SO many doings Chez Honey&Ollie. Some of y’all may have heard about the big windstorm that blew through Southern California a week ago. Well it did a lot of damage to the foothills where the home and studio are located and we wound up without power for several days. It was pretty stressful. Dark, cold and difficult. I alternated between bouts of flailing and complaints, and just trying to get stuff done even though there were obstacles.
It’s hard to make jewelry in the dark, when your hands are cold, I’m just saying.
In the middle of all this, of course, was the Uptown Village Market in Long Beach. What a fantastic event! It was wonderful. Not in the least because they had lights, heat and hot food nearby. Captain Sexypants and I had a great time, the new Square gadget worked great (did I mention I got an iPhone?) and we met a lot of new folks in the local art community. This event was timed to coincide with “First Friday” in Long Beach and boy howdy did it! Double decker bus loads of folks flocking to our event. And? There was wine. I am all about having a glass of wine at craft shows. I know I said that about margaritas, but after two vendors got into a fistfight in the parking lot at Agua Dulce, I’ve got a strict no tequila at craft shows policy. Wine is way better. Mellow. No vendor ever got cranky enough to throw down after a glass of Cabernet. I was worried we weren’t prepared because of the power out and really – we weren’t prepared like I like to be – but we managed just fine despite that.
The booth looked fantastic.
I was really happy with it, and I enjoyed our booth neighbors a lot. We had great leather purses to one side and amazing handfelted art on the other.
Booth Mouse looked pretty great too.
So now the power is back on and I am in full swing, preparing for two more big shows. There is a lot of tea being drunk. I’m fairly partial to a nice second flush Darjeeling lately.
This Saturday the 10th, I will be at The Majestical Roof gallery and boutique – an awesome little indie owned art market and gallery space in Old Town Pasadena. I visited it today to get the lay of the land, and was incredibly impressed with their wares. I was excited before, but now that I’ve seen it, I’m doubly excited to have been included in their Holiday Art Market. Some of my favorite local artists are represented at this little place. That’s at 88 N. Fair Oaks Ave, in Old Town Pasadena. Basically, at the corner of Holly and Fair Oaks. Go to Tortas Mexico, look for the enchanted looking brick archway and alley and follow that back to the magical, majestical holiday art fair! We’ll be there from 10am – 6pm.
NEXT Saturday and Sunday, the 17th and 18th, I’ll be vending at The Shop Lot LA, a fantastic indie fashion event, no wait, possibly THE EVENT, in Silverlake. 3903 W. Sunset Blvd (at Hyperion Ave.) from 10am-4pm. If you come and donate a gently used coat, a lot of the vendors (myself included) will give you a 10% discount. It’s cold outside, ya know?
Okay kids. I’m gonna go fuel up on some more Darjeeling and get back to work. I’ve got amazing blue druzies and some violet “mystic” druzies as well. Blue topaz, some great mixed media silk and steel pieces, and some of the prettiest moss aquamarines I’ve ever seen. All of which will be out on the tables at the upcoming shows. I am going to try to get some pics up before the weekend and possibly a very overdue Etsy update with some new stuff, as well.
Come see me and say hi!
If you can’t come out to the shop and say hi because I dunno, you live far away, well, there is free first class shipping in the shop until December 23 with the code OLLIEFREE. From me to you, because it’s the holidays and shipping is really expensive.
OOOH! I almost forgot. The best part? The best part was getting access to the internet after several days away, and getting an email from Emily at The Doyle Treatment, with my new Etsy and Facebook banners! Blog banner is still in progress – we’ll be overhauling this whole space come the new year, but lookee! I can has logo! The rebranding of the Honey&Ollie shop and line has officially begun!