nice to finally meet her after a year of emails and chatting on the phone.

I bought one of her darling lace wall pockets that she had filled with assorted Vintage goodies, and hung it on the wall next to my bed. It makes a wonderful tissue holder and I don't have to take up space on my side table.

 I got wonderful rolls of all different kinds of lace.

I also purchased a couple of yummy handmade pillows.  This one is pleated on the sides and I added a shabby rosette that I also found in her booth.

This one is made of the softest linen I have ever felt. It's very simple, but I have a few ideas for dressing it up a bit more.

Another of my favorite booths was Kecia's from Lemoncholy's Flight of Fancy.   Kecia is an amazing jewelry designer and I was getting a bit giddy at the thought of owning one of her pieces. Unfortunately for my bank account (or fortunately for my creative style) I couldn't pick just one ....

...and brought home two pretty little pieces. I wish my photo
showed them off better because they really are spectacular and 
I got compliments all weekend. (fun, fun, fun)

The last booth I have to show you was from Earth Angels Toys. It was so fun to look through because there were several artists all in one booth.  I have always been a fan of Debbee Thibault. Some day I am going to own one of her pieces, but it was really great to hold them in my hands. (It made me want one even more)

I'm trying to put together a post of all the great people I met, but it appears most of my shots are just to dark or blurry to be any good. (See I told you I need to work on my photography skills)
See you next time!


Shell said...

Looks TOO Fun Karen! I'm glad you had such a good time!

I think you take GREAT photos! There is something to be said about being in the "moment" when you just can't capture what you are experiencing to it's fullest!

Thanks for sharing!

Hugs and Love,

Cyn said...

looks like you had some great goodies to look at!! I love those pillows!! If I could teach my teenagers to not thrown them on the floor I could have some :)

Diane Mars said...

I love the necklaces, they are very spectacular! I bet they got noticed! oxox, Diane

Unknown said...

Too much fun Karen, the jewelry is right up my ally in taste, I'm so glad you had a great time and could shop also. Everything looks wonderful and one day you will have one of Debbie's pieces! All the booths look wonderful! Hugs and Love!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Karen Sweetie...
What a wonderful share this evening. I have so enjoyed myself looking at all your lovlies.

I love the pillows and that pocket for hankies or other elegant items is so pretty and victorian. Oh how I love that. I also adore the two necklaces that you purchased.

The pillows are gorgeous and I love the little rosette that you added, the element of surprise.

Oh thank you for sharing sweetie. What a wonderful time I have had this evening.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Anonymous said...

Wow this looks like I would just love going! Look at all the pretties! Love the arch and how it was decorated. I have a similar/not similar arch in my booth and will have to see what I can do with this inspiration! Thanks

bee blessed

Lily's Lace said...

What great stuff, I'm drooling over the lace! But I'm sorry about your photos, mine are always terrible too! Glad you're home!-cin

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i love your buys! and how funny that you mentioned your photography skills just when i was thinking you have such lovely photos!

Romeo said...

Oh WOW! I probably would have spent my ENTIRE budget in Rebecca's booth! Your pictures were NOT bad enough to convince me otherwise ;) I am so loving your photos and am so happy you had this opportunity....which I am certain will lead to others. Do you need a cat to escort you ;)

Welcome Home!

Emily said...

I adore those pillows!!! I probably would have gone bankrupt if I'd been there! You made lovely choices :) Did you try using any photo editing software to adjust the exposure on your pictures with any luck?

Angela Richardson said...

Hi Karen,
Oh what an amazing place to be.
I would have spent over my budget too.
It's always good to visit like this, so inspiring. Thanks for the tour.

Tina said...

You really got some awesome goodies Karen. I love Rebeccas stuff too. The wall pocket is georgeous. Everything looks so wonderful and I can imagine the fun you have had.
Thank you so much for sharing.
xo Tina

Pamela said...

it all looks fabulous! Here in the Netherlands is now the morning and my daughter must go to school. if I am back I am going to have another look, even to the links because it's great!!!

Dorthe said...

must have been fantastic, in every way--
I soo love Rebeccas creations, and your wall pocket is gorgeus,
as is the jewelery, -I sure would have grapped them both ,too-
Have a happy day, enjoying all your new treasures,

Jacqui said...

What fun, what lovely treasures! Thank you for sharing.

Lululiz said...

I can see why you bought so many things from Rebecca, her booth looks absolutely gorgeous. You chose some wonderful treasures.

Mahek said...

Lucky you to be able to see so many creative things...
How did you get that effect on your photos...

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Karen, what wonderful treasures you got. I love the wall pocket, and the pillow with the rosette, their so pretty!!! I also think those necklaces or just beautiful, I can see why you bought two of them!!! hugs~~~ Daphne

CFLanger said...

Wow! Looks like you had a lot of fun! LOVE the jewelry and the pillows!

love lives in the kitchen said...

beautiful pictures! your blog is very cute :)
have a sweet day,

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Karen ~
That looks pretty much amazing !!
WOWW !! I can tell that I would have spent wayyyy too much money there :)


ImagiMeri said...

Hi Karen,

Where was this market held? Don't tell me it was here in Arizona! I love that wall pocket and OMG all the lace you got.....amazing! BTW if you haven't stopped by my blog or store in while, you might want to see my new "Halloweenies." You can see them at: http://www.imagimeri.etsy.com.


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Karen,
I love all your wonderful things. Love the sweet tissue holder and the pillows.


Rebecca said...

Hi Sweetie
Awww thanks for all the kudo's, I am so glad you liked all of it but I want to say it was soooo good to finally meet up with you and see you in person to give you a big hug!!! You are so beautiful and wasn't it all so fun!
Thanks again and I love your photo's.
You'll be hearing from me soon, I need a blog-lift :)

My Arts Desire said...

Oh my! Love the goodies you grabbed! Wonderful items...you chose well!

Donna Reyne' said...

Hi Karen!
You got some amazing shots of the handmade market!
I had seen Rebecca's Atelier via phone pics for a few days before she left so I was so glad to finally see it all put together!
I love the wall pocket you chose...great colors!
clever idea as a tissue holder!
I couldn't get away for this years event but I am so going next year!
I am glad you had a great time!
Blessings and hugs,


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

You got some wonderful goodies...
thanks for sharing with us and I'm looking forward to hearing more about your good time.


Suz said...

You got some wonderful things. I love the wall pocket and I was totally enchanted with all of the different kinds of lace. The pillows...oh my! What luscious treats. I can see why you loved the first booth so much.

As a jeweler, I love Lemoncholy's Jewelry. Extremely nice, wearable and unique.

This was in my home town...and I am out of the country. I am so sad to miss the three biggest art events to hit Minneapolis at one time! The pictures help me get in on a bit of the fun.


Gracefully Vintage said...

How much fun that must of been, My heart pitter-patters at places like that, or the thought of going, I just adore the creativity, you must of come across.
Thanks for Sharing

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June said...

Karen I am so excited that you got to go to this event. How I would love to go to something like this. I loved what you wrote in your last post about not feeling as comfortable in large groups of women as you would like to be. I came to this discovery this Spring when I went to Farm Chicks and got to meet some of the bloggers that I have admired for along time. I found that I was quite shy around them. I was so in awe of meeting Heather Bullard and she was so sweet and friendly with me, but I was too shy to ask her to take a picture with me. And I wouldn't even go up and approach Jo Packham and she was sitting feet away from me.
I am so glad to hear about Rebecca making out with a lot of your money.LOL! That's where I would have spent my money too. Your pictures were great of all the booths.
Thank you so much for coming over to see the little getaway in the woods. It's a great place to unwind.


Griselda said...

I am in love with your blog!!!

paperbird said...

thank you for sharing your beautiful images- it is a treat for those of us who could not attend. it is a feast for the eyes. thank you dear girl.

Legacy of Love said...

must have been a great show and how much fun to just take pause and soak it all in! Love the stuff you ended up with.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a great post and looks like so much fun

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh my goodness, this post is a dream, Karen. Love those doors and the pieces you purchased are amazing. I do think my heart is still going pitter patter a bit over this (really!!!). Can't wait to see more, I'm off to view the links... I think there were links ~ off to look!

Rustique Gal said...

Hi Karen,
What fun you must have had! The pictures are totally tantalizing! I'd have blown my budget big-time. I love the lace wall pocket and what you did with it!
Hugs, Sherry

koralee said...

You did get the treasures my friend.....I love your pillows...speaking of pillows did your old one make it home or did you have to toss it out?

Everything arrived safe and sound ...with room to spare! {or i should say weight to spare.}

Hope you are having a great weekend and you are getting some fall weather.

oh guess what I did?...added twitter to my blog...yes I really did...{after all my complaining}we will see what happens...off to see if you have twitter and follow you. xoxoxo


Lisa said...

I know you rocked it hard at the convention! It all looks amazing like I knew it would. I saw Rebecca booth on her blog &it took my breath away, she's such a talent. We're having a blast in the 100 degree heat, only one thing missing.....you!

Linda K. said...

Looks like you had an awesome time. Love your photos. Have to check out the blogs of these talented ladies. Thanks for sharing your experience, Karen.


Sandy said...

What an awesome event! It must have been like stepping into art heaven. I can see that you must have gleaned some amazing inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen:
I received the note that you were following me on Twitter: thanks!
Your blog is great and I'll start to get the feed today.... and, I love that slide show you have going there on the left. I've never seen that one before! Amazing, what you keep finding in blogland, no? When I have a minute, I may look into it for my blog.
Have a good week! LIbby

kecia deveney said...

thank you for your purchases and supporting my little business! it's nice to be appreciated in such a way and i am very grateful!


kecia (aka miz lemoncholy)

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