Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Table Set Up AT The Pink Parlour Festival

I enjoyed myself at the Pink Parlour Festival. It was a young crowd forum but with goodies and events for the whole family. It was indoors, and I must say I do like indoor shows, no weather worries and no ez-up. An 8ft table and two chairs were provided. This was good to know in advance. I went out and bought some material, alot of material, too much material, and draped it and clipped it to the

table and it worked out fine. Two previous shows that provided tables didn't say anything about size and I just assumed they were 6ft when in fact one was just 4ft. and the other was 8ft. Needless to say, I covered and displayed what I could. I always take my 4ft table that folds in half, it has been indispensable every time and I would highly recommend having one. Signage is a challenge too, but I was prepared this time and safety pins and the sign that attached to my ez-up worked out fine, though may have been hard to notice. I did make a 8 x 10 table top sign. In the future, I would like something I can set on an easel. Guestbook was out and business cards and fresh flowers. I'm always looking to improve, so any suggestions, tips, ideas and critiques are welcomed. You can see more event photos a http://www.flickr.com/photos/innerearthjewelry .

My Pink Parlour-ish display
left side

right side

guestbook, business card, fresh flowers and table top signage

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Pink Parlour Festival

I have been busy lately getting ready for The Pink Parlour Festival which is tomorrow at Santa Anita Race Track from 11 to 7 p.m., for you locals. It is indoors which is really nice considering how the weather has been. This is the third annual Pink Parlour Festival and will be my first time attending. I will be posting about it next week.

Here are a few pieces I made.

Friday, March 11, 2011


...the birthstone for the month of March, is a stone of courage.  Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind (The Crystal Bible, Judy Hall).  Sounds like a stone we could all use, our birthstone or not.  The Studio finished, Aquamarine, March, a good place to start work again.  I had ordered these with this in mind...my aquamarine collection in the shop now...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Come On In....

Yes, I am spoiled.  My new in-home studio is finished and it turned out to look even better than I had envisioned.   I wanted the room to be functional, of course, but also pretty and personal.  I chose a neutral, calming color for the floor and walls.  I wanted to walk into a room that was like a blank canvas, so to speak, that was fresh and bright and that would inspire me onward to the next new project.  I plan to add some color with decorative items.  The colorful abstract painting by my oldest son fits in just perfectly.  My huge bulletin board was cut down to fit into an attractive gold frame that I had.  This is an attempt to keep the clutter down and save only what is important for now.  The bulletin board over the computer is for family use.  I also have a dry erase board over my work bench.  My old brown peg board was replaced with a new white peg board, framed and hung horizontally.  I keep my wire and chains on the peg board, in view, so that I know what I have to work with.  What started out to be a built-in storage area behind new louvered doors, was changed along the way, and now has a working counter area too for packaging.   I now have dedicated work areas and plenty of storage, I think, (can you ever have enough storage?).  The new work bench is from Harbor Freight.  The sturdy butcher block table in the center of the room was a thrift find, we just added casters, as were the chairs...and a new wall mounted TV.  More pics with notes @ http://flickr.com/photos/innerearthjewelry ...now it is time to see how the layout  works... I am ready to get grab some wires and pliers....

And now...last, but not least, thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to my husband for all his hard work and great ideas...xoxoxo