I’ve come up for air after the Art Star Holiday Craft Bazaar, if only for a moment. The weekend was a success and I feel pretty good about how my first time at the rodeo went. It didn’t hurt to pair up with Art Star veteren Maria Eife wh also has an international show plus the Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Show under her belt.
I presented (and sold!) an assortment of combs, pins, picks, joined earrings, hats, and talon charms. Below is a smattering of the pieces I’ve been toiling away in my ivory tower creating:
A chicken feather hair pin with vintage jewelry elements,
More chicken feathers with more vintage jewelry,
And look! An equestrian flair! I finally got around to creating those horse shoe themed pieces I promised my polo buddies so many months ago! Perhaps this Summer I’ll actually follow through and sell some at the Friday Night matches…
Some of the combs were feather based while otehrs were built around entire taxidermied wings. Below is an in betweener, comprised of the taxidermied tail of a chicken.
Oh look! A frizzle chicken wing! Perhaps now would be a good time to let you know that 90% of my feathered elements come from my dear friends Bailey and Thomas. They are quite possible the sweetest, kindest and most compassionate farmers this world may ever know. Yes, My opinion is totally biased. They keep an outstanding blog in which they document their adventures in farming, please give it a read: The Farmers Husband.
Another winged comb. I would also like to give a shout out to my dear friend Daniel who owns Wilbur Vintage for letting me purchase his odds and ends of vintage gems.
For those who choose not to sport a long mane, fret not! Stick pins are always within reach. Pop one into your hat, your lapel, blouse, sweater, bag, etc.
This one belwo didn’t sell, much to my surprise. Instead, it and one cimilar to it are en route to a faraway city as I write this, where it will make Christmas gifts for a pair of very special friends.
The gang! (some of them, anyway)
I also made a trial run of these fur bangles with tails for the show. People responded quite positively so I intend to tweek the design a bit and create a series.
Perfect for gesticulating wildly at cocktail parties…
I also created three new higher end head pieces for the show, as my little neon signs to lure in passers by. They absolutley did the trick, and had many a lady tryign them on.
Right here is a vintage rabbit fur pillbox hat to which I added a chicken tail, with feathers from other birds.
Here’s a view of the side. Can you guess what that super fluffy soft yellow plush is?
It’s gosling! Compliments of another farmer friend of mine, Jeannie. I sewed another patch on the opposite side:
Next up: A vintage velvet fascinator base with a pair of chicken wings on one side and down on the other:
It’s hard to see form these photos (all of these hats need to be reshot on a model’s head, but I also added a small metal crown jewel charm to each side; a reference to my new logo, which you’ll see below.
Laslty, my fave piece of all, this vintage black felt hat base with chicken wings, vintage jewelry adn a tassel made by yours truly. I have a thing for fringe and tassels, and I think you do too:
That’s actually the side view. Below is the hat, straight on. The curved shape frames the wearer’s face beautifully. I just adore this hat.
On Friday night my husband came and got a few shots of our booth. Here it is, our gypsy caravan in all its glory:
My “side” of the booth:
Like that fox? I worked with the very talented designer Dave Seater to create it and a more cohesive look for all my online presences, which you will be seeing soon. He’s the best. The fox with the crown was entirely my idea though; I think it really embodies the Diamond Tooth philosophy.
Here I am making a sale! Yippee! Like I said, I feel pretty good about how I did this weekend, as a greenhorn. I visited with Sue Eggen at her booth, Giant Dwarf where she not only promised to play hat model for my next set of shots but also to toss some much needed (my words, not hers) pearls of wisdom my way in regard to navigating through this wild and wacky craft show life. Sue, I’m holding you to both these things!
And that is all for the craft bazaar, now its time to work on my entry for this year’s Carniverous Nights competition. If you plan on coming, buy your tickets now! ALso coming up: A cat, a fox, a hamster, a rabbit, more bridal pieces and the next 20for20 gift which is going to a mystery man that some of you may have dressed as for Halloween as children…