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I am thrilled to have my work included in this week’s Fantastic Five, a regular feature on
Zibbet’s blog showcasing five items chosen from the entire Zibbet shopping site.  Keep in mind there are more than 5000 yellow items alone!  Written by Judy Youngquest of Portable Graffiti Graphics Proofreader, and Wild Goose Chase, the Fantastic Five article is published weekly.  Thank you Judy!

I spent the last two weeks with young people who give the greatest joy to my life.  As usual, they were inspiring.  All-Star team practice, dance recitals and loads of fun between.

Home now, it’s back to work filling and shipping orders, producing new jewelry to replenish my dwindling supply; and preparing for Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, which arrives every year the third weekend in July.  You’ll find me inside the cool and shady rustic barn.

Early August you’ll find me teaching again for Half Moon Creek in Palmer Alaska.

Welcome to Palmer Alaska

I’ll be teaching ‘Powderology’ and ‘Build a Better Pocket’ (brief class descriptions can be found on my Class Listings page).  I can’t wait!!  Join me!!!!

The Farm ~ a B & B

The Farm ~ a B & B

The Trout Lake Art Festival, held the 3rd weekend every July, is located at The Farm, a B & B at the base of Mt. Adams.  A gorgeous setting if rustic, surrounded by flowers, sunshine, and tents filled with artists and their ware.  I’d rather have one original unique handcrafted piece than 20 objects that everyone else in my neighborhood has.  This is the place to find that one and much much more!

My booth is set in the barn as I no longer do outdoor shows.  I know I miss a lot of good shows but I’ve paid my dues sitting outdoors in the heat, the wind, the rain & cold.  Not many know I’ve sold my handcrafted work in one form or another since I was 16 years old.  Marian, my best friend’s mom took us to a summer art camp for kids where we learned how to macrame’ and tie dye among other things.  My friend & I put those techniques together and made tie dyed macrame belts.  Marian then took us to the Rose Bowl Swap Meet in Pasadena to sell them after we’d made hundreds for everyone we knew & still couldn’t stop making them!  I know that’s what sparked my desire to create and sell beautiful objects.   I’ll let you guess my age & do the math, as I type on….

Steider-Studios-Booth

Inside the barn is the coolest place to be, mid July!

I’ve known some of the other artists at this festival for a very long time, selling together at various venues throughout the gorge.  Others I only know at this particular festival and relish catching up with them during our annual reunion.  Some of us trade artwork, or information about good shows to do & marketing information.  We help one another during the course of the weekend in any way possible and have formed strong bonds.

Our hosts, Rosie & Dean are incredibly wonderful to all the artists, providing a unique place to show our work, liquid refreshment, welcoming hugs and so much more .  This year Dean gave us all a cd made by his friend, D.C. Anderson.  The Trout Lake Arts Council sponsors the show & makes sure everyone is comfortable, providing snacks, troubleshooting, availing credit card purchases for those who need it; and at times even help us load in & out!

Touch the Sky with Karen & Harry

Touch the Sky with Karen & Harry

My friends Karen & Harry of Touch the Sky recently went to Paris & brought me back the eiffel tower!  How thrilling to receive a gift while working a show!!  Thanks Karen & Harry!

Because I live in this area, it’s always like ‘old home week’ for me, seeing many old friends that I’ve not seen in awhile!  They come through looking at & buying art, give me a break from my booth from time to time & we try to catch up, making plans for the upcoming next few weeks.

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

Early morning photos before the festival opened of just a few of the artists that were at the Trout Lake Art Festival this year:

Louisa Emerson Harris

Louisa Emerson Harris

Jill Warila

Jill Warila

Dan Noble & Elsie Petrequin Noble

Dan Noble & Elsie Petrequin Noble

I’ll be in my garden for a little R & R now… Refreshing my imagination and Reloading the creative spirit!  Enjoy the work of my friends & fellow artists…

The Uncommon Woman, Jeanne & Gwen

The Uncommon Woman, Jeanne & Gwen

Zewei O'Connor

Zewei O'Connor

Touch the Sky
Horn Glassworks

Horn Glassworks

Harry, of Touch the Sky
Carl & Susan Granados

Carl & Susan Granados

Charlene Rivers

Charlene Rivers

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

You may have to ‘Google’ some of those without web pages or blogs:
Louisa Emerson Harris
Jill Warila:  www.made in the gorge.com
Dan Noble & Elsie Petrequin Noble
The Uncommon Woman, Jeanne & Gwen:  www.uncommonwomanpresents.com
Zewei O’Connor:  www.zeweioconnor.com
Harry Horn
Karen Saro Troeger & Harry Troeger:  http://www.touchtheskybooks.com/
Carl & Susan Granados:  www.delacube.com & http://www.sugrastudio.com
Charlene Rivers:  www.clrivers.com
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